Existential-Humanistic NorthWest

Existential Meaning-Making: The Heart of Therapeutic Change Presented by: Orah Krug Ph.D. Friday, October 2, 2015 9:00am to 4:30pm Ambridge Event Center, Portland, OR

Join author, therapist, and thought-leader in Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy Orah Krug, Ph.D. for a day of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises in meaning-making as a central element of therapeutic change.

Meaning-Making & Therapeutic Change

Dr. Krug's presentation  combines lecture, case examples and experiential exercises to identify and describe the process of existential meaning-making, and explores how the act of “making sense” of an experience, is central to our client's therapeutic change.

Recent research has identified that “contextual factors” rather than specific techniques or treatments are overwhelmingly responsible for effective therapy. Other prominent research shows that meaning-making, a contextual factor fundamental to Existential-Humanistic therapy, is at the heart of transformational healing and change in therapy. In lecture and exercises, Dr. Krug will show how individuals participate in constituting their realities by making meaning of their perceptions and experiences and then comprehend  their new experiences using meanings made in the past. Dr. Krug will show how consciousness, personal freedom and responsibility can operate in this reflective therapy process to promote creation of new ways of being with self, others and the world.

Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to:
  • Describe and define the existential meaning-making process.
  • Learn how meaning making is foundational to therapeutic change and how to use meaning making with therapy clients.
  • Participate in exercises that illustrate and teach the process.
  • Practice contextual factors like presence in dyadic exercises in meaning making. 

Workshop Fees:
Professional Registration - $150
Students - $75

Includes continental breakfast, beverages and lunch

Online registration has closed, but you can still do day-of registration prior to 9am at Ambridge Event Center. Payment for day-of registration is by check or cash.

6 CEs through NASW

About Orah Krug Ph.D.

Orah T. Krug, Ph.D., is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Oakland, and Sausalito, CA. She is a faculty member of Saybrook University, and an editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Krug is a founding member and Clinical Director of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI) of San Francisco. Under Dr. Krug’s direction, EHI offers consultation, foundational and advanced certificate programs and retreat style trainings in E-H Therapy. One of these trainings is in partnership with Saybrook University. http://ehinstitute.org/existential-therapy-certificate.html.) 

Most recently, Dr. Krug authored the chapter, “Existential, Humanistic, Experiential Therapies in Historical Perspective,” (2015) in The Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapies, Oxford Press, in publication. She co-authored the chapter, with J. Pearson, “Cultivation Psychotherapist Artistry: Model Existential-Humanistic Training Programs,” (2014) in The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (2nd edition) (Eds., Schneider, K., Pearson, F., & Bugental, J.). 

Dr. Krug co-authored the textbook, with K. Schneider, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (2010) part of a monograph series for the American Psychological Association. Currently she is writing, with Dr. Schneider, the companion APA monograph on supervision and training in E-H therapy. 

Dr. Krug has interviewed her mentors James Bugental and Irvin Yalom in a collection of 3 videos. Two videos with Bugental (2006) are entitled, "Conversations with Jim" and "Joe: A Demonstration of the Consultation Process." Dr. Krug's recent interview with Irvin Yalom (2015) is entitled "Irvin Yalom: On Psychotherapy and Writing." 

Her current research focuses on the relationship between existential meaning-making processes and therapeutic change. 

Dr. Krug may be reached at orahkrug@gmail.com