Healing Ministry: Experiences with Viktor E. Frankl's Logotherapy in Psychiatry, Psychology, Clinical Counselling, and Psychotherapy
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Healing Ministry is based on our experiences of using Viktor E. Frankl’s Logotherapy during the past twenty years. It is based upon selected articles we wrote while working as Psychiatrist (Edward Marshall), Psychologist (Maria Marshall), Clinical Counselor and Psychotherapist (Maria and Edward Marshall). The first article “Healing through Meaning” was written by Maria Marshall in 1994. It was submitted in preparation for the Tenth World Congress on Logotherapy, which was held in July, 1995. The paper was presented in an abbreviated format. This was the first International Conference on Logotherapy that Maria attended. The Tenth World Congress allowed her to meet and to study with other distinguished logotherapists, such as Dr. Elisabeth Lukas. The second article, “Seeds of Reconciliation in Logotherapy,” was written in 2000. It was submitted for presentation at an International Conference on Logotherapy, which was scheduled for the year 2001, in Rome, Italy. Unfortunately, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in September 11, 2001, the conference was cancelled. The paper has been recently re-constructed with help from Edward Marshall, and appears in this text. A shorter version of it has been submitted as an article for publication in the International Forum for Logotherapy (IFL). The third article “Logotherapeutic Principles in Marriage Therapy” was written in the same year, 2000, and was presented at the International Conference of Transcultural Psychiatry in Andorra, in 2001. The photo on our cover page was taken in Andorra. It is entitled “The Dancing Couple” and is the most photographed statue and symbol of the Principality of Andorra. --Shortly after the conference in Andorra, Maria Marshall and Edward Marshall met. Edward Marshall, at the time was working in the United Kingdom as Psychiatrist. “Families and the Search for Meaning” is a recent writing (2012), and it is based on our past ten years of marriage and family life together. Raising our children is helping us to appreciate the challenges of balancing work life and home life, and creating a safe and nurturing environment for our children, where they feel protected, and valued. Our aim is to aid other families who encounter similar challenges. The fifth article “The Role of Logotherapy-Education in the Treatment of Personality Disorders” is based on Edward Marshall’s work as Psychiatrist, and Psychotherapist. During his many years of experience of treating people with Personality Disorders, Marshall came to appreciate and to integrate the principles of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy into his everyday practice. It was recently submitted for presentation at the upcoming Fourteenth World Congress on Logotherapy, in Dallas, Texas, in June, 2013. The sixth article “Logotherapy and the Physical Health of People Suffering with Mentally Ill Patients” was written by Dr. Edward Marshall in 2005, on the occasion of Viktor E. Frankl’s one hundredth birthday anniversary. It is based on his experiences of working as Family Physician (in Spain), and Psychiatrist in the United Kingdom. The seventh, and last article, “From Emotional Suffering to Triumph: Building Courage Through ‘The Rainbow Exercise,’” is a recent article by Maria Marshall (2013), submitted for publication in the IFL. Its purpose is to inspire courage and hope for clients and therapists, and draws on her self-experience of parent, and therapist.