Certificate Program Director: Orah T. Krug, Ph.D. 
Recent research places existential-humanistic therapy not on the fringe, but squarely at the center of psychological theory and practice. The certificate 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.
The skill-development part focuses on learning to:
By gaining competency in these fundamental principles, you will have a solid core of practice and a foundation from which additional modalities, such as a cognitive-behavioral approach, can be employed. The program is intended as a mentoring experience that emphasizes your development as a whole person, appreciating that psychotherapy is an art as much as a science.
The certificate program, run by the Existential-Humanistic Institute  and Saybrook University, is open to full or half-time students in good standing. Coursework may satisfy both certificate and degree requirements. 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. It will take one-to-two years to complete this certificate.
The certificate requires three credits each for five academic and experiential courses, plus one credit for final integrative paper, for a total of 16 credits.
1. Three academic courses taken via distance learning. Instructors will be assigned after you have been accepted.
2. Two experiential courses:
3. Final Integrative Paper
4. A year of personal therapy taken either before or during the yearlong program is strongly recommended.
5. As an added bonus, students enrolled in the Certificate Program will be able to:
There is no additional cost for Saybrook students, except added expenses for food and lodging for the additional days needed for the experiential courses at the Residential Conference.
If you are a current Saybrook student in good-standing, you should apply and register for this certificate at: http://ehinstitute.org/ehi-eh-therapy-certificate.html . Complete and submit the application online. Once accepted to the program, you will receive the course registration information. This certificate may be taken either as part of, or in addition to, your current degree studies.
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For specific questions on this program, contact:
Orah T. Krug, PhD
Certificate Program Director, Saybrook Faculty
Director of Training, Existential-Humanistic Institute