Who We Are
The Seattle School is a progressive 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 […]
Lit Magazine: A Selection of Poems
“I love it when students take poetry and art and it almost begins to dance because they connect it to ideas that are happening in the classroom. Those are magical moments for me […] We’re doing all of this through transforming relationships. It’s more than just a mission statement—it’s the place where imagination happens. This […]
Entering Our 22nd Year
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.” Psalm 96:1-2 As we entered into our 22nd year as a school Dr. Derek McNeil, Acting President posed the question: What does it look like […]
“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
God & Persons
Explore the theological concept of persons, both divine and human with an eye to the reality that all theology is contextual.
Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Psychological Frameworks
From an interdisciplinary framework of theology, psychology, and biblical studies, engage issues pertaining to the diversities of one’s locatedness, experience, oppressive systems and institutionalized marginalization, and social fragmentation.
Issues of Abuse: Sexual Harm and Its Consequences
Learn about the dynamic and interpersonal consequences of sexual abuse as well as how to work therapeutically with an abuse victim.
Examine the ethos, worldview, and values of the Christian culture of the 5th-8th centuries in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and Isle of Man, and how it speaks across the centuries to the Christian communities today.