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April 8, 2019
View from the Road: ACPE Entrepreneurs
Wayne Menking,
Entrepreneurship and entrepreneur are generally not terms that we apply to ACPE Certified Educators or to the work of clinical pastoral education. After all, the language of entrepreneurship is usually associated with business ventures whose goals have to do with turning a profit on an investment. However, in my travels around the organization, I have discovered that there is an entrepreneurial spirit among many of our colleagues who are venturing into new contexts and new ways of applying our learning process. In fact, I would go so far as to say that a spirit of entrepreneurship exists among most educators, even in what appear to be conventional and traditional settings. 

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Update from the Interim Psychotherapy Commission: Communities of Practice
Joann Heaney-Hunter Commission Chair
As we move through the transition process, the interim Psychotherapy Commission is learning about many things. Most recently, we have been growing in our knowledge of how Communities of Practice (CoPs) have been integrated into ACPE, and how they might serve as a model for members from AAPC to gather and learn. Because of input from the commission and from our members, we have come to the conclusion that we need more time to explore this new model further before we can vote on the final content of our CoPs. As we continue to grapple with the number and content of these first psychotherapy-related CoPs, we must consider the value of our regional relationships, the necessity of continuing education credit hours for psychotherapist licensing, and the need for fiscal responsibility to ensure a long-term future for the work we do. The commission will seek input from former AAPC members in ACPE when we are further into this process. For now, we invite you to learn more about ACPE's use of Communities of Practice and how they can work for our members

2019 ACPE Symposium on Supervision: April 19th Deadline
The Pacific Community of Practice is excited to invite all Certified Educator Candidates, those both in the "old" and "new" process, to participate in a unique educational opportunity. The Symposium model of education is one we have adopted and practiced for five years with great success. Many Educators and Candidates have collaborated to develop the Symposium, which we have built around the identified needs and interests of the participants.The Symposium will include: 

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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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Transforming Chaplaincy Webinar Recording Now Available
The latest Transforming Chaplaincy webinar "Advancing Chaplaincy with Innovative Staff Support Programs" is now available for viewing. 

These webinars are designed to help leaders and early-career professionals strategize on advancing chaplaincy, both within their own institutions and as a profession. After their conclusion, webinars and their ancillary materials are made available on ACPE's website and Transforming Chaplaincy's fully searchable database.

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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 Rev. Alice Wiley, Ph.D., former President of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.  

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 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.

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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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:

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
Travel almost anywhere in the world, especially off the beaten path, and you may come across a small (or large) stack of stones, piled or balanced together in a way that may appear mysterious or even reverential. Many see these little piles as "cairns." Wikipedia explains, "they have also been built and used as burial monuments; for defense and hunting; for ceremonial purposes, sometimes relating to astronomy; to locate buried items, such as caches of food or objects; and to mark trails, among other purposes."

Here's a reflection on these little monuments of human hands:
by Lisa Kundrat Haversack

We speak to each other through stones.
We kneel before the cairn like prayer.
The hard stones comfort those who roam:
you're not lost, you are here, where we were.

We kneel before the cairn like prayer.
We wander, searching for the next message:
you're not lost, you are here, where we were.
To belong we surrender our wildness.

The landscape is filled with messages,
stacked stones that comfort those who roam.
To belong we surrender our wildness,
we speak to each other through stones.
We posted an animated piece from this site earlier this week on Facebook. It's new to us - what do you think?

This Week from the Members
Diane Nichols, Resident Chaplain
Diane Nichols is a Resident Chaplain at Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, in New Haven, CT. She retired after 38 years of teaching in the New Haven Public School System and Quinnipiac University.

Diane found a passion for chaplaincy through her spiritual care work at Hospice. She plans to continue working as a chaplain in a hospital setting after graduating from her CPE residency in May 2019. She may be contacted at
The Visit
By Diane Nichols, Resident Chaplain

I am the patient that you come to see,
Won't you get in my boat with me?
I have my story which is mine alone,
And I do not want your sympathy,
I need your empathy.
Will you get in the boat with me ?

My life is different, and just like that
I do not feel like the real me.
Can you please get in the boat with me?

I cannot work, and I cannot play,
Just what is expected of me on this day?
Can you sit awhile with me and pray?
I need a friend who will let me be me.
Won't you get in my boat with me ?,

Please let me feel what I need to feel,
Without it turning into a great big deal.
And if I fall into a pit.
Will you jump in with me for I know that you will fit.

I am your patient so hear my plea,
I really need for you to get in the boat with me.
Monday, April 8
* Hanamatsuri or Wesak - Buddhism
In the northern tradition, this is the anniversary of the birth of Śakyamuni Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism. In the southern tradition, this is celebrated during Visakha.

Tuesday, April 9
* Jalál - Bahá'í
The beginning of the second month in the Bahá'í calendar, "Jalál" means "glory."

* Shrimad Rajchandra Dehvilay - Jainism
This festival marks the day of the emancipation (death) of Shrimad Rajchandra, a prominent Jain philosopher, in 1901 C.E. He was an influential spiritual guide for Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi.

Sunday, April 14
* Palm Sunday - Christianity (Western churches)
The remembrance of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, when crowds spread palm fronds on the ground as Jesus rode into the city. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.

* Vaisakhi - Hinduism
The first day of the solar year and an important harvest festival in northern India.

* Vaisakhi [or Baisakhi] - Sikhism
On this date in 1699 C.E., Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru, created the Khalsa Panth, the Brotherhood of the Pure. Khalsa brothers are given the name Singh (lion), and sisters are named Kaur (princess).
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Lancaster, PA
  • Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, TX
  • Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA
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
Emory Johns Creek Hospital
April 10, 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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