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Sean M. Love

Associate Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Doctoral Psychology

BA in Psychology, Oral Roberts University
MA in Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
MA in Christian Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary
PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

PG825: Professional Roles and Emerging Leaders

Areas of Expertise

Psychotherapy, trauma therapy, posttraumatic growth, religious and spiritual issues in trauma, professional development, clinical supervision, identity development, chronic stress and burnout, self-care, boundaries

Bio

Sean Love joined the School of Psychology in July 2017 as associate director of clinical training and assistant professor of psychology. As an administrative faculty member, his primary focus is on collaborating with the director of clinical training in administering clinical field training placements for students, assisting students in developing their professional identities, and preparing students for career advancement. He leads professional development workshops to help students prepare for internships and postdoctoral positions. He also interfaces with local hospitals, therapy clinics, and practicum sites to assist these agencies in providing quality clinical training for students. Dr. Love also teaches in the School of Psychology, currently focusing on professional development and consultation, and he practices as a therapist.

Love writes for lay audiences on the topics of posttraumatic growth and spiritual development. His research interests center on the influence of trauma on spirituality and conceptions of God, with particular interest in how spiritual and psychological development occur in relation to trauma and loss. Other research interests include stress and burnout in urban ministry, effective cognitive behavioral therapy for trauma, depression, and anxiety, identity and meaning after loss, and looking at the relation of myth and faith to psychology and spirituality as reflected in the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings.

As a therapist, Love has worked in several community mental health settings, including Fuller Psychological and Family Services (FPFS). His areas of clinical expertise include trauma, grief and loss, identity concerns, depression, anxiety, burnout, and low self-esteem. Prior to coming to Fuller for his studies, he served as a psychological technician in a psychiatric hospital.

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