November 14, 2022
From Shawn Mai, Board Chair, ACPE Board of Directors

Dear Colleagues,

After almost a decade of service to ACPE, Trace Haythorn has announced that he will depart his role as Executive Director, effective December 31, 2022. When Trace shared the news of his resignation, I felt a great sense of sadness and loss. I’ve worked with him throughout his tenure while I served on the board from 2013-2017 and then starting in 2020-present. His leadership has made ACPE a stronger professional organization, and his involvement in the ecosystem of spiritual care and education has connected ACPE more strongly to the larger field of professional chaplaincy.
Thank you to all the members who participated in the 2022 ACPE Election! We are especially grateful to all the candidates for their tireless commitment to ACPE. We had 695 (40.4%) of 1722 electors vote in this election.

The election results have been reviewed by ACPE Chair-Elect/Leadership Development Chair and ACPE Secretary/Treasurer Jonathan Ball. Please take a look below.
Join us on Dec. 2 at 10 am EST to learn about evidence-based best practices in telesupervision from Dr. Arpana Inman, Dean and Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. This 90-minute webinar is for anyone who practices online clinical supervision of CPE students, psychotherapists, or spiritual care professionals. Dr. Inman will discuss her research on telesupervision followed by a Q&A focused on participant questions with Dr. Inman; the Rev. Sarah Knoll-Sweeney, ACPE Certified Educator; and Dr. Marcus McKinney, ACPE Psychotherapist Member.
Call for Submissions: Theory Paper of the Year Award
Every Year the Journal "Reflective Practice" invites CECs who have passed their theory presentation to submit their work to Reflective Practice to review, evaluate, and select a theory paper presentation that excels as a quality example of a theory presentation.

The Editorial Board of Reflective Practice invites CECs and CEs who have been mentoring CECs, to submit the theory presentation for review and evaluation.
The deadline for submitting these already-passed presentations is November 18, 2022.

All submissions will be reviewed by a team of readers who will select the submission that is an excellent theory presentation example.
The one that is selected will be published in Volume 43 of Reflective Practice which will be published in March 2023.

Please send submissions to by November 18, 2022.
In Case You Missed It
The 2022 ACPE Foundation Grants Cycle is now open!

The ACPE Foundation is excited to announce our expanded grants program to support initiatives that advance justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion within ACPE. Read more
The Accreditation Commission is in search of Certified Educators willing to serve as NSTCs for Six-year Reviews starting in 2023. The NSTC model has served ACPE well and is a key element in the relational model of accreditation that fosters mutual accountability. Read more
As we all know, the rapidly changing conditions created by COVID-19 and its variants, as well as the differences in infection rates and responses from state to state, necessitate that event sponsors like ACPE constantly evaluate and update health and safety protocols for upcoming in-person events. Read more
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Certified Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom. The drop-in meeting (no RSVP required) will take place on the first and third Mondays of the month, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET. Read more
Upcoming Community of Practice Events
The following is a central list of the upcoming community of practice events! Click the links below to learn more about each event.

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Last week, many of us saw the weather turn from unusually warm to something much more like November. This sudden change brought to mind this poem from Sharon Olds. When the ACPE team shared an office space, the sudden dip in temperatures meant half of the staff pulled out their space heaters, turning cubicles into tropical zones. With a nod to all those who love their space heater:

The Space Heater by Sharon Olds
On the then-below-zero day, it was on,
near the patients' chair, the old heater
kept by the analyst's couch, at the end,
like the infant's headstone that was added near the foot
of my father's grave. And it was hot, with the almost
laughing satire of a fire's heat,
the little coils like hairs in Hell.
And it was making a group of sick noises-
I wanted the doctor to turn it off
but I couldn't seem to ask, so I just
stared, but it did not budge. The doctor
turned his heavy, soft palm
outward, toward me, inviting me to speak, I
said, "If you're cold-are you cold? But if it's on
for me..." He held his palm out toward me,
I tried to ask, but I only muttered,
but he said, "Of course," as if I had asked,
and he stood up and approached the heater, and then
stood on one foot, and threw himself
toward the wall with one hand, and with the other hand
reached down, behind the couch, to pull
the plug out. I looked away,
I had not known he would have to bend
like that. And I was so moved, that he
would act undignified, to help me,
that I cried, not trying to stop, but as if
the moans made sentences which bore
some human message. If he would cast himself toward the
outlet for me, as if bending with me in my old
shame and horror, then I would rest
on his art-and the heater purred, like a creature
or the familiar of a creature, or the child of a familiar,
the father of a child, the spirit of a father,
the healing of a spirit, the vision of healing,
the heat of vision, the power of heat,
the pleasure of power.
From Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, Bill Collins, ed. Random House, 2003.
A winter stroll through a local cemetery can be more than just a reflective walk. It also can teach us about local culture, how the community and its priorities have changed over time, and how some grief can stay fresh even after decades. The Guardian published a wonderful article exploring this more fully:

Memorials and Milestones
  • No news to report this week.
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
SEEKING MANAGER OF PASTORAL EDUCATION St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit network of 14 hospitals and more than 16,000 employees. View more
Two CPE Residency Units January 3, 2023-September 1, 2024 & 2023-2024 CPE Residency
Other Educational Opportunities
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
ACPE is the standard for spiritual care and education. Our diverse membership includes Certified CPE Educators, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapists, Spiritual Care Professionals and Practitioners, Pastoral Counselors, Chaplains, Faith Communities, and Seminaries. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-faith, multi-racial community of professionals provides education, connection, and formation through continuing education, networking, and leadership development.
ACPE is the premier, Department of Education 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.
ACPE members are actively engaged in a wide variety of professional development activities including communities of practice, conferences, spiritual care research, and informal networking. We are more than just an association: we are a movement committed to the transformation of the human suffering.Our opportunities for formation and community enrich our member's work of healing and transforming people and communities in the US and across the globe.