Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential II   [Archived Catalog]
2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

EHTP 2046 - Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential II

This course is the second of two four-day experiential courses given by Existential-Humanistic Institute/Saybrook instructors as part of the Certificate program leading to a Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice. This Certificate program requires that both Part I and Part II be taken sequentially. The courses will be held off site, EHTP 2045  in October and EHTP 2046 in March. For specific dates and more information visit the Existential-Humanistic Institute website at www.ehinstitute.org., click on "Certificate programs." Experiential courses I and II will offer some theory but will primarily focus on skill development. The existential- humanistic approach will be taught in live and video demonstrations, experiential exercises, and dyad work. An overarching assumption of the e-h approach is that it is the client's in the moment experiencing that forms both the underlying and actual process of therapy. This assumption anchors the existential practitioner in the principles of practice that focus on experience over explanation and process over content. This skill development, experiential course EHTP 2046 builds on experiential course EHTP 2045  by deepening the student's ability to cultivate therapeutic presence, to attend to both intrapsychic and interpersonal processes, to recognize and illuminate personal life meanings, to cultivate a safe and intimate therapeutic relationship, to work with transference and counter transference within an existential context, to work existentially with resistance, and to recognize and work with existential life issues which may be present but disguised. By gaining competency in these fundamental principles, the student will have a solid skill set for effective practice and have a foundation from which additional approaches such as a cognitive-behavioral one can be employed. The Certificate program is intended as a mentoring experience that emphasizes the development of the practitioner as a whole person, appreciating that clinical practice is an art as much as a science. 3 credit(s)