EXISTENTIAL ANALYSIS CANADA
SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER
Update from the Existential Analysis Canada Board
Dear EA Canada Members and Friends,
I hope that this 2nd newsletter of 2016 finds you well. I am pleased to pass along to you a brief update on the work of our society and its members.
In our last newsletter, in February of this year, I announced the arrival and departure of several board members. I also reminded you about the public lecture by Dr. Alfried Längle in Vancouver on the topic of love. We had a record-breaking crowd join us on February 10 for Dr. Längle’s public lecture; in fact, for the first time we were required to use the overflow room at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver to accommodate all of the attendees. Our board and society continue to be heartened by the fact that, while we are still a fledgling society, there is much resonance from attendees and trainee participants to the experience of, and contributions from, Existential Analysis. I was recently reminded about this as I had the pleasure of translating some portions of the training materials for Cohort 3. We are blessed to have such a beautiful approach that is not only compelling theoretically and clinically, but also moves us deeply as human beings and practitioners and is relevant practically for our own lives.
With respect to the work of the society, I am also pleased to be able to report that our training groups are moving ahead well under the ongoing supervision and support of Alfried Längle and the GLE. Mihaela Launeanu and Karin Steichele continue to give leadership to Cohort 3, and are rapidly approaching the conclusion of the first part of the training: the phenomenological exploration of the 4 fundamental motivations. For those of you who may not know, the training in EA essentially follows the inner and outer pattern of our dynamic model; we explore firstly the four fundamental motivations in our own lives, and then work through them again with an eye to psychological problems and treatment. Cohort 4, under the leadership of Beth Daley, Kari-Ann Thor, Rochelle Chapman and Mike Mathers, likewise is moving ahead. I am also pleased to be able to announce that we are exploring two new opportunities for training; Rochelle Chapman is looking into the possibility of offering the training in Alberta (see the announcement below) and Beth Daley and Daniel Parker are exploring the possibility of potential mixed-modal (online and in person) training for those who cannot attend EA training in person. The latter is still in the early stages of exploration, but we hope to find a way to offer EA training in a way that improves accessibility and also maintains the quality and experiential quality that is at its heart.
As you may know, we are moving into scholarly conference season in the coming weeks and months. I am pleased to be able to announce that there will be two workshops and a poster presentation at the upcoming Canadian Psychological Association convention in Victoria, BC, on existential analysis. Both workshops will be offered by EA Canada trainers and students. Dr. Kwee, Dr. Launeau and I will be conducting on a workshop on meaning, and Dr. Launeanu, Dr. Kwee and several trainees from Cohort 3 (Tammy Bartel, Elizabeth Chan, & Janelle Drisner) will be offering a workshop on counselling supervision from an existential-analytical perspective. The poster presentation will involve Dr. Launeanu and Cohort 3 trainee Sara Kier. We look forward to offering these training opportunities to our fellow psychologists at CPA, and hope that you will continue to join with us in spreading the word about Existential Analysis.
Finally, I wanted to give you a brief update on the workings of our board. As a board we identified two major priorities for this year: the translation of training materials (training manuals exist in German and several other languages, but not yet completely in English) and the redesign of our website. Thus far, we have made some strong strides on translation, thanks to the joint efforts of EA Canada board members (special thanks to Mihaela Launeanu and Tanya Kliefoth) and Alfried Längle and other translators in Vienna (a special thanks to Nicki Thoma, former member of Cohort 2). As a volunteer group, we continue to rely on the generous contributions and gifts of our board members, trainers, and EA Canada members. The development of a new website and logo remains in its early stages, but we are already very grateful for the leadership that Xavier Williams and Tanya Kliefoth are giving to this project. We hope to be able to announce advances in this area fairly soon, although the first priority of the society remains the complete translation of our training materials.
For those of you who may be interested in participating in the EA Canada Board in the future, I wanted to announce an opening on the board. Sara Klinkhamer has served for the past several years as part of, and now the sole representative of, the finance committee. Sara has done a wonderful job in keeping our finances in order, but has recently announced that she will be stepping down from the board in the fall of 2016 as she is moving to the Sunshine Coast. We are pleased that Sara is interested in remaining involved with the society, but will shortly be looking for one or two board members who may have an interest (and possibly experience) in the area of finance. If you are interested, please drop me a line and I would be happy to chat with you about the position (email@example.com). It is also worth noting that our society will be having its Annual General Meeting in October 2016 (watch for an official announcement in the coming weeks), and we will solicit formal nominations and self-nominations for board members in advance of the meeting. We hope all current members of the EA Canada Society will consider serving for a term or two on our board.
Thank you for supporting your society. If you are coming to next week’s Canadian Psychological Association convention in Victoria, we would love to touch base with you at one of our workshops. Please come on up and introduce yourself to us.
Derrick Klaassen, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Chair of the Board
Seeking a Bookkeeper
The EA Canada board is seeking a bookkeeper to assist in a one-off project. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in assisting the board, please contact Sara Klinkhamer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
EA Canada Treasurer
Although the EA Canada AGM is several months away, the EA Canada Board would like to advertise the role of treasurer. Our current treasurer, Sara Klinkhamer, has informed us that she will not be standing again. If you are interested in joining the EA Canada Board as treasurer, please let us know by emailing Sara (email@example.com
EA Membership Dues
This is a reminder for all EA Canada Members to pay their annual dues.
: $75 (Required to vote at the EA Canada AGM or to serve on the board)
EA Student Top-up
: $25 (Students are automatically granted Associate Membership and only need to pay this top-up)
Please send your dues to Sara Klinkhamer (Treasurer) via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Existential Analysis Canada explores Alberta
Do you know someone in Alberta who might be interested in Existential Analysis? If so, please invite them to contact Rochelle Chapman (email@example.com)
to receive news about upcoming seminars. We are currently confirming dates to offer a 3-day introductory seminar in Calgary this fall.
Announcements from the GLE - International
The GLE`s flagship journal EXISTENTIAL ANALYSIS, has recently be approved to appear in the SCOPUS
online database. SCOPUS "is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings."
Silvia Längle and Christopher Wurm have recently published a book entitled LIVING YOUR OWN LIFE - Existential Analysis in Action, in English. Copies are available from Karnac Books (http://www.karnacbooks.com) and will hopefully be available via EA Canada in September.
Authentic Living Workshops
Available workshops for personal and professional development covering 10 Themes: Inner Consent, Being in the World, Finding our Place, Trust, Likes and Dislikes, Grief, Boundaries, Self-Worth, Will, and Meaning.
Saturdays or Sundays
$70 (students pay $60)
For more Information, contact: Käri-Ann 604-253-5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) or Tanya Kliefoth (BlueSkyCounselingVancouver@gmail.com). Submission deadlines: September 25, 2016, and January 22, 2017.