Meaning, Personhood, and Relationships

This Institute addresses the psychotherapeutic theories and treatment methodologies of Viktor Frankl (father of logotherapy), Carl Rogers (father of client-centered psychotherapy), and Harry Stack Sullivan (father of social psychiatry). The focus will be upon the viability of each of these systems of thought in pastoral care and counseling with special attention to the “integration” of these three systems. There is a background text, Clinical Psychotherapy: A History of Theory and Practice, written by the Tutor, Dr. John Morgan, and each set of three sessions will draw from a major text dealing with Frankl, Rogers, and Sullivan. 

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Tutor: Dr. John H. Morgan, Karl Mannheim Professor
Seminar Titles:   
  • a.m.   Meaning and Personhood in Psychotherapy
  • p.m.   Personhood and Relationships in Psychotherapy 
  • September 10-14, 2018        
 Location: Hosted at Dodge House of the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana 
Daily Agenda: 
  • a.m.    Session 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • p.m.   Session 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (no p.m. Friday) 
Credits: NPO or two Units of Study
Session Daily Topics:
Sessions 1, 2, 3: (Monday a.m. and p.m. and Tuesday a.m.)            
            MEANING: Viktor Frankl and Meaning in Existential Analysis
Sessions 4, 5, 6: (Tuesday p.m. and Wednesday a.m. and p.m.)
            PERSONHOOD: Carl Rogers and Person-Centered Psychotherapy
Sessions 7, 8, 9: (Thursday a.m. and p.m. and Friday a.m. only; no p.m. Friday)
            RELATIONSHIPS: Harry Stack Sullivan and Interpersonal Relations
Written Requirements:
For each session, the student is to prepare and present a 500-1,000 word response to the assigned readings for that session.   Sessions 1, 4, and 7 will focus on the biography of the designated psychotherapist of the day and the remaining two sessions for each psychotherapist will concentrate on the key concepts and theories of their systems and modalities of treatment. At the end of the Institute, the student will have written between 3,000 and 6,000 words. The final paper is to be a compilation of these six short papers including refinements resulting from the Institute experience itself. The final paper must be between 4,500 and 6,000 words and submitted electronically as an email or a Word document within 90 days of completion of the Institute.
REQUIRED TEXTS (available used and in paperback from several book sources. Just google.) 
  • Clinical Psychotherapy: A History of Theory and Practice by John H. Morgan.
  • Frankl, Viktor. Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy.
  • Rogers, Carl. On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy.
  • Sullivan, Harry Stack. Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry.  


Carl Rogers
On Becoming Carl Rogers by Howard Kirschenbaum (NY: Delacorte Press, 1979).

 Harry Stack Sullivan
Psychiatrist of America: The Life of Harry Stack Sullivan by Helen Swick Perry. (Cambridge, MA:The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1982). 

 Let me take this opportunity to explain how the writing of papers and oral presentations work. Some students write the required short papers prior to arrival while others write each day prior to the time the paper is due for presentation. Either way is fine but the student must have a prepared paper of 500 to 1,000 words for oral presentation to the seminar. Do not write the “final” big paper because you will wish to incorporate information gleaned from the discussions during the week. However, the final paper may include the short papers written for each of the presentations. Please remember that you will orally present each of your papers for seminar discussion, feedback, etc., as will every participant. The presentation is made informally, sitting and reading from your laptop or written paper. There is no getting it wrong or right in terms of your presentation or content. The intent is for you to present a personal response to the readings for the day from your own professional perspective, indicating the relevance (or lack thereof) of each topic being discussed during that particular session of the seminar.
Everyone will bring something different to the table for discussion – no one will have it right or wrong, just different, based upon his/her personal background, experience, professional engagement, faith commitments, etc. The mix is where the learning occurs. The most important thing to remember is “be yourself,” and bring “who you are and what you have to say” to the seminar and all will be well. In a word, “relax” and enjoy the week. 
Note: The final paper must be submitted electronically either as an email or as an attached Word document.