For whom is the Training Program intended?
The program is designed to meet the needs of professionals from various fields (doctors, psychologists, social workers, pedagogues, teachers, educators, therapists), students, as well as all others interested in personal growth and development, and is based on value oriented principles of logotherapy.
Selection criteria and procedure
Formal conditions for enrollment: completed three-years university study/degree.
Additional enrollment requirements: genuine interest and an ability to embrace a logotherapeutic spirit of the DOBRO Institute, built on the authentic teaching and memory of Viktor Frankl’s life and work, and consistently, with dignity, courageously and committedly transfer and apply it for the benefit of others and their own good.
Candidate selection procedure:
Motivation letter. Interview.
Why enroll in a Training Program in Logotherapy at DOBRO Institute?
The work of the Institute is carried out by recognized experts from various fields of profession and science which ensures that education and training are conducted at high scientific level.
The Training Program in Logotherapy at DOBRO Institute is in accordance with The Strasbourg Declaration of Psychotherapy, where it is stated that: “Training in psychotherapy takes place at an advanced, qualified and scientific level.”
Logotherapy, being a conversation and discussion in which worldview concepts are critically confronted, while entering into the meaning of Logos as the starting point and stronghold for recognition of responsibility as a value which itself is a precondition for all other values, without determining their order, it is necessary that a logotherapist is educated and trained in several scientific fields (philosophy, anthropology, theology, logic…).
DOBRO Institute, as well as the Training Program in Logotherapy, are accredited by the Victor Frankl Institute in Vienna, which confirms the Institute offers logotherapy according to standards (www.viktorfrankl.org).
Structure of the Training Program in Logotherapy at DOBRO Institute
Duration of the Training Program in Logotherapy is 3 (6 semesters) or 4 years (8 semesters).
The program is conducted by academic and other experts and scientists from various fields who have obtained their qualifications at well known domestic and foreign universities, institutes and institutions.
The program is dynamic and interactive and takes place in small groups limited to 30 participants per generation due to the commitment to each individual participant. During the program, participants will acquire knowledge of Victor Frankl’s logotherapy and be able to apply it in the development of their personal and professional life, aimed at understanding of finding the meaning in life.
The annual training program is composed of 10 modules. 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 of the program and continue in the last, fourth year, which also includes a logotherapeutic autobiography.
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 obtain a Diploma in Logotherapy, 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 the Certificate of completion of the theoretical part of the Training Program in Logotherapy. 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 dominated 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.
Personal psychotherapeutic experience in addition to autobiography work in duration of 270 hours is also required for completion of the Training Program. Positively evaluated therapy case protocols, written and completed autobiography notebook and supervised personal psychotherapeutic experience are requirements for successful completion of the 4th year, and thus the Training Program in Logotherapy as a whole.
The content overview of the Training Program is available at:
The overall duration of the Training Program in Logotherapy is 1,500 hours.
¹ Theoretical study during the 4 years of training, in addition to a specific part of logotherapy theory covered in detail, also contains the following prescribed elements: theories of human development throughout the life-cycle, theories of change, an understanding of social and cultural issues in relation to psychotherapy, theories of psychopathology and theories of assessment and intervention.
² Personal psychotherapeutic experience – includes training analysis, self-experience and other methods involving elements of self-reflection, therapy and personal experience (not less than 250 hours) spread over 4 years. No single term is agreed by all psychotherapy methods. Any training shall include arrangements to ensure that the trainees can identify and appropriately manage their involvement in and contributions to the processes of the psychotherapies that they practice in accordance with their specific methods. (ECP Standards: (https://www.europsyche.org/app/uploads/2019/05/ECP-document-version-7-0-voted-AGM-Vienna-Feb-2017_offic.pdf)
Personal psychotherapeutic experience, being part of the Training Program in Logotherapy, includes training analysis and other methods involving elements of self-reflection, therapy and personal experience autobiography work under supervision with special reference to essential logotherapeutic elements – spiritual dimension: discussion, examples of self-transcendence, examination of conscience, responsibility, and written self-reflection (essays).
³ Clinical practice experience within a mental health setting: placement in a mental health setting must provide adequate experience of psycho-social crisis and of collaboration with other specialists in the mental health field. (ECP Standards: (https://www.europsyche.org/app/uploads/2019/05/ECP-document-version-7-0-voted-AGM-Vienna-Feb-2017_offic.pdf)
Experience in relevant institutions and cooperation with experts in the field of mental health will be provided for the participants of the Training in Logotherapy.
Lecturers and associates
- Archbishop of Zadar, Msgr. Želimir Puljić, PhD, Prof.
- Associate Professor Vladimira Velički, PhD, Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb and qualified Logotherapist
- Associate Professor, Damir Velički, PhD, Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb
- Assistant Professor, Irena Sever Globan, PhD, Catholic University of Croatia in Zagreb, Department of Communication Studies and qualified Logotherapist
- Luka Maršić, M.D., PhD, Prof., University Clinical Hospital Center ” Sisters of Mercy”, Department of Psychiatry
- Boris Vidović, PhD, Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Split, Lecturer
- Harald Mori MSc (Psychotherapy), 1987 – 1997 personal student and assistant of Univ. Prof. Dr. Viktor E. Frankl. Psychoonkologist. President of MFA-Medical Viktor Frankl Association Vienna
- Timo Purjo, PhD, President of Viktor Frankl Institute Finland and Finland’s Association for Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
Training in logotherapy is conducted in cooperation with other domestic and foreign guest experts and lecturers.
What after completion of the Training Program?
After completion of the three-year program, a Participant receives the Certificate of successful completion of the theoretical part of the Training Program. After successful completion of the four-year program, a Participant receives the Diploma of completion of the entire Training Program in Logotherapy. Certificates and Diplomas are issued by DOBRO Institute. DOBRO Institute as well as the Training Program are accredited by the Victor Frankl Institute in Vienna.
Depending on the previous education, it is possible to obtain a title of psychotherapist or counselling therapist in accordance with the valid Croatian Psychotherapy Act (NN 64/18).
To apply and reserve a place in the Training Program in Logotherapy at DOBRO Institute, it is necessary to submit a motivation letter, CV, copy of a university diploma, exact current residential address if it differs from the one stated in the CV and personal identification number.
Ethical Principles and appeal procedures
In case of ethical doubts, the Ethical Principles of SPUH and appeals procedures apply.