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CPD Mental Health: CPSY x560: Essential Existential Psychotherapy

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

CPSY x560– Essential Existential Psychotherapy
Friday, February 28, 9-5PM, Rm. 160, $168

*** 6.5 Continuing Education Hours ***


Essential Existential Psychotherapy (7 hours) 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.


At the conclusion of this workshop participants will:

Know how to distinguish between existential and neurotic anxiety

Identify four phases of therapy and related interventions

Distinguish crucial differences between deductive and inductive theories.

Distinguish between insight and phenomenological approaches

Use clients’ immediate experience as methods of therapeutic change


Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, Graduate Students


Jerry Shapiro was born and raised in Boston. He received an A.B. from Colby College, an M.A. from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. His APA internship was at Hawaii State Hospital.  From 1970 to 1981, he taught at the University of Hawaii, where he was awarded the Regents Medal for outstanding teaching among senior faculty.  In 2006, he received the Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship, the highest honor for Scholarship awarded by Santa Clara University. He also held a visiting professorship at UC Santa Cruz and was president of PsyJourn Corporation, developers of self-help computer-assisted counseling software.

Shapiro is a licensed clinical psychologist in Hawaii and California, holds a diplomate from the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists, is a certified clinical consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is a certified group therapist by the National Registry. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division of Family Psychology).

He has authored and edited nine books including The Measure of a Man, Becoming a Father: Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives (winner of a Book of the Year award from the American Journal of Nursing); When Men Are Pregnant, Brief Group Treatment: A Practical Guide for Counselors and Therapists; and Trance on Trial, which won the 1991 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award for Literary Excellence in Law and Psychiatry. He has also authored over 100 journal articles, made over 200 professional presentations and addresses and appeared in popular print and electronic media - over 200 radio and TV programs.

His research interests focus on life transitions: The post midlife transition; the transition to college; couples' transition to family and fatherhood, and he makes frequent media appearances discussing men's issues, pregnancy, intimacy, aging, psychological issues in finance and family business. 
Shapiro consults regularly with family businesses and company management teams.
He and his wife, Susan, also a Clinical Psychologist, live in Los Altos and have two children. He describes himself as an itinerant softball pitcher and folk musician.




Cost: $168


Loyola Hall

Christina Enquist, Ed.D.
Tel 408-551-1981