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Sunday, December 7, 2014

#72: Clinical Efficacy of Logotherapy: An Updated Research Overview with Alexander Batthyány and Michael Thir



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Alexander 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 include five monographs, six edited anthologies, and ten edited volumes the most recent being Meaning in Existential and Positive Psychology, edited with Pninit Russo-Netzer. Forthcoming works include Conscious Selves: An Argument for Brain‐Mind‐Interactionism; To Cope, To Strive, To Understand: Existential Questions in 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.


Michael Thir is a clinical psychologist who was a student of Alexander Batthyány and is a principle organizer of The Future of Logotherapy conferences in Vienna.  He is working closely with Dr. Batthyány on the upcoming Annual Review of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. Recently, he has completed a research report for the Austrian Ministry of Health reconfirming the clinical efficacy of 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.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

#71: Logotherapy’s Use of Resilience in the Healing Process with Dr. Steven M. Southwick



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Dr. Steven M. Southwick has given us his kind permission to share his presentation Logotherapy’s Use of Resilience in the Healing Process.  This presentation was given at the Second Future of Logotherapy Conference in Vienna on May 17, 2014.

Steven M. Southwick received an MD in Psychiatry from George Washington Medical School in 1980. He completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University Medical School and Yale Child Study Center.  In addition, he serves as Deputy Director of the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, and is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His interests include the phenomenology and neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience, memory for traumatic events, and the longitudinal course of trauma-related psychopathology.

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

#70: Meaning and Disaster Mental Health with Dr. Stefan Schulenberg



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On May 17, 2014, Stefan E. Schulenberg, Ph.D., delivered this presentation at the Vienna Medical Society's historic Billrothhaus during the Second Future of Logotherapy Conference. Dr. Schulenberg discusses disaster mental health, the disaster response, and the relationship between meaning and resiliency.

Dr. Schulenberg is a clinical psychologist in the State of Mississippi and a Logotherapy Diplomate. He is Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi's Psychology Department where he serves as the Executive Director of the Clinical-Disaster Research Collaborative.

Dr. Schulenberg teaches graduate courses in cognitive and personality assessment and undergraduate courses in psychology and law, abnormal psychology, disasters and mental health, and tests and measurements. His research interests include meaning and purpose in life, positive psychology, clinical and disaster psychology, psychological assessment, serious mental illness, and adolescent psychopathology in the legal context.

Dr. Schulenberg co-organizes Out of the Darkness community walks with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and serves as a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross. He was a mental health consultant on a National Science Foundation research grant issued in response to Hurricane Katrina, and currently conducts evaluation research funded by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health relating to the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill.

The Clinical-Disaster Research Center

Out of the Darkness Walks

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

#69: A Practitioner’s Review of the Logotherapy Evidence Base



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This presentation was delivered by Dr. Marshall H. Lewis at the Vienna Medical Society's historic Billrothhaus on May 17, 2014 during the Second Future of Logotherapy Conference. Dr. Lewis compares the published empirical evidence for the efficacy of logotherapy to the evidence-based practice guidelines of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) in the United States. Therapists gain a working knowledge of the evidence base of logotherapy and come to understand how that body of research compares to a leading standard for the determination of psychotherapy effectiveness. Suggestions are made on how logotherapists can provide practice-based evidence, including participation in a Kansas Global Initiative for Meaningful Health.


Links from this month's podcast:

The Kansas (Global) Initiative for Meaningful Health

Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Treatment Manual

Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Treatment Manual

Rockets into Roses

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

Thursday, August 7, 2014

#68: The Second Future of Logotherapy Congress: Honorary Professorship Ceremony for Dr. Phil. Habil. Elisabeth Lukas



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On Sunday, May 18, 2014, the Department of Logotherapy at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis awarded Dr. Elisabeth Lukas an honorary professorship at the Institute.  The ceremony was held at the Billroth House of the Vienna Medical Society.

In this podcast, you will hear:

Opening Speech by Prof. Dr. Alexander Batthyány
Laudation by Prof. Dr. Otmar Wiesmeyr
Faculty Speech by Dr. Svetlana Shtukareva
Appointment of Professorship by Dean Dr. Lev I. Surat
Acceptance speech by Prof. H.C. Dr. Habil. Elisabeth Lukas

The Second Future of Logotherapy Conference can be found on the web at http://www.viktorfrankl.info

This will be the last public appearance of Prof. Dr. Lukas. Audience members were able to hear her remarks in multiple languages through the use of simultaneous interpreters. The noises during the final applause are the sounds of the theater-style seats springing upward as the audience rises for a standing ovation.

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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

#67: The Second Future of Logotherapy Congress: Honorary Doctorate Ceremony for Eleonore Frankl



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On Friday, May 16, 2014, the Department of Logotherapy at the prestigious Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis awarded Eleonore Frankl her second honorary doctorate.  The ceremony was held in the magnificent Natural History Museum in Vienna.  Dr. Frankl’s first honorary doctorate was conferred at North Park University in Chicago in 1993.

In this podcast, you will hear:

Encomium: Prof. Dmitry Leontiev, Ph.D., D.Sc., Dept. of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Faculty Address: Svetlana Shtukareva, Ph.D., Dept. of Logotherapy, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis
Conferment: Dean Lev I. Surat, Ph.D., Rector and President, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis
Acceptance Speech: DDr. h.c. Eleonore Frankl

The Second Future of Logotherapy Conference can be found on the web at http://www.viktorfrankl.info

The First International Congress of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy in Israel will be held November 2-5, 2014. The brochure for this event can be found here:
http://logotherapy.org.il/Call%20For%20Papers%202014.pdf

The Logotherapy Association in Israel (English)

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

Saturday, June 7, 2014

#66: The Second Future of Logotherapy Congress: Conference Opening by Alexander Batthyány and Greeting Message by Eleonore Frankl



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This podcast contains audio from The Second Future of Logotherapy Congress held in Vienna, Austria May 15-18, 2014.  Presented here are the congress opening and welcome message given by Alexander Batthyány and the greeting message given by Eleonore Frankl.

The Second Future of Logotherapy Conference can be found on the web at http://www.viktorfrankl.info

Also mentioned on this podcast is the First International Congress of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy in Israel. This event will be November 2-5, 2014.  The brochure for this event can be found here:
http://logotherapy.org.il/Call%20For%20Papers%202014.pdf

The Logotherapy Association in Israel (English)

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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

#65: The Viktor Frankl Center Vienna with Susanne Martin and Karl König




Mrs. Susanne Martin and Mr. Karl König join us in this episode to tell us more about the work of the Viktor Frankl Zentrum Wien.

Mrs. Susanne Martin holds the master of arts degree in German Studies and is a logotherapy counselor.  She is assistant of the board of the Viktor Frankl Center and is responsible for coordinating and organizing all affairs of the Center.  She has been with the Center since 2007.

Mr. Karl König is a specialist in Business Education and worked for over 20 years as a sales representative in the medical field.  He also lived in the United States, in Flagstaff, Arizona, for seven years, returning to his native Austria in 2006.  Now retired from work, he is a meaning-centered counselor and voluntary team member at the Center.

The Viktor Frankl Center Vienna (Viktor Frankl Zentrum Wien) aims to preserve and disseminate the lifework of Viktor E. Frankl in all spheres of society, and to integrate the basic ideas of logotherapy into applied disciplines such as medicine, psychotherapy, philosophy, education, and economics through:

1. lectures, seminars and courses at the Centre
2. specialists who speak in companies, institutions, schools and educational centres about how to apply logotherapy in the respective fields
3. acting as a contact point for scientists, researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students from Austria and abroad
4. organizing events, video presentations and discussions at the Centre
5. organizing interdisciplinary public symposia
6. acting as a contact point for persons in psychological distress; although the VIKTOR FRANKL CENTRE is not a treatment or therapeutic facility, it can provide a list of logotherapists and physicians who are recognized psychotherapists in Austria to whom patients may be referred
7. maintaining a comprehensive library and documentation centre about the life and work of Frankl and about the international history of logotherapy, including a large selection of works from related areas
8. maintaining a media library at the Centre of audio and video recordings about logotherapy and about the life of Frankl
9. maintaining a museum and archive about Frankl’s life and work

Viktor Frankl Zentrum Wien can be found on the web at http://www.franklzentrum.org.

The Second Future of Logotherapy Conference can be found on the web at http://www.viktorfrankl.info

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

Saturday, April 12, 2014

#64 Congress Vienna 2012: The Great Positive Psychology Debate



Dmitry A. Leontiev, Ph.D., Dr.Sc., and Marshall H. Lewis, Ph.D., speak on logotherapy and positive psychology at Congress Vienna 2012: The Future of Logotherapy on March 16, 2012.  A third speaker, Rabbi Leo Abrami, also spoke on this topic, but his presentation is not available.  

An extended version of Rabbi Abrami's paper, however, is available at the link below.  For those wishing to experience the full discussion in the original order, it is recommended that Rabbi Abrami's paper be read before listening to the podcast, as the final speaker, in particular, responds to it in several ways.  Marshall Lewis's paper is also linked below.  In the actual presentation, Dr. Lewis deviated from the prepared comments to avoid duplicating the points made by Rabbi Abrami.




Dmitry A. Leontiev, Ph.D., Dr.Sc., is Professor of Psychology at Moscow State University and President of the Institute of Existential Psychology and Life Enhancement based in Moscow.  He is Vice-President of the Moscow branch of the Russian Psychological Society.  He serves on numerous boards including the International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy and the European Network for Positive Psychology.  He is associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology.






Marshall H. Lewis, Ph.D., is Clinical Director at Southwest Guidance Center, part of the community mental health network in the State of Kansas. He is a faculty member and board member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy USA and is the assistant editor of the International Forum for Logotherapy.  He serves on the science committee and editorial board at the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna.





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

Saturday, March 8, 2014

#63 Interview with Dmitry A. Leontiev, Ph.D., Dr.Sc.




Dmitry A. Leontiev, Ph.D., Dr.Sc., is Professor of Psychology at Moscow State University and President of the Institute of Existential Psychology and Life Enhancement based in Moscow.  He is Vice-President of the Moscow branch of the Russian Psychological Society.  He serves on numerous boards including the International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy and the European Network for Positive Psychology.  He is associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Dr. Leontiev has presented over 40 papers at international conferences and over 90 papers at national conferences, many of them dealing with existential psychology and positive psychology.  He is the 2004 recipient of the Viktor Frankl Foundation award given by the City of Vienna.

Dr. Leontiev is a contributor to the forthcoming Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology edited by Alexander Batthyány and Pninit Russo-Netzer:

Springer link

Amazon link


Additional links from this month's podcast is:

Institute of Existential Psychology and Life Enhancement
http://institut.smysl.ru

World Congress for Existential Therapy, London, May 14-17, 2015
http://www.existentialpsychotherapy.net


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

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#62: Interview with Matti Ameli, MS on Logotherapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy




Matti Ameli, MS, holds masters degrees in clinical psychology and in differential and social psychology, with a post-masters specialization in human factors.  She is also a certified professional coach.  She has studied and worked in France, the United States, and Spain. She has a strong international background in psychology (having practiced for over 15 years) and in professional coaching (having practiced for over 10 years).  Matti is an accredited member of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna.

As a therapist and coach, her approach is practical, action-oriented, and solution-focused. Her goal is to help individuals and corporations not only to function at a ´´healthy level´´ but also to add creativity, meaning, and passion to their life (or corporate) philosophy.  Most recently, Matti published an article on logotherapy and cognitive therapy in Psychotherapy, a journal of the American Psychological Association.

The paper discussed on this month's podcast is:

Ameli, M. and Dattilio, F. (2013). Enhancing cognitive behavior therapy with logotherapy: Techniques for clinical practice. Psychotherapy 50(3), 387-391.

It is available from PsycNET at the following link:
http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/pst/50/3/387/

Abstract: Logotherapy is a meaning-centered approach to psychotherapy, which is compatible with cognitive behavior therapy. Its basic tenets have the potential to increase both the efficacy and effectiveness of the therapeutic process. This article describes the main techniques of logotherapy and provides specific and practical examples of how they may be incorporated into a cognitive behavior framework. The article concludes with a proposal for future research to validate integrative treatment protocols, and to provide an empirical base for logotherapy-enhanced cognitive behavior therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

LogoTalk Radio is pleased and honored to announce that we are now an accredited member institution of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna.


Friday, January 10, 2014

#61: Meaning in the Work Place – Presentation by Memduh N. Özmert, M.Sc., Diplomate in Logotherapy



Memduh Özmert, M.Sc., Diplomate in Logotherapy, holds the master of science degree in operations research.  He has over 25 years of experience as a program manager and management consultant in the Information Technology and Telecommunications Industries. 

Currently, he is directing people management in a multinational company as a Local Factory Head and applying Logotherapy in the workplace.  He was also part of my graduating class when he earned his Diplomate in Logotherapy credential in 2011 and I am proud to call him a friend.

The presentation that follows was delivered to an international audience at the Nineteenth World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy on June 20, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

Also featured on this month's podcast, LogoTalk Radio's own Tanja Vu performs her new single
Once Again


Links from this month's podcast:

Annual Review of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
deadline for the 2014 edition:  February 1, 2014

International Forum for Logotherapy
revolving submission schedule

The Future of Logotherapy 2014
deadline for submissions and end of early registration:  March 15, 2014

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