Next In-Person Training Retreat: May 30 - June 4, 2024
2023 Continuing Education: This course was approved for 30.75 CEs*
Track 2. The Experiential Training Course Module (Retreat Only)
Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Principles of Practice
EHI now offers this program track for those primarily interested in attending the experiential training retreat in Sonoma, “Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Principles of Practice,”. This is the same training retreat that is a requirement 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?
Training Retreat Module 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 Consultation Group
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 4 or 5 months via Zoom. The consultation module will begin the following the training and consists of five 2-hour or four 2.5-hr group consults (depending on group leaders). 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 consultation group 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 and have their attendance at the training retreat count towards the Certificate requirements.
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
2024 Experiential Training Dates
May 30th - June 4th, 2024
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. This training is formatted as an intensive, expect days to be 8 am – 9 pm with a couple of evening breaks.
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
Tabs with Info on Enrolling, Tuition Fees, Safety, Eligibility & Travel
We hope the following information will guide you through the application process. If you have further questions not answered above or need additional assistance, please reach out via the contact form below.
How do I apply to an EHI program?
- 1. Get the EHI Program Application [WORD]
Download the Application Here!
- Fill out the application -select the Program track you are applying for. This is a Word doc but LibraOffice will work too or you can upload to Google docs and download as a Word doc. Please Save the application to your computer to send as an attachment. Please do not send scanned images. Contact Michelle if you need assistance regarding the application.
- Emailcompleted form as an attachment to the address on the application.
- Submit the one-time non-refundable $100.00 application fee via PayPal – the link is on the application.
What is the deadline for applying?
Applications are accepted beginning August 15 of the current year for the following year’s cohort until all spaces are filled. Applicants are considered in the order in which applications are received. Apply as soon as possible after August 14 each year to secure a position in the program and to have the most payment plan options!
What happens after I apply?
Once received, your application will be reviewed by EHI’s admissions team and responded to within a 4- to 6-week period. Once accepted into the program, a letter of formal acceptance will be sent to you and then an admissions team member along with Michelle, the Program Administrator, will work with you to complete your enrollment.
How do I complete enrollment?
Once accepted, you can begin the enrollment process: you will need to complete and sign an Enrollment Agreement form detailing payment options and schedule. Once EHI receives that form, along with your tuition deposit, your spot in the cohort is held – conditional upon EHI receiving tuition balance and lodging payments by relevant deadlines. Tuition fees and lodging/food costs are invoiced and you can pay these online securely. Michelle will assist in enrollment and can answer enrollment questions.
*Continuing Education Info
2023’s course retreat was approved for 30.75 CEs. Please contact us through the form below for more info regarding the course and 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!
Clinical Training Co Directors
Nader Shabahangi, PhD, LMFT
Nance Reynolds, PhD, LCSW
Clinical Training Coordinator
Stephanie Weissman, PsyD