“I have had the privilege of knowing several people who have had children with severe disabilities. I say privilege because it is indeed a privilege to watch the work of God through a parent loving a child with special needs. It is also a privilege to watch the work of God in that person, and what happens in the heart of someone who cares long-term for children whose lives are not like the lives of those around them. Please join me and Darby Strickland as we talk today about parenting children with special needs and how you can help.” Host, Alasdair Groves
Additional Resource: “Help for the caregiver: Facing the challenges with understanding and strength” by Mike Emlet
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Alasdair is the Executive Director of CCEF, as well as a faculty member and counselor. He has served at CCEF since 2009. He holds a master of divinity with an emphasis in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Alasdair cofounded CCEF New England, where he served as director for ten years. He also served as the director of CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling for three years. He is the host of CCEF’s podcast, Where Life & Scripture Meet, and is the coauthor of Untangling Emotions (Crossway, 2019).
Darby is a faculty member and counselor at CCEF, where she has served since 2003. She has a master of divinity with a counseling emphasis from Westminster Theological Seminary. Darby brings particular passion and expertise in helping the vulnerable and oppressed, especially women in abusive marriages. She has contributed to Church Cares and the PCA Domestic Abuse & Sex Assault church training materials. She has counseled in a missionary church setting and has also held leadership roles in women’s ministry. She is the author of Is it Abuse? (P&R, 2020), has written a handful of minibooks, and has contributed to several other books.