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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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  • 'USA Today: Bleak picture' for mentally ill: 80% are jobless:Please see today‚Äôs most recent coverage of mental illness in America by Liz Szabo of USA Today. Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study. +more
  • Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans and Raises Privacy Concerns:Traditionally, of course, talking to a therapist has required going to an office and talking face-to-face. But as NPR's Maanvi Singh reports, the Internet is changing that. More people - especially younger people - are going online for their mental health services.+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
  • 2014/2015 Dues - Payment Due Date June 30th:2014/2015 Dues - Payment Due Date June 30th+more

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