Courses in Logotherapy

Logotherapy is the most positive of all therapies because it addresses the negative and tragic issues of life not as lamentable afflictions we are all doomed to suffer, but as tasks we are challenged to embrace and overcome in a spiritually mature and victorious way.

Clinical psychologists, professional counselors, social workers, trauma and lay counselors reported that clients they have worked with, sometimes for years, undergo a dramatic and quick change after a Logotherapy approach was used in therapy and counseling. A will to meaning is the deepest and most fundamental motivation of every person, Viktor Frankl, the father of Logotherapy, contended. This has been proven true!


Logotherapy is unique in that it:

  • Actively provokes reflection, common sense & values-clarification
  • Is oriented to the positive and hopeful
  • Accesses human striving for purpose and meaning in life
  • Promotes a basic trust in life

The following courses are on offer:


Introductory Course in Logotherapy

The introductory course is a one semester distance teaching course.  The course is open to any person, regardless of background or training, the accent being on personal enrichment and spiritual growth through a study of the basic principles of logotherapy.

An in-depth grasp of these principles as they operate in our lives and in the lives of others, is fundamental to being able to practise logotherapy in a professional sense. This is where the training in logotherapy starts and this is where it ends: with you! Logotherapy deals with the fundamentals of optimal living, with being human in the most optimal sense of the word. The more you understand what life is all about, and the more you respond to the unique tasks, opportunities and responsibilities your life presents to you, the greater your growth as a person and the greater your person, the greater your skill and impact as a logotherapist.

The introductory course will give you

  • Knowledge of basic principles of logotherapy
  • An in-depth grasp of these principles as they operate in our lives and in the lives of others
  • Sharper awareness of life's opportunities and responsibilities

Student requirements:

  • The completion of an assignment and the compilation of a portfolio of self-tasks based on the prescribed books for this course.
  • The attendance of a three day workshop at the end of the course.
  • A written examination on the last day of the workshop
  • A pass rate of 50% average for the assignment, portfolio and examination.

Prescribed books:

    • Shantall, Teria: The Quest for Destiny
    • Frankl, Viktor: Man’s Search for Meaning

Fee:  R5 500

Successful candidates can then enrol for the intermediate course in Logotherapy if they wish to continue their training.


Intermediate Course in Logotherapy

The intermediate course is a one semester distance teaching course.  The course is designed for those in the helping professions or for anyone wishing to enhance their interpersonal skills in dealing with and assisting others.

The intermediate course in logotherapy is aimed at developing the basic skills necessary to use logotherapeutic methods and techniques to enhance skills of the course participants coming from various fields and backgrounds.

The main aim is to assist participants to develop a more holistic view of the people they work and interact with. This includes not only physical, psychological and social issues but also the spiritual quest for meaning and purpose in life. People seeking the assistance of professionals in the helping professions often complain of being treated like objects or as helpless victims of their problems and circumstances.

Neglect of their spiritual quest for meaning and purpose in their lives often serves to exacerbate instead of alleviate their suffering, problems and difficulties. Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, diagnosed a new type of neuroses - noögenic neuroses – that is marked by existential emptiness and a sense of futility, purposelessness and meaninglessness in life. These are the direct results of overlooking and thereby failing to foster human spirituality, values and meaning in life. Equipping participants with a greater meaning orientation greatly contributes to the mental well-being of the clients they work with or others they seek to serve.

Student requirements:

  • The completion of an assignment and the compilation of a portfolio of self-tasks based on the prescribed books for the course.
  • The conducting and transcribing of a logotherapy session with a client or a friend that is to be brought to the workshop for supervision and discussion.
  • The attendance of a five day workshop at the end of the course.
  • A written examination on the last day of the workshop.
  • A pass rate of 50% average for the assignment, portfolio and examination.

Prescribed books:

    • Lukas Elizabeth:  Logotherapy Textbook
    • Frankl, Viktor:  The Will to Meaning

Fee:  R6 500

Successful candidates can then enrol for the advanced course in logotherapy if they wish to continue their training. 


Advanced Course in Logotherapy

The advanced course is a one year course with a full day meeting once a month over a period of ten months.  A distance teaching option is available.  Workshops at the end of February and in June plus examination sessions at the end of the course are compulsory.  The Advanced course is offered to students in two tracks:

  • Clinical track for students who have some training and experience in counselling and who desire to become competent as counsellors in the field of logotherapy. An available client base is another requirement for students in this track.
  • A research and educational track for students who have no counselling background and do not have a client base to draw from and whose primary responsibilities will not include the clinical application of logotherapy. These students may seek to be researchers, teachers of logotherapy and/or workshop presenters in logotherapy in the corporate world, the educational or health field or other contexts.

The educational team's commitment includes:

  • Supervision of transcribed and presented sessions conducted by students in the clinical track
  • Supervision of research or workshop projects of students in the research and educational track
  • Plenary sessions on logotherapeutic issues, particularly relating to the application of Logotherapy in clinical practice, research and workshops.  (In the case of distance teaching students, teaching material will be made available over the Internet).
  • Marking and feedback of logotasks based on the prescribed books
  • Conducting of an oral examination for the clinical track and evaluation of the examination project (workshop) for the research track

Student requirements:

  • 90% attendance of the 10 monthly meetings.   (In the case of distance teaching students interaction with supervisors will take place via the Internet).
  • Completion of logotasks based on the prescribed books that, together with the transcribed and supervised Logotherapy sessions or research or workshop project are to be bound together as a portfolio of work for this course.
  • Each participant will present the required sessions conducted with clients in a transcribed form for supervision and discussion (the clinical track) or report on the progress of their research or workshop projects (the research and educational track).

Prescribed books:

    • Frankl, Viktor, Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning
    • Shantall, Teria, Life’s Meaning in the Face of Suffering

Fee:  R10 000

Upon successful completion of the advanced course, participants can apply to be accepted for the training-the-trainer or Diplomate course that will take them into a further year of training.


Train-The-Trainer / Diplomate Course In Logotherapy

The train-the-trainer (Diplomate) course is a one year course and is open only to registered professionals or researchers on a Masters or Doctorate Degree level and who have successfully completed the advanced course.  Only in exceptional cases will students be allowed to enrol for this course without the above requirements.

About the course:

The course is designed for those mental health professionals who wish to become professional logotherapists and/or trainers in Logotherapy as well as for researchers on a masters or doctorate level who wish to become research trainers, workshop presenters or educators in the field of logotherapy. Attendance of the monthly meetings of the Advanced students is compulsory for the trainers-in-training.  Students in the Advanced course will be assigned to them for supervision, depending on the track (clinical or research/educational track) they are following. Regular assessment of students under their supervision and self-assessment of their progress under direction of the main supervisors are made.  

A distance teaching option for students who do not qualify to be trainers of Logotherapy is available. A substantial research project is to be conducted under regular supervision and presented as a journal article at the end of the course.

Fee:  R5 000

Requirements

  • 50 page project (for trainers) and 100 page project for non-trainers or distance teaching students.
  • A synopsis of the project written as an article that is to be submitted for publication to the International Forum for Logotherapy journal.
  • Payment of $100 for the Diplomate credential from the States.
  • One page summary of the project along with biographical details and photo of the candidate to be sent to the International Forum for Logotherapy journal.
  • Enrollment as a member of (with the payment of $100 to) the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy of the United States of America.  Membership must be renewed annually to retain the status of the Diplomate.  The International Forum for Logotherapy Journal will be sent to members twice a year.  There is also a bi-annual Logotherapy World Congress arranged by the Institute in the States and that members are encouraged to attend.
  • Enrollment as a member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, South Africa (annual membership fee: R200).  The services of logotherapists with a Diplomate credential will be advertised on the Institute website.  The website will inform members of interesting events and meetings organized by the Institute and of national and international conferences.  Interesting articles on Logotherapy will be regularly published on the website.

Credentials

Certificates of completion will be given at the successful conclusion of the Introductory and Intermediate courses.  The following courses are awarded international certification by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy of the United States of America:

  • Associate in Logotherapy for students who have successfully completed the advanced course.     
  • Diplomate in Logotherapy: Diplomate clinician for students who are in possession of an Associate in Logotherapy from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy of the United States of America and who have successfully completed the clinical track of the Diplomate course. To qualify for this certificate these students must also be registered professionals in any field of the helping professions (e.g. clinical psychologists, counsellors, professional nurses, social workers, medical doctors, psychiatrists etc.).
  • Diplomate educator/administrator for students who are at a masters or doctorate level and are in possession of an Associate in Logotherapy from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy of the United States of America and who have successfully completed the research  or educator track of the Diplomate  course.

Places of training

The Introductory and Intermediate courses and workshops are offered by The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy of South Africa.

Address: 20 Saddle Drive, Woodmead Office Park, Woodmead, Johannesburg

Enquiries:
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PO Box 7376, Krugersdorp North
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Cellphone:  076 239 7855

The Advanced and Train-the-trainer (Diplomate) courses and workshops are offered by the Centre for Applied Psychology of the University of South Africa (Ucap). Visit www.unisa.ac.za/ucap for more information.

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