International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology

Franklian psychology: Infusing counsellor education with a meaningful spirit

Trace Pirtle, Ed.D.

Texas A&M International University


Our world has become increasingly complex.  Technological advances in modern weaponry, instant communication systems, and instability on environmental, political, and theological levels, all have resulted in vicarious suffering on a global scale.  The suffering is no longer confined to the somatic and psychical dimensions of human existence.  Instead, traumatic reverberations are shaking humans to the core of who they are as spirit-persons.  Counselors of the future must be educated to address clients’ issues related to not only the soma and psyche, but the noös as well.  Franklian Psychology is the only theoretical approach that places emphasis on all three dimensions.  Thus, this paper serves as a call for meaningful change in counselor education and identifies key Franklian Psychology concepts on which to base counselor education programs.

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