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February 17, 2020
Trace Haythorn
Executive Director
Thank you to so many of you who reached out to offer the ACPE office staff support as we settle into our new space. Like all moves, some piles of things without an identified "home"  are stacked here and there around the space. But for the most part, we are in and fully operational.
Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of the new space is the view. At one angle I can view Kennesaw Mountain and the Georgia Tech stadium; the other direction I see the Mercedes Benz stadium and the downtown office towers. And if you look due west out of our windows, you see the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coke, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, at the north end of Centennial Olympic Park. Make no mistake: ACPE's work resides in the heart of things.
During this month when we celebrate Black history, we can see dozens of school buses lining up to tour the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Tourists and businesspeople, as well as locals, come to experience the interactive exhibit of the civil and human rights struggles of the past and the present.

Cecelia Walker
Certification Commission Chair
The Certification Commission is excited about the great work that is happening in our ACPE centers as CECs enter the process and are preparing for certification. We have learned a great deal as we continue to engage with portfolios and everyone who is in the process.

There are a few important updates that I want to share with everyone. These are incorporated in the Certification Manual and are also listed on the Updates to the Manual page.

Russell Siler Jones
ACPE is hosting an online SIP Trainer Informational Meeting this Friday, February 21, from 12 to 1 pm EST. ( Register here ) If you're interested in being a SIP Trainer, which is to say,
  • If you're an ACPE Psychotherapist with experience and seasoning in bringing spiritual awareness and spiritual wisdom to the work of psychotherapy,
  • If you want to help other psychotherapists grow in the practice of spiritually integrated psychotherapy,
  • If you have gifts for teaching, mentoring, and growing communities of learning and formation,
  • If you want to help extend the wisdom tradition of ACPE and AAPC to practitioners who may never have heard of ACPE or AAPC, and
  • If you have the will and spark to join with colleagues in growing something new,
we encourage you to attend this meeting.

February 28th is the deadline to register for Certification Subcommittees, if you would like to meet for Associate or Certified Educator at the 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care conference in Cleveland, OH, May 9-11, 2020.

Paul Nomsule is a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University. He is looking for participants who may be interested in his study. The topic of his research is the relationships between emotional intelligence and job satisfaction among healthcare chaplains in the United States.

Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured ACPE Certified Educator, The Rev. Jongmi Bae,  with her students at the 2017 annual conference in Atlanta, GA.

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
Marc Medwed 2019
Marc Medwed
Associate Executive Director
The Accreditation Commission is seeking additional volunteers to be portfolio reviewers. Interested volunteers can sign up for a training session.

The Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care (ACPE, APC, CASC/ACSS, NACC, NAJC) invite you to Cleveland, OH, May 11-14, 2020, for the   20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care conference.
During our time together, ACPE with its partners will: share leading practices in research, professional development, and credentialing; strengthen professional relations; focus our time, talents and resources on those most vulnerable; and grow our practical and professional skills.

Dr. David Hogue
Insights from brain studies in recent decades have captured the public's imagination and touched on virtually every dimension of human experience, from love and friendships, to trauma and addictions, to our confidence in free will, to our experiences of the transcendent and our trust in reason. Increasingly the neurosciences are confirming and challenging many of our most cherished notions of what it means to be human. In this workshop, taking place on February 28, 2020, 9am-3pm, we will explore themes in recent brain research, including empathy, memory and trauma,story, ritual, and religious experiences.

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7004. ACPE is solely responsible for sponsored programs, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions

Join us for New Accreditation Process Q&A Sessions. The sessions are your opportunity to ask anything about the new process or building your center's accreditation portfolio.

Dates are currently posted through the new year. The sessions are 12:00pm to 1:00pm eastern time on the assigned days. The number of participants for each session is limited to ensure individual questions are addressed. 

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
The theme of the book and film "Wonder" is "choose kind." In this world today, these words seem not just necessary but prophetic. Here's a poem that captures a moment where kindness prevailed:
Somebody's Mother
by Mary Dow Brine
The woman was old and ragged and gray
And bent with the chill of the Winter's day.
The street was wet with a recent snow
And the woman's feet were aged and slow.
She stood at the crossing and waited long,
Alone, uncared for, amid the throng
Of human beings who passed her by
Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eye.
Down the street with laughter and shout,
Glad in the freedom of 'school let out,'
Came the boys like a flock of sheep,
Hailing the snow piled white and deep.
Past the woman so old and gray
Hastened the children on their way.
Nor offered a helping hand to her-
So meek, so timid, afraid to stir
Lest the carriage wheels or the horses' feet
Should crowd her down in the slippery street.
At last came one of the merry troop,
The gayest lad of all the group;
He paused beside her and whispered low,
"I'll help you cross, if you wish to go."
Her aged hand on his strong young arm
She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,
He guided the trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were firm and strong.
Then back again to his friends he went,
His young heart happy and well content.
"She's somebody's mother, boys, you know,
For all she's aged and poor and slow,
And I hope some fellow will lend a hand
To help my mother, you understand,
If ever she's poor and old and grey,
And her own dear boy is far away."
"Somebody's mother" bowed low her head
In her home that night, and the prayer she said
Was, "God be kind to the noble boy,
Who is somebody's son, and pride and joy!"
Some of the most powerful images have within them elements that are overlooked, largely because of the focal point of the image. In honor of Black History Month, we share the following article which highlights one such neglected aspect of a photo: the fifth African American man in the iconic photo of the four young med who sat at the Greensboro lunch counter sixty years ago. Here's his story: 

February 21 
Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism)
Also known as the "Great Night of Shiva," this day celebrates Lord Shiva, one of the great Hindu deities, with a day of fasting, an all-night vigil, and offerings of leaves from the Bilva tree - a tree of great medicinal value that was loved by Lord Shiva.

February 23 
Transfiguration Sunday (Christianity)
Transfiguration Sunday, celebrated on the last Sunday before Lent, marks the day that Jesus was "transfigured" on the mountain. His appearance became radiant, and he was joined by both Moses and Elijah. The disciples who were with him saw him in this dazzling glory.

Meatfare Sunday (Orthodox Christianity)
Traditionally, this is the last day that Orthodox Christians eat meat before commencing their fast, which lasts until Easter.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
Community of Practice Event Highlights 
Registration is now open for the following Community of Practice events: 

College Corner, OH February 27 - 28
Richmond, VA
March 22 - 23
2020 Spring Symposium on Supervision San Diego, CA April 20 - 22

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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
Per Diem Variable Chaplain Stony Brook Medicine  Stony Brook, NY 2/7/20
Part Time Night Shift Chaplain Stony Brook Medicine Stony Brook, NY 2/7/20
Spiritual Care Manager Mercy Health Muskegon, MI 2/7/20
Manager of CPE Lakeland Regional Health Lakeland, FL 2/7/20
Chaplain/CPE Educator Allina Health Minneapolis, MN 1/31/20
Director Pastoral Care - Chaplain  Hoag Hospitals and Community Newport Beach, CA 1/31/20
Chaplain Education Coordinator
Nationwide Children's
Columbus, OH 1/24/20
Chaplain Manager Indiana University Health Indianapolis, IN 1/17/20
Certified Educator University of California San Francisco San Francisco, CA 1/3/20
Pastoral Care Team Adrian Dominican Sisters Adrian, MI 1/3/20
Assistant/Associate Professor and Program Director United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities St. Paul, MN 1/3/20
Staff Chaplain  Gundersen Lutheran Health System La Crosse, WI 1/3/20
Certified Educator Sanford Health Fargo, ND 12/20/19
Certified Educator Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University  Baton Rouge, LA 12/20/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
2020-2021 Residency Providence Health Torrance, CA
Burbank, CA
1st and 2nd Year Residency WVU Medicine Morgantown, WV 2/7/20
CPE Residency Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center Toledo, OH 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency University of Kentucky HealthCare Lexington, KY 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residencies AdventHealth Orlando, FL
Tampa, FL
CPE Residency Covenant Medical Center Lubbock, TX 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency University Medical Center New Orleans New Orleans, LA 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency UCSF Medical Center San Francisco, CA 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corpus Christi, TX 2/7/20
CPE Residency University of Colorado Hospital
Fort Collins CPE 
Aurora, CO
Fort Collins, CO
CPE Residency Parkland Health and Hospital System Dallas, TX 1/31/20
CPE Residency CaroMont Health
Gastonia, NC
CPE Residency Jackson Health System Miami, FL 1/24/20
CPE Residency Harborview Medical Center Seattle, WA 1/24/20
Master of Science (MS) in Patient Counseling with CPE Residency
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
CPE Residency UAB at Birmingham Birmingham, AL 1/24/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency Program
Community Regional Medical Center
Fresno, CA
Yearlong Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 1/17/20
Yearlong Residency Norton Healthcare Louisville, KY 1/17/20
CPE Residency Michigan Medicine Ann Arbor, MI 1/17/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Lancaster, PA 1/17/20
CPE Residency WellSpan Health York, PA 1/10/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency Kettering Health Network Dayton, OH 1/10/20
CPE Residency St. Mary's Medical Center Huntington, WV 1/10/20
Yearlong Residency Sutter California Pacific Medical Center San Francisco, CA 1/10/20
Residency 2020-2021 UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Des Moines, IA 1/10/20
CPE Residency BayCare Spiritual Care Clearwater, FL 1/3/20
Level 1/Level 2 CPE The Christ Hospital Cincinnati, OH 12/20/19
Summer CPE Program St. Cloud Hospital St. Cloud, MN 12/13/19
2019-2020 Residency Program Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 12/13/19
Residency Program Ascension Seton Austin, TX 12/13/19
Residency Program Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 12/13/19
Residency Program East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 12/2/19
Residency 2020-2021 Mayo Clinic Hospital  Rochester, MN 11/15/19
Yearlong Residency CHI Memorial Chattanooga, TN 11/8/19
Yearlong Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA 11/1/19
1st & 2nd Year Residencies
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings Want to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Educational Opportunities

Conyers, GA
February 20 - 23, 2020
The Collective Soul Symposium Houston, TX February 21, 2020
CPE and Emotional Intelligence Online February 25, 2020
San Diego, CA
March 18, 2020
April 3, 17, May 1, 8, 22 and June 5, 2020
Richmond, VA
April 18, 2020
Intensive Bioethics Course Houston, TX April 20 - 24, 2020
Durham, North Carolina
August 10-14, 2020
Evolution of Psychotherapy Anaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Transforming Chaplaincy
Online Spring and Fall sessions
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment

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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 is also the professional home of a growing number of spiritually integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. ACPE supports Psychotherapist and Practitioner members through continuing education programs, networking, and leadership development.