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Certified Pastoral Counselor

Certified Pastoral Counselor
The standards for this membership category of time-limited certification include:

  • B.A. and a Master of Divinity or a Masters or Doctoral level degree in theological/spiritual or biblical studies, or a Masters or Doctoral level degree in Pastoral Counseling, from schools accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Religious body endorsement to ministry
  • Active relationship to a local religious community
  • Completion of a supervised self-reflective pastoral experience, the most common of which is one unit of clinical pastoral education
  • Three years in ministry
  • 375 hours of pastoral counseling together with 125 hours of supervision of that counseling with one-third of such supervision to have been with an AAPC Diplomate, an AAPC Fellow (who is under supervision of supervision), or in an AAPC approved Training Program in Pastoral Counseling

AAPC News

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