Open Enrollment for EHI 2019 Training and Certificate Programs

EHI Clinical Training Director: Troy Piwowarski, PsyD
Co-author of a chapter in Handbook of Humanistic Psychology.

EHI's 2019 teaching staff,Kirk Schneider, Nader Shabahangi, and Troy Piwowarski invite you to join one of our Existential-Humanistic training and certificate programs for Spring 2019.

May Experiential Retreat
32.5 hours of Continuing Education Now Available*

Sonoma, CA: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 9:00am thru Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at 1:00pm

EHI is excited to continue our new single experiential training for 2019's education and training programs! Due to the fantastic response of 2018's cohort, EHI has made the combined experiential training a permanent feature of the education programs. Students now travel to Sonoma for training just once per year.

This six-day/five-night residential retreat course offers 32.5 hours of skill development training* (with a total of 45 hours of programming) in Sonoma from May 23, 2019 to May 28, 2019.

Schneider and Krug's APA textbook, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, will be a core resource. Additional readings of Rollo May, James Bugental and Irvin Yalom will be included.

For the course description with objectives please visit the Course Description page.

*Continuing Education! The Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Therapy Practice course at the 2019 EHI spring experiential training retreat is approved for 32.5 hours of APA approved continuing education credit. [There is an additional fee for the SHP CEs. Please email us at program for more info.]

  • 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.

The EHI Experiential Training in Existential-Humanistic Therapy

Certificate in the Foundations of E-H Practice for participants seeking to develop a foundational understanding of depth-work through an existential-humanistic lens. Find out More

Experiential Retreat Program for participants who would like to attend EHI's experiential training which emphasizes effective relational and experiential principles of practice. Find out More


Accepting Applications for All Programs

EHI is currently accepting applications and enrolling students in the upcoming Training and Certificate Programs.

All programs are open to licensed professionals who are interested in deepening their E-H Therapy practice and students currently enrolled in or recently graduated from psychology or counseling graduate schools.

Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Therapy
For students looking for grounding in E-H theory & practice.

The Foundations Certificate Program coursework provides students with an Existential-Humanistic Therapy foundational core by integrating both theory and practice into each course. New to EHI? Join this year long program which is open to both licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills and students in a masters or doctoral psychology program.

Gain a Foundation in Existential-Humanistic Therapy Practice
Download the Foundations Program Application »

Learn more about the EHI Foundations of E-H Therapy Practice Program here

At the experiential trainings, we can apply theories to cases, watch the work of our mentors and each other. By living together we experience an intimacy that creates an environment that reduces barriers and the ensuing connections foster a greater capacity for learning. The use of transparency within therapeutic boundaries has influenced the work I am doing with my clients. I am more relaxed in session and I believe there is more connection between us when I find a way to be more revealing yet remain therapeutic.

~ Gloria Saltzman, LMFT, EHI Foundations Certificate Student

Sonja Saltman engages with students in triad group during the EHI Spring Experiential at Westerbeke Ranch.Sonja Saltman engages with students in triad group during the EHI Experiential in Spring 2015.

Experiential Retreat Training Program
For people interested in engaging in EHI Experiential Training.

Open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's Experiential, held over six days at a beautiful Northern California retreat center. Master E-H therapists and noted authors such as Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, PhD. create intimate, safe and collaborative training environments which emphasize hands-on learning of relational and experiential techniques. Participants learn how to enter their clients' self constructed worlds, using their own personal contexts to develop responsiveness to clients while also cultivating the "presence" that enables genuine encounters and real therapeutic change.

Apply to the May 2019 Experiential Retreat Training Cohort Today!
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Learn about the EHI Experiential Retreat Training Program

"I gained a deeper understanding of my own context and how that has directed and influenced so much of my existence. I have always had an understanding certainly that what is experienced in the early, formative years is paramount in shaping our belief systems and personality, but somehow I have never before been able to feel this in such a palpable way."

~ Ada Fitz-Gibbon, LMHC, EHI Advanced Certificate Student

"I think what I took away from the last Experiential course, having been to several already, was a new appreciation: the understanding that the client's (a human being's) process is a sacred thing which must be nurtured and not usurped or dictated. The trust that people can do their own work--in their own time."

~ Juanita Ratner, LPC, PhD Student, EHI Advanced Certificate Student

Kirk Schneider and Nader Shabahangi at APA's DIV32 Humanistic Psychology conference.
Kirk Schneider and Nader Shabahangi at existential conference

"The community interactions and the exploration of our own context in relation to how we practice. This retreat in particular was great at providing new learning experiences without eliciting 'there is a particular way to be'."

~ Brac Selph, PhD, EHI Foundations Certificate Student

Experiential Dates for 2019 Programs

EHI Spring 2015 Retreat Photo - Students Working in Triads

Students working in triads at the EHI Experiential at Westerbeke Ranch in Spring

EHI 2019 Experiential Training Dates
E-H Therapy in practice.

Experiential: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.
Every EHI program student participates in the residential experiential training. This intenstive retreat is held at the wonderful Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, just north of San Francisco.

See more retreat photos here in the EHI gallery >>

Troy Piwowarski

Faculty Troy Piwowarski, Clinical Director

We are here to answer them!

Do you have questions about a program or about becoming an EHI student?
Troy Piwowarski, EHI's Clinical Director will be happy to give you more information and to answer your questions about the upcoming EHI programs.

Contact Troy at program [at] or call us at 415-689-1475.

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