Ministering for Addiction Recovery

The course Ministering for Addiction Recovery can help you understand addiction and learn how to minister to those who are suffering from addiction or in recovery.

Takes approximately 15 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Church, Faith & Everyday Life, Ministry Leadership, and Thinking Theologically

Course Description

It can be despairing to watch someone in your care suffer from addiction. You may feel powerless and ask yourself, “Why even try?” But there is hope. Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy is a trailblazer in theologically and physiologically integrated addiction recovery support. We know the challenges Christian leaders like you face as you minister to those experiencing addiction. Under the guidance of addiction recovery experts and practitioners Dr. Miko Mechure and Dr. Christin Fort, this course offers practical information, tools, and recommendations for providing integrated addiction recovery support. By the end of this course, you will be able to articulate an understanding of the nature of addiction, identify appropriate levels of care to refer people to for treatment, and create a robust plan for a recovery ministry.

This course is the recommended sixth course in the Certificate of Emotional Health in Ministry.

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Meet Your Instructors

David C. Wang

David Wang is a licensed psychologist, pastor, editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and serves on the editorial board for the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice. In 2022, he joined Fuller’s faculty as the Cliff and Joyce Penner Chair for the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders.

His research interests include trauma and traumatic stress, spiritual formation and spiritual theology (with special interest in the experience of the spiritual desert), and various topics related to multicultural psychology, peace, and justice.

Christin J. Fort

Christin J. Fort joined Fuller’s faculty in 2022 is an assistant professor of clinical psychology and is an associate editor for the Journal of Psychology and Christianity.

Her scholarship, research, teaching, preaching, and clinical practice lie at the intersections of faith, race, emotional health and relational well-being. She is the author of a range of academic articles published in journals such as the Journal of Psychology and Theology, Pastoral Psychology, and the aforementioned Journal of Psychology and Christianity.

Maria (Miko) Mechure

Miko is a first-generation, Filipino-American, licensed clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist. She is aslo a clinical supervisor, consultant, and educator. She gradauated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles with a master’s degree in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology.

Dr. Mechure has experience working with clients over the entire lifespan and specializes in health psychology and substance abuse and addiction. Dr. Mechure is the only psychologist at Martin Luther King Community Hospital in South Los Angeles and teaches at Mount Saint Mary’s University and Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.

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