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Meaning-centred living, counselling and psychotherapy

(Course code: LOGO 01-8)



Dr Teria Shantall (course leader)

Sue Jackson

Wendy Hendler

Audrey Weiner

Sorette Van Jaarsveld

Dr Robert Barnes

Dr Rosemary Henrion

Dr Jay Levinson
2007 edition

In todays world, we are faced with the senselessness of international terrorism based on fanatical and intolerant belief systems. We are confronted daily with the depressing reports of wars, political conflict, violence and lawlessness, immorality and crime. Our world has to deal with the scourge of poverty and endemic diseases. The list goes on and on. In our own lives we have to deal with the tragic triad of pain, guilt and death. We each have our own share of pain and suffering. Efforts to escape these tragic realities by withdrawing into our own worlds and taking from life whatever bit of happiness and pleasure we can, often result in little more than a feeling of emptiness, futility and despair. What is it all for? What is life about? Is it the human lot to be burdened by conflict, hardship and misery? Is it a mere struggle for the survival of only the fittest or a matter of luck for the fortunate few? Or is there something more, something different? We are witnessing a growing desire for meaning and purpose in a world we all want to feel is worth living in. There is a challenge to rise to greater moral and spiritual heights by living more responsibly, by fulfilling our own personal mission and destiny in life. There is a call to get involved in our world, to be concerned not only about ourselves but also about others. There is a growing realisation that we can achieve full human stature only in serving and committing ourselves to causes greater than ourselves for the sake of someone or something other than ourselves.
Coming to triumphant grips with lifes problems, hardships and sufferings, and finding meaning and purpose in life by doing what we are called upon to do, are themes addressed by logotherapy. Logotherapy is a philosophy of life based on a profound respect for the dignity and worth of each and every individual, irrespective or race, colour or creed. Its major premise is that life is unconditionally meaningful and that meaning can be found and realised by anyone, anywhere and at any time. Each and every life can be meaningful if the call is answered to take responsible control of it. We all have a unique place in the world, a life-space that can only be filled by ourselves and nobody else. Logotherapy is also a major school of psychotherapy. Its founder, Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, contended that logotherapy means healing through meaning. The need to find meaning and purpose in life and to be lifted out of the bondages of a sub-human (irresponsible or mere day-to-day) existence has become the most urgent need of our times. The value of training any person, layman and mental health professional alike, first in finding greater meaning in their own lives and, by way of logotherapy, to assist others to do the same, is indisputable. The well-known humanistic psychologist, Abraham Maslow (1968) summed it up as follows:

Without the transpersonal and the transcendent, we become apathetic, nihilistic, sick and violent. We need something bigger than we are to be awed by and commit ourselves to.

Objectives and description of the training
The training in logotherapy is designed to meet the different needs of participants and is therefore divided into three courses.
Introductory course

A basic orientation to logotherapy with the focus on personal enrichment and spiritual growth

This one semester course consists of two sections:

Section A: 6 month distance teaching

Section B: 3 day compulsory workshop on optimal living (by national trainers)

Prescribed books:

1. Shantall, Teria: The Quest for Destiny.

2. Frankl, Viktor E (the 1985 edition). Mans Search for Meaning.

3. Havenga-Coetzer, Patti: Avenues to Meaning
Participants seeking only personal enrichment and growth can exit after this course, after the workshop on optimal living.
Intermediate course

Basic skills in the use of logotherapeutic methods and techniques in various contexts

This one semester course also consists of two sections:

Section A: 6 month distance teaching

Section B: 5 day compulsory workshop on basic logotherapeutic principles, methods and techniques (by national trainers)

Prescribed books:

1. Frankl, Viktor E: The Will to Meaning

2. Graber, Ann V.: Viktor Frankls Logotherapy

3. Lukas, Elizabeth: Logotherapy Textbook
Participants seeking a more advanced knowledge of logotherapy as it applies in their various fields of service can exit after completion of the workshop for this course.
Advanced course

Specialised skills in conducting logotherapy or in doing logotherapeutic research and presenting workshops

This one year course consists of two sections:

Section A: The conducting of logotherapy sessions with clients, doing research and and compiling workshops

Section B: 10 X 3-hour supervisory sessions and practical exercises and tasks

Prescribed books:

1. Frankl, Viktor E: The Doctor and the Soul.

2. Frankl, Viktor E.: Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning.

3. Shantall, Teria: Life’s Meaning in the Face of Suffering.
Train the Trainer course

A further one year training is available to those participants seeking to be qualified as trainers in Logotherapy and /or professional logotherapists. This training will involve full participation in the supervision of the work of participants in the Advanced Courses in Logotherapy. Entry into this further one year training of trainer’s course will be negotiated after the successful completion of the Advanced Course in Logotherapy.

(Applicable to psychologists registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and Social Workers registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions)
Introductory course Up to and including the workshop: 15 CPD points for Psychologists

30 CPD points for Social Workers

Intermediate course 17 CPD points and 3 ethical points: for Psychologists

30 CPD points for Social Workers

Advanced course 17 CPD points and 3 ethical points: for Psychologists

30 CPD points for Social Workers

A certificate of completion will be given to successful candidates at the end of the Introductory Course. A certificate of completion will also be given to participants who have successfully concluded the Intermediate Course (Sections A and B). The following accreditations will be given to participants who have successfully concluded the Advanced Course:
International accreditation

The Logotherapy training course offered by the Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology has received international recognition and runs in conjunction with the training offered by the Viktor Frankl Institute in the United States of America. Upon the successful completion of the entire training course at the Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology, candidates can register and attend the international workshop and apply for the international accreditation at the Viktor Frankl Institute in America. The accreditations are:

  • An Associate in Logotherapy

Participants in the Advanced course and who, at the successful completion of this course, qualify for this accreditation, can be any interested person, whether they are registered professionals or not.
Participants, who have successfully completed the further one year course as trainers, can also apply for the following international accreditations:

  • Diplomate Clinician

Participants must be registered mental health professionals (e.g. psychologists, counsellors, social workers, nurses, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, etc.)

  • Diplomate Educator/Administrator

These participants may not be mental health professionals but could be teachers, academic researchers, or hold administrative positions in the corporate world or any other organisation.
N.B. Neither the Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology nor the Viktor Frankl Institute for Logotherapy is licensing bodies. Registration to practise as a professional psychologist, counsellor, social worker, nurse, physiotherapist, psychiatrist, medical professional etc. must be gained through the routes prescribed for registration by the respective professional bodies.
Admission and other requirements
Introductory Course Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification

Intermediate Course Successful completion of the Introductory Course

Advanced Course Successful completion of the Introductory and Intermediate Courses

Training the trainer Successful completion of the Advanced Course.

Requirements after the completion of the Diplomate training

Active membership must be maintained of:

The Viktor Frankl Foundation of South Africa (annual membership fees: R50). Members are kept up to date with developments in South Africa and elsewhere by way of two Journals a year.

The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy (annual membership fees: $75). Members are kept up to date with international developments by way of two Journals a year and are invited to participate in the World Congress held every two years.

Evaluation and examination
Introductory Course: A portfolio and a written examination at the end of the workshop.

Intermediate Course: A portfolio, a case presentation during the workshop and a written examination at the end of the workshop.

Advanced Course: A portfolio of the years work and an one hour oral examination.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% is payable on registration for the Introductory Course, the Intermediate and Advanced courses and the remainder 14 days prior to the commencement of the specific workshop.

It is compulsory to complete the workshop in the semester that you registered. Changes will result in and Administration fee of R350.00

There are no early bird, special student or group rates. Please note, fee includes the prescribed books.

Introductory Course R4000 per person.

Intermediate Course R4500 per person.

Advanced Course R6500 per person.

Training the Trainer R150 for every 3 hour supervision session for 10 sessions.


Registration and Workshop dates
Introductory Course: Introductory Course at the start of every semester. Closing date is 28 February for 1st Semester, and 30 July for 2nd Semester..

Workshops on Optimal Living:

18 to 20 June 2007(1st Semester)

29 to 31 October 2007(2nd Semester)
Intermediate Course: Every semester after completion of the Introductory Course.

Workshop Dates: 9 to 13 July 2007 (1st Semester)

12 to 16 November 2007 (2nd Semester)

Note: Students may do the Introductory Course in the first semester and the Intermediate Course in the second semester or the Introductory Course in the second semester and Intermediate Course in the first semester of the following year.
Advanced Course This course runs for a period of ten months after completion of the Intermediate Course (July to November of a particular year plus the period February to June of the following year for candidates completing the Intermediate Course in June of the particular year; February to November of the next year for candidates completing the Intermediate Course in November of any particular year).
International workshop: 17 to 23 June 2007
The workshops and supervision sessions are offered on Unisa’s Muckleneuk campus in Pretoria..


Accommodation and travel expenses are for the account of the participant. Participants should arrange their own accommodation. A list of guest houses and hotels is available from the Centre on request.


NOTEPlease fax the details of your payment (e.g. a copy of your deposit slip) with a completed registration form to: The Centre Manager on fax number (012) 429-6853 / (012) 429-3414. Your registration cannot be processed without proof of payment.

Payment can be made as follows:



Credit card

Deposit into Unisa bank account

Electronic transfer

Postal order


Payment to be made to the cashiers at the Cas van Vuuren building and proof of payment together with completed registration form to the Centre for Applied Psychology, Unisa Main Campus, Theo van Wijk Building, 5th Floor Room 5 152, Telephone (012) 429 8544 / 8303


Cheques and postal orders must be made payable to UNISA, and handed in or posted together with completed registration form to the Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology, Unisa Main Campus, PO Box 392, Unisa, 0003


Fax/post proof of payment together with completed registration form to Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology (for attention: The Centre Manager), Unisa Main Campus, PO Box 392, Unisa, 0003   Fax number (012) 429 6853/ (012) 429 3414


Credit cards are restricted to "Visa" and "Mastercard". Provide the following credit card details to the Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology as indicated on registration form:
_Name of card holder

_Name of card

_Card number in full

_CV number (last 3 digits on back of card)

_Expiry date

_Amount due

_Terms (straight / budget)


Cash/cheque/postal order payments can be deposited into the University bank account:

ABSA, Sunnyside Branch, Pretoria

Account number 010 000 114 / branch code 323745. International swift code: ABSA ZA JJ

Please fax details of deposit slip as well as completed registration form to: The Centre Manager, Centre for Applied Psychology on fax number (012) 429 6853 / (012) 429 3414


The Centre has three short courses on offer:

THE SHORT COURSE IN HIV/AIDS CARE AND COUNSELLING will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with HIV/AIDS in different care, counselling and educational situations in the multi-cultural South African context. This multi-disciplinary short course will enrich your life and work as a nurse, social worker, psychologist, teacher, minister of faith, peer counsellor, community- or volunteer worker. The short course comprises of three modules:
_Module 1: (Orientation to HIV/AIDS and background to care and counselling)

Four months duration - no closing date and students can register throughout the year. Students must submit a portfolio at the end of the fourth month. The cost for this module is R1500. (Please note: Module 1 is also offered for non-degree purposes through Unisa - course code: PYC 206-B)

_Module 2: (HIV/AIDS Counselling Skills)

This module will be presented in a five-day workshop in March, May June August and September and November. The workshops will be held at Unisa Main Campus, Pretoria. The cost is R3000.

_Module 3: (Train the trainer regarding HIV/AIDS Education and Counselling)

The module comprises a five-day workshop in June, August and October at Unisa Main Campus. The cost for this module is R3000.

Please note: Module 1 is a prerequisite for Module 2, and Module 2 is a prerequisite for Module 3. Participants may, however, choose to only do Module 1, after which a certificate will be issued.

For brochures relating to these activities or to be placed on the mailing list, direct all enquiries to the Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology.

Kindly specify the allocation number 3066X/11665 in the reference block on the bank deposit slip (right hand side at bottom of slip).

Remember to specify the name of the workshop(s) on all deposit slips.

Cheques and postal orders made payable to Unisa

An Administration fee of R350 is payable for any alterations to the bookings. No rescheduling or cancellations will be accepted 14 days or before the commencement of the course. In such a case the full fee will be retained by the centre. The non-refundable deposit of 50% will be kept by the Centre in the case of a cancellation more than 14 days before the commencement of the course.

It is the participants responsibility to pay the correct fee. Overpayment will not be refunded.

The Centre reserves the right to cancel or postpone a workshop up to 10 day in advance in the event of insufficient enrolment. In this case, the participant will be refunded in full. Kindly confirm with the Centre before you make payments for travel or accommodation.

Fee includes lunch and tea/coffee during the workshop as well as course material.

The above lunch will comprise of the meal of the day on the Unisa restaurant menu for that specific day. Limited provision can be made for vegetarian meals. (We are unfortunately unable to provide for any special dietary requirements.)

The fees and discounts are applicable only for 2006. Please contact the centre if you are interested in the workshop dates and fees for 2007.

Accommodation and travelling arrangements are the participants own responsibility.
Please complete the registration form and forward/fax as per the selected payment method and/or special rate option to:
The Centre Manager

Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology

PO Box 392, Unisa, 0003

Tel: +27(0)12 429 8544 / 8303

Fax: +27 (0)12 429-6853


Allocation number 3066X/11665


(Short Course in Logotherapy)

Complete the registration form and fax with proof of payment to: The Centre Manager, (012) 429-6853

A. Please indicate for which Module/s you are registering / paying:




B. Please fill in you personal and contact details:


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Postal Address:

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C. Payment details:

Fee payable (tick)


Amount due


Method of payment


Credit card details (only if you pay per credit card)

Name of cardholder:

Name of Card:

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Expiry date:

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D. Certificate details (Please write in block letters):

Name to be printed on certificate:

First name to be printed on name tag:

Your choice of lunch

(choose one only)

Meal of the day


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