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Update to the Education and Training Programs

EHI's 2017-2018 Programs now Feature a Single Experiential Training
Enrollment has Re-Opened for 2017/18 Cohorts as of Nov 1, 2017

The 2017-2018 training schedule for EHI's programs has been updated. This year EHI will hold one longer training that combines the former two experiential trainings into one intensive residential retreat. This change came about because our Fall retreat was canceled due to the recently contained wildfires in Sonoma.

To ensure all our students get the best possible experiential training in Existential-Humanistic therapeutic practices EHI has created a new single combined training for our 2017-2018 programs. This will be held in April of 2018. Students will receive the complete training previously experienced in our two retreats in one intensive retreat. A total of forty-three training hours are scheduled in this updated Experiential Training.

Please contact Michelle, EHI admin for more details: admin[at]

Current EHI Programs That Feature This New Single Experiential Training

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 E-H Therapy foundational core by integrating both theory and practice into each course. New to EHI? Join this year long program which is open to licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills and full or half-time students in a masters or doctoral psychology program.

Gain a Foundation in E-H Therapy Practice
Foundations Certificate Program Info »


Experiential Training Retreat Program
For those interested in engaging in EHI Experientials.

Open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's Experiential Training. 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. Designed for attendance and participation at the retreat is the only commitment, no additional course-work required.

Experiential Training Retreat Program Info »


Who Should Apply to an EHI Program?

Students who find this training effective include psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, nurses, creative and expressive arts therapists, medical doctors, and psychologists. EHI welcomes international students in all of our programs.

EHI Supports the North Bay Communities

How To Volunteer During the Wildfire Disaster Recovery

EHI faculty and students are volunteering up in the communities affected by the most wildfires. For therapeutic professionals and concerned neighbors who want to help we would like to share some information that is being shared with us.

Volunteers and Donations Welcome

Here are some of the places you can contact to volunteer or donate.

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma has opportunities for both Volunteering and Donating. Listed are evacuation shelters in need of volunteers, donation centers.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is looking for volunteers.

Salvation Army of Santa Rosa needs help sorting donations.

The Red Cross is accepting volunteers for Sonoma County: please visit the Red Cross Volunteer Connection to sign up.

Redwood Psychological Association

Joe Puentes, PsyD, President of the RPA has offered his listserv to members to share resources and information about needs in the community. He also asks that non-members who are interested can contact to request crisis support information via their listserv.

Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Site

Visit the Disaster Healthcare Volunteer Site if you're a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California who would like to volunteer for disaster service.

Sonoma County Wildfire News and Resources

The Sonoma County News page lists wildfire related resources, the lastest news, current evacuations, fire updates, as well as resources for evacuees and those effected by the wildfires.

Mental Health Support During and After a Disaster

Nancy Haugen, PhD specializes in 'Disaster Mental Health' created some 'Cliff's Notes' to keep in mind so that we can all be empowered to support mental health for those in pain.

    Trauma Support
  1. Whereas in the Emergency Room there is the Golden Hour (time to get to the ER when there has been a trauma), in Disaster Mental Health there is the Golden Month. There are 30 days from the point of the disaster, to make a major difference. Any intervention, support, kindness that can happen during those 30 days will change the long-term outcome. It is significant.
  2. Given how the brain shuts down in a disaster, victims are not able to process words very well. They will track on tone of your voice and your body posture.
  3. Don't problem solve, most important task is to just Listen.
  4. Sharing where resources are is important – if possible, give a written form of the list so that they can refer to it later. They won't remember much if you just tell them.
  5. Asking open ended questions (How can I help?) are not helpful because it asks too much of the victim's brain to figure that out. Present two choices with yes or no answer. (May I drop off food Friday or Saturday?)
  6. After the fires are contained, and the media leaves (referred to as the Honeymoon period – "we're going to make it! We're going to stick together!), most victims experience depression. The research indicates that the depression will last for a while, so keep in mind that ongoing supportive gestures, any intervention, support, kindness, is still needed. After the depression period lifts (can be as long as a couple years), people most often report that they feel that they have a new life.

Please Cut/Paste & Repost! We thank you for your community support in the efforts to spread the Importance of Mental Health!

The Existential Cafe: A Bay Area E-H Community Gathering
Updated 10/17/2017

The Existential Cafe - A Bay Area Community Group for Existential-Humanistic leaning professionals and students.

Hello Existential-Humanistic Fellow Travelers,
You are invited to a hosted social gathering and existential discussion. This is an informal way for us to build the strength and collaborative possibilities in our EHI community.

Newcomers are very welcome! Join us for this community event/gathering for newcomers, students, and friends. 

There will be a couple of short experiential activities, after which we will break into informal discussion and general schmoozing.

What: Existential Cafe: An E-H Community Gathering
Contact EHI Admin, Michelle to be notified of the next gathering: info[@]
Cost: Free- RSVP Requested to Michelle: info[@]

We will provide drinks (wine, water, soda) and you all are welcome to bring some nibbles to share.

We hope you will be able to attend! And please feel free to invite friends or colleagues who might also be interested in the event.

Email Michelle at info[at] for more information and meeting address.

Enrollment is open for the 2017/2018 Cohorts[Nov 1st, 2017]

EHI's teaching staff, Orah Krug, PhD Kirk Schneider, PhD, Sonja Saltman, MA, MFT, Nader Shabahangi, PhD, Troy Piwowarski, PsyD invite you to join us in one of our Existential-Humanistic education and training programs.

EHI is now accepting applications for two spots in the updated 2017-2018 cohort, apply today!

Due to the impact of the Sonoma wildfires, EHI has updated the 2017-2018 programs to provide one single combined training for the cohorts in April, 2018. The Foundations Certificate program cohort will be starting the Online Course in Existential-Humanistic (E-H) Therapy in November, there is still time to join us for this unique training program in E-H therapeutic theory and hands-on technique!

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 Experiential Training Program for students who might not be interested in the certificates, but would like to participate in EHI's Experiential Training.

Apply to an EHI Program Today »

EHI Faculty Sonja Saltman working in triad with students at Experiential


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 Clinical Training Coordinator and Assiocate Professor, 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 E-H Therapy Consult Group

The 2017 Fall Group is full. If you would like to be notified when the 2018 Spring EH Therapy Consult Group opens please email Michelle at admin[at]

We are pleased to continue to offer the monthly Existential - Humanistic Consult Group for the Bay Area. The current group is twice a year, Fall and Spring.

In this group you will work with Dr. Orah Krug to deepen your understanding of how to work with clients from an existential-humanistic 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:$350 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 30 days prior to start of group to secure your place. Due to limited group size missed sessions are non-transferable.

Recommended Upcoming Workshops

From Our Friends at the San Francisco Psychological Association

Becoming A More Effective Therapist: A Research-Based Synthesis Of Humanistic Psychotherapies with David J. Cain

David J. Cain, Ph.D.,ABPP

Date:October 20, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location:UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion
Cost:Free for SFPA Members; $15 for non-members
2 CEs Avail

Summary of Presentation
The research base of humanistic psychotherapies has burgeoned in the last 20 years. It is now substantial and compelling. The accumulative research evidence is now adequate to propose an integrated model of humanistic practice grounded in well-established evidence-based practice (EBP). This includes quantitative and qualitative research, case studies, change-process research, efficacy and effectiveness research, and RCTs, as well as established clinical experience and wisdom that have stood the test of time.

The proposed synthesis identifies the major humanistic variables that affect the process and outcome of humanistic psychotherapies. The review integrates research on humanistic psychotherapies over the past 70+ years, with an emphasis on those bodies of research that are most compelling over time. The twenty proposed premises interweave therapist and client variables, interactive variables, and guidelines regarding where therapists should focus to maximize the effects of therapy. The primary goal of the synthesis is to illuminate how therapists and clients work together to make therapy optimally effective. The proposed integrative model will have wider applications in the larger field of psychotherapy, especially since it has moved increasingly toward integrative models of practice.

For more information and to register please visit the workshop page here >>

Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference

December 13-17, 2017

Conference Presented by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California

About the Conference
Every five years since 1985, the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference attracts worldwide attention as the most respected gathering of master practitioners in the field of psychotherapy. Created and sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation (and co-sponsored by Cal State Fullerton Department of Counseling, and the School of Behavioral Sciences, and California Southern University) the Conference includes workshops, point/counterpoint discussions, state of the art clinical demonstrations, dialogues, panels, and conversation hours. Beginning in 2009, the conference was scheduled on a four-year cycle.

Find out More:
For more info please visit the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference site here >>

Download the Conference Brochure
The full range of conference faculty,the session schedule is available for download here >>

Register Today
Jump right in and register for the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference today >>

Interested in the EHI Certificate & Training Programs?

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View the EHI Modular Experiential Training Program details here

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