Biographical Note

Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Director, Zur Institute, Inc.

Ofer Zur, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, fellow of American Psychological Association (APA), instructor, lecturer, ethics consultant, and expert witness in private psychotherapy practice in Sebastopol, California. He has been in practice for over twenty years and is director of the Zur Institute, Inc., which offers over 125 innovative and challenging online continuing education courses for psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and other mental health practitioners. Dr. Zur is the author of dozens of articles and book-chapters and of five books, Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy (2002, Springer Pub., co-edited), HIPAA Compliance Kit (Norton, 2005), Boundaries in Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2007) and Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Unavoidable, Common and Mandatory Dual Relations in Therapy (Routledge, 2017).

Dr. Zur has lectured world-wide on topics ranging from Internet Addiction, Digital Ethics, Digital Divide, Cyberbullying, Boundaries in Psychotherapy and Counseling, Standard of Care, Effective Therapy, Psychology of Gender, Psychology of Victims, Psychology of War, and much more. Dr. Zur’s CV

On the personal front, Dr. Zur is married and is an involved father of 3 children. He grew up in Israel, lived in Europe, worked in East Africa, and has lived in the US since 1979. Before he shifted to psychology, he worked as an oceanographer, limnologist, and deep-sea diver. His personal life has paralleled his professional life when it comes to challenging boundaries. His adventures include driving safaris in East Africa as a young man, living with the Masai in Tanzania, scuba diving in different parts of the world, summating Kilimanjaro with his son, backpacking on the glaciers in Alaska, trekking in the Malaysian jungle, and more recently, hiking some remote parts of the Great Wall of China.