Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) — since 1989

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Coaching in a New Key: An Applied Existential Approach

Betty Cannon, Ph.D. and Robyn Chauvin, M.A.,L.P.C.
Saturday, March 19 - Saturday, November 5

  • Review the philosophical premises that are common to Existential Coaching and Therapy.
  • Learn the differences between Existential Coaching and Psychotherapy.
  • Learn to use specific interventions designed for Existential Individual, Relational, Group and Organizational Coaching.
  • Learn how to work in a time-limited issue-specific way with coaching clients.
  • Participate in experiential exercises and demonstrations.
  • Learn about legal and ethical issues associated with existential coaching.
  • Learn about technological issues in coaching.
  • Develop a clear existential coaching contract for potential clients.
  • Practice existential coaching techniques with fellow students.

The Workshop: Have you found during the pandemic that you actually like working online? Then you might want to consider adding existential coaching to your professional repertoire. Unlike therapy, which is limited by state laws, coaching can be done across state lines or actually anywhere in the world. This class will help you retool some of your existing knowledge for coaching.

Without betraying the principles of an existential philosophical approach, the class will teach you how to recast techniques you have already learned in order to make them relevant to this new context. We will consider ethical and legal implications as well as specific ways to use interventions you have already learned to accomplish the more time-limited, issue-specific, and egalitarian aims of existential coaching. Since existential coaching tends to be even more egalitarian than existential therapy, there is plenty of room for creativity on the part of both client and therapist. Existential coaching is a truly co-created venture!

We will talk about criteria for choosing clients who will benefit from coaching and when to refer clients to therapy. Since existential therapy is already attuned to life issues, this a transition that is easier to make than the transition from more medical-model approaches. But there are some important differences between coaching and therapy that we will address in the class. You will learn how use specific interventions for coaching individuals, couples, and groups on life issues, relational issues, professional and work issues, and organizational issues in a time-limited and context-relevant way.

We will also discuss ethical and legal issues particularly applicable to coaching, especially for people who want to wear both hats. And you will craft a Coaching Contract to give to coaching clients in addition to the Disclosure Statement you are already providing for therapy clients.

This training is both didactic and experiential. We will discuss principles and techniques, demonstrate them, provide experiential exercises, and ask you to practice with each other and/or practice clients outside of class.

Participants who complete the class will receive a 48-hour Certificate of Study in Applied Existential Coaching.

Dates: Saturday Mornings - Mar 19 to Nov 5, 2022 (No Meetings in May & Sept)

Time: 10 am-2:00 pm MST

Place: Zoom

Cost: $1440

Discount: 10% if you register and pay in full by Feb 25, 2022

Payment Plan Available: Call Managing Director Reed Lindberg at 720 635 4428 to arrange.

The Trainers: Betty Cannon, Ph.D., Boulder Psychotherapy Institute President and AEP founder, is a licensed psychologist and Certified Gestalt Therapist. She has worked with individuals, couples and groups in Boulder for over 40 years and trained and supervised psychotherapists for over 30 years. She is professor emerita of the Colorado School of Mines and Senior Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University. Betty is a member of the editorial boards of three professional journals: Sartre Studies International, Existential Analysis, and Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry. She is an internationally known author, lecturer, and workshop presenter. She is the author of many journal articles and book chapters on existential therapy. Her book, Sartre and Psychoanalysis, is often considered a classic in existential psychology.

Robyn Chauvin, M.A., L.P.C., is BPI's most Senior Trainer. She is a music therapist and musician as well as a Gestalt Therapist and AEP therapist and trainer. She has been working in private practice in Boulder and Longmont since 2008. Her previous work was in in-patient psychiatric contexts and hospice, and she brings a wealth of insight and examples from those contexts as well as private practice to her teaching. Robyn offers supervision/consultation, practice, and process groups as well as trainings at BPI. A prominent member of the LBGTQ community, she is currently writing about gender identity, developmental issues, and the practice of psychotherapy. She is well-known in the BPI community for her humor and wit as well as her Dream Process Groups and the Dream Training Module she teaches at BPI. She has taught and co-taught (with Betty) many other training modules at BPI.

Betty and Robyn have been coaching therapists on doing great therapy, building their practices, balancing work life and private life, and other life and work issues for many years, both individually and in groups. Their "coaching" clients often achieve spectacular success in building and developing their practices in their own unique ways. Betty and Robyn are themselves talented group leaders and trainers who have consulted with organizations as well as individuals on leadership, internal conflict, and other group issues.


* Philosophical Principles of Existential Coaching

* Existential Issues in Coaching

* Differences between Existential Coaching and Existential Therapy

* When to Refer Potential or Current Coaching Clients for Therapy - and can you do both with the same client? (Answer is "no" - we'll discuss this at some length)

* Respecting the Client's Freedom: Change is in the hands of the client, not the coach!

* Visioning Not Goal-Setting in Existential Coaching

* Developing a Coaching Contract in Collaboration with the Client

* Verbal Interventions for Existential Coaching

* Body-Oriented Interventions for Existential Coaching

* Empty Chair in a Coaching Context

* Interventions for Existential Individual, Relational, Group, and Organizational Coaching

* Legal and Ethical Issues in Coaching

* Technological Issues in Coaching

* A Goodbye Exercise for Coaching

1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, Colorado 80305  •  303-249-8840

© The Boulder Psychotherapy Institute. All rights reserved.