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Janet R. Stauffer


Janet R. Stauffer, Ph.D.
Union Institute & University Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh MSW Millersville University BSW

“We are formed through relationship. It is a delight to join with students in a mutually formative relational process. Together we explore who we are, how we have been shaped, and our engagement with others – be it members of our families, our clients, colleagues, or God. It is in the context of a God of love and truth, a God who addresses and waits for a response in the midst of day-to-day living that I find hope and healing in relationships with others.” 

Janet is a faculty member in the Marriage and Family Therapy department, mentor of the Restorative Theology: Trauma and Transformation track in the Th.D. program as well as Dean of Students. A licensed marriage and family therapist, she maintains her therapy practice at Fredericksburg Family Therapy Center. Prior work included a position at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. Janet served 15 years on the board of Philhaven Behavioral Healthcare Facility and now is Chair of the LMC Legacy Foundation Board seeking to find and fund “a better way” for integrative mental health care. She has led retreats, presented at professional conferences nationally and internationally, and published articles in a number of journals.  Her video The Bridge Between: Contextual Therapy and its Founder Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy premiered at the International Contextual Therapy Conference in the Netherlands and is used in training therapists in numerous countries around the world. Research interests include genuine meeting through dialogical engagement, loyalty dynamics between and across the generations of the family, and the power of relationship in healing trauma with application to communities of faith. Certifications include American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Approved Supervisor, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Janet is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and a member of IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals, CAPS (Christian Association of Psychological Services), and PAMFT (Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapists).

Janet can also be found at her local literacy council teaching English as a second language and engaging with persons who have immigrated to the US.

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