2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]
Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice Certificate
Certificate Lead: Orah T. Krug, Ph.D.
Sponsored by: Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology (EHTP) Specialization, Clinical Psychology Degree Program, and the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI)
Recent research places existential-humanistic therapy not on the fringe, but squarely at the center of psychological theory and practice. The Certificate program provides a foundational core that focuses on both theory and skill development. The theoretical part focuses on existential-humanistic therapy with an emphasis on two of its founders, Rollo May and James Bugental. An overarching assumption of existential-humanistic therapy is that the client’s in-the-moment experience forms both the underlying and actual process in therapy. This assumption anchors the existential therapist in the principles of practice that focus on experience over explanation and process over content.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the Certificate, students will be able to…
- Identify meaning-making processes unfolding in the present moment.
- Illuminate these actual but often unrecognized processes by cultivating intra-psychic and interpersonal presence.
- Develop a safe and intimate therapeutic relationship.
- Recognize and work with existential life issues that may be present but disguised.
- Recognize and work with transference and counter-transference issues within an existential framework.
Note: Students without previous clinical training or not involved in a clinical psychology degree program at Saybrook may be eligible if they have a strong background in existential or humanistic therapy
The following are required courses:
- * EHTP 2040 Existential Psychotherapies
- * EHTP 6150 Existential Psychotherapies II: Rollo May and the Existential Tradition
- * EHTP 2047 Existential Psychotherapies III: James Bugental and the Existential-Humanistic Tradition
Two experiential courses:
- * EHTP 2045 Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential I**
- * EHTP 2046 Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential II**
**These two four-night/five-day experiential courses offer a total of 48 hours of skill development training. These courses are offered sequentially beginning in the fall semester, concluding in the spring semester. Tuition for the certificate program is included in Saybrook’s tuition. The only additional costs for Saybrook’s students are for lodging and food at the retreat which students pay for separately through EHI. The experiential courses are held at a retreat center, the exact dates for the coming year can be found on the EHI/Saybrook Certificate Program page.http://ehinstitute.org/ehi-saybrook-eh-psychology-therapy-certificate.html.
* Integrative Paper/Seminar
* One year of personal therapy taken either before or during the year-long program is strongly recommended.
As an added bonus, students enrolled in the Certificate program will be able to attend the annual conference of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI) at a reduced rate. Information about the conference can be found on the EHI Conference page: http://ehinstitute.org/conference.html
* Receive an additional 12 hours of skill development training, specifically intended for Certificate program students