Mission

The International Council on Pastoral Care and Counselling is an organization of women and men desiring to respond to current needs and situations faced by people and communities in the world, through pastoral care and counselling. ICPCC exists for education, equipment and empowerment of persons and groups in the theory and practice of pastoral care and counselling. The aim is to enhance the scientific as well as the academic and praxis quality of the field of pastoral care and counselling. The intention is to promote intercultural and community care; to be engaged in interdisciplinary and interfaith networking within diverse socio-political contexts.

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 counselling centres and organizations for pastoral care and counselling 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.