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Training in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (LTEA)

We provide professional development courses on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (LTEA). The courses follow the curriculum proposed by Elisabeth Lukas, PhD (2013) and an additional course on Existential Coaching by Edward Marshall, PhD (2016):

1. Anthropological Basis of Logotherapy (Introductory Course);
2. Logotherapy in Crisis Prevention;
3. Logotherapy in Crisis Intervention;
4. Logotherapy of Mental Disorders (For Health Care Professionals);
5. Existential Coaching.

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Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (LTEA) presents a three-dimensional view of the person, consisting of body, mind and spirit. Thanks to the dimension of the spirit the individual can find areas of freedom to personally respond to any given situation.

Existential Analysis helps with the discovery of one’s areas of freedom. LTEA aims to help the individual to make responsible decisions.

We consider recent neuroscience findings on how a person exercises their capacity to decide responsibly. First, there is a capacity to decide to live according to universal values as guiding principles of future behaviour. This requires a period of reflection or stepping back from what is happening to create a space for discernment. Next, decisions are made everyday based on those values. These decisions are mostly fast paced and can be improved by regularly taking time to make an evaluation on how we are living according to those values, using our conscience.

LTEA has been applied in healthcare, education and in the workplace.


In the field of healthcare LTEA helps clients to respond to their illness meaningfully. This approach can optimize treatment, offer an outlook in life and improve adherence to the treatment plan. It helps patients to find and become more aware of reasons to live, improving their illness experience and overall sense of well-being.

In education, LTEA helps students to discern their future vocation by living according to universal values and responding to life events meaningfully. This approach can have benefits for personal development.

In the workplace, LTEA can be useful in improving engagement, performance and job satisfaction by focusing and prioritizing meaningful and purposeful goals. It helps to apply knowledge, skills and abilities in a meaningful way.

The courses start with an introduction to Viktor Frankl’s anthropological view of the person. The following course continues with crisis prevention through understanding human development, applications in education, ethics and in the workplace. The third course on crisis intervention presents the possibilities of openness to finding meaning in suffering (pain, guilt and loss). The fourth courses on LTEA and mental disorders explores how Logotherapy and Existential Analysis can be used in combination with other therapeutic modalities. The fifth course focuses on the applications of LTEA for personal development (Existential Coaching).

Required reading for the first four courses is:

Marshall, M. & Marshall, E. (2012). Logotherapy Revisited: Review of the Tenets of Viktor E. Frankl’s Logotherapy. Ottawa Institute of Logotherapy. [Includes study guides for the following professional development courses: Anthropological Basis of Logotherapy, Logotherapy in Crisis Prevention, Logotherapy in Crisis Intervention and Logotherapy of Mental Disorders].