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Rather suddenly, fall/autumn has well and truly arrived. In this newsletter you will find details about the upcoming EA AGM, EA training and introduction seminars, online course on anxiety, authentic living workshops, Dr. Längle's visit next year, as well as our featured article, by Board Member Derrick Klaassen, reporting on the first World Conference on existential therapy, which some of your fellow EA'ers attended in May.

Existential Analysis Canada - Annual General Meeting

The EA AGM will take place on Saturday, October 24, from 7pm to 8:30pm, at Trinity Western University (ROBERT THOMPSON BUILDING, ROOM 123). Below is the agenda for the meeting. All members are encouraged to attend. Additionally, if you would like to volunteer or nominate someone to sit on the EA board, please email Thomas Salley ( by October 15, 2015.

Agenda:  1.0    Call to Order & Welcome
                  2.0    Approval of Agenda
                  3.0    Board Chair Report
                  4.0    Financial Report
                  5.0    Cohorts 3, 4 & LA
                  6.0    EA Newsletter Discussion
                  7.0    Promotions Committee
                  8.0    Officers of the Society/Farewells/Election of Directors
                  9.0    Other Business
                10.0    Adjournment of AGM

Date: 24 October, 2015
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Robert Thompson Building, Room 123, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC -  (Click here for directions:

Upcoming Training

Introduction to Existential Analysis (Vancouver)

Professional Development Opportunity or as a Gateway to the Official Training Program

Date: Nov 28-30, 2015.
Location: East Vancouver
Facilitators: Beth Daley, Rochelle Chapman, Mike Mathers, Käri-Ann Thor
Cost: $120/day professional rate and $80/day student rate        

For info and registration, contact: Käri-Ann 604-253-5450 or

Intro Seminar -  USA Cohort  (Los Angeles)

For those individuals interested in joining the USA EA Training Cohort, in Los Angeles,  we are offering an Intro Seminar in Winter 2016. The purpose of this seminar is to give potential applicants an orientation to and taste of existential analytic training.  It can also be taken purely as a professional development experience.

Date: Winter, 2016
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Registration: Leslee Brown           

For further info and registration, contact: Beth Daley ( or Daniel Parker (   

More details about the training and further information about the Existential Society of Canada (affiliate of GLE-International) can be found at:

Existential Psychotherapy: Anxiety in Clinical Practice (Online Course)

Online course in which  Dr. Alfried Längle will teach: Existential understanding of anxiety, healthy versus pathological anxiety, the experience of anxiety, and basic treatments for anxiety. The course includes 18 hours (6 days) of training plus 1 hour of group supervision with Dr. Alfried Längle (FREE).

Start Date: November 1, 2015
Time: 9:00am (PST)

Authentic Living Workshops

For personal and professional development.  10 Themes: Inner Consent, Being in the World, Finding our Place, Trust, Likes and Dislikes, Grief, Boundaries, Self-Worth, Will, and Meaning.

When: Saturdays or Sundays
Time: 10:30am-4:30pm
Cost: $70 or $60 students

 For more Information, contact: Käri-Ann 604-253-5450 or

Dr. Alfried Längle's visit to Vancouver in February 2016

Dr. Längle will be visiting Vancouver from the 9th to the 15th of February, 2016. During his visit he will be conducting a presentation, a seminar, supervision, and training cohorts 3 and 4. See below for details.

Love – luck or personal achievement?
An existential perspective on a life moving experience

Presented by Dr. Alfried Längle

Love is probably the greatest theme of our existence. Although it is common to all of us, it is not easy – and today it may be more difficult than ever to define. Love is multifaceted, yet ungraspable. Its impact is immense, though it also results in great suffering. Routinely sung about, and eternally longed for, love nonetheless faces multiple threats: materialistic, physical, erotic, spiritual, ideological, and egotistical. Still, each of those domains must be married with love, for they encompass it, and take up space in our lives.

From where does love arise? What it is all about? What are its preconditions? And what are its existential characteristics? This presentation is a psychological trial, through which we will attempt to understand love a little bit better. These questions will help us to contribute to the understanding of love, in both success and failure.

Date: February 10, 2016. 
Time: 7pm
Location: Cullen Family Lecture Theatre, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver
Presenter: Dr. Alfried Längle
Registration: To follow

Open Seminar by Dr. Alfried Längle

Desire, Attraction, and the Body - Sexuality in Existence

Professional Development geared towards Existential Psychotherapy

Date: February 13-14, 2016
Location: To Follow
Cost: To Follow
Registration: To follow

Supervision with Dr. Alfried Längle

Date: February 15, 2016
Location: To Follow
Cost: To Follow
Registration: To follow - Only available to EA Training Cohorts 1-3

Featured EA Article

EA Canada Members Present at the World Congress of Existential Therapy in London in May 2015

Derrick Klaassen, PhD, RPsych

It was an auspicious event, this first World Congress of Existential Therapy.  Organized by Emmy VanDeurzen and Digby Tantum, professors at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC) in London, UK, the world community of existential therapy and psychology met in London, England, from May 14 to 17, 2015. The forum for the meeting was fitting to the occasion, as we were meeting only a stone’s throw away from Westminster Abbey in the Church House Conference Centre.  Approximately 800 delegates from many different countries (e.g., Argentina, Mexico, Canada, US, Germany, Austria, Russia, Australia, etc.) came together to learn from each other.  

One of the main purposes of this conference was to bring together existential therapists of all stripes for dialogue and collaboration.  I’m not quite sure why, but it seems that existential therapists have traditionally had a difficult time collaborating with each other.  One of the major aims of this conference was to start to change this.  A variety of existential therapy approaches (e.g., existential-humanistic therapy, Logotherapy, London-based existential analysis) were represented, including a very strong showing from our (Viennese style) of Existential Analysis.  By my reckoning, we had EAers present from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, the US, Australia, Russia, Ukraine, and the UK.

In reflecting on this conference, there are many highlights that continue to move me.  It was very encouraging to see such a strong contribution from EAers from Russia and other Eastern European countries.  Knowing the cost of the conference in one of the most expensive cities in the world as well as the low wages in these countries, the fact that 40 or 50 of them came to London is most impressive.  Their dedication to EA and hunger for it is deeply moving.  I was also very encouraged by the opportunity for us to meet together as a whole EA family.  Alfried and Silvia Längle, alongside their two daughters Regina and Angelika, arranged for an opportunity for about 70 of us to meet together and to get to know each other.  This provided the opportunity to meet EAers from around the world and the formal conversations were then supplemented by ongoing meetings on lunch breaks and in pubs in the following days.

As far as presentation highlights were concerned, I must admit that I was partial to the presentations from within our own school.  Alfried Längle gave a wonderful keynote on finding meaning.  He followed this up with a moving therapy demonstration with an audience volunteer who was grieving the loss of her husband. I was also very impressed with several presentations on embodiment and trauma by Karin Matuszak-Luss (Austria) and Natalia Ignatyeva (Russia).  They have clearly grappled deeply with the meaning of these themes from an EA perspective and have made substantial contributions to our clinical understanding of trauma and embodiment.  Many other presentations could also be noted, such as contributions about the process of EA training, grief and loss from an EA perspective, or papers on self-loss and addiction.

With respect to the contributions from EA Canada, it might interest you to know that the following individuals presented at the congress (and I might add, these were very strong contributions indeed!): Janelle Kwee, Mihaela Launeanu (who presented 4 times!), Bruce Muir, Sara Kier, Daniel Parker, Mike Mathers, and Derrick Klaassen.  Additionally, numerous other members of EA Canada came along for support and to attend the conference.  For those of you who are interested in the program, I would direct you here ( to see a brief overview and to Alfried Laengle’s website for various video/audio presentations (

If this brief overview of the congress has awoken your interest you might rightly ask what is next?  Well, it may interest you to know that one of the concrete outcomes of this congress was the formation of the World Confederation of Existential Therapy (WCET) ( This confederation – with participation from two of our own members (Rochelle Chapman and myself) is trying to provide an ongoing vehicle for collaboration and communication amongst existential therapists.  One of the first and chief tasks of this group is to establish an online forum for communication. Stay tuned for further information on this. Last but not least, the steering committee of the WCET will also be supporting Susan Signorelli (Argentina) and Yaqui Martinez (Mexico) and the Latin American Association for Existential Therapy (ALPE, with the preparation for the next World Congress which is scheduled to take place in Argentina in 2019.

In reflecting back on the congress, I leave it with a sense of hope and conviction.  I am more than ever affirmed in our own school of therapy – existential analysis.  The combination of a positive, life-affirming and holistic psychotherapy stood out to me amongst the other schools of existential therapy, not to mention among psychotherapies more generally.  I was also encouraged by our people, their capacities and dedication to making a difference in the world.  I hope that you will join us in continuing to spread the word about Existential Analysis and in seeking to collaborate with existential therapists from around the world in dialogue, scholarship, and in the ongoing development of existential analysis as a way to respond to human suffering.


Would you like to write an article for the EA Newsletter? We are looking for articles to include in our winter edition.

Here are some ideas that may prompt your creativity: How do you incorporate EA into your private practice? What brought you to EA?
If you are interested, please email Xavier Williams ( or Tanya Kliefoth (

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