Alwin Wagener

Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Department of Psychology and Counseling

Contact Information


  • Counseling Skills and Practice
  • Fundamentals of Supervision in Counseling
  • Practicum; Internship 1
  • Appraisal of Individuals: Assessment and Measurement
  • The Professional Counselor Ethical Issues
  • Internship 2


  • Understanding and Addressing Dreams and Nightmares in Counseling
  • The Relationship of Dreams and Nightmares to Trauma
  • Using Metaphor in Counseling
  • Supervision approaches in counseling education
  • Counseling Pedagogy


  • PhD, Counseling and Counselor Education, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Western Carolina University
  • BA, Philosophy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Academic Profile

Alwin E. Wagener, Ph.D., NCC is a passionate counselor educator. He is from the mountains of Western North Carolina but relocated here in the Fall of 2019 to take the Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to joining the FDU faculty, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at UNC-Greensboro, which is also where he received his Doctoral degree in Counseling and Counselor Education. His primary research interest focuses on clients’ inner experiences, specifically their dreams and nightmares. This focus involves understanding the relationship of dreams and nightmares to trauma, as well as how counselors can work with clients’ dreams and nightmares to support psychological healing. In addition to his primary research focus, he also seeks to better understand the role and uses of metaphor in counseling along with ways to improve supervision in counselor education through creative approaches.

In the classroom, Alwin believes in the importance of bringing the individual experiences and interests of students into the room, so that engagement with course materials is better integrated into the perspectives and needs of students. Counseling requires communication skills, foundational mental health knowledge, and a high degree of self-awareness, so his classes create dynamic interactions with course materials, fostering growth in all three of those areas. Alwin finds it exciting and rewarding to watch the transformation of students from the beginning of the program to the point at which they graduate and leave to practice counseling professionally, and he deeply appreciates being a part of that process.