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.
Theology & Trauma with Dr. Chelle Stearns
In this episode of the text.soul.culture podcast, Dr. J. Derek McNeil, President and Provost, sits down to talk with Dr. Chelle Stearns, Associate Professor of Theology, about her ongoing work and research at the intersection of trauma and theology. Dr. Stearns is a deeply thoughtful, compassionate scholar who often thinks outside of disciplinary boxes and […]
An Interview with Psychotherapist Matt Inman on Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy
Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) is a post-graduate certificate program developed by Dr. Roy Barsness, Professor of Counseling Psychology, that “deepens a psychotherapist’s capacity to work directly within the therapeutic [relationship] as the primary instrument towards change.” Matt Inman is a psychotherapist in private practice and a second-year student of the RFPT program. In an […]
Update on Learning at The Seattle School Post-Pandemic
In the wake of the pandemic and the growing concern for the health and safety of our learning community, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology made announcements in April 2020 and June 2020 regarding Spring and Fall term online coursework for our graduate programs, including a decision to offer online coursework for the entire […]
“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
Leadership in Organizations
Examine the importance of Christian Leadership with regard to personal leadership in multiple contexts, including the church, parachurch and non-profit settings.
Beauty, Brokenness, and the Cross
Explore the concept of beauty as shaped by a theology of the cross that not only leads us to a Christian understanding of beauty, but to an understanding that true beauty must have the power to identify, confront, and redeem.
Spirituality & Sabbath
Learn to consider the benefits of integrating Sabbath-living into faith practice and examine biblical and theological understanding of the Sabbath.
Examine how old ways of doing business are becoming new ways of helping and discover how the soul of a business can heal the heart of a community.