Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center


Jul 12, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Loyola Hall
Cost : $140

*Cancelled!* Practical Existential Psychotherapy


Course # - CPSY x560
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6

*Course has been Cancelled!*

Course Objectives:

  • Class members will learn the difference between existential and neurotic anxiety
  • Class members will learn the four phases of existential therapy
  • Class members will learn about the centrality of the here-and-now in existential therapy
  • Class members will learn about awareness in this form of therapy (vs insight or behavior change)
  • Class members will learn about how this form of therapy emerges from philosophy and is focused on subjective experience
  • Class members will learn on the role played by the therapists? personal experiences.   

Course Description:

Among the major approaches to psychotherapy, Existential Psychotherapy integrates dynamic, cognitive, behavioral and humanistic and yet is a powerfully unique, active approach to therapy.
Based on philosophical and spiritual traditions, Existential Therapy focuses on the personal subjective experience of meaning. Existential therapy explores the inner world as the client creates it. This workshop focuses on the American approaches to existential therapy. Beginning with the philosophical/spiritual approaches of Tillich and Buber, the workshop synthesizes the therapeutic approaches of Frankl, Bugental, Yalom and May.
Constructs employed include the centrality of choice, the tension between the fear of the unknown (freedom) and the stagnation of the status quo (security), the salience of the here-and-now experience of self and the therapist use of self.

The workshop is rich with practical clinical tips and demonstrations. The use of metaphor and storytelling are shown as integral techniques in therapy especially when combined with CBT, dynamic and constructivist approaches.
Four additional CE units are available from reading Dr. Shapiro?s recent book  Finding Meaning, Facing Fears in the Autumn of Your Years (45-65). 


Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D., ABMP, CGP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice since 1970. He is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Santa Clara University Family Business Forum and has been consulting with Business (especially family owned businesses) for 25 years. Dr. Shapiro has been a frequent presenter on topics of finances and psychotherapy to professional organizations.   


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