The University’s degree programmes blend theoretical input with practical training, self-awareness training and comprehensive research activities.
Courses are designed to foster an exchange between the various psychotherapy schools. By adopting this approach, SFU aims to develop more effective methods of psychotherapeutic treatment. At present, the University offers method-specific training in eight different schools of psychotherapy. Courses are taught by renowned international teaching staff. SFU offers both day-time and part-time study courses.
The practice-oriented course programmes familiarize students with the principles of psycho-biology, the latest findings in brain research, the principles of psychiatry and psychology, classification models, comparative psychotherapeutic research, the principles of scientific practice, relevant legal aspects, diagnostic assessments and more.
A summary of the benefits of studying at Sigmund Freud University:
The Austrian Psychotherapy Law (§ 12/5) foresees awarding applicants the status of psychotherapist under the condition of training equivalence and on attendance of a hearing held by the Psychotherapy Advisory Board of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health and Women’s Issues (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit und Frauen). This reflects the contents of a letter sent by the Ministry for Health and Women’s Issues to the Austrian Accreditation Council and the Austrian Federal Association for Psychotherapy (ÖBVP) in June 2004. In August of 2003, the Ministry to the Austrian Accreditation Council officially confirmed that study courses as specified under § 12 taken at other universities will be credited to a student’s record at SFU.