At first glance, indigenous cultural traditions, postmodern therapies, and practices of spiritual care may seem to have little in common. However, drawing on his New Zealand cultural context, his training in narrative therapy and his work as a spiritual director, Dr David Crawley suggests that resonances between these areas speak to the storied and relational character of meaning and identity.
Building on these ideas, and drawing on insights from narrative therapy, Dr David Crawley will offer practical suggestions for helping people uncover stories of hope as they wrestle with the meanings and mysteries of their lives in the context of spiritual care.
David Crawley is a Senior Lecturer at Laidlaw College, New Zealand, specialising in Spiritual Formation. After an earlier career as a secondary school Mathematics teacher, David completed his BTh and MTh through the Australian College of Theology, before joining the Academic Staff. After completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of Waikato he continued with doctoral studies there, graduating in 2014 with his PhD, “Stories of Resistance to Religious Authority: A Discursive Analysis.” Alongside his teaching and research work, David is part of the leadership team at his local Anglican church, offers spiritual direction, and is engaged in the training and supervision of spiritual directors through Spiritual Growth Ministries.
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