Christian Association for Psychological Studies

Christian Association for Psychological Studies
Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
Formation 1956

Box 365

Batavia, IL, United States
2010 President Paul Regan, EdD
Chair of the Board John Eric Swenson, III, PhD

The Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), founded in 1956, is an association of Christians in the counseling and behavioral sciences. It holds a yearly conference, and publishes the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, which is indexed in psychological and other scholarly databases.

The founding of CAPS has been described as part of a recovery of interest in religion among psychologists.[1] Ian Jones stated that CAPS provides alternatives to secular organizations such as the American Psychological Association.[2]

CAPS has several chapters across the United States,[3] and its publishing arm also publishes books. Extensive information about the history of CAPS is available in a book published for CAPS' 50th anniversary, edited by Stevenson, Eck, and Hill.[4]


  1. ^ D. Andrew Kille (2001). Psychological biblical criticism. Fortress Press. Page 6: "Annual reviews of the psychology of religion, which had been published yearly in the Psychological Bulletin, ceased in 1928. Only in the 1960s (sic) was there a revival marked by the founding of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. The Catholic Psychological Association began meeting jointly with the American Psychological Association, which led eventually to the creation...".
  2. ^ Jones, Ian F. (2006). The counsel of heaven on earth: Foundations for biblical Christian counseling. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers. ISBN 9780805443431. Retrieved 19 June 2010.  Page 6: "The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the National Association for Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) provide alternatives to such secular organizations as the American Psychological Association (APA) the American Counseling Association (ACA), National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)."
  3. ^ CAPS website (accessed 19 June 2010).
  4. ^ Stevenson, Daryl H.; Brian E. Eck & Peter C. Hill (2007). Psychology & Christianity integration : Seminal works that shaped the movement. Batavia, IL: Christian Association for Psychological Studies. ISBN 9780979223709. 

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