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Dr. Stephen Muse

Breakout Speaker

Rev. Dn. Stephen Muse, Ph.D directs Counselor Training and the Clergy-in-Kairos program for the Pastoral Institute, Inc. in  Columbus, Georgia. He has served as PT faculty with Columbus State University and as adjunct faculty with Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Illinois; Union Graduate Institute in Ohio and with the Antiochian House of Studies graduate program in pastoral theology. He taught and supervised in the U.S. Army Family Life Chaplain Training program at Fort Benning for 21 years and has worked extensively with veterans on spiritual and psychological issues related to returning home after combat.

Stephen has lectured and led workshops throughout the U.S. and Internationally in the civilian sector and for the U.S. Army and was invited to speak at the Pentagon on combat related trauma, moral injury and spiritual pain. He holds a bachelors degree in philosophy from Davidson College, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Loyola University of Maryland in counseling psychology with pastoral emphasis. He is Diplomate certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; in Professional Psychotherapy with the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy and Diplomate Board certified with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and Board certified in clinical hypnotherapy. He is Level II trained in EMDR, is an AAMFT Approved supervisor and state licensed in Georgia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. He and his wife Claudia have been married for 36 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Among his publications are Beside Still Waters: Restoring the Souls of Shepherds in the Market Place (Smyth & Helwys, 2000), a survival manual for clergy; Raising Lazarus: Integral Healing in Orthodox Christianity, (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2004); When Hearts Become Flame: An Eastern Orthodox Approach to Pastoral Counseling and Being Bread (St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press, 2015); The Peddler and the Disenchanted Mirror (Parrisia Editions: Athens, GR, 2016); Be Yourself! Amim’s Great Discovery and Treasure in Earthen Vessels: Prayer and the Embodied Life, (St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press, 2017) Stephen has contributed chapters in eight books, published 20 professional papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, including national award winning research on the relationship between therapist religious integration and their capacity for clinical empathy and 40 articles for trade journals and newspapers. His work has been translated into Serbian, Russian, Greek, Swedish and Romanian.