We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
We need 12 hugs a day for growth. — Virginia Satir

Educational Institutions

with Focus on Humanistic Psychology


Accredited Degree Programs

Saybrook University
University of West Georgia
Michigan School of Psychology (formerly the Center for Humanistic Studies)

Humanistic Approaches

Saybrook University
The Human Potential Center

Existential / Humanistic

Existential-Humanistic Institute

Person Centered

Natalie Rogers’ Expressive Arts
Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach

Virginia Satir

Virginia Satir Global Network
International Human Learning Resources Network


List of Gestalt Institutes across the country


Insight LA

Faces Conference

Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts

Interpersonal Neurobiology–Mindfulness and the Brain

Mindsight Institute

Dr. Dan Siegel


Lifespan Learning Institute

Couples Training

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Training and Research Insititute: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

EFT Summit

Lifespan Learning Institute:  EFT Training

PsychSeminars:  EFT TRaining

Parent Training

The Incredible Years

UC Davis:  Parent Child Interaction Therapy

Child Mind Institute:  Parent Child Interaction Therapy


John Briere’s Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma

Play Therapy

California Association for Play Therapy

Experiential Sandplay Training (Ongoing) : Six individual sessions with Carla Huffman, MFT
Location: Los Angeles, CA. Contact: (818) 710-9433

Personal Growth Services and Training Programs

Many metropolitan areas have free directories that list personal growth services and training programs (for example, Common Ground in the San Francisco Bay Area). These programs are usually not degree oriented, and may vary in quality, so talk about your needs with graduates and staff of programs you might be interested in. You should also discuss your needs with reputable psychotherapists, trainers, and/or educators in your area.