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Working with Nonverbal Communication to Navigate Conflict

September 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$10 – $35

This Workshop is Canceled

August 19th Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances this workshop has been canceled. We are looking forward to rescheduling this workshop in the future. When it gets rescheduled we will notify those who registered and our mailing list. Registrants will be refunded the fees paid.

Hosted by: Existential-Humanistic Institute

Date/Time: To Be Announced

3 CEs for live workshop attendance(pending approval)*. Fee: $18.50. For more information on CE offerings, or to request disability accommodations, please contact us at

Cost: $35* General/Professional; $20 Student/Elder: $10 Economic Hardship

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Some of the best writers note that words, according to Virginia Woolf, often “miss the mark.” They can create misunderstandings, inflame emotions, and polarize groups of people. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, a phenomenologist and dancer, advises us to go back to the “things themselves”: through detailed observation of the first language of all humans and sentient beings—movement—we can more accurately “read” other people and the world around us.

In this workshop, we will look at nonverbal language as one that is authentic (“the body does not lie”). Observing the nonverbal gives shades and layers of meaning that are often obscured in solely verbal communication. In this workshop, we will learn a simplified form of Labanotation- a movement notation system that uses existential dimensions of time, weight, space and flow to track the ongoing process of movement. It can also be used to track interpersonal movement as dialogue, and even tune into the rhythms of speech.

Learning to work with our clients with particular attention paid to their nonverbal language can help them develop a more authentic, integrated experience of self and connect with others in more gratifying ways. Comprehending the existential dimensions of nonverbal communication can reveal whole new layers of meaning and contribute to deeper understanding and increased harmony in a troubled and conflicted world.


Our Presenter: Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT
EHI Affiliate Instructor

Ilene Serlin is a licensed psychologist and registered dance/movement therapist in practice in San Francisco and Marin county. She is the past president of the San Francisco Psychological Association, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, past-president of the Division of Humanistic Psychology. Ilene has taught at Saybrook University, Lesley University, UCLA, the NY Gestalt Institute and the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She is the editor of Whole Person Healthcare (2007, 3 vol., Praeger), over 100 chapters and articles on body, art and psychotherapy, and is on the editorial boards of PsycCritiques, The American Journal of Dance Therapy, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and The Humanistic Psychologist. Ilene studied Labanotation for 3 years at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute in NY with Irmgard Bartenieff, student of Rudolf von Laban. Her research interests include existential and humanistic psychotherapy, Buddhist and Jewish spiritual practices, dance movement therapy and women’s issues.

Continuing Education

3 CEs Pending . Fee: $18.50

APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Many licensing boards for LPCs, LCSWs, and LMFT’s accept CE credits from an APA Approved Provider for their continuing education requirements. Please check with your Board or your Board’s website to find out if they accept CEs from an APA Approved Provider like Society of Humanistic Psychology.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credit from APA Approved Providers!

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September 11, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$10 – $35
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