The application for a psychotherapeutic specialisation course in behavioural therapy at SFU was approved by resolution of the Psychotherapy Advisory Board on 13 December 2016. The application for recognition as a psychotherapeutic training institution of the method-specific orientation of behavioural therapy according to §7 of the Austrian Psychotherapy Act, BGBI.Nr.361/1990, was submitted to the Austrian Federal Ministry on 17 June 2015. The recognition of the method behavioural therapy as a training institution for the psychotherapeutic specialisation took place on 23 February 2017.

Please note that participants in the training who are not simultaneously studying psychotherapy science at the SFU are not entitled to complete the practical hours at the SFU Outpatient Clinic.

Behavioural Therapy at SFU

Behavioural therapy is a psychotherapeutic method grounded in empirical psychology. It derives its explanations for mental disorders and its interventions from basic theoretical and experimental research.
Behaviour therapy is an inter-individually designed problem-solving process and assumes that a problem is at least partly caused by the individual’s learning history. For each problem, an explanatory model is formulated combining scientifically based findings and personal conditions. Based on this model, therapeutic goals are formulated and targeted through a structured sequence of intervention steps.
These interventions are standardised methods derived from the psychology of learning, cognitive psychology, social psychology and the psychology of emotions. Different behavioural problems and disorders are treated with different combinations of these methods. In the behavioural therapy training, these basics are taught and introduced into the practical work, which is continuously accompanied in supervision.
The behavioural therapy training at the SFU is also dedicated to language, which is seen as an instrument of therapeutic intervention. Reference is made to the basics of linguistics, psychological protocol analyses and content-analytical instruments. With these methods, implicit processes can be made explicit, thought processes and psychological constructs can be made transparent and processes of change can be brought about.


Max Leibetseder
Diagnostik, Methoden, Anwendungsbereiche, Sprachanalysen
Pabst, 2018, 624 Seiten


Admission procedure 2021

1. two admission interviews with teaching therapists of the behavioural therapy method:
Mag. Doris Pühringer,, Tel.: 0664 11 22 343 – via SMS
Petra Hulle-Wegl BA.pth.,, Tel.: 0664 488 27 12

2. a full-day admission seminar – with teaching therapists of the behavioural therapy method – on 24.06.2021 09:00-18:00.
After positive completion of the two admission interviews, registration for the admission seminar takes place (see method admission seminars for the respective winter semester). 3.

We expressly point out that a psychotherapeutic propaedeutic certificate must be submitted by 31.08.2021 for an intended start of training in September 2021.






Petra Hulle-Wegl, BA.pth.

Methods and training management and teaching

Dr. Karin G. Kollitsch
Methods and training management and teaching

Priv. Doz. Dr. Max Leibetseder
Science and research

Hans-Jürgen Klien, BA.pth.

Bettina Pfitzner


Past events

Fortbildung: „Grundlagen der Schematherapie“
Vortragender: Mag. Christoph Teufl
Details Workshop – Schematherapie.pdf

Seminar: DBT-Skills-Training – körperorientierte Strategien
Seminar: DBT-Skills-Training – körperorientierte Strategien