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June 24, 2019
Congratulations to the 2018 Giving Competition Winners!
Rhonda Daniels,
2019 Annual Campaign Chair
J. Patrick McCoy, Foundation Chair
In 2018, the Foundation for ACPE Champions hosted the fourth annual Giving Competition - this year, among the ACPE Communities of Practice (CoP). We are pleased to announce that we have four winners - the CoPs with the highest percentages of individuals who gave to ACPE in 2018. The winning CoPs will receive additional funding support towards their 2019 CoP budgets. 

Interim Psychotherapy Commission: A Season of Transition Continues
Joann Heaney-Hunter, Interim Psychotherapy Commission Chair
Last week I had the pleasure of conversations with colleagues from the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) who have made the transition or are thinking about moving to our new professional home, ACPE. They were powerful conversations, focusing on how we move to this new home: What does the transition to ACPE mean for pastoral counselors? How might our professional lives change because of this transition? On everyone's mind was movement from a well-known home, AAPC, to a different home, ACPE.
Call for Workshops: 2020 Conference: Deadline to submit a proposal is July 1st
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.
ACPE Psychotherapist publishes book on Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy 
Templeton Press has published Spirit in Session: Working with Your Client's Spirituality (and Your Own) in Psychotherapy, by ACPE Psychotherapist Russell Siler Jones. The book is foundational in the emerging Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy curriculum and comes with endorsements by Ken Pargament, Carrie Doehring, and ACPE's Amy Greene and Jill Snodgrass.

Order directly from Templeton Press, with promo code ACPE2019, for $11.97.

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Chaplains, Psychotherapists and Professional Helpers: Kanuga 2019!
Please mark your calendars for October 25-27 (Friday noon - Sunday lunch) for the annual Fall Conference at Kanuga Conference Center in western NC.

Formerly the AAPC SE Region's annual meeting, this year's keynote features well-known author and spiritually-integrated practitioner Dr. William Stayton speaking on Sexuality, Gender, and Psychotherapy: Ethical Considerations for Providing Care and Treatment for Issues Related to Gender and Sexuality. We'll also have additional workshops on a wide range of topics of interest to spiritually-integrated practitioners, social workers, therapists, and counselors. We are applying to professional regulatory boards to offer 12 to 15 continuing education hours. Please continue to watch for updates regarding approvals

Registration information coming soon!
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling Vol. 73, No. , June 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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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 (from left to right) Emeritus Educators Chappell Wilson of Marietta, GA and Tom Summers of Columbia, SC. 

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
Community of Practice Funding Application Due by July 31st
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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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

2019 ACPE Election: Are You Ready to Serve?: August 30th is deadline to be considered for the 2019 ballot
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.

New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions
Pam Lazor,
Accreditation Commission Chair
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.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop on Building Your Center's Portfolio at the annual conference. I hope that you found it meaningful and helpful as you tell your center's story. The PowerPoint of the workshop, as well as some additional materials have been uploaded to SharePoint. We will also be recording a modified version of the workshop for those who were not able to attend, as, while the slides are good, the commentary is better!

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Updates to the Manual: Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form
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.
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! 

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. 

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
It seems so appropriate as we approach July 4 and as we make our way through these divisive times to celebrate Joy Harjo, the first Native American person chosen as US Poet Laureate. Here's a sample of her work:
Don't bother the earth spirit who lives here. She is working on a story. It is the oldest story in the world and it is delicate, changing. If she sees you watching she will invite you in for coffee, give you warm bread, and you will be obligated to stay and listen. But this is no ordinary story. You will have to endure earthquakes, lightning, the deaths of all those you love, the most blinding beauty. It's a story so compelling you may never want to leave; this is how she traps you. See that stone finger over there? That is the only one who ever escaped.
Need a good dose of the awe and wonder of our world? Check out these images from Botswana and Iceland (I know - unite the juxtaposition, but you have to check these out!): 

This Week from the Members
Bryant Dougharty
Bryant Dougharty is a CPE resident at VA San Diego. He is has a masters of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and is ordained by the Church of the Nazarene. He has a background working professionally in technical theater, before being led to ministry. He writes poetry to help process emotions and experiences, publishing some of it on Instagram as @mrxbx. This poem was written during an IPR session where other group members were having a heated discussion.

How do we communicate when violence is in our nature
When nature is just a wilderness
And we won't guide ourselves out of this place
No pillar of fire
No cloud of smoke
We could use a higher word to be spoke
Lord give us ears to hear
When the wilderness falls silent
When storms of conflict tear at our sensibilities
There is hope wandering about
With our steps circling in the sand
Hope that one day these steps will lead us to ask
How do we communicate
The path that led us to the promise land
Monday, June 24
* Rahmat - Bahá'í
The beginning of the sixth month of the Bahá'í year, Rahmat means "mercy."

* Birthday of St. John the Baptizer [Baptist] - Christianity (Eastern churches)
Celebrates the prophet who foretold of the coming of the Messiah in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, whom he later baptized in the Jordan River.

Thursday, June 27
* Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Recalling the assassination of the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum while they were incarcerated in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844 C.E.

Friday, June 28
* Sacred Heart - Christianity [Roman Catholic]
A devotional feast during which Catholic Christians reflect on God's compassionate love, symbolized by Christ's heart.

Saturday, June 29
* Ghambar Maidyoshem begins - Zoroastrianism
A celebration of the creation of water, the sowing of the summer crops, and the harvesting of grain. This festival continues through Wednesday, July 3rd.

* Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul - Christianity (Western churches)
Celebrates the two apostles who preached the Christian gospel in Rome. In Eastern churches this festival begins at sundown on June 24th.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Certified Educator/CPE Manager, St. Mark's Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Certified Educator, Atrium Health Union, Monroe, NC
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

Open course/elective
The Chaplaincy Institute
Berkeley, CA
July 15-17, 2019

Being with Dying and Death
Open course/elective
The Chaplaincy Institute
Berkeley, CA
July 18-20, 2019
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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