Track 2. 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.
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 always opt into the certificate track if they so desire.
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.
Once formally accepted into the program, participants enroll to attend the experiential training residential, and may also opt to participate in video or in-person consultations with our faculty.
Single Module w/ Optional Consult
As an Experiential Retreat Training Program attendee you will be able to participate in the experiential training module.You may register for the optional video/in-person consult module. 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 your real world client work. The video consultation module is priced separately at a discount for retreat attendees.
*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.
The Experiential Training
The Core of EHI Programs
The mandatory 6-day, 5-night experiential training 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 experiential training.
Find out more about the Training!
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
2021 Experiential Training Dates
EHI has rescheduled the 2020 single training retreat for our programs; the training will now take place in October. Students will receive the complete training in one intensive retreat. Approximately forty-five hours of programming are scheduled in this experiential.
Dates: October 10th - 15th, 2021
The residential starts at 4pm on the first day and ends at 1:00pm on the final day.
The certificate program is open to licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills, and to full/half time students in a masters or doctoral psychology, counseling, social work or therapeutic arts program. It is also open to medical professionals and persons who currently hold at least a master’s degree in therapeutic arts or human services.
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