Michael Lee Cook, Th.D will serve as the 2016 plenary speaker for the Atlantic Region Fall Conference. Dr. Cook serves as Lecturer in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in private practice at Micah Counseling Services where he provides spiritually-integrated psychotherapy and clinical supervision. His research and teaching interests include adoption, family studies, leadership and emotional intelligence, interpersonal psychology, pastoral theology, and social constructionism. His work is informed by extensive education, training, and practice in clinical pastoral education (CPE), pastoral psychotherapy, and theology. He is the author of Black Fatherhood, Adoption, and Theology: A Contextual Analysis and Response (2015) and has written peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of family life and pastoral psychotherapy. Dr. Cook holds the M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School and the Th.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary and has lectured and served as a panelist at a number of academic and professional conferences. Dr. Cook is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), member in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), and a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology (SPT). He is ordained in the Baptist tradition and shares an affiliation with the Episcopal Church. Michael was born and raised in Vidalia, Georgia (i.e., “the sweet onion city”) and is married to Crystal Wells Cook. They are the proud parents of Myles and Lauren. In addition, he served honorably in the U.S. Army Infantry Corps, is a veteran of the Gulf War, and enjoys golfing and running.
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