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Certified Pastoral Counselor

Certified Pastoral Counselor
The standards for this membership category of 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

  • '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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