AAPC Pastoral Counselors

AAPC Northwest Region


Welcome to the website of the AAPC Northwest Region of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). Membership is open to all who support the AAPC mission to bring healing, hope and wholeness to individuals, families and communities by expanding and equipping spiritually grounded and psychologically informed care, counseling and psychotherapy.

Moral injury has recently been researched with military personnel and veterans whose suffering arises not from the fear of life-threatening events but from the shame and guilt of causing harm. Moral stress was first described by healthcare professionals worried about not providing adequate care that addressed the moral stress and injury arising from the shame and fear of causing harm through not putting core values into practice, like protecting life. Negative health outcomes arise for those who do not get specific help with religious, spiritual and moral struggles.

Keynote Speaker: Carrie Doehring, Ph.D.

Carrie Doehring is Professor of Pastoral Care at Iliff School of Theology and in the joint Ph.D. program with Denver University. She directs the Masters of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care and the course provider program on military ministry. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA and licensed psychologist In Colorado and Massachusetts, as well as a Diplomate in AAPC. She is the author of 38 chapters and articles and three books. She explores how people draw upon religious faith and spirituality to cope with experiences like trauma, moral stress, and prejudice.

Approved for 6 CE by Commonwealth Education
Seminars and National Board for Certified Counselors

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Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling

AAPC is pleased to announce a new member benefit! Complimentary access to the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling is now available via the AAPC.org website. 

The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, co-published by SAGE Journals with Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc., is a peer-reviewed journal that advances theory and professional practice through scholarly and reflective literature on pastoral and spiritual care, counseling, psychotherapy, education, and research.

To access JPC&C: 

  1. Sign in to AAPC.org using your username and password
  2. Find the Membership tab on the Navigation bar
  3. Click on the JPC&C page, which will be listed at the bottom under the Membership tab 
  4. From the JPC&C page, click on the big orange button that says, “Access the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling”

Surprising Reasons that Leaders Step Up to the Plate

In 1995 Eddy Brame and Marty Crouch sat in front of Eddy’s early version of the beige compact Apple computer with the nine-inch screen, while Eddy furiously worked on completing her application for Certified Pastoral Counselor. Marty supportively looked on as he secretively hoped Eddy would speed up the process. He wanted to proceed with his mission to take her to the coast for a romantic getaway.

This would be the beginning of a commitment the couple made to contribute to the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Marty would take on the role of supportive technical assistant behind the scenes while Eddy served in leadership positions and became a Fellow in the AAPC.

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