Dr. Jim Wilder is a coauthor and leading developer of the Life Model.
Since 1988, he has given over 100 conferences and professional presentations in nine countries. His teaching on trauma and addiction recovery are highly regarded by seasoned professionals.
Dr. Wilder has helped write multiple books (translated into nine different languages), several teaching sets and numerous articles. He developed the THRIVE Training program with Chris and Jen Coursey and the Connexus program with Ed Khouri.
He has been a professional and visiting guest speaker at numerous universities. He has serves as a consultant or board member for various missions and been active in training and service in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and India.
Dr. Wilder received his B.A. in psychology at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota in 1974, an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1981, and in 1982, his Ph.D in clinical psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.
Wilder was ordained in the Church of the Brethren in 1984 and became an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1994.
He is currently developing the highly specified field of study known as behavioral and neuropsychological assessment and treatment, along with in groups; inpatient, outpatient, Vietnam veterans, biofeedback, and alcoholism units.
Wilder worked with Christian counseling centers providing pastoral care from 1977 until 2011. He is currently the director of Shepherd’s House, Inc.