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HWS Psychologist Published

Brian Mistler, a psychologist and coordinator of research and technology for the HWS Center for Counseling and Student Wellness, recently published an article on men’s issues for the Good Men Project.

The Good Men Project is a national initiative that provides educational, social, financial and legal support to men and boys at risk. Mistler is an active member of the American Psychological Association and was invited to contribute to The Good Men Project alongside some of the biggest names in the field of men and masculinity. Proceeds from online fundraising, books, and sales of the recently released DVD “Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood ” will go to support the foundation’s work.

Mistler’s article applies the insights of relationship-focused conflict resolution to the question of community among men.

“I frequently see men letting their anger, pride or a belief that pushing back is the way to let what they want get in the way of their relationships,” Mistler says.  “The irony is that when we do this, we are often acting in a way that gives us less control and less of what we want.”

Mistler received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida and his master’s in International Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. Mistler also attended Stetson University, a private liberal arts college in Florida, where he received a B.S. in computer science and philosophy, a B.A. in humanities, and served as both student body president and as a student member of the board of trustees.

Honored by Florida Leader magazine and the recipient of numerous distinctions worldwide, Mistler was named Academic Ambassadorial Scholar in 2001 by Rotary International. He is a member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, and has extensive experience in group psychotherapy, men’s issues, and LGBT identity development. Mistler is a recipient of the Delta Gamma Recognition for Excelling in Teaching and the Mutter Award for Advanced Study of Hypnosis.

He has spent time working, studying and volunteering in a broad spectrum of multicultural environments around the globe, including post-war rural Guatemala, Israel and Palestine, across Western and Eastern Europe, and as an intern at The British Parliament.