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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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  • Rev. Clinton D. McNair retires:Rev. Clinton D. McNair, Ph.D., retires from Seattle University School of Theology & Ministry+more
  • 2 Websites on Community Behavioral Health:MentalHealth.gov is an online “library” for people looking for information about mental health. (SAMHSA) will soon release a Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health to support communities interested in holding discussions about mental health using consistent information and approaches. +more
  • Fulfilling the Behavioral Health Care Agenda:Fulfilling the Behavioral Health Care Agenda+more
  • AAPC Best Practices for Electronic Media:The Judicial Ethics Panel of AAPC has developed this set of "Best Practices for AAPC Members in Relation to Electronic Communication." +more

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