Personal Transformation Through Story
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology honors the stories that have shaped each of us. Every person has a story that is unique, significant and deserving to be heard and known. We believe that who we are is essential to the work we are called to do. Embedded within our curriculum and culture is a spirit of exploration and a desire for each of our students to know their own story – for the sake of redemption in these stories and transformation in the stories of others. The Seattle School invites students, both in group practicum contexts and in reflective coursework, to embrace the philosophy that they can only take another as far as they are willing to go for themselves.
Our Trinitarian & Missional Foundation
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is an institution that believes God is a God of relationship. We understand that the Triune God is made manifest in our daily lives as we live into the sacredness of human relationships. Our programs are designed in a way that reflects God’s communal way of being. Grounding our community in the sacredness of the immediate human relationship, conversation and discourse steer the learning process at The Seattle School. In leadership, ministry, and therapy, we believe that transformation is rooted in the authenticity and care of the relationships developed with neighbors, parishioners, and clients. We have crafted an unprecedented learning experience that embodies this relational mission in every aspect of our curriculum: coursework, vocational discernment, and practical experience.
A Cohort Model
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology values an educational model where students journey alongside one another. Students matriculate each fall as a single cohort engaging the Common Core—foundational courses intersecting faith, hope, love, interpersonal foundations, and relational hermeneutics. Our dialogical classroom environment is supported by small groups that provide the space for students from all our degree programs to dig deeper as they engage in discourse across their various disciplines.
The Integration of Theology, Psychology, & Culture
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology’s mission is built upon a deep belief in a relational God who artfully created humanity in the image of God for community with God and one another. Our understanding of God and humanity are an integral part of how we relate to others. Our understanding of humanity—its beauty and its brokenness—affects how we engage each other and how we see God and the Church. Our understanding of God impacts how we hope for ourselves and for others and how we ﬁght for redemption in brokenness. We are equipping students to care well for others – in mind, body, and spirit. Theology and psychology are studied alongside one another to foster a greater sense of integration within students’ own souls, their vocational practice, and their relational life.
A Variety of Practice
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology believes that our commitment to text, soul, and culture invites people with varying approaches to ministry, therapy, and cultural engagement into dialogue with one another. Our counseling faculty comes from diverse educational and professional backgrounds and integrates their knowledge of a wide variety of therapeutic models into their teaching and training curriculum to allow our students to be well prepared for the varied nature of therapeutic practice. Our theological faculty comes from a variety of church traditions yet share a common vision for training students to listen and care for one another in order to serve the Body of Christ. Faculty and students at The Seattle School come from many different backgrounds, allowing the opportunity to learn from one another, see the beauty of diverse approaches, and create a collaborative and innovative environment.
Practical Experience as Education
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology intentionally cultivates an educational experience that provides students with a hands-on practical education. We believe that learning is fostered by felt experience alongside skill and knowledge building. We are committed to hiring faculty who are educators and practitioners and who value lifelong learning in order to create a rich and dynamic classroom experience. Students participate in practicum courses that facilitate their growth as practitioners through small group interaction, interpersonal development, and supervised practice counseling and leadership opportunities with faculty and facilitator feedback. This emphasis on practical experience found in practicum, classroom training, and internship ﬁeld experience provides students with a holistic learning environment. Students hone their interpersonal awareness, emotional intelligence, and the skills necessary to make use of the their knowledge in therapeutic, pastoral, and cultural contexts. Our emphasis on the integration of knowing, being, and doing empowers our alumni to step into their vocation with the tools, experience, and self awareness to be provocateurs of change in the world.