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Rodolfo Nolasco


Rodolfo Nolasco, Th.D.

Professor of Counselling Psychology

Dr. Rolf Nolasco is Professor of Counseling Psychology. He is the author of 2 books, namely, The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (2011), and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (2016), and is currently working on another manuscript. He loves to travel and his many adventures include trips to Asia, Europe, Africa and North America to work and play.

  • CP5501 Counselling Theory Practicum I
  • CP5502 Counselling Theory Practicum II
  • CP6501 Counselling Theory Practicum III
  • CP6502 Counselling Theory Practicum IV
  • CP6216 Psychology of Emotion
  • CP5107 Neuroscience & Psychotherapy
  • CP5105 Integration of Theology & Psychology
  • IN5102 Theology & Practice of Christian Spirituality
  • CP5512 Psychopharmacology
  • CP5214 Congregational Care & Counselling

Boston University (US)

Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)


Fuller Theological Seminary (US)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)


University of the Philippines (PH)

Bachelor's Degree (B.A.), cum laude, Communication Research



  • Theological Reflection: The Process and Movement Didaskalia. MB: Prov Press Spring 2001
  • The Changing Landscape of Cross-Cultural Counseling Didaskalia. MB: Prov Press Fall 2004

Books and Book Chapters

Workshops & Presentations

  • "Grey Matters: The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy" Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (Webinar) November 17, 2011.
  • "Mindfulness and the Workplace." Health Sciences Center Spiritual Care Department. Winnipeg, Manitoba. October 7, 2011.
  • "Integrative Psychotherapy: Theory, Therapy, and Transcendence." Providence University College and Theological Seminary (Reimer Learning Center). Otterburne, Manitoba October 6, 2011.
  • "Mindfulness and Addictions: Clinical Considerations." Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba. October 5, 2011.
  • "The Art of Spiritual Direction." National Association of Filipino American United Methodist Biennial Convocation. July 5-7, 2011, Silicon Valley, CA.
  • "Contemplative - Mindfulness Therapy for Depression." Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association. May 18, 2011, Ottawa, ON.
  • “Spiritually-Based Mindfulness Therapy for Depression.” Canadian Psychological Association 70th Annual Convention. June 11-13, 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • “Listening to Multiple Voices: Therapy in Hermeneutical Mode.” Society for Christian Psychology. September 18-20, 2008. Chicago:IL
  • “The Contemplative Therapist.” 4th International Multidisciplinary Conference on Spirituality and Health: Interweaving Science, Wisdom, and Compassion. November 9-11, 2006. Vancouver BC.
  • “Contemplative Spirituality and Psychotherapy: Insights from Merton, Nouwen, and Winnicott.” Society for Christian Psychology. October 26-28,2006. Chattanooga TN.
  • Fellow, Colloquy on Fostering Effective Teaching and Learning in Racially and Culturally Diverse Classrooms. July 18-24, 2006; February 8-11 & July 9-14, 2007. Wabash Center, Crawfordsville, IN.
  • Chosen by the seminary to participate in the “Educating the Clergy Conference 2006” Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. March 9-10, 2006.
  • “Contemplative Life: Descent and Ascent to Intersubjectivity.” Providence Theological Seminary Colloquium, March 2006.
  • “Lectio Divina: A Hermeneutical Challenge.” Providence Theological Seminary Colloquium, December 2005.
  • “Imaging and Imagining God in Eucharist.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. November 4-6, 2005. Rochester, New York.
  • “The Changing Landscape of Cross-Cultural Counseling” Didaskalia. MB: Prov Press Fall 2004
  • “Christian Spirituality: Reclaiming our Spiritual Roots; Waiting Upon God: Practicing Silence and Stillness; Creating a Sacred Space: Spiritual Accompaniment through Small Groups.” Workshop Track: Practice of Christian Spirituality. Southeastern Manitoba Christian Education Convention. October 15-16, 2004. Otterburne Manitoba.
  • “Encountering the Other: Cross-cultural counseling in a Post-Modern World” Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counselors May 8, 2004 Otterburne: MB
  • “Multi-Cultural Counseling in a Post-Modern World” AACC 2003 World Conference September 24-27, 2003 Nashville, TN
  • “Theological Reflection: The Process and Movement.” Didaskalia. MB: Prov Press. Spring 2001.
  • “Strategic Pastoral Counseling.” Total Church Leadership Conference, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 28, 2000.
  • The Eucharist: A Compelling Illusion. Read at the American Academy of Religion - Western Region/Pacific Coast Region Conference, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa CA USA, April 16-18, 2000.
  • Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy: From Clinical Care to Communal and Soul Care. Institute Workshop, Canadian Association of Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE) 2000 Conference, Toronto, Ontario, January 19, 2000.
  • Implications of Hans-Georg Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Theory and Practice of Pastoral Care. Read at the Christian Scholarship in the Light of Scripture: Hermeneutical Issues 1999 Conference, Redeemer College, Ancaster, Ontario, July 7-10, 1999.
  • Strategic Pastoral Counseling. A Workshop Delivered at the Total Church Leadership Conference, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 28, 2000.


  • Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty (since 1999)
  • Ambrose University College, Adjunct Faculty (since 2007)
  • Shepell·fgi, Psychotherapist (since 2009)


  • Recovery of Hope, Psychotherapist (2003-2006)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA), Teaching Assistant (1997-1998)
  • Boston Theological Institute (Newton, MA), Inter-Religious Dialogue Coordinator (1995-1997)
  • First Alhambra United Methodist Church (Alhambra, CA), Pastoral Intern (1991-1994)

Professional Associations

  • Certified Canadian Counselor #5169
  • Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association
  • The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

Grants & Awards

  • "Transforming Providence Theological Seminary as a Multicultural Organization: Beginning Conversations and Planning." Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. $5,000.00 (2008-2009)
  • "The Contemplative Healer: Revisioning the Identity and Practice of Pastoral Counselors." Lilly Theological Scholars Grant. $12,000.00. (2007-2008)
  • "The Classroom as a Global Village: Issues and Strategies." Colloquy on Nurturing Effective Teaching and Learning in Racially and Cultural Diverse Classrooms. Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. US$3,000.00 plus travel and accommodations. (2006-2007)
  • 1994-1955. Brown Scholar, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • 1988. Cum Laude, University of the Philippines
  • 1988. Academic Excellence, University of the Philippines
  • 1987-1988. University Scholar, University of the Philippines
  • 1985-1987. College Scholar, University of the Philippines