Welcome to the Viktor Frankl Institute of Australia

We are in the process of developing a dedicated website for the VFIA – watch this space!

The Viktor Frankl Institute Australia is accredited by the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna.

Upcoming Conferences in 2016

The 9th Biennial International Meaning Conference in Toronto – July 28-31, 2016

Third International Congress “The Future of Logotherapy” in Vienna – Sept 23-26, 2016

Membership:

For expressions of interest in regard to becoming a member of the VFIA please contact viktorfranklaustralia@gmail.com

The VFIA has the following 5 categories of membership:

  • Board Member The Members of the Board are those designated in the original documents of Incorporation or those nominated from other categories of membership and subsequently endorsed by the Board as Board Members.
  • Academic Associate – An Academic Associate is a member of the Viktor Frankl Institute Australia who has completed the Advanced Diploma of Meaning Centred Therapy (Logotherapy) Studies or is endorsed by the board as having equivalent qualifications and background in Logotherapy.
  • Student Member – A Student Member is a member of the Viktor Frankl Institute Australia who is currently enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Meaning Centred Therapy (Logotherapy) Studies or who, in the opinion of the Board, is completing a similar level of study in Logotherapy.  Membership of the Institute must be maintained throughout the period of enrolment.
  • Affiliate Member –  Affiliate Members of the Viktor Frankl Institute Australia are members who support the aims and ethos of the Institute.
  • Fellow – The Board may confer a Fellowship on a member who has been a Board Member or Academic Associate for at least five years and who has rendered distinguished service to the Institute.

Governance:

There are currently six Board Members of the VFIA

Dr Paul McQuillan is a Family and Relationship Counsellor with Anglicare SQ in Brisbane and also works part-time as Coordinator of Research activities with Brisbane Catholic Education. He is a Member of the Viktor Frankl Institute (Vienna), a Faculty Member of the Viktor Frankl Institute (USA), and an Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University. Paul is also a member of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values. ISREV is a group of approximately 200 academics worldwide who meet bi-annually and membership of the Seminar is by invitation.  His research interests include the spirituality of young people, a field in which he has published two books and numerous journal articles. Prior to his current roles, Paul has worked as a Director of Catholic Education in Brisbane, and has been a high school principal and system administrator for thirty years with Catholic schools in four states and territories of Australia.

Dr Christopher Wurm studied Medicine and German at the University of Adelaide. He trained as a GP and studied Logotherapy and Existential Analysis in Vienna, where he attended a series of lectures by Professor Viktor Frankl. Work in Austria, two book chapters and numerous conference presentations contributed to his recognition as a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has run Workshops on Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy in Australia, Indonesia, Lithuania and New Zealand. He was on the Honorary Scientific Committee for the First World Congress of Existential Therapy, London, in May 2015. Chris is Senior Consultant, Drug and Alcohol Resource Unit, at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and a GP Psychotherapist and Addiction Physician in Sefton Park and Pooraka, and has an appointment as Visiting Fellow, Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide.

Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen is the son of a former Australian Governor General, the late Sir Zelman Cowen. In the midst of his PhD in social philosophy, he found his way back to his Jewish spiritual roots, obtaining Rabbinic ordination both in Australia and Israel. After a number of years as Director of Programs and Community Education in a post-tertiary Rabbinic institution in Australia, Kollel Menachem, he established the Institute for Judaism and Civilization in Melbourne. The purpose of this institution, which has a number of serial publications and conducts research, courses and forums, is to explore the “interface” between religious tradition and the arts, sciences and professions and the values of general society.  This includes the interface between religion and psychology, with a substantial focus on the work of Viktor Frankl. He has translated a number of important early works of Frankl published in a monograph entitled The Rediscovery of the Human – Basic Early Texts of Viktor E. Frankl. In addition to this he has published articles on Frankl. He has a particularly strong interest in the connection between Frankl’s work and universal ethics. Shimon has taught at Monash University with which he has an affiliation, as well as being an Honorary Fellow of Campion College Sydney. He is the author of several books and monographs and the editor of the Journal of Judaism and Civilization.

Marcia Griffin has a diverse business background. Marcia was a corporate economist with the Australian Wool Corporation and travelled the world extensively in that role. Her next role was in a start-up business Pola Cosmetics a Japanes-based company, which she grew to a very successful business throughout Australia and New Zealand, with nearly 5000 sales consultants. That success was recognized when she became the first Telstra Business Woman of the Year in Victoria. Her book High Heeled Success was written to encourage others to achieve their goals and dreams. Marcia sold her share of that business and since then has been a Non-Executive Director on numerous boards across a wide range of industries, including PMP Ltd ,the largest printing company in Australia, St Vincent’s Medical Research, National Pharmacies, Tourism Victoria and many more. She is currently a Chair with the CEO Institute ( a CEO mentoring organization), a Non-Executive Director with Care Connect Ltd and the Australian Physiotherapy Council. She is the owner of Griffin+Row Pty Ltd and on the advisory board of Tailors Mark. Marcia is passionate about the teachings of Viktor Frankl and believes that Logotherapy offers a powerful base for a meaningful life.

Yerachmiel Aron has a Graduate and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, as well as Master in Counselling from Monash University. He practices with a multidisciplinary approach incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Logotherapy and Positive Psychology. Rachmi has experience in counselling adolescents and young adults as well as developing workshops in Mental Health and Wellbeing. He currently works as a school counsellor and is studying towards a Master in Psychology (Clinical).

Arzum Cubuk B App Sci, B Sci (Honours), Grad Dip Psych (Monash), Adv Dip Logotherapy. Arzum has first-hand experience about being in what Logotherapy describes as the existential vacuum (a void, temporarily filled with meaningless activities), which further led to noögenic neurosis (existential frustration) and symptoms of depression and anxiety. She commenced daily meditations in order to connect with her noös (spiritual self), hoping that it would provide her with guidance and comfort; she found herself quickly regaining control of her life once again. Arzum has recently completed her Grad Dip Psych at Monash University, whilst working full-time for the majority of the course, being a mother of two and running a household (with her husband’s huge support). She has one more year of study before she can start practicing as a provisional psychologist. She says that the path to becoming aware of her purpose was hard, but always reminds herself of one of Dr Frankl’s quotes “what is to give light must endure burning”.