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American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) is a membership and certification organization whose mission is to provide spiritually informed and integrated counseling, collaborative community based  services, training and education in order to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities. AAPC, founded in 1963, represents and sets professional practice standards for over 2000 Pastoral Counselors and 75 Pastoral Counseling Centers.

Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Certified pastoral counselors  are licensed mental health professionals who have also had in-depth religious and/or theological education or training. Clinical Services are non-sectarian and respect the spiritual commitments, theological perspectives and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs onto the client.

Membership in AAPC is open to individuals who embrace its mission and desire to increase their professional capacity to provide spiritually informed and integrated care. For those who wish to be certified one can go to the Membership Manual to view descriptions of the categories of certification and the related requirements. For members, AAPC offers vital continuing education opportunities; encourages networks for professional support and enrichment; facilitates growth and innovation in the profession; and provides both specialized in-service training and supervision in pastoral counseling.

 

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  • SE Region Holds Event for Emerging Professionals & Scholars in Nashville & Charlotte:Theological students, counseling students, and those new to the counseling profession often have interest in dealing with the spiritual components of the issues with which they are presented in pastoral care and counseling situations. AAPC is in unique position to assist these “Emerging Professionals and Scholars” with spiritually integrative aspects of care. To help introduce the unique concepts of Pastoral Counseling to these emerging professionals, the Southeast Region of AAPC partnered with +more
  • In Rural States 'Pastoral Counselors' Help Fill Mental Health Gap:Mental health therapists most often leave issues of faith outside their office doors, even for patients who are religious. But one class of counselors believes a nonsectarian model doesn’t serve everyone equally well.+more
  • NAJC Changed Name to Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains:NAJC Changed Name to Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains+more
  • New Researh in Integrated Care:Being at the forefront of one of the most promising approaches to care, it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest research. Providing quality integrated care involves understanding the newest information and trends regarding co-occurring physical and behavioral health conditions and models of integrated care, +more

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