Anthropological Basis of Logotherapy is an introductory course to logotherapy and existential analysis.

The course is offered online, consisting of five Units with readings, one hour of tutoring via Zoom and a written assignment of 500 words per Unit. It is offered individually and can be started at any time with a flexible schedule.

A certificate of completion for 30 continuing education hours will be awarded to successful participants.

Unit 1: The life of Viktor E. Frankl

Explores the autobiographical method of logotherapy used by Viktor Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning and in his autobiography Recollections.

Unit 2: Basic principles of logotherapy

Introduces Viktor Frankl’s dimensional ontology: Body, mind and spirit. The three pillars of logotherapy: Freedom of will, the will to meaning and meaning in life The three avenues to find meaning: Creative, experiential and attitudinal values. The capacities the human spirit for self-distancing and self-transcendence. The logotherapy methods of paradoxical intention, dereflection and modification of attitudes.

Unit 3: The human spirit in logotherapy

Describes the existential dynamics of the human spirit and the application of logotherapy principles in situations of existential vacuum, existential distress and existential frustration.

Unit 4: The meaning of suffering

Discusses how to apply logotherapy and existential analysis in the tragic triad of suffering (pain, guilt and loss) to help find meaning in suffering.

Unit 5: The future of logotherapy

Talks about the need for the search for meaning in the world today and the empirical research in logotherapy and existential analysis.

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