Criteria for completion of the Training Program in Logotherapy
During the first three years, the theoretical and methodological part is checked in such a way that, upon the completion of each module, during which participants have an obligation to independently study the prescribed literature and hand in the written homework assignments, a short essay must be submitted written on an assigned topic from the module content (up to 500 words). After the final, module 10 of each year, if all essays are graded positively and all assignments have been submitted, a written exam is taken.
After passing an annual exam, the Certificate of completion is issued which proves that the program year has been successfully completed. Depending on the success of submitted assignments and essays, as well as the success on the exam taken, at the end of each year DOBRO Institute retains the right of deciding whether a participant has acquired enough knowledge to continue the Training Program on the following year.
Positively graded essays and passed exams are conditions for the training to be continued in the following year. After the 3rd year of the Training Program, participants are obliged to write a final paper. The theme of the paper is selected in agreement and in consultations with the mentor. The chosen topic must be approved by the lecturer of DOBRO Institute.
Supervision, as well as practical training, work with clients, individually and in groups and clinical practice experience within a mental health setting begin in the third year, and continues in the last, fourth year of the program.
Participants whose goal of training is not to pursue the status of a logotherapist are not required to begin the practical training in the 3rd year of the program but, upon successful completion of the third year, are awarded Certificate in Logotherapy which enables them for the application of logotherapeutic knowledge within previously acquired titles or occupations. If, in the future, they wish to continue their education at DOBRO Institute, they will be given an opportunity to reimburse the mandatory hours of supervision and practical training from the third year of the Training Program.
The last, 4th year, unlike previous years which are predominated by theoretical training, is intended for practical training, work with clients, individually and in groups, clinical practice experience within a mental health setting, supervisory work and a logotherapeutic autobiography. During meetings with their supervisors, participants exchange experiences and report on their clients’ cases and methods of work, but also show that they are able to think logically (meaningfully), act and actively deal with challenges and questions life is asking them. This is also included in a candidate’s ability assessment. During supervision, it is necessary to write and submit therapeutic protocols. Logotherapeutic autobiography refers to an active logotherapeutic view of one’s own life, i.e. to the ability to apply the principles and values of logotherapy to one’s own life.
After the successful completion of the 4th year, the participants obtain Diploma in Logotherapy which entitles them to work as professional logotherapists as well as to engage in the process of obtaining one of the professional statuses in accordance with the provisions of the Croatian Psychotherapy Act.