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Robert Emmons

Professor Emeritus

University of California, Davis

Donia Baldacchino Lecture: Gratitude in Mental Health – Why Gratefulness Matters in the Prevention of Mental Disorders

Gratitude is one of the more durable features of human existence. More than two decades of scientific research has verified claims from more than two thousand years of wisdom teachings that gratitude is one of the deepest touchpoints of human existence. Gratitude felt and expressed a positive ripple effect through every area of our lives, potentially satisfying some of our deepest yearnings—our desire for happiness, our pursuit of better relationships, our ability to make meaning out of suffering, and our ceaseless quest for inner peace, health, wholeness, and wellness. Practical tools for building gratitude reveal that life is a continual invitation to gratefulness that can be created every day and in nearly every way.

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Harold G. Koenig


Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

Moral Injury in Mental Health Care - what can we learn from the Veterans Studies?

Moral injury (MI), originally discussed in relationship to transgressing moral beliefs and values during wartime among military personnel, has expanded beyond this context to include similar emotions experienced by healthcare professionals, first responders, and others experiencing moral emotions resulting from actions taken or observations made during traumatic events or circumstances (including refugees and those in war-torn countries). In this presentation, Dr. Koenig will review the history, definition, measurement, prevalence, distinctiveness, psychological consequences, manifestations (in and outside of military settings), and correlates of MI in different settings. He will also review secular psychological treatments, spiritually-integrated therapies, and pastoral care approaches (specific for clergy and chaplains) that are now being used to treat MI and the evidence documenting their effectiveness. Finally, he will examine directions for future research needed to fill the many gaps in our knowledge about MI, how it develops, and how to help those suffering from it.

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Dr. Alfried Laengle


International Association of Existential Analysis and Logotherapy

What is the Contribution of Existential Psychotherapy to the Understanding and Treatment of Mental Disorders?

As autonomous and responsible persons, every human being has to deal with the fundamental claims of the existence: to come to an emotionally free (decided) stand towards the world, towards one's own life, towards oneself (authenticity) and towards one's greater contexts(meaning). –

Existence therein requires a continuous dialogue (preoccupation) with these contents. The open positioning to the above existental dimensions can bring about fulfillment in the Dasein. Therefore, the striving for these contents converts the four existential dimensions into the fundamental existential motivations, underlying every motivation and decision.

This has many implications. If the dialogue is constantly blocked or reduced psychopathology will show up as a consequence. Therefor in a clinical context the four dimensions of existence provide a matrix of psychopathological disorders denominating different existential themes as nucleus in each pathology. Moreover, they give a practical background for prevention in mental health and clinical interventions. As such they represent the structural model of the modern existential-analytical procedure and lead in each dimension to a specific spiritual ground to which the therapeutic process has to connect, what is mostly done unconsciously.

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