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April 1, 2019
Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
Happy April! The days are getting longer, the air is warming, and nature is bursting with life again! In this season of rebirth, I am anticipating the rejuvenating effects of our annual conference next month, May 8-10, 2019, where our theme is "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education." Scottsdale, Arizona is an ideal setting for our meeting with the desert in bloom. Hopefully you will take advantage our beautiful surroundings when we gather. 

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Annual Conference: Our Room Block is FULL!
Join us at the 2019 Annual Conference in a place of expansive skies and hidden treasures - the desert of Arizona. The theme this year is "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education."

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, our host hotel, is now completely sold out for our peak nights! To accommodate members, ACPE has identified the following hotels nearby. While we have not contracted with these properties, we hope that they will serve as convenient options. 

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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.

Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Thank you for your responses to last week's photo. Your answers helped us identify ACPE Certified Educators (from left to right) Michelle Oberwise Lacock, Kathleen Ogden Davis and Mary Burks. 

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
Updates from the Interim Psychotherapy Commission
Joann Heaney-Hunter Commission Chair
I am happy to report that, as of this morning, 830 former members of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) have applied to transfer their membership to ACPE. What an auspicious beginning! While it will take much of April to process these hundreds of applications, please be sure that ACPE staff are working diligently to ensure that member transition from AAPC to ACPE is smooth and seamless. Also know that the members of the Interim Psychotherapy Commission are working actively with ACPE staff to prepare the way for the association's newest members.

We have revised the Preceptor Orientation Presentation. The revised document can be found on the Accreditation Resources page of the website. 

As a reminder, a preceptor must be engaged at all clinical placement sites.
Cecelia Walker
Cecelia Walker
Certification Chair
There are many wonderful things happening with our CEC's and it is very exciting to see the growth of the new certification process as we continue to experience all that it has to offer.
I am pleased to address a few of the areas that have recently generated questions:

What does it mean to be and become a person in a virtual, technological world? And how do we understand the ethical, relational, spiritual, theological, and psychological implications of humanity's fascination and reliance on technology? Drawing on empirical research, neuroscience, object relations theory, anthropology, and theology, this workshop will offer counselors and caregivers an ethical, "best practices" framework that encourages authentic relationships within and beyond the confines of the therapeutic/care giving space. This workshop will also help participants to identify the necessary dynamics for humans to holistically flourish in an increasingly virtual world.

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Do You Want to Become a Member of the National Faculty?
We are pleased to share that the Certification Manual section on Becoming a Member of the National Faculty has been updated. The page includes an overview of how to become National Faculty and what must be done to maintain this status.  Additionally, the page has links to documents that provide the National Faculty Competencies as well as a National Faculty Competencies Assessment Form.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
This poem reminded me of a patient visit, one of those that takes a turn and goes deep when you least expect it. May it be a word of truth on this April Fool's Day:
Why I Practice Yoga
by Hayden Saunier

Each breath is a choice
between miracle
and grievance,
the yoga teacher says.

Oh make me puke, I think.

I'm flat on my back,
in savasana, the corpse pose,
alongside thirty other people.

We're trying to leave our bodies
while we're still alive.

I can hear you laughing now
from wherever you went
when you died.

That's good.
I've missed your laugh.
While I have a deep love for humor, I've never been a practical joker. That said, here is a list from The Guardian of this year's best April Fool's jokes:

Monday, April 1
* Laylat al-Isra' wa al-Mi'rāj - Islam
The commemoration of the Prophet Muhammad's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, his ascent into heaven and return on the same night, and his receipt of Allah's commandment of the five compulsory daily prayers. This celebration begins at dusk.

Friday, April 5
* Qingming - Chinese traditional
Often called Tomb Sweeping Day, it is a day to honor one's ancestors and visit their grave sites, as well as to welcome the coming of the spring season.

Saturday, April 6
* Anniversary of the Church's Founding - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

* Worldwide General Conference begins - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This is the largest worship service for Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) and lasts for two days. Conference proceedings are broadcast live over the Internet and through other electronic media.

* Ugadi or Yugādi - Hinduism
The New Year's Day celebration for Hindus of the Deccan Plateau in central and southern India, which traditionally includes a ritual bath, prayers, and the eating of pachhadi: six flavors that represent six different life experiences. The flavors are bitter, tang, sour, spicy, salty, and sweet, which symbolize sadness, surprise, disgust, anger, fear, and happiness.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • CPE Educator, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, WA
  • Clinical Manager and Educator, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • CCSH Fellowship, Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA
  • Manager, CPE, OSF Healthcare, Peoria, IL
  • Assistant Professor - Clinical Mental Health Counseling, CTS, Indianapolis, IN
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Parkland Health, Dallas, TX
  • Unity Point, Des Moines, IA
  • Seton Healthcare, Austin, TX
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
  • Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings Want to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Happenings This Week

Resilience in Leadership Initiative
Chicago Theological Seminary/Online
Applications due April 5, 2019
Unique Mental Health Challenges of International Students Online April 11, 1-2 PM (EDT)
San Francisco Theological Seminary  April 12, 2019
On Faith and Food: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change Delaware, OH Applications due April 15, 2019
Bioethics Intensive Course
Houston, TX
April 29, 2019
Jewish Spiritual Care Collaborative
New York/Online
May 2, 2019
10th Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
Holland, MI
May 20-23, 2019
Spiritual Health Symposium: Cultivating & Sustaining Compassion in the Practice of Health Care
New York, NY
May 31, 2019
G-Wish Art of Presence 14th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
Assisi, Italy
August 14-20, 2019
Transforming Chaplaincy: Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership
Online Fall 2019
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A
Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Care Education and Leadership
Union Theological Seminary/Online Rolling Enrollment
Diploma in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy
San Francisco, CA Rolling Enrollment

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