Speaker

Dr Marsha I. Wiggins

Dr Marsha I. Wiggins

Bio and Qualifications:

I served as a pastor of 4 United Methodist churches in the U.S. over a 15-year period. I had the opportunity to provide counseling and pastoral care to hundreds of people experiencing grief from death and all kinds of other losses.

I worked for 3 years as a counsellor in a community mental health centre providing grief counseling to individuals and families.

I was a faculty member and chair of the Counseling Department at the University of Colorado Denver (U.S.) for 18 years during which time I taught students basic counseling skills and addressed grief and loss in several courses, including Family Issues & Spiritual Issues in Counseling.

For 18 years, I provided clinical supervision for practicum students and interns during their Master’s of Counseling program. Many students I supervised were placed in hospice settings.

I maintained a small private counseling practice where I provided grief counseling to a number of clients.

Topic-Related Publications

Wiggins-Frame (2003). Integrating religion and spirituality into counseling: A comprehensive approach. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Muselman, D., & Wiggins, M. I. (2012). Spirituality and Loss: Approaches for Counseling Grieving Adolescents. Counseling and Values, 57, (2), 131-151.

Wiggins, M. I. (2018). From heroin to hope: Making sense of the loss of a child. West Palm Beach, FL: KoruSpirit.

PhD in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Divinity (M.Div), a theological degree that gives me knowledge to address religious/spiritual issues concerning questions such as, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “How could God could allow unjust suffering and death?”