Nicole Dickson is passionate about narrative practices and the spiritual formation/pastoral care concerns of the local congregation. She has a desire to broaden the ways in which these practices can be used to deepen personal growth, spiritual capacity and the reconciliation of cultures, relationships and conversations in our country.
At the end of 2013 Nicole was asked by Northfield Methodist Church to oversee the development of a new training Institute – the Institute for Creative Conversation. For more than 17 years the work of Northfield’s Pastoral Care Centre has been informed by Narrative ideas and practices. The Institute for Creative Conversation explores ways to weave narrative practices and pastoral theology into a meaningful ‘Narrative of Care’, offering narrative training encounters, workshops of learning, reading groups and conversations in order to co-construct meaningful ways of being with others in our local context, cultures and communities.
The qualification that support her work are:
- MTh (Pastoral Therapy) Unisa, for which she used a pastoral narrative model for her thesis (Cum Laude)
- BA Hons (Psych) Unisa
- University of Pretoria & Coram Deo’s two-year Pastoral Narrative Training (Cum Laude)
- She has attended many workshops and conferences on narrative ideas over the past 12 years which have included learning under Kaethe Weingarten and Stephen Madigan.
- Through the Institute, she has hosted David Epston, Jeff Zimmerman & Thomas Stone Carlson in South Africa
- She is a prayer guide trained through the Jesuit Institute of South Africa and facilitates days of reflection and retreats.
- Nicole presented a paper ‘Creating a Narrative of Care for the work of pastoral communities’ at the SA Conference for Narrative Therapy in 2015.