Welcome to the International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling website! Our site facilitates the communication of pastoral care and counselling activities around the world and connects care providers with colleagues around the world. In particular, ICPCC supports and develops the work of care and counseling with our regional and international gatherings called congresses. ICPCC exists to educate, equip, and empower individuals and institutions in the theory and practice of pastoral care and counseling. We promote intercultural and community care. We engage diverse socio-political contexts, and we place a high value on interdisciplinary and interfaith dialogue.
The International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling (ICPCC) is a membership organization that was founded in 1979. Members hail from nearly thirty countries on six continents and are pastors, chaplains, professors, and authors.
The International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling uses pastoral care and counseling to respond to current needs and situations facing people and communities in the world. We aim to enhance the scientific as well as the academic and praxis quality of the field of pastoral care and counselling.
ICPCC's mission is
To promote the reflective theory and practice of pastoral care and counselling throughout the world.
To inform, train, educate and inspire practitioners of pastoral care and counselling in various contexts in the world.
To enable practitioners of pastoral care and counselling to be resources for one another and to learn from each other's cultures, traditions and practices.
To support and to advocate for the unique and essential dimension of spirituality in the teaching and practice of pastoral care and counselling, i.e. the merging of pastoral care with the spiritual dimension of care and healing (pastoral therapy)
To develop relevant theories in the field of pastoral care and counselling and to this end to engage in interdisciplinary discourse.
To organize and assist in the organizing of conferences, consultations and meetings in various areas of the world.
To support the development of counseling centers and organizations for pastoral care and counseling in various parts of the world.
To increase interaction with other care and counselling organizations.
To enhance research as related to spiritual and religious issues, as well as to the human quest for meaningful living and human dignity within the parameters of a multi-faith approach.