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Fellow

Fellow
A Fellow fulfills the clinical requirements in one of two ways:

Fellow, Traditional Track
Standards are as follows:

  • All of the requirements for Certified Pastoral Counselor plus:
  • Completion of advanced conceptual and experiential preparation for the Body of Knowledge. This standard may be met with one professional degree in theological/spiritual discipline or mental health discipline and a second graduate degree in a related field or additional courses, as needed, to meet the requirements of the Body of Knowledge.
  • The Body of Knowledge includes the completion of 58-78 semester hours of work which may include or extend beyond the first professional degree noted above. These hours are distributed among the areas of religious foundations, core clinical theory, pastoral counseling theory, specialized technical studies, and a practicum.
  • 1,000 hours of pastoral counseling together with 125 hours of supervision (totaling 1,375 hours of pastoral counseling and 250 hours of supervision).
  • Religious body endorsement to ministry (ordained, consecrated, or equivalent as determined by the persons' religious body)
  • Active relationship to a local religious community
  • Submit an Integrated Theory of Therapy paper

Fellow, Certification/Licensure Track
Standards are as follows:

  • Hold a Master of Divinity, or a Masters or Doctoral level degree in either 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
  • Documentation of professional credentials such as state licensure/certification for Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical or Counseling Psychologists, Professional Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Psychoanalysts, Psychiatrists, and Certified Pastoral Counselors, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists and Addiction/Substance Counselors. Persons holding certification as a Clinical Member and/or Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy are also eligible.
  • Religious body endorsement to ministry (ordained, consecrated, or equivalent, as determined by the persons' religious body)
  • Active relationship to a local religious community
  • Complete Body of Knowledge
  • Submit an Integrated Theory of Therapy paper

 *NOTE:  Due to significant decrease in requests for certification and liability issues AAPC will discontinue the Certification process on June 30, 2016.  For new candidates, one must submit an application by August 31, 2015 and complete all requirements for Certification by June 30, 2016.  Going forward, all certified members will maintain one's level of certification that was achieved by or before June 30, 2016.

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