June 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the founding of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy (GCPL). The GCPL, founded by Dr. Ann V. Graber, D.Min., Ph.D., D.D., GTF Faculty Fellow and Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy, is the first graduate-level institution in the world focused specifically upon the pastoral character of the theory and practice of Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy. The Center offers three degrees in Pastoral Logotherapy with specific training in the theory and practice of logotherapy for ministry professionals working as practitioners in pastoral care and counseling.
The Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy has been an accredited Member of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Viktor Frankl Institute in Vienna, Austria, since January, 2014. As an accredited member institute, students who complete their degree work through the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy at the GTF are qualified to become accredited individual members of the International Association. Students completing work through the Center should be aware that they may enjoy the opportunity to be listed in an international directory of logotherapists active in the various branches of helping and counseling professions that is currently being built by the Viktor Frankl Institute. Other professionals applying logotherapy in their respective fields may also enjoy this opportunity, including ministers, pastoral psychologists, Registered Nurses, coaches, etc.
The core members of the GCPL faculty are as follows.
Ann V. Graber, Fellow and Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy, Director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy
Dr. John H. Morgan, Karl Mannheim Professor of the History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Director of Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychotherapy
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah N. Murasso, Robert C. Leslie Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy and moderator of Practicums in Pastoral Logotherapy
Rev. Dr. Randy L. Scraper, Joseph Fabry Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy for the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy
Below is a posting of words written in June, 2012, for the initial announcement of the GCPL, by Director, Dr. Ann V. Graber. Dr. Graber’s words are as relevant today as they were five years ago and serve as a reminder of the spirit in which the Center was conceptualized and founded, and the spirit in which the Center continues to operate today.
written June, 2012
As the Graduate Theological Foundation celebrates 50 years of Ministry Education, 1962 – 2012, it seems only fitting to launch an initiative that correlates with the vision and mission of the Foundation. In the opening of the Foundation’s 2012 Graduation Program we read, in part:
May we be reminded here of our highest aspirations
And inspired to bring our gifts of love and service
To the altar of humanity.
These very sentiments permeate Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy, the third Viennese School of Psychotherapy. His ontology is inclusive of all three dimensions of the human being: body, mind, and spirit, and looks to the core of personality (Logos) as the source of meaning and reservoir of inner strengths. While focusing on the uniqueness of each individual, logotherapy encourages authenticity and takes spiritual values and the religious faith of a person into consideration in its therapeutic approach.
Dr. Frankl’s oft repeated admonition to logotherapists was, “Look through the pathos to the Logos!” Thus, logotherapy’s treatment model builds on available inner strengths, rather than analyzing pathology. In his classic works, Man’s Search for Meaning and The Doctor and the Soul, Viktor Frankl commends us to seek meaning in life and express it to others according to our highest understanding and values. Such statements contain profound wisdom and resonate with those who have dedicated their lives to ministering to the spiritual needs of humanity.
Although there are numerous training centers around the world for those interested in Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy, the GRADUATE CENTER FOR PASTORAL LOGOTHERAPY is the first graduate-level program — with a core curriculum focused specifically upon the pastoral character and practice of logotherapy for ministry professionals — working as practitioners in pastoral care and counseling.
When those who will come after us celebrate the Centennial of the founding of the Graduate Theological Foundation, in 2062, let them also recall the establishment of the once visionary — and now thriving — GRADUATE CENTER FOR PASTORAL LOGOTHERAPY, founded in 2012.
Ann V. Graber, DMin, PhD, DD (h.c.), Director