The International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (GLE-International) is providing a complete training in existential analytical psychotherapy and/or counseling.
What is unique about training in Existential Analysis?
Many recent graduates of counseling/psychotherapy training programs in North America note that they often do not feel well grounded in any particular approach to psychotherapy. Part of the reason for this is surely that most MA and PhD programs have adopted a generalist approach to teaching counseling/psychotherapy. This training program in Existential Analysis is designed to help psychotherapists/counselors deepen their understanding of themselves as persons and the process of psychotherapy through a well-rounded and in-depth curriculum in Existential Analysis.
Several aspects of the training in Existential Analysis are particularly unique in the North American context and thus worth noting. Firstly, as a phenomenological approach to psychotherapy/counseling, the training program is grounded first and foremost in the experiences of the trainees. We begin to understand concepts that are elaborated in the training (e.g., acceptance, trust, meaning, inner consent, etc.) by understanding the ways in which these emerge in our own lives. This approach facilitates both a deeper understanding of each concept and makes it more accessible to the therapist when it is encountered with clients. Secondly, this emergent understanding is then deepened even further in individual and small group work between seminars (see below under Additional Elements of the Training). Thus, each trainee is continually challenged to grow as a person and as a psychotherapist/counselor, which adds not only to his/her effectiveness as a therapist, but also deepens his/her access to felt values in life. Ultimately, the aim in our training is to ensure not only that trainees understand the theoretical content and applied techniques of Existential Analysis, but that they have matured and developed in their personalities as persons and as psychotherapists.
The course is considered a complete training program in existential counselling and psychotherapy. It is intended for post graduate students and practitioners, but also for students at the end of their university career.
Structure and Duration of the Seminar
The courses are divided into two parts:
(each seminar will be 3 days Fri., Sat., Sun. from 9:30am-5:30pm)
a) The Basic Training Program (44 days in 2 1/2 years) and
b) The Clinical Training Program (36 days in 2 years)
Cohorts at both the Basic Training level and the Clinical Training level with have the opportunity to study for 1 week in Vienna, Austria at the GLE Institute with Alfried Langle. (This is not mandatory aspect of the training program and will be decided as a group if all members of the cohort agree).
This Basic Training Program consists of 44 training days. Instruction topics include the theory of personhood, the theory of existence, existential motivations in theory and practice, some general methods and group-self-experience. To receive an intermediate diploma, a seminar of 7 days will conclude the training. This seminar covers diagnostics, further methods, practical training, insight into main diagnosis like anxieties, depression, histrionic disorders, personality disorders, psychosis and treatment of non clinical disturbances. It also includes group supervision of at least 100 hours leading to an intermediate diploma: the Basic Existential Counseling Diploma.
Clinical Training Program
Training for the Full Existential Psychotherapy Diploma continues for almost 2 more years with further seminars on clinical theory (psychopathology, etiology), practice, methods, practical training, group and individual self-experience and supervision.
All our courses are part-time, with a maximum of 20 training days per year, and are designed to be managed alongside current occupations and/or other training (e.g., graduate studies in counselling or psychology).
Additional Elements of the Training
In addition to the seminars both diplomas require:
a) One individual admissions interview: US $100 and 2 admission days at the beginning of the group.
b) Self experience in individual sessions (min. 30 hours for the Basic Existential Counseling Diploma, a total of min. 50 hours for Full Existential Psychotherapy Diploma.
c) Supervision: Basic Counseling Diploma: at least 100 hours (in groups); Full Existential Psychotherapy Diploma: at least 150 hours (in groups mostly).
d) Practical work: for the counselling diploma at least 200 hours own practical work; for Full Existential Psychotherapy Diploma a practicum of 500 hours (e.g. as an intern in a clinic– many graduate students in MA/PhD/PsyD training programs have likely completed this as part of their training) and at least 600 hours of own practice (in public or private locations).
e) A written theoretical or practical paper of at least 20 (Basic Counseling Diploma) or 30 pages (Full Existential Psychotherapy Diploma).
Minimum Admission Requirements
Persons possessing (or in a current study of) a master’s or doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, medicine, or a related field are encouraged to apply for admission to the full training program. Teachers, theologians and persons with other professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the basic counselling diploma. Others may apply by a written explanation of their interest. The application will then be evaluated in a personal interview.
A personal interview is required for all applicants.
Cost (in US Dollars)
The cost of a seminar day is $150. Each training year consists of approximately 20 days.
For the Basic Counseling Diploma: 44 days seminars in 2 ½ years, plus min. 30 hours individual self-experience, plus 100 hours supervision.
For the Full Existential Psychotherapy Diploma: 80 days seminars, plus min. 50 hours individual self-experience, plus min. 150 hours supervision.
Not sure if you want to join the training program? No problem, you can attend one of our 3-day intro seminars to see if this is a good for for you.
Diploma Program in Existential Analysis and Logotherapy
Gesellschaft für Logotherapie und Existenzanalyse
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