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Dr Stephen Beaumont

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Bio

Dr Stephen Beaumont is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, and lecturer in both Counselling & Human Services courses. His qualifications include a PhD in  Religious Studies, Master of Counselling, Master of Education, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry. He is a registered clinical counsellor with PACFA.

He has been in professional and pastoral counselling roles for the past 30 years, working for various denominations including Hillsong, Churches of Christ (Qld) and Assemblies of God. Alongside of pastoral and counselling roles, he has had a keen interest in welfare and social services, starting Joii Community Ltd (formerly Briswestcare Association) twenty years ago. He is currently leading this organisation and serves on a number of other charities. His passion is for outdoor adventure based early intervention programs and more recently, Walk and Talk Therapies.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland, 2012)
  • Doctor of Ministry (Denver Seminary, 2001)
  • Master of Education (Queensland University of Technology, 2003)
  • Master of Theology (Sydney College of Divinity, 2001)
  • Master of Counselling (Queensland University of Technology, 2001)

Research Interests

  • Nature and adventure-based therapies
  • Practical & Pastoral Theology
  • Dual Role Relationships in Counselling

Professional Experience

  • Principal, Garden City College of Ministry (2003 – 2009)
  • Psychotherapist in Private Practice (2001 – present)
  • Casual Lecturer – Department of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland (2001 – present)

Journals

Beaumont, S.M. (2008). “Pastoral Counselling Anyone? Those Troublesome Dual-Relationships in Pastoral Counselling”, St. Mark’s Theological Review, No. 208, May 2009, 45-58.

Beaumont, S.M. (2011). “Pastoral Counseling Down Under”, Pastoral Psychology, 60(1), 117-131.

Books and Book Chapters

Beaumont, S.M. (2011). “A Tale of Two Churches” In Annemie Dillen & Anne Vandenhoeck (ed.), Prophetic Witness in World Christianities Rethinking Pastoral Care and Counseling (International Practical Theology), Münster, Lit-verlag, 2011, 223-234.

Leutz, J., Beaumont, S M. (2018). Community Gardening: Integrating social responsibility and sustainability in a higher education setting – a case study. Leal Filho W. (eds) Social Responsibility and Sustainability. World Sustainability Series. Springer: Cham.

Beaumont, S. (2021). “Birds in the Bush. A theological reflection on the therapeutic relationship between adult practitioners and young people in outdoor adventure-based intervention programs”, In Weaving Theology in Oceania: Culture, Context and Practice Cambridge (In print).

Conferences

Eeles, J., Beaumont, S M. (2019). Workplace Mobbying in Christian Schools, ACHEA Conference, Brisbane.

Beaumont, S M. (2019). Use of Self and Presence in Counselling Training: CHC Case Study, ACHEA Conference, Brisbane.

Beaumont, S M. (2018). Birds in the Bush: A theological reflection on the therapeutic relationship between adult practitioners and youth/children in outdoor, adventure-based early intervention programs APTO Conference, Fiji.

Beaumont, S. (2011). “The place of the Bible in 21st century pastoral care and counselling” paper presented at the Australian & New Zealand Theological Society.

Beaumont, S. (2013). “Professional Boundaries: Managing Multiple Role Relationships in Pastoral Care & Counselling”. Paper presented at European Council for pastoral care and Counselling.

Other

Beaumont, S.M. (2012). Youth Homelessness and Young People’s Experiences of Domestic Violence in Redlands City. A report prepared for the Redlands Youth Change Driver Group with funding provided by the Redland City Council Community Grants Program.

Teaching

CO369, CO385, CO669, JM503, JM506, MH342, SO112, SO114, SO230, SO231, SO295, SO330, SO352, SO391, SO392, SO595, JM508, SO317, SO110, SO352

Supervision

Currently supervising PhD student in the topic of resiliency amongst children in out of home care Supervised various Master of Ministry Students Final Projects.

Currently supervising directed studies in Master of Counselling.

College Service

  • Member, Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Member, Academic Board
  • Member, Research Committee

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Director, Joii Community (formerly BWC)
  • Member, PACFA
  • Member, Christian Psychological Association

Community Projects

  • Lead Researcher – Wynnum Community Needs Document funded by Dept Communities (2020).
  • Beaumont, S.M. (2012). Youth Homelessness and Young People’s Experiences of Domestic Violence in Redlands City. A report prepared for the Redlands Youth Change Driver Group with funding provided by the Redland City Council Community Grants Program.
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