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June 17, 2019
Trace Haythorn,
Executive Director
I have come to think of April-June as "conference season," a time when we and our strategic partners gather for professional development, community engagement, and fellowship. As I write this, I have now represented ACPE at the NACC, CASC and Society of Pastoral Theology meetings, and later this week I will join our Board Chair and Chair-elect, Amy Greene and Melissa Walker-Luckett, at APC's meeting in Orlando.

On one level, it is easy to see the distinctive differences between our organizations. There are clearly histories, particular emphases, and current commitments that give each of us the clarity of mission that helps us thrive. 

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Community of Practice Funding Application Now Available
The Professional Well-Being Committee will receive funding requests from registered Communities of Practice for activities hosted from January 1 - December 31, 2020.  This funding cycle will be open through Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Submissions must be received by email or postmarked by July 31, 2019 to be considered in this cycle.  Each CoP seeking funds MUST first be an approved, registered ACPE Community of Practice. New groups not yet approved may submit their registration and funding request simultaneously.

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Accreditation Updates
Pam Lazor,
Accreditation Commission Chair
As requested by many of you during our workshop at the Annual Conference, I am pleased to share that Stuart Harrell, ACPE Certified Educator at UNC, will be facilitating a session on using OneNote for your center's accreditation portfolio.

The sessions will be offered on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25. Both sessions are the same content and will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern time. Spaces are limited, so click here to sign up. The Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the meeting.

Public Directory Update for Psychotherapy and Practitioner Members 
The public "Find a Psychotherapy Directory" has been updated in order to feature members' license and certification information.  If you are a Psychotherapist or Practitioner member currently listed in this public directory and would like to add this information to your profile, please follow the steps below:

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Updates to the Manual
ACPE has implemented a new Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form that is now required to be signed by all students prior to formal admission to a CPE program and at the start of each subsequent unit. The Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form is required for all students in all units of CPE, not just those that are facilitated by a CEC. The Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form also informs students that their materials, with personal information redacted, may be used in the Certification process, in the Peer Review process, as part of a center's Accreditation Portfolio, and for ACPE approved research studies.

For more information on this update, as well as other manual updates, and to download the new form, please see the Updates to the Manuals page.
Islamic Chaplaincy Guide Survey
The Islamic Chaplaincy Guide is working to publish a resource for Muslim chaplains that aim to provide guidance on healthcare chaplaincy rooting in Islamic teachings. The following survey asks CPE Educators about the specific strengths and challenges they have encountered with students related to their practice of Islam, as well as what resources they have used with Muslim students. To learn more about this work, please email

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 Arabella Young. Emeritus Educator Kathy Turner sent in the following:

This is our wonderful conference planner, Arabella Young  (married to one of our long time supervisors, Don Young)
She did all the work of selecting hotels, planning all the arrangements (except for the program) and executing our Annual Meetings for several years.
It was lovely to see this picture of her. Brings back lots of wonderful memories, as I got to work with her (in my CLIP position- Conference Liaison Information Person) for several years.

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
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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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! 

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.

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

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
This poem often haunted me when I was on call as a hospital chaplain. My guess is that several summer students are just beginning to know it as well.
Will there really be a 'Morning'?
by Emily Dickinson

Will there really be a "Morning"?
Is there such a thing as "Day"?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies?
Has it feathers like a Bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor!
Oh some Wise Man from the skies!
Please to tell a little Pilgrim
Where the place called "Morning" lies!
I love a good story. And I'm delighted to hear about the lives of others. In these days of summer, I encourage you to give these stories from The Moth a listen. If you're looking for a place to start, try this one from Maine National Park Chaplain, Kate Braestrup: 


Wednesday, June 19
* Enlightenment of Kwan Yin Bodhisattva - Buddhism [Mahāyāna Pure Land tradition]
A celebration of the enlightenment of the bodhisattva of compassion-an enlightened being who vows to attain final, supreme enlightenment in order to save all sentient beings from suffering. In the Pure Land tradition, this bodhisattva frequently accompanies Amida Buddha in icons and other depictions.

* New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christianity (Church of the New Jerusalem)
Annual commemoration of the visionary document The True Christian Religion, written by Emanuel Swedenborg in 1770 C.E.

Friday, June 21 Summer solstice
* Summer Feast - Native American spirituality
A day to honor the coming and going of the seasons, celebrated with songs, prayers, and story-telling.

* Litha [Midsummer's Eve] - Wicca
A celebration of the consummation of the sacred marriage, in which the male divine energy is poured out in the service of life.

Saturday, June 22
* All Saints - Christianity (Eastern churches)
Celebrating the lives of those saints, known and unknown, whose prayers and exemplary lives have a positive influence on the lives and Christian faith of others. Western Christian churches celebrate this festival on November 1st.

Sunday, June 23
* Corpus Christi - Christianity [Roman Catholic]
Named for the Latin phrase "Body of Christ," this festival is a time when Catholic Christians express their faith in Christ's real presence in the elements of Holy Communion.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
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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.