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Q1. How do I Log In to the Member Center?

A1. To Log In, click directly on the words, LOG IN, at the top of the website.

Scroll to the bottom and you will see the username and password fields.  Your username is usually the email address that we have on file for you. If you have not set up your permanent password, and/or do not know your password, click on the words, Reset Password.  This will generate a temporary password  that will be e-mailed to the address we have on file.  Alternatively you may call (703-385-6967) or email (info@aapc.org) us at the office and we will get back to you.

Once you receive the new password, enter it in the password field and click Log In. 

The next screen you see will be one where you can choose to reset your password, pay your dues, or update your contact information.  If any of these are what you want to do, go ahead and click on it.  Otherwise you may wish to check out the member center on the right side of the screen.

Any time you are having a problem with your login, please feel free to call or email us at info@aapc.org, 703 385-6967.

Q2. What is the difference between Certification and Licensing?

A2. Credentialing is a systematic approach to the collection of and verification of an applicant's professional qualifications, and we have different membership categories to reflect the different training and experience of our members. AAPC no longer certifies the credentials of our members. The states provide licensure. It is the right and privilege of each state to determine what professions and categories they want to license. Some states license Pastoral Counselors, others require a counseling license of a different title. It is totally under each state's control and each state has different requirements/laws. For information on state requirements go to Membership scroll to Licensing.

Q3. What are the benefits of membership?

A3. Membership in AAPC is open to all who support AAPC's mission to bring healing, hope, and wholeness to individuals, families, and communities. The primary benefit of membership is to be a formal participant in the dialogue on the integration of spirituality and one's professional practice.

Other benefits include: 

      On-line publications

      Continuing education credits

      Discounted liability insurance thru American Professional agency 

      Collegiality and networking opportunities

      Annual association and regional conferences

      Discounted on-line advertising

      Brochures and pamphlets

      Members-only web site

      Referrals (Certified Members only)

      Receive announcements for opportunities to join webinars, attend workshops offering Continuing Education Credits, and available grants

Q4. Who needs to read the Code of Ethics?

A4. Members need to read it and agree to abide by the code by signing the application and the yearly dues statement.

Q5. Who needs to send in official transcripts?

A5. Applicants for certified categories of membership needed official transcripts sent directly to AAPC from their university; However, AAPC no longer certifies the credentials of our members. Students need only send proof they are currently enrolled and no transcripts are needed. 

Q6. Can Chaplains be members of AAPC?

A6. AAPC  does not train or certify chaplains and no longer certifies pastoral counselors.  However,

Chaplains may become members.  Please refer to the membership manual.

Q7. What types of training are needed for different categories of membership and where can I go for that training?

A7. Training programs for Pastoral Care Specialist are found under the Education Tab on our website, under Pastoral Care Specialist Training Programs.  We have a limited number of approved programs. 

For other programs, you may check with The Association of Theological Schools, www.ats.edu  or gradschools.com.  

There is some online training available under www.oates.org,  www.olcmoodle.oates.org/ or www.chea.org.

Q8. What are my options for supervision?

A8. AAPC certified pastoral counselors had been required to have two hours of supervision monthly, one hour for every 8 to 12 hours of counseling. Supervision was provided by an AAPC Diplomate, AAPC Fellow (under supervision of a Diplomate) and /or an approved member of another mental health discipline with equivalent credentials, training, and supervisory status. AAPC no longer certifies the credentials of our members.

 Q9. Why did AAPC require so many hours of supervision?

A9. The rules were set up so that applicants had a range of experience with three supervisors. AAPC no longer certifies the credentials of our members.

Q10. What is required in the Religious Endorsement letter?

A10. The Members, Pastoral Care Specialists, and Student Members categories do not require a letter or an endorsement.

Q11. What is the body of knowledge?

A11. The Body of Knowledge required for AAPC certified membership includes clinical theory and theological education. AAPC no longer certifies the credentials of our members.

Q12. What are cognate groups?

A12. There are 5 specific related cognate groups, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Association of Professional Chaplains, Canadian Association of Spiritual Care, national Association of Catholic Chaplains, and National Association of Jewish Chaplains.

Q13. Does AAPC require CE/Continuing Education Credits?

A13. All Certified members are required to participate in responsible programs of professional education and development.   We require 8 hours of CE's for our certified members to keep current.  This may consist of classes, retreats, and/or workshops.  There is no requirement for specific approved courses - just what benefits each member in his/her ministry/practice.  The requirement is listed on page 2 of the dues statement that members receive and are required to sign.  By signing, they attest that they are in compliance with AAPC guidelines.

Student members are required to be enrolled in an AAPC approved training program, a seminary or an academic program - undergraduate or graduate.

Q14. How do you provide the NBCC Certification?

A14. AAPC Centers and Regions may request NBCC credits.  They must fill out the request form, including the vita of the presenter and the content of the workshop, which they will need to send to the association office.  Once approved, they receive further instructions regarding the evaluation sheet and the attendance sheet, which they will need to forward to the association office.  The association office will mail the certificates to the attendees.

Q15. What are the requirements for Retired and Inactive status?

A15. Retirement and inactive status is different from resigning.

Retired status: Members need to meet 1 of 3 criteria.

Be over age 65.

Be over age 55 and a member for 10 years.

Be retired based on medical issues.

Retired members can do an average of 10 paid hours of counseling or teaching a week and they retain voting and office-holding rights.  Dues are $100 a year.  They need to complete the Request Form in order to have this approved.  Retirees can return to active status by completing the same form.

Inactive status:  Members must meet the criteria and complete a request form.  Dues are $100 a year.  Inactive members do not practice, teach, or supervise and they do not retain voting or office-holding rights..  After 3 years, request for inactive status needs to be renewed.

Q16. Do I need to be a member to attend the conference?

A16. You do not have to be a member to attend the conferences.

Q17. What is Accreditation?

A17. The Accreditation process for institutional members that are Service Centers assesses the quality of an institution's programs in certain fields to determine if standards are met. If standards are met accredited status is granted. The institutional members that are Training Centers go through an Approval process that is similar to the Accreditation process for Service Centers.

Q18. What are the categories of membership?

A18. For detailed information on each membership category, please refer to the membership manual and the applications that are on our website.


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