3-Day Certification Program
for Philosophical Counselors
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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
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.
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
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
Vaughana Feary and Lou Marinoff. Marketing session: Lauren
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,
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