Who Can Apply

This Diploma Course is intended not only for mental health professionals but also for those who want to upskill with an additional qualification to practice and apply Logotherapy and Existential Analysis as business consulting, life-coaching, sports psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, to name but a few.

  • Fees €2000 (spread over 4 modules)
  • Duration - 115 hours
  • Start Dates - February, April, July & October

Diploma Outline

There are four modules in total for the Diploma course.

Module One: Fundamentals - Introduction
  • 15 Hours
  • History of Franklian Psychology
  • Logotherapy: Themes and Tenets
  • Freud, Adler, & Frankl’s Life and Times
  • Ten Theses on the Human Person
  • Freedom vs. Fate
  • Choice & Responsibility
  • Three Groups of Values: Experiential, Creative, Attitudinal
  • Will-to-Meaning, Happiness & the Defiant Power of the Human Spirit
  • Unavoidable Suffering; The Case for Tragic Optimism
Module Two: Foundations - Intermediate 1
  • 30 Hours
  • The requisite for this course is to have completed Module One
  • The Human Person as Body (soma), Mind (psyche), & Spirit (noös)
  • The Unconscious, & the Intuitive Conscience
  • Existential Vacuum: Boredom & Inner Emptiness
  • Sunday Neurosis
  • Gratitude & Humour
  • Attitudinal Change
  • Myths, Metaphors & Stories
  • Movie Experience
  • Fast-Forward Experience
  • The Mountain Range Exercise
  • Despair & Violence
  • Case-Studies
Module Three: Applications - Intermediate 2
  • 30 Hours
  • The requisite for this course is to have completed Module Two
  • Meaning-Centred Interventions
  • The Tragic Triad
  • Frankl's Play
  • Self-Distancing & Self-Transcendence
  • Crisis Situations
  • Ethics & Trust
  • The Medicine Chest of Logotherapy
  • Review of Primary Methods
  • The Meaning of Love, Work, Suffering, Life, & Death
Module Four: Practicum - Advanced
  • 40 Hours
  • The requisite for this course is to have completed Module Three
  • Logotherapeutic Techniques: Dereflection, Paradoxical Intention & Socratic Dialogue
  • Mass Neurotic Triad: Aggression, Addiction & Depression
  • Cultural Malaise: Anger, Anxiety & Boredom
  • Theory and Therapy of Mental Disorders: Neuroses & Psychoses, Criminality and Suicide

Course Fees

The fees for each module in the Diploma are as follows:

  • Module 1: €450
  • Module 2: €500
  • Module 3: €500 
  • Module 4: €550

Each fee-instalment is to be made prior to the commencement of the module in question.

A final fee of €50 is to be made at any stage over the duration of the course to cover the costs of the awarding Certificate and Diploma.

Applications & Start Dates

 You will be informed almost immediately if your application has been successful and as soon as the course payment is made you will receive your first workbook.

If you wish to apply please complete the application form.


It is expected that each module will be completed within a maximum of a three-month period.

Awarding Body

Jointly awarded by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland and the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna. 

Required & Recommended Reading

Module One

  1. Frankl, Viktor – Man’s Search for Meaning.
  2. Frankl, Viktor – Recollections: An Autobiography.

Module Two

  1. Frankl, Viktor – The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy.
  2. Frankl, Viktor – The Unheard Cry for Meaning: Psychotherapy and Humanism.

  3. Frankl, Viktor – Psychotherapy and Existentialism: Selected Papers on Logotherapy.
  4. Frankl, Viktor – Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning (this is an expanded version of The Unconscious God).

Module Three

  1. Frankl, Viktor –  The Doctor and the Soul: From Psychotherapy to Logotherapy (Part I).

Module Four

  1. Frankl, Viktor – The Doctor and the Soul (Part II).
  2. Frankl, Viktor – On the Theory and Therapy of Mental Disorders.
  1. Costello, Stephen J. The Ethics of Happiness: An Existential Analysis.
  2. Graber, Ann.Viktor Frankl’’s Logotherapy. Selected articles from The International Forum for Logotherapy.

Recommended Secondary Sources

  1. Lukas, Elisabeth. Logotherapy Textbook.
  2. Batthyany, Alexander and Levinson, Jay (eds.). Existential Psychotherapy of Meaning: Handbook of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis.
  3. Fabry, Joseph et al (eds.). Logotherapy in Action.
  1. Klinberg, Haddon. The Love and Life-Work of Viktor and Elly Frankl.

  2. Redsand, Anna S. Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living.
Gould, William Blair. Frankl: Life with Meaning.
Ryan, Michael. The Last Freedom: A Novel on the Real-Life Adventures of Dr. Viktor Frankl.

  5. Pattakos, Alex. Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl’’s Principles at Work.
Fabry, Joseph. The Pursuit of Meaning: Viktor Frankl, Logotherapy, and Life.

  7. Murasso, Jeremiah. Logotherapy and the Logos of God in Christic Wisdom.

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

Dr Stephen J. Costello