Michael Hryniuk, PhD, is an author, educator, consultant, spiritual director and practicing psychotherapist with the Institute of Family Living in Toronto, Ontario. He received his training as a psycho-spiritual therapist from the Toronto Centre for Pastoral Counselling Education, a training centre certified by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.
Michael's practice is grounded in over thirty years of advanced research & teaching in theology, spirituality, pastoral psychology, and the ministry of spiritual direction. He brings a spiritually integrated approach to counselling and therapy that incorporates the cognitive, emotional, somatic and spiritual dimension of the human person.
His work in pastoral psychology has included professional speaking, retreat and workshop facilitation, community leadership, non-profit administration, ministry development and spiritual formation. Since 1993, he has served as a consultant to churches, schools, religious communities, and denominational bodies. He has also lectured widely in the areas of spiritual development and formation at universities and seminaries in Canada, the United States and South America. Michael is the author of Theology, Disability and Spiritual Transformation (Cambria, 2010) as well as numerous articles and book reviews in the International Journal of Practical Theology, Weavings, Religious Education Journal, Diakonia, Spiritual Life, and the Youth Worker Journal.
He currently works part-time as Spiritual Care Supervisor with the Hamilton Catholic Children's Aid Society in Hamilton, Ontario and as a clinical associate of the Institute of Family Living in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to this, he served as the inaugural director of the Henri Nouwen Society of Canada and the U.S. and Associate Director of the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He was also the Co-Director of the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California and assistant director of L'Arche Winnipeg.
"Do not be conformed, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds..." Romans 12:2