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The American Association of Pastoral Counselors is the premiere membership organization for mental health professionals providing counseling that integrates spiritual resources with psychological understanding for healing and growth.


Our membership sees pastoral counseling as non-sectarian and respectful of the spiritual commitments, theological perspectives and religious traditions of those who those who seek assistance without imposing the counselor's beliefs on to the client. All of our members align themselves with the AAPC Ethical Guidelines and our Anti-Racist Multicultural Competencies.


Through its Regions, AAPC offers:

  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Networking for professional support and enrichment
  • Leadership opportunities to help the profession innovate and grow

 AAPC membership is open to all individuals who embrace its mission and desire to increase their professional capability to provide or support spiritually informed and integrated care.





Student Membership is only $25



Customized Benefits for
Institutional Members

AAPC offers educational institutions, businesses, counseling centers and other organizations that embrace and support AAPC’s mission a range of customized benefits. To learn more about the benefits of becoming an institutional member contact AAPC today at:


A Note for Members Who Joined Prior to 2017

In the years before state, provincial and other governmental licensure and certification requirements, AAPC provided the standards and credentials for many in the field of pastoral counseling. While AAPC has discontinued the certifications, AAPC members worked hard to distinguish themselves by pursuing:

  • Diplomate

  • Fellow

  • Certified Pastoral Counselor

  • Pastoral Care Specialist

While AAPC’s simplified membership, and thus its current streamlined dues structure, are no longer tied to these achievements, we invite all AAPC members who have worked hard to earn them, to continue to use these designations as a point of distinction and commitment to the profession.