→ Information on the Summer School 2020 will be available soon!
Every year in summer, Sigmund Freud University Vienna opens its doors for international students to present a blend of its strength in psychotherapy science. The SFU’s Summer School aims at attracting students from around the world, creating a vibrant and diverse atmosphere. Start your summer in the right direction and be part of it this year when we focus on
What is psychotherapy science?
Psychotherapy science at SFU is a worldwide unique study programme; its curriculum is designed according to the Austrian psychotherapy law and allows graduates to work as psychotherapists. 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 opposed to psychology which is based on the third person perspective that is said to be ‘scientific’. Psychotherapy science reunites hermeneutical with clinical knowledge and lays an emphasis on self-awareness and empathy.
Summer School 2019: course description
The characteristics of the university’s study programme are mirrored in the courses making up the Summer School – which we are happy to present to you. During the two weeks, four therapy schools will be presented, each of them for one (intensive) day: psychoanalysis, systemic family therapy, gestalt therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy. In the mornings the theoretical foundations will be discussed; in the afternoon the focus will shift to treatment techniques, and in the evening the participants will practice self-awareness based on these psychotherapy methods. Each method will be presented by an Austrian training therapist.
Blending theory and practice
In addition to lectures on specific topics, the summer school participants will spend four afternoon sessions at the Sigmund Freud University’s Outpatient Clinic. There participants will observe therapy sessions in the well-known setting: therapist and client in one room and observers in another room, separated by a one-way mirror. This will be a highly-instructive experience, as reported by our full-time psychotherapy science students. For the last afternoon session, there will be a Modality Workshop: psychotherapists from different psychotherapy schools will discuss their respective approaches. This pluralistic approach will be an eye-opening experience, especially when done in mutual appreciation.
Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – and the cradle of psychotherapy. Sigmund Freud University Vienna looks forward to welcome you in the summer 2019!