Relief from grief

“We want people to know that we are open to the community—that we are a resource for them,” reflects Derrick Klaassen, Assistant Director of TWU’s Counseling and Psychology program.

Langley, B.C.—Whether it is on a personal or social level, every Canadian has been touched by the affects of grief and suffering. On Feb. 28, TWU’s Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology invites the public to an Open House where guest speaker, Alfried Längle will offer an inspiring approach to finding meaning in the midst of suffering.

The guest speaker for this event is Austrian Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D, and President for International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. Dr. Längle was a close friend and associate of the late Dr. Viktor Frankl, Nazi war-camp survivor and author of the international bestseller “Man's Search for Meaning.” The mission of the society is to help people work through suffering and grief, and maintain hope that there is meaning in life.

“We want people to know that we are open to the community—that we are a resource for them,” reflects Derrick Klaassen, Assistant Director of TWU’s Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology. “Längle’s major contribution to logotherapy and existential analysis is that he has worked with Frankl for over ten years and continues to develop his works—it is accessible to the public and we invite them to come and be a part of it.”

“Dr. Frankl’s life and ideas continue to transform and influence millions of people, including physicians, nurses, educators, counsellors, and patients. This event is a unique opportunity to meet this fascinating personality through Dr. Längle’s eyes,” adds Klaassen.

Date: February 28, 2003

Open House: 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Lecture: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Northwest Building Auditorium

Cost: Admission is free

For more information contact Derrick Klaassen at (604) 513-2034 or visit

Dr. Viktor Frankl is recognized for his scholarly work in finding meaning through suffering. His latest book, Man’s Search for Meaning sold over five million copies in the U.S. and was noted as one of the ten most influential books of our time by the New York Times. In the book, Dr. Frankl documents his familiarity with suffering as survivor of several Nazi concentration camps in Germany during World War II.

Dr. Längle, who many consider as an intellectual heir to Dr. Frankl will present a biographical lecture, focusing on the life, work, and enduring legacy of Dr. Frankl.
Frankl is attributed with the worldwide study of logotherapy. Logotherapy is a psychotherapeutic school, which is often called the "Third Viennese School" (after Freud's psychoanalysis and Adler's individual psychology.)

The study of logotherapy teaches that an individual's motivation is related to a desire to understand the world or at least make sense of it. And this desire for understanding leads to a technique that places a high importance on a person’s values or beliefs, in order to help restore meaning back into his or her life. “Human beings want to understand why bad things happen to them or why they have to suffer—and those are the questions that Frankl asked himself,” says Klaassen.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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