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Curriculum Vitae

Zvi Bellin, PhD

Email: zjbellin@loyola.edu

Phone: 917 533 4559


♦Loyola University, Maryland

CACREP approved Counselor Education, PhD              December 2009

♦St. Elizabeths, Washington, D.C.

Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education                                  August 2007

♦Steinhardt School of Education, New York University

M.A. in Counseling and Guidance                                   May 2004

♦Refuah Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

Counseling Skills Development Course                            June 2002

♦Binghamton University, State University of New York

Bachelors of Arts, Psychology                                         May 2001


Teaching and Lecturing

Qualitative Research

Quantitative Research

Adult Education

Personal Counseling

Group Facilitation

Community Organization

Crisis Intervention

Family Counseling

Organizational Outreach

Customer Service

Organizational Consulting


Washington, D.C. Licensed Professional Counselor

Maryland Licensed Professional Counselor

Nationally Certified Counselor

Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour Yoga Alliance


Bellin, Z.J. (in print). The Quest to Capture Personal Meaning in   Psychology. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Bellin, Z.J. (submitted for consideration). Meaning through Being: Reclaiming the Wholeness of Personal Meaning. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development.

Bellin, Z.J. (2011). The power of presence. In E. Barany, The Torah Codes. Oakland: Dafka Books.

Bellin, Z.J. (2010). Exploring Attitudes towards Death and Life through Story and Metaphor. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 3(2), 62-72.

Bellin, Z.J. (2010). Judaism as a spiritual practice. The Jewish Educator. Online Journal: http://thejewisheducator.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/judaism-as-a-spiritual-path/

Bellin, Z.J. (2009). Searching for meaning: An encounter with the sacred in our world. Zygon Center Student Symposium on Science and Spirituality. Online resource: http://www.zygoncenter.org/studentsymposium/pdfs/2009papers/2009symposium_Bellin.pdf


Exploring Meaning Through Being
(Workshop Presentation)
Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality                                            October 2010

Appreciative Inquiry Mini-Summit
(Workshop Presentation)
Moishe Foundation East Region Retreat                                                          October 2010

A Holistic Content Approach to Personal Meaning

(Paper Presentation)

International Network for Personal Meaning Conference                              August 2010

The Jewish Perspective on Living with Depression
(Workshop Presentation)
New CAJE Conference for Jewish Education                                               August 2010

A Holistic Content Approach to Personal Meaning

(Paper Presentation)

American Psychology Association, Div. 36, Midyear Conference               March 2010

Searching for Meaning: An Encounter with the Sacred in Our World

(Paper Presentation)

Zygon Center Student Symposium on Science and Religion                         May 2009

Purpose in Life and Faith Maturity: Comparing Christian and Muslim Samples (Symposium)

American Psychology Association, Div. 36, Midyear Conference                April 2009

Make A Difference Grant, First Prize Winner

(Dissertation Presentation)

American Counseling Association, C-AHEAD Division                               March 2009

Pastoral Counseling Skills for College Administrators

(Academic Workshop Presentation)

University of Princeton, Center for Jewish Life                                             August 2008

Spiritual Transcendence in Meaning Making

(Paper Presentation)

International Network on Personal Meaning Conference                              July 2008

Queer Spirituality for College Students

(Academic Workshop Presentation)

Princeton University GLBT Student Center                                                  March 2008


Co-Creating an Intentional Community

Congregation Netivot Shalom Community Retreat                               May 2011

Positive Growth through Trauma

Moishe House National Conference                                                    May 2011

The Art of Mindful Drinking: Preparing for Purim

London Moishe House, London, UK                                                 March 2011

Shabbat Community and Practice

Vienna Moishe House, Vienna, Austria                                             March 2011

Community Growth through Shared Trauma

Budapest Moishe House, Budapest, Hungary                                            March 2011

Spiritual Community Practice
Beit Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland                                                        March 2011

International Hillel Retreat with Taube Foundation
Nozyk Synagogue, Warsaw, Poland                                                           March 2011

Jewish Contemplative Day-Long Retreat

Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley, CA                                                     February 2011

Honoring your Parents, Honoring your Self (Workshop Presentation)

Eshel Annual Retreat, Falls Church, CT                                             January 2011

Contemplative Shabbat Retreat Director (Comprehensive Retreat Experience)

Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD         December 2010

Embodied Judaism (4-Part Series)
Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, San Francisco
November 2010

Mussar (Values) Month by Month (Experiential Workshop)

New CAJE Conference for Jewish Education                                   August 2010

Nehirim East Retreat Director (Comprehensive Retreat Experience)

Nehirim: Jewish GLBT Culture and Spirituality                                June 2010

Contemplative Shabbat Retreat Director (Comprehensive Retreat Experience)

Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD         May 2010

Psycho-Spiritual Awareness and Personal Growth

Nehirim: Jewish GLBT Culture and Spirituality                                January 2010

Vigil for Victims of a GLBT Youth Center

University of Maryland, College Park                                                September 2009

Exploring Personal Growth through Holistic Awareness (Workshop Presentation)

Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, Washington DC September 2008

Washington DC Mussar Group (Workshop Series)

Washington, DC Jewish Community Center                                      Sept. – Oct. 2008

The Meaning in Simply Being: The teachings of Shabbat and Nature (Workshop)

Nehirim: Jewish GLBT Culture and Spirituality                                May 2008

Shabbat Yoga (Workshop)

Nehirim: Jewish GLBT Culture and Spirituality,                               March 2008

Body Integrated Torah Study (Workshop)

Moishe House National Retreat                                                          March 2008

Exploring the Body Divine (Workshop)

National Union of Jewish LGBTQQI Student Conference               February 2008


♦ Moishe Foundation
Director of Education June 2010 – Present
Oversee programmatic vision and evaluation of an international organization related to Jewish education, culture and spirituality. Consult with young adult peer network about creating quality programs for their local communities. Provide trainings and skill development to enable program participants to act as leaders in their communities.

♦ Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality                               May 2006 – Present

Engagement Associate and Retreat Director

Director of two annual retreats that focuses on deepening and expanding connections to oneself and to their community. Recruit and expand social network for a national Jewish LGBT organization that runs a variety of programs year round. Help in program development and facilitate workshops. Lead contact for university students. Act as Mentee Liaison for LGBT mentorship program.

♦ Isaiah House – Mental Health Day Program

Mental Health Therapist February 2009 – December 2010

Coordinated services for mental health consumers with chronic mental illness. Provided ongoing individual and group therapy sessions for consumers of the day program and also for outpatient clients. Facilitated specialized therapy groups for LGBT clients and for clients diagnosed with Major Depression.

♦ So Other Might Eat                                                                   May 2008 – February 2009

Addictions Counselor and Mental Health Therapist

Assessed and treated homeless adults with drug and alcohol addictions. Treatment sessions were both individual and group. Reviewed and provided consultation on phases of treatment for different addiction treatment tracks. Created and coordinated Study Hall hour for clients and specialized group for LGBT clients.

♦Loyola College in Maryland                                            September 2006– December 2008

Lecturer and Graduate Assistant

Filled the role of lecturer for the following Master’s level courses: Helping Relationships, Qualitative Research Methods, and Group Counseling. Provided assistance as needed to students. Assisted in evaluating student course work. Assisted in gathering and preparing course materials.

♦ Wendt Center for Loss and Healing                                     September 2007 – May 2008

Grief Therapist Intern

Implemented weekly grief counseling services to adolescents and adults who have suffered a loss, focus on general grief and complicated grief due to trauma and multiple deaths. Supported families of deceased through the identification process at the Medical Examiner’s office.

♦ St. Elizabeths Hospital                                                                            June – August 2007

Chaplain Intern

Facilitated psycho-spiritual care of mentally ill adult inpatients, organized ecumenical worship services, and led weekly clinical groups. Provided ongoing individual counseling to clients in general and forensic wards. Received one unit of CPE training.

♦ Victoria Transcultural Clinical Center                              September 2006 – March 2007

Home Base Counselor

Provide mental health services to high-risk child and adolescent clients and their families in their home and school environment.

♦ Howard County General Hospital                                                          March – May 2006

Pastoral Counseling Intern

Assess spiritual and psychological needs of hospital patients and provide short-term faith-based and secular counseling as needed.

♦ Volunteers of America                                                                                 November 2005

Spirituality Group Facilitator

Plan and implement weekly discussion groups for homeless clientele diagnosed with mental illness on topics of spirituality and coping with mental illness.

♦ Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Center                               Sept 2003 – June 2004

Psychology Intern

Responsible for intake assessment and ongoing therapy with college students and staff. Issues include, single – parenting, career development and counseling, spousal abuse, anger and stress management, and addictions. Facilitate workshops on various topics, including time management, procrastination, study skills, and academic achievement.

♦ Crown Heights Yeshivah                                                        September 2002 – June 2003

Principal’s Assistant

Responded to social and disciplinary needs of children in grades 1 through 8, corresponded with school social worker to bridge gap between academic and social performance, monitored classrooms for teacher evaluation, and assisted in running special programs and ceremonies.

♦ Haifa Women’s Crisis Center                                                            February – May 2000

Children’s Program Facilitator

Inspired innovative educational and extracurricular programs for Jewish and Arab children living in a shelter for battered women and conducted a psychology research project on the effects of music and dance on behavior.


♦ DC Yoga Studios and Various Locations                              February 2008 – April 2009

Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour Yoga Alliance

Plan and conduct holistic Yoga classes, integrating breath work with body stretching and toning. Classes focus on cultivating deeper self-awareness and promoting well-being in all areas of life.

♦ Silver Spring Moishe House                                             January 2008 – December 2009

Cofounder and Coordinator

Plan with other residents a diverse monthly program schedule for the local Jewish Community, and maintain relationship with sponsoring foundation through the use of intranet, blogging, and online photo album.

♦ Bayit Chadash                                                                 September 2004–September 2005

Community Outreach Coordinator and Board of Directors Liaison

Team co-leader in developing, organizing, implementing, and facilitating national workshops for  an Israeli non-profit organization. Acted as communication bridge between the Israeli community and international Board of funders. 

♦ Caravan of Dreams                                                                      Fall 2002 – Summer 2004

Workshop Coordinator and Facilitator

Organized, promoted, and led tri-monthly interactive workshops focusing on building an open community for inter-faith expression and sharing.

♦ Brooklyn School for Special Children                                                 June – August 2002

Classroom Assistant

Aided teacher in classroom with various exercises to improve cognitive and fine-motor skills of children with delayed physical and mental development.

♦ United Synagogue Youth                                                                       June – August 2001


Member of a teen tour staff in Israel, responsible for the education and care of the students on the trip.

♦ Urban League                                                                         September – December 2000

Education Specialist Intern

Assisted in the supervision of at-risk fourth grade school children, focusing on homework skills and forming a trusting relationship with the students, prepared for special events and planned educational programs.

♦ Elat Chayyim, Accord, NY                                                                   June – August  2000

Jewish Retreat Center Intern

Contributed to the creation of a nurturing environment for spiritual seeking and healing, responsible for facility set-up and guest relations, facilitated staff feedback meeting, conducted interpretive praying service for teens and adults.

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