Meeting One: The theory and therapy of mental disorders
- Frankl’s classification of mental disorders
- Professional relationship Unique encounter, unique individuals, unique moment in time – a meeting that was meant to be!
- Professional ethics
- Individually tailored preparation for a project
Meeting Two: The pathology of psychopathology
- Misperceptions as a cause of emotional distress and mental ill health.
- How to focus on the unscathed human spirit and pick up on meaning cues underneath pathology
- The dynamic of will to meaning within and the meaning of the moment as a challenge from without
- Supervision of a student’s transcribed session.
Meeting Three: Logotherapy with somatogenic, psychogenic and noögenic neurosis
- Collective neurosis
- Somatogenic and psychogenic neurosis
- Noogenic depression and despair (existential vacuum)
- Couples, families and group logotherapy
Meeting Four: Optimal mental vitality in contrast to psychopathology
- The uniqueness of the logotherapeutic encounter
- Meaning-centered versus problem centered approach
- The problem as a crisis of meaning
- Definition of mental health
- Tension of direction versus a search for happiness and a state of homeostasis
- Conscience as the detector of meaning
- Recognizing fate and areas of freedom
Meeting Five: Authentic versus inauthentic being
- The secular existentialists
- The ‘religious’ existentialists
Meeting Six: Similarities, differences and complementary relationships between logotherapy and other theories of psychology
- Humanistic psychology
- Cognitive Behavioral psychology
- Existentialist psychologies
Meeting Seven: Working with children and teenagers
- The experience of meaning in the childhood years
- Educational programs
Meeting Eight: Medical ministry
- Physical illness and disability
- Aging and midlife crisis; life review
- Encouraging trans-operational thinking and spiritual maturity
- Death and dying, hospice work, stages of Kubler Ross
- The Ecce Homo technique
Meeting Nine: Say yes to life
- Dealing with the challenges of our times; our part in the bigger scheme of things.
- Trauma counseling and debriefing
- Dealing with the anti-social personality
- Discerning and realizing a personal destiny and mission in life.
- Closure and follow-up work with clients.
Meeting ten: Presentation of examination projects
- Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning, Viktor Frankl
- The Therapist and the Soul: From Fate to Freedom, Lukas, Elisabeth
- The Doctor and the Soul, Viktor Frankl
- Optional: Life’s Meaning in the Face of Suffering by Shantall, Teria
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