Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling

Professional Organizations

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Pastoral Counseling faculty, graduates, and students regularly participate in organizations including the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), American Psychological Association (APA) Division 36, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), National Academy Of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NACCMHC), and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC).

Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, Va. 22304
703-823-9800
http://www.cacrep.org/

National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC)
3-D Terrace Way
Greensboro, N.C. 27403
910-547-0607
http://www.nbcc.org

Maryland State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21215-2299
410-764-4732
http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/bopc/

Virginia Board of Counselors
Perimeter Center
9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Va. 23233-1463
804-367-4610
http://www.dhp.state.va.us/counseling/

District of Columbia Board of Professional Counseling
717 14th Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, D.C 20005
877-672-2174
http://hpla.doh.dc.gov

Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
P.O. Box 2649,
Harrisburg, Pa. 17105-2649
717-783-1389
http://www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/

West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling
815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212
Charleston, W.V.25301
800-520-3852
http://www.wvbec.org/

Delaware Board of Professional Counselors
861 Silver Lake Blvd # 203
Dover, Del. 19904-2467
302-744-4520
http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/profcounselors/

Joining Professional Organizations

Joining professional organizations is the beginning of identifying yourself as a professional pastoral counselor and should be considered a professional obligation. These organizations welcome student members and encourage participation in all activities. In addition, organizations have divisions, and regions or state organizations that allow students to be active at the grassroots levels.

Below is a listing of professional organizations’ addresses and phone numbers so that you are able to make contact with these groups.

American Counseling Association (ACA)
5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, Va. 22304
1-800-347-6647
http://www.counseling.org/

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
1717 K Street, N.W., Suite 407
Washington, D.C. 20006
Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care Student Handbook 110
202-452-0109
http://www.aamft.org/

American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
9508 A Lee Highway
Fairfax, Va. 22031
703-385-6967
http://www.aapc.org/

American Psychological Association (APA)
750 First Street, N.E
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
202-336-5500
http://www.apa.org/

Maryland Association for Counseling and Development
(Maryland Chapter of the ACA)
http://www.loyola.edu/macd/

Spiritual Directors International (SDI)
PO Box 3584
Bellevue, Wash. 98009-3584 
425-455-1565
http://www.sdiworld.org

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, Ga.  30033
404-320-1472
http://www.acpe.edu

Association of Professional Chaplains (APC)
1701 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 400
Schaumburg, Ill. 60173
847-240-1014
http://www.professionalchaplains.org
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
American Association of Pastoral Counselors: Professionally Integrating Psychotherapy and Spirituality
American Counseling Association: Your Passion, Your Profession. Our Purpose