In 1997 representatives of the American Association Pastoral Counselors accredited service centers in the Louisville - Southern Indiana area and other interested persons began meeting with the purpose of establishing a cooperative effort to provide an approved training program for persons seeking certification with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Pastoral counseling training in the Louisville area grew out of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education movement.
KPCC announces opportunities for professional training in Pastoral Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Supervision in the programs will provide the required hours for membership in both the American Association of Pastoral counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Also, the training may meet some of the requirements for the Marriage and Family Licensure and Pastoral Counseling Certification laws in Indiana and Kentucky.
The mission of the Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium is to provide pastoral counseling trainees an AAPC accredited training program to integrate clinical experience, theoretical understanding, theological reflections, and clinical supervision; and to engage in research for the advancement of pastoral counseling and clinical supervision.
What Is Pastoral Counseling?
Pastoral counseling has come to be known as an approach to growth and inner healing that taps into the resources of psychology and theology. This particular discipline stands alone insofar as the pastoral counselor is a committed member within their own religious tradition and theological/spiritual perspective. Pastoral counselors are required to respect the religious tradition and theological/spiritual perspectives of the counselee. Those who offer pastoral counseling to the community at large are considered to be mental health professionals, and membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors is encouraged.
Kentucky Board of Licensure for Pastoral Counselors
On July 7, 2014, Governor Steve Beshear signed into law SB 61, a bill establishing Licensed Pastoral Counselors which took effect on July 15, 2014. Senate Bill 61 was sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr of Lexington, KY and Representative Joni Jenkins of Shively, KY. The purpose of the Board of Licensed Pastoral Counselors is to administer and enforce the statutory authority and to monitor the needs of the consuming public. The board certifies all eligible candidates for entry into the profession as licensed pastoral counselors. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of . The board is a self-supporting agency and receives no General Fund tax appropriation. It is funded entirely through fees assessed for licensing its professionals.