Brenda Dew, who has taught for 15 years at LWC, has a passion
Lindsey Wilson College
professor Brenda Dew does not plan to slow
That is why a recent award made her
laugh as much as it humbled her.
Dew, an LWC professor of human
services and counseling, recently received the Lifetime Achievement
Award of the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family
"I always say that you get this award
when you are old," said Dew, who has been a member of the LWC
faculty for 15 years. "I was very honored. Besides your students,
what's better than having your colleagues say you do a good
Dew has served as past-president of
the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and she
has also held a number of other important positions in the
"She has given distinguished service
to the profession of marriage and family therapy," said Richard
Gillespie, president-elect of Tennessee Association for Marriage
and Family Therapy. "She is an educator, writer and therapist who
has played a significant role in the training of many marriage and
family therapists over time. Her service has been of the highest
caliber in advancing the good of families and the development of
Dew has a passion for teaching, but
she did not start out teaching future counselors. She began as a
grade school teacher, then after pursuing graduate degrees became
involved in counseling -- both as a college professor and as
counselor with a private practice.
Dew said she enjoys marriage and
family counseling because "you can do more with a family than a
person -- you have a system."
"If you look at the family as a
system, you are really trying to change the system," she said. "I
like seeing how the system operates."
When she teaches Lindsey Wilson
students in the college's School of Professional Counseling, Dew
said she aims to give students the skills and know-how that will
make them effective counselors.
"I try to give students techniques
that they can walk out of my classroom and use
immediately," she said.
Dew said she "loves to teach,"
especially when she has a breakthrough with a student.
"It's fun to see someone's face when
they say, 'I got it,'" she said. "College's purpose is to give you
information so that you have more possibilities in life. College is
about give you more choices and it broadens you."