Summer School

Sigmund Freud University – SUMMER SCHOOL 2017
03.07 – 21.07.2017

Intensive Basics in Psychotherapy Science

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As every year when it becomes summer, the Sigmund Freud University opens its door for interested students from all over the world and presents a blend of its strength in psychotherapy science. Psychotherapy science is a worldwide unique and pioneering study programme; its curriculum is designed according to the Austrian psychotherapy law and allows graduates to work as a psychotherapist. There is a crucial difference between psychotherapy science and psychology (even with counselling psychology): Psychotherapy science is based on the first and second person approach to the human soul, as in difference to psychology that is based on the third person perspective that is said to be ‘scientific’. Psychotherapy science reunites, thus, hermeneutical with clinical knowledge and lays an emphasis on self-awareness and empathy.

This characteristic of the study programme is mirrored in the courses making up the summer school that we are happy to announce. In the first and the second week, four therapy schools (psychoanalysis, systemic family therapy, gestalt therapy, and person centred therapy) will be presented, each of them one (intensive) day long: While in the morning the theoretical foundations are discussed, the afternoon shifts the focus to treatment techniques, and in the evening the participants will practice self- awareness according to these modalities. The presentation of each modality is held by an Austrian training therapist. Beside lectures on specific topics – ranging from the difference between psychotherapy science and psychology over psychotherapeutic discourse to ethics in the psychotherapeutic treatment –, the summer school participants will spend two afternoons in the Sigmund Freud University’s Outpatient Clinic. There, they will observe therapy sessions in this well know setting: Therapist and client in a room and the observers in another room separated by the one-way mirror  –  an  experience  that  is  highly  instructive,  as  our  regular  students  have reported.

In the third week the focus is laid on specific topics according to the specialisation of our professors. The self-awareness and the observation in the clinic are, of course, part of this week as well.

According to interests and/or free time, you can book one week, two or three weeks. For registration details and costs – see below.

The Sigmund Freud University would be happy to welcoming you in summer 2017.