Christian Gostečnik

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Christian Gostečnik
Born (1955-05-01)1 May 1955
Šmihel nad Mozirjem, Slovenia
Residence Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nationality Slovenian
Fields Psychologist
Institutions Faculty of Theology, Ljubljana
Franciscan Family Institute
Alma mater University of Ljubljana
Loyola University Chicago
Argosy University
Doctoral students Tanja Repič
Peter Žakelj
Known for Relational family therapy
Influences Stephen A. Mitchell[1]
William M. Pinsof[1]

Christian Gostečnik, OFM (born 1 May 1955, Šmihel nad Mozirjem, Slovenia) is a Slovenian Roman Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, theologian, clinical psychologist and marriage-and-family therapist.

Currently he is dean of Faculty of Theology (University of Ljubljana) and director of Franciscan Family Institute in Ljubljana (Slovene: Frančiškanski družinski inštitut; FDI).


After he entered the Franciscan order, he started studying at Faculty of Theology in Ljubljana, where he graduated in 1983.[2]

He was then sent to United States for further studies and also as a member of Slovenian-American Parish in Lemont, Illinois.[2] During his stay in US he completed M.A. on Loyola University Chicago (1988), while at Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University) he completed specialization in Diagnostics (1991), specialization in marriage and family therapy (1993), internship in marriage and family therapy (1994) and PhD in clinical psychology (1995).[2][3] Gostečnik was also instrumental in establishment of Slovenian Catholic Mission in Lemont in 1994.[4]

In 1995 he returned to Ljubljana, Slovenia[3] and became assistant professor (religious-educational psychology and medicine) at Faculty of Theology; in the same year he also established Franciscan Family Center (Slovene: Frančiškanski družinski center) (later renamed to current Franciscan Family Institute).[2]

In two years he finished his postdoctoral study and received doctorate of theology.[3] He then completed his third PhD study, this time from psychology at Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana.[2][3] In 2004 he was elected to associate professor and in 2009 to full professor.[2][5]

During his academic career he "developed an innovative approach to marriage and family therapy called: Relational family therapy".[3] In 2007 he was co-recipient of award for work on social services from Ministry of Work, Family and Social Affairs.[2]

From 1 October 2012 he is dean of his alma mater: Faculty of Theology in Ljubljana.[6]


See CHRISTIAN GOSTEČNIK (18052): Personal bibliography for the period[permanent dead link]


  1. ^ a b "IARPP Member in the Spotlight: Interview with Katarina K. Erzar, PhD Ljubljana, Slovenia". International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "NAGRADA ZA IZSTOPAJOČE KVALITETNO IN STROKOVNO DELO 2007 (CG)" (in Slovenian). Ministry of Work, Family and Social Affairs. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Gostečnik Christian OFM" (in Slovenian). Faculty of Theology, Ljubljana. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mission Statement". Slovenian Catholic Mission. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Novi redni profesorji 2009" (in Slovenian). University of Ljubljana. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nova številka Družine vabi k prebiranju" (in Slovenian). Retrieved 23 January 2012.