portrait of H. Norman Wright

H. Norman Wright

Research Professor, Talbot

  • M.R.E., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Pepperdine University
  • B.S., Westmont College

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H. Norman Wright is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and he has taught in the Graduate Department of Biola University as well as Talbot School of Theology. He was former director of the Graduate Department of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at Biola University, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology. He was in private practice for over thirty years. He now volunteers his time for grief and trauma counseling.

Dr. Wright is a graduate of Westmont College, Fuller Theological Seminary (M.R.E.), Pepperdine University (M.A.). He has received two honorary doctorates, D.D. and D.LIT, from the Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Biola University respectively.

He is the author of over eighty books—including Experiencing Grief, The New Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Recovering From the Losses of Life and Reflections of a Grieving Spouse. He conducts seminars on Parenting, Recovering from the Losses of Life, Trauma and Crisis Counseling, and Marriage Enrichment. His current focus is in grief and trauma counseling and critical incident debriefings. Part of his work is developing curriculum in loss, crisis and trauma as well as community wide Grief Recovery seminars. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist and a Certified Traumatologist. He has been an ICISF trainer for the courses, “Trauma After Grief,” and “Emotional and Spiritual Care.” He has also taught the basic debriefing course on numerous occasions. He is Board Certified in Bereavement Trauma by the National Center for Crisis Management.

He has conducted workshops and training for various Health Departments, The Victim Chaplain and Counselor Association of America, Child Abuse Social Work Departments, Hospitals and Nurses’ organizations and Medical conferences. Sudden death debriefings have been conducted at various facilities as well as Police and Fire Departments. He has traveled to New York five times since 9/11 conducting area wide Grief Recovery seminars as well as debriefings. Part of his specialty is working with parents of children or teenagers who have died or have been killed. He has also assisted in training seminars for Critical Incident Debriefings for the American Association of Christian Counselors.

He is a chaplain and counselor for The Victim Chaplain’s Association and has worked in the aftermath of Katrina in Louisiana. He also worked in the aftermath of the shooting in Colorado Springs in December 2007.


  • Academy of Bereavement
  • Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.
  • Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
  • Clinical Member of American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Clinical Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Victim Chaplain Association of America
  • American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • National Center for Crisis Management
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