Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry announces the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling has been newly revised to better and more broadly train contextual, holistic, and integrated therapists. The Master of Arts in Relationship and Pastoral Therapy will provide educational and supervised clinical training for students to become licensed therapists. Students will be become familiar with various therapy perspectives, gaining skills for healing and empowering families, couples, and individuals on emotional, spiritual, and systems levels. Attention and sensitivity to the clients' own faith and spiritual traditions will be honored in this therapeutic work as the clients' request.The Master of Arts in Relationship and Pastoral Therapy program is designed on the standards from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The degree is intended to meet the educational requirements for Washington State Associate Marriage and Family Therapist License (LMFT), and certification as a pastoral counselor by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).
One of our frequently asked questions is in regards to the term “pastoral counseling” or “pastoral therapy”. Do these terms imply inclusivity? Is this religiously affiliated therapy (i.e. teaching others from one faith perspective?) or does this therapy help encourage the client to explore their own belief systems? Clinton McNair, Ph.D. addresses those questions in his faculty interview video here:
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