September 23, 2019

Upcoming Workshop: Envisioning Eldership on Dec 7, 2019


Envisioning Eldership: Embracing a Joyous View of Life and Living – An Existential, Process-Oriented Approach

A Day-Long Workshop

Developed & Facilitated by EHI Core Instructor Dr. Nader Shabahangi, MFT, RCFE

Date: Saturday, Dec 7th, 2019

Time: 10:15am-4:45pm/ 10:00 am checkin

Location: The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117

Cost: Regular Ticket – $140 Early Bird/$155 after Nov 18th
Student and/or Elder Ticket- $120.00 Early bird/$135 after Nov 18th

Scholarships: A couple of scholarship tickets are available, please reach out to Michelle for more details at

Due to the nature of the programming a limited number of tickets are available for this workshop.

Ticket Refund Policy: Full refund minus a $15 admin fee if withdrawn by November 14th; a 50% refund if withdrawn Nov 15th – 26th. No refund available after Nov 27th, 2019.

Continuing Education: The fees above do not include cost for CEs. We have applied for CE sponsorship for 5 hrs. We will send a follow-up email about CEs closer to the date of the workshop.

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Early-Bird Still Available Thru Nov 18th!

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Therapeutic Professionals and General Public Welcome

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Integrating existential-humanistic and process-oriented philosophy and methodology with the latest research in gerontology, this workshop will help participants understand the concept and practice of eldership and invite them to reflect on their own beliefs about adulthood and aging.

Participants will explore possibilities for developing new identity constructions and frameworks for conceptualizing aging, as well as meaning and purpose in old age. This new perspective can support not only psychotherapists but also any any person who is interested in more effectively working with elders and themselves. This approach and learning also contributes to the health and well-being of individuals and communities in general.

More than ever, we crave a new definition of aging that borrows from the great thinkers, artists, philosophers and wisdom traditions throughout history. Blending existential, process-oriented psychotherapeutic insights and centuries of philosophical wisdom with modern pragmatism learned from being a CEO of eldercare communities in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a quarter of a century, this workshop seeks a thoughtful map on aging, not a “To Do” list that illuminates yet another reason to fail.

Eldership isn’t a state, but a process. It’s not something to be achieved, but practiced in our own unique journey!

Nader Shabahangi, PhD, RCFE

Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D., RCFE, received his doctorate from Stanford University and is a licensed psychotherapist. His multicultural background has made him an advocate for different marginalized groups of society throughout his adult life. In the 1980’s he worked with abused children and teenagers and led anticipatory bereavement groups for Coming Home Hospice. In 1992 he founded the non-profit organization Pacific Institute with the purpose of training psychotherapists in a multicultural, humanistic approach to counseling and to provide affordable therapy services to the many diverse groups living in San Francisco.

In 1994, noticing the often inhumane treatment of the elderly living in institutions, he started to develop an innovative Gerontological Wellness Program in order to provide emotional support and mental health care services for the elderly. In 1997, together with his two brothers, Nader opened a residential care home for the elderly in San Francisco called Hayes Valley Care, where he could, along with the Pacific Institute Internship team, implement the Gerontological Wellness Program.


Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI)

EHI offers trainings, workshops and education in Existential-Humanistic approaches to psychotherapy. Formed in 1997 as a program under the auspices of the Pacific Institute, a non-profit organization in San Francisco, EHI continues to offer experiential training retreats, certificate programs, workshops, consultation groups, theory courses and community gatherings in the Bay Area with the goal of supporting existentially and humanistically informed psychologies and psychotherapies: approaches that focus on and nurture subjective experiential reflection of life’s deepest joys and predicaments.

Find out more about EHI’s 2020 Spring Existential-Humanistic Therapy Practice Experiential Training Retreat and 2020 Education & Training Programs!

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