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April 16, 2018
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn
As you might imagine, much of the energy of the national office staff is directed towards making preparations for you who will attend our annual conference May 9-11 in Atlanta. The planning committee has once again arranged for an excellent program. I'd like to take this opportunity to share a few highlights.

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News from the Certification Commission 
Mary Stewart Hall
As the new Certification Process evolves, we are pleased to share that additional documents have been posted to the New Certification Process webpage.

Under the Important Documents section, you will see that there are two new documents:

Progressive Autonomy in Educating Under Supervision, which is a chart designed to illuminate the regular progression towards independent supervision by a CEC during their process. 

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Have you seen all the videos developed by the Certification Implementation Team on Core Curriculum?

They recently published two new videos entitled "Introduction to Professional Ethics" and "Interfaith Spiritual Care". 

You can find all the videos on the ACPE website here or on ACPE's YouTube channel.
Certification Process Q & A: More Sessions Added
The initial round of Certification Q & A sessions have been wonderfully attended and almost all spots have been filled. New dates for the month of May have been added to the sign up, so if you were not yet able to join a session, please click here to reserve your spot.

Each session is limited to 10 participants which allows a space for greater dialogue.
ACPE is a proud sponsor of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (JPC&C). Did you know that a benefit of your membership in ACPE is free online access to JPC&C?

Check out their latest volume by logging into the website under the Resources tab on the ACPE website.

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2018 Annual Conference: Meet the Honorees
ACPE is proud to announce that Rev. Dr. Theodore (Ted) E. Hodge has been named the 2018 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) honoree. The DSA is awarded for long, outstanding service and leadership to the association.

Additionally, we are proud to announce that Rev. Dr. Delois Brown-Daniels has been named the 2018 Helen Flanders Dunbar Award honoree. The award is presented for pioneering and innovating contributions to the CPE movement and the association.

We invite you to help us celebrate our two honorees at this year's annual conference!  Pre-registration ends on Friday, April 27th! Register today!
The ROI Institute at the 2018 Annual Conference
In a two-part workshop, Dr. Phillips will introduce the idea of return on investment (ROI) in the context of spiritual care and then provide a hands-on workshop for assessing ROI within one's own context.

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grants awarded
The 2018 Innovative Program Award grant cycle is now open! Applicants are invited to submit proposals for innovative CPE projects that do not exceed $7,000. This year a total of $20,600 is available in funding.

The 2018 Innovative Program Award application and proposal outline may be accessed by clicking here. Please submit a complete application and proposal (5-page maximum) in PDF format via email to Jasmine T. Okafor by July 31, 2018.

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Catholic Health Association's Pastoral Care Advisory Committee's Patient Services subcommittee is creating an annotated listing of apps for use by patients, their loved ones, and their staff and can use your help.

If you currently recommend any apps for patients, families, and staff to use, would you let us know?

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In Case You Missed It
Join an Online Community
All ACPE members are expected to participate in a Community of Practice (CoP). To join a CoP, sign-in to the ACPE website. Navigate to "My ACPE" and then click on "My Communities." Click on the name of the community to see the activity in the group. Click the "Follow Community" button to join and collaborate!

Visit the ACPE website for more detailed instructions
Transforming Chaplaincy Webinars
Check-out this series of hour-long webinars hosted by Transforming Chaplaincy in Winter-Spring 2018.

The aim of this series is to help leaders and emerging leaders in professional chaplaincy and chaplaincy education develop and strengthen their ability to think strategically about advancing chaplaincy both at the level of the profession and at the level of their institution.

Click here to save your spot and view past webinars. 
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Authorship matters, but sometimes the words are so powerful that they need to be heard regardless of the author. The following piece became a viral internet sensation and was attributed to the Brazilian poet Pablo Neruda. Since then, his authorship has been contested and it has been attributed to the Brazilian author and journalist Martha Medeiros. Honestly, we have no idea who actually write this, but the words might make a beautiful charge to students who are wrapping up units in the coming weeks:
"You Start Dying Slowly" by Martha Medeiros

You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths...
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don't know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice.
If you haven't discovered the podcast "Hidden Brain," give it a listen. Hosted by Shankar Vedantam, it takes a look through the lenses of science and storytelling at human behavior. It is very accessible and could prove a great resource for didactic sessions as well as starters for further research in spiritual care. Here's the link:  Hidden Brain

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Monday, April 16
* Yaqui Deer Dance - Native American spirituality
A ceremony that integrates ancient rites of the Yaqui people of Arizona with the Christian Easter rituals.

Wednesday, April 18
* Akshaya-tritiya [Immortal Third] - Jainism
A day celebrating when Lord Adinatha or Rishabhadeva, the traditional founder of the Jain faith and the first tīrthankar (a being who helps others to cross the great ocean of worldly life and achieve liberation), broke his first year-long fast by drinking juice from a sugar cane.

Friday, April 20
* Eve of Ridván - Bahá'í (continues through Wednesday, May 2)
Commemorating the twelve days that Bahá'u'lláh spent in the garden of Ridván during his exile in Baghdad and when he proclaimed himself as the one announced by the Báb, which occurred in 1863 C.E. On the first (4/21), ninth (4/29), and twelfth days (5/2) of this festival, work is suspended. The festival begins at sundown.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • We send our thoughts to Rabbi Leah Wald, ACPE Certified Educator, who underwent a successful surgery last week and is now recovering. 
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
  • Career Opportunities
  • Associate Director for CPE, Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL
  • ACPE Certified Educator, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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