Dr. Masahiro Minami is an assistant professor (counselling psychology program) in the Faculty of Education at the Simon Fraser University, Canada. Dr. Minami received his Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He is the founder and co-director of the Globe in Peace Project at UBC. Dr. Minami is a certified Morita therapist registered with the Japanese Society for Morita Therapy (JSMT) in Japan and also serves as the Assistant Secretary General for the International Committee for Morita Therapy. His research interests include application of Morita therapy to family mediation, inter-group conflict resolution, and community psychosocial reconciliation in post-war contexts. Dr. Minami is the co-founder and a current director of the Prison Fellowship Rwanda-Morita Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Research. And, whilst living in Rwanda, he served as a visiting assistant professor at the Mount Kenya University in Kigali. For his work in psychosocial reconciliation and peace building, Dr. Minami received the prestigious Junior Scholar Award by the JSMT.
Areas of his research interest include: (a) psychological reconciliation process in post-war/conflict settings, (b) healing process from intractable war/conflict, racial/ethnic attitude formation and change processes, (c) multicultural counselling competency, and (d) multicultural counselling process. Areas of his clinical interest include: (a) application of Morita therapy to conflict resolution and family mediation, (b) trauma care, (c) war/conflict/disaster response (e.g., psychological first aid), (d) field refugee support, (e) application of Morita therapy to anxiety (esp. PTSD), and mood and personality disorders, (f) family mediation, reunification, development, counselling and psychotherapy process and outcome. His hobbies are backpacking around the world and watching Japanese variety shows.