The application for psychotherapeutic specialisation in individual psychology at the SFU was approved by the Psychotherapy Advisory Board on 13 December 2011. The application for recognition as a psychotherapeutic training institution of the method-specific orientation individual psychology according to § 7 of the Austrian Psychotherapy Act, Federal Law Gazette No. 361/1990 was submitted to the Federal Ministry on 23rd Sept. 2008.
Anerkennung der Methode Individualpsychologie als Ausbildungseinrichtung für das psychotherapeutische Fachspezifikum (23.03.2012)

Please note that until further notice, course participants who are not simultaneously studying psychotherapy science at SFU, may not complete the practical hours at the SFU Outpatient Clinic.

Individual Psychology at SFU

Individual psychology at SFU is a modern analytical, psychodynamic, deep-psychological method. It assumes that the most important course for the future is set in childhood and that the unconscious is of great importance for behaviour, experience and world views.

At its centre is a specific theory of self-esteem regulation that reckons with the dynamic between unconscious feelings of inferiority and striving for recognition or social equivalence. Furthermore, its foundations include a drive theory that takes into account not only the role of sexuality, but also of aggression. Furthermore, it takes into account a comprehensive theory of causes, because it not only asks about the origin (“causa efficiens”) of phenomena, but also about intentionality (“causa finalis”), i.e. what one unconsciously wants to achieve with a certain behaviour.

Philosophically, individual psychology rests above all on the “philosophy of as if”, an early constructivist theory by the New Kantian Hans Vaihinger. On the one hand, unconscious conflicts are seen as the source of mental illnesses – above all between drive and morality and between a sense of inferiority and the striving for power – and on the other hand, defects that have their origin in early relationship patterns.

Individual psychology at the SFU is characterised by a pluralistic approach and therefore offers many possibilities for connection to the analytical discourse in the German-speaking and international area. These include, above all, drive theory, ego psychology, object relations theory, self psychology and intersubjective or relational currents.

Recognition of the method-specific Degree in Individual Psychology in Germany

All those who complete the specialist course in individual psychology can register with the relevant authorities in the FRG as “psychoanalysts (DGIP)” and are thus entitled to carry out therapies with health insurance funds, since not only classical Freudian psychoanalysis but also Adler’s individual psychology is recognised there as “psychoanalysis”.
More information is available on the website of the German Society for Individual Psychology: www.dgip.de

Admission

Admission procedure 2022

The following applies: Two positively completed individual interviews with the IP head Ass.-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Dorothea Oberegelsbacher and additionally with one of the deputy heads – either Dr.in Gabriela Pap or Dr.in Susanne Rabenstein.

If the individual admission interviews are passed, the applicants must register for the group admission seminar, which will take place on 21st June 2022 from 10:00-20:00 and will be conducted by Ass.-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Dorothea Oberegelsbacher and Univ.-Prof. DDr. Bernd Rieken.

We would like to expressly point out that a psychotherapeutic propaedeutic certificate must be submitted by 31st August 2022 for the intended start of training in September 2022. In addition, it is not possible to start in the summer semester.

Only the head of the course decides on admission to the course by way of a compulsory admission procedure. We would like to point out that a positively completed admission procedure is valid for a maximum of one year. After that, a new admission procedure must be completed. Usually, entry into the course takes place directly after the admission procedure. It is, however, possible to take a year’s leave of absence (in agreement with the course head) after a positively completed admission procedure; however, longer periods are not possible.

Applications for the admission procedure for 2022 are possible from 3rd January 2022 until 2nd June 2022.

Admission criteria for candidates:
2014.07.01 Beilage_II_Aufnahmekriterien_fuer_das_Fachspezifikum.pdf

Team - Elective & Psychotherapeutic Specialisation Individual Psychology

Ass.Prof.in Mag.a art Dr.in phil Dorothea OBEREGELSBACHER, head of training
d.oberegelsbacher@sfu.ac.at

Univ.-Prof. Mag. DDr. Bernd RIEKEN, head of training
bernd.rieken@sfu.ac.at

MMag. Martina HEICHINGER, Stellvertretung
martina.heichinger@gmail.com

Mag. Dr. Gabriela PAP, MSc., deputy 
gabriela.pap@individualpsychologie.at

Mag. Dr. Susanne RABENSTEIN, deputy
susanne.rabenstein@gmx.at

Bettina PFITZNER, office / coordination
bettina.pfitzner@sfu.ac.at

ON LEAVE

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas STEPHENSON, deputy
thomas.stephenson@sfu.ac.at

Candidates' Representation

Katja Kois
Email: ip.kv@sfu.ac.at

Publications

Please note that the publications below are only available in German.

Zeitschrift für Freie psychoanalytische Forschung und Individualpsychologie

In the journal “Zeitschrift für Freie psychoanalytische Forschung und Individualpsychologie” you can find articles on individual psychology. The journal is published twice a year: http://journals.sfu.ac.at/index.php/zfpfi

Lectures / Articles

Book Releases

Bernd Rieken, Brigitte Sindelar, Thomas Stephenson
Psychoanalytische Individualpsychologie in Theorie und Praxis
Psychotherapie, Pädagogik, Gesellschaft
Springer Wien/New York, 2011; ISBN 978-3-7091-0464-4


Bernd Rieken (Herausgeber)
Alfred Adler heute
Zur Aktualität der Individualpsychologie

mit Beiträgen von
Helmut Albrecht, Herta Brinskele, Petra Eibl-Mörzinger, Gisela Eife, Peter Gasser-Steiner, Vlad Grigorescu, Alfred Kirchmayr, Vivien Langer, Dorothea Oberegelsbacher, Gabriela Pap, Joachim Prandstetter, Susanne Rabenstein, Gisbert Redecker, Bernd Rieken, Brigitte Sindelar, Thomas Stephenson, Roland Wölfle, Stefanie Zauner

Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Band 1
Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, herausgegeben von Bernd Rieken
Waxmann, Münster/New York, 2011


Brigitte Sindelar
Von den Teilen zum Ganzen
Theorie und Empirie einer integrativen psychologischen und psychotherapeutischen Entwicklungsforschung

Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Band 7
Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, herausgegeben von Bernd Rieken
Waxmann, Münster/New York, 2014


Bernd Rieken (Herausgeber)
Wie bewältigt man das Unfassbare? 
Interdisziplinäre Zugänge am Beispiel der Lawinenkatastrophe von Galtür

Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Band 10
Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, herausgegeben von Bernd Rieken
Waxmann, Münster/New York, 2015


Roland Wölfle
„Wo Ich war, soll Gemeinschaft werden“
Gruppenpsychotherapie und Therapeutische Gemeinschaften in der Individualpsychologie

Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Band 11
Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, herausgegeben von Bernd Rieken
Waxmann, Münster/New York, 2015


Nina Arbesser-Rastburg
Der Münchner „Adlerhorst“ im Wandel der Zeit – eine individualpsychologische Retrospektive
Die Geschichte des Alfred-Adler-Instituts München

Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Band 12
Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, herausgegeben von Bernd Rieken
Waxmann, Münster/New York, 2015


Bernd Rieken (Herausgeber)
Erzählen über Katastrophen
Beiträge aus Deutscher Philologie, Erzählforschung und Psychotherapiewissenschaft

Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Band 16
Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, herausgegeben von Bernd Rieken
Waxmann, Münster/New York, 2016


Susanne Rabenstein
Individualpsychologie und Neurowissenschaften
Zur neurobiologischen Fundierung der Theorien Alfred Adlers

Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Band 20
Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, herausgegeben von Bernd Rieken
Waxmann, Münster/New York, 2017


Reinhold Popp, Bernd Rieken, Brigitte Sindelar
Zukunftsforschung und Psychodynamik
Zukunftsdenken zwischen Angst und Zuversicht

Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Band 21
Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität Wien, herausgegeben von Bernd Rieken
Waxmann, Münster/New York, 2017


Oberegelsbacher, D., Rieken, B., Sindelar, B., & Stephenson, T. (2017)
Individualpsychologie. Lebensintegration durch Selbstverantwortung
In D. Berthold, J. Gramm, M. Gaspar, & U. Sibelius (Hrsg.), Psychotherapeutische Perspektiven am Lebensende (S. 175-190). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.


Geißler, P.; Rieken, B. (Hg.)
Der Körper in der Individualpsychologie
Theorie und Praxis.
Gießen: Psychosozial Verlag 2017


Gabriela Pap
Das Gemeinschaftsgefühl aus der Sicht der Intersubjektivität
Philosophische, psychoanalytische und entwicklungspsychologische Wurzeln.
Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag 2017

Contact

Bettina Pfitzner
Email: bettina.pfitzner@sfu.ac.at
Tel: +43 1 798 40 98 450
Freudplatz 1, 4th floor, room 4004

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