One of the most significant roles for a pastor or counselor is to walk alongside someone who is suffering. It provides an opportunity to reach out and express the grace of God in situations where people are hurting and looking to find meaning and purpose in their life. In Counseling Suffering People professor and practicing counselor Dr. Dave Wenzel provides insight into how to walk with people who are experiencing grief or loss. Dr. Wenzel discusses different frameworks for understanding suffering. He explores the different assumptions and beliefs that people have about suffering, and gives practical advice on how to respond to those who are suffering. This course will help you as you look to help those who are experiencing hardship in their life.
This course is adapted from Mobile Ed: CO131 Integrative Counseling by Dr. Dave Wenzel. You can check out the full course here.
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.
Karina Gabriel Stavenes