About

What Is CAPS?

The Christian Association for Psychological Studies is a national
professional organization designed to serve psychologists, counselors, pastors
and educators representing wide-ranging theoretical and denominational
orientations. CAPS members are united in their Christian worldview and in their
desire for professional excellence. It is this common foundational passion that
compels us to engage with one another professionally, spiritually and
personally.  Click here.

At the local level, we provide meetings for continuing education credit, a
network for professional communication, and opportunities for practice
building.  

Vision Statement

This vision statement is intended to clarify what we are, why we exist, what we value and what we hope to achieve in the coming years.

I.  Provide Professional Growth Resources

a. Achieved through

i. CE credit at quarterly meetings
ii. Book reviews
iii. Classified ads
iv. Updates on current ethics rules
v. Relevant articles.

b. As this vision is realized, we will strengthen our professional
competence in areas of familiarity as well as grow into newer
unfamiliar areas of professional practice.

c. Resist Stagnation.  Our field is moving forward.  Standing still is the same as falling behind. 

II.   Create a Connected Community

a. Achieved through active referrals, meetings, and awareness of each
member’s unique specialties and contribution to the whole community

b. As this vision is realized, each practitioner will function as a member of
a greater whole resulting in balanced vitality.

c. Resist Isolation. (No one can develop and grow professionally without
the enrichment and challenge of other professionals.)

III.   Clarify Faith-based Distinctive

a. Achieved through discussions, articles and presentations which
exemplify and articulate the unique contributions of the Christian
worldview in counseling.  

b. As this vision is realized, we will grow in confidence of our unique
identity within the secular field of psychology as well as ways in which
we can transcend the Western cultural foundations of our field.

c. Resist Fuzzy Identity.    Effectiveness requires authenticity and
authenticity requires a well-grounded identity.

IV.   Clarify Secular Challenges

a. Achieved through discussions, articles and presentations which
exemplify and articulate the unique contributions of the Christian
worldview in counseling.
b. As this vision is realized, we will be able to articulate the strengths of
our unique values and boldly present the legitimacy of our underlying
philosophies and approaches. We will resist the dangers of becoming
a marginalized irrelevant force in helping to meet the needs of people.
c. Resist Vulnerability to Marginalization     If we cannot clarify
misrepresentation by our secular culture, we will soon feel
marginalized, then we will act like we are marginalized, then we will BE
marginalized.  

V.   Provide Cross-cultural Experiences

a. Achieved through participating in short-term mission trips overseas to
offer training as well as counseling and consulting. Also achieved
through involvement with campus ministries with foreign students here
in the US.
b. As this vision is realized, we will strengthen our effectiveness in our
own culture as well as contribute some of our wealth of expertise to
people of other countries. It will require us to adapt our principles and
to clarify our assumed foundational thinking.
c. Resist Myopia    To the extent that we believe our American cultural
values are universal, we become narrow-minded, shallow and limited
in our contributions.  

CAPS encourages in-depth consideration of therapeutic, research, theoretical, and theological issues. The association is a forum for creative new ideas. In fact, our publications and conferences are the birthplace for many of the formative concepts in our field today.