Dr Donald McMenamin

Donald was raised in West Auckland and studied horticulture at Lincoln and Massey Universities. He taught secondary school students for 10 years and then trained as a school guidance counsellor at Waikato University.

Donald's Ph.D. studies at Waikato University focused on new identity stories for young people facing exclusion from schools.

Donald is married to Charmaine and has four adult children. He enjoys singing in a barbershop chorus, gardening and woodwork. 

My work for the past 25 years has been shaped by narrative therapy: As a counsellor as a supervisor, and as a teacher.

I am strengthened and comforted in being able to make sense of our stories in the context of THE big story of redemption - Jesus’ ongoing care for us all. In speaking at this conference, I want to connect our work with individuals and in communities with the joy of being a part of God’s redemptive work.

Donald is an author, who has published several articles, book chapters, and a book on how nourishing identity stories can make a difference for people and their communities.

He is a Professional Teaching Fellow- Counselling @ Laidlaw College.