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Saturday, December 7, 2013

#60: Pastoral Logotherapy: Seeking Wholeness Through Healing Mankind’s Spiritual Malaise - Presentation by Father Jeremiah N. Murasso, Ph.D.



Pastoral logotherapy is the application of logotherapy principles within the context of pastoral counseling.  This application is primarily championed by the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy at the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Father Jeremiah N. Murasso, Ph.D., is the Robert C. Leslie Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy at the Graduate Theological Foundation.  Father Murasso was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1979.  He holds multiple graduate degrees in the areas of theology, philosophy, psychology, and education.  At the recent World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy held in Dallas, Texas, Father Murasso received the Robert C. Leslie Award for outstanding contributions to the fields and interfaces of psychology and religion.

The following presentation was delivered to the World Congress on June 20, 2013 and is entitled “Pastoral Logotherapy: Seeking Wholeness Through Healing Mankind’s Spiritual Malaise.”  We join the lecture in progress.

Father Murasso is the author of Logotherapy and the Logos of God in Christic Wisdom published in 2008.  The Amazon link to the book is found here.

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

#59: From Turmoil to Transcendence: The Book of Job and the Will to Wisdom



On April 18, 2013, I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation at the Chicago Theological Seminary.  The dissertation title is A Logotherapy Hermeneutic Developed and Applied to the Book of Job.  I was struck by the warm reception Frankl’s ideas were given by a group of biblical scholars and theologians who had had little exposure to Frankl outside the reading of the dissertation.  I especially want to thank the Chicago Theological Seminary and my dissertation committee for allowing me to write on this topic.

A few months ago, on LogoTalk Radio #54, I talked a bit about what I mean by a “Logotherapy Hermeneutic.”  In short, logotherapists know that examples of Frankl's principles have been explained and interpreted through numerous books, texts, and even movies.  Although this has been a practice for some time, and is encouraged in the logotherapy curriculum, no theory as to how to interpret a story through a Franklian lens has ever been developed at a scholarly level.  That is what this dissertation does, and that is what a Logotherapy Hermeneutic is -- a defined theory of textual interpretation based on Logotherapy.  As such, it is closely related to what Frankl calls a "Special Existential Analysis."

The lecture that follows is my presentation to the Nineteenth World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy in Dallas, Texas given on June 21, 2013. The lecture illustrates the application of a Logotherapy Hermeneutic to the Book of Job.

The handout given during the lecture can be found by following this link.




Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

#58: Emerging from the Inner Storm – Presentation by Paul McQuillan, Ph.D., Psy.D.






On behalf of LogoTalk Radio, I want to extend my personal thanks to Storm, the pseudonym of the woman whose story you are about to hear, for giving LogoTalk Radio permission to use the following material.  I also want to thank Dr. Paul McQuillan for making this material available.

In the podcast that follows, you will hear Dr. McQuillan’s presentation given to the Nineteenth World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy on June 22, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Dr. McQuillan presents the story of Storm, a woman who has emerged from the trauma of domestic violence with the help of logotherapy. The story is told with Storm’s own voice, through slides and recordings. The slide deck with the attendant audio can be viewed at youtube.com/LogoTalk.

Dr Paul McQuillan is a Faculty Member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and a practicing family and relationships counselor with Anglicare South Queensland.  He has been an Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University since 2002. Through Life Change Therapies he provides face the face and online courses in Logotherapy in Australia. (www.lifechange.net.au)

Dr. McQuillan is a member of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values. The seminar meets bi-annually and is restricted to members and invited guests.  He is Chair of the Education Program Accreditation Committee of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia. The role of the committee is to accredit training in psychotherapy and counseling provided by Universities and other training organizations. He sits on the Editorial Board of "Panorama: Intercultural Annual of Interdisciplinary Ethical and Religious Studies for Responsible Research" and the Editorial Board of "The Journal of Youth Ministry."

His research interests include religious experience and the spirituality of youth as well as meaning centered therapy and the logotherapy of Viktor Frankl.

His previous career has centered on education and educational leadership.  He has been the principal of high schools in three states, assistant director for resources and planning for Northern Territory Catholic Education, and, for 12 years, Director, Administrative Services, for Brisbane Catholic Education.

Dr. McQuillan is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and books on the topic of spirituality and belief systems of young people.


For more information about the work Dr. McQuillan is doing in Australia, and for more information on his coursework, please visit Life Change Therapies.  Dr. McQuillan can be reached at paul@lifechange.net.au.









Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

#57 Interview with Snezhana A. Zamalieva, Ph.D.




Snezhana A. Zamalieva, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, business coach, and President of the Maestro Temirkanov International Foundation for Cultural Initiatives (Международный Фонд Культурных Инициатив Маэстро Темирканова).  She graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a master's degree in sociology in 1996 and received her MBA in 2003.  Later, she graduated from the East European Institute for Psychoanalysis with a master's degree in psychology.  In 2012 she earned her Ph.D. from the Philosophy Department of St. Petersburg State University.  Dr. Zamalieva also completed the program in Franklian Psychology offered by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, in Texas, by distance learning.

She is the author of numerous articles and a monograph entitled Человек все решает сам : логотерапия и экзистенциальная антропология Виктора Франкла (Man Decides for Himself: Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy and Existential Anthropology).  This is the first book by a Russian author to summarize the main tenets of logotherapy and to present the life of Viktor Frankl, making it an important historical publication.

Follow this link to find Человек все решает сам : логотерапия и экзистенциальная антропология Виктора Франкла at Amazon.com.

Follow this link to find Человек все решает сам : логотерапия и экзистенциальная антропология Виктора Франкла at East View Information Services.

In this interview, Dr. Zamalieva discusses her interest in logotherapy and existential analysis, her book, and her work with the Maestro Temirkanov Foundation.  To hear the presentation that she made to an international audience at World Congress XIX, please scroll down for LogoTalk Radio #56:  The Russian Philosophical Heritage and its Impact on Franklian Philosophy – Presentation by Snezhana A. Zamalieva, Ph.D.


Annual Review of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

Upcoming conferences:

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

#56: The Russian Philosophical Heritage and its Impact on Franklian Philosophy – Presentation by Snezhana A. Zamalieva, Ph.D.






Snezhana A. Zamalieva, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, business coach and President of the Maestro Temirkanov International Foundation for Cultural Initiatives (Международный Фонд Культурных Инициатив Маэстро Темирканова).  She graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a master's degree in sociology in 1996 and received her MBA in 2003.  Later, she graduated from the East European Institute for Psychoanalysis with a master's degree in psychology.  In 2012 she earned her Ph.D. from the Philosophy Department of St. Petersburg State University.  Dr. Zamalieva also completed the program in Franklian Psychology offered by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, in Texas, by distance learning.

She is the author of numerous articles and a monograph entitled Человек все решает сам : логотерапия и экзистенциальная антропология Виктора Франкла (Man Decides for Himself: Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy and Existential Anthropology).  This is the first book by a Russian author to summarize the main tenets of logotherapy and to present the life of Viktor Frankl, making it an important historical publication.

Follow this link to find Человек все решает сам : логотерапия и экзистенциальная антропология Виктора Франкла at Amazon.com.

Follow this link to find Человек все решает сам : логотерапия и экзистенциальная антропология Виктора Франкла at East View Information Services.

Dr. Zamalieva lectured at the Nineteenth World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy in Dallas, Texas on June 21, 2013.  Here, she presents an overview of Russian philosophy for her international audience and then discusses the influence of Russian philosophy, especially Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, on the development of Viktor Frankl's thought.


Upcoming conferences:

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

#55: The Cognitive Neurosciences and Logotherapy: New Experimental Findings and Their Implications – Keynote Address by Professor Alexander Batthyány, Ph.D.






This podcast shares the keynote address delivered by Prof. Dr. Alexander Batthyány at the Nineteenth World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy held in Dallas, Texas on June 20, 2013.  This address is, in my opinion, a watershed in the history of logotherapy and existential analysis.  In it, Dr. Batthyány explains Viktor Frankl’s publications in historical context and outlines the contemporary challenge that logotherapy must face.  Its cause is no longer a philosophical issue, but rather an empirical question with testable hypotheses derived from logotherapy.  I believe that all future work in the theory and practice of logotherapy will be judged by how well that work responds to the questions and challenges raised in this lecture.

Dr. Batthyány is President of the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna and director of the Viktor Frankl Archives.  He is Professor and Academic Director of the Viktor Frankl Chair for Philosophy and Psychology at the University of the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein.  This chair was established by Dr. Viktor Frankl himself and represents the world’s first and only Ph.D. program in logotherapy and logotherapy-related interdisciplinary studies at a fully accredited institution of higher learning.  Dr. Batthyány is also Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vienna, Vienna Medical School.

He is widely published in the areas of the philosophy of science, logotherapy, and consciousness studies with over 50 citations to his credit.  These including five monographs, six edited anthologies, and nine edited volumes.  Forthcoming works include Conscious Selves: An Argument for Brain‐Mind‐Interactionism; To Cope, To Strive, To Understand: Existential Questions in Psychology; and Meaning in Existential and Positive Psychology.  He is Head of the Editorial Board and First Editor of the 14‐Volumes of the Collected Works of Viktor Frankl, of which the first five volumes have been published.  The complete set is expected to be finished around the year 2020.


Links from this month's podcast:

Ph.D. Program in Logotherapy and Logotherapy-related Studies.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Batthyány

Upcoming conferences:

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

#54: Logotherapy and Existential Hermeneutics: Background



Next week at World Congress XIX on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy: Inspiring Meaning-Centered Living in Diverse Disciplines, Cultures and Wisdom Traditions, I have the privilege of presenting From Turmoil to Transcendence:  The Book of Job and the Will to Wisdom based on my recently completed PhD dissertation on logotherapy and hermeneutics.  During that presentation, I intend to outline what a logotherapy hermeneutic is, and then engage logotherapy in a dialogue with the Biblical Book of Job.  I find the discoveries both about the Book of Job and about logotherapy to be quite startling.  

Spiral bound, paper-only copies of the dissertation will also be available at the World Congress bookstore for $20.00. There are only 15 copies available, so I’ll accept pre-orders by email to logotalk@gmail.com.

In this podcast, I share a bit of background on what a hermeneutic is, and what it has to do with logotherapy.  I also talk about types of hermeneutics, as well as postmodernism, and explore how Frankl’s theory fits with those constructs.  Most of this material will not be part of the presentation next week, and both this episode and the presentation are free-standing, but listening to this episode before the presentation will give those who attend a fuller understanding of the overall project.

Links from this month's podcast:

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:  The Theory and Therapy of Viktor Frankl at the Zur Institute.

Upcoming Conferences on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:

First World Congress for Existential Psychotherapy in London, May 14-17, 2015.

In 2013:
If you are a presenter at the 19th World Congress and would like to have your lecture recorded for LogoTalk Radio, please contact me to make arrangements.  If you are not a presenter, but have a logotherapy initiative that you think would make a good topic for a LogoTalk interview, and you plan to attend the World Congress, contact me to make arrangements for a live interview. Finally, if you are a presenter at one of the congresses I am not attending, you can still make a recording for use on the show.

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

#53: Saying Yes to Life in Spite of Everything by Stephen J. Costello, PhD





Dr. Stephen J. Costello has given his kind permission for LogoTalk Radio to present his lecture entitled Saying Yes to Life in Spite of Everything.  This was the keynote address at a seminar entitled Suicide and the Search for Meaning: Answers from Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy held at the European Parliament Buildings in Dublin on November 17, 2012.

Dr. Costello, founder and director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland, is a philosopher, logotherapist/existential analyst, and author. He has been lecturing philosophy and psychology for over twenty years in University College Dublin, Trinity, and, more recently, in the Dublin Business School.

He was educated in St. Gerard's School, Castleknock College, and University College Dublin, where he read Philosophy and Spanish Language and Literature. His Master's degree in philosophy was in existentialism and his PhD degree was on psychoanalysis and hermeneutics.  Subsequently, he trained at the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, gaining a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies with a thesis on Lacan and criminology.

Dr. Costello is a Diplomate in Logotherapy and sits on the international faculty of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.  He is a board member of the International Association of Institutions for Training and Research in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. He has published widely in the International Forum for Logotherapy. Dr. Costello also acts as coadjutor of the London Chapter of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

He is the author of multiple books on psychoanalysis, logotherapy, and philosophy, including the forthcoming Philosophy and the Flow of Presence: Desire, Drama and the Divine Ground of Being.

Links from this month's podcast:

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:  The Theory and Therapy of Viktor Frankl at the Zur Institute.

Upcoming Conferences on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:

First World Congress for Existential Psychotherapy in London, May 14-17, 2015.

In 2013:
If you are a presenter at the 19th World Congress and would like to have your lecture recorded for LogoTalk Radio, please contact me to make arrangements.  If you are not a presenter, but have a logotherapy initiative that you think would make a good topic for a LogoTalk interview, and you plan to attend the World Congress, contact me to make arrangements for a live interview. Finally, if you are a presenter at one of the congresses I am not attending, you can still make a recording for use on the show.

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

#52: The Song of Melancholy: Depression and the Search for Meaning by Stephen J. Costello, PhD





Dr. Stephen J. Costello has given his kind permission for LogoTalk Radio to present his lecture entitled The Song of Melancholy:  Depression and the Search for Meaning.  This lecture was delivered to St. Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin on March 13, 2013.

Dr. Costello, founder and director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland, is a philosopher, logotherapist/existential analyst, and author. He has been lecturing philosophy and psychology for over twenty years in University College Dublin, Trinity and, more recently, in the Dublin Business School.

He was educated in St. Gerard's School, Castleknock College, and University College Dublin, where he read Philosophy and Spanish Language and Literature. His Master's degree in philosophy was in existentialism and his PhD degree was on psychoanalysis and hermeneutics.  Subsequently, he trained at the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, gaining a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies with a thesis on Lacan and criminology.

Dr. Costello is a Diplomate in Logotherapy and sits on the international faculty of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.  He is a board member of the International Association of Institutions for Training and Research in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. He has published widely in the International Forum for Logotherapy. Dr. Costello also acts as coadjutor of the London Chapter of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

He is the author of multiple books on psychoanalysis, logotherapy, and philosophy, including the forthcoming Philosophy and the Flow of Presence: Desire, Drama and the Divine Ground of Being.

Links from this month's podcast:

Lewis, M.H., "LogoTalk Radio."  The International Forum for Logotherapy, Vol. 35.  Abilene, Texas: Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, 2012, pp. 98-101.

"Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:  The Theory and Therapy of Viktor Frankl" at the Zur Institute.

Upcoming Conferences on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:



Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

#51 The Dr. Jerry Long Lecture Series Part 4







Today’s podcast concludes our special presentation of the Dr. Jerry Long Lecture Series unless more material should become available.  This final lecture was recorded at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, USA in 1993.  This is the same lecture that we presented in January 2012 as LogoTalk Radio #37 The Dr. Jerry Long Lecture Series Part 1.

The lecture that follows is different from the earlier presentation in two ways.  First, the lecture that follows is the complete audio archive.  In the earlier presentation, the question and answer period that follows the lecture was removed.  My intention at that time was to present the question and answer portion as a separate episode.  However, in the interest of presenting this material as an historical archive, the current podcast presents the full audio.

Second, the audio has been remastered.  The original audio for each of the lectures was taken from aging VHS tapes that were saved last year in digital format by Steve and Renee Feagans. They have made this material available to LogoTalk Radio for public presentation and, also, to help clean up the aging audio.  After some delay due to the press of events for Congress Vienna 2012:  The Future of Logotherapy, we have now been able to take further action to preserve these archives.  With the help of Tatjana Vucinic, M. Sc. and Giuliano Marinkovic of Croatian Television, we believe we have made the audio as understandable as possible.  Parts 2 and 3 of the Dr. Jerry Long Lecture Series have already been presented with the improved audio, making this lecture the final one to be remastered.

The new audio tracks have also been added to digitized video for each of the lectures and the demonstration of logotherapy.  The full audio and video archives are available at youtube.com/logotalk.

With the kind permission of Mrs. Renee Feagans, we now present Dr. Jerry Long.


Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

#50 The Dr. Jerry Long Lecture Series Part 3






Today’s episode marks the 50th episode of LogoTalk Radio!  This makes it something of our Golden Anniversary!  It is, therefore, quite appropriate that we celebrate with a very special episode.

Today we present Part 3 of the Dr. Jerry Long Lecture Series which is nothing less than a demonstration of logotherapy itself.  Dr. Long and a volunteer presented this demonstration at the Seventh World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy held in Kansas City, MO in 1989.

For some historical context, at that time in history Dr. Bianca Hirsch was President of the Institute of Logotherapy.  It was during her tenure that the Institute obtained official consent from Viktor Frankl to use his name as part of the Institute’s name. So it was  at the Seventh World Congress on Logotherapy that the Institute officially became the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

Also during this time, Dr. Frankl credited James Crumbaugh, PhD, and Crumbaugh’s professional colleague, Rosemary Henrion, MSN, with bringing Frankl’s work into the scientific arena in the United States. Rosemary Henrion became  Chairperson of the Institute’s Education and Credentialing Committee. Dr. Crumbaugh of Gulfport, Mississippi, James Yoder, PhD, of Kansas City, Kansas, and Mignon Eisenberg, PhD, of Chicago, Illinois, became Regional Directors for the Institute. Subsequently establishing residence in Haifa, Israel, Dr. Eisenberg was instrumental in establishing the Israeli Institute of Logotherapy.

With the kind permission of Mrs. Renee Feagans, we now present Dr. Jerry Long at the Seventh World Congress demonstrating logotherapy.


Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

#49 Interview with Professor Ann V. Graber, Ph.D., D.D., Diplomate in Logotherapy




Ann V. Graber is Fellow, Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy, and Director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy at the Graduate Theological Foundation. This educational initiative is the first of its kind by a graduate-level institution focused specifically upon the pastoral character of the theory and practice of Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy being offered to ministry professionals.

Growing up in Europe, Ann Graber received most of her primary, secondary, and initial post-secondary education in Austria. Later she continued her higher education in the U.S. Upon earning the Diplomate in Logotherapy credential, she joined the international faculty of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and participated in developing a comprehensive curriculum in Franklian Psychology/Logotherapy in the English language.  She also initiated and directed the Institute’s Distance Learning Program that has attracted students interested in logotherapy from every continent. A life-time member of the Viktor Frankl Institute, Dr. Graber serves as liaison between the Institute and the Foundation.

In 2002, after completing her Ph.D. studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Dr. Graber was invited to join the Foundation faculty. She has taught Foundation Seminars and Institutes on Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy on-site, as well as E-tutorials, telephone tutorials, and residential tutorials. A frequent presenter at regional and international conferences, Dr. Graber has received numerous awards through the years. Her articles have been published in Foundation Theology: Faculty Essays for Ministry Professionals, The International Forum for Logotherapy, A Chrysalis Reader, and other publications. Some of her work has been translated (whole or in part) into foreign languages. In 2009, the Graduate Theological Foundation awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa to Ann V. Graber in recognition of distinguished service and internationally recognized scholarship in Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy. When the Foundation decided to establish the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy in 2012, Dr. Graber was honored to be asked to serve as its Director.

Ann V. Graber is the author of Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy: Method of Choice in Ecumenical Pastoral Psychology and The Journey Home: Preparing for Life's Ultimate Adventure.  The Journey Home is now available as an audio CD.  In this important interview, Ann focuses on her second book wherein she discusses her near-death experience.  To listen free to Chapter 1 "Adventure Inward" from the audio book, go to: http://midnightsunburstmusic.com/msbm/JourneyHome.html

Dr. Graber and the Graduate Theological Foundation have announced a new course taught by Professor Graber:  Near Death Experiences and their Life-Transforming Impact.  The primary objective of the course is to help lessen the fear of death and dying.  It will be offered as either a telephone- or an electronic-tutorial.

The full text of the announcement read in the interview can be found here:  Announcing the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy.

The other books mentioned during the interview are:

On Life after Death by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (a book in which she cites Frankl).

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Dr. Eben Alexander.

LogoTalk Radio is honored to welcome Dr. Ann Graber as today’s guest.


Links from News and Announcements this month:

Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:  An Introduction to the Theory and Therapy of Viktor Frankl, an online continuing education course offered by the Zur Institute.

Overview of Logotherapy, an online continuing education course offered by Defiant Power Solutions.

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis I offered by A. Batthyany in Istanbul, Turkey beginning February, 2014..

Nineteenth World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy:  "Inspiring Meaning-Centered Living in Diverse Disciplines, Cultures and Wisdom Traditions," Dallas, Texas, June 19-23, 2013.

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@gmail.com and may you have a meaningful day.