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Dr Michael Utsch

Psychological Aspects of New Religious Movements, Alternative and Spiritual Health Concepts, Christian Sects

Short CV

Training
1984 B.A. Theology, University of Bonn
1986 Degree in Psychology (Diplom), University of Bonn
1995 Dr. phil., University of Bonn, dissertation: "Religionspsychologie: Voraussetzungen, Grundlagen, Forschungsüberblick" (Stuttgart 1998)

Further qualifications
1986-1987 Logotherapy and Existential Analysis Wien
1990-1999 Adlerian Psychotherapy (DGIP) Delmenhorst / Berlin
1999 Licensed psychotherapist Berlin
2006-2009 Training in meditiation / spiritual guidance (diploma) Berlin

Practical experiences
Psychotherapist
1988: Geriatric unit, Ezrath-Nashim-hospital Jerusalem
1990 – 1993: Drug Rehabilitation Centre Walsrode
1994 – 1996: Clinic for Psychosomatics Bad Oeynhausen
Since 1999: practicing part-time as a self-employed psychotherapist in Berlin

Researcher/Lecturer
1989: Institute for Gerontology University of Heidelberg
1996: Consultant to the German Parliamentary Commission’s report "New Religious and Ideological Communities in the Federal Republic of Germany"
Since 1997 Academic Advisor (research fellow) of EZW, Berlin
Since 2013 tenure track professor for psychology of religion Marburg

Interests+publications
Religious and spiritual dimensions in psychotherapy (2005)
Healthy and unhealthy forms of spirituality and religion (2012)
Psychotherapy and spirituality (2014)
Spiritual guidance; images of God; pastoral care and psychotherapy

Professional affiliations
* Psychotherapeutenkammer Berlin (license no. 12696)
* Deutsche Gesellschaft für Individualpsychologie (DGIP)
* International Association for Psychology of Religion (IAPR)
* Gesellschaft der Freunde christlicher Mystik (GFCM)
* Verein der Berliner Stadtmission

Family status
Married to Christina, textile designer, since 1986, 3 children