Previous Events


Videos of numerous previous events are available for free viewing on our YouTube Channel.

Aggression: drive, necessity, or bad character?
How to understand and deal with it in an existential way

A talk by Dr. Alfried Längle

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7 pm
St. Paul’s Hospital Large Lecture Theater

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Live Therapy Demonstration by Dr. Alfried Längle

Click here to find an video & audio recording of a live therapy demonstration conducted at the First World Congress of Existential Therapy in London, in May 2015.

Trauma: How to Restore Connection to Oneself and to The World

A talk by Dr. Alfried Längle

Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 7 pm
St. Paul’s Hospital Large Lecture Theater

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Addiction & the Search for Meaning: A presentation with Q & A

Dr. Alfried Längle, Vienna, Austria, Thursday, October 24 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, St. Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

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The attainment of personal meaning is central to living a fulfilled and happy life. From an existential perspective happiness is generally considered a by-product to living a responsible and engaged life. In this light, addiction can be viewed to a large degree as pathological human response to meaninglessness and a lack of relationship to one’s own life; it than is an attempt to numb the felt experience of an existential vacuum. The relationship between meaninglessness and substance abuse has a considerable impact on the origins as well as on the further maintenance of the addiction. This presentation starts from an existential understanding of meaning and fulfillment of existence. Against this background, addiction will be examined as one specific clinical disorder of meaning related problems. Its phenomenological understanding brings us to specific elements in prevention and treatment.