New Hampshire Pastoral Psychotherapists Association
Resources for applicants for the New Hampshire Pastoral Psychotherapist License
I. The primary resource for the application process is the New Hampshire Mental Health Board of Practice. You can obtain information about the requirements for the license and the application process at https://www.nh.gov/mhpb/ You will also find the Board’s staff is helpful and that the Pastoral Psychotherapist representative on the Board will be willing to answer questions and be of assistance.
II. In the Rules that regulate the application process there are some equivalencies defined for certain requirements. Below you will find the equivalency requirements for a Master of Divinity degree, which are the theological body of knowledge as defined by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors as of December 31, 2015:
Area II: Pastoral Counseling Foundations (21 hours required)
This requirement is usually satisfied by the completion of a Master of Divinity degree, although courses in pastoral care and counseling must be included in the curriculum (see below). It can also be satisfied by an equivalent of 21 hours of graduate theological/pastoral study, including
ï completion of courses in
1) “Pastoral Theological Method” (#3)
2) “History of Pastoral Care and Counseling” (#4)
3) “Pastoral Diagnosis” (#5)
ï two elective courses chosen from section B, and
ï a supervisory experience of at least 25 hours integrating Areas I & II.
An important aspect of the integrative supervisory experience would be the selection of the two elective courses most conducive to the formation process of the supervisee. Further, the integrative supervisory experience would promote the supervisee’s acculturation within AAPC. The integrative supervisory experience could be conducted by an AAPC approved training program, an AAPC Diplomate, or an AAPC Fellow under approved supervision of supervision.
A. Required graduate courses:
1. Scripture (3 hours)
This course must provide an introduction to the sacred texts of the applicant’s tradition. Attention to historical foundations, cultural contexts in which texts were formed, transmission of texts, and the nature of textual authority must accompany the study of text content. (Example: An acceptable course for a Christian applicant will focus on Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament along with attention to the nature of biblical authority, canon formation and historical settings of the biblical writers.)
2. Theology and Theological Ethics (6 hours)
Courses meeting this requirement must focus on:
ï Religious reflection and how resulting interpretations are manifest in major movements, documents and institutions in historical and contemporary life of the applicant’s religious community. This course must attend to basic beliefs, doctrine, historical developments and key documents of the tradition along with the contexts in which they emerged
ï Ethical reflection based in the fundamental theological self-understanding of the applicant’s religious tradition. Study in theological ethics must examine the critical relationship between religious reflection and contemporary social, religious and personal issues
3. Pastoral Theological Method
This course introduces students to various theological methods that are useful in the integrative discipline of pastoral counseling. Students will explore the historical and theological foundations for the ministry of pastoral counseling, its grounding in congregational and specialized ministry, and its critical relationship to behavioral and other sciences. The course will frame the approach to methodological issues historically, allowing students to locate various methods in relating to the long history of this discipline including contemporary and intercultural contexts. Methods for critical reflection and decision-making will be presented and implemented through case studies and examination of problems and procedures in counseling.
4. History of Pastoral Care and Counseling
This course prepares pastoral counselors to understand his/her contemporary ministry cast within the rich tradition of religious care of the whole person. Content of the course must include
ï The history of care of the soul within the applicant’s specific tradition
ï Study of religious care in the broader context of other historical religious traditions
ï Specific study of the pastoral counseling movement as it emerged in the 20th century
ï Attention to globalization and the pastoral counseling movement.
5. Pastoral Diagnosis
Courses meeting this requirement will interface contemporary practices in diagnosing and treating emotional disorders with theological/spiritual resources for assessment in religious contexts. The course must relate current psychiatric and systemic diagnostic categories and their differential treatment strategies to religious understandings of the human person, functional theological norms, and pastoral roles and tasks. Case studies and other practical diagnostic exercises must frame the content of the course.
6. Basic Pastoral Care
This course surveys basic pastoral responses to care of the human person through the life-course and situational crises. The course must provide a beginning understanding of human emotional and physiological processes in grief, trauma, crisis and developmental transition, and draw both from contemporary and historic models of care to develop a basic frame for pastoral response in these crises and transitions.
B. Elective courses: Minimum of six (6) semester hours from the following:
1. History of One’s Faith Group
This course must include in-depth exploration of the applicant’s own faith group. Content of the course must focus on historical development of the religious group in cultural context, its self-definition through doctrine, institutional development, guidelines for religious life, and relationships with other faiths, denominations, and/or communities of belief. Such courses may also provide instruction in polity and liturgy.
1. World Religions or Comparative Religions
These courses will provide explicit study of the development, history and contemporary expression of religious thought and practice across cultures. Such courses must provide a foundation for understanding one’s own religious tradition within both a global and local context, and may do so from a variety of sociological and anthropological perspectives.
2. Spirituality and Spiritual Formation
The objectives of this introductory course are to help students (re)discover the sources of their own spirituality, to acquaint them with a variety of spiritual resources from other religious traditions–mainly the traditions of Buddhist mindfulness practice and Christian contemplative prayer, to help them experience the relational and communal nature of spirituality, and to help them acquire an appreciation for the vital connection between spirituality and pastoral counseling.
4. Pastoral Theology
This course introduces students to pastoral theology as a practical theological discipline which attends to both theological and theoretical foundations for the practice of pastoral care and counseling in faith communities, clinical, and broader societal contexts and to the critical construction of theological understanding through attention to lived experiences in such contexts. Courses may vary in theoretical and theological approaches and contexts considered, but must provide:
ï Skills for correlating theological and theoretical approaches
ï Skills for becoming fluent in theological reflection on acts of care.
5. Faith Development
This course correlates developmental psychological theory with practical and pastoral theology to understand the nature of faith, as defined in a variety of contexts and communities, and methodologies for understanding how faith arises and develops across the human life span and in particular contexts. Students will study the contributions of key contemporary developmental theorists and practical and pastoral theologians whose work and research inform this subject. Consideration will be given to how “Christian” this approach is, and how broadly valid this theory and research are outside of North American Judeo-Christian contexts. Alternative approaches to understanding faith development, such as A. M. Rizzuto's "Birth of a Living God," will also be considered. Theological approaches such as Feminist/Liberation understandings of faith and those from racial/ethnic under-represented communities will also be included.
A. Theology of Psychotherapy
This course introduces students to different ways of understanding and constructing theology in relation to psychology and psychotherapy. While theological and psychological sources may vary, the course will include:
a. Historical review of various ways theology, psychology and psychotherapy have been related
b. Various approaches to psychotherapy in which theological claims are explicitly made
c. Implications of using different theological sources such as systematic, biblical, practical
d. Implications of using authoritative sources from varying faith communities such as Christian, Jewish, Muslim
e. Methodological concerns especially in relation to issues of authority and the integrity of each discipline.
B. Psychology of Religion
This course focuses on psychological studies of religious matters and seeks to acquaint students with some of the fundamental substantive and methodological questions and problems in the study of religion. While diverse sources may be used, the course will include:
Identifying similarities and differences between religion, religious studies, and theology
Area III. Below you will find the equivalency requirements for a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as defined by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors as of December 31, 2015:
Pastoral Care Practicum – Complete a formal supervised in-depth, rigorously self-reflective and cognitively sound pastoral experience within a peer group context, the most common of which is at least one unit (a quarter) of Clinical Pastoral Education; or document completion of consultation standards for Pastoral Care Specialist. (See pages 9 – 10, section II)
λ Provide documentation of completion of the Pastoral Care Practicum or completion of Pastoral Care Specialist training/consultation. This documentation may be the final evaluation or a certificate of completion.
λ Provide a signed letter from a Pastoral Care Specialist Program or an ACPE/CPSP Supervisor that your experience meets the requirement.