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About the Client Counseling Program

3-Day Certification Program for Philosophical Counselors

Next Program: TBA

Location: TBA

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To enroll in the program, it is necessary to become an Adjunct or Affiliate Member of the APPA. Adjunct Memberships are offered to holders of an earned M.A., ABD or Ph.D. in Philosophy, or Licensura in Hispanic countries. Affiliate Membership are offered to recognized co-professionals in other counseling fields, e.g. law, pastoral counseling, psychiatry, psychology, social work etc. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. The APPA reserves the right to limit enrollment of Affiliate Members in order to accommodate Adjunct members on a priority basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate all eligible members who wish to participate.


Adjunct Membership costs $54. Affiliate Membership costs $72.
The 3-Day Program fee is $900 for Adjuncts, and $1,200 for Affiliates ($USD)
A deposit of 1/3 of the fee ($300 for Adjuncts, $400 for Affiliates) reserves your place.
The balance is payable at the program.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is made up to 2 weeks before the start of a program, the deposit will be refunded, less a $100 administrative fee.
If a cancellation is made within 2 weeks of the start of a program, the deposit will not be refunded.

Required Readings and Text

There are required readings for the program, which are in English. The readings will be mailed to participants, at no charge, when they enroll. There is also a required textbook, whch must be purchased.

Language of Instruction

The Program will be conducted in English.

Travel and Accommodation

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Program Structure

Primary Certification Training in Philosophical Counseling
Outline of Three-Day Program

Day One: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

I. Greetings, Introductions
II. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology
III. Philosophical Practice Today


IV. Theories, Resources, Techniques
V. Client Suitability
VI. Useful Methods and Skills


VII. Summary, Questions, Discussion

Day Two: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

VIII. Code of Ethical Practice
IX. Demonstration of Counseling Session
X. Participant Practice Counseling Session


XI. Participant Practice Counseling Session
XII. Records, Case Histories, Practice Administration
XIII. Summary, Questions, Discussion

Day Three: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

XIV. Legal Issues of Going into Practice
XV. Philosophical Counseling as a Business
XVI. Building a Practice


XVII. Marketing, Networking, Advertising
XVIII. Putting it All Together


Session leaders: Vaughana Feary and Lou Marinoff. Marketing session: Lauren Tillinghast

Vaughana Feary, Ph.D., taught philosophy and interdisciplinary Humanities at Southern University in New Orleans from 1979-1987. From 1987-2000 she taught Philosophy and Women's Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. She is a founding Vice President of APPA, past President of the ASPCP, President and CEO of Education Inc., and Program Director for Excalibur Center for Applied Ethics. She has pioneered programs for correctional facilities, hospitals, and corporations, and has published seminal articles and book chapters.

Lou Marinoff, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He is founding president of the APPA. He has served as Faculty of the Institute for Local Government (University of Arizona), and the World Economic Forum (Davos and Geneva). Lou has authored several books, including Plato Not Prozac (HarperCollins, NY 1999), Philosophical Practice (Academic Press, NY, 2001) The Middle Way (Sterling, NY 2007), and The Inner Philosopher (with Daisaku Ikeda, Dialogue Path Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012).

Lauren Tillinghast, Ph.D. opened a private philosophical counseling practice in 2007 located in New York City. Before that, she received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2000 and taught at Knox College and the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago. In addition to running her practice, she currently teaches philosophy for adults through NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.


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