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Enrollment Is Open For The Next 2017/2018 Cohorts

EHI's teaching staff, Orah Krug, PhD Kirk Schneider, PhD, Sonja Saltman, MA, MFT, Nader Shabahangi, PhD, Troy Piwowarski, PsyD, Suzan Bollich, PhD and Doug Silberstein, MA, MFT invite you to join one of our three unprecedented Existential-Humanistic education and training programs in the next 2017/2018 curriculum year.

EHI offers a Certificate in the Foundations of E-H Practice for students looking for a basic grounding in E-H therapy practice, an Advanced Program awarding a Certificate as an E-H Therapist for students who have completed the Foundations Program and the Modular Training Program for students who might not be interested in the certificates, but would like to participate in EHI's two curriculum year Experientials.

Apply to an EHI Program Today »


Do you have questions about a program or about becoming an EHI student? We are here to answer them!

Orah Krug, EHI's Clinical Director of Education and Training, and Troy Piwowarski, EHI's Student Coordinator and Teaching Assoicate, will be happy to give you more information and to answer your questions about the upcoming EHI programs.

Contact either Orah or Troy by email: info[at]

EHI 2017/2018 Experiential Retreat Dates

EHI is excited to once again hold the program Experiential Residentials at peaceful Westerbeke Ranch.

The students who are accepted into the newest cohort will enjoy the serene setting and fantastic food that are provided by the wonderful staff and environs of Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. Westerbeke Ranch as a retreat center has historic significance for our community, as it was the meeting place for many of the seminal writers in E-H theory and practice such as Rollo May and James Bugental.

Experiential Dates for 2017/2018 Registered Students in Program Cohorts*

Experiential I
• Sun, October 22nd, 2017 - Thurs, October 26th, 2017

Experiential II
• Sun, April 8th, 2018 - Thurs, April 12th, 2018

The Experiential starts at 4:00pm on the first day and ends at 1:00pm on the final day.

When planning travel to Westerbeke Ranch please note that EHI does not provide transportation up to Westerbeke Ranch, though we do encourage carpooling and initiate it with an email to all attendees prior to the retreat.

Visit the Westerbeke Ranch website to see where we hold our retreats!

EHI Faculty Sonja Saltman working in triad with students at Experiential

EHI Receives Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award at APA Convention on August 5th, 2016

DIV32 logo as EHI receives Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award

EHI is honored to receive with EHI's Dr. Nader Shabahangi The Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award. This award is given by Division 32 of the APA to an institution, and an individual associated with an institution, that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to humanistic psychology.


Workshops, Academic Announcements and Publications

Recommended Upcoming Workshops

10th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology Division 32 of the American Psychological Association

EHI's Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, PhD Presentations at DIV32 Conference

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Cultivating Therapeutic Artistry and Skill: A Model for Training and Supervision in Existential-Humanistic Therapy
Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, and Arpana Inman
(Saybrook University, Existential Humanistic Institute)
CE Approved

Psychotherapy is an art as much as a science. Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider co-authors of Supervision Essentials of Existential-Humanistic Therapy (2016), are master therapists and educators in Existential-Humanistic Therapy. They have created an innovative, evidence-based training and supervisory model that focuses on E-H therapy as a relational and experiential approach that incorporates participants' personal contexts to expand self- awareness and interpersonal sensitivity. This training model is grounded in the most current research on therapeutic effectiveness, i.e.,"contextual or common factors research" that cites the personal and relational dimensions of therapy—and not techniques or protocols—as primarily responsible for effecting healing and change.

The workshop presenters will describe and illustrate their educational training and supervisory model. Their aim is to provide participants with a theoretical and an experiential understanding of this innovative and effective approach to psychotherapeutic training.

In the first part of the presentation, Orah Krug will provide an overview of the training and supervisory model inviting participants to engage in an illustrative experiential exercise. Next, Kirk Schneider will present selections from the companion video to the aforementioned text titled, "Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy Supervision" (March 2016), part of an APA Series on Psychotherapy Supervision). A short discussion among the authors and one of their APA editors, Arpana Inman will follow. The workshop will conclude with a live demonstration of supervision by Orah Krug and a volunteer.

Friday, March 31st, 2017
The Experiential Democracy Project: Social-Political Applications of Existential Psychology
Kirk Schneider, Louis Hoffman, Orah Krug, Nathaniel Granger, Rodger Broome
(Saybrook University, Existential Humanistic Institute)
CE Approved

This presentation concerns the "experiential democracy project," an existentially based approach to the facilitation of "I-Thou" dialogues among parties holding ostensibly opposing views. Inspired by the work of Martin Buber (1970), I-Thou dialogues are intimate person-to-person encounters that balance the distinctiveness of individuality with the communality and potential for bridge-building among dyads or groups. Kirk Schneider originated the experiential democracy project to address the increasing polarization (among races, classes and political leaders) in our society. Still in its nascence, the experiential democracy dialogue has been engaged among graduate students, community leaders, and in one case, a social activist and police officer (eg., see Experiential Democracy Project: An "I-Thou" Dialogue on Racism and Policing -Full Video ).

In this presentation, a Division 32 Task Force on the experiential democracy project comprised of Kirk Schneider, Nathaniel Granger, Rodger Broome, Louis Hoffman, and Orah Krug will demonstrate several forms of its application. First, the Task Force will provide an overview of the project, and ways it has been implemented in a variety of settings. Next, the Task Force will offer a demonstration of an "experiential democracy dialogue," to help illustrate the principles of the project; and finally the Task Force will support the facilitation of the dialogue among break-out groups of attendees to the presentation. The aim of the presentation is to provide timely skills to expand the principles of existential depth psychology to the mediation and healing of "otherness" both within ourselves and those with whom we interact. As can be seen from the recent contentiousness in the presidential election, as well as society at large, there are few more critical moments in our history for the application of these time-honored principles of practice.

Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Our Faustian Bargain with Robotic Technologies: Self-Transformation in the Age of Robotics
Kirk Schneider, Ph.D John Galvin, Ph.D
(Saybrook University)
CE Approved

How conscious are we of the transformation of the self as robotic technology becomes increasingly present in our lives? Like Goethe's Dr. Faust have we signed a bargain with the Devil, Mephistopheles. In exchange for our submission to its authority robotic technology promise us limitless knowledge and power?

This program engages participants in a stimulating and potentially unsettling discussion of robotics, a technology that is transforming our lives. Can we and to what degree should we take serious the prophetic claims of the leaders of the robotic revolution that one day robotic technology will recreate human beings in the image of these machines. Another possibility is that proponents of robotic technology like Dr. Frankenstein, will create tormented monsters lacking those qualities that make a human life worth living.

Conference Dates:March 30th - April 2nd, 2017

Conference Location:Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA

For more info and registration: Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology

Academic Announcements

EHI E-H Therapy Consult Group

The Spring Group is full. If you would like to be notified when the 2017 Fall(September) EH Therapy Consult Group opens please email Michelle at admin[at]

We are pleased to continue to offer the monthly Existential - Humanistic Consult Group in San Francisco. Groups are twice a year, Fall(Sept) and Spring(Feb).

In this group you will work with Dr. Orah Krug to deepen your understanding of how to work with clients from an e-h perspective.

  • We'll focus on:
  • a) cultivating personal and relation presence,
  • b) tracking and reflecting process, and
  • c) increasing your facility to resolve clients' detrimental protective patterns.
  • By role-playing your clients we'll deepen your understanding of:
  • a) their self and world constructs,
  • b) how their protective patterns may trigger you, and
  • c) how to work with your personal contexts to resolve therapeutic impasses and help your clients accept disowned aspects of themselves.

When and Where: Saturdays from 10:30am -12:30pm at Orah's office in Oakland, California.

Cost:$300 for the set of 5 sessions*

Space is limited

*Group Policies:The consult group is open to practicing therapists pending a successful interview with the group leader. Payment of fee invoice is due prior to the start of the group. Due to limited group size missed sessions are non-transferable.


Congratulations to Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD on New Book

We are excited to congratulate EHI's Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider on the publication of the newest book in APA's Clinical Supervision Series.

Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy

by Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD Pages: 184
Publisher: APA
Item #: 4317423
ISBN: 978-1-4338-2281-0
Publication Date: May, 2016
Format: Softcover

 Find out more and order the book today on the APA website,

EHI would like to congratulate Dr's Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider on the publication of their new book Supervision Essentials for Existential–Humanistic Therapy. 

Excerpted from the Cover:

This concise guide applies the principles of existential–humanistic (E-H) therapy to the practice of clinical supervision. With the skillful use of case examples—including transcripts and analyses of real sessions with a real clinical trainee—the authors utilize the key ingredients of the E-H therapeutic approach, including empathy, acceptance, and genuineness, to model how trainees can create safe, collaborative, and supportive relationships with clients. E-H supervisors help trainees learn 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.

This book is part of the American Psychological Association Clinical Supervision Essentials Series, the central resource for understanding contemporary models of psychotherapy supervision.


Recommendations for Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy:

"This book is a clear, concise, and comprehensive guide to the art of clinical supervision. It skillfully teaches beginning supervisors the essentials of cultivating curiosity and empathy, examining interpersonal process, and respecting the uniqueness of each client. I recommend it highly."
—Irvin Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
"Krug and Schneider, as leaders in the existential–humanistic therapy movement, offer an essential read in Supervision Essentials for Existential–Humanistic Therapy. They aptly demonstrate the supervision process in existential–humanistic therapy through showing its uniqueness from other approaches and illustrating how it is rooted in the existential–humanistic tradition. This book is sure to help advance existential–humanistic therapy through deepening the training and supervision process."
—Louis Hoffman, PhD, Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, Saybrook University; Author, Existential Psychology East-West
Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy by Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD. - Order the book today on the APA website.

Companion DVD Available

For information about the companion DVD for this book, please visit APA webpage for Existential–Humanistic Psychotherapy Supervision with Kirk Schneider, PhD, please visit the

Other Groups We Support


EH Northwest is a developing non-profit organization made up of healing professionals, who aim to live, demonstrate, and promote the primary existential-humanistic values found in their Vision:
"Existential-Humanistic NorthWest is here to impact the world through existential-humanistic values of authenticity, integrity, responsibility, inclusion, and awe."

Visit the Existential Humanistic Northwest website for more information about this professional organization based in Portland, OR.


CIIS Public Programs seeks to engage and inspire people who are curious about themselves and their world. They create innovative conversations, workshops, certificate programs, and conferences. CIIS Public Program events further personal and social transformation by bringing together the diverse voices of visionaries, artists, changemakers, and scholars to share compelling experiences, offer new perspectives, and expand creative horizons. Public Programs enhances and reflects the university's(CIIS) academic mission.

Interesting Upcoming CIISP3 Events


Big Ideas at CIIS is a series of talks that brings you into the conversation about life’s most interesting and important topics. You’ll be taken on a guided tour of the most intriguing and significant ideas in a given field, and find out how these concepts are relevant to the world today. Cutting edge thought-leaders turn their passion and knowledge into practical insights designed to enrich your life, challenge your assumptions, and broaden your horizons. You’ll have the chance to share ideas and connect with other people, and walk away thinking about your own big ideas. Big Ideas at CIIS

Neurodiversity and Creativity
Nick Walker

What Can We Learn from Zombies?
Zara Zimbardo

For more info please visit Big Ideas at CIIS >>

Interested in the EHI Certificate & Training Programs?

Find out more about the different EHI Certificate programs here

View the EHI Modular Experiential Training Program details here

Existential-Humanistic Institute Blog

Visit the EHI blog for recent articles, updates and events.


Kirk Schneider's recent article on his blog, Awakening to Awe, is entitled "An "I-Thou" Dialogue Between a Police Officer and Activist" where he shares a fresh approach to conflict mediation. Read the full article here on Kirk J Schneider's blog on Psychology Today.

Bob Edelstein's recent article on his blog, Authentic Engagement, is entitled "Putting Our National Politics on the Therapy Couch" in which he talks about how do we talk together as a nation? Read the full article here on Bob Edelstein's blog on Psychology Today.


Kirk Schneider, Ph.D has recently published a new book The Polarized Mind: Why It's Killing Us and What We Can Do About It. Drawing from existential psychology, Schneider looks at the polarized mind, how it has ravaged cultures throughout history, and how to address the problem. View more on the book in this post on the EHI Blog and at the publisher's website, University Professors Press. The Polarized Mind is available on Amazon and as an eBook on iTunes.


Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT recently presented "Authentic Engagement: A Radical Way of Being" at the recent Existential-Humanistic NorthWest Day of Workshops "The Search for Authenticity: The Practice of Existential-Humanistic Approaches."

Orah Krug, Ph.D presented a talk entitled "The Renewal of Humanism: Lessons from an Existential-Humanistic Training Program"( read more on the EHI blog-full transcript- pdf) during the DIV32 2013 Conference of the APA, about directing the EHI Certificate Program in Existential-Humanistic Therapy.


Dr. Schneider was the senior editor of a special section of the APA journal Psychotherapy (Division 29) "The Renewal of Humanism in Psychotherapy: A Roundtable Discussion."This landmark section assembles the voices of top leaders in a diversity of therapy subfields – including Bruce Wampold and Dave Elkins in research and Training, Steven Hayes in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Robert Stolorow in Psychoanalysis, Lillian Comas-Diaz in Multicultural therapy, and Alfried Langle and Jurgen Kriz in European therapy--to discuss the nature and impact of humanistic renewal in their respective areas of expertise. View the ten articles from the Special Section - Humanism in Psychotherapy[Psychotherapy]: December, 2012, in our archive.

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