Summer School – Psychotherapy Science

Sigmund Freud University – SUMMER SCHOOL 2018 – Psychotherapy Science
Dates: 2nd July – 13th July, 2018

Working with the Client

As every year when it becomes summer, the Sigmund Freud University opens its doors 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 mind, 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 two weeks, four therapy schools (psychoanalysis, systemic family therapy, gestalt therapy, and cognitive behavioural 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 – all of them focusing on the psychotherapeutic work with clients –, the summer school participants will spend two morning sessions and one afternoon session in the Sigmund Freud University’s Outpatient Clinic. There, they will observe therapy sessions in the 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. For the last afternoon session, there will be a Modality Workshop: Psychotherapists of different psychotherapy schools will discuss their respective approach to “First interview and therapy process”; the plurality of approaches will be an eye opening experience, especially when done in mutual appreciation.

The Sigmund Freud University would be happy to welcoming you in summer 2018!

Download: SFU_Summer_School_2018 (pdf)