Amy (Dominguez) Trout
Director, Human Services Counseling Program
Associate Professor (2009)
Assistant Professor (2006)
- Church-Psychology Collaboration
- Faith-Based Substance Abuse Treatment
- Program Development
- Integrative Practices of Christian Therapists
The Christian story is one of creation, brokenness, redemption, and hope, and each of our lives highlight these very themes. For Christians to integrate their faith with learning, it is essential to obtain a scientific understanding of psychology with a deep respect and awe for God’s work in human lives and sound Christian theology. The relationship between psychology and Christian faith wed harmoniously in my role in working with students as my own training, life story, spiritual development and interests all adjoin. For me, one form of integrative work occurs in using the skills and tools from mental health to serve the Church. This includes training others in psychological methods that could be useful to them in care-giving; conducting applied research that supports Christian ministries (such as consultation, program development, program evaluation and needs/ resource assessments); and dedicating personal service to Church-related work.
I have taught graduate students (since 2001) and maintained private practice work (since 1998). While I have greatly valued clinical work, I recently have shifted to full-time academic work. In this role, I most enjoy working closely with students as they develop skills to serve them in their future work as well as in their current lives as they synthesize classroom learning with practice. My goals with students beyond information sharing include encouraging diligence in exploring their own stories, seeking meaning in such, wrestling with worldview issues, and developing a commitment towards a deeper self-knowledge to serve as a base for deeply understanding others.
My current professional interests include partnerships between psychology and the Church, substance abuse assessment and treatment, ministry assessment, and understanding perceptions of Christians regarding infertility treatment and Christian therapy practices.