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New Director Named for the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy

Dr. Ann V. Graber, Director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy

Dr. Ann V. Graber,  previous Director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy (2012-2017)

In 2012, Dr. Ann Graber was appointed Director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy (GCPL) at the Graduate Theological Foundation. After years of service as a faculty member and a scholar of Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy, along with her educational leadership with the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy (Abilene, Texas), Dr. Graber has brought a dedication to students, commitment to scholarship, and skill in education to her role as Director of the GCPL. Now, she will turn her focus to instruction as she steps down from the directorship.

Through her many years of service as Professor of Logotherapy/Existential Analysis at the GTF and Director of the GCPL, she has helped to shine a much-needed light on Viktor Frankl’s meaning-centered logotherapy, a psychotherapeutic modality that has resonated with GTF students. For over a decade, she has offered tutorials to students studying logotherapy and served as a project consultant and thesis supervisor. Since 2012, Dr. Graber has worked with over 60 students at the Graduate Theological Foundation who were studying for both professional and academic degrees. She was instrumental in helping to spearhead the application process for the GCPL to be accredited by the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna, Austria). The GTF has enjoyed accreditation by the association since 2014. Dr. Graber is herself an honorary member of the association; this lifetime accredited membership was bestowed upon her in 2014 in recognition of her excellent work for the cause of logotherapy and its propagation worldwide.

Dr. Graber is a Diplomate of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, a Fellow of the GTF and two-time alumna (D.Min., Ph.D.), and was  awarded the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa by the GTF for her years of dedicated service and in recognition of her scholarly contributions in her field. She will retain her professorial title at the GTF and continue to offer the E-Tutorials, primarily,  “Near Death Experiences and their Life-Transforming Impact” and “On Grief and Bereavement.”  Dr. Ann Graber has been an invaluable member of the faculty and a thoughtful, enthusiastic, and industrious director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy. We thank her for her years of dedicated service.

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Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Murasso, Director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy

We are now pleased to announce that, effective immediately, The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Murasso will assume directorship of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy. Dr. Murasso has served as a faculty member at the GTF for many years where he is Robert C. Leslie Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy. He is a Diplomate in Logotherapy (Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy – Abilene, Texas), and is the recipient of the Robert C. Leslie Award by the Institute which recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields and interfaces of psychology and religion. He also holds the Ph.D., D.Min., and Psy.D. from the GTF, as well as master’s degrees from Fairfield University, Trinity College, and the Gregorian (Rome, Italy). Dr. Murasso serves as a thesis supervisor, project consultant, moderator for the Practicum in Pastoral Logotherapy, and as faculty for E-Tutorials. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the directorship of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy, and we look forward to how the GCPL will develop under his leadership.

The GCPL also enjoys the contributions of faculty members Dr. John H. Morgan, Karl Mannheim Professor of the History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences, who offers a wide range of courses for focused study in logotherapy as well as the classical and modern schools of psychotherapy, and Dr. Randy L. Scraper, Joseph Fabry Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy, who offers several pastoral logotherapy-focused courses for the GCPL.

The GTF offers three degrees for students interested in pursuing logotherapy studies through the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy: Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). 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. More information may be found on the Center’s webpage.

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3 Responses to New Director Named for the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy

  • ALAIN L NDAGIJIMANA says:

    Two wonderful and passionate torch bearers of Dr. Frankl. Hearty welcome to Dr. Murasso and rich blessings to you Dr. Graber. I choose to celebrate you both. You both beautifully helped me to understand Franklian psychology: Logotherapy.

    Rich blessings in all your endeavors.

    Alain

    • Ann V. Graber says:

      Dear Rev. Ndagijimana,

      Considering the fact that I never learned to pronounce your name right, how kind of you to send your rich blessings my way. What a generous soul you are! I join you in welcoming Dr. Murasso and wishing him the best in making the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy thrive in the future. May Dr. Frankl send his blessings from above upon this particular Logotherapy endeavor also.

      Best wishes to you, Rev. Alain Ndagijimana,
      Dr. Graber

  • Augustine Nellary says:

    Thank you Dr. Graber for your years of dedicated service!!
    Congratulations and best wishes Dr. Murasso on your newest assignment!!!God’s blessings!!