Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


Robert Wicks, Psy.D.

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Robert J. Wicks

Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Counseling 

Loyola University Maryland
Pastoral Counseling Department
8890 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD 21045


Psy.D., Hahnemann Medical College
M.A., St. John's University
B.A., Fairfield University

Dr. Robert Wicks, who received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, is a professor at Loyola University Maryland. He has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, social work, nursing, and theology including Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2003 he was the commencement speaker for Wright State School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and was also a visiting scholar and in 2005 the commencement speaker at Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. In the past several years he has spoken at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine on his two major areas of expertise: the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures encountered in reaching out to others) and the integration of psychology and spirituality from a world religion perspective. He has also addressed 10,000 professionals in the Air Canada Arena in Toronto, spoken at the FBI Academy, and led a weeklong course in Paris. In his clinical practice, Dr. Wicks focuses on working with psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, educators, relief workers and persons in full-time ministry.

In 1993, and again in 2001, he worked in Cambodia. During these visits, his work was with professionals from the English-speaking community who were present to help the Khmer people rebuild their nation following years of terror and torture. In 1994, he was also responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their bloody civil war.

Dr. Wicks has served as general editor of three series of books, and published over 40 books for both professionals and the general public. One of his latest works is entitled Riding the Dragon. About it, Gandhi’s grandson, who is the founder of an institute on nonviolence, said: “With life offering so many more challenges as we pursue a culture of violence, Dr. Wicks’ book on how to ride the dragon instead of trying to slay it is not only timely but very effective.” His most recent books include a book for professionals, Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice, by Oxford University Press, a book entitled, Prayerfulness: Awakening the Fullness of Life, by Sorin Books, and the soon to be released, Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, by Oxford University Press.


  • Wicks, R. Bounce: Living the Resilient Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Wicks, R. Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life. Notre Dame: Sorin Books, 2009.
  • Wicks, R. The Resilient Clinician. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Wicks, R. Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice: A Guide to Professional Resilience and Personal Well-Being. N.Y: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Wicks, R. Crossing the Desert. Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2006.
  • Wicks, R. Riding the Dragon. Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2003
  • Wicks, R., D. Parsons, and D. Capps, (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling, Vol. 3. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2003
  • Wicks, R. Everyday Simplicity. Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2000.
  • Wicks, R., D. Parsons, and D. Capps, (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling, Volume I – Expanded Edition. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1993.
  • Wicks, R., and D. Parsons (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling, Volume II—Selected Topics. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1993.
  • Parsons, R., and Wicks, R. Counseling Strategies and Intervention Techniques for the Human Services. (Fourth Edition). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1993.


  • PC 700 Pastoral Integration
  • PC 690 Professional Seminar
  • PC 663-4 Clinical Case Supervision III-IV
  • PC 901-902 Doctoral Clinical Case Supervision I-II
  • PC 903-904 Doctoral Clinical Case Supervision III-IV

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