Who Can Apply

The diploma course in clinical logotherapy is specifically designed for mental health professionals such as psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, pastors and priests, and all those interested in pursuing Continuing Professional Development in their respective careers.

What to expect from this course

Students receive a 350-page workbook written by Dr Costello, which is divided into four units with three 500-word reflective writing assignments required for each unit, thus totally 12. These are not of an academic nature but rather necessitate the personal appropriation and application of the material. Dr Costello personally reads and constructively comments on all the essays submitted. Each student will also receive a code to avail of a free online video course, hosted by ‘Udemy’, by Dr Costello on one of the main logotherapeutic techniques – ‘paradoxical intention’.

Diploma Outline

The Diploma in Clinical Logotherapy consists of four units.

Unit One - Logotherapeutic Techniques

Unit one introduces students to three specific logotherapeutic techniques, illustrated throughout with examples and clinical cases of anxiety, phobias and OCD; the role of Socratic dialogue and the steps involved in conducting a logotherapy session with a client.

Unit Two - Mass Neurotic Triad

Unit two covers Frankl’s considerations on the psychology of aggression (including the difference between paranoid and psychopathic hostility and the roots of violence); the logotherapy of addiction (proposing a model with which to treat addiction); and the psychology of depression (outlining the differences between mania, mourning and melancholia).

Unit Three - Anger, Anxiety and Boredom

Unit three deals with the archaeology of anger (including the four phases and varieties of anger as well as an anger-management course); anxiety (and its relation to the experience of meaninglessness); and boredom (the challenge of boredom, the problem of leisure, time, and Sunday Neurosis)

Unit Four - Theory and Therapy of Mental Disorders

Unit four outlines Frankl’s clinical diagnostic of the neuroses (the reactive, psychogenic, noögenic and societal) and the psychoses (schizophrenia and endogenous depression), as well as the logotherapeutic understanding of criminality and suicidality.

Required Reading

  • Frankl, Viktor. The Doctor and the Soul (Part II).
  • Frankl, Viktor. On the Theory and Therapy of Mental Disorders.

I really look forward to working with you on this exciting journey into wholeness and meaning.

Dr Stephen J. Costello