In Introduction to Integrative Counseling, Dr. Dave Wenzel provides students with a comprehensive overview of a counseling technique that combines psychology, science, and physiology with theology, spirituality, and faith. Dr. Wenzel, a teacher and a practicing counselor, begins by looking at the historical phases of integration relative to the development of the fields of psychology and psychiatry, as well as a survey of major integration models. From there, he explores the role Scripture, faith, and spirituality can play in counseling and provides practical guidance on how to bring faith into the counseling session. The course covers foundational concepts such as sin, psychopathology, and the self, and concludes with some specific tips on how to counsel suffering people.
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Dr. Dave Wenzel earned his PhD in counseling from Loyola University Maryland. He also has master’s degrees in both divinity and theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. He has been a professor of counseling for 19 years. His clinical experience includes the Veterans Administration, outpatient drug and alcohol, inpatient psychiatric, and outpatient community mental health. He also trained for two years in the Isaac Taylor Institute of Psychiatry and Religion in Columbia, Maryland.
Formerly, he served as the clinical director of the Sandy Family Services DUII program, clinical director at Sunnyside Counseling Center from 1994–2007, and director of the counseling program at Western Seminary from 1994–2010. His professional interests include child development, parenting, clinical supervision, and the role of spirituality in mental health. In addition to his teaching and presentation of professional continuing education, he frequently speaks to community groups on parenting, family communication, marriage, and relationships.