The study groups at the Faculty of Psychotherapy Science are open to all active but also former SFU-students, regardless of the current semester or elective (Wahlpflichtfach). Participation can partly be credited for research points and for the Window of Opportunity, or as internship. For detailed information, please get in touch with the head of the respective study group.

  • Detailed information on all study groups is available in German

1. SFU Gender Study Group

The Gender Study Group is an interdisciplinary seminar on topics of gender construction that are present in the interaction between the sexes. Aspects of gender differentiation and the social construction of being a woman and a man are developed, critically questioned and discussed on the basis of specialist reading, films and lectures. 
Contact: anita.dietrich@sfu.ac.at


2. Qualitative Research Working Group

The research team “Qualitative Psychotherapy Research” invites interested students to the Working Group for Qualitative Research. Prerequisite for participation are own qualitative research projects and theses, which can be brought in as material.
Contact: birgitta.schiller@sfu.ac.at


3. Depth Hermeneutics Group: Psychoanalytic Cultural and Social Research

Participation in the Depth Hermeneutics Group is open to all SFU students, regardless of the study programme or semester. It is also open to others who may be interested. Participation in the interpretation sessions can earn points for both research and Window of Opportunity. At the meetings, material to be read in advance is interpreted together. Through the impressions, feelings and associations that the material has triggered in each of us and the contradictory ways of reading the result from this, we open up the unconscious meaning of the material together.
Contact: markus.brunner@sfu.ac.at


4. Climate Study Group

with Johanna Berger, Ute Langthaler-Wlasak, Clemens Prutscher, Anna-Katharina Thiel, Franziska Springer, Florian Czeskleba – Psychotherapy Science Students

Climate Study Group - SoSe 2021

As a “Climate Study Group” we are primarily motivated by the question of a response of psychotherapy (science) to the climate crisis.

  • How do we want to get involved as a (future) psychotherapeutic society?
  • How can we help?
  • What tasks arise from the climate crisis for the psychotherapeutic profession?
  • Which new and different fears, depressions, questions of guilt and traumas triggered by the consequences of the climate crisis await us in therapy sessions with patients and clients?
  • Where does each one of us stand?
  • In our personal development, don’t we also have to deal with what this crisis is doing to us?
  • Do we have to reflect on questions of guilt in order not to run the risk of being triggered in therapy sessions
  • And what is our health policy mandate as psychotherapists to educate society and politics about the psychological effects of a global crisis that massively threatens our livelihood?
  • The climate crisis is to a large extent also a social crisis, therefore we will be strongly confronted with its effects in our health profession.

We therefore believe it is important to make the climate crisis more of a topic, especially in our training. We would like to keep the format open; to establish a study group in which all participants equally deal with the above mentioned questions. As “hosts” we would like to set impulses and – depending on the interest of the group – deepen and explore them together.

To kick off the Climate study group, we are planning between 5 and 7 meetings this summer semester, in which we would like to take up the following introductory perspectives:

An exploration of desires & imagining a possible future
With the help of imagination (inspired by catathym-imaginative therapy) we will try to gain insight together into our desired future (in a Climate Just World). Later, we will talk in the group about how these wishes contrast with the current reality and what kind of emotions arose during the different steps.

Reflections on the psychological effects of the climate crisis and discussion of therapeutic approaches
What is entirely new about the situation we face? What resources or methods are already available to us from other psychotherapeutic theoretical fields?

When climate change affects deep communication
Our assumption is that the climate crisis and its conscious and unconscious experience can lead to prenatal stress in expectant mothers and thus have an existential impact on deep communication: worldwide, the rate of premature births is increasing. To what extent can a statement be made today as to whether the effects of the climate crisis correlate with this increasing number of premature births? What does this mean for the lifetime costs of those affected?

Psychotherapy within a socio-ecological transformation
A psychology that wants to be socially relevant must have the desire to contribute to the solution of (environmental) problems. However, current psychological issues do not sufficiently reflect the nature and urgency of the current ecological crisis. To meet this challenge, psychology must be oriented toward a Transformative Paradigm. What might such a Transformative Paradigm look like in psychotherapy (science)?

The Climate and Me. Making my personal contribution – integrating climate protection into everyday life
Does the climate crisis affect me personally? Do I feel overwhelmed by it? Am I afraid of what will happen to future generations? Goal: from resignation to motivation

Registration and Dates

We invite the participants, who are involved in the meetings of the Study Group during the summer term, to develop their own position towards the questions of the climate crisis. In doing so, we offer to get to know ourselves a bit – and to learn more about the personal trigger points in the issues raised.

Dates: 16.03., 06.04., 27.04., 18.05., 08.06., 29.06. – 6:00 pm each.

Contact and registration: johanna.berger@yahoo.com

  • First appointments will be open for everybody to get to know each other and get a taste of the group discussions, later the group will probably be closed.
  • First appointments will be held via MS Teams.
  • Research points will be awarded for participation in the group, for each appointment (á 1,5 – 2 h) 1 research point will be awarded (Maximum of 6 points).
  • Dates will be held in German.