About EHI's Educational Offerings

You can read the bios of all our core and affiliate training instructors here on their bio pages: Nader Shabahangi, EHI Clinical Co Director and Co-Founder Kirk Schneider, EHI President and Co-Founder Sonja Saltman, EHI Secretary and Co-Founder Nance Reynolds, EHI Clinical Co Director and Affiliate Instructor Doug Silberstein, EHI Treasurer and Affiliate Instructor Stephanie Weissman, EHI Board Member-at-Large and Affiliate Instructor Scott Gibbs, EHI Board Member-at-Large and Affiliate Instructor

EHI offers courses on the principles of existential-humanistic practice, case seminars in existential-humanistic (E-H) theory and practice, E-H consultation groups and E-H workshops from leading practitioners and theorists. Most of EHI’s program instructors have trained extensively with such masters as James Bugental, Irvin Yalom and Rollo May, and are among the most highly trained existential-humanistic practitioners in the country.

EHI is a professional enrichment and advocacy organization. EHI cannot provide a person with credentials to practice therapy nor do we offer university or college degrees. Anyone interested in practicing therapy will still need to gain the relevant degree from an accredited university or college, based on their country’s licensing or credentialing regulations. 

The Training Retreat

The training is intended for licensed/pre-licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills, and to full/half time students in a master’s 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. International practitioners and master’s and doctoral students in therapeutic programs listed above are also very welcome!

Past attendees have been domestic and international clinicians including: psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCs, ministers and chaplains, medical counselors, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, higher education faculty, music, art and movement therapists,  and more! 

If you have questions about whether this program might be a good fit for you please reach out.

We accept students who are currently enrolled in Master’s and Doctorate programs that are therapeutically focused. Programs such as social work, therapy, counseling, music & art therapy, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and human services. Those who are involved in a clinical practicum or internship would gain the most benefit from the training.

At this time there is no regularly scheduled online version of the training retreat. Please reach out if you would like to be notified if this becomes available. 

To enroll, first you would submit an application, choosing your preferred enrollment track. Once reviewed and accepted then the program admin will facilitate your enrollment.

Yes. This retreat can be attended through enrolling in the Certificate program or as a stand alone module. It is the same training.

This is an annual retreat.

The Foundations Certificate Program

The certificate program is open to licensed therapeutic professionals (psychology, counseling, social work or therapeutic arts) who seek to enhance their clinical skills, and to full/half time students in a master’s or doctoral psychology, counseling, social work or therapeutic arts program where you are seeing clients, through work or internship.

It is also open to medical professionals and persons who currently hold at least a master’s degree in therapeutic arts and/or human services. International clinical practitioners and master’s and doctoral students in therapeutic programs listed above are also very welcome!

Past attendees have been domestic and international clinicians including: psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCs, ministers and chaplains, medical counselors, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, doctors, nurse practitioners, music, art and movement therapists, and higher education faculty! 

If you have questions about whether this program might be a good fit for you please reach out prior to applying. This program is not designed for laypersons who are interested in existential theory. If you are not a therapist but would like to take the Online Theory Course described above please reach out to us about tuition and availability.

Every country’s regulations governing the practice of therapy is different but almost all countries require therapists to have attended a post-graduate or graduate program through a college or university. EHI does not provide attendees with credentials to practice therapy. Our attendees already have their credentials or are in the process of earning them.

Absolutely. EHI welcomes international participants in our programs. The only in-person component is the training retreat held in Sonoma.