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Foundation Footnotes: The GTF at the World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy

July 2013 (Vol. LI, Issue #7)

Dr. Ann-Marie Neale (left) at the World Congress with Chaplain Mary Joan Jensen (D.Min. 2013)

Dr. Ann-Marie Neale (left) at the World Congress with Chaplain Mary Joan Jensen on the right (D.Min. 2013)

The World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy, held each year in Dallas, Texas, is the premier event in North America for professionals interested in the meaning-centered approach of logotherapy.  While our senior faculty member working in logotherapy, Director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy, Dr. Ann V. Graber, could not be in Dallas, we are happy to join with her in celebrating those who attended and participated in the World Congress, including Dr. Jeremiah Murasso (see story above). The Graduate Theological Foundation was well represented by recent graduate and recipient of the 2013 Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Chaplain Mary Joan Jensen (D.Min. 2013); as well as by The Rev. Trey Kuhne (Psy.D. 2012); Chaplain Nancy Dietsch (Ph.D. [cand.]); The Rev. Abiel T. Khalema (Psy.D. 2012); Ms. Marion Carr (D.Min. 2008); and The Rev. Alice Long (D.Min. 2007), many of whom were former students of Dr. Ann Graber.   Also, Dr. Ann-Marie Neale, Karen Horney Professor of Counseling and Psychology at the GTF, was in attendance and moderated a colloquium on trauma exposure.

Several other alumni and students also presented on various topics:  The Rev. Dr. Joseph Thannickal (Ph.D. 2006), earned his Diplomate credential from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy during the World Congress with a project titled, “Meaning Centered Leadership,” that highlighted Mother Teresa’s work and Viktor Frankl’s meaning orientation as a paradigm for religious leadership; The Rev. Lise Worthington’s (Psy.D. [cand.]), presentation on the topic of “Graze and Faith” encouraged community building, especially in churches;  Ms. Marie S. Dezelic (Ph.D. [cand.]) gave a presentation based on her Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy Diplomate project, “A Logotherapy Handbook: Conceptual Pictographs and their Applications; and Monsignor Gabriel Ghanoum (Psy.D. [cand.]) gave a presentation on the topic of “Logotherapy in Palliative Care: Finding Hope and Spiritual Well-being.”