Upcoming Talks, Seminars, and Workshops

  1. ‘The Meaning of Merton’, a one-day seminar to my logotherapy studemts, Nov 19th, 2022.
  2. ‘Symbol, Story, Myth’, a lecture to School of Philosophy, Nov 26th.

Alternative Online Courses Offered by Dr. Costello

Udemy Course – Introduction video

This udemy based course illustrates in depth a therapeutic technique called ‘paradoxical intention’ which comes from Prof Viktor Frankl’s school of logotherapy and existential analysis. It is an evidence-based, scientific technique specifically designed for fears, phobias, anxiety, sexual dysfunctions, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, with a clinical success rate of over 78%. The material presented here will be of interest to both mental health professionals and sufferers themselves, especially in the current context of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Past Talks, Seminars, and Workshops

  1. ‘Soul in Contemporary Ireland’, Talk to Americans, Dublin, May 21st, 2003.
  2. ‘From Rights to Obligations: Simone Weil’s Alternative Philosophical Perspective’.
    Paper delivered at the Symposium of Human Rights and Reconciliation, in Parliament
    Buildings, Stormont, September 24th, 2005.
  3. ‘Philosophy in a Time of Homelessness’, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Oct 18th, 2003.
  4. ‘Beyond Flourishing: “Fullness” and “Conversion” in Taylor and Lonergan’, Charles Taylor Conference, Mater Dei, 2010.
  5. ‘The Meaning of Melancholy: Freud, Frankl, Philosophy’, Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin. Keynote address to the Irish Council of Psychotherapy as a Member of the Irish Psycho-Analytic Association’, May 28th, 2011.
  6. ‘Logotherapy for Social Work’, June 11, 2011 (in the UK to the London Borough of Hounslow).
  7. ‘Happiness and the Spiritual Search for Meaning’, Integritas Lecture, Kilkenny, 2011.
  8. ‘The Philosophy of Happiness’, United Arts Club, Dublin, April 16th, 2012.
  9. ‘The Meaning of Logotherapy’, Vienna Medical Society, April, 2012, Viktor Frankl Institute of Vienna.
  10. ‘Spirit and Society: A Politics of the Person’, keynote address at a conference: ‘Meaning, Dignity and Human Rights: Viktor Frankl’s Philosophy’, European Parliament, Brussels, June 26th, 2012.
  11. ‘Finding Meaning, Forgetting Happiness’, Ranelagh Arts Festival, Dublin, 2012.
  12. ‘Saying Yes to Life in Spite of Everything’, keynote address at a conference I organised: ‘Suicide and the Search for Meaning: Answers from Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy’, European Parliament Buildings, Dublin, Nov. 17th, 2012.
  13. ‘The Meaning of Work’, Nordic Management Consultants, Lafoten, Norway, Nov. 20th, 2012.
  14. ‘The Sense of Suicide’, Feb, 2013, Crumlin, at a Conference on Suicide.
  15. ‘Philosophy, Therapy and Spiritual Exercises: Plato and Iris Murdoch’, Integritas, Co. Kilkenny, Feb 23rd, 2013.
  16. ‘The Song of Melancholy: Depression and the Search for Meaning’, St. Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin. Keynote address, March 13th, 2013.
  17. ‘Philosophy as Therapy: A Logotherapeutic Reading of Boethus’ The Consolation of Philosophy’, May 4th, 2013, United Arts Club, Dublin, Philosophy Conference I organised.
  18. ‘Contemplation of Death’, Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown Park, Dublin, Jan 11th, 2014.
  19. ‘A Day with Marcus Aurelius’, Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown Park, Dublin, Jan 23rd, and Nov 16th, 2014.
  20. ‘The Big Picture: Philosophical Perspectives on our Personal Problems’, Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin, Jan 25th, 2014.
  21. ‘A Day with Epictetus’, Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown Park, Dublin, March 8th, 2014.
  22. ‘Psyche, Symbol, Ritual’, Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth St., Dublin, May 3rd, 2014.
  23. ‘The Meaning of Spirit in Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy’, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, May 1st, 2014. Civic Engagement certificate awarded.
  24. ‘Boredom, the Existential Vacuum, and Noögenic Neurosis: Causes and Cures’, Medical Society, International Conference on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna, May, 2014.
  25. ‘Stoic Mindfulness: From the Labyrinth to Life’, Glendalough Hotel, Wicklow, June 24th, 2014.
  26. ‘Meaning with Thomas Merton’, Avila Carmelite Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Aug 23rd, 2014.
  27. ‘Leisure, Boredom and the Existential Vacuum’, Dublin, Sept 13th, 2014.
  28. ‘True Success’, Dublin, Oct 11th, 2014.
  29. ‘Finding Meaning, Forgetting Happiness’, Dublin, Nov 15th, 2014.
  30. ‘Tragic Optimism’, Dublin, Dec 6th, 2014.
  31. ‘Analysing Addiction’, Dublin, Jan 10th, 2015.
  32. ‘Aggression’, Dublin, Feb 14th, 2015.
  33. ‘Depression: The Song of Melancholy’, Dublin, March 14th, 2015.
  34. ‘Answer to Anxiety’, Dublin, April 11th, 2015.
  35. ‘Forgiveness’, Dublin, May 9th, 2015.
  36. ‘Work, Worry, Toil and Trouble’, Dublin, June 6th, 2015.
  37. ‘The Secret of Seeing’, Jesuit Conference Centre, Dublin, June 20th, 2015 (one-day seminar)
  38. ‘The True, the Good, and the Beautiful’, Dublin, Oct 10th, 2015.
  39. ‘Philosophy as Therapy: From Plato to Frankl’, Dublin, Nov 14th, 2015.
  40. ‘The Meaning of Work’, Jesuit Conference Centre, Dublin, Nov 29th, 2015 (one-day seminar)
  41. ‘Conscience: The Still, Small Voice’, Dublin, Jan 16th, 2016.
  42. ‘Hope as a Virtue’, Dublin, Feb 13th, 2016.
  43. ‘The Meaning of Love’, Dublin, March 12th, 2016.
  44. ‘Memory and Forgetting’, Dublin, April 9th, 2016.
  45. ‘Psychology of Religion: Freud, Jung, Frankl’, Dublin, May 14th, 2016.
  46. ‘Spiritual Seeing and the Search for Meaning’. Avila Carmelite Centre, Dublin, June 4th, 2016 (one-day retreat).
  47. ‘Resilience and Emotional Intelligence’, Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown, Dublin, June 11th, 2016 (one-day workshop).
  48. ‘Two Thinks at a Time: The Case for Tragic Optimism’, International Conference on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna, Sept 23rd, 2016.
  49. ‘Count Your Blessings: The Attitude of Gratitude’, Dublin, Oct 8th, 2016.
  50. ‘The Horror, the Horror: Fear-Factor’, Dublin, Nov 12th, 2016.
  51. ‘The Archaeology of Anger’, Dublin, Jan 14th, 2017.
  52. ‘How to be Happy … Not’, Dublin, Feb 11th, 2017.
  53. ‘Sources of Creativity’, Dublin, March 11th, 2017.
  54. ‘Decisions, Decisions’, Dublin, April 8th, 2017.
  55. ‘The Enduring Power of Storytelling’, Dublin, May 13th, 2017.
  56. ‘Play & Humour’, Dublin, June 10th, 2017.
  57. ‘Exploring Existence: A Philosophical Salon’. A seven-week course in Dublin: Jan 20th (Romantic Love), Jan 27th (Attitude), Feb 3rd (Sex), Feb 10th (Virtue), Feb 17th (Meaning), Feb 24th (Death), March 3rd (the Other), 2017.
  58. ‘The Wisdom of Socrates & Wittgenstein’, one-day seminar, Botanical Gardens, Dublin, Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 (co-facilitator Dr Patrick Quinn).
  59. ‘Psyche Practicum – the Work of Progoff’, three seminars in Dublin, Feb 17th, March 24th, April 7th, 2018.
  60. ‘A Philosophical Reflection on the Symbolism of the 24-inch Gauge’, Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth St., Dublin, May 31st and repeated October 1st, 2018.
  61. Logotherapy Lab I: ‘Myths and Dreams’, a one-day workshop, Lantern Centre, Oct 20th, 2018.
  62. Logotherapy Lab II: ‘Meaning-Making: A Model’, a one-day workshop, Lantern Centre, Dec 1st, 2018.
  63. ‘The Big Five: Formula for Flourishing’, a one-day workshop, Lantern Centre, Dublin, Jan 19th, 2019.
  64. ‘Narcissism, Criminality, Psychopathy’, a one-day workshop, Lantern Centre, Dublin, Feb 9th, 2019.
  65. ‘A 3-D Model of Mental Health’, a one-day workshop, Lantern Centre, Dublin, March 9th, 2019.
  66. ‘The Eureka Effect: Everyday Epiphanies’, a one-day workshop, Lantern Centre, Dublin, April 6th, 2019.
  67. ‘Paradoxical Intention: A Master-class’, Avila Carmelite Centre, one-day workshop, Dublin, May 18th, 2019.
  68. ‘Ficino’s Letters’, two-hour lecture, School of Philosophy, Dublin, August 6th, 2019.
  69. ‘Work, Leisure and Meaning’, a one-day workshop, Avila, Donnybrook, Dublin, October 5th, 2019.
  70. ‘Lessons in Leadership’, a one-day workshop, Avila, Donnybrook, Dublin, November 2nd, 2019.
  71. ‘How to Communicate and Convince’, a one-day workshop, Avila, Donnybrook, Dublin, December 7th, 2019.
  72. ‘Encomium for Plato’s Birthday’, a 15-min presentation, School of Philosophy, Dublin, November 9th.
  73. ‘Remembrance Sunday’, sermon preached, Arklow Anglican Church, Co. Wicklow, Nov 10th, 2019.
  74. ‘The Secret of Seeing’, a one-day workshop, Avila, Donnybrook, Dublin, January 11th, 2020.
  75. ‘Exploring the Enneagram’, a one-day workshop, Avila, Donnybrook, Dublin, February 1st, 2020.
  76. ‘Plato’s Euthyphro’, a two-hour lecture, School of Philosophy, Dublin, February 22nd, 2020.
  77. ‘An Introduction to Plato’, an eight-week online course through the School of Philosophy, via Zoom, May 18th – July 6th, 2020.
  78. ‘Traversing the Tarot: A Psycho-Spiritual Journey from Ego to Self’, Online webinar, Saturday September 26th and October 17th, 11am-4pm, 2020.
  79. ‘Introduction to the Work of Plato’, an eight-week online course through the School of Philosophy, via Zoom, Oct 5th – Nov 23rd, 2020.
  80. ‘Homecoming: Life Lessons and Practical Wisdom from Homer’s Odyssey’, Online webinar, Saturday November 28th, 11am-4pm, 2020.
  81. ‘Introduction to Advaita’, Dec 5th, 2020.
  82. ‘Meaning and Mental Health: A Practicum’, zoom lecture to Association of Medical students of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, March 24th, 2021.
  83. ‘Etty Hillesum’s Spiritual Search’, School of Philosophy, August 31st, 2021.
  84. ‘Introduction to Eastern Philosophy’ to logotherapy students, Oct 2nd, 2021.
  85. ‘Navigations’ – a one-day seminar to logotherapy students, Nov 26th, 2021.

Corporate Workshops

  1. ‘The Boomerang Effect: A Life with Purpose’ (seminar in London to senior social workers, 2011).
  2. ‘Meaning at Work’ for Red Bull, in Lafoten, Norway (seminar to senior managers, Nov 20th, 2012).
  3. ‘Meaning at Work’ for the Bank of Ireland (Be At Your Best in Business Practice – 8 workshops to bank employees and management in the Druid Theatre, Galway, Jan 26th, 2016, two sessions; in Butler House, Kilkenny, Jan 28th, 2016, two sessions; in the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Feb 24th, 2016; in the National Gallery (March 8th and 14th, 2016) and in the Royal College of Physicians, April 5th, 2016, all three in Dublin.
  4. ‘Meaning at Work’ seminars for SAP Business Objects Software Ltd. – 2 workshops to employees and managers in Dublin and Galway, September 20th, 2017.
  5. ‘Clinical Logotherapy’, NHS Trust, Oxfordshire, UK, Jan 18th-19th, 2018.
  6. ‘Meaning at Work’ seminar to employees at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Dublin, Nov 28th, 2019.
  7. ‘Philosophy of Leadership: Principles and Practices’, five-day workshop to employees at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Dublin, 2019.
  8. ‘Team-Building: The Hero’s Journey’ workshop to SAP, City-West Dublin, one-day workshop, March 4th, 2020. (Cancelled due to Covid; to be rescheduled).
  9. ‘Ethics’, a webinar to 80 members of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Dublin, Dec 16th, 90 min session, 2020.

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