MAPCC Clinical Track

Facilitate the healing and flourishing of persons and communities


The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) Clinical Track equips you to integrate theology with psychological theories to address human suffering and facilitate the healing and flourishing of persons and communities.


Garrett partners with Northwestern University and The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC) to provide the necessary clinical courses for licensure in Illinois, with the bulk of the clinical courses being at CRPC. Students must apply and be accepted to CRPC for clinical training to complete this track.

Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago

The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC) is a not-for-profit organization in Chicago offering psychotherapy and pastoral counseling for adults and adolescents, individuals and couples, since 1965. The program assumes that religious experience can be (and often is) a vital aspect of human development and that the study of religious experience is crucial in the process of becoming a well-developed clinician.

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Degree Requirements


The MAPCC Clinical track is a 69-credit hour program.


Foundational Courses (15-credit hours)

  • Introduction to Hebrew Bible
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • History of Christian Thought and Practice 1 OR History of Christian Thought and Practice 2
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Human Relations Skills for Counselors and Chaplains


Integrative Courses (6-credit hours)

    • Integrative Seminar in Pastoral Theology
    • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)


Concentration Courses (27-credit hours)

    • Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
    • Crisis and Trauma Counseling
    • Premarital, Marital, and Family Counseling
    • Research Methods in Pastoral Counseling
    • Topics: Substance Abuse and Addiction
    • Psychopathology
    • Psychological Testing, Measurement, and Assessment*
    • Group Dynamics*
    • Lifestyle and Career Development*


*Can be taken at Northwestern University or another approved school


Clinical Courses at Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (21-credit hours)

    • Human Growth and Development
    • Counseling Theory
    • Counseling Techniques
    • Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities OR Pastoral Psychologies of Liberation
    • Social and Cultural Foundations
    • Clinical Practicum (100 hours)
    • Clinical Internship (600 hours)

Degree Options


Licensure as a Professional Counselor


The MAPCC Clinical Track fulfills the educational requirements for licensure (Licensed Professional Counselor or LPC) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Completion of the degree does not, however, guarantee fulfillment of educational requirements for licensure outside of Illinois. Students seeking licensure outside the state of Illinois should inform themselves about the curricular requirements for licensing in that state.

Feeling called to serve outside a professional counseling setting?

The MAPCC Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care track is best suited for students interested in various forms of chaplaincy or spiritual care work outside of a professional counseling setting.



Garrett offers courses in a variety of course modalities to meet a variety of scheduling needs. Course options include in-person, online, hybrid, hyflex, and more.

Our Pastoral Care and Counseling Faculty


I am delighted to join a world class faculty in a school that in many ways is synonymous with the academic discipline of Pastoral Care worldwide. I look forward to collaborating in the formation of would be pastors and academics for the needs of a multicultural church and society. I bring a decidedly intercultural voice and a teaching style that helps students question their answers to arrive at even deeper questions, and a collaborative style that ensures students learn to share their intellectual gifts and thus live of a life of service.


Rev. Dr. Esther E. Acolatse
Professor of Pastoral Theology and World Christianity

My vocation as a teacher, pastoral theologian and librarian is deeply rooted in the commitment to serve and lead others as we together try to understand the complexities of the world and engage in the caring and community building activities of the Divine.


Dr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung
Director, Styberg Library
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

As a teacher, scholar, and clinician, it is my intention to create an atmosphere of hospitality and curiosity and to encourage religious imagination in spaces of teaching and learning.


Dr. Rolf Nolasco
Rueben P. Job Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Theology

As persons of faith, a psychology based on the assumption of the central need and motivation for relational connectedness to another resonates with the biblical accounts of the partnership of Adam and Eve, the covenant of Yahweh with the people of Israel, the New Testament accounts of a redeeming relationship with the Christ, the commandment to love self and neighbor, and the necessity of the church to function as a body.


Dr. Lallene Rector
Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychotherapy

Not only am I thrilled to be working alongside such a distinguished faculty, I am also excited to teach and connect with the bold and adventurous students of the Garrett community. I hope to continue my work as an ally and advocate for greater representation of minority and underserved communities to access pastoral and spiritual care.


Rev. Dr. AHyun Lee
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Psychotherapy

Degree Outcomes


Graduates of this program will be able to:


    • Demonstrate general knowledge of:
      • Scripture
      • History and doctrine
    • Demonstrate knowledge of theological and psychological foundations of human persons and communities
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze gender, racial, economic structures that shape human beings in the practice of pastoral care and counseling
    • Demonstrate self-awareness and on-going commitments to pastoral identity formation
    • Demonstrate the capacity for critical, reflective, faithful, and creative thinking in the ministry of pastoral care and counseling

Next Steps


Students interested in the clinical track must first apply to Garrett MAPCC program and following their first semester at Garrett, they will apply to the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy’s (CRPC) program.


Please note: Acceptance into Garrett’s MAPCC program does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical program at CRPC. Each institution has its own admissions process and students are strongly encouraged to discuss their career goals with one of the pastoral care professors as they apply.


Garrett-Evangelical accepts applications from students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or from an AETH-certified Bible institute. Because our primary language of instruction is English, applicants be able to show English proficiency, as evidenced by a previous degree in English or completion of either the Duolingo or Test of English as a Foreign Language test.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. International student applications are due by March 1st.