Open Enrollment for EHI 2021 Training and Certificate Programs

EHI's Clinical Training Co-Directors: Nader Shabahangi, PhD, MFT & Nance Reynolds, LCSW, RN

EHI's 2021 teaching staff, Kirk Schneider, Troy Piwowarski, Nader Shabahangi, Sonja Saltman, Doug Sielberstein, Nance Reynolds and Stephanie Weissman invite you to join one of our Existential-Humanistic training and certificate programs for Spring 2021.

May 2021 Experiential Retreat
Early Bird Tuition Discounts Available Summer 2020*

Sonoma, CA: May 16th, 2021 at 10:00am thru May 21nd, 2021 at 1:00pm

EHI is excited to continue our new single experiential training for 2021's education and training programs! Due to the fantastic response of both 2018 & 2019's cohorts, 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 16, 2021 through May 21, 2021.

Schneider'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 2019 course description with objectives please visit the Course Description page.

*Early-Bird Discounts available now for Summer Enrollees- check program page for updates

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 2021 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 Training Dates for 2021 Programs

EHI Spring 2015 Retreat Photo - Students Working in Triads

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

EHI 2021 Experiential Training Dates
E-H Therapy in practice.

Experiential: May 16, 2021 to May 21, 2021.
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 >>

Nader Shabahangi

Faculty Nader Shabahangi, 2021 Clinical Co-Director

We are here to answer them!

Do you have questions about a program or about becoming an EHI student in our 2021 cohort?
We will be happy to give you more information and to answer your questions about the upcoming EHI programs.

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

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