Karenne Hills

Ph.D. Submitted for Examination – GU; MCouns, CHC; Grad Cert Couple Couns – CHC; BCouns – UNE; BNurs – GU.

Phone: 0402 135 752

Email: khills@chc.edu.au

Current Role: Lecturer

Professional History

  • Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Disability Consultant
  • Course Coordinator

Professional Interests

  • Education opportunities for atypical students
  • Counselling people with Autism,
  •  Counselling people with a disability
  • Family counselling
  • Autism – Nonverbal Autism
  • Disability Theology
  • Spirituality

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • Current: Clinical member of PACFA, CCAA and AHPRA.
  • 2015 – Current: Member of the International   Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD).

Spirituality in the Context of Nonverbal Autism

  • Disability Theology
  • Social Inclusion
  • Counselling
  • Autism
  • Learning and Teaching supports for students with a disability
  • Spirituality and the Lived Human Experience

Publications

Journal Articles

Hills, K., & Meteyard, J. (2013). Disability: A fresh approach to an old dilemma. Journal of Religion, Disability & Health, 17(1), 62-72.

Hills, K., Clapton, J., & Dorsett, P.  (2016). Towards an understanding of spirituality in the context of non-verbal autism:  A scoping review.  Journal of Disability and Religion, 20(4), 265-290.

Hills, K., Clapton, J., & Dorsett, P.  (2019).  Language and silence in the context of nonverbal autism: A theological exploration.  Practical Theology.

Hills, K., Clapton, J., & Dorsett, P. (2019).  Spirituality, silence and solitude: A feflective interpretation regarding mystery and people with nonverbal autism. Journal of the Study of Spirituality. In Press.

Book chapters

Hills, K., Andersen, K., & Davidson, S.  (2018). Personalised learning and teaching approaches to meet diverse needs: A prototype tertiary education program. In. J. Luetz, T. Dowden, and B. Norsworthy (Eds.), Reimagining Christian education – Cultivating transformative approaches.   Switzerland:  Springer.

Luetz, J., Bergsma, C., & Hills, K. (2018).  The poor just might be the educators we need for global sustainability – A manifesto for consulting the unconsulted.  In W. L. Filho, A. Consorte-McCrea et al. (Eds.), Sustainability and Humanities: linking social values, theology and spirituality towards sustainability.  World Sustainability Series.  Switzerland:  Springer.

 

Conference Presentations

Hills, K.  (2019).  Conducting collaborative research with people who are nonverbal from their own perspective: A firsthand methodological approach.   Asia Pacific Autism Conference, Singapore.

Hills, K.  (2019).  Spirituality in the context of nonverbal autism: Methodological considerations when working with people who are nonverbal.  Summer Institute for Theology & Disability conference, Holland, MI, USA.

Hills, K. (2019).  Personalised learning and teaching approaches to meet diverse needs: A prototype tertiary education program.  Inclusion: Creating Spaces of Belonging into the Future.  L’Arche Australia 40thAnniversary Conference.

Hills, K., (2018, June).  Towards a model for inclusive education in Christian higher educational institutions: A trial prototype program.  Paper presented at the Summer Institute for Theology and Disability.  Duke University, North Carolina, USA.

Luetz, J., Bergsma, C., & Hills, K.  (2017, November).  Consulting the unconsulted: Learning about spiritually-shaped sustainability from the poor.  Paper presented at Sustainability and humanities:  Linking social values, theology and spirituality towards sustainability symposium, Canterbury, UK.

Hills, K.  (2017, August).  Towards a model for inclusive education in Christian higher educational institutions: A trial prototype program.  Paper presented at ACHEA Envisaging Christian Higher Education conference, Sydney.

Hills, K.  (2017, June).  Language and silence in the context of non-verbal autism:  A theological exploration.  Paper presented at Summer Institute for Theology & Disability conference, Azusa, CA.

Hills, K.  (2016, August).  Towards a model for inclusive education in Christian Higher Educational Institutions: A prototype program.  Paper presented at Exclusion and Embrace:  Disability, Justice and Spirituality conference, Melbourne.

Hills, K.  (2016, August). Spirituality in the context of non-verbal autism.  Paper presented at 2016 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities IASSIDD 15th World Congress, Melbourne.

Hills, K.  (2016, July). Towards a model for inclusive education in Christian Higher Educational Institutions: A prototype program. Paper presented at Learning and Loves: Re-imagining Christian Education Research Symposium, Brisbane.

Hills, K.  (2016, May).  Towards an understanding of spirituality in the context of non-verbal autism. Paper presented at Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, Holland, MI, USA.

Hills, K. (2015, May). Spirituality and people with a disability in the context of human sexuality. Paper presented at Summer Institute of Theology and Disability 2015 conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Hills, K. (2014, October).Spirituality and people with disability in the context of human sexuality. Paper presented at Spirituality and Disability: Vulnerability, Dependency, and Interdependency Conference, Centre for Theology and Ministry, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Hills, K. (2014, October).Spirituality and disability [Plenary speaker]. Paper presented at ACS One Day Conference for Chaplains, School Counsellors and Pastoral Care Workers, Citipointe Christian College, Carindale, QLD, Australia.

Hills, K. (2014, October). Family considerations with a member with Autism. Workshop presented at Living, Loving, and Working with People on the Autism Spectrum Conference, Citipointe Christian College, Carindale, QLD, Australia.

Hills, K. (2014, August).Spirituality & people with a disability. Paper presented at Queensland Chaplaincy Conference, Alexandra Headland, QLD, Australia.

Hills, K. (2014, June). Sexuality, spirituality and people with a disability. Paper presented at Summer Institute Theology & Disability conference, Dallas, TX.

Hills, K. (2013, October).Parenting and sibling concerns in a family with a child on the Autism Spectrum. Workshop presented at Living, Loving, and Working with People on the Autism Spectrum Conference, Citipointe Christian College, Carindale, QLD, Australia.

Hills, K. (2013, October).Spirituality of people with a disability. Workshop presented at Living, Loving, and Working with People on the Autism Spectrum Conference, Carindale, QLD, Australia.

Hills, K. (2013, February).Personhood and disabilities. Workshop presented at Christian Counsellors Association PD, Christian Heritage College, Carindale, QLD.