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February 24, 2020
Melissa Walker-Luckett
We hope this time finds you well. As the ACPE Board of Directors, we have been aware of members' thoughts and concerns about various transitions within the organization. We hear you. And we can empathize with your thoughts and concerns. You elected each member of the board, and we want you to know that we honor your voice. We feel your passion and commitment. ACPE continues to thrive because of your dedication and loyalty. We sincerely thank you for your reflection and input during this season.

The recent transitions within ACPE have been difficult and taxing for us, as well. We have had to make some tough decisions after deep reflection, discernment, and prayer. We have also realized the growing pains for us as a board in relation to the membership and are aware of the need to maintain communication about activities within ACPE.

ACPE Donors Cultivate Spiritual Care as Restorative Justice
Sue Allers-Hatlie
Sue Allers-Hatlie
For the last few years, I brought CPE groups into a maximum-security state prison, Minnesota Correctional Facility - Lino Lakes, to learn Restorative Justice Practices. The CPE peers would drive to this prison on six Fridays in the early morning hours to enter at 7:30 AM to learn from incarcerated leaders. They learned not only about crime and punishment, but also about harm and repair. The incarcerated leaders would teach us, and then we would go out to practice restorative justice principles in our ministries and in our families. The next week we explore the shifts as they occurred within us and our relationships. We loved these units. In the fall of 2018, a dream came true. The Foundation for ACPE and an individual donor together gave us funding to offer a unit inside the prison. I recruited four pastors who had completed CPE units with me before, and then we interviewed the leaders of the Lino Lakes Restorative Justice program. We chose four of the incarcerated leaders to join us in the unit of CPE for the full 400 hours.

Russell Siler Jones
The news from ACPE's new Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Program (SIP) continues to be encouraging.
  • The SIP Interest List has grown to 375 names.
  • Over 30 people attended Friday's online informational meeting about being a SIP Trainer.
  • Another 25 registered for the online informational meeting but were unable to attend.
  • And we've already received 12 SIP Trainer applications.
Is your team interested in developing an interprofessional education curriculum related to palliative care? The University of Louisville Interdisciplinary Program for Palliative Care and Chronic Illness has received funding to assist faculty teams in their efforts to develop such curricula and teaching activities.   This national training program, iPEX (InterProfessional Education eXchange), offers training, mentoring and resources to selected teams. Teams selected in 2018 and 2019 found the mentoring and workshop beneficial and are already making progress on the projects they developed. 
You are invited to form a team and apply for this national training program. Funded by the National Cancer Institute (R25CA203637), iPEX has research components and IRB approval. Participants will be involved in a series of webinars, attend a skill development workshop and will receive mentoring from an experienced faculty team. Grant funds will cover all materials as well as most travel, housing and some meals. Eight to 10 interprofessional teams of 3-5 health science faculty will be selected in 2020.
Application is now open through April 30, 2020 or until enrollment limits are reached.
For more information about iPEX, the InterProfessional Education eXchange: A National Program to Advance Interprofessional Education in Cancer Care, visit this website:   or contact
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Bob Petite and Jeanne Hale  at the 2016 annual conference in Denver, CO.

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
Cecelia Walker
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.

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.

Marc Medwed 2019
Marc Medwed
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.

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
We keep hearing stories of stranger and stranger weather around the country. I remember as a child in north Texas those rare moments when snow might come for a visit. Even the slightest amount could lead to closings. This poem captures those moments beautifully, a time I loved as a child and work to enjoy as an adult:
School Closings
by Joyce Sutphen

The 10 o'clock news predicts it-
winter warnings and watches
in lavender and pink, and there we are
at the edge of the deepest purple.
Sometime in the middle of the night,
I wake and stumble through the dark to look
out onto the deck, the driveway, the street.
Everything is white, shagged with snow.
One must have that mind, I know, to be
able to go back to sleep and wake before
dawn to listen to the school closings,
the litany of town names reeled off
in alphabetical order, the announcer
enunciating each one: Albany, Alden, Amery.
Annandale, Anoka-Hennepin, Belgrade-Brooten-
Elrosa, Belle Plaine, Benson, Blooming Prairie
and all the way through to Waconia, Waseca,
Watertown-Mayer, Zumbrota-Mazeppa-
and (this just in!): Classes at Happy Hummus
Montessori School are also cancelled today.
"School Closings" by Joyce Sutphen.
Early in our evolution of this newsletter, we included videos from "Kid President." And then he disappeared for several years. Well, a couple of months ago Robbie and Brad, the guys behind the series, posted an update. And it looks like a whole new series is on the way, dedicated to making the world more awesome. Folks in pediatric settings are strongly encouraged to give this a watch! Here you go: 

February 25
Shrove Tuesday (Western Christianity)
A day of penitence as well as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. Also known as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Carnival Day as this day is observed in many ways worldwide. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the beginning of Lent, during which Christians are supposed to examine their lives, confess their sins, and receive advice on mending their ways - as the time of Lent represents purification. In Old English, the word "shrove" referred to the act of listening intently to someone and giving advice. The French term for this day, Mardi Gras, means Fat Tuesday, which is said to come from the custom the French had of using up all the fats they had in the house for cooking, since the food during Lent's time of "fast and abstinence" would entail leaner cuisine. The fat would be baked into rich meals on Mardi Gras, and often what was cooked ended up being a pancake of sorts; thus the custom still observed in some parts of the western world of eating pancakes on the day before Lent. 

February 26
Ash Wednesday (Western Christianity)
The first day of Lent for Western Christian churches, a 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter, not counting Sundays. In the Western Church, Lent - the fasting season marking Jesus' time in the wilderness - commences with Ash Wednesday. Many Christians attend church, where their foreheads are marked with ashes in the form of the cross. The ashes consist of the burnt remains of palms blessed on Palm Sunday the previous year. The cross of ash symbolizes belonging to Jesus Christ and reminds people of their human mortality.

February 26-29
Ayyam-I-Ha or Intercalary Days (Bahá'í)
The Ayyám-i-ha, or "Days of Ha" are devoted to spiritual preparation for the fast, celebrating, hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated the four days, five in leap year, before the last month of the Bahá'í year by inserting days into the calendar in order to maintain their solar calendar. These are days of preparation for the Fast; days of hospitality, charity, ministering to the poor and sick, and giving of presents.

March 1
Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christianity)
Also known as the "Sunday of Forgiveness," this day often reflects on Adam and Eve and their exile from the Garden of Eden, emphasizing the human fall into sin and separation from God. This reminder prepares Orthodox Christians for the intense fasting of Lent.

March 2
Clean Monday (Eastern Christianity)
The beginning of Great Lent for Eastern Christian churches, which starts 40 days before Orthodox Easter (Pascha), counting Sundays. On this day, referred to as "Clean Monday," Orthodox Christians leave behind sinful attitudes and certain foods as they prepare for the Great Lent. This is a seven-week period of fasting to prepare for Orthodox Easter, the greatest feast of the year.

March 2-20
Fast of Ala (Baha'i)
The Baha'i calendar is comprised of 19 months of 19 days each. The fast of Ala occurs during the last month of the Baha'i year, when Baha'is fast from sun up to sun down. All healthy individuals between the ages of 15 and 70 participate in the fast, which is done in spiritual preparation for the New Year, Naw Ruz.
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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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

Location Posting Date
Staff Chaplain Bayheatlh Dover, DE 2/14/20
CPE Educator  Agnesian Healthcare Fond du Lac, WI 2/14/20
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
Certified Educator Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University  Baton Rouge, LA 12/20/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
CPE Residency East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 2/21/20
CPE Residency Sutter CPMC - California Pacific Medical Center San Francisco, CA 2/21/20
CPE Residency Yuma Regional Medical Center Yuma, AZ 2/14/20
CPE Residency Gundersen Health La Crosse, WI 2/14/20
2020-2021 Residency St. Luke's Hospital Chesterfield, MO 2/14/20
Chaplain Resident The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Columbus, OH 2/14/20
CPE Residency Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville, TX
Harlingen, TX
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
Yearlong Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 1/17/20
Yearlong Residency Norton Healthcare Louisville, KY 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 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

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.