Multnomah University

David Manock

David Manock
David Manock
  • Director of MA Counseling Program
  • Associate Professor of Counseling


I received my Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. I also hold two master’s degrees: MFT and M.Div. I served as an adjunct at Azusa Pacific University and Western Oregon University teaching Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Family.  I was on the Graduate Department of Counseling faculty at George Fox University for 8 years.  I am currently serving as the Director of MAC at Multnomah University in Portland.  I am the founder and director of Northwest Institute for Integrative Counseling and Training (NWIICT) in Salem, Oregon with special focus: research on individuals, couple’s therapy, and training students, interns, therapists.

I am a licensed MFT and a registered clinical supervisor. I have a private MFT and psychotherapy practice and have constructed a new theory combining Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy (EFT) and Intersubjectivity Psychoanalysis (IS). EFT is the most researched form of couple’s therapy with an attachment, neuropsychology and gestalt base. IS is the current state of the art, fifth generation psychoanalysis focusing on two-person psychology.

I conduct research in the following areas: psychometric construction for therapy, counseling education, integrative theory construction, couple’s therapy, and psychology of transpersonal other or unconscious image of God. I regularly share my research and insights at conferences and recently conducted an eight-hour seminar for counselors and therapist, presenting my hybrid EFT & IS theory. My Ph.D. dissertation research focused on an individual’s unconscious image of God and adult attachment styles. I was ordained as a PCUSA pastor in 1975 and served as a solo pastor, associate pastor, executive pastor and a senior pastor in Washington, Oregon and California.  I am currently trying to move theoretically beyond the deconstructed Postmodern scattered self anthropology to a reflected angle image of God anthropology which is divine, dialectic and dialogical.  The latter incorporates significant aspect of relationship to transpersonal with implications for clinical work regarding religiosity and spirituality of the client.

On a personal note, I have been married to my spouse, Brenda, since 1975. I was born and raised in Japan, having been adopted at the age of 9. I am Eurasian: my biological mother is Japanese and father is American with a British ancestry. I see myself as a reserved introvert having married an Italian. We have two adult children: Jonathan, who lives in LA and works for an Internet company; and Maia, who lives in Salem and is a senior at OSU with a dual major in physics and business.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Systemic psychology
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Emotionally-focused couple's therapy
  • Neuropsychology: Brain, Mind and Relationship Paradigm
  • Image of God: an individual's unconscious picture or image of God or transpersonal other or transcendence
  • Integration of theology and psychology
  • Postmodernity
  • Attachment theory
  • Church growth
  • Biblical leadership: development and dynamic
  • Sanctification model for churches
  • Spiritual development in the context of relationality
  • Church and religious organizations as family systems
  • Mental Health work that includes transpersonal dimensions

What do you do in your free time?

My hobbies include golfing, jogging, watching foreign & Korean T.V. Soap Opera on Netflix, and riding my BMW 1200RT. I have completed two "Iron Butt" rides which require riding 1000 miles in one day; Salt Lake City to Salem and San Diego to Salem. These days, I primarily do long-distance motorcycle riding with three of my Baby Boomer boys––nice midlife crisis! So far, we have ridden throughout the West Coast including Canada. Future plans include doing a foursquare ride: Salem to L.A., L.A. to Florida, Florida to Maine, and Maine back to Salem.