This Week@ACPE is being distributed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day where many of us will take time from our daily work to serve in our local communities. Our service is in the spirit of Dr. King's powerful reminder that while not everyone can be great, everyone can serve. Here in Dr. King's hometown, it is a privilege to serve the members of ACPE, the individuals and institutions that make the transformational education possible for so many students every year. We are so grateful for all you do to make this work possible, especially on a day like today!
I have just come from a symposium hosted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Florida. I was joined by our new Chair of our Board of Directors, Melissa Walker-Luckett, and our Chair-Elect, Shawn Mai. Over 100 association executives and board leaders gathered for two days of education about effective board leadership and strategic planning. One of the most delightful parts of the experience was a recognition of how hard our board has been working to adopt best practices. With deep gratitude to Amy Greene for her leadership as board chair and for the support of Donna Dunn from Tecker International, the ACPE Board of Directors has worked diligently to grow into the new organizational structure, working to provide the kind of leadership that can help us continue to grow and flourish as a distinctive and powerful educational community.
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.
We are now accepting applications for the ACPE Boisen Scholars Program!
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.
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.
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.
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, contactHarold.Koenig@duke.eduor visit the website.
On November 20-21, 2019, representatives for the Strategic Partners for Spiritual Care gathered in Cleveland, OH to continue to explore ideas to formalize their relationships. The strategic partners began dialoguing in early 2018 and provided the
Joint Statement conveying the early contours of the discussion. In July 2018 they signed a
Memorandum of Understanding, in which they envisioned a formal relationship, such as a federation or trade group, to bolster collaboration and efficiency while maintaining their unique cultures and identities. Each association has a rich culture and history, often intertwined but also unique. While maintaining their distinctiveness, the partners want to align their operations to amplify their voice, increase efficiency, and strengthen their relationships in service of shaping the profession.
The April 2019 Progress Report #1 established that "The envisioned entity is being designed to accomplish both outward purposes for common efforts in advocacy, research, and marketing; and inward purposes for collaboration on certification, ethics, and other concerns for mutual benefit." Over the past months, our leaders continued these discussions.
A series of hour-long webinars are sponsored by Transforming Chaplaincy and ACPE. These webinars are designed to help leaders and early-career professionals strategize on advancing chaplaincy, both within their own institutions and as a profession.
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.
Last month, I highlighted in my
article some of the exciting changes with the new Accreditation Process that went into effect January 1, 2020. During the busy holiday season, you may have missed the news so please take some time to review the important updates below.
No more Annual Reports (Yay!): Your center's accreditation portfolio will replace your annual report. Throughout each year, you will update your center's portfolio regularly with relevant changes as you update your center's materials; therefore, an annual report is no longer required. Each year, an Accreditation Portfolio Reviewer will review your center's portfolio. Year 3 and year 6 will be in-depth reviews (please see the Master Center List with Review Dates and Categories on the New Accreditation SharePoint Site for your center's new review years). Each year in between there will be a deep dive into a particular Standard/s. In 2020, the focus is simply on completing your center's portfolio (no deep dive in 2020). Toward the end of 2020, you will be notified regarding the Standard/s that will be focused on for a deep dive in 2121 (but that's a long way off, so just fyi at this time).
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.
In spiritual care, we don't always get to choose who comes to us seeking support. We may choose whether or not we are a good fit for their needs, but that is only after they have made their initial inquiry. Neil Gaiman has written a lovely poem about refugees, a piece that, while incredibly timely, is also described by Maria Popova ("Brain Pickings") "as a testament to Ada Lovelace's insistence that the hallmark of creativity is the ability to compose something cohesive, original, and symphonic out of disjoined, seemingly dissonant parts." Here is the poem:
What you need to be warm
by Neil Gaiman
A baked potato of a winter's night to wrap your hands around or burn your mouth.
A blanket knitted by your mother's cunning fingers. Or your grandmother's.
A smile, a touch, trust, as you walk in from the snow
or return to it, the tips of your ears pricked pink and frozen.
The tink tink tink of iron radiators waking in an old house.
To surface from dreams in a bed, burrowed beneath blankets and comforters,
the change of state from cold to warm is all that matters, and you think
just one more minute snuggled here before you face the chill. Just one.
Places we slept as children: they warm us in the memory.
We travel to an inside from the outside. To the orange flames of the fireplace
or the wood burning in the stove. Breath-ice on the inside of windows,
to be scratched off with a fingernail, melted with a whole hand.
Frost on the ground that stays in the shadows, waiting for us.
Wear a scarf. Wear a coat. Wear a sweater. Wear socks. Wear thick gloves.
An infant as she sleeps between us. A tumble of dogs,
a kindle of cats and kittens. Come inside. You're safe now.
A kettle boiling at the stove. Your family or friends are there. They smile.
Cocoa or chocolate, tea or coffee, soup or toddy, what you know you need.
A heat exchange, they give it to you, you take the mug
and start to thaw. While outside, for some of us, the journey began
as we walked away from our grandparents' houses
away from the places we knew as children: changes of state and state and state,
to stumble across a stony desert, or to brave the deep waters,
while food and friends, home, a bed, even a blanket become just memories.
Sometimes it only takes a stranger, in a dark place,
to hold out a badly-knitted scarf, to offer a kind word, to say
we have the right to be here, to make us warm in the coldest season.
Thanks to Mary Martha Thiel for this thought-provoking offering this week, one that flows nicely from the poem. The link includes an accompanying article which provides some context for the video, which is about people who get the results of DNA tests and learn who they are, who they are related to, and perhaps who they aren't. Take a look:
January 20 Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity) Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany: the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. During this celebration, there is a ritual reenactment of the baptism and a procession with the Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant. The clergy often dress in bright robes, carrying colorful umbrellas, and sing and dance as they escort the Tabot back to the church.
January 25 Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist and Buddhist) Also known as the Spring Festival, an important festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. The most important holiday for the Chinese, the New Year is a time to reflect on the past and celebrate the future. This is a 15-day celebration with each day having special significance.
Conversion of St. Paul (Christianity) On this day, Christians commemorate the conversion of Paul the Apostle. Previously known as Saul of Tarsus, a great persecutor of Christians, Paul was converted on the road to Damascus, when he had a vision of Christ.
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.