Duane Bidwell

Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling;
Accreditation Liaison Officer
B.S., Texas Christian University
M.Div. and Ph.D, Brite Divinity School

Duane R. Bidwell is Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling at Claremont School of Theology at Willamette University, specializing in both comparative approaches to mental health and spirituality and in Buddhist-Christian studies. His expertise includes suicide intervention, spiritual direction, solution-focused therapy, and narrative therapy.

Duane has written three books and edited two, including Short-term Spiritual Guidance (Fortress Press, 2004), The Formation of Pastoral Counselors: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge, 2007), and Empowering Couples: A Narrative Approach to Spiritual Care (Fortress Press, 2013).

His two most recent projects are Spirituality, Social Constructionism, and Social Process: Essays and Reflections (WorldShare, 2016), and When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People (Beacon Press, 2018), which Library Journal named a Best Book of 2018.

CST students have given Duane teaching and mentoring awards three times since 2014. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and practitioner of vipassana (insight meditation) in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

In addition to his scholarly work, which includes peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Pastoral Theology, Buddhist-Christian Studies, and the Journal of Spirituality and Mental Health, Bidwell has been a guest on NPR, and CNN has featured his work.

Duane is a board member of the Taos Institute and the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. He has served on the board of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and as co-editor of The Journal of Pastoral Theology. 

Current Research

“‘More Normal’: Children, Hope, and Chronic Illness” advances a theology of pediatric hope grounded in the experiences of children living with end-stage renal disease.

Working group on “Educating Effective Chaplains: Building a Network and a Field” at Boston University.

Steering committee, Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Unit of the American Academy of Religion.

Education

B.S. – Texas Christian University
M.Div. – Brite Divinity School
Ph.D. – Brite Divinity School

Recent Courses
Interfaith Care and Counseling

Spiritual Care in the Context of Complex Religious Bonds

Theories and Practices of Spiritual Care

Chaplaincy in Contexts

Theology of the Cross and Spiritual Care

Buddhist-Christian Thought and Spiritual Care

Recent Publications / Achievements

“Spiritual Care, Migration, and Multiplicity: Care in the Context of Complex Religious Bonds” in Spiritual Care and Migration, Isabelle Noth and Claudia Kohli Reichenbach, eds., Pastoral and Spiritual Care across Religions and Cultures Vol. 2, pp. 47-64 (Göttingen, Germay: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019).

When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People (Boston: Beacon Press, 2018).

Spirituality, Social Construction, and Relational Processes: Essays and Reflections (Chagrin Falls, OH: WorldShare Books, 2016) (editor).

Empowering Couples: A Narrative Approach to Spiritual Care (Fortress, 2013).

The Formation of Pastoral Counselors: Opportunities and Challenges(Routledge, 2007). (Co-editor with Joretta L. Marshall)

Short-Term Spiritual Guidance (Augsburg Fortress, 2004)