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January 27, 2020
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.

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.

The 2020 Annual Conference will be May 11 - 14, at the Huntington Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Join all the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care including the Association of Professional Chaplains, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.

Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Johnny Bush, Carolyn Fleming-Dockery and  Karen Morrow Reeve 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
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.
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. 

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.

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.

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
"I learn by going where I have to go." There are so many poems where one line just leaps off the page or grabs your heart. Think of the last line of Mary Oliver's "The Summer Day" or WH Auden's "Funeral Blues." The last line of Roethke's poem is almost a motto for the reflective life, that willingness to go to the places of richness and depth, knowing there will be pain and profound challenge along the way. Here it is:
The Waking 
by Theodore Roethke

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close behind me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lonely worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air;
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.
With anti-Semitism on the rise in the US and abroad, researchers have begun to look at what is happening, trying to make sense of the resurgence of this particular form of hatred. As is often the case, ignorance is clearly a part of the issue. The Pew Research Center for Religion and Public Life recently conducted a study to explore US citizens knowledge of the Holocaust. The result: less than half of us know that basic facts. Here's the full report:

January 29 
Vasant Panchami (Hinduism)
This festival is dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning. On this day, schools and colleges often organize special worship of Saraswati, many participate in special activities at Hindu temples, and young children are taught their first words.

January 31
Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Sikhism)
Guru Har Rai (1630-1661) was the seventh of the 10 human-form Sikh Gurus. He is celebrated for his compassion for life and living things. Tradition says that at a young age, he was disturbed by the suffering of a flower after he accidentally damaged it in passing. This strong compassion continued throughout his life and his work.

February 2
Saint Brigid of Kildare (Celtic / Christianity)
Saint Brigid of Kildare, who lived from 451 to 525 C.E., is one of Ireland's patron saints. She was an Irish Christian nun, and the founder of several convents including Kildare Abbey, one of the most prestigious abbeys in Ireland.

Candlemas (Christianity)
Under Mosaic law, after giving birth to Jesus, Mary was obligated to go to the temple with an offering and have the priest pray for her, so that she would be ritually cleansed. This event thus marked the first solemn "presentation of Jesus" in the temple. Since the 4th century, when Jesus' birth was set at December 25, this "presentation day" and "feast of the purification of Mary" was set on February 2.

Imbolc (Neo-Paganism)
Falling halfway between the Winter Solstice and the spring equinox, Imbolc celebrates the increased growing power of the sun, and the anticipation of spring. This celebration is commonly thought to be a precursor to Groundhog Day.

Four Chaplains Sunday (Interfaith)
In February of 1943, the U.S.A.T. ship Dorchester was transporting troops to European battlefields with over 900 soldiers aboard when it was hit by a torpedo off the coast of Greenland. The ship sank in 20 minutes, and only 230 soldiers survived the icy ocean waters. Survivors recounted how the ship's four chaplains-a Catholic priest, a Methodist minister, a Protestant Reverend, and a Jewish rabbi-helped the men into their life jackets and onto the lifeboats. When life jackets ran out, the four, who had been friends since chaplains' school, took off their own jackets and gave them to individuals who still needed them. From accounts, they were last seen with their arms linked and praying aloud as the Dorchester sank, killing them and over 600 other soldiers. They are remembered today with interfaith services.

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

Chaplain Documentation: Best Practices and Emerging Research Online January 27, 2020
'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

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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.