World Congress

The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy sponsors a biennial World Congress. The most recent, the 22nd World Congress, was held in Dallas, Texas in June, 2019 with participants coming from 37 nations speaking 11 languages. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) was Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Vienna. A scientist and clinician, Viktor Frankl wrote Man’s Search for Meaning and many other books.  The latest of his books, “Yes to Life” recently translated from German, is a compilation of lectures he gave in 1946 shortly after being released from the Nazi prison camps. Frankl’s theory, known as Logotherapy, is intended to help individuals to find meaning in life regardless of circumstances. Because of its positive approach, Logotherapy is often referred to as the “medicine chest” for life.

Twenty third World Congress

21-23 October 2021 - Virtual Congress

Congress Theme: The Imperative of Finding Meaning and Purpose in a Troubled World

21-23 October 2021 - Virtual Congress

The Congress will feature keynote speakers of renown, presentations by participants, workshops, and seminars.  The program will conclude with recognition of students earning certification for completing the Institute’s educational courses


This Call for Papers is your invitation to consider submitting a program proposal for the Institute’s Twenty-Third World Congress. The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy has been granted 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As such we are not allowed to include any program presentation for any political emphases nor conflictual persuasions.

Frankl’s Logotherapy helps individuals to self-transcend by using the triumphant power of the human spirit in facing suffering, conflict, terror, tragedy, pain, loss, grief, and inner emptiness. Frankl’s vision for humanity includes HOPE, which fosters an attitude of optimism in the midst of tragedy and despair.

In preparing a program proposal, remember that Congress participants will come from a wide range of disciplines including psychiatry and other medical specialties, nursing and allied health sciences, psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy, education, anthropology, religion, pastoral counseling, counselor education, sociology, social work, criminal justice, and graduate students as well as the broader areas of life and work where Logotherapy could make a significant difference.


All program proposals should be submitted in size 24 font, double-spaced. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2021.

  1. On a separate page, a brief biographical sketch is required. This must include specific academic degrees earned, names of universities where they were earned, and state licenses and/or certifications. This is a requirement. DO NOT USE ABBREVIATIONS. This may also include examples of any professional and/or personal use of Logotherapy, if applicable.
  2. Submit only original, unpublished works.
  3. Formal papers should be a minimum of 10 typewritten pages, double-spaced, using citations following the American Psychological Association (APA) Stylebook, and accompanied by an abstract between 50 and 100 words. Symposia, workshop, and contact sessions should be outlined in a 200 to 300 word prospectus.
  4. Your program proposal must include a minimum of three educational objectives such as the following:
    • Develop a more meaningful understanding of other cultures
    • Achieve inner peace while experiencing personal loss
    • Accept other’s values without relinquishing one’s own
  5. Persons whose program proposals are accepted are expected to register for World Congress XXIII prior to August 1, 2021 in order for your proposal to be included in the Congress program.
  6. Copies of the program proposals will be distributed by the Institute office to members of the Review Committee.


Submit Program Proposals

Please incorporate your biosketch into your program proposal