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February 3, 2020
Mellissa Walker-Luckett
Board Chair
Our joint meeting in May quickly approaches and I sincerely hope you will join us in Cleveland, OH. Last year, I went to the APC conference and heard an inspiring, well-researched and documented speech from outgoing APC President Ron Oliver. Some of you may have heard it as it was linked to one of Amy Greene's articles last year in the newsletter. There was much to enjoy and be challenged by in the educational offerings.
However, the most gratifying occurrence for me was the ability to celebrate with newly Board Certified Chaplains. I was amazed and gratified to see three folk who had been in "my" program walk across the stage to receive their certificates. There were others, already Board Certified, in whose CPE processes I had been a part. These folks are now staff chaplains, pastoral/spiritual care department managers, and industry executives. It is very gratifying to see their success and know they offer trained and compassionate care to persons across the gambit of industries where spiritual care professionals work. My gratitude and confidence grow knowing these capable folks will provide me compassionate, professional spiritual care in my time of need.

Russell Siler Jones
Last week we introduced ACPE's brand-new Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Program. The SIP Program is an educational and formational outreach to mental health practitioners who want to learn more about integrating spirituality into their psychotherapy practice. It is both a translation of the pastoral counseling tradition, to make it accessible for clinicians whose training has not included theological study, and a repackaging of the pastoral counseling tradition, to make it accessible in the continuing-education-workshop format that meets the licensure needs of psychotherapists.
If you missed that article, click here  for a quick catch-up. This week we'll continue the introduction and let you know how you can be involved.

Patricia Wilson-Cone ACPE Certified Educator
The aim of this webinar is to extend the concept and conversation about multiculturalism and diversity beyond the colloquial perspectives of ethnicity and gender.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Presented by Patricia Wilson-Cone
1 NBCC Continuing Education Credit

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. 

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.
Early Bird Registration Rates end February 14th! Host hotels are already selling out!

Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Foundation for ACPE, this opportunity provides funding support for ACPE students to attend the 2020 Joint Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care Conference, "20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care" in Cleveland, Ohio (May 11-14, 2020). ACPE students include Level I and Level II students, Psychotherapy Student Members, Chaplain Residents and Certified Educator Candidates. All ACPE Certified Educators and Psychotherapists should encourage interested students to apply for this opportunity.

All applications are due by February 14, 2020. If you have any questions about the Boisen Scholars Program, please contact  Jasmine Okafor or Katherine Higgins.

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.

CoP Survey Notice
Katherine Higgins
Director of Communities of Practice
CoP conveners please contact  Katherine Higgins  if you did not receive the PULSE survey.
Lisa Battle is a student member of the ACPE and a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University. She is looking for participants who may be interested in her study. The title of her research is Vicarious Trauma: A Descriptive Case Study of Pastoral Counselor Experiences. Your participation in this study can promote awareness and understanding of vicarious trauma in spiritual and pastoral counseling.

Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Carol Reynolds Green and Beth Newton Watson at the 2008 annual conference in Richmond, VA.

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
Russell Siler Jones
2020 marks the official launch of ACPE's Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Program. The ACPE Board approved this new initiative in November 2019, and work is now underway to grow this program from dream to reality. In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing news about the SIP Program here in the newsletter - including news about our first Train the Trainer weekend event - but here are some high-level "things to know" about the SIP Program.

The Editorial Board of Reflective Practice is looking for a new editor, to begin work in the summer of 2020, for a three-year term. The primary task of the editor is to recruit, evaluate and edit essays for publication, to then organize the material, write introductory remarks, and oversee the publication of the annual volume. An editor should be familiar with the disciplines of pastoral theology, practical theology and clinical supervision in ministry, a member in ACPE or ATFE, and possess proven literary skills. A small stipend is available. If interested or if you wish to nominate someone, please contact Leslie Veen. A full description of the editor's tasks is available upon request.
Are you interested in spending a Southern Hemisphere summer (November - February) supervising in the world's most remote CPE Centre?  Royal Perth Hospital has established an annual "International Pastoral Education Fellow" position in one of Australia's oldest and most innovative CPE programs.  Michael Hertz (ACPE Certified Educator and ACPEWA  Educator) is the Centre Director.  Ted Hodge (ACPE Certified Educator) was our inaugural International Fellow (2019-20).
The hospital provides round-trip travel for two, a two-bedroom apartment with stunning views across the Swan River to the city skyline, part-time access to a car and a remote "Bush CPE" experience.  CPE is part of RPH's nationally-acclaimed "Centre for Wellbeing and Sustainable Practice", which provides CPE-like experiences for hospital staff, including nurses, administrators and medical staff.  Perth is a beautiful and culturally diverse city with unending white sand beaches, easy access to ancient forests, rugged coasts of the Southern ocean, historic Aboriginal sites, art, music, great food and more.
For more information visit the website If you are interested in considering this opportunity, contact Michael Hertz or Ted Hodge Cheers Mates!

Thanks to support from the John Templeton Foundation, Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health is offering eleven $3,600 scholarships to attend the university's 5-day workshop on conducting research related to religion, spirituality, and health. The workshop will be held on August 10-14, 2020. This incredible opportunity involves full scholarships that will cover the $1200 tuition, up to $1500 airfare for international travel, up to $500 for hotel accommodations, and up to $400 for meals and local transportation to the workshop. The scholarships are available only to academic faculty and graduate students living in underdeveloped countries in Africa, Central and South America (including Mexico), Eastern Europe and North Asia (Russia and China), portions of the Middle East, and Central and East Asia. The scholarships will be competitive and awarded only to talented well-positioned faculty and graduate students with the potential to conduct research on religion, spirituality, and health, and serve as research leaders in their part of the world. If you want to know more about this program, contact or visit the website.

Every year ACPE members fill out a form for Ethical Conduct Accountability. The online form is now available. Please submit the form by February 14. Thank you.

It is well known that patients who experience significant medical illness often draw upon a variety of coping mechanisms, such as spirituality, to adjust to their new life. Laures-Gore et al., recently showed that patients with post-stroke aphasia (a language disorder affecting speaking, listening, reading, and writing) consider spirituality a positive coping mechanism and source of healing. Because spirituality plays a significant role in the aphasia recovery process, it is important to study whether spiritual healthcare providers both in and out of the healthcare system are trained to address spiritual needs in a way that patients with aphasia can comprehend and process. This study seeks to better understand whether spiritual healthcare providers are aware of and trained to communicate with patients who have aphasia.

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 couldn't help but wonder how true this poem might ring for many of our members right now:
Poem with an Embedded Line by Susan Cohen
by Barbara Crooker

When the evening newscast leads to despair,
when my Facebook feed raises my blood pressure,
when I can't listen to NPR anymore,
I turn to the sky, blooming like chicory,
its dearth of clouds, its vast blue endlessness.
The trees are turning copper, gold, bronze,
fired by the October sun, and the bees
are going for broke, drunk on fermenting
apples. I turn to my skillet, cast iron
you can count on, glug some olive oil,
sizzle some onions, adding garlic at the end
to prevent bitterness. My husband,
that sweet man, enters the room, asks
what's for dinner, says it smells good.
He could live on garlic and onions
slowly turning to gold. The water
is boiling, so I throw in some peppers,
halved, cored, and seeded, let them bob
in the salty water until they're soft.
To the soffrito, I add ground beef, chili
powder, cumin, dried oregano, tomato sauce,
mashed cannellinis; simmer for a while.
Then I stir in more white beans, stuff the hearts
of the peppers, drape them with cheese and tuck
the pan in the oven's mouth. Let the terrible
politicians practice / their terrible politics.
At my kitchen table, all will be fed. I turn
the radio to a classical station, maybe Vivaldi.
All we have are these moments: the golden trees,
the industrious bees, the falling light. Darkness
will not overtake us.
"Poem with an Embedded Line by Susan Cohen" by Barbara Crooker from Some Glad Morning  © 2019.
As we begin another Black History Month, it seems appropriate to launch the month with the Morehouse College Glee Club's version of "Lift Every Voice and Sing." We are so privileged to have so many wonderful HBCU's in and around Atlanta! 

February 3
Setsubun-sai (Shinto)
This festival marks the end of "Kan," the coldest season. Beans are commonly thrown to keep demons away.

February 9 
Triodion begins (Orthodox Christianity)
Triodion is the three-week preparation period before Lent begins. Followers gradually modify their diets and meditate on themes like humility, repentance and forgiveness, to prepare for the great fast, prayer, and worship that happens over Lent.

Magha Puja (Buddhism)
Magha Puja is the day the Buddha addressed a meeting of 1250 arhats: spiritual practitioners that had reached a certain level of enlightenment. The Buddha introduced to them these principles: cease from evil, do what is good, and cleanse one's mind. On this day, temples in Thailand hold candlelight processions, walking clockwise three times around the Uposath Hall-- once for the Buddha, once for the Dharma, and once for the Sangha.

February 10
Tu B'Shvat (Jewish)
New Year's Day for Trees, and traditionally the first of the year for tithing fruit of trees. Now a day for environmental awareness and action, such as tree planting. This day is known as the new year for trees, as it is the day that the age of trees is calculated for tithing. In tradition, fruit from trees may not be consumed in the first 4 years of life - as the first three years are forbidden, and the fourth year the fruit is for God. One tradition on this day is to eat from the seven species abundant in Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, pomegranates, olives, figs, and dates.
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: 

REM Community of Practice 2020 Invitational Atlanta, GA February 6 - 8
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
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
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
Residency Program Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Temple, TX 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 Deaconess Hospital  Evansville, IN 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 Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center Toledo, OH 12/6/19
Residency Program St. Luke's University Hospital Bethlehem, PA 12/2/19
Residency Program East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 12/2/19
Residency Program St Thomas/Nashville CPE Partnership
Nashville, TN 11/22/19
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 Happenings

'She's already done so much,' Compassionate chaplaincy care Online February 6, 2020
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
Intensive Bioethics Course Houston, TX April 20 - 24, 2020
Evolution of Psychotherapy Anaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Transforming Chaplaincy
Online Winter, Spring and Fall sessions
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A
Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Care Education and Leadership
Union Theological Seminary/Online Rolling Enrollment
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment
Online On Demand

ACPE members and centers may post "happenings" in the weekly newsletter. ACPE does not accredit, review, or endorse the events listed above. Send your "happening" to
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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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.