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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.



Krista Argiropolis

C/O Charles Hicks
111 Center Street, Suite 1200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

For Immediate Release

Brian H. Childs

Brian H. Childs

The Board of Trustees at its August 1, 2017, meeting accepting the resignation of Brian H. Childs as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT) and elected George Hull to succeed him effective immediately. Childs will remain on the Board of Trustees as an active member.

Childs was the inaugural Chair of the Board of CAPPT with its founding in 2015. Hull has served on the board since its inception. Childs expressed his gratitude to the board for its work on behalf of the accreditation process for pastoral and psychotherapy training and he looks forward to continuing to make a contribution.

George Hull

George Hull

CAPPT is an independent accrediting body that performs site reviews, training program self-studies and recommends accreditation for seven-year terms. CAPPT reviews CPSP programs for accreditation and presents its results to the Executive Chapter and the Governing Chapter for affirmation of program quality. CAPPT works closely with the CPSP Accreditation Oversight Committee.

The CAPPT website

The Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT) Accreditation Site Review and Report Fee Structure

Krista Argiropolis

Beginning in December of 2016, all site reviews for the accreditation of training centers and programs are the responsibility of CAPPT. The directing of these reviews to CAPPT as an independent accrediting body was made by the Governing Council of CPSP. In fact, the first site review to be performed by CAPPT will be completed before the end of the current year and it is anticipated that there will be more than 12 reviews in the calendar year 2017.

After careful deliberation the Board of Trustees of CAPPT have initiated a fee schedule for all site reviews. The fees for an accreditation review are as follows:

  • $250.00 per diem for each person performing the site review
  • CAPPT will determine if more than one reviewer is needed based on a number of factors including size of the training program etc.
  • $250.00 for the writing and delivery of the site review report to CAPPT
  • If there are more than one site reviewer this fee will be split by the reviewers
  • All expenses for travel, room and board, parking, and other incidentals

Normally the site will arrange for housing if needed and receipts must be rendered for all expenses. Every effort will be made to arrange for the reviewers to be in as close proximity to the site being reviewed in order to keep these expenses reasonable. CAPPT will arrange the identification of the site reviewers and may consult with the AOC or the Chapter of Diplomates for this purpose. The selection of the reviewers is the responsibility of CAPPT alone

The payment of the per diem, the report fee and all expenses are the responsibility for payment by the site being reviewed. CAPPT will provide an invoice that the site reviewer(s) can use to facilitate the payment of these fees. CAPPT does not directly bill for these services. However CAPPT will not complete the accreditation process until all of these fees have been paid.

The process for accreditation is outlined in the accreditation manual found on the CPSP website, as well as the CAPPT site. The CPSP Accreditation Oversight Committee(AOC) keeps track of those programs ready for review, mentors those programs in the process of developing the self-study and then refers the application for accreditation to the Executive Chapter of CPSP. The Executive Chapter will then decide if the center is ready for the independent CAPPT review and if it is forwards the material on to CAPPT. CAPPT will then decide on who and how many site reviewers will be needed, recruit the reviewer(s) and then send a contract to both the site being reviewed and the reviewer(s) explaining both the site review process and the fees attended to that review. After the completion of the site review report that report along with the site self-study is referred to a committee of CAPPT for review and then that is sent to the entire CAPPT board for a final decision for accreditation including potential notations for remediation and completion if needed. All reviews are valid for seven (7) years. Again, refer to the CAPPT Accreditation Manual for all of the requirements for a review.

Brian H. Childs
Chair, CAPPT


Announcing the addition of Revs. Bass-Riley and Davis to the CAPPT Board of Trustees

Krista Argiropolis

News Release

Announcing the addition of Revs. Bass-Riley and Davis to the Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT) Board of Trustees

The Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT) announces the election of two new board members, Rev. Deborah Kerr Davis and Bryan Bass-Riley.

Rev. Deborah Kerr Davis

Rev. Davis serves as the Director of Field Education and Administration Faculty at  Princeton Theological Seminary. She has made significant contributions to the field of practical theology and clinical training, serving as Chaplain and Director of the Religious Ministries at the University Medical Center at Princeton for twenty years, and also serving as a nursing home and prison chaplain. She joins the board as a community member. 

Rev. Bass­-Riley is the Training Director at Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. In this role, he oversees training and supervision of graduate psychotherapy interns and postgraduate fellows and also supervises the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. In addition to these responsibilities, he carries a clinical caseload of psychotherapy clients. He is ordained by the Progressive Christian Alliance. 

"The election of the Reverends Davis and Bass-Riley to the CAPPT Board marks two significant additions to an already impressive group of educators and and program administrators," stated Brian H. Childs, Chair of the CAPPT Board of Trustees. "Ms. Davis brings years of seminary field work education at Princeton and also her work prior to going to Princeton as a hospital chaplain. Mr Bass-Riley is a seasoned supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education/Training and a well known and respected leader in the field. The programs that CAPPT review for accreditation and those they serve will be the beneficiaries of the addition of these two good people."

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 was formed under the Arkansas General Corporation Law in 2014, and is made up of nine trustees. 

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CAPPT to Implement Grandparenting Review of CPSP Accredited Training Programs

Krista Argiropolis

News Release


Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT)

To Implement Grandparenting Review of CPSP Accredited Training Programs


Brian H. Childs, Chair of the Board of Trustees of CAPPT, announced a grandparenting program for CPSP training programs accredited by CPSP prior to the founding of CAPPT as an independent accrediting agency. At its August meeting the CAPPT board came to a consensus to review all CPSP accredited programs accredited from 2011 through March of 2015. A positive review of such training programs will result in CAPPT accreditation for the remainder of the training program seven (7) year status of accreditation. Every training program must be re-evaluated according to the Accreditation Manual after a seven year term.

The CAPPT review will consist of a thorough review of a training program’s site visit report and other supporting documents. The materials will be provided to CAPPT by the CPSP Accreditation Team. The review will entail an evaluation of how the programs adhere to the letter and spirit of the standards for training and other requirements as found in the Accreditation Manual. CAPPT will not evaluate programs that do not supply all of the required documents. Currently there are ten (10) programs under grandparenting review.

Editor's Note: CAPPT Accreditation of UAMS Clinical Pastoral Education Training Program

Krista Argiropolis

The following announcement appeared on the (UAMS) website: 

"CAPPT Accreditation of UAMS Clinical Pastoral

Education Training Program

"On June 10, 2015, the Clinical Pastoral Education Training program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) was granted full accreditation by the Commission for Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT). UAMS, under the leadership of CPSP Diplomate in Supervision George Hankins-Hull, is the first College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy program to receive CAPPT accreditation. CAPPT accreditation is an acknowledgment of the strength and quality of a training program.

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