Triangle Pastoral Counseling is accredited as a service and training center by the Samaritan Institute, a network of pastoral counseling centers, and by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Our counselors are individually certified by professional associations appropriate to their discipline. Accreditation and certification mean that Triangle Pastoral Counseling and its counselors have met rigorous professional standards and offer quality counseling and care.
The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) represents and sets professional standards for over 3,000 Pastoral Counselors and 100 pastoral counseling centers in the United States. AAPC was founded in 1963 as an organization which certifies Pastoral Counselors, accredits pastoral counseling centers, and approves training programs. It is non-sectarian and respects the spiritual commitments and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs onto the client.
Persons become members of AAPC through a process of consultation and review of academic and clinical education which leads to competent professional ministry. For members, AAPC offers vital continuing education opportunities; encourages networks of members for professional support and enrichment; facilitates growth and innovation in the ministry of pastoral counseling; and provides both specialized in-service training and supervision in pastoral counseling.
The Samaritan Institute
The Samaritan Ministry, founded in 1972, is the international partnership of the Samaritan Institute and affiliated Samaritan Centers. With over 500 locations in 33 states and Japan, Samaritan Centers provide more that 400,000 hours of counseling, education, and consultation each year. A Samaritan Center is an interfaith, health care ministry. Samaritan Counseling Centers provide outpatient counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups; educational programs; and consultation for clergy, congregations and other professionals and organizations.
Samaritan Centers are accredited by the Samaritan Institute. To receive accreditation, a Center must meet standards in the areas of organizational structure, personnel and procedure policies, physical facilities, and professional accountability. Each Samaritan Center is accountable to a local board of directors made up of community leaders who represent supporting congregations.
The Samaritan program has been acknowledged by the American Medical Association, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, The President’s Commission on Mental Health, Center for Management Systems, and major church denominations.