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January 6, 2020
Melissa Walker-Luckett ACPE Board Chair
Greetings for 2020. I wish us all a Happy New Year, one filled with adventure and a sense of growth and happiness.
My husband and I began a new adventure when we joined a dance studio to learn to West Coast Swing (WCS) dance. At an event on New Year's Eve, I found myself sitting with a young man, a phenomenal WCS lead, who is always practicing and perfecting the craft. I realized that he and my studio colleagues comprise one of my communities of practice. Women and men of all ages in all stages of proficiency make up my "Dance CoP." We are newcomers, novices, advanced dancers, professionals/competitors and instructors. And, in order to truly learn to dance, we practice with everyone.

Pam Lazor Accreditation Chair
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).

CPE Offered for the First Time in Malaysia
After 2 years of groundwork, CPE will be offered for the first time in Malaysia! Ziyara Muslim Spiritual Care is launching its first ACPE-accredited spiritual care training next month. Ziyara Muslim Spiritual Care is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational entity dedicated to meeting the spiritual care needs of patients. It organizes training seminars to equip spiritual care providers with skills to respond to the religious and spiritual care needs of patients and their families in hospitals and other healthcare institutions.
At present, Malaysia lacks opportunities for formal training to prepare religious/spiritual leaders to deliver spiritual care for patients and their caregivers. With the help of a $9,000 Innovative CPE Grant from the ACPE Foundation, Ziyara will conduct a pilot program with space for twelve students who will earn a half-unit of ACPE CPE.
ACPE Certified Educator Rev. Rod Seeger will join Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsiehm, founder of ZIYARA Spiritual Care and Director of Inter-Religious Chaplaincy program at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkley, CA to lead curriculum on: introduction to spiritual care, extensive training on conducting spiritual assessment, essential skills on how to talk and listen to patients, theological/spiritual reflection, end-of-life care and bereavement, and diversity.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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The photo from 12/16/19  featured  Olen Grubbs,  Franklin Duncan,  Deryck Durston,  George Grant and  Peter Keese a t the 2006 annual conference in Tampa, FL.

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In Case You Missed It
On behalf of the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care, the Education Subcommittee invites submission of proposals for poster presentations at our 2020 Conference, May 11 - 14, at the Huntington Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Posters related to our theme and objectives will be given strong consideration during the selection process. 

Submission deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020

Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling Vol. 73, No. 4, December 1, 2019 is now available online.

ACPE is a proud sponsor of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (JPC&C). Did you know that a benefit of your membership in ACPE is free online access to JPC&C?

Check out their latest volume by logging into the website under the Resources tab on the ACPE website.

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A good theory is key to achieving the goals of ACPE and the outcomes of CPE.

The goal of the training is to offer individuals an opportunity at the SCT® training level of "Exploring SCT®" for their own development, to learn the SCT® theoretical approach well enough to compare it to their own, and to use elements of theory and technique in their current CPE practice.

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Summer CPE in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
ACPE has a long tradition of sending educators to conduct a summer unit of CPE in Hong Kong. In recent years, ACPE has cooperated with Alice Miu Youda Nethersole Medical Center in the Tai Po section of Hong Kong. A number of ACPE members have participated in this program.

The hospital and CPE committee want to reestablish the program next summer. The hospital provides travel, housing, some meals and a stipend. The housing is adjacent to the hospital in the same apartment building where the administrator and several physicians live. The CPE education center has first class space and equipment. Hong Kong has a fine public transportation system that makes being there easy to navigate.

Persons interested in considering this opportunity may contact either John Moody or Rodney Seeger, who will gladly share their experiences and answer any questions.
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
As the holidays come to a close once again, so many messages have come and gone about the
gatherings of friends and families, while other messages have offered support and concern for those for whom this is a time of great pain, perhaps of deep remembrance, perhaps of a new kind of loneliness. While there are depths within every human soul that we cannot touch, Lisel Mueller
observes that we do find ways to bring life to even the most mundane objects in our lives:
by Lisel Mueller

What happened is, we grew lonely
living among the things,
so we gave the clock a face,
the chair a back,
the table four stout legs
which will never suffer fatigue.
We fitted our shoes with tongues
as smooth as our own
and hung tongues inside bells
so we could listen
to their emotional language,
and because we loved graceful profiles
the pitcher received a lip,
the bottle a long, slender neck.
Even what was beyond us
was recast in our image;
we gave the country a heart,
the storm an eye,
the cave a mouth
so we could pass into safety.

Lisel Mueller, "Things" from  Alive Together: New and Selected Poems . Copyright © 1996 by Lisel Mueller.
The news about climate change and the radical changes we're seeing globally can be absolutely overwhelming. At the same time, the natural world is still so breath-takingly beautiful and amazing. Take a look at the way these whales use "bubble nets" to feed. Just awesome:

January 6 
Christmas (Armenian Orthodox Christianity)
Armenian Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on Epiphany, except for Armenians living in Israel, who celebrate Christmas on January 19th. This day marks the Armenian Orthodox celebration of Christ's birth and baptism. 

Epiphany (Christianity)
Known as Theophany in Eastern Christianity, it celebrates the manifestation of Jesus as Christ. In addition, the Western Church associates Epiphany with the journey of the Magi to the infant Jesus, and the Eastern Church with the baptism of Jesus by John. 

Dia de los Reyes / Three Kings Day (Latin American Christianity)
In Latin American countries, this day is referred to as Día de los Reyes, Three Kings Day, and children receive gifts from los reyes magos: the three wise men. Children and adults leave their shoes out for the Kings' presents before they go to bed the night before and leave treats to refresh the traveling Magi.

January 7 
Christmas (Orthodox Christianity) 
Most Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas 13 days later than Western Christian churches based on their use of the Julian rather than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar. The Feast of the Nativity is the Orthodox Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is also the break of a 40-day fast, in which participants purify both body and soul in preparation for Christ's birth.

10th Tevet (Judaism)
The 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet is a Jewish fast day that reflects upon Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia's siege of Jerusalem 2,500 years ago. This event ultimately led to the destruction of the First Temple, Solomon's Temple, and Babylonia's conquest of Israel's Kingdom of Judah.

January 10-12 
Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
In Mahayana countries the New Year starts on the first full moon day in January and lasts for three days. It is a time to reflect on the past and cleanse oneself from the prior year's sins to make a fresh start.

January 12 
Baptism of Lord Jesus (Christianity)
Catholics and Episcopalians celebrate Jesus' baptism. This day is also the beginning of ordinary time on the liturgical calendar.

January 13 
Maghi (Sikhism)
Maghi is the day in which Sikhs commemorate the martyrdom of the Forty Immortals, followers of Guru Gobind Singh, who were all killed while fighting a Mughal army. On this day, many Sikhs gather in Muktsar, India, the original site where Gobind Singh blessed the martyrs and cremated their bodies. Sikhs visit their places of worship (gurdwaras) and listen to hymns (kirtan).
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: 

St. Simons Island, GA January 12-14, 2020
REM Community of Practice 2020 Invitational Atlanta, GA February 6-8, 2020
College Corner, OH February 27-28, 2020

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

Location Posting Date
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
Part-time Psychotherapist Milford Pastoral Counseling Milford, CT 11/15/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
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 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Temple, TX 12/13/19
Immediate Residency Opening Mayo Clinic Hospital  Rochester, MN 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
Second-Year Post-Masters Fellowship
Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics
White City, OR 11/22/19
Yearlong Residency Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center Columbus, OH 11/15/19
Residency 2020-2021 CHRISTUS Health Corpus Christi, TX
San Antonio, TX
Tyler, TX
Level I and Level II CPE University Medical Center, New Orleans New Orleans, LA 11/15/19
Residency 2020-2021 Mayo Clinic Hospital  Rochester, MN 11/15/19
Yearlong Residency CHI Memorial Chattanooga, TN 11/8/19
Yearlong Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 11/8/19
Yearlong Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA 11/1/19
Yearlong Residency Mount Sinai Center for Spirituality and Health New York, NY 10/11/19
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 This Week

San Diego, CA
March 18, 2020
Transforming Chaplaincy: 2020 Webinars
Online Winter, Spring and Fall sessions in 2020
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
Conyers, GA February 20 - 23, 2020
Houston, TX April 20 - 24, 2020

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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.