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 […]
A Lament: Processing Amidst a Pandemic
“The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. Oh wall of the Daughter of Zion, let your tears flow like a river day and night….pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.” ~Lamentations 2:18-19 These words of the prophet Jeremiah situate themselves in a devastating part of Judah’s history—the […]
Spring Term Moves Online at The Seattle School
Online classes for Spring Term began this past Monday for 230 graduate students at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. The decision to move online for the entirety of the term came as a result of Washington’s state-wide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” policy and the school’s Covid-19 Planning Team. Faculty had already begun teaching […]
“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
Love in Public
Explore the use of the Bible in relation to contemporary social issues, including: racism; poverty; sexism; gender violence; and sexual orientation in light of a Christocentric Theological Anthropology.
Human Sexuality asks questions about the nature of biological sexuality, sexual preference, sexual identity, and desire, and seeks to explore multiple perspectives to attempt to understand such questions from scientific research, developmental theory, cultural influences, and relational experience.
C.S. Lewis: Theological Perspectives for Spiritual Formation
Examine the literary legacy of one the twentieth century's foremost Christian authors, and explore his perspectives on God, humanity, nature, love, heaven, hell, prayer, pain and suffering, and ethics.
Toward a Spirituality of Contextual Listening Amidst COVID19
Prayerfully discern, with other people of faith, how faithful presence might look within the particularity of your unique context, and develop a practical spirituality for following Christ by loving God through loving your neighbor amidst COVID19.