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Rekindling Hope

Join Dr. J. Derek McNeil and Dr. Dan Allender for an online discussion on Rekindling Hope June 4 at 4:00 pm PT. 

After teaching seminars on leadership, trauma, and hope this spring in Nashville and Denver, Dr. McNeil and Dr. Allender are hosting this conversation with a wider audience. We’ll talk and ponder together: How do we defy despair in these difficult times? How are we allowing hope to grow in and around us? What does hope look like in your world today? 

Facilitated by Shauna Gauthier MACP ‘10, this conversation is free and open to all.

Register to receive the Zoom link and join us on Tuesday, June 4!


J. Derek McNeil, PhD, is President and Provost of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. He holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to The Seattle School, Derek served as faculty in the PsyD program at Wheaton College Graduate School. He has worked as a clinician in private practice, a diversity advisor, an organizational consultant, and an administrator. His research, writing, and speaking have focused on issues of ethnic and racial socialization, the role of forgiveness in peacemaking, the identity development of African-American males, leadership in living systems, and resilience.


Dan Allender, PhD, is a pioneer of a unique and innovative approach to trauma and abuse therapy. For over 30 years, his work through Narrative Focused Trauma Care has brought healing and transformation to hundreds of thousands of lives by bridging the story of the gospel and the stories of trauma and abuse that mark so many. He co-hosts the podcast for the Allender Center with Rachael Clinton Chen and he continues to teach in the classroom and at conferences. Dan is an author, speaker, and co-founder of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and also a co-founder of the Allender Center.


Passionate about community development and mental health, Shauna Gauthier‘s career has been dedicated to helping others find healing and wholeness. Shauna’s earliest professional years were spent in the nonprofit sector, where she led community development programs both domestically and internationally. After briefly living and working abroad, Shauna returned to the US to study trauma, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of its impact on individuals and communities for the sake of developing the skills necessary to assist in the healing process.

Shauna holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School (2010) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver (2005). She currently works as a clinician in private practice in Washington state. Since 2010, Shauna has also worked in higher education in alumni outreach, program management, and as adjunct faculty.

With over 20 years of combined experience in the nonprofit sector and mental health field, Shauna has had the privilege of working alongside individuals, couples, and communities as they journey toward healing, meaning-making, and wholeness.