Peter A. Stinson

Called to teach.  Called to serve.

Search objective

I am called to serve in small, secondary, boarding school in a position where I will use my counseling & program management skills in personal counseling, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution to assist students achieve excellence in their relationships, academic endeavors, and personal development.

Areas of expertise

  • Crisis intervention

  • Post-traumatic stress

  • Mediation & conflict resolution

  • Healthy coping skills

  • Effective communication

  • Counseling by walking around


Ed.D. (ABD), organizational leadership & conflict management
Nova Southeastern University (expected completion 2007)

M.A., national security & strategic studies
Naval War College (2004)

Graduate Certificate, emergency & disaster management
Touro University International (2003)

M.Ed., counseling & human development
George Mason University (1987)

B.A., English (literary writing) with philosophy & history
Trinity College, CT (1984)

Additional academic coursework completed at:
  • University of East Anglia
  • Old Dominion University
  • Sonoma State University

A listing of completed coursework is available here.

Professional Memberships

Contact information

Peter A. Stinson
Post Office Box 158
Portsmouth, VA 23705-0158


Summary of counseling experience

Leadership experience in the field of crisis intervention and traumatic stress, providing emergency and pre-incident services, and in college preparatory schools.

Highlights of counseling experience

Provided crisis intervention and counseling services to emergency services personnel following the crash of TWA Flight 800 and to emergency services personnel, mental health providers, and citizens following the flooding in North Carolinia after Hurricane Floyd.

Six-year tenure as clinical director to volunteer, regional team of 60 mental health providers and peers providing crisis intervention services to emergency services and first responders in southeast Virginia.

Overview of counseling roles and experience

Clinical Director, Tidewater Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Senior leader of volunteer team of mental health professionals and emergency services peers dedicated to providing crisis intervention and traumatic stress services to police officer, fire fighters, rescue personnel, and other first responders. (1998-2004) Serve as mental health team leader and intervention lead. (1995-1998; 2004-present)

Mediator, Community Mediation Center. As volunteer, provide mediation services through the Center for people in conflict. (2006-present)

Mental Health Team Leader, U.S. Coast Guard, Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Integrated Support Command Portsmouth. Mental health responder providing traumtic stress interventions to Coast Guard personnel following critical incidents. (1995-present)

Grant Recipient, Virginia Foundation of Humanities. Received through Therapeutic Spiral International to participate in 8-day workshop, Action Against Trauma, a post-violence training and development program, designed to assist "first-line" community workers in dealing with the long-term effects of violence and post-traumatic stress disorder. (November 2002)

Academic Advisor, George Mason University, Academic Advising Center. Part-time, professional advisor for undeclared undergraduates. (1986-1987)

Counseling Intern, George Washington University, Career Counseling Center. (1986)

Counseling Intern, Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge. (1985)

Residential Coordinator, Trinity College. (1983-1984)

Qualified/Certified Trainer