In the Master of Arts in Theology program, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy field, I teach courses in multifaith, addictions, practicum for students in counselling, theodicy, group work, and community development. I hold a DMin in spirituality and addiction from University of St Michael’s College, an MA in regional planning and resource development from the University of Waterloo, and an MDiv from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. I am an ordained Mennonite minister and have worked in chaplaincy for many years, especially with people who are marginalized, in Denver, Colo., and in Kitchener, Ont. I was a co-pastor at First Mennonite Church, in Kitchener, for 17 years.
My current research and community work focuses on multifaith collaboration in Waterloo Region as well as interfaith activities and organizations in Canada and United Kingdom.
After a significant career in chaplaincy and community ministry among marginalized urban people, I am reflecting on my experiences and writing about lessons learned as faith traditions, governments, non-profits, and community groups work toward equity, justice, and peace. Of particular interest to me is social welfare and housing, especially the effects of long-term homelessness on mental health, addiction and recovery.
I have worked extensively in the field of addictions treatment and have taught courses in addiction, shame, and counselling. I continue to study and write about spirituality in the area of addictions and recovery.
I am the practicum coordinator for the seminary’s Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy program. Students work in counselling agencies throughout the community to earn 160 hours of experience for the MA in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and will earn more hours as they meet the requirements to become a Registered Psychotherapist in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
From 1986-2014, I worked as a supervisor of students on placement in ministry and social work at the House of Friendship, a charitable social service agency in Kitchener, Ont. I have continued to supervise students in community development, addictions, and counselling in various agencies.
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