Dr. Alfried Längle & Dr. Klaassen


Pre-Conference Workshop
Facing life’s challenges: a meaningful reply.

Existential analytic and logotherapeutic tools for improving mental health.

Life’s insecurity and constant change, its fragility and futility and the human yearning for a good and fulfilling life raise in us the question of meaning, especially in times of turbulence and adversity. Life is not a given but rather a constant question and challenge that demands personal answers and engagement.

This workshop begins with a basic reflection on what can lead to personal fulfillment in life. Then, we will concentrate more specifically on the basic attitude for finding meaning, as developed by Viktor Frankl. We will reflect together on the understanding of meaning, the main pathways for finding it, and therapeutic methods for assisting clients in this search. Short presentations will be followed by self-reflective questions, discussions, case demonstrations (including a potential live therapy demonstration) and an elaboration on a method for finding meaning. The participants will gain an in-depth understanding of meaning and its psychological impact, the causes and consequences of its loss or lack, basic attitudes for a meaningful life and the application of methods for finding meaning, especially for counselling practice.

Dr. Alfried Längle

Dr. Alfried Längle studied medicine and psychology at the Universities of Innsbruck, Rome, Toulouse and Vienna. After years of hospital work in general medicine and psychiatry, he started a private practice in psychotherapy, general medicine and clinical psychology in Vienna (since 1982).

At the same time, he began his close collaboration with Viktor Frankl (1982-1991).

He is the founder and now honorary president of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna). Dr. Längle is a Professor at the universities of Vienna (Sigmund Freud University), Klagenfurt and Moscow (HSE). He has over 400 publications, 2 honorary doctorships and 6 honorary professorships, as well as a gold medal from the Rupublic of Austria for scientifically high contributions.

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Dr. Klaassen

Derrick Klaassen, Ph.D., R. Psych., is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University (Langley, BC) and maintains an active clinical practice through Altus Psychological Services (Fort Langley, BC). Dr. Klaassen has been involved with Existential Analysis for approximately 15 years.

He currently serves as the chair of the board and as a clinical trainer for the Existential Analysis Society of Canada. His psychotherapeutic practice focuses on assisting clients with a variety of concerns, including rehabilitation from chronic or serious illnesses, personal/spiritual development, as well as general psychological concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, etc.).

As a professor, he teaches graduate courses in professional ethics, psychopathology, research design and provides clinical and research supervision. Dr. Klaassen’s research interests centre around existential and spiritual issues in psychotherapy.

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