Other Professional Pastoral/Spiritual Care Organizations
The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) represents and sets professional standards for over 3,000 Pastoral Counselors and 100 pastoral counseling centers in North America and around the world. AAPC was founded in 1963 as an organization which certifies Pastoral Counselors, accredits pastoral counseling centers, and approves training programs. It is non-sectarian and respects the spiritual commitments and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs onto the client.
With commitment to interfaith ministry and the professional practice of chaplaincy care, the Association of Professional Chaplains serves chaplains in all types of health and human service settings. Our more than 4,000 member chaplains and affiliates are involved in chaplaincy care of all persons, respecting their diverse cultures and beliefs. As a national, not-for-profit professional association, APC advocates for quality chaplaincy care of all persons in health care facilities, correctional institutions, long term care units, rehabilitation centers, hospice, the military and other specialized settings.
The International Council came into existence in 1979 at the first International Congress of reflective practitioners of Pastoral Care and Counselling held in Edinburgh, Scotland. There had been gatherings from as early as 1972 of various European and American practitioners but Edinburgh 1979, where over four hundred people from all the continents gathered, was a watershed for Pastoral Care and counselling akin to the ecumenical mission and church meetings of 1910 and 1937.
ICPCC represents a truly international, ecumenical and proactive movement of women and men desiring to respond to current needs and situations faced by real life people in the world through the skills and mediations of pastoral care and counselling.
The Council serves as a 'web-like' network of people to
- help promote the reflective practice of Pastoral Care and Counselling throughout the world
- inform, educate and inspire practitioners of Pastoral Care and Counselling in every place
- enable practitioners to be in touch with each other and to learn from good practice wherever it occurs.
- to oversee the running of "International Congresses" every four years.
The Society for Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counselling (SIPCC) is a community of counsellors, pastors, supervisors, teachers, scholars, s and other pastoral caregivers committed to enrich the field of pastoral studies and pastoral practices. The purpose of the Society is to equip persons for pastoral care and counselling in the midst of diverse cultural contexts. Coming from a Christian background SIPCC engages in dialogue with other faiths and religions aiming at justice, peace and the integrity of creation. International Seminars on Pastoral Care and Counselling started in 1986, from which roots SIPCC was founded as a registered tax free association in 1995 to provide a forum for the voices of women and men from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds in order to foster intercultural understanding of issues related to contemporary ways of doing pastoral care and counselling in practice and theory. Members come from many different countries, religious backgrounds and cultures. Membership is open to all persons and institutions sharing similar concerns and goals.
- further the understanding of pastoral theology as a theological discipline and to clarify the nature of the discipline;
- maintain a view of pastoral theology as a constructive theology that emerges from the exercise of caring relationships , with attention both to present lived experience and to knowledge derived from the past.;
- provide an intentional forum for the voices of diverse persons, women and men, of many cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
- foster multi-cultural understandings of issues in the discipline;
- promote and encourage multi-discipline and multi-cultural research in the field of pastoral theology;
- provide resources for those who teach and those who study, through recording current research and assessing the relevant literature;
- provide for the construction of sound theological principles for guidance and critique of practices of pastoral and spiritual care; and
- work creatively, through synthesis and construction, to define th frontiers and parameters of the discipline.
A journal that seeks to understand, expand, and promote the theory learning and reflection in the practice of supervision and formation in various ministries from pluralistic multi-faith perspectives.