George Stavros

Title
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion, Director of the Counseling Psychology and Religion Program, Executive Director of the Danielsen Institute
Office
Danielsen Institute, 185 Bay State Rd
Email
stavros1@bu.edu
Phone
(617) 353-6522
Education
B.S. Purdue University
M.Div. Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Ph.D. Boston University

George Stavros joined the School of Theology faculty in Spring 2010 to oversee the Counseling Psychology and Religion doctoral program.  He has been on the clinical and training staff of the Danielsen Institute since 2004 and currently serves as Executive Director.  His teaching and research interests are in psychotherapy, psychotherapy training, and spiritually integrated psychotherapy, and he is a licensed psychologist and certified pastoral counselor.

Publications

Stavros (2013). Ancient Christian Spirituality as Evidence Base for Practice in Psychology (Response to article by Fr. Alexios Trader), Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psychology, 6(2).

Stavros (2006).  Orthodox Christianity.  In Dowling & Scarlett (Eds.), Encyclopedia of spiritual development in childhood and adolescence.  Sage Publications.

PRESENTATIONS

Stavros (2013). Invited Lecture. “Psychotherapy as a Reflection of Divine Compassion.” Divine Compassion Conference: Orthodox Christians in Service of ‘Perfect Love’. Hellenic College/Holy Cross.  Brookline, MA.

Stavros (2013).  Invited Lecture. “Holy Thursday: An Orthodox Icon of Trauma and Recovery.” Lenten Lecture Series.  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.  Raleigh, NC

Stavros (2012).  Panelist: “The Vital Ministry of All Believers: The Royal Priesthood of the Laity.” Hellenic College/Holy Cross Alumni Event.  Brookline, MA.

Stavros (2012).  Invited Lecture: “Peace in Bethlehem – Surviving the Holiday Assault on our Hearts and Minds.” Advent Spiritual Retreat for the Orthodox Council of Churches of South Central Pennsylvania.  Lancaster, PA.

Stavros (2012).  Plenary Speaker: “Perspectives on integrating clinical practice and research on spiritually oriented psychotherapies in a university-community counseling center.” Think Tank on Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapies at Brigham Young University.  Provo, UT.

Stavros (2012).  Invited Lecture. “Mental health 101: Addressing psycho-spiritual needs in parish ministry.” National Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.  Phoenix, AZ.

Stavros (2012). Panelist. “The ethical challenges of counseling: Religious and spiritual considerations.” Boston University School of Education Conference. Boston, MA.

Stavros (2011). Invited Lecture. “Brokenness and healing in marriage and family life.” Annunciation Church.  Kansas City, MO.

Stavros (2011). Invited Lecture. “Physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being: Praying the Jesus Prayer.”  St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Weston, MA.

Stavros (2010). Welcoming the stranger. Metropolis of Boston Family Retreat. Contoocook, NH.

Stavros (2010). Finding our boundaries. Orthodox Christian Network. http://www.myocn.net/.

Stavros (2009). Conflict in marriage. Orthodox Christian Network. http://www.myocn.net/.

Stavros (2009).  I know, I care, I remember – The spiritual goals of Orthodox Christian family life. Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Brookline, MA.

Onofrei, C., Kantner, C., Stavros, G. (2010). Religious affiliation, clinical symptomotology, and psychotherapy outcomes: A naturalistic preliminary exploration. Poster presented at Division 36 of American Psychological Association Mid-Year Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Stavros (2009).  Finding peace during Christmas: Surviving the holiday assault on our minds and hearts. St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Andover, MA.

Stavros (2009).  The church in the home: Rupture and reconciliation.  Metropolis of Chicago Family Synaxis.  Chicago, IL.

Stavros (2009).  The containment of terror, shame, and self-hatred in a long-term psychotherapy with an acting-out adolescent.  Boston Medical Center Psychiatric Grand Rounds.  Boston, MA.

Stavros (2009).  Psychotherapy and religion as equal conversation partners in clinical care.  Danielsen Institute Continuing Education Series (APA Approved). Boston University.  Boston, MA.

Stavros (2008).  Religious experience as therapeutic experience: Psychotherapeutic considerations.  American Psychological Association Annual Convention.  Boston, MA.

Stavros (2008). Love’s container: Understanding and moving beyond inevitable conflicts, disconnection, and disappointment in marriage.  National Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.  Washington, DC.

Stavros (2008). Therapeutic containment: Discussions on psychotherapy and the Eastern Orthodox churches. University of St. Thomas Series on the Relationship Between Spirituality and Mental Health: Global Perspectives.  Minneapolis, MN.

Stavros (2007).  Dynamic formulation: A bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach.  Danielsen Institute Continuing Education Series (APA Approved). Boston University.  Boston, MA.

Stavros (2006).  Powers of the soul in Eastern Orthodox Christianity: Psychotherapeutic considerations.  Danielsen Institute Continuing Education Series (APA Approved). Boston University.  Boston, MA.

Onofrei, C., Kantner, C., Stavros, G. (2010). Religious affiliation, clinical symptomotology, and psychotherapy outcomes: A naturalistic preliminary exploration.  Poster presented at Division 36 of American Psychological Association Mid-Year Conference.  Baltimore, MD.