Teria Shantall

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Founder of the Viktor Frankl Institute of South Africa.


Academic and professional qualifications

  • B.A. (Psychology, Philosophy) Cum Laude (1961)
  • B.A. Hons. (Psychology) Cum Laude (1963)
  • M.A. (Clinical Psychology) Cum Laude (1967):  University of Pretoria.
  • DLitt.et.Phil (1997):  University of South Africa. Title of doctorate:  A Heuristic Study of the Meaning of Suffering among Holocaust Survivors
  • Registered as Clinical Psychologist at the South African Medical and Dental Council (1973) and at the Health Professions Council of South Africa (1997).
  • Training course in Child Psychotherapy, Tavistock Clinic, London (1970).
  • Logotherapy Course by Viktor Frankl, United States International University, San Diego (1971).
  • Holocaust Studies, School for Educators from Abroad, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem (1994 &1996).
  • Diplomate Clinican, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, Dallas Texas (2001).

Employment history and professional positions

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of South Africa (1969-2005)
  • Course leader, Logotherapy training courses, The University of South Africa Centre for Applied Psychology.
  • President, Viktor Frankl Institute for Logotherapy, South Africa.
  • Vice President, Viktor Frankl Institute for Logotherapy, Israel.
  • Trainer, Courses in Logotherapy, Gordon College of Education, Haifa and at The Institute for Civilization and Judaism, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Member of the international Board of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy of the United States of America.

Publications

Books:

  • Life’s meaning in the face of suffering:  the testimony of Holocaust survivors (2002):
    Jerusalem:  Magnes Press of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • The Quest for Destiny:  a logotherapeutic guide to meaning-centred living, therapy and counseling (2003): Pretoria: Unisa Press.

Chapters in books:

  • The existential theory of Viktor Frankl (1997).  In W.F. Meyer, C. Moore & H.J. Viljoen (Eds), Personology:  from individual to ecosystem.  Johannesburg: Heinemann.
  • What is meant by meaning? (1998).  In F. Crous, A.A. Havenga-Coetzer & G. Van Heerden (Eds), On the way to meaning.  Essays in honour of Viktor Frankl.  Johannesburg: The Viktor Frankl Foundation of South Africa.
  • Violence and lawlessness in contemporary society:  is there a solution?  (1998): In F. Crous, A.A. Havenga-Coetzer & G. Van Heerden (Eds), On the way to meaning.  Essays in honour of Viktor Frankl.  Johannesburg: The Viktor Frankl Foundation of South Africa.

Research and journal articles:

  • Let us look at logotherapy.  Psychotherapeia and Psychiatry in Practice, 1985, 40.
  • A student self-empowerment and enrichment programme.  Progressio, 1997, 19(1).
  • A tribute to Viktor Frankl.  The International Forum for Logotherapy, 1998, 2(1).
  • The experience of meaning in suffering among Holocaust survivors.  Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1999, 39(3).
  • A phenomenological analysis of suffering.  International Forum for Logotherapy, 1998, 21(2).
  • Trauma debriefing and logotherapy.  The Viktor Frankl Foundation of South Africa Journal, 2003 (8)2.
  • The magic of life.  The Viktor Frankl Foundation of South Africa Journal, 2003 (8)2.
  • The use of logotherapy in strokes of fate.  The Viktor Frankl Foundation of South Africa Journal, 2003 (8)2. 
  • The meaning of chronic pain.  The Journal of Physiotherapy of South Africa, 2003.
  • Finding meaning in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease.  The International Forum for Logotherapy, 2005, 28(2).

Papers at international conferences

  • Dallas, Texas:  Eleventh World Congress on Logotherapy, 1997.  Has suffering any meaning?  A heuristic study of the question among Holocaust survivors.
  • Dublin, Ireland:  Fifth Europen Congress of Psychology, 1997.  The defiant power of the human spirit:  its provocation among students in a post-apartheid South Africa.
  • Kempton Park, South Africa:  The International Person-Centre Approach Conference, 1998.  The relevance of the person-centered approach in the South African Context:  a student self-empowerment and enrichment program.
  • Rome, Italy:  Sixth European Congress of Psychology, 1999.  The creation of community among divergent ethnic student groups in a post-apartheid South Africa.
  • Dallas, Texas:  Fourteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, 2003.  A training in logotherapy: a first in South Africa.
  • Dallas, Texas:  Fifteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, 2005.  Plenary session:  Logotherapy – its message, its power, its glory.
  • Dallas, Texas:  Sixteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, 2007.  Plenary session:  Finding a common will to common meaning:  crossing cross-cultural boundaries in South Africa.
  • Dallas, Texas:  Seventeenth World Congress on Logotherapy, 2009.  Plenary session:
    Donning the armor of meaning in our time of global change, crisis and chaos.
  • Dallas, Texas, Eighteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, 2011.  Plenary session: The triumph of meaningful suffering.
  • Dallas, Texas:  Nineteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, 2013.  Plenary session:
    A door of hope:  the unscathed human spirit.

Awards

  • British Council Bursary, 1969, for training as a Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London.
    University of South Africa Senior Travel Bursary, 1994 & 1996, for Holocaust studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
  • Human Sciences Research Council Grant, 1996, for doctoral research.
  • Nominee:  African Jewish Achievers award, 2003 (category:  Humanities).
  • The Presidential Award of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, Dallas, Texas, 2005, for distinguished service in promoting the work of Viktor E. Frankl throughout the world.
  • The Joseph Fabry FoundersAward, Sixteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, Dallas, Texas, 2007, in recognition of distinguished leadership in promoting the work of Viktor E. Frankl throughout the world.
    The Statue of Responsibility Award, Seventeenth World Congress on Logotherapy, Dallas, Texas, 2009, in grateful appreciation for sterling leadership and visionary contributions in promoting the work of Viktor Frankl around the world.
  • The Josepoh B. Fabry Founders Award, Eighteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, Dallas, Texas, 2011, in grateful recognition on distinguished contriutions, sterling leadership and humanitarian service in promoting Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy in South Africa, Israel, and throughout the world.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award, Nineteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, Dallas, Texas, 2013, in grateful recognition of distinguished contributions to Humanity in promoting Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy throughout the world.
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Meaningful quotes

I think that taking life seriously means something such as this: that whatever man does on this planet has to be done in the lived truth of the terror of creation, of the grotesque, of the rumble of panic underneath everything. Otherwise it is false. Whatever is achieved must be achieved with the full exercise of passion, of vision, of pain, of fear, and of sorrow. How do we know ... that our part of the meaning of the universe might not be a rhythm in sorrow?
Ernest Becker

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