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November 12, 2018
View from the Road: Reflections on Peer Reviews
Katherine Higgins,
October 31st was a big day in our house. Along with the copious amounts of sugar my two-year-old butterfly-daughter consumed, my inbox was flooded with emails from folks who had recently completed their most recent peer review. October 31st was the deadline, and in a short year with a new process, many of you were working right up until the deadline.

Peer reviews have always been a part of maintaining good standing as an educator. 

Research Committee Review: "An Analysis of CPE Student Time Usage: The Impact of Training"
Angela Obu-Anukam, ACPE Certified Educator
Here is the third article reviewed by the Research Committee for an exploratory study and analysis on the effect of training on the time Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) students spent in spiritual care visitations. The citation for the article reviewed below is Denham, T. E. (1985). An Analysis of CPE Student Time Usage: The Impact of Training. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, 39(1), 49. At the time of this study, Thomas Denham was a Counselor-in-Training in the department of Pastoral Counseling, Baptist Medical Center Princeton in Birmingham, Alabama.

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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! Your answers helped us identify Emeritus Educator John Pumphrey at the 1985 ACPE Annual Conference in San Diego. 

We even received a message from John himself: 

"Cheating 'cause it is me! I was certified at the Conference in San Diego in 1985. The front of the shirt reads "Ask me why I am smiling" and the back says "Certified 1985." I think I wore it the whole conference!"
In Case You Missed It
Holiday Toiletry Drive
For the past five years, the ACPE office staff have used the end-of-year holiday season to make a difference in the lives of those in need of extra care and support. Our year-end staff service projects have not only been a time to give back to our local community, but also a time to bond with one another.

This year, we would like to invite all ACPE members to join us in our endeavor! We have decided to host a toiletry drive for Decatur Cooperative Ministry, an ecumenical social service organization less than five minutes away from the ACPE office. 
2019 ACPE Annual Dues Billing Coming mid-November
As we approach our billing season, we want to provide you with information to explain your center's invoice. This year's billing statement will look similar to last year's, but there will be additional items that appear. If you have any questions after receiving your bill, please contact or call Jennifer Rochner, Senior Accountant, at (678) 636-6214 or Zizi Krasteva, Accountant Assistant, at (678) 636-6220.

New National Guidelines Seek to Improve Access to Palliative Care for People Living with Serious Illness
New national palliative care clinical practice guidelines seek to ensure the millions of people living with serious illness, such as heart failure, lung disease and cancer, have access to vital care that can help meet their needs. The guidelines promote improved access to palliative care, which is focused on giving patients and their caregivers relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness, is based on need, not prognosis, and can be provided along with disease-focused treatment. 

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Curriculum Committee Update
Sarah Knoll Sweeney,
Curriculum Committee Chair
Greetings from the ACPE Curriculum Committee! As your chair and chair-elect, we would like to share a few updates and ask for your help as we move forward with curating curricular resources and best practices for student assessment and evaluation.

Our committee is engaging the challenge and opportunity of our work together with humility and an openness to learning from you. We believe that the best resources we have to draw from are ACPE educators who have developed thoughtful and engaging curriculum and quality methods for student evaluation and assessment.
2019 Annual Conference Call For Poster Applications
You are invited to submit a poster session proposal for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference.

The ACPE Research Committee invites applications to present research posters at the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference on May 8-10 in Scottsdale, AZ. Applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee and selections will be made by the following criteria:

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Certification Updates
As we move further into using the New Certification Process, we want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of some key aspects.  For even more information, please take the time to review the documents on the New Certification Process webpage and to review the New Certification Process Manual.

Transitioning from the Old Certification Process
Mary Stewart Hall
Commission Chair
Now that we are well into the New Certification Process, we have recognized that it is not only possible, but maybe even preferable, for candidates who are in the Old Process to transition to the New Process.  While the Certification Commission previously stated that those who achieved candidacy had the choice of transitioning to the New Process, the pathway wasn't as clear as it is now, so we are once again presenting candidates with an opportunity to transition to the New Process.

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Theory Integration Presentation Mentors
Over the past few months, we held our first two training cohorts and now have 25 trained Theory Integration Presentation Mentors. As we know our numbers of CECs will continue to grow, we have scheduled our next four cohort groups so that we can train a sufficient number of mentors. If you are interested in becoming a Theory Integration Presentation Mentor, please click here to complete the sign up and indicate which training cohort will work best in your schedule. If you have questions about the mentor's role, please email Robin Booth or Anastasia Holman.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
This age seems to be longing for wisdom. So much reactivity, so much anger, so much fear, so
much intensity. May Walt Whitman speak to us as one who observed the hours of civil war, as
one who longed for us to be our best selves:
"For You O Democracy" by Walt Whitman

Come, I will make the continent indissoluble,
I will make the most splendid race the sun ever shone upon,
I will make divine magnetic lands,
With the love of comrades,
With the life-long love of comrades.

I will plant companionship thick as trees along all the rivers of America, and along the shores
of the great lakes, and all over the prairies,
I will make inseparable cities with their arms about each other's necks,
By the love of comrades,
By the manly love of comrades.

For you these from me, O Democracy, to serve you ma femme!
For you, for you I am trilling these songs. 
In the wake of midterm elections, many of us are longing for ways to talk with those who think, feel and believe so differently from ourselves, trusting that through such dialogue democracy can not only sustain but flourish. Many of you experienced Carrie Newcomer at our national conference a couple of years ago; others know her work. she has helped launch a new website that gets to the heart of such dialogue - literally and figuratively. Take a look:

The Growing Edge
Wednesday, November 14
* The Advent (or Nativity) Fast - Christianity (Eastern churches)
The beginning of a forty-day vegetarian fast in preparation for the Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) commences at sundown. For Orthodox Christians who follow the old calendar, this fast begins two weeks later.

Saturday, November 17
* Lokasha Jayanti - Jainism
Celebrating the births of revered and scholarly persons, such as the 15th century reformer Lonka Saha, whose opposition to temple worship and the use of images led to the founding of the Sthanakavasi sect.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • Rev. Nancy Piggott's father, Bill Wright, died in Needham, MA on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the age of 95. 
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Senior Consultant, Spiritual Care, Benedictine Health System, Cambridge MN
  • ACPE Associate/Certified Educator, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Temple, TX
  • Director of Pastoral Care, NCH Healthcare System, Naples, FL
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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ACPE is the premier, DOE-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting. We do this through a rigorous accreditation and certification process for centers and educators that provide CPE. The depth of our training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves.