Duane Bidwell

Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling

Craig 216
(909) 447-2528

An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Duane Bidwell teaches, writes, and researches at the intersection of pastoral theology, spirituality, and mental health. A practitioner of vipassana (insight meditation) in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, he has a keen interest in hybrid religious/spiritual identities and in Buddhist-Christian dialogue.

Dr. Bidwell is a senior staff clinician and supervisor at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy, where he maintains a counseling and spiritual direction practice, and serves as co-director of theCenter for Sexuality, Gender and Religion. He has served on the national board of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and as co-editor of The Journal of Pastoral Theology.

He teaches theories and practices of spiritual care; chaplaincy; short-term counseling; death, dying, and bereavement; and the care and counseling of couples and families. On a rotating basis, he serves as training director at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy, where he teaches solution-focused and narrative approaches to psychotherapy.

Dr. Bidwell is a clinical Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and has served as chaplain, parish pastor, spiritual director, pastoral counselor, and director of a community AIDS agency.

Current Research

"Spiritually Fluid: Making Sense of Religious Multiplicity," a trans-disciplinary approach to understanding how people claim (or are claimed by) more than one religious and spiritual tradition at the same time.


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

Recent Publications / Achievements

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

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

Short-Term Spiritual Guidance (Augsburg Fortress, 2004)

"Deep Listening and Virtuous Friendship: Spiritual Care in the Context of Religious Multiplicity," Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies 34 (2014).

Taos Associates Grant from the Taos Institute to establish the Children's Hope Initiative, an online resource for children, parents, religious leaders, scholars, and medical professionals (2013-2014).

"Enacting the Spiritual Self: Buddhist-Christian Identity as Participatory Action," presented to the Christian Spirituality Group of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago, November 2012.