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Every therapy must in some way, no matter how restricted, be Logotherapy

Dr Paul McQuillan

The origins of much of modern psychotherapy can be traced back to its beginnings with Freud (psychoanalysis) and Adler (individual psychology). Frankl accepted the validity of these approaches as he did the later manifestations of the Adlerian approach in cognitive and behavioural therapies. However, at the centre of Frankl's approach is the belief that every human person has a unique capacity to take an attitude to life, even in the most difficult of circumstances. His therapy is centred on a belief that, life has meaning under all circumstances, the greatest desire of all human beings is to find meaning in life and there is a freedom to choose our pathways in life towards meaning or away from it. Logotherapy itself is an adjunct therapy capable of being utilised in conjunction with most therapeutic methods. It is an existential approach to therapy and as such does address at its core the key human questions of death, freedom and responsibility. This workshop will cover the philosophy of Logotherapy, the personality theory that underlies it (Franklian Psychology), and the research base for meaning-centred approaches to therapy.

PACFA Biennial Conference 2012
Effectiveness, What works?
Recorded: 27-28 October 2012, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Dr Paul McQuillan

Dr Paul McQuillan works as a counsellor with Anglicare and is also the Coordinator of Research with Brisbane Catholic Education. Paul’s first career has been in education in which he spent more than 30 years as High School Principal and System Administrator. His most recent appointment was as Director of Administrative Services with Catholic Education in Brisbane with responsibility for over 130 Schools with 66,000 enrolments.

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