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Dr. Paul J. Deal


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Dr. Deal is a Nationally Certified Counselor with experience working with a diverse demographic of clients with a variety of presenting problems. His work as a clinician includes a college counseling center, an outpatient addictions program, and religious/spiritual communities. He also has extensive experience working with the families of struggling adolescents as a wilderness therapist. In addition to his experience as a clinician, Dr. Deal is active in scholarship, having contributed peer-reviewed publications, invited chapters, and presentations at the state and national level. His primary research interests focus on integrating the existential and spiritual dynamics of human flourishing in mental health counseling, particularly in the areas of meaning-making in emerging adulthood, lived experiences of sacredness in environmental justice activism, and ecotherapy. Outside the classroom, Dr. Deal enjoys dabbling in the rich cultural practices that accompany Adirondack life.

Education

  • Ph.D., Loyola University Maryland
  • M.S., Loyola University Maryland
  • B.A., Eastern University

Courses Taught

  • CLG 403 Techniques of Counseling
  • CLG 501 Lifespan Development
  • CLG 505 Counseling and Skills
  • CLG 512 Pre-Practicum
  • CLG 513 Practicum
  • CLG 539 Mental Health Counseling and Consultation
  • CLG 548 Psychopharmacology & Advanced Treatment of Psychopathology
  • CLG 536 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CLG 526 Ecotherapy and Ecopsychology in Practice
  • CLG 526B Spiritually Informed Therapy in a Pluralist Society
  • CLG 526B Understanding Religious and Spiritual Clients: Psychology, Theology,  and Culture

Clinical Experience

  • Mental health university counselor. Primary theoretical orientation: Relational psychotherapy; mindfulness-CBT/ACT
  • Addictions counselor. Primary theoretical orientation: Mindfulness-based CBT/DBT
  • Spiritually Integrated Counseling. Primary theoretical orientation: Theologically integrated mindfulness-based CBT; Internal family systems therapy
  • Wilderness Therapist. Primary theoretical orientation: Ecotherapy; mindfulness-based CBT/DBT

Publications

  • Stewart-Sicking, J., Fox, J., Deal, P. J. (Forthcoming 2019). Bringing spirituality and religion into counseling: A model for pluralist practice. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Deal, P. J., & Magyar-Russell, G. (2018). Sanctification theory: Is nontheistic sanctification nontheistic enough? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 10(3), 244-253. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rel0000204
  • Stewart-Sicking, J., Deal, P. J., & Fox, J. (2017). The Ways Paradigm: A transtheoretical model for integrating spirituality and religion into counseling. Journal of Counseling and Development, 95, 234-241. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcad.12135
  • Magyar-Russell, G., Robertson, T., & Deal, P. J. (2015). Religious and Spiritual Assessment. The Maryland Psychologist, 60 (4), 7-11.
  • Deal, P. J. & Magyar-Russell, G. (2015). Religious and Spiritual Assessment. (Eds.), E. Maynard & J. Snodgrass. Understanding pastoral counseling. New York, NY: https://www.springerpub.com/ understanding-pastoral- counseling-9780826130051.html
  • Magyar-Russell, G., Deal, P. J., & Brown, I. (2014). Potential Benefits and Detriments of Religiousness and Spirituality to Emerging Adults. (Eds.), C. Barry & M. Abo-Zena. Emerging adults’ religiousness and spirituality:  Meaning-Making in an Age of Transition (pp 39-58). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959181.001.0001
  • Deal, P. J. (2014). Sanctification within the middle ground: A narrative phenomenology of nature as sacred. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).
  • Manuscripts in preparation:
    • Deal, P. J., Stewart-Sicking, J. (Under Review). Doorways to Sanctification: A phenomenology of how nature becomes sacred. Qualitative Psychology.
    • Deal, P. J., O’Grady, K. A. (In Progress). Putting on a Sacred Lens: Reverberations of a re-enchanted world. Ecopsychology.
    • Deal, P. J. (In Progress). Integrating earth-based spirituality/religion and psychotherapy: Four themes to bridge understanding

Presentations

  • Mental health and self-compassion in DIII student athletes: The moderating role of mental toughness. 2019 (August) (collaboration with graduate student). American Psychological Association Convention: Chicago, IL
  • Religious and Spiritual Integration in Psychotherapy: A pluralist model. 2019 (July). Association of Spiritual Ethical and Religion Values in Counseling: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Putting on a Sacred Lens: Reverberations of living in a re-enchanted world. 2019 (July). Association of Spiritual Ethical and Religion Values in Counseling: Colorado Springs, CO
  • EP111: The Way’s Paradigm (Part 1) – Religious/Spiritual Landscapes, Thick Engagement, and True Pluralism with Jesse Fox and Paul Deal. 2019 (January). The Thoughtful Counselor Podcast, https://thethoughtfulcounselor.com/2019/01/ep111-the-ways-paradigm-part-1-religious-spiritual-landscapes-thick-engagement-and-true-pluralism-with-jesse-fox-and-paul-deal/
  • EP112: The Way’s Paradigm (Part 2) – Bringing R/S into Therapy with Ways of Understanding, Being, and Intervening with Jesse Fox and Paul Deal. 2019 (January). The Thoughtful Counselor Podcast, https://thethoughtfulcounselor.com/
  • A Mental Health Case Study in NCAA: Are Mental Toughness and Self-Compassion Contradictory Concepts? Presenters: Ales, J., Kurzum, R., Deal, P. J., & Stamatis, A. 2018 (November) (collaboration with graduate student). The Greater New York Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Spring Conference President's Cup: NYC
  • Bringing spirituality and religion into counseling: A process-based model for pluralistic process. 2018 (April). New York Mental Health Counseling Association Convention: Albany, NY
  • Pluralistic voices on power and vulnerability in relationships: From “locker room talk” to the “me too” movement. Presented with Portia Allie-Turco. 2018 (March). SUNY Plattsburgh Diversity Week
  • Sanctification theory: Is non-theistic sanctification, nontheistic enough? Presentation with Dr. Gina Magyar-Russell. 2017 (July). Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling: Richmond, VA
  • The Ways Paradigm: A transtheoretical approach to integrating spirituality and religion into counseling. 2016. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: New Orleans, LA
  • Grounding the Sacred in the World. 2016 (June). Wonder and the Natural World Conference: Indiana University, Bloomington
  • The Ways Paradigm: A transtheoretical approach to integrating spirituality and religion into counseling. Presentation with Rev. Dr. Joe Stewart-Sicking and Dr. Jesse Fox. 2015 (July). Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling: New York City
  • How Nature Becomes Sacred: Doorways, Dynamics, Reverberations. Symposium speaker. 2014 (August). American Psychological Association Convention: Washington, DC
  • Paul Tillich’s Theory of Faith: A Preliminary Analysis through Death Anxiety and Purpose in Life . Poster presentation on year long research study. 2012 (May). Emerging Scholars Conference: Loyola University Maryland
  • Spiritual Efficacy in Traumatic Events. Poster presentation on graduate project. 2011 (May). Emerging Scholars Conference: Loyola University Maryland

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
  • Pro-affiliate: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Div. 36)
  • Counselor Education Department Liaison to New York Mental Health Counseling Association (NYMHCA)
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