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Minister -- This term refers to a person who has been authorized by a religious endorsing body through ordination, consecration or equivalent means (as determined by the person's religious endorsing body and attested by the appropriate office of the person's religious endorsing body) to exercise specific religious leadership and service within and on behalf of the religious endorsing body which furthers its purpose and mission and which is supported by a covenant with a local religious body which will oversee his/her work in ministry.

Pastoral Counselor -- This term refers to a person who practices pastoral counseling at an advanced level which integrates religious resources with insights from the behavioral sciences.

Pastoral Counseling -- This term refers to a process in which a pastoral counselor utilizes insights and principles derived from the disciplines of theology and the behavioral sciences in working with individuals, couples, families, groups and social systems toward the achievement of wholeness and health.

AAPC News

  • 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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