American Association of
Mission and Vision 2010 -
The mission of the American Association of
Pastoral Counselors is to bring healing, hope, and wholeness to
individuals, families, and communities by expanding and equipping
spiritually grounded and psychologically informed care, counseling,
The Association lives out its mission by serving:
- Our world
- Our profession
- Our Association
The Association is guided in its work by these core
- Integration of spirituality and psychology in all
- Holistic understandings of human life as spiritual,
biological, psychological, social and cultural.
- Excellence in practice, accountability and
- Justice and wholeness for individuals, families and
communities in life, work and relationships.
- Respect for the rich diversity of human life and
human understandings of religion and
- Intentional lifelong personal, spiritual, and
- Collaborative partnership with religious
institutions and faith communities.
- Ongoing critical analysis and revision of our
practice and our organization.
- Responsible stewardship in our use of
Vision and Plans for 2010 - 2014
I. VISION FOR SERVING THE
A. AAPC will foster healing, hope, and
wholeness among individuals, families, and communities by
encouraging excellence in the delivery of spiritually integrated
care, counseling and psychotherapy.
- Provide leadership in establishing standards
for and promoting the practice of spiritually integrated care,
counseling and psychotherapy.
- Provide leadership in establishing standards for
and promoting the development of training programs in spiritually
integrated care, counseling and
- Offer educational workshops, conferences, and other
resources that expand and deepen skills in providing spiritually
integrated care, counseling and psychotherapy.
- Demonstrate congruence between spiritually
integrated psychotherapy and various mental health
modalities in order to strengthen and expand the
availability and effectiveness of this healing
- Recognize and respect the rich diversity, needs,
patterns, and resources of the people we serve, working to ensure
that members are trained in multicultural
B. AAPC will expand the
availability of spiritually integrated care, counseling and
psycho-therapy in diverse cultural contexts, especially to those
who are uninsured and poor.
- Join with strategic partners in working to ensure
universal access to adequate mental health services for all
- Partner with the Samaritan Institute and similar
organizations to support the deployment of effective faith-based
counseling centers that deliver spiritually integrated counseling
- Seek to ensure that pastoral counselors can be
licensed as counselors and credentialed as providers of mental
health services to all people wherever
- Create, join, improve, and sustain effective
systems of care that foster wellness and bring healing to
individuals, families, and communities, giving special attention to
the inclusion of spiritually integrated care, counseling and
psychotherapy in those systems.
II. VISION FOR SERVING OUR PROFESSION
A. AAPC will increase the visibility and interpret
the value of spiritually integrated care, counseling and
psychotherapy to the general public, faith communities and
- Position AAPC as an understood, trusted, and
respected resource among the general public, faith communities,
mental-health professionals, and healthcare
- Deploy appropriate staff to market services
provided by AAPC members and optimize use of electronic
- Facilitate public access to members through
directories, websites, and other means.
- Develop publications interpreting AAPC's work for
the general public and for faith communities.
- Strengthen connections with denominations,
judicatories, and faith communities.
B. AAPC will provide and promote education and
training in spiritually integrated care, counseling and
psychotherapy for diverse populations.
- Provide and promote education and training in
spiritually integrated counseling and psychotherapy for four
- Clergy and theologically educated lay people who
wish to specialize in the ministry of pastoral
- Mental health professionals who wish to
incorporate spiritual, religious and theological perspectives into
- Leaders of faith communities who wish to
upgrade their skills in counseling and
- Workers in community health who wish to
engage faith communities as partners in health care delivery on
local and system-to-system levels.
- Provide and promote education and training in
- Seminaries and divinity
- Center-based training programs in spiritually
integrated counseling and psychotherapy;
- Degree-granting programs in pastoral
- AAPC national and regional
- Mental health training programs such as
medical schools and secular counseling programs with an interest in
- Continuing education workshops and
C. AAPC will advocate for the profession of pastoral
counseling in the public sphere through strategic alliances with
community and collaborative partners.
- Develop collaborative relationships and contracts
with managed care and wellness organizations to increase access to
spiritually integrated counseling and psychotherapy for commercial
- Work to ensure that AAPC members may be Medicaid
providers in their respective states.
- Continue relationship with the Center for Mental
Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA), to enhance AAPC's capacity to participate
in the development of models of community care, clinical service
delivery and training.
- Work with collaborative partners to enhance the
capacity of faith leaders to engage and care for individuals and
families impacted by mental health issues, serious mental illness
and substance use.
- Form working relationships with collaborative
partners to expand availability of spiritually integrated care,
counseling and psychotherapy, e.g., National Association of State
Mental Health Program Directors, National Association of County
Behavioral Health Directors, and National Association for State
Medicaid Directors, National Association of Behavioral Health
Organizations and Wellness, American College for Mental Health
Administration and Collaborative Family Healthcare
- Continue AAPC's strategic alliance with the
National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the Clergy
Education and Training Project.
D. AAPC will support the development and operation
of service and training centers for spiritually integrated care,
counseling and psychotherapy.
- Provide workshops and training in models of center
organization and governance.
- Promote collegial support for center and training
III. VISION FOR SERVING OUR ASSOCIATION
A. AAPC will recruit new members while retaining and
serving current members through active promotion of membership,
opportunities for collegial connection,growth, and leadership in
the Association, excellence in publications, and effectiveness in
- Communicate to potential members the positive
impact AAPC can have on their lives and work, including personal
and professional development, training and education,
national/state advocacy, and networking
- Communicate to individuals and training programs
representing diverse populations the benefits of affiliation with
- Give particular attention to recruiting members of
groups historically under-represented in AAPC.
- Encourage our members toward renewed and increased
commitment to joining and shaping the mission and vision of
- Continue to support and enhance collegiality among
all our members.
- Offer programs and workshops that encourage members
to share professional concerns and support each
- Promote dialogue and sharing of programs and ideas
within and among regions.
- Increase the participation and leadership of
persons of diverse cultural, faith, spiritual, and ethnic
- Employ multiple media for publications that attract
and serve members.
B. AAPC will undertake a comprehensive review and
revision of the Association name, structure, governance and
operations to ensure that it operates in an effective, just, and
- The Board of Directors, through its President, will
appoint a Task Force to review the structure, governance, and
operations of the Association on both Association and regional
levels and bring recommendations to the Board.
- The Task Force shall evaluate these aspects of the
association with regard to their effectiveness, cost-efficiency,
and role in promoting justice in our work and within the
- The Task Force shall be guided in its work by those
recommendations of the Racial Justice Task Force approved by the
BOD that pertain to structure, governance and
- The Task Force shall also evaluate the current name
of the Association and recommend changes as
- The Board of Directors will review and act upon the
recommendations of the ByLaws Revision Task
- The Board of Directors, through its President will
appoint a Task Force to review the Certification and Accreditation
standards and procedures of the Association and bring
recommendations to the Board.