South African Logic-Based Therapy & Consulting Institute

About the Institute

Activities of the South African Logic-Based Therapy & Consulting Institute

  1. Teach courses in the theory and practice of Logic-Based Therapy & Consultation (LBTC).
  2. Provide outreach activities, with a focus on addiction treatment and recovery.
  3. Train and certify others to teach and practice LBTC. The South African Institute shall conduct training in LBTC leading to certification in LBTC, and periodically offer workshops in LBTC.
  4. Provide guest lectures and workshops on LBTC. The South African Institute shall periodically offer workshops on LBTC, including primary or advanced certification workshops in cooperation with the U.S. Institute.
  5. Promote the National Philosophical Counseling Association (NPCA) International Journal of Philosophical Practice in South Africa to build larger readership and submissions from European philosophers and psychologists.
  6. Assist in efforts to recruit philosophical practitioners for NPCA international activities such as its annual international conferences.


 What is Logic-Based Therapy & Consulting? 

Logic-Based Therapy (LBT) is offspring to Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) developed by psychologist Albert Ellis in the 1950’s. National Philosophical Counseling Association (NPCA) Certified Logic-Based Therapists are also licensed mental health practitioners, who may therefore diagnose and treat mental disorders.

Minimum Qualifications Certificate Training Program in LBT: Masters or doctorate from a recognized institution in a mental health field such as mental health counseling, human services, psychology, social work, or psychiatric nursing; and a valid state mental health practitioners license. 

Logic-Based Consultation (LBC) refers to the use of the Logic-Based framework by NPCA Certified Logic-Based Consultants to help clients address specific, identifiable problems arising within ordinary life or work contexts. They do not treat, diagnose, or offer remedies or cures to mental disorders.

Minimum Qualifications for Certificate Training Program in LBC: Masters or doctorate from a recognized institution in philosophy; or Masters or doctorate from a recognized institution in a mental health field such as mental health counseling, human services, psychology, social work, or psychiatric to optimize and help other companies thrive by allowing them to focus on their core business!


 Our Team

Guy du Plessis, Director SALBT&CI

Guy du Plessis is a South African addictions specialist, philosophical practitioner, academic, and author. He has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years as a counselor, clinical and program director, and has developed and managed several inpatient addiction treatment programs. He currently works as a researcher and instructor at the I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies, Utah State University, and as adjunct professor at the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy, Loyola University Chicago, and is the director of the South African Logic-based Therapy and Consulting Institute. He is the developer of several addiction treatment and resiliency-based interventions, and a co-developer of two programs that were listed as evidence-based by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has published in various academic journals, including Addiction and International Journal of Applied Philosophy. He is the author of 6 books, and a contributor to several edited volumes. His latest two books will be published by Cambridge University Press.

 Elliot Cohen, Director, LBT&CI

Elliot D. Cohen (Ph.D. Brown University) is one of the principal founders of philosophical counseling in the United States and creator of Logic-Based Therapy (LBT). He is founder and editor of International Journal of Applied Philosophy and International Journal of Philosophical Practice; co-founder and Executive Director of the National Philosophical Counseling Association (NPCA); and President of the Logic-Based Therapy and Consultation Institute, United States. Author of thirty books and numerous articles in philosophical counseling, applied philosophy, and professional ethics, Dr. Cohen's books and articles have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Korean, German, Romanian, and Italian. He has been interviewed by the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and the London Observer, among other national and international venues.