Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mark Knox

Meet Dr. Mark Knox

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (Regent University)
  • D.Min., Theology (Louisville Presbyterian Seminary)
  • M.Div., Theology (Emmanuel School of Religion)
  • M.S., Counseling (Tarleton State University)
  • B.S., Christian Ministry (Nebraska Christian College)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Texas, Montana)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • EMDR Certified Therapist and Consultant
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Mark Knox retired in 2016 from more than 25 years of active duty service as an Army chaplain. He earned the green beret in 1994 and served more than 13 years with various Special Operations units. His very best times of ministry occurred during his deployments: three times to Afghanistan, once to Iraq, as well as several shorter Special Ops deployments. His specialty within the chaplaincy became counseling and marital therapy.

In his last military assignment, he was the director of an Army training school that educated, trained, and prepared chaplains to serve as Family Life chaplains. In this assignment, he directed a program that provided chaplains with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and he provided clinical supervision and oversight for more than 8,000 hours of counseling to military personnel and their families each year.

Dr. Knox's doctoral dissertation was on the effectiveness of combining EMDR Therapy and Emotionally Focused marital therapy for traumatized military couples. The combination of marital therapy and trauma therapy continues to be one of his interests.

Since retiring from the Army, he has continued to promote healing for our nation's warriors and their families by providing some private practice counseling near Fort Bragg, NC, and currently near Malmstrom Air Force Base, MT. He is in the process of establishing Safe Haven Ranch, a place for military and veteran families and other hurting people, to find healing through horses, counseling, worship, and "Montana Therapy." He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an AAMFT-approved clinical supervisor, and an EMDR-approved consultant.

Dr. Knox loves Jesus, family, horses, and Harleys.

  • "Recent Science and Couples Therapy Theory." Presented at the Installation Management Command Family Life Chaplain Sustainment Training Conference, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, March 2015.
  • "Healing for the War-Torn Soul: Using EAP to Bring Healing for Combat Trauma." Presented at the Annual Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Annual Conference, Layton, UT, April 2015.
  • "Healing for the War-Torn Soul: Using EAP to Bring Healing for Combat Trauma." Presented as a keynote address for the H.E.A.L. Foundation, Washington D.C., September 2015.
  • "Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Complex Combat Trauma and Moral Injury." Presented at the Annual Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Conference, Denver, CO, March 2017.
  • "EMDR Therapy with Emotionally Focused Therapy for Traumatized Couples." Presented at the EMDRIA Annual Conference, Bellevue, WA, September 2017.
  • "Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Moral Injury." Presented for the H.E.A.L. Foundation, Washington, D.C.