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June 10, 2019
View from the Road: Research: Alive and Well in ACPE
Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy,
Over the past five years, ACPE has experienced many new dynamics and relationships. One that I have been directly connected to has been the re-vitalization of leadership and activities around research related to CPE processes and the practices of those we educate. I write "re-vitalization" because one of my first volunteer activities with ACPE in the mid-1980s was on a regional research committee. In recent years, our Board has created an ACPE Research Committee and appointed a diverse group of invested persons who began their work in January 2018, demonstrating a commitment that had not been so evident for many years.

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Interim Psychotherapy Commission: Membership Changes and Continuing Education Policy
Joann Heaney-Hunter,
Interim Psychotherapy Commission Chair
Before turning to my update on the Interim Psychotherapy Commission's work on continuing education, I want to first make sure that all former members who joined ACPE from the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) received this letter  outlining changes that have been made to the psychotherapy membership model. For those who have not heard, over 850 members from AAPC have joined as ACPE Psychotherapists, Practitioners, Retired Professionals, and Student members during the initial two months of the consolidation! 

Accreditation Updates
Pam Lazor,
Accreditation Commission Chair
Good morning! I have a few important updates from the Accreditation Commission:

The Commission invites your participation in the new accreditation process. In case you missed it, please see my article from May 20, 2019, about the many ways in which you can get involved. Not only is volunteering a great way to give back to the association, but it also provides you with unique opportunities to see other centers in action and to learn from all of our colleagues.

Funding for Innovative CPE Projects: Deadline to submit LOI is June 15, 2019
The 2019 Innovative Program Awards funding cycle is now open!

Funded by a portion of funds raised through the Sowing Seeds for our Holy Work Annual Campaign, Innovative Program Awards support ACPE members and/or centers in the achievement of ACPE's Strategic Initiatives. Specifically, these innovative projects allow ACPE to support the development and dissemination of new and experimental programs that extend CPE into atypical settings, test and disseminate new pastoral/spiritual care theology and education, and/or develop new research concepts and methodologies.
Re-live the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference on our YouTube Channel. Watch the Commencement Ceremony, Plenary Sessions and more!

We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Cleveland, OH for the 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care!

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The Rev. James Gebhart, ACPE Certified Educator, released a book entitled Rush of a Violent Wind.

James is both a United Methodist minister and a Clinical Psychologist. He has been in independent practice for thirty-five years. 

His book is now available to purchase on Amazon
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Do you recognize these folks or the event in the photo above? Send us a note at

Last week's photo featured the The Rev. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina. 

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
2019 ACPE Election: Are You Ready to Serve?
Stephen Robinson,
LDC Chair
As you know, the work of our association is accomplished by a combination of our great ACPE staff and a large number of volunteers who give their time, energy, passion, and talent to our good work. The Leadership Development Committee  continues to focus our energy on nurturing and preparing leaders, and helping to provide our board, commissions, and committees with competent leaders who reflect the complex diversity of our entire ACPE membership. You can find job descriptions and other leadership resources here.

Accreditation Updates: Q&A Sessions Begin June 11
I hope that everyone's summer is off to a great start!  As we are continuing our preparation for the new process, we are excited to publish the sign-up information for small group Q & A sessions that will being on June 11 and will continue throughout the rest of the year as long as needed.  These sessions are the opportunity  to ask everything you always wanted to know about the new process and building your center's accreditation portfolio.

Certification Updates
Cecelia Walker, Certification
 Commission Chair
We are pleased to share a wonderful overview video of the New Certification Process that Jeffrey Holman, ACPE Certified Educator and Manager - Clinical Pastoral Education at OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio, developed and recorded. 

The presentation is an excellent introduction to the new process for both Certified Educators and CECs.  It is also a wonderful way to refresh your understanding of the process. 

Community of Practice Manual Now Available 
Barbara Bullock,
PWB Chair
The Professional Well-Being Committee (PWB) met for two days in Scottsdale, Arizona prior to our annual conference last month. Communities of Practice were central to our conversations. 

In the coming year, we will build additional resources to support the leadership and development of ACPE Communities. To that end, we have developed a manual for both conceptual and logistical support. 

Do you want to honor a colleague who has contributed significantly to the field(s) of spiritual care, pastoral counseling and/or psychotherapy? If so, we invite you to nominate them for an ACPE Service Award by August 15, 2019! Please contact Jasmine Okafor if you have any questions.


Click Here to Access the Nomination Form

A Word About ACPE Memorial Practices for Our Newest Members
Dianna Cox
On the heels of the Memorial Day holiday, I wanted to take a moment to share with our newest psychotherapist, practitioner, and retired professional members ACPE's traditions for honoring those among us who have passed away.  Every association develops its own rituals and traditions for acknowledging the death of beloved members and friends. I want to personally invite you-whether a new or long-time member-to participate in those practiced by ACPE.

Call for Workshops: 2020 Conference
On behalf of the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care (Partners), we invite submission of proposals for Professional Development Intensives (also called Pre/Post Conference workshops) which are eight- and four-hour sessions and 90 Minute Workshops for our 2020 Joint Conference, May 11-14 in Cleveland, Ohio. Intensives will begin on May 10.
The 2020 Joint Conference Theme is 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care which invites you to share your expertise, inspire colleagues, stimulate thoughtful discussion, and educate others on important issues within institutional chaplaincy/spiritual care and psycho spiritual therapy. 
Our goals at the 2020 Conference will be:
  • Share leading practices in research, professional development, and credentialing
  • Strengthen professional relations
  • Focus our time, talents and resources on those most vulnerable
  • Grow our practical and professional skill
We also want proposals that recognize, engage, and expand the diversity within our field, for example: international or intercultural collaborations; military, prison, outpatient, or workplace chaplains; care for pediatric, geriatric, rural, newly immigrated, or indigenous populations; chaplains/spiritual care providers familiar with misunderstood spiritual/religious constituencies; chaplaincy care with LGBTQ sensibilities; how race, gender, sexuality, or disability relate to spiritual care; one-person departments; retirement; etc.
Please follow this link to the call for proposal information and proposal application forms located on the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care 2020 Conference website: . The deadline date for receiving proposals is July 1, 2019.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
One of the beautiful gifts of poetry is the way it can reveal so much in so few words, the way that a metaphor also holds a physical reality, the way meaning is interlaced with experience and nuance. This poem offers just such a tableau and is set in a context so familiar to so many ACPE members:
"Anomaly" by Linda Pastan

No one has a heart like yours
the doctor tells me, studying
the CT angiogram with barely
concealed excitement--

an explorer in white
discovering a tropical island--
exotic foliage instead of
the body's usual geography.

And he shows me the picture
of my heart proudly, one artery
instead of two snaking from the aorta,
dividing only later

into tributaries that nourish
this aging body: white cells
and red cells paddling madly
towards the organs on shore.

Oh uncharted rivers of blood!
Why am I heartsick, heartsore,
heavy hearted? Haven't I always known
my heart was different?

In light of the shooting last week in Virginia Beach, these resources seem not only timely but painfully necessary: 

Saturday, June 15
*Pentecost - Christianity (Eastern churches)
A celebration of the Holy Spirit's descent upon the Apostles following Jesus' ascension into heaven, Pentecost [which derives from the Latin for "fifty," because it occurred fifty days after Easter] is often known as "the birthday of the Christian Church.  Services begin at sunset.

Sunday, June 16
*Trinity Sunday - Christianity (Western churches)
Marking the celebration of God manifested in three Persons: as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

*Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji - Sikhism [Nanakshahi tradition]
The first Sikh martyr and the fifth guru, Arjan (1563 - 1606 C.E.) built the Harimandir (Temple of God) in the town of Amritsar with door facing all four directions, in order to emphasize that the Sikh way was open to all regardless of their socio-economic status.  He also compiled the Sikh scriptures known as the Guru Granth Sahib.   
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Full-time Chaplain Educator, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ
  • CPE Educator, UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
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

The International Enneagram  Association (IEA) Global Conference

ACPE members receive a 50% discount on registration when they use the code "acpe"
Oakland, CA
July 25-28, 2019

G-Wish Art of Presence 14th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
Assisi, Italy
August 14-20, 2019
Transforming Chaplaincy: Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership
Online Fall 2019
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, DOE-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.