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June 3, 2019
Clinical Trial Indeed
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
This month's column is a little different. I wanted to step aside from all the ACPE business and busy-ness for a moment and focus on something more personal than all our association activities. Though a large number of you already know (and are following through CaringBridge) the Rev. Dr. Peter Yuichi Clark of UCSF Health at the University of California, San Francisco, I wanted to give him a wider audience because he is one of the wisest and most patient people I know.

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Accreditation Updates
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.

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. 

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.

Congratulations to the Newly Certified
Congratulations to the ACPE Certified Associate Educators and ACPE Certified Educators who passed sub-committees at the spring meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. 

Professional photos of the Commencement Celebration for the Newly Certified can be downloaded here.

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.

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

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) Mary Carol Nelson, Rabbi Jeffery Silberman, Ted Trout-Landen, and Ralph Ciampa. 

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
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.
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!

Joann Heaney-Hunter,Interim Psychotherapy Commission Chair
I was so happy to see many of you in person at the Annual Conference in Scottsdale last week. For those who were not able to join us, I wanted to share some of the week's highlights:
  • Former members of AAPC played an active role at the 2019 Conference. Several shared poster presentations, and seven facilitated workshops on issues like grief, positive psychology, and internal family systems. By all reports, these presentations and sessions resonated with ACPE Certified Educators and Psychotherapists alike. Over 85 members attended a module from the Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) curriculum, which generated interest and energy - after the presentation, many members expressed a desire to learn more about SIP!
Once again, we would like to thank everyone that joined us in Scottsdale, AZ. Keep checking ACPE's website and YouTube for pictures, videos, and presentations from the 2019 Annual Conference.

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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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.
Responding to Domestic Violence & Situational Grief Webinar: Sessions 1 & 2 Now Available to Re-watch
These webinars are designed to help mental health and spiritual care professionals respond to domestic violence and situational grief.  The presenters will explore the similarities and differences between strategies for responding in these contexts and highlight necessary resources for both clinicians and clients.  They will identify various types of community support that might be available and discuss ways for clinicians working in these fields to practice self-care.  Dawn has worked extensively in the field of trauma and trauma recovery, particularly in the context of domestic violence in marginalized communities and immigrant populations.  Claire presents nationally on the topics of grief, situational loss, and training first responders.

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
One of the gifts of CPE is the process of learning to reflect. Of course, reflecting also requires attending, cultivating awareness and not simply stumbling through life. Remember Emily's soliloquy at the end of  where she wonders if anyone ever appreciates how beautiful and precious life is while we have it? How many of us in visiting the vulnerable find ourselves right in the midst of just such an awareness? Here's a poem that invites just such attention, such reflection, such awareness:
"What to Do" by Joyce Sutphen

Wake up early, before the lights come on
in the houses on a street that was once
a farmer's field at the edge of a marsh.

Wander from room to room, hoping to find
words that could be enough to keep the soul
alive, words that might be useful or kind

in a world that is more wasteful and cruel
every day. Remind us that we are
like grass that fades, fleeting clouds in the sky,

and then give us just one of those moments
when we were paying attention, when we gave
up everything to see the world in

a grain of sand or to behold
a rainbow in the sky, the heart
leaping up.
Have you discovered the treasure trove of resources at Soul Pancake? If not, try out this particular site, called "My Last Days." It chronicles the lives of people with terminal illnesses. It might be worthwhile to see what role spirituality plays in their reflections: 

Monday, June 3
* Eid al-Fitr - Islam
This is the Breaking of the Fast that celebrates the end of the month of Ramadān. Usually lasting three days, this festival begins at sundown with communal prayer and may also include charitable acts, visiting family and friends, preparing special foods, dressing in new clothes, and giving gifts.

Wednesday, June 5
* Ascension Day - Christianity (Eastern churches)
The anniversary of Jesus' ascension into heaven, celebrated forty days after Easter with services beginning at sundown.

* Núr - Bahá'í
The beginning of the fifth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "light."

Saturday, June 8
* Shavuot [Feast of Weeks] - Judaism
A two-day festival, beginning at sundown, that celebrates the harvest of first fruits and the giving of the Law (or Torah) to Moses at Mt. Sinai. The name Shavuot derives from the Hebrew words for "seven" and "week," because it marks seven weeks following Pesach or Passover.

Sunday, June 9
* Pentecost Sunday - Christianity (Western 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.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • Russell Read Wilson, the brother of ACPE Certified Educator Jo Clare Wilson, died peacefully at home on May 18, 2019. Russell had been a resident of Burlington, North Carolina for over 50 years and served in numerous community and civic organizations. 
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Advocate AuroraHealth, Illinois & Wisconsin 
  • Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA
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.