Who We Are
The Seattle School is an interdisciplinary graduate school and seminary offering immersive, holistic graduate degree programs in counseling psychology, divinity, theology, and culture. Discover your calling, and hone your craft with us.
We began as a gathering of a few passionate dreamers who imagined a new kind of theological and psychological training—embracing the human story, in its beauty and complexity.
“The prophet is not an outsider throwing rocks, nor a comfortable insider who defends the status quo; but one who lives precariously with two perspectives held tightly together in a loving and creative tension: the faithful insider and the critical outsider. ”Richard Rohr Explore our Programs
Attuning to the Heartbeat of a Hurting World
At The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, we train people to attune to the heartbeat of a hurting world, knowing that this can only happen when we are also attuned to our own heartbeats—the joy, pain, grief, and hope of what it means to be human. Our entire learning model is grounded in that conviction.
The Persistent Hope of Transformation
The Seattle School trains pastors, therapists, leaders, and artists who are attuned to both the beauty and the brokenness in their own stories and in the world around them. As we near the end of our 21st year, would you consider partnering with us to help build the bridge to our future? Learn how at theseattleschool.edu/give.
Lovers of the World
We are led by our alumni. When you give to The Seattle School, you join us in sending women and men into their communities with the capacity to change and be changed by their world.
Learning Takes Your Whole Body
We live in a complex world. Engaging the beauty, complexity, and brokenness in ourselves and in the people around us requires a new kind of education—one that is robustly Christian, deeply questioning, and profoundly human. If you are seeking to deepen your capacity to work as a therapist, pastor, artist, leader, or healer, we invite you to join us at the intersection of text, soul, and culture.
Practicing Presence with Dr. Roy Barsness
On this episode of text.soul.culture, Dr. J. Derek McNeil, Acting President and Provost, talks with Dr. Roy Barsness, Professor of Counseling Psychology, about his experience as a therapist and what has led to his development of a unique, relationally focused modality of psychodynamic therapy. When Dr. Barsness first began practicing, he was eager to try […]
It’s About More than Eating and Not Eating: The Need for an Interdisciplinary Approach to Eating Disorders
This past fall at The Seattle School, I had the privilege of teaching two disciplines close to my heart—Critical Social Theory and Interdisciplinary Methods. As part of their work in the course, students were asked to ground their learning by choosing a concrete, contemporary issue that was important to them and to which they could […]
Resilient Leaders Project Names Training Program Certificate in Resilient Service
Resilient Leaders Project, a grant-funded program within The Seattle School, has named its flagship training to Certificate in Resilient Service. The first phase of the program included a high volume of original survey and research material, including a 25-page research report. Once completed, Resilient Leaders Project expanded to provide in-person training to clergy and ministry […]
“My professors at The Seattle School are not only invested in my classroom learning, but in my becoming more fully who I am, and doing that with grace and patience. I feel called to work with people in such a way that it leads unto joy — and not cheap joy. My primary excitement is being alongside people during the impossible work of lament. ”Carrie Cates, MDiv '17
From neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, this course will address how this information can be used to enhance the practice of psychotherapy
Marriage & Family
Marriage & Family studies the imprint of the primary relational contexts of marriage and family and covers a range of marital and familial issues that bear upon the work of counseling.
Artistic Impulse explores a theology of creativity as understood through our identity as persons made in the image of God and looks at the vocational call of the artist al to create in and engage with the created order at large.
Spirit & Trauma
Spirit & Trauma explores the intersection of theology and trauma studies. Both seek out the wholeness and well-being of the human person, particularly in the wake of suffering, abuse, and trauma.