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2022 Continuing Education: This course was approved for 33 CEs*
Track 2. The Experiential Training Course Module (Retreat Only)
Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Principles of Practice
EHI Director of Clinical Training: Nader Shabahangi, PhD, MFT
EHI now offers this program track for those primarily interested in participating in the experiential training course, “Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Principles of Practice,” the same training retreat that we offer as part of the Foundations Certificate Program. This training is focused on principles of Existential-Humanistic (E-H) therapy practice skill development.
Why Do Therapists Attend This Training Retreat?
Retreat Only Description
This track is an opportunity for EHI to provide our experiential training to students who are not enrolled in the Foundations Certificate program. Students may opt into the certificate track at a later date if they would like to.
This skill-development training module focuses on learning to:
(a) identify meaning-making processes unfolding in the present moment,
(b) illuminate these “actual but often unrecognized” processes by cultivating intrapsychic and interpersonal presence,
(c) develop a safe and intimate therapeutic relationship,
(d) recognize and work with existential life issues which may be present but disguised, and
(e) recognize and work with transference and counter transference issues within an existential framework.
Residential Course Module w/ Optional Consult
This residential training course is the annual experiential training historically held as a retreat at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, CA. There is an experiential evaluation on the final day of the training. This module is the only module with in-person requirements any other optional modules are completed remotely.
*International & out-of-state program participants please note: Students are only required to attend in-person the Experiential Training, that is the only mandatory travel required for this program.
This module is held remote. The video consultation groups meet once per month for 5 months via Zoom. The consultation module will begin the following the training and consists of five 2-hour group consults. Group participants will consult on applying the training into real world client work. Two EHI instructors will be group co-leaders. The video consultation module is priced separately and if enrolled prior to the retreat is discounted for retreat attendees.
Once accepted into the Experiential Retreat Training Program you will be able to enroll and participate in the experiential training module. You may also choose to enroll in the optional video/in-person consult module. Some retreat-only attendees chose to upgrade to the Foundations Certificate program after attending the retreat; this is an option that any retreat attendee can do in the future.
The Experiential Training
The Experiential Training is the Core of EHI Programs
The 5-night experiential training residential is the heart of EHI’s programs. It allows licensed professionals and graduate students in psychology or counseling programs to come together in a safe environment, get to know one another, and experience how E-H therapy is practiced up close and personally. All EHI’s education programs feature this existential therapy training.
EHI President, Kirk Schneider, introduces the training retreat.
EHI instructors, noted leaders in the field, emphasize the key ingredients of the E-H approach, including empathy, acceptance, and genuineness, to model how trainees can create safe, collaborative and life-changing therapeutic encounters. They demonstrate how the therapeutic relationship, in and of itself is a vehicle for healing and change and how therapeutic “presence” cultivates sensitivity and appropriate responsiveness to clients emotions, relational patterns and inner worlds.These two essential principles: building the therapeutic relationship and working in the “here and now” are the foundational blocks of E-H therapy and EHI training
2023 Experiential Training Dates
May 23rd - 28th, 2023
The residential starts at 3:30pm on the first day and ends 2:30 pm(after lunch) on the final day. Approximately forty-five hours of programming are scheduled in this experiential. Expect days to be 8 am – 9 pm.
Westerbeke Ranch is a beautiful retreat center on acres of land in the heart of Sonoma. Built in the 30’s, the Ranch is a contemplative environment, nourishing to both body and soul.
Westerbeke as a retreat center has historic significance for our community, as it was the meeting place for many of the seminal writers in Existential Humanistic theory and practice such as Rollo May and James Bugental.
See this short video of Westerbeke Ranch from YouTube
Once accepted you can be enrolled in the program after we receive your completed payment agreement form outlining the payment schedule and your deposit and tuition are submitted. Tuition fees and Lodging costs are invoiced and you can pay this online securely. Michelle, our Admin Assistant, will assist in enrollment and can answer enrollment questions.
We hope the following information will guide you through the application process. If you have further questions that are not answered on this page or need additional assistance, please contact us through the form below.
How do I apply to an EHI program?
- 1. Get the EHI Program Application [WORD]
Download the Application Here!
- 2. Fill out the application -select the Program track you are applying for. This is a Word doc but LibraOffice will work too. Contact Michelle via the form below if you need assistance regarding the application.
- 3. Email completed form as an attachment to the address on the application.
- 4. Submit the one-time non-refundable $100.00 application fee via PayPal- the link is on the application.
What is the deadline for applying?
The cohort is filled on a first-come basis and when all spaces for the residential retreat are filled (max 17-18 cohort attendees). Applications are accepted year-round. Formal acceptance into the program and payment of deposit will hold your space in the cohort prior to tuition fee deadlines;payment of tuition and lodging guarantees your place. Apply as soon as possible to secure a position in the program and to have the most payment plan and discount options.
What happens after I apply?
Once received, your application will be reviewed by clinical team members and we try to review and respond within a 2-week period. Once accepted into your program of choice, a letter of formal acceptance will be sent to you and both Stephanie, the Clinical Training Coordinator, and Michelle, the Program Admin, will work with you to complete your enrollment.
*Continuing Education Info
2022’s course retreat was approved for 33CEs. Please contact us through the form below for more info regarding the course or to request disability accommodations.
APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please reach out to us. We look forward to talking with you more about the program!
Director of Clinical Training
Nader Shabahangi, PhD, LMFT
Clinical Training Coordinator
Stephanie Weissman, PsyD