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February 18, 2019
From the Desk of the Executive Director 
Trace Haythorn,
Executive Director
While the conversations with AAPC have occupied a great deal of time in recent weeks, we are still busy with all of the rest of the work of ACPE. The boards of both the Association and the Foundation have had their orientations for new members and their first meetings of the year. Several board committees have also met for the first time in the new year, welcoming new members. Believe it or not, the ACPE office has been in our current space for almost five years, so we are actively negotiating a new lease. 

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AAPC Will Consolidate with ACPE
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
We are about to write our next chapter together. ACPE and AAPC members broke voter turnout records and overwhelmingly voted in favor to consolidate into one association. Our two associations have a shared history, values and culture. Both born in the 1960s, each association had a slightly different mission and focus but more similarities than differences. During that time, we met and collaborated regularly. Now a little more than 50 years later, we will join as one association with a unified voice and mission.

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Certification Updates: CEC Evaluations and Pre-Admission Participation in Peer Groups
Cecelia Walker, Certification Chair
I hope everyone is doing well, staying warm, and enjoying winter! Your Certification Commission has been hard at work since we began our terms in January. In our most recent conversation, we focused on two main topics: CEC Evaluations and pre-admission participation in peer groups.

CEC Evaluations
This past January, we implemented a significant change in our certification process that eliminated structured units of Certified Educator CPE. 

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ACPE Contract Educators
Pam Lazor,
Accreditation Chair
One of the most asked questions that comes to the Accreditation Commission is related to centers that are in need of hiring a short-term ACPE Certified Educator.  As this is a unique relationship for both the ACPE Certified Educator and for the center, we have developed a presentation to highlight some of the most important considerations for both parties.  If you have any questions about becoming a contract educator or if your center is looking to engage a contract educator, please reach out to your Area Accreditation Chair.

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Spring Certification Hub: Deadline to Declare is February 22nd
Registration for our Spring Certification Hub in Scottsdale, Arizona is now open for those meeting for Associate Educator or Certified Educator in the "old" Certification process. Please go to the Certification Hub page to register no later than February 22.

Additionally, if you are in the "old" Certification process and would like to submit theory papers during one of our five virtual hubs this year, please go to the Certification Hub page for deadlines and instructions.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Do you recognize these folks or the event in the photo above? Send us a note at

Thank you for your responses to last week's photo. We received so many thoughtful responses that we thought we'd share a few below:

"Denise Haines and Joan Hemenway from the old Eastern Region.Significant mentors to many, especially in New York City and Connecticut in the training of students and ACPE supervisors.I encountered them at SOS events and Women Supervising Women.

Wise caring women who nurtured many of us with direct compassionate feedback and encouragement to continually strive to engage all people with humility, courage, and articulateness."

Sally Campbell, Retired Certified Educator 

"Pictured here are two of my mentors from the Eastern Region, Denise Haines and Joan Hemenway. Denise and Joan were two of the intellectual giants of the 80's and 90's, and guided many gifted women and men through the certification process. Joan drew me to Hartford Hospital, where I was an SIT beginning in 1988."
Elizabeth Stroop, ACPE Certified Educator

"I recognize the person on the right to be the late Joan Hemenway, ACPE Supervisor and author of the book Inside the Circle. Her life and ministry touched many of us deeply. I was deeply saddened by her too soon departure from brain cancer a number of years ago"
John Takacs, ACPE Certified Educator 

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter. 
In Case You Missed It
ACPE Introduces New Usernames to Sign into Website
In preparation for ACPE's new Office 365/SharePoint platform, ACPE updated member usernames to sign-in to the website to register student units, access the member directory, etc. Member's updated usernames are their new ACPE email addresses. Members will use their new usernames (with their current passwords) to sign-in.

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New Accreditation Manual Open for Review and Comment until March 1st
John Pumphrey, Chair, Accreditation Work Group
The Accreditation Work Group is pleased to present the new ACPE Accreditation Manual that will guide the process of ACPE center accreditation effective January 1, 2020! We hope that you had the opportunity to view the overview presentation that we shared a few weeks ago. The release of the Manual for initial review is the next step as we roll out the new accreditation process.

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Annual Ethics Form due by March 15, 2019
Brian Conley, Chair
Professional Ethics Commission
Please complete the online form to report on your status regarding ACPE ethics by March 15, 2019

The Professional Ethics Commission will follow up with any questions or concerns.

Please send your questions to Brian Conley, Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) Chair, at
Online registration for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference is now open! We hope that you join us in Scottsdale, Arizona this spring for what is sure to be an incredible time.

Early bird registration ends on March 15th. Register today to take advantage of the early bird rates and secure your workshop selections!

Help ACPE host a terrific conference! Please consider making a sponsorship gift to support a specific conference event or scholarships for students.

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2019 Peer Review Instructions
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If you are due for a Peer Review in 2019, you should receive a notification email by the end of January.  However, if you do not hear from the office and you know that you are due for a Peer Review, please be in touch with your Director of Community, Practice, and Member Development (DCPM) to be sure that we have your correct information and to initiate your process.

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
While those of us in warmer climates may not appreciate this piece as much as our northern sisters and brothers, it is a classic. The final refrain seems most appropriate as we plan for our new joint future as AAPC members join our association.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Anyone else feel a little confronted, challenged, judged or otherwise called out by this video?

How to Quiet Your Mind & Do Nothing

Tuesday, February 19
* Lantern Festival - Taoism
This festival marks the end of the new year's celebration in China, with the entrance of the first full moon. Children venture out to temples with paper lanterns, solving riddles written on the lanterns.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • CPE Educator, Agnesian Healthcare, a member of SSM Health,Fond du Lac, WI
  • Chaplian, Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau, WI
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Tallahassee, FL
  • Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, TX
  • Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, FL
  • Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, WI
  • Covenant Healthcare, Saginaw, MI
  • Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, CA
  • UCSF Health, San Francisco, CA
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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Other Happenings This Week
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