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The American Association of Christian Therapists

Celebrating Continuous National & International Certification, License
And Education of Biblical & Christian Counselors & Therapists + 1995 - Present



Dear prospective member,


Welcome to the A.A.C.T., the American Association of Christian Therapists. The A.A.C.T. is an inclusive organization of Christian counselors and therapists at various levels of expertise. We seek to offer an opportunity for membership, commensurate to each individual’s education, training, and experience. In the way the credentialing levels have been structured, we’ve sought to maintain quality and integrity regarding qualifications, while respecting and providing for those who are in the process of obtaining skills in the field of pastoral counseling or Christian counseling and therapy.


The A.A.C.T. is a conservative but multi-disciplinary group, with a firm belief that there can be “unity in diversity” within the body of Christ, and within the Christian counseling community. This diversity is reflected in our respect for differing models of Christian counseling and therapy, and in the unique manner God has gifted each of us as ministers. Our unity is represented in our end purpose and goals. These goals include offering a means for counseling training for pastors, and theological training for Christian therapists. This will better equip us to assist clients in their desire to experience the abundant life the Lord has offered them, and to facilitate the removal of the “roadblocks” that inhibit their ability to be all that God is calling them to be.


Whether you are a member of the body of Christ seeking training for lay counseling ministry, a student, a church pastor desiring to expand your counseling skills, a pastoral counselor, or a Christian who is a state licensed therapist, the A.A.C.T. has a place for you. In addition to the credentialing process, we offer an interactive e-mail group, a membership directory for referrals, training, fellowship, and information on beginning a counseling ministry. Our ties to the Institute of Theology and Christian Therapy (I.T.C.T.) provide you the opportunity for discounted continuing education, and our relationship with the Evangelical Christian Church (E.C.C.) offers qualified individuals the opportunity for ministerial licensing or ordination for pastoral counseling.


Please take the time to peruse our web site. We welcome you to join our growing group and look forward to the opportunity to get to know you. If you have any questions, or require information regarding how membership in our program relates to the regulations of the state in which you reside, I would be happy to help you obtain that information.




Dr. Denis Francois, Senior Vice President







Scroll down the page to find all Certification and License fee levels.  Many levels have returned to pre 2013 levels.  You will also always be offered your renewal with a 20% decrease from your start-up fee.

It is recommended that all persons who seek certification or license be ordained. This follows the governments guidelines for Faith Based Counseling and Therapy.  If you have more questions about the details of a certain level please write or call the AACT.


Membership and non degreed Registration Level


This level does not require any special training, merely an interest in Christian or Pastoral Counseling.


PASTORAL OR CHRISTIAN MEMBER - (Membership Only) - $149.00


If a person has received some college credit, some special training or experience in the counseling field he/she may apply here.




(We register you in our data base - non certified level) (Circle your choice or receive “Pastoral”)


Special Trained non-degree and Bachelor’s Level Certification

AACT now offers special training for those who do not have a degree. If you take special training through several of our AACT members who teach (Call or write AACT for details), or have special training through an approved teacher, or have a Bachelor’s degree in counseling you may apply for certification at this level.


(Requires AACT approved special training or Bachelor’s Degree)


Graduate and Post Graduate Certification and License


If you hold a Master's or a Doctoral Degree we will certify you at this level. This level is for Pastor’s and Christian members who work occasionally in the counseling field but have an equal load of other ministerial duties, as well as Pastors and other Christian workers who have counseling and therapy as their main ministry.



(Circle your choices or receive “Pastoral” and “Therapist) - $169.00



(Circle your choices or receive “Pastoral” and “Therapist) - $169.00


LICENSED PROFESSIONAL (PASTORAL) (CHRISTIAN) COUNSELOR/THERAPIST (Circle your choices or receive "Pastoral" and "Therapist) - $179.00  



(Circle your choices or receive “Pastoral” and “Therapist) – $179.00



(Circle your choices or receive “Pastoral” and “Therapist) – $179.00


The AACT will grant “Diplomate” status to any graduate level License for an additional fee of only $75.00. Please read the definition of “Diplomate” on this webpage. We have added the status of "Fellow" for only $65.00.  You may also read the definition of "fellow."


Please see registration fees for Domestic Violence Certification and License, and for Christian Life coach on other pages of this website. If you have questions please call the office at 601-320-6704 or Dr. Barkman’s cell at 601.320.4171.






Click here to see information on multiple year certification and license

Several AACT members are head of their own schools of special counseling training.  If you will send your students to the AACT for certification, at least three a year, your school may become a "Certified Academic Institution."  Please check below for details.

Make Your School A Certified Academic Institution With AACT