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CURRICULUM

18 modules, 4,5 days per module

Subjects: personality theories, theory of existence, existential motivations in theory and practice, methods of working with clients, clinical theory (psychopathology, aetiology) and self-reflection groups.

50 hours of self-awareness *

Individual sessions with course lecturers or with therapists, certified by GLE-International.

150 hours of group supervision *

Supervision of client cases: at least 150 hours (individual and in groups) including discussion of 5-7 cases from students’ own practice.

Practical work *

At least 450 hours of client work conducted by the student, supported by reports.

* Individual consultations (individual self-reflection), private and group supervision, exam retakes are charged separately.

Topics

0. 2-day introductory seminar

  • Self-reflection in a group format

 

1. Introduction and framework to Existential Analysis

  • What is Existential Analysis (EA) and Logotherapy (LT)?

  • Definition and area of application

  • Basic Existential Analysis theory, linking the main trends of psychotherapy

  • History of EA and LT

  • Goal of Existential Analysis education in the field of psychotherapy and counselling

  • Philosophical basis and specific character of working in Existential Analysis

  • Spiritual and historical background of EA and LT

  • Existential Analysis anthropology

  • Psychometric methods of EA and LT

 

2. Existential Analysis theory of motivations

  • The idea of helping and its motivation

  • The theories of motivations

  • Psychodynamics

  • Four fundamental motivations in EA

 

3. 1st fundamental motivation: existence in the world and personal trust

  • The ability “to be” as one of the key issues of existence

  • Coping skills of unreliability and endurance

  • Being able to accept life outcomes

  • Preconditions to acceptance: protection, space and support

  • Trust and courage, “The armchair method” exercise

  • Relationship with the body

  • Belief in truth, fundamental trust, the basis of existence

  • Topics related to the 1st FM: quietness, truth, faithfulness, power, hope, belief

  • Phenomenology

 

4. 2nd fundamental motivation: Life and personal attitude

  • Values and preferences as the key issues of life

  • Loss of life, coping reactions, sadness

  • Personal activity: attentive existence

  • Preconditions for transformation: 1st FM + positive experience of intimacy (closeness), time, and relationships

  • Study of Values

  • Study of Emotions

  • Fundamental values, fundamental attitudes

  • Topics related to 2nd FM: love, self-acceptance, joy, enjoyment

5. 3rd fundamental motivation: communal and personal

  • To be able to be myself as one of the key issues of “Person”

  • Loss of self; coping reacting, forgiving

  • Respect

  • Preconditions for self-worth: 1st FM + 2nd FM - attention, justification, respect

  • Ethics, Super-ego / Social-ego

  • Person, self-distancing, self-transcendence

  • Self-worth, authenticity, consciousness

  • Selfness

  • Topics related to 3rd FM: respect, honour

 

6. 4th Fundamental Motivation: Existential meaning

  • The reason for existence

  • Meaning blockade and loss of meaning; coping reactions under loss of meaning; Existential twist

  • Preconditions for existential twist: 1st FM + 2nd FM + 3rd FM, the context, the  terrestrial life, the will to live with meaning, method of finding meaning

  • Will-power; will strengthening method

  • The Study of Meaning; crisis intervention, the attitude change method

  • Existence, Execution, Development

  • Related topics: Being religious; purpose, target setting, existential vacuum

7. Therapeutic relationships and dialogue

  • Therapeutic Setting

  • Therapeutic relationship in EA, the Meeting

  • Thе guidance on conducting a talk - a therapeutic dialogue, treating resistance

 

8. Fear, phobia, panic, compulsion; fearful personality disorder

  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of fear

  • Existential analytical understanding of anxiousness

  • Fearful personality

  • Prophylaxis

  • Specific therapy and specific techniques


 

9. Depression, bipolar depression; depressive personality disorder

  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the experience; Grief

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of depression

  • Existential analytical understanding of depressivity

  • Depressive personality

  • Prophylaxis

  • Specific Therapy and specific techniques

10. Hysteria, somatoform disorders, histrionic personality disorder

 

  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of hysteria

  • Existential analytical understanding of the histrionic vital experience

  • Histrionic personality development

  • Prophylaxis

  • Specific therapy and specific techniques

 

11. More personality disorders (narcissistic and borderline)

 

  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of personality disorders

  • Existential analytical understanding

  • Specific therapy and specific techniques

 

12. Schizophrenic psychoses and paranoid pathology

 

  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the world of experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of psychoses

  • Existential analytical understanding

  • Specific therapy and specific techniques

 

13. General theory and practice of relationships

 

  • Love, sexuality, sexuality disorders, couple therapy

  • Aggression, violence

 

14. Other disorders

 

  • Addiction and dependence, eating disorders

  • Somatic disorder (psychosomatic)

 

 

15. General themes for clinical training

 

  • Existential analytical diagnostics

  • Healthy – sick: existential analytical psychopathology

  • Neurosis – psychoses – personality disorders

  • Elements of efficacy in psychotherapy