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
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.
Dr. Chelle Stearns on Theology & Culture
"We are at a critical time in American culture because we are so convinced that we know. There is something in this moment where we are riled up enough to take to the streets but we don't understand enough to have good dialogue. People in the MA in Theology & Culture program are invited to think well about what culture actually is and how to understand and engage theologically."
Dr. Roy Barsness on Facilitating Change
"Research demonstrates that the single most factor for change in psychotherapy is the relationship between the patient and the therapist. Given that, our program places a high emphasis on the development and formation of the self of the therapist. Working with our patients requires us to be deeply attuned to ourselves and willing to take risks with them in order for change to occur."
Dr. Angela Parker on Developing a Prophetic Voice
"A prophet will raise up a voice that speaks a truth to power in order to bring about change. The Seattle School is committed to forming pastors, chaplains, and leaders to be prophets for the revolution."
Resilience, Trauma, and the Hope of the Church
Kate Davis and Laura Wade Shirley share about the stories and experiences that inform their work of helping leaders deepen their resilience.
Throwback Thursday: Bethany Bylsma
This week’s Throwback Thursday comes from Bethany Bylsma (MACP, ‘16), who looks back on the tools and traveling companions that helped her navigate her Seattle School adventure. Bethany now works as a therapist in private practice, and she recently launched the Tender Wilds, an organization devoted to sharing stories, tapping into deep matters of the […]
The Seattle School to Offer a New Concentration in Trauma and Abuse
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is launching a Concentration in Trauma & Abuse as part of its MA in Counseling Psychology program.
“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
Pilgrimage to the Sonoran Desert
Explore the contemplative path in community and learn from the fierce and unique desert landscape as we learn about the art of pilgrimage through practice and experience, April 28-May 3.
Examine feminist theoretical works with special attention to the complex, intersectional relationship between sexism and other binary “isms”—including racism, heterosexism, and (neo)colonialism—and then explore strategies for applying theoretical insights to ethical biblical interpretation.
Group Therapy: The Healing Context of Community
Through readings, class discussion, and immersive experience in a group, learn about group development, common group roles and dynamics, intervention techniques, and leadership principles for the various stages of a group.
Learn about the intersecting worlds of business and human services through real-world examples and critical theory, wrestling with how the soul of a business can help heal the heart of a community.