An Eastern Orthodox Approach to the διά-Λογος of Pastoral Counseling
by Stephen Mus
Stephen Muse, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, B.C.E.T.S is Director responsible for the Pastoral Counselor Training program and Clinical Services for the D. A. & Elizabeth Turner Ministry Resource Center of the Pastoral Institute, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia.
Prior to his reception into the Greek Orthodox Church, where he is tonsured as a Reader and set apart for ministry as a pastoral counselor, Dr. Muse pastored a Presbyterian congregation for 11 years and helped begin an out-patient psychiatric clinic in Delta, PA. He is past president of the Orthodox Christian Association of Meion and a founder and first parish council President of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Mission Church in Columbus. He and his wife Claudia have four children: a daughter killed in 1982, a daughter 32, a son 29, a daughter 26 and a granddaughter, 3.
He is author of chapters in seven books and numerous articles, book reviews and poetry for professional journals and trade magazines, including national award-winning research in the area of religious integration and clinical empathy of therapists. He served as Managing Editor of the Pastoral Forum from 1993 to 2002. Previous books include Beside Still Waters: Restoring the Souls of Shepherds in the Market Place (2000) and Raising Lazarus: Integral Healing in Orthodox Christianity (2004).
Dr. Muse has served as PT instructor with Columbus State University graduate counseling education program and as adjunct faculty with Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, McAfee School of Theology D.Min program and Union Graduate Institute. He serves as a training supervisor for the U.S. Army family life military chaplains and in field education for the Counseling Psychology doctoral program of Auburn University. He has taught and led professional workshops internationally and throughout the U.S. in the civilian sector as well as for the U.S. Army Chaplains in the areas of his specialties, which include post-traumatic stress, clergy wellness, marriage and family issues, Christian formation, and stress and burnout.
Dr. Muse holds a bachelors degree in philosophy from Davidson College, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary emphasizing Greek New Testament exegesis and early church spirituality, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Loyola University of Maryland in Pastoral Counseling and post graduate work in marriage and family studies through the University of Georgia. He holds Diplomate certification in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; in Professional Psychotherapy with the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy, is a Diplomate Board Certified Expert in Traumatic stress, an AAMFT Approved supervisor, and national board certified in clinical hypnotherapy. He is licensed in the state of Georgia as a Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist.
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