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May 21, 2018
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn
Executive Director
A little over a week has passed since the ACPE annual conference concluded, but we continue to bask in the wonderful event! From Kerry Egan's insightful and evocative opening keynote to Jim Merlino's powerful and personal presentation on the role of spiritual care in patient experience, the conference was a tremendous success. Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner led us in an exploration of communities of practice, one which led to several "a-ha" moments for participants and observers. And the carnival atmosphere surrounding their work was simply delightful.

Certification Results: Congrats to the Newly Certified
Congratulations to the ACPE Certified Associate Educators and ACPE Certified Educators who passed sub-committees at the spring meeting in Atlanta, GA!  

Professional photos of the Welcoming Ceremony for the Newly Certified can be downloaded here

Certification: Progressive Autonomy in Educating Under Supervision 
Mary Stewart Hall, Chair
Certification Commission
Do you have a CEC in your center? If you said yes, then you need to see this!

Changes in the certification process have brought about a new understanding of the progressive nature of a CEC's journey towards independent supervision.

During Phase I, the training educator (National Faculty) must maintain a presence in the room with the CEC at all times.

Updates from the Accreditation Commission
Wayne Maberry, Chair
Accreditation  Commission
The Accreditation Commission would like to thank all of the centers for their hard work and to offer congratulations to those centers who successfully completed their Ten-Year Reviews and to those who achieved accredited status. In accordance with commission policies, the Commission Action Reports (CARs) will be uploaded into BoardEffect no later than June 9, thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the meeting. Centers are encouraged to check the BoardEffect site because CARs will no longer be mailed. A complete list of commission actions will be posted on the ACPE website within the same time frame.

Accreditation Work Announces Timeline
John Pumphrey, C hair
Accreditation Work Group
The Accreditation Work Group had very productive dialogs with both the Board of Directors and the Accreditation Commission earlier this month as part of the leadership meetings. The topics focused on the approval of the new standards, which were reviewed and revised based on the feedback from the membership, a broad framework for the accreditation cycle, and a timeline for implementation. Information will be forthcoming to the membership about the framework, but for now we wanted to share a few details about the general approach to accreditation and anticipated timeline for implementation, as we know that centers look ahead to the year of their upcoming reviews.

Annual Conference Wrap-Up
What a conference! Thank you to everyone that joined us in Atlanta, GA.  Keep checking ACPE's website and YouTube for pictures, videos, and presentations from the 2018 ACPE Annual Conference. 

Also, there's still time to provide feedback! The Annual Conference Survey closes this Friday, May 25th at 5PM EST. 

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Congratulations to Marc Medwed, EdD
Marc Medwed, ACPE Director of Programs, earned his Doctor of Education, with a specialty in organizational leadership, from Northeastern University. He celebrated the successful completion of his studies at the hooding ceremony with his family in Boston, MA on May 10, 2018. 
In Case You Missed It
2017 Year in Review Now Available
ACPE had plenty to celebrate in 2017...its 50th anniversary, breaking fundraising records, a fresh updated look, an engaged membership, innovative CPE projects and much more!

Take a look at ACPE's 2017 Year-in-Review!

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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
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.
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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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Trace shared with folks at the annual conference that his spiritual director limits him to 30 minutes of television or radio news per week. He can read as much as he wants, but he is working to manage what infiltrates his brain, his heart, and his soul. It is in that spirit that we offer this week's poem:
"What Kind of Times are These" by Adrienne Rich

There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I've walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don't be fooled
this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won't tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light-
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won't tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it's necessary
to talk about trees.
Peter Keese
Peter Keese
ACPE Certified Educator
2018 Annual ACPE Conference Reflection

There is so much about our organization's 'new' direction which is exciting, energizing, and timely-so much that is to be celebrated: the new governance structure promises to work well for us; the communities of practice have very exciting potential; and the emphasis on 'marketing' our work by our three 'field reps' is essential to our life and, possibly, our very survival.

And, withal, I have one concern that I need to try to voice clearly here.

Something Extra This Week
When it comes to sacred architecture, texts, and drawings, one can never take the shape of things for granted. Take a look: In Celebration of Ramadan, brush up on the beautiful and complex geometry of Islamic design - and learn how to draw a few patterns yourself!

Have a thought-provoking article or video you'd like to share with the ACPE community? What new tools are you incorporating into your curriculum? Send Something Extra to
Wednesday, May 23
* Birthday of Guru Amar Das - Sikhism
Guru Amar Das (1479 - 1574 C.E.) was the third of the Sikh Gurus.

Thursday, May 24
* Declaration of the Báb - Bahá'í
The celebration of the day in 1844 C.E. when he announced his identity as the Gate or herald of the new age in Shiraz, Persia (modern-day Iran).

Saturday, May 26
* Pentecost - Christianity (Eastern churches)
A celebration of the Holy Spirit's descent upon the Apostles following Jesus' ascension into heaven, Pentecost [which derives from the Latin for "fifty," because it occurred fifty days after Easter] is often known as "the birthday of the Christian Church. Services begin at sunset.

Sunday, May 27
* Trinity Sunday - Christianity (Western churches)
Marking the celebration of God manifested in three Persons: as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • ACPE Certified Retired Educator Robert "Bob" Brummel died on May 9, 2018 at the age of 82 in Grand Rapids, MI. 
  • ACPE Certified Educator John Weagraff's wife, Susan Setta, died on May 14, 2018 after a two-year illness. John appreciates the thoughts, concerns and prayers that have been expressed. 
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
  • Career Opportunities
  • Certified Educator, Ballad Health, Johnson City, TN
  • Certified Educator, East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA
  • Chaplain PRN, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
  • NYU Langone Health,  New York, NY
  • Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Cincinnati, OH
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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