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Where Mental Health and Spirituality Come Together

Pastoral counseling is a specialized form of counseling that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Pastoral counselors are mental health professionals who possess in-depth religious and/or theological education or training. Clinical services are non-sectarian and respect the spiritual commitments, theological perspectives and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing the counselor’s beliefs on to the client.


AAPC is a membership organization open to all individuals who embrace its mission and desire to increase their professional capacity to provide spiritually informed and integrated care. Through its regions, AAPC offers vital continuing education opportunities; encourages networks for professional support and enrichment; and facilitates growth and innovation in the profession.


AAPC also offers an Institutional Membership category for organizations, businesses, counseling centers, universities and seminaries, and other groups who wish to support the ongoing work and development of pastoral counseling.


At the international level, AAPC provides a set of ethical guidelines for counselors. AAPC conducts numerous professional development events Regionally and an Association-wide professional development conference.



Our Regions Are Our Heart

AAPC has eight Regions that cover the United States of America and Canada. We also have Worldwide membership for those that live and practice outside of our core regions. It is here – at the regional level – that the bulk of our work to advance the profession takes place. Our regions regularly:

  • Offer professional development and CEU opportunities

  • Establish task forces to address regional needs and issues

  • Provide career advice and support for students across the globe

  • Provide guidance and advice to practitioners about licensing and certifications


All members who join AAPC automatically become members of their respective geographic region.