We are an International Membership Organization on Meaningful Living

VIKTOR FRANKL INSTITUTE OF LOGOTHERAPY (VFIL) is an educational, credentialing and publishing organization that serves to connect colleagues and acquaint the public with the work of Dr. Viktor E. Frankl. 

Educational Courses and Certifications

The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy (VFIL) is a world-wide educational organization that  offers educational courses leading to the “Academic Associate” and the “Diplomate in Logotherapy” credentials as well as seminars and workshops.


World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy

The VFIL sponsors a biennial “World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy”, bringing together scholars, logotherapists, and students from around the world to discuss the philosophy of Viktor Frankl, present their research, and demonstrate the applications of Logotherapy in their respective fields of endeavor. 

Journal of Search for Meaning

The VFIL semi-annually publishes “The International Forum for Logotherapy”, the world’s leading peer-reviewed scholarly journal on Logotherapy. The Forum presents the meaning-oriented existential philosophy and therapy developed by Dr. Viktor Frankl and expanded by logotherapists throughout the world.

Why we exist


 The VFI is the premier organization and clearing house for research and forward thinking about meaning and purpose applications throughout the world.


To promote optimal human health and well-being through meaningful living.  To advance the scientific foundation of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (LTEA) in order to foster evidence-informed applications of LTEA considering culture and context.

History About Us

Joseph Fabry founded the Institute of Logotherpy in 1978 in Berkeley, CA after attending a lecture by Viktor Frankl, MD, PhD. In 1989, Frankl himself offered to have his name in the title of the Institute.

The Meaning of
Our Institute's Logo

The BOAT, seen above, is the Greek symbol for wisdom.

The OIL LAMP (superimposed on the globe above) is the Hebrew symbol for eternity.

L-O-G-O-S is what you are really seeing superimposed on the globe above.  Not a boat.  Not an oil lamp.  LOGOS.  This constitutes the international symbol for the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.  The globe is included because the Viktor Frankl Institute is the parent organization of Logotherapy Institutes and Study Groups in 22 countries on 6 continents.  

“In the beginning was the Word [Logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1 (“Logos” is the Greek word for “word.”)

LOGOS=Word=meaning, meant, intended, wisdom.  What was meant or intended for your life?  In what do you find meaning?

Meaning brings together that which should come together in life.  Viktor Frankl defined meaning as truth, beauty, goodness, love, rightness, and God.

Become a Member

“The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy invites you to become a member and join colleagues from around the world in promoting meaningful living.”

Donate Now

The Viktor Frankl Institute welcomes charitable gifts of any size to further its mission of promoting optimal health and well-being through meaningful living. We are a nonprofit organization and are recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 organization and meet all conditions necessary to make gifts deductible for US income tax purposes.