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Arkansas
U.S.A.

The Commission on Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy (CAPPT) is a specialized body that accredits post-graduate training in Clinical Pastoral Education/Training (CPE/T) and Pastoral Psychotherapy training programs in the United States as well as internationally.

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About Us

The Commission on Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT) is a specialized body that accredits post-graduate training in Clinical Pastoral Education/Training (CPE/T) and Pastoral Psychotherapy training programs in the United States as well as internationally.

CAPPT Organization
The CAPPT is made up of 6-9 Trustees three of whom are professional members of post-graduate training programs and are certified as supervisors of CPE/T and/or practicing psychotherapists involved in the training of psychotherapy. The remaining members represent academicians in graduate theological education who are also practitioners in clinical fields; public members involved in healthcare policy and education or law; and those who represent religious endorsing bodies or religious denominations.

Reasons for Accreditation
Specialized accreditation of CPE/T or psychotherapy training is a public service with goals to:

  • Assure that programs continue to provide self-study and encourage development

  • Assure that programs of training are meeting the established standards as prescribed in their own accreditation manuals and that of their parent organization

Accreditation is best understood as both a status and a process. As a status it is a credential provided to the public which testifies that the program has fulfilled its promise to provide quality in training. In fulfilling the status there is a clear process leading to the act of accrediting that requires an assessment of the programs operation in compliance with established standards developed by a consensus of professional practitioners.

CAPPT works cooperatively with its parent organization the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) which establishes the standards for organizations and which provides the process information from which CAPPT makes it assessment for accreditation.  It also works cooperatively with other organizations such as COMISS, a network of ministry in specialized settings, ATS, the Association of Theological Schools, and other cognate organizations.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • For the public and consumers accreditation assures that the program has had external evaluation and meets the standards as set by the profession

  • Accreditation provides a stimulus for self-evaluation and strengthens the reputation of credibility of the program

  • Trainees will be assured that the appropriate knowledge and skills are included in the course to training necessary to enter a field of practice and that a future employer may have trust in the quality of the training and professional preparation

  • Accreditation assures that the training program is fiscally and administratively sound and can assure its stake holders of its ability to provide continued training

  • The entire profession benefits from the collaboration of accreditation which contributes to the unity of the field and the cooperative development of creative standards that improve professional preparation, training, and clinical practice

Contact Information     

CAPPT C/O Charles Hicks
111 Center St. Suite 1200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

 info@pastoralaccreditation.org

 

 

 

 

The Board of Trustees

Brian H. Childs, Ph.D., Chair
Community Professor (Bioethics)
Mercer University School Of Medicine (Savannah, GA Campus)
Diplomate Supervisor/Diplomate Psychotherapist, CPSP
(click photo for more information)


Bryan Bass-Riley, MDiv, MS, LPC, NCC
Member, Training Director at Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Professional Counselor
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William T. ("Tom") Carter, M.Div., M.A., M.S., Community Member
Retired U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel)
Retired United Methodist Church Director of Endorsement
for chaplains and pastoral counselors
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Deborah Kerr Davis, M.Div
Member, Director of Field Education and Administrative Faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary
(click photo above for more information)


Annari Griesel, Ph.D., Member
Director of Clinical Pastoral Care and Education,
JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ
Diplomate Supervisor/Diplomate Psychotherapist, CPSP
(click photo for more information)


George Hankins-Hull, Dip.Th., Th.M., Member
Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
Diplomate Supervisor, CPSP
(click photo for more information)


Robyn E. Horn, J.D., Community Member
Corporate Governance, Certified Mediator
Administrative Law, Health Law
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Charles Hicks, J.D., LL.M., 
General Council
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Miran E. Ukaegbu, PhD, 
Member
Executive Director, MiriamMissioncare
Director, Spiritual Care and CPE,
Marcus Garvey Nursing and Rehab. Pavillion, Brooklyn
Consultant, Play Attention and Neurofeedback Therapy Center, Brooklyn
(click photo for more information)