Mark Liston, PhD, is a former pastor and an ordained minister. In 1990 he was licensed as a professional counselor and practiced for three years before then as a pastoral counselor. He taught part-time at three universities and has graduate degrees in ministry, counseling psychology, and education. His PhD (University of Missouri – St.Louis) focused on Positive Psychology and character development.
Mark speaks at numerous national and international conferences, including the International Positive Psychology Association, the International Positive Education Network, the Christian Association for Psychological Studies [CAPS] conference, the Character Education Partnership [CEP], and numerous others.
Mark is author of C2: Character Challenge, now taught in schools and group homes in 33 states and five other countries. C2 uses Positive Psychology and popular movies to teach a foundation for life. He developed the only existing bullying rubric: BPR: Bullying Prevention and Response. He created and validated the Character Growth Index, the first test of teen character usable by schools. His research on these subjects is ongoing.
Mark’s specialties are relationships (marriage, infidelity, separation, divorce, recovery, and singleness), family, teens, depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and dissociation (including multiple personality disorder). Mark has been at ground zero after Hurricane Katrina and the Joplin and Moore tornadoes and is asked by national companies (WalMart, Union Pacific, AT&T, Macy’s, etc.) to help their employees deal with grief, loss, and tragic death.
Mark is a pioneer in the use of prayer in therapy when requested by clients. He has trained scores of therapists in prayer as a therapeutic intervention as part of the counseling process. In addition to being an Licensed Professional Counselor, he is certified in mediation, couple communication, and crisis and trauma intervention (CISM).