Rev. Duane Bidwell, Ph.D.

Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care and Counseling
Claremont School of Theology
1325 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 447-2528

Duane is professor of practical theology, spiritual care and counseling at Claremont School of Theology in California, where he teaches, writes and researches at the intersection of social constructionism, spirituality, and pastoral theology.

He maintains a counseling and spiritual direction practice at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy, where he also serves as training director for students pursuing the MA and PhD in spiritually integrative counseling. He also co-directs the Center for Sexuality, Gender and Religion at Claremont School of Theology.

Ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA), Duane uses qualitative and social constructionist methods to understand and to respond faithfully and effectively to human experiences of joy, suffering, wonder and mystery.

Current projects include:

  • The Children’s Hope Initiative.
  • A forthcoming text on people who maintain bonds to more than one religious tradition simultaneously.
  • A forthcoming chapter on migration and religious multiplicity for the International Association for Spiritual Care.

Duane’s published books include:

  • The edited volume Spirituality, Social Construction, and Relational Process: Essays and Reflections (Chagrin Falls, OH: WorldShare, 2016).
  • Empowering Couples: A Narrative Approach to Spiritual Care (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013), which places contemporary research on resilient partnerships into conversation with the Christian desert traditions and the practices of narrative psychotherapy.
  • The Formation of Pastoral Counselors: Challenges and Opportunities (New York: Routledge, 2006), co-edited with Joretta Marshall.
  • Short-term Spiritual Guidance (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004), which explores the Christian practice of spiritual direction in light of social constructionist psychotherapies.

Duane’s teaching, research and writing are informed by the practice of vipassana (insight) meditation in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. He has a keen interest in hybrid religious/spiritual identities and Buddhist-Christian dialogue.

He is a clinical Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a Taos Institute board member, former editor of The Journal of Pastoral Theology, and has served as chaplain, parish pastor, spiritual director, pastoral counselor, and director of an interfaith community AIDS agency.