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Rev. Dr. Donald L. Paine, D. Min.

Specialized Training

2010 Completed AAMFT Course work for Approved Supervisor Status
2009 -2010 Program Assistant in level One Training at CCSU with Dr. Ralph Cohen
2008 Level Three training on Cape Cod
2007 Enrolled in Internal Family Systems Level Two training at CCSU
2006 Graduated Internal Family Systems Level One December 3, 2006
2005-6 Intensive Internal Family Systems Training at CCSU with Dr. Richard Schwartz
2003-4 AAMFT Courses for clinical membership – Trans-induction with Michael Yapko
2001-2 IHORT  training and symposiums with Drs.. Jill and David Scharfe
1998-2000 Child Play Therapy training
1996 Training Certificate in Resolving Conflicts Through Mediation, Russell Sage College,   Albany, NY
1974-1975 Chaplain Residency Certificate, Brooklyn Methodist Hospital  (ACPE PROGRAM)  Supervisor/teacher


M.S.W. May, 1997 (Casework) Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, NY, NY
D. Min. 1980-1983  (Psychology  & Clinical Studies) Andover Newton Seminary, Newton, MA
M. Div. 1971-1974 (Pastoral Psychology) Gordon Conwell Theological School, So. Hamilton, MA
B.A. 1967-1971 (History) Nyack College, Nyack, NY   


1995 -Present President and Founder of Parakalein Counseling and Consultation Services*
(*Organized and implemented a non-profit corporation in the New York State to provide services for individuals, couples, and families)
Conference and Seminar presenter and teacher
1986-1995 Senior Pastor of Pineview Community Church, Albany, NY
1975-1986 Senior Pastor of Bethel Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, New Britain, CT

Professional Presentations:

  • IFS Conference in 2009:  “Christians More Fully Alive” was  co-presented as a way of using IFS in church settings to deepen spirituality and relationship building.  The IFS lens turned on Christianity.
  • The Other side of Forgiveness:  Looking at Forgiveness through the IFS Lens a workshop presented at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA sponsored by the Society for Social Work and Spirituality, June 20-22, 2009
  • Co Presented with Karen Reed, IFS Therapist at 7th Day Adventist Church:  Building Togetherness by Being Together in and IFS Way, April 2009
  • Couple Breathing:  Deepening Relationships Through IFS Approach to Couple Work
  • Presented at St Thomas University  in Fredericton, New Brunswick, CA, June 21-24, 2008
  • May 2007 Yeshiva University 50th Anniversary Celebration in  New York City “Parakalein of God and Social Work Practice”
  • December 2006  “The Parakalein of God and Clinical Practice” to the International Conference of Social Workers in Hong Kong
  • Article published in the International Journal of Social Work, 2007 edition
  • Adjunct Faculty at Sacred Heart University, 1999
  • Guest Lecturer Nyack College, Nyack, NY and Alliance Theological Seminary
  • May 1997 University of Kansas:  Society for Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • Seminar presenter where Cloe Madaness was Plenary, at Parson Child & Family Center 1995- Topic: Spirituality and Counseling

Civic and Religious Experiences:

  • On host committee to welcome Daiai Lama to Albany New Your in 2009
  • Co-Chairman of the Student Government, Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work  1996-97
  • Chaplain to the New York City Marathon (1988 - present), coordinating ecumenical Worship for and by runners
  • Elected to three terms on New England and New York Denominational Executive Committees, for the regional area
  • Elected to Nyack College Board of Trustees for a one year term 1991-1994.
  • Most Improved Runner - HMRoadRunners Club ‘95
  • President and Board Member Local and State Association of Evangelicals
  • Advocacy Award from Yeshiva University at Graduation  May 22, 1997

Professional Memberships:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New York State – Massachusetts State
  • Fellow Member of American Association of Pastoral Counselors 1985-
  • Clinical Member of American Association  of Marriage and Family Therapists 2003-
  • Clinical Member of Association for Pastoral Educational (Hospital Chaplain) 1995-
  • Member of National Association for Play Therapy 1994-
  • Member of National Association of Social Workers 1997-
  • Ordained pastor with C&MA (1975-present.)
  • Ordained in Greenfield MA September 16, 1976, currently with denominational standing and affiliation with United Church of Christ, Cleveland Ohio


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