What Role Does Technology Play in Communication?

Erving Polster, PhD, 90+ year old master therapist, presenter, and author, opened the Existential Humanistic Institute 2017 Conference with an audience discussion via Skype.

Though he doesn’t see or hear very well, and no longer facilitates in-person therapeutic groups, the keynote speaker had an insightful distance conversation with conference attendees. Combining human interaction with distance delivery, the speaker and members of the audience came up with several realizations, including the following:

Erving:  The computer cannot be a good substitute for the group experience, but it can be a good intermediary.

Kirk:  The computer is difference from letter writing because it has a lot of advertisements.

Marlene:  If you were with us personally, what would be your theme for us today?

 

Erving: Existence (experience) comes before essence (meaning). However, the experience is not sufficient, also need meaning.  Human beings need meaning and belonging. The medium is the message is confusing.  To me it means there is an inseparability between the communicator and what he is communicating.

Sonya: Facebook is the medium, it’s not the guilty party…There’s hardly anything so good that it can’t be overdone. (i.e., reading or the computer).

Erving: How wondrous that I can be talking to you in San Francisco this way…Things can happen in communities that are stimulated by the computer.

AgeSong’s elder communities throughout the San Francisco Bay area are alive with in-person impromptu and planned groups that demonstrate the value of meaningful intergenerational  group interactions.

Through distance delivery,  the AgeSong Today blog shares this documentation with the world.

 

 

EHI Now Enrolling Students in the 2016/17 Existential Humanistic Therapy Practice Programs

Enrollment is Open for EHI’s 2016-2017 Education and Training Programs

Orah Krug, Ph.D. EHI Clinical Director

The Existential-Humanistic Institute’s(EHI) 2016/17 teaching staff, Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, Sonja Saltman, Nader Shabahangi, and Troy Piwowarski invite you to join one of our three unprecedented Existential-Humanistic education and training programs this upcoming 2016/2017 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 would like to participate in EHI’s two curriculum year Experientials.

Apply to an EHI Program Today »

EHI 2016/2017 Experiential Dates Announced

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

The students who are accepted into the upcoming cohorts will enjoy the wonderful ambiance and food that are provided by the fantastic 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 2016/2017 Cohorts

Experiential I

• Sun, October 23rd, 2016 – Thurs, October 27th, 2016

Experiential II

• Fri, March 24th, 2017 – Tues, Mar 28th, 2017

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

EHI’s Sonja Saltman works in triad with students at Experiential

Troy Piwowarski and Orah Krug at Experiential

Troy Piwowarski and Orah Krug at EHI Retreat

Questions?

EHI is here to answer them!

Do you have questions about a program or about becoming an EHI student?Orah Krug, our Clinical Director, and Troy Piwowarski, EHI’s Coordinator of Education and Training 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@ehinstitute.org

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EHI is a program of Pacific Institute.

 

Register for EHI’s Nov 15 Colloquium on E-H Therapy – Future of Psychotherapy

How do we train developing therapists and how do we continue to deepen our practice throughout the years?

EHI Group Discussion Laguna Rooftop

This colloquium and one-day workshop will encourage participants to share their ideas about the vital skills and attitudes that a therapist in training needs to learn and develop, and with regard to the practicing therapist, which skills and attitudes will not only enrich and deepen clinical work but also perhaps impact society in general.

NOV 15, 2014

Day-long event for E-H Therapists and Therapists-in-Training
9:30am – 5:00pm
EHI at AgeSong
624 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94201

EHI Event Updates

www.ehinsitute.org/events

Register Today!
SPONSORED BY

Pacific Institute and AgeSong Living

Pacific Institute’s GeroWellness Program is an Existential-Humanistic Oriented Internship and Practicum Program for Developing Therapists and is part of the AgeSong Living Platform.

Visit www.pacificinstitute.org and www.agesong.com for more information on these programs.

Upcoming EHI Colloquium Nov 15 “The Future of Psychotherapy”

How do we train developing therapists and how do we continue to deepen our practice throughout the years?

EHI Group Discussion Laguna Rooftop

This colloquium will encourage participants to share their ideas about the vital skills and attitudes that a therapist in training needs to learn and develop, and with regard to the practicing therapist, which skills and attitudes will not only enrich and deepen clinical work but also perhaps impact society in general.

NOV 15, 2014
9:30am – 5:00pm
EHI at AgeSong
624 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94201

EHI Event Updates

www.ehinsitute.org/events

Register Today!
SPONSORED BY

Pacific Institute and AgeSong Living

Pacific Institute’s GeroWellness Program is an Existential-Humanistic Oriented Internship and Practicum Program for Developing Therapists and is part of the AgeSong Living Platform.

Visit www.pacificinstitute.org and www.agesong.com for more information on these programs.

EHI —The Future of Psychotherapy: COLLOQUIUM

EHI-Colloquium THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY: COLLOQUIUM

How do we train developing therapists and how do we continue to deepen our practice throughout the years?

This colloquium will encourage participants to share their ideas about the vital skills and attitudes that a therapist in training needs to learn and develop, and with regard to the practicing therapist, which skills and attitudes will not only enrich and deepen clinical work but also perhaps impact society in general.

We hope that our discussions and dialogue will contribute to the profession of psychotherapy by stimulating clinicians, educators, trainers, schools, and licensing agencies to reflect upon the necessary components of effective psychotherapy.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at this year’s EHI “The Future of Psychotherapy” Colloquium.

Sincerely, Nader Shabahangi, EHI President & Conference Coordinator Mary Madrigal, EHI Board Member & Conference Coordinator

DATE: November 15, 2014   –– 10:00am – 5:00pm

LOCATION: AgeSong, 624 Laguna Street, SF, CA 94102

COST: $75

CEU 4 CEU’s available for BBS (RNs, MFTs & LCSWs) & Psychologists

REGISTER ONLINE: EHI Colloquium Registration

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Discussions & Dialogue about Effective E-H Psychotherapeutic Practices

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Open to Educators, Clinicians, Trainers, Schools & Practicing Therapists!

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EHI Event Updates: www.ehinstitute.org/events.html

Nader Shabahangi of AgeSong Contributes to The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology

The Handbook of Humanistic PsychologyEHI and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology – EHI Contributor Profiles

 

This blog series highlights an EHI faculty member and/or an EHI affiliated contributing author to The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology. This week’s post features Nader Shabahangi and his chapter on Humanistic Elder Care.

Why Humanistic Eldercare? Read this excerpt from Nader’s contributed piece to get a preview of Ch.16 Humanistic Eldercare: Toward a New Conceptual Framework for Aging.

“The present conceptual framework used in the way we look at aging and the way we care for our elders is demeaning and harmful to our elders and to the well-being of our societies at large. Yet, from large to small eldercare corporations Continue reading

E Mark Stern Remembered

[Originally published on E-H Institute’s Blog and reprinted here with permission.
Dr E Mark Stern

In Memorium:  Mentor, Friend, “Father” Mark Stern

 

(Excerpted from eulogy delivered by Kirk Schneider at St. Paul’s of the Apostles Chapel, New York City)

 

There are so many things I could express about my dear friend, mentor, paternal inspiration, Mark.  I could express to you my sentiments about his complex, beautiful mind that wove complex, beautiful, if wildly wonderful elliptical, prose. His wondrous stories of the early days of psychoanalysis and humanistic psychology—the wild people he and Virginia knew intimately, the life of being awake, alive, adventurous,  of how we were instantly attracted to/appreciative of one another—the bond somewhat enigmatic at first yet quickly realized in each other’s shared skepticism/cynicism about our profession, the world of politics, and the world of Spirit—and yet equally, passionately I could convey our shared wonder, marvel, and indeed awe toward each of those and more, so much more.  I could share with you my admiration of how deeply Mark cared for those whom he loved,  such as his wife Virginia and his family. Continue reading

Annual Arts Omega Retreat Scheduled for April 24-29

The annual “Arts Omega” Weeklong Retreat will take place in Sonoma County, CA on Thursday, April 24 through Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Arts Omega, a group of some twenty existential psychotherapists, founded by Existential Psychologist James Bugental, has been convening for over twenty years.

In her book “A Comparative Study of James Bugental and Irvin Yalom, Two Masters of Existential Psychotherapy,” author Orah Krug (2007) said:

Excerpt from book

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Upcoming Event: CITY LIGHTS at 60 w/ Kirk J Schneider

City Lights books at 60 A panel with EHI's Kirk SchneiderCity Lights at 60 is hosting a panel on Dec 8 to discuss the Beats, Bohemianism and Alternative Spirituality
Panel includes Kirk Schneider, PhD, Marc Applebaum, PhD, Tony Stigliano, PhD and is moderated by Yannis Toussulis, PhD

source: City Lights Books Events Calendar

CITY LIGHTS AT 60: Hip, Cool, and Beatitude-The Beats, Bohemianism, and Alternative Spirituality

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 5:00 P.M.
City Lights Booksellers
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA

This presentation will begin with a short lecture on the Beat Generation’s contribution to religious heresy in America and the spiritual underpinnings of the hipster archetype. Additional references will be made to the earlier romantic and transcendentalist roots of the Beats; and a panel will discuss the current influence of the Beats in literature, the arts, philosophy, psychology, and alternative approaches to spirituality.

Moderator:

Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D. – specialist in the psychology of religion, former director of the Consciousness Studies Program at Antioch University/West, and adjunct professor of political and intercultural psychology at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Author of Sufism and the Way of Blame (Quest Books, 2011).

Panel Discussants:

Marc Applebaum, Ph.D. – faculty member at Saybrook University and consulting editor at the Journal of Humanistic Psychology; specialist in phenomenological and hermeneutical research, cross-cultural psychology, and religious studies.

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. – vice president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is author of ten books including Awakening to Awe (Jason Aronson, 2009) and The Polarized Mind (University Professors Press, 2013).

Tony Stigliano, PhD – moral and political philosopher and adjunct professor of psychology at Alliant International University; former lecturer at CalBerkeley School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and take place at City Lights Bookstore | 261 Columbus Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94133
For more information, call City Lights at 415-362-8193.

AgeSong & Pacific Institute Host Upcoming Existential-Humanistic Institute 7th Annual Conference

EHI 2013 Conference Program GuidePacific Institute and AgeSong Proudly Host
The 7th Annual E-H Institute 2013 Conference

[CEU’s Available: RN, MFT and LCSW]

Join us in San Francisco for two days of break out sessions and speakers as we explore this year’s theme, “Befriending Anxiety and Worry: Finding Strength and Meaning in Everyday Living.”

EHI:7 Conference Quick Links and Info


EHI Proudly Welcomes

E. Mark Stern, PhD

Opening Keynote Speaker EHI:7 2013 

“Grow Old Along With Me: A Psychotherapist Looks at His Own Aging”

“Elders, defying their forgetfulness, become the tellers of passionate tales… Alternative realities are a means to soul making.” Dr. Stern states that he has come to appreciate the unique poetics of a tousled mind and that pain and suffering, too, can move us into an unfamiliar paradigm. He states that “through an acceptance of the vitality of dying, we once again know the world. ”

E. Mark Stern, EdD, ABPP is a humanistic psychology junkie. The more so since his retirement as Professor Emeritus from the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Iona College and many many many years of private practice of clinical psychology and wild psychoanalysis. After being part of the psychological community in New York City, he now lives in near retirement in a very small town BUT serves as Finance Chair of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee. Yet he finds it impossible to “fix” a traffic ticket.- E Mark Stern, “Inflections” Society for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter | October 2009. View Dr. Sterns full bio here at APADivisions.org


2013 EHI7 Speakers and Sessions

EHI has an exciting line-up of these speakers and sessions for the EHI7 2013 Annual Conference.

Opening Keynote with E. Mark Stern, PhD: “Grow Old Along With Me: A Psychotherapist Looks at His Own Aging “

Ken Bradford, PhD: “Rude Awakening: Trauma as a Portal to Authentic Presence “

Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT:“Six Existential-Humanistic Philosophical Frames: Empowering the Therapist”

Patrick Faggianelli PhD: “Aikido and Psychotherapy”

Lisa Firestone, PhD and Joyce Catlett: “Creating a Meaningful Life: Through Facing the Anxiety of Being an Adult”

Tom Greening, PhD and Lisa Vallejos, MA: “Existential Shattering”

Candice Hershman, MA, LMFT, Doctoral Candidate and Sonja Saltman, MA:“Befriending Each Other: Befriending Agency & Meaning Through Community”

Heatherlyn Hoffman, PsyD, Louis Hoffman, PhD and Theopia Jackson, PhD: “Cultural Competency & Existential Psychotherapy”

Elva Hoxie, PhD, RN, MPH: “The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on the Survivor’s Spouse/Partner From an Existential-Humanistic Perspective”

John Ingle, MA:“The Existential Body of the Humanistic Mind, Somatic Trauma Therapy Insights From Near Death to Gentle Everyday Ecstatic Living “

Janet Jacobson, American Council on Exercise(ACE), CNA/HHA, RNA:“How Dancers Think and Feel”

Orah Krug, PhD: “Contact and Context—The Paradox of Relational Presence”

Ali Miller, MFT:“Befriending Ourselves through Self-Empathy: Nonviolent Communication as a Tool for Self-Compassion”

Koke Saavedra, PsyD and Galia Schechter, PsyD:“The Freedom to Choose in the Presence of our Fears and Anxieties: Mindful Acceptance or Mindful Inquiry?”

Kirk Schneider, PhD: “The Polarized Mind—Its Nature, Basis, and Therapeutic Implications”

Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, Sarah Kass, PhD, Candice Hershman, MFT and Eleanor Criswell, PhD:“The Art of Embodiment”

Jeff Sharp, PhD:“Addressing Grief and a Looming Abyss: Uncertainty, Terror and Unexpected Rewards”

Michael Guy Thompson, PhD:“Existential Freud: Converting Neurotic Misery Into Common Unhappiness”

Get more info on the EHI:7 Conference on the Events page on E-H Institute website.

Conference Contact: Dr. Mary Madrigal, email: 2013conf@ehinstitute.org