Oliver J. Morgan
Oliver J. Morgan
“strong at the broken places”
Welcome to my website! Here you will find a cache of archived materials from my previous publications as well as my thinking and ruminations around current projects. You can also keep up-to-date with progress on current publications by reading the bi-monthly newsletters, Broken Places, archived on the left.
I am Professor of Counseling & Human Services in the Panuska College of Professional Studies at the University of Scranton (Scranton, PA). I was honored as the second Leahy Faculty Fellow in this College during the years 2002-2004 and was the University’s CASE Professor Nominee in 2008. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pennsylvania (LMFT), and a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC).
Since joining the full time faculty at the University of Scranton in 1990 I have taught a variety of courses in both our undergraduate Human Services and graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. I’ve had responsibility for shaping our track of three courses in Addiction Studies as well as our Marital and Family Counseling courses, and I served as Department Chair from 1997-2009.
I have had what can only be called a “diverse” education. I graduated from Fordham University (Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy with a specialization in phenomenology. After a stint as a high school teacher (quite an education in itself!), I began and completed a Master of Divinity degree, followed by a Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy during which I had the great privilege of studying and working with Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, MD, one of the founders of family therapy. A few years later I began and eventually completed a doctoral degree in Pastoral Psychotherapy at Boston University.
As the reader will see by clicking the tab marked “publications” on the left side of the page, my writing and scholarship since coming to the University of Scranton in 1990 has been rich and rewarding.
- I am the co-editor of five (5) books, covering topics in Addiction Studies, Catholic Intellectual Thought, and Counseling & Spirituality.
- I have authored or co-authored ten (10) book chapters and proceedings, covering topics including Addiction, Pastoral Care, Spirituality, and clinical practice.
- I have published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles in the same range of topics and subject-matter.
SERVICE & LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES
At the University I have been privileged over the years to serve in special institutional leadership roles as chair or co-chair on several University-wide task forces, including the Task Force on Student Lifestyles (incl alcohol abuse, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS prevention) and the Task Force on Corporate Mission and Identity.
In the wider community I began one of the first psychosocial oncology practices in Northeast Pennsylvania. Over the past eight years my colleagues, interns and I have served several hundred patients struggling with cancer as well as their caretakers and loved ones. This has been a very rewarding practice.