Logotherapy Courses

Training in logotherapy is offered by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy South Africa (VFISA) in conjunction with the Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology (UCAP). Our courses are accredited by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in Texas, USA.

There are four courses on offer:

  1. Introductory Course in Logotherapy
  2. Intermediate Course in Logotherapy
  3. Advanced Course in Logotherapy
  4. Train-the-Trainer/Diplomate Course in Logotherapy

These courses accommodate learners from beginner level, with a personal interest in logotherapy, to registered professionals wishing to include logotherapy in their practices. Courses are progressive. Each level must be attained before a learner progresses to the next level.


Certificates and Credentials

Courses are awarded international certification by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in the United States. Certificates of Completion are given at the successful conclusion of the Introductory and Intermediate Courses by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy South Africa (VFISA). Certificates of Completion are also given at the successful conclusion of the Advanced and Train-the-Trainer/Diplomate Courses by the University of South Africa (Unisa).

Associate in Logotherapy
For students who have successfully completed the Advanced Course.
Diplomate in Logotherapy
Diplomate Clinician
For students who have successfully completed the clinical track of the Train-the-Trainer/Diplomate Course and are in possession of an Associate in Logotherapy from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in the United States. To qualify for this certificate, students must also be registered professionals in any field of the helping professions (e.g. clinical psychologist, counsellor, professional nurse, social worker, medical doctor, or psychiatrist).
Diplomate Educator/Administrator
For students who have successfully completed the research and educational track of the Train-the-Trainer/Diplomate Course and are at the Masters or Doctorate degree and are in possession of an Associate in Logotherapy from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in the United States.

1. Introductory Course in Logotherapy

The Introductory Course is a single-semester distance learning course. The course is open to any person, regardless of background or training, with the accent being on personal enrichment and spiritual growth through the study of the basic principles of logotherapy.

An in-depth grasp of these principles as they operate in our lives, and in the lives of others, is fundamental to the practice of logotherapy in a professional sense. This is where the training in logotherapy starts and this is where it ends: with you! Logotherapy deals with the fundamentals of optimal living, with being human in the most optimal sense of the word. The more you understand what life is all about, and the more you respond to the unique tasks, opportunities and responsibilities your life presents to you, the greater your growth as a person, and the greater your skill and impact as a logotherapist.

The Introductory Course will give you:

  • Knowledge of the basic principles of logotherapy.
  • An in-depth grasp of these principles as they operate in your life and in the lives of others.
  • Sharper awareness of life's opportunities and responsibilities.

Student requirements:

  • Completion of an assignment and the compilation of a portfolio of self-tasks based on the prescribed books for this course.
  • Attendance of a three-day workshop at the end of the course.
  • A written examination on the last day of the workshop.
  • A pass rate of 50% average for the assignment, portfolio and examination. We will, however, pass those students who have proven to have tried their best.

These prescribed books are sent to you after you register for the course:

  • Shantall, Teria: The Quest for Destiny
  • Frankl, Viktor: Man's Search for Meaning

The course fee is R5,500. Successful candidates can then enrol in the Intermediate Course in Logotherapy to continue their training.


2. Intermediate Course in Logotherapy

The Intermediate Course is a single-semester distance learning course. The course is designed for those in the helping professions, and/or for anyone wishing to enhance their interpersonal skills in dealing with and assisting others.

The course is aimed at developing the basic skills needed to use logotherapeutic methods and techniques, and to enhance the skills of course participants coming from various fields and backgrounds.

The main aim is to assist participants in developing a more holistic view of the people they work and interact with. This aim includes not only physical, psychological and social issues, but also the spiritual quest for meaning and purpose in life. People, seeking the assistance of professionals in the helping professions, often complain of being treated like objects or as helpless victims of their problems and circumstances.

Neglect of their spiritual quest for meaning and purpose in their lives often serves to exacerbate instead of alleviate their suffering, problems, and difficulties. Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, diagnosed a new type of neurosis, called noögenic neurosis, that is marked by existential emptiness and a sense of futility, purposelessness and meaninglessness. These are the direct results of overlooking, and thereby failing to foster, human spirituality, values and meaning. Equipping participants with a greater meaning orientation greatly contributes to the mental well-being of the clients they work with, or others they seek to serve.

Student requirements:

  • Completion of an assignment and the compilation of a portfolio of self-tasks based on the prescribed books for this course.
  • Conducting and transcribing a logotherapy session with a client or a friend that is to be brought to the workshop for supervision and discussion.
  • Attendance of a five-day workshop at the end of the course.
  • A written examination on the last day of the workshop.
  • A pass rate of 50% average for the assignment, portfolio and examination. We will, however, pass those students who have proven to have tried their best.

These prescribed books are sent to you after you register for the course:

  • Frankl, Viktor: The Will to Meaning
  • Shantall, Teria: The Quest for Destiny (second half)
  • Logotherapy Workbook

The course fee is R6,600. Successful candidates can then enrol in the Advanced Course in Logotherapy to continue their training.


3. Advanced Course in Logotherapy

The Advanced Course is a one-year course with a full day meeting once a month over a period of ten months. A distance teaching option is available. Attendance of workshops at the end of February and June, plus being present for examination sessions at the end of the course, are compulsory.

The Advanced Course is offered to students on two tracks:

Clinical track. This is for students who have some training and experience in counselling and who desire to become competent as counsellors in the field of logotherapy. An available client base is another requirement for students on this track.

Research and educational track. This is for students who have no counselling background and do not have a client base to draw from, and whose primary responsibilities will not include the clinical application of logotherapy. These students may seek to be researchers, teachers of logotherapy and/or workshop presenters in logotherapy in the corporate world, the educational or health field, or other contexts.

The educational team's commitment includes:

  • Supervision of transcribed and presented sessions conducted by students on the clinical track.
  • Supervision of research or workshop projects of students on the research and educational track.
  • Plenary sessions on logotherapeutic issues, particularly relating to the application of logotherapy in clinical practice, research and workshops. In the case of distance teaching students, teaching material will be made available over the Internet.
  • Marking and feedback of logotasks based on the prescribed books.
  • Conducting an oral examination for the clinical track and evaluation of the examination project (workshop) for the research and educational track.

Student requirements:

  • The successful completion of both the Introductory and Intermediate Courses.
  • 90% attendance of the 10 monthly meetings. In the case of distance learning students, interaction with supervisors will take place via the Internet.
  • Completion of logotasks based on the prescribed books that, together with the transcribed and supervised logotherapy sessions or research or workshop project, are to be bound together as a portfolio of work for this course.
  • Each participant will present the required sessions, conducted with clients, in a transcribed form for supervision and discussion (clinical track), or report on the progress of their research or workshop projects (research and educational track).

These prescribed books are sent to you after you register for the course:

  • Shantall, Teria: Life's Meaning in the Face of Suffering
  • Frankl, Viktor: Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
  • Frankl, Viktor: The Doctor and the Soul

The course fee is R13,590. Successful candidates can apply to be accepted for the Train-the-Trainer or Diplomate Course which will then necessitate a further year of training.


4. Train-the-Trainer/Diplomate Course in Logotherapy

The Train-the-Trainer/Diplomate Course is a one-year course and is only open to registered professionals or researchers at the Masters or Doctorate degree who have successfully completed the Advanced Course.

The course is designed for those mental health professionals who wish to become professional logotherapists and/or trainers in logotherapy, as well as for researchers at the Masters or Doctorate degree who wish to become research trainers, workshop presenters or educators in the field of logotherapy. Attendance of the monthly meetings of the advanced students is compulsory for the trainers-in-training. Students on the Advanced Course will be assigned to them for supervision, depending on the track they are following (clinical or research and educational track). Regular assessment is made of students under their supervision, as well as self-assessment of their progress under direction of the main supervisors.

A distance learning option is available for students who cannot fulfil the above requirements of trainers-in-training. A substantial research project is to be conducted under regular supervision and presented as a journal article at the end of the course.

Student requirements:

  • A 50-page project for trainers-in-training and a 100-page project for distance learning students.
  • A synopsis of the project, written as an article, and submitted for publication to the International Forum for Logotherapy Journal.
  • One-page summary of the project, along with biographical details and a photo of the candidate, to be sent to the International Forum for Logotherapy Journal.
  • Enrollment as a member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in the United States (with a payment of US$100). Membership must be renewed annually to retain the status of Diplomate. The International Forum for Logotherapy Journal will be sent to members twice a year. Members are encouraged to attend the Logotherapy World Congress, held every other year, and arranged by the Institute in the United States.

Enrollment as a member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy South Africa (annual membership fee is R550). The services of logotherapists at a Diplomate degree will be advertised on the Institute’s website. The website informs members of interesting events and meetings organised by the Institute, and of national and international conferences. Interesting articles on logotherapy are regularly published on the website.

The course fee is R5,000.