Serving God and neighbor
through transforming relationships.
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.
By the Numbers
Alumni leading in the field as pastors, counselors, artists, and leaders.Our Alumni
The year our school began and matriculated our first cohort.Our Story
“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.
The Seattle School Celebrates Commencement 2023
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is preparing for our 25th annual commencement on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at Town Hall in Seattle. We are thrilled to celebrate our largest graduating class ever: 92 new graduates will join our thriving network of alumni who are pursuing innovative and life-changing work in their vocations as […]
“The Kind of God I’d Be Interested in Getting to Know”: A Guest Post by Dr. Dwight Friesen
On this Maundy Thursday, we are sharing a guest post from Dr. Dwight J. Friesen, Associate Professor of Practical Theology. Thanks to Dwight for allowing us to republish this piece of writing from his blog on “the kind of God I’d be interested in getting to know”. May you be blessed by this imaginative reflection […]
Looking Toward Jubilee Podcast Miniseries | Episode 4: A Blessing As We Go Forward
In celebration of our 25th year as an institution, Dr. J. Derek McNeil, President and Provost of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, invited Dr. Dan Allender, founding President and Professor of Counseling Psychology, and Dr. Keith Anderson, President Emeritus, into a conversation on the past, present, and future of our calling and community. […]
Our sacred mission is one of building capacity to think, empathize, and mindfully engage amid pain, trauma, and injustice. Our immersive, interdisciplinary education model develops adaptive, embodied practitioners.
“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, Gender, and Sexuality
Survey, compare and contrast, and evaluate various perspectives on God, gender, and sexuality from the depth and breadth of the Christian tradition.
Critical Social Theory: Bridging Church & Community
A mid-year and advanced course that examines critical theory, postmodern philosophies, feminist theory, multiculturalism, queer theory, masculinity studies, cultural studies, critical race social theories, and religion.
An introduction to a period of history in which Christianity developed somewhat differently in the British Isles and somewhat independently from the Church on the Continent.
A course designed to ask questions about the nature of biological sexuality, sexual preference, sexual identity, and desire.