Sessional Instructor of Psychology
Office
Stanley Nelson Centre
Phone
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3236

Department(s) or Program(s)

Biography

Todd Dutka completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology (minor in Biblical Studies) and master's degree in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. His teaching experience has been primarily in Canada, though he has the opportunity to speak all over the United States and in New Zealand. As an instructor, he has taught at TWU since January 2009. Todd has created introductory and upper levels psychology courses for both the classroom and online settings. He has taught 10 different courses at TWU, nine in psychology and a Foundations course.

Todd is a published relationship and career researcher and has worked on a number of research projects: one project was presented at both the Western Psychological Association annual conference and at the American Psychological Association annual conference. In his most recent research endeavor, he worked as part of a team that looked at the differences in effectiveness of a few different therapeutic treatments ability to reduce public speaking anxiety. Todd also has a private counselling practice that focuses on removing or reducing the impact of traumatic incidents. His specializations include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Observed Experiential Integration (OEI). He also uses verbal and non-verbal therapeutic techniques to access and remove limiting emotional and cognitive material that are resistant to solely verbal and/or behavioral instruction.

A neat fact about Todd is that he has had the privilege and pleasure of traveling around the world.

Research & Scholarship

Education

  • M.A. in Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University (2007)

Thesis topic: Effects of conflict styles and functioning in romantic relationships on adult career-related decision-making

  • BA in Psychology (minor in Biblical Studies), with honours, Trinity Western University (2001)

Psychology Club member and Mentor Program participant

Awards & Honors

2013 Davis Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee

Academic All-Canadian Honour Roll Award, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), as member of Men’s Varsity Soccer Team, Trinity Western University, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 seasons

Deans List, Trinity Western University, 2000, 2001

Affiliations & Memberships

Member, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Member, Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation

Member, American Scientific Affiliation

Member, BioLogos Foundation

Member, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Expertise

  • Trauma specialist
    • Psychoneurobiolgical systems
    • Psychosomatic complaints
    • Developmental concerns
    • Personality challenges
    • Career issues
    • Mood disorders
    • Stress reduction and optimal performance
  • Published career and relationship researcher.

Courses Taught

  • FNDN 102 Human Flourishing
  • PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC 106 Introduction to Psychology II
  • PSYC 215 Lifespan Development
  • PSYC 301 Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 320 Tests and Measurements
  • PSYC 331 Theories of Counselling
  • BIOL/PSYC 350/354 Brain and Behaviour
  • PSYC 431 Introduction to Career Counselling and Development
  • PSYC 440 Psychology of Religion