Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy

(meaning-oriented approach to pastoral care & counseling, inclusive of spirituality, ecumenically applicable)


Description 
 
Though there are numerous training centers around the world for those interested in Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy, there is no graduate-level institution focused specifically upon the pastoral character of the theory and practice of logotherapy.  The Graduate Theological Foundation has established the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy to address this need. The Center offers three degrees in Pastoral Logotherapy with specific training in the theory and practice of logotherapy for ministry professionals working as practitioners in pastoral care and counseling.
 
Director of the Graduate Center
Ann V. Graber, D.Min., Ph.D., D.D. (Profile)
Diplomate in Logotherapy
Professor of  Pastoral Logotherapy 
 

Accreditation 
 
The Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy is, beginning January 1, 2014, an accredited Member of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Viktor Frankl Institute in Vienna, Austria.
 
 
 
As an accredited member institute, students who complete their degree work through the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy at the GTF are qualified to become accredited individual members of the International Association.  Students completing work through the Center should be aware that they may enjoy the opportunity to be listed in an international directory of logotherapists active in the various branches of helping and counseling professions that is currently being built by the Viktor Frankl Institute.  Other professionals applying logotherapy in their respective fields may also enjoy this opportunity, including ministers, pastoral psychologists, Registered Nurses, coaches, etc.
 
As a member institute, the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy at the GTF enjoys various benefits, including entry in the institute directory, help with local initiatives, and more.  To view a copy of the Certificate of Accreditation please click here.

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Degree Programs
 
Three doctoral degree programs are offered by the GTF in Pastoral Logotherapy.  The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) are both professional doctorates concentrating upon the praxis nature of logotherapy as relates to pastoral care and ministry.  The D.Min. and Psy.D. degree requirements include a specified number of Units of Study, and attendance at the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), an academic doctorate, combines the praxis elements of both the D.Min. and the Psy.D. with the requirement for a research-based thesis, which is written under faculty supervision and defended orally by the student before a panel of faculty.  The Ph.D. degree requirements include a specified number of Units of Study, including the Research Methods course, attendance at the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy and the writing and defense of a doctoral thesis.
 
Through our institutional PRIME relationship with the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, students may use work completed at that institution as transfer credit to fulfill partial academic requirements of a degree in Pastoral Logotherapy. Students must submit an official transcript or certificates of completion in order to have coursework assessed for credit.
 
Doctor of Ministry
 
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree requires a total of eight Units of Study. Five Units of Study are specified in the Pastoral Logotherapy core curriculum, while the three additional Units of Study are chosen from the E-Tutorial offerings by the GTF faculty in Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology. This degree program culminates in attendance at the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy.
 
Doctor of Psychology
 
The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree requires a total of ten Units of Study. Five Units of Study are specified in the Pastoral Logotherapy core curriculum, while the five additional Units of Study are chosen from the E-Tutorial offerings by the GTF faculty in Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology. This degree program culminates in attendance at the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy.
 
Doctor of Philosophy
 
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree requires a total of ten Units of Study. Five Units of Study are specified in the Pastoral Logotherapy core curriculum, while four additional Units of Study are chosen from the E-Tutorial offerings by the GTF faculty in Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology. Attendance at the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy is required. The final Unit of Study is the Research Methods course. The research-based doctoral thesis of 45,000 to 60,000 words is written under faculty supervision and defended before a panel of Foundation faculty. 
 

Admission Requirements
 
Doctor of Ministry
  1. Hold a bachelors and a master’s degree in a relevant field of study
  2. Have five years of professional experience in some form of ministry
  3. Have one Clinical Pastoral Education Unit of training (or the equivalent of 400 hours of ministry supervision)*
Doctor of Psychology
  1. Hold a bachelors and a master’s degree in a relevant field of study
  2. Have five years of professional experience in some form of ministry
  3. Have one Clinical Pastoral Education Unit of training (or the equivalent of 400 hours of ministry supervision)*
Doctor of Philosophy
  1. Hold a bachelors and a master’s degree in a relevant field of study
  2. Have five years of professional experience in some form of ministry
  3. Hold a professional doctorate in a cognate field of ministry or counseling (or the assessed equivalent in graduate study, teaching, or practice)
  4. Have one Clinical Pastoral Education Unit of training (or the equivalent of 400 hours of ministry supervision)*
*Students who do not meet this admission requirement but would like to be considered for acceptance based on past educational and professional experiences, may contact the Office of Academic Affairs to petition for a waiver of this requirement. 
 

Program Requirements
 
Doctor of Ministry (30 credit hours)
  1. Complete the Pastoral Logotherapy Core Curriculum: Five Units of Study (15 credit hours)
  2. Complete three electives from the Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology E-Tutorial curriculum of the GTF. (9 credit hours)
  3. Attend the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy (6 credits)
 
Doctor of Psychology (36 credit hours)
  1. Complete the Pastoral Logotherapy Core Curriculum: Five Units of Study (15 credit hours)
  2. Complete Five Units of Study (15 credit hours) as electives from the Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology E-Tutorial curriculum of the GTF
  3. Attend the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy (6 credit hours)
 
Doctor of Philosophy (42 credit hours)
  1. Complete the Pastoral Logotherapy Core Curriculum: Five Units of Study (15 credit hours)
  2. Complete four Units of Study (12 credit hours) as electives from the Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology E-Tutorial curriculum of the GTF.
  3. Completion of the Research Methodology course (3 credits)
  4. Attend the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy (6 credit hours)
  5. Write a 45,000 to 60,000 research-based thesis under faculty supervision and defend before a panel of Foundation faculty (6 credit hours) For information regarding the thesis, click here.

Tuition
 
Doctor of Ministry               
Total Program Cost:  $16,000
 
Doctor of Psychology
Total Program Cost:  $16,000
 
Doctor of Philosophy
Total Program Cost:  $18,900
 
Degree candidates are bound by the regulations of the Student Handbook of the year in which they are accepted into their program of study. Tuition fees will not change during a student’s course of study, providing the student submits payments and papers on schedule and completes the degree program within the prescribed time. If the student does not conform to scheduled payment and/or paper submission deadlines, the student’s file will be deactivated. Upon reactivation, the student will be responsible for the tuition and degree requirements which are current at the time of reactivation.
  
Tuition payment schedule
  • 1/3 of total fees paid within 30 days of acceptance
  • 1/3 of total fees paid within one year of the date of acceptance
  • 1/3 of total fees paid prior to scheduling of the doctoral defense (Ph.D.) OR 1/3 of total fees paid prior to March 1 of the year of graduation (D.Min., Psy.D.) 
Payment Plan Option
 
Students who are unable to make tuition payments in three installments may request to be placed on a payment plan.  The payment plan option allows the student to make small monthly or quarterly tuition payments for the duration of the degree program.  There is no interest charged on payment plans.  If a student requests a mailed invoice as a reminder to make payment, there is a ten dollar fee per invoice.
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If you have a question for the Bursar please click here or contact our office 9am-3pm eastern standard time.
 

Pastoral Logotherapy Core Curriculum
 
 (the following five courses or Units of Study are relevant to all degree programs)
 
Unit 1 is offered as an E-Tutorial.
 
Units 2-5
are offered in one of three ways, or as a combination of the three. 
  • E-Tutorials
  • Telephone Tutorials
  • On-Site Tutorials  
All of the courses in Pastoral Logotherapy require six written response papers (approximately 500-1,000 words), one for each of the assigned weekly readings.  The final paper for each course (3,000 words in length) can be a compilation of the amended and edited essays previously written for weeks one through six.  

Unit 1: Classical Schools of Psychotherapy
 
This tutorial is designed to introduce the student or, in the case of the student already familiar with some or all of the theorists discussed here, to refresh the student’s memory of the major systems of classical thought in psychotherapy. The course will consist of three components in the treatment of each system of thought; namely, the biography of the theorist, the key aspects of his theoretical constructs, and a major text in each particular school of thought. Because there are eight schools of thought considered in the text and only six papers required for this course, the student may select the six theorists of most interest and write a 500-word paper on each of those six. 

Required reading:

  • Beginning with Freud: The Classical Schools of Psychotherapy (Lima, OH: Wyndham Hall Press, 2010).
  • PRIMARY SOURCE RECOMMENDED READINGS: The required text listed above gives a comprehensive bibliography for each of the eight schools of psychotherapy considered in this course. The student should select two texts from one or more of the schools of thought discussed in the required text. The theorists discussed are Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Karl Jung, Viktor Frankl, Erik Erikson, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Harry Stack Sullivan. 

Unit 2: Pastoral Logotherapy I: Introduction: Meaning-Oriented Pastoral Counseling
 
Beginning with an historical introduction, the course presents the underlying philosophy, personality theory, and psychotherapy formulated by Viktor E. Frankl, MD, PhD. Dr. Frankl’s logotherapy emphasizes the significance of the human spirit, the uniqueness and dignity of the human being, and meaning in life as the primary motivation for living. Logotherapy’s relevance to pastoral counseling will be highlighted in this course.
 
Required reading:
  • Handbook: Introduction to Pastoral Logotherapy * (based on An Introduction to Logotherapy by Robert C. Barnes, revised for Pastoral Logotherapy by Ann V. Graber)
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.
  • Recollections - an Autobiography by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Any additional pertinent texts assigned by the Instructor 

* Texts indicated by an asterisk will be sent to students free of charge as pdf files following registration.


Unit 3: Pastoral Logotherapy II: General Applications of Principles and Techniques
 
This course will cover general applications of the principles and techniques of Logotherapy:self-distancing, de-reflection, Socratic dialogue, paradoxical intention, and phenomenological existential methods used to facilitate change in attitude, personal growth, and gaining greater self-knowledge through life-review and life pre-view.
 
Required reading:
  • Instructional Manual: General Applications of Pastoral Logotherapy * by Dr. Randy L. Scraper
  • The Will to Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • The Unheard Cry for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Any additional pertinent texts assigned by the Instructor 

* Texts indicated by an asterisk will be sent to students free of charge as pdf files following registration.


Unit 4: Pastoral Logotherapy III: Reflection on Fundamental Areas of Life in View of Meaning
 
This course will focus on vital areas of interest to pastoral care givers and invite reflection on these fundamentals of human existence: The meaning of Life, Death, Suffering, Work, and Love. Further exploration of the medicine chest of logotherapy with wholeness and self-transcending growth as therapeutic goals, as well as application of logotherapy in crisis intervention will be covered.
 
Required reading:
  • Instructional Manual: Pastoral Logotherapy -- Reflection on Fundamental Areas of Life *
  • The Doctor and the Soul by Viktor Frankl
  • Synchronization in Birkenwald * by Viktor Frankl
  • Any additional pertinent texts assigned by the Instructor 

* Texts indicated by an asterisk will be sent to students free of charge as pdf files following registration.


Unit 5: Pastoral Logotherapy IV: Assist in Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning
 
Further logotherapeutic approaches to facilitate growth and transformation through activation of creative, experiential and attitudinal values will be presented. Overcoming meaninglessness, despondency and despair in the unavoidable vicissitudes of life will be addressed. The focus will be on activating client's inner strengths, choosing life with meaning that leads to psycho-spiritual well-being and reaches toward ultimate meaning – God.     
 
Required reading:
  • Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • The Feeling of Meaninglessness by Viktor Frankl
  • Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy: Method of Choice inEcumenical Pastoral Psychology * by Ann V. Graber
  • Any pertinent supplemental materials suggested by the instructor or selected by the student

* Texts indicated by an asterisk will be sent to students free of charge as pdf files following registration.

NOTE: Further courses for degree requirements may be taken from the Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology section of the E-Tutorial Roster.
 

Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy
 
The five-day residential Practicum is praxis-oriented, focusing on the practice of logotherapy in a counseling situation. Prior to attendance, each student will have read any pre-set text(s) required by the faculty person moderating the Logotherapy Practicum. Beyond that, the student brings to the Practicum a verbatim narrative (prepared in APA case study format) of five specific counseling cases in which he/she has been involved. These case studies are used as the basis for discussion and skills assessment in the Practicum under the leadership of a qualified logotherapist who holds both the Diplomate in Logotherapy and a doctorate in a cognate field of counseling psychology. 
 
Depending on the situation and opportunity, the Practicum may either be a one-on-one tutorial encounter between student and faculty or, in some situations, a small group of students in a seminar environment moderated by the faculty. In either case, when the Practicum is completed at the end of five days, the D.Min. and Psy.D. student will have completed all degree requirements. The Ph.D. student then moves on to write and defend the doctoral thesis. 
 
NOTE: Further courses for degree requirements may be taken from the Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology section of the E-Tutorial Roster.
 

Course Registration
 
To register for the following courses click here.
  • Unit 1: Classical Schools of Psychotherapy
  • Electives E-Tutorials in Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology           
To register for the following courses click here.
  • Unit 2: Pastoral Logotherapy I: Introduction to meaning-oriented counseling
  • Unit 3: Pastoral Logotherapy II: General Applications of principles and techniques
  • Unit 4: Pastoral Logotherapy III: Reflection on Fundamental Areas of Life in view of meaning
  • Unit 5: Pastoral Logotherapy IV: Assist in Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
To register for the Research Methodology course click here.