The Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason, AAPC Fellow
Background & Training
Background & Training
Both as an undergraduate and graduate student, I studied literature; I quickly learned to appreciate the deeper significance of the stories that people were telling, to be wholly attentive to their psychological, symbolic, poetic and spiritual dimensions. Themes inevitably emerged in illuminating ways. Teaching creative writing and composition at the college level, I soon realized just how intimately I was engaged in meaning-making with my students and just what a privilege that was.
My dual professional degrees were earned from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and integrated advanced clinical practice with psychiatry and religion. I later finished postgraduate training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) Center for Spirituality & Psychotherapy and completed a basic unit of chaplaincy at a Quaker hospital in Philadelphia. In 2006, I was ordained into ministry by The Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist. For a few years, I worked as an NIP Affiliate Clinician, working with trauma survivors enrolled in its Trauma Treatment Program, and also served on the UU Trauma Response Ministry team.
From 2013 through 2018, I worked at the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute (PSI), a New York non-profit organization that maintains four counseling centers in Manhattan, first as its Director of Programming and then as its Managing Director. From 2011 until 2013, I worked at Union Theological Seminary as its Pastoral Counselor, and from 2009 through 2011, I acted as a Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling Programs at the Blanton-Peale Institute, where I taught and supervised its Advanced students in the English-language training programs.
In 2011, I was awarded a doctoral degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology from the Graduate Theological Foundation, having researched some contemporary applications of logotherapy. Additionally, I have served as Curriculum Co-Chair for the clinical continuing education program offered by the Association for Spirituality & Psychotherapy at NIP. I was certified as a Pastoral Counselor and recognized as a Fellow by the American Association in 2016.
In recent years, I have taught on the adjunct faculties of both the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and the Spirituality Mind-Body Institute at Columbia University Teachers College. Currently I am a Lecturer on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary, my alma mater.
I also have been a presenter at ASP, NIP, PSI, and the Blanton-Peale Institute, as well as for St. Vincent's Medical Center, the Murray Grove Retreat Center, the Collegium, Iona University, the UU Christian Fellowship Revival in Tulsa, the UUMA Ministry Days in Metro New York, the NY Open Center,Trinity Church Wall Street,the Rector's Forum at St. Bart's, All Souls NYC, the Interfaith Center of New York, the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, Thrive NYC, the AAPC 50th National Conference in St Louis, and the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre in Hong Kong.
In 2017, I received the AAPC Distinguished Contribution Award from the Eastern Region of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.