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The American Association of Christian Therapists

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And Education of Biblical & Christian Counselors & Therapists + 1995 - Present




Origins of Life Coaching:

(Some of the following is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Today coaching plays an important role in Human resource development (HRD) and life help, and the field of coaching as a distinct area of study is rapidly gaining ground. Although the role of coach has changed over time, some examples of research papers on business coaching show that between the late 1930s and the late 1960s, some forms of internal coaching in organizations were already present; i.e. managers (or supervisors) also acted as coaches to their staff (cf. Zeus & Skiffington, 2002.; Grant, 2003.a; 2006.). Gorby (1937.) specified how older employees were trained to coach new employees to reduce wastage.

The evolution of this formal discipline has been influenced by and enhanced through the incorporation of pertinent maxims from other fields of study including personal development philosophies, adult education practices, elements of psychology (christian, sports, clinical, developmental, organizational, social and industrial) and other organizational or leadership principles. Since the mid 1970's, coaching has developed into a more independent discipline and has a set of training standards (Davidson & Gasiorowski, 2006). For example the Institute of Theology & Christian Therapy (ITCT) has begun to provide training and ethical standards for certified coaches. The ITCT will now train and/or certify qualified Christian and Pastoral professionals.

Today, coaching is a recognized discipline used by many professionals engaged in people development. However, as a distinct profession it is relatively new and self-regulating.  No independent supervisory board evaluates coaching programs and as with the ITCT and AACT, they are all privately owned. 

It is important for future clients to distinguish between coaches who are professionally trained and/or accredited and those who "hang their name plate" out as a coach. Professional coaching skills are transferable across the variety of areas in which a coach may be employed. Whitworth, et al (1998) stated that "the coaches experience is confined to the coaching process. The coaches job is to help clients articulate their dreams, desires and aspirations, help them clarify their mission, purpose and goals, and help them achieve that outcome" (p.5) in any area of life (i.e. personal, professional, relationship, health etc...).

Recent practices in performance coaching for non-sporting environments focus on non-directive questioning, provocation and helping clients to analyze and solve their own challenges, rather than offering advice or direction.



Life coaching

Life coaching is a practice with the aim of helping clients or members determine and achieve personal goals. Life coaches use multiple methods that will help clients with the process of setting and reaching goals. Coaching is not targeted at psychological illness and coaches are not therapists nor consultants.

Life coaching has its roots in executive coaching, which itself drew on techniques developed in management consulting and leadership training. Life coaching also draws inspiration from disciplines including Pastoral and Christian counseling, sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, mentoring and other  types of counseling.  The coach may apply mentoring, values assessment, behavior modification, behavior modeling, goal-setting and other techniques in helping their clients.

Government bodies have not found it necessary to provide a regulatory standard for life coaching, nor does any state body govern the education or training standard for the life coaching industry; the title of "coach" can be used by any service provider. Multiple coaching schools and training programs are available, allowing for many options (and sometimes causing confusion) when an individual decides to gain "certification" or a "credential" as they apply to the coaching industry. Multiple certificates and credential designations are available within the industry.[1]

Some assert that life coaching is akin to psychotherapy without restrictions, oversight or regulation. The State legislature of Colorado, after holding a hearing on such concerns, disagreed, asserting that coaching is unlike therapy because it does not focus on examining nor diagnosing the past. Instead coaching focuses on effecting change in a client's current and future behavior. Additionally, life coaching does not delve into diagnosing mental illness or dysfunction.

According to a survey of coaching clients, "sounding board" and "motivator" were the top roles selected for a coach. Clients are looking for a coach "to really listen to them and give honest feedback." The top issues in which clients seek help are marriage & family, children, time management, career and business.

Conflict coaching

Conflict coaching may be used in an organizational context, for matrimonial and other relationship matters and is one of many conflict management tools for helping people improve their conflict management skills and abilities. Like many other techniques of this nature, it is premised on the view that conflict provides an opportunity to improve relationships, to create mutually satisfactory solutions and attain other positive outcomes when differences arise between and among people.

AACT offers Certification as a Life Coach

The American Association of Christian Therapists is excited to announce that training is now offered in the field of Life Coaching.  The AACT is also offering the following certification for those seeking entrance into the field.  One may be certified at the following levels.


 Life Experience, Special Training and Bachelor’s level


_____ Certified Practitioner Life Coach (CCLC)


_____ Certified Pastoral Life Coach (CPPC)


Master’s and Doctoral Level

 _____ Certified Master Life Coach (CMLC)


____ Licensed Master Life Coach (LMLC)


____ Licensed Pastoral Life Coach (LPLC)


ALL Certified Life Coach Levels:  $159.00


All Licensed Life Coach Levels:  #169.00


– Download an application from this website or call the AACT headquarters for further information.







P.O. Box 3634, Brookhaven, MS  39603-7634, U.S.A.

Phone: 601-320-6704






When we receive your application which of the following would you like?


____ I would like to receive a telephone interview –or-

____ I prefer my Application be directly submitted to the AACT Certification Review Board.


How did you hear about us?

a.    ____ Internet search. Search engine? ___ Google ___ Yahoo ____ Other

b.   ____ Referral

c.    ____ Other _____________________


1. Full Name: (Last)__________________ (First) _____________ (Middle)_____


2. Residence Address: (No./St.) ___________________ (City) __________ (State) ______


(Zip Code) ______________ (Country) _______________________


3. Telephone: ____________________ Work: __________________

Email: ___________________________


4. City of birth _______________ Country of birth __________________


5. Date of birth __________________Social Security #_______________

Sex: ___ Male ___ Female


6. Spouse’s Name (If married) _____________Social Security # ___________

Number of Children ____


7. If accepted as a Life Coach in the AACT, will you conduct yourself according to our statement of ethics?

(See ethics statement below) MARK ONE: ___ YES or ___ NO


Do you understand that any unethical practices on your behalf may cause you to lose your membership in the AACT? MARK ONE: ___ YES ___ NO


I am looking to use Coaching ____ Internally (inside my organization) ____ Externally in a practice ____ In other areas of ministry ________________________


8. Please list the complete name and address of each educational institution you have attended. List all schools, Theological Seminaries, and Universities completed with degrees earned (if any). ENCLOSE COPIES OF ALL DIPLOMAS AND TRANSCRIPTS NOTE: Attach your information on a separate sheet of paper and identify list as the answer to #8. List all seminars, workshops, etc. you have attended or completed, and enclose a copy of any certificate you possess (Use an additional sheet if necessary and attach as answers to #8, part b).


9. List your experience in the counseling field. Include the number of years and where you have gained your experience (Use an additional sheet to answer this question and list as answer to #9).


10. When were you born again as a Christian? Please explain.


11. How long have you been involved in the field of Christian counseling? Please explain:


12. Do you feel that your skills in counseling can be used to be successful as a Christian Life Coach? Please explain:


13. Are you an ordained minister? Mark one: ___ Yes ___ No (If yes, please include a copy of your certificate


14. Why have you chosen to apply for certification / license as a Life Coach with the AACT?


15. CHARACTER REFERENCES: Please list the names, addresses, and phone numbers of Two character references who have known you for MORE THAN 3 YEARS. Special Note: Persons recommending CAN NOT be RELATED to each other or the applicant, either by birth or marriage. Place your answer on an additional page and label as #15.


16. Have you ever been dismissed from a position (secular or clerical) as a result of sexual misconduct?

____ YES ____ NO (If yes, explain on a separate sheet of paper, in detail)


17. Are you a full-time counselor? ____ Yes ____ No ( If No, what is your full-time profession?


18. Are you currently certified or licensed through: ____ Your state ____ A National Organization

____ Religious organization. If currently certified or licensed, please send a copy of certification and license along with this application.


19. Please list your experience in People Development / Workplace Coaching (including number of years):


20. Are you looking to specialize in a specific niche coaching area?


____ YES, I have completed the application in detail

____ YES, I have enclosed my membership fee of $ __________

and have checked the appropriate line to indicate the level at which I feel qualified.

____ YES, I declare all the above statements to be true


____________________________________ ADD PHOTO HERE








Life Experience, Special Training and Bachelor’s level


_____ Certified Practitioner Life Coach (CCLC)

_____ Certified Pastoral Life Coach (CPPC)


Master’s and Doctoral Level

_____ Certified Master Life Coach (CMLC)

____ Licensed Master Life Coach (LMLC)

____ Licensed Pastoral Life Coach (LPLC)


ALL Certified Life Coach Levels: $159.00

All Licensed Life Coach levels: $169.00


AACT Doctrinal Statement (Philosophy)



The Bible is our sole guide for truth and is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.

Divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings in the original

manuscripts and are therefore without error.

All Scriptures were designed for practical instruction in our everyday living.



Deity of our Lord Christ and that all Scriptures center around Him. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious atonement on the cross, bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

New birth of the believer, in the salvation of lost and sinful people through personal repentance, and in regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

Present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is able to live a godly life.

Resurrection of both the saved and the lost: of them that are saved into the resurrection

of life, of them that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, that are all united to the risen and ascended Son of God, and are members of the Church which is the Body, and bride of Christ, which began at Pentecost. Its members are constituted as such regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of earth.



SIGNATURE _____________________________________ DATE _________________________

Signature here does not mean that you agree but that you understand the statement. If you do disagree please explain on another page. If you disagree you may still be certified by the AACT.





Statement of Ethics


As a member of the American Association of Christian Therapists, I PROMISE to conduct myself at all times in an ethical manner becoming to my title. I shall not be self-serving or monopolizing, or take undue advantage of any person I choose to counsel.


I PROMISE to strive for excellence in my counseling. Whenever possible, I will continue to advance my learning and improve my counseling skills through continuing education.


I PROMISE to be fair in all my practices and with those I seek to help. When any act or practice of mine has been challenged by a counselee or the AACT, I shall endeavor to respond and help to solve the problem in a timely manner.


I PROMISE to counsel only within the boundaries of my training and experience. I will not intentionally jeopardize the well-being of any counselee by using “innovative” approaches or various psychotherapies on him/her when I am not trained properly or qualified in a specific discipline or modality. I will take the responsibility to refer a counselee to another counselor if I feel unqualified to help him/her.


I PROMISE to remember with every approach in counseling I realize that ultimately I am responsible for helping the counselee find a solution for their problem.


SIGNATURE ______________________________________________________ DATE _____________________________


NOTE: Please enclose your membership fee with this completed application.

(a). If for any reason your application for membership at a NON-CERTIFIED LEVEL is declined, you will be reimbursed.

(b). If your application for membership at a CERTIFIED LEVEL is declined, you will be personally contacted and asked to consider taking certain steps that will result in your being approved at the CERTIFIED LEVEL.

(C). Please attach a a letter or official document from a legal entity in EVERY state you have lived and worked since adulthood, concerning whether or not you have a criminal record or are currently in litigation. We are specifically inquiring about child abuse convictions. You may use our attached form and we will run the check for you.