School Symposiums

For secondary-school students (fourth to sixth years): on-site.

From Positive Attitude to Purposeful Action

Employing 7 easy-to-understand principles through group-work and discussion, a meditation, and experiential exercises.

  • Choose your attitude (in all circumstances exercise the freedom to choose and change your attitude); An exercise in freedom (what I can control) versus fate (what I can’t control); and the ‘Ten Positive Things’ exercise.
  • Realize your will-to-meaning (commit yourself to meaningful values and goals); The Mountain Range exercise; The Meaning Triangle exercise.
  • Detect the meaning of the moment (living mindfully in the present instant: from reacting to responding); Eulogy exercise; Preview and Review of the day
  • Facing your worst fears through a Negative Visualization exercise; The Trash Can exercise.
  • Look at yourself from a distance (put your problems in perspective through the ‘Big Picture Effect’); The Movie of My Life exercise.
  • Shift your focus of attention (from the problem situation to something more positive in order to minimize stress and anxiety); Free-Association exercise.
  • Extend beyond yourself (harness the human spirit by becoming directed toward something beyond yourself); success as service and self-transcendence; The Gratitude exercise.

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded

Recommended Reading

Hans-Norbert Hoppe, ‘Logotherapy in Schools’.

Bianca Z. Hirsch, ‘The Application of Logotherapy in Education’ (containing practical guidelines for teachers).


Eoin Cassidy, The Search for Meaning and Values. Veritas, 2004.

Download PDF ‘Purpose in Youth’

See this comprehensive conference paper from the Youth Purpose Project carried out by Stanford University, ‘Exploring the Nature and Development of Purpose in Youth’. All the numerous studies cited in the above literature prove that the pursuit of purpose is paramount for the biopsychospiritual development of adolescents. In short, meaning is the key to mental health.