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March 25, 2019
Foundation News: Looking Back to Think Ahead
J. Patrick McCoy
Foundation President
As I have begun to take up my new role as President of the Foundation for ACPE, I have been taking some time to review the accomplishments of our foundation (yours and mine) over the past five years. Among my friends I'm not known for outbursts of enthusiasm, but I have to say that I am excited by what I see when I look at what we (you and I) have been able to do in the recent past with the leadership of the foundation board, our Annual Campaign chairs and champions, and our staff.

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Join us at the 2019 Annual Conference in a place of expansive skies and hidden treasures - the desert of Arizona. The theme this year is "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education."

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort is the perfect setting to meet to do our holy work and to renew our spirits for the challenging work ahead.

Inspirational SpeakersInformative WorkshopsInvigorating Events!

Register Today before the March 30th deadline
Updates from the Interim Psychotherapy Commission
Joann Heaney-Hunter Commission Chair
I am happy to report that, as of this morning, 830 former members of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) have applied to transfer their membership to ACPE. What an auspicious beginning! While it will take much of April to process these hundreds of applications, please be sure that ACPE staff are working diligently to ensure that member transition from AAPC to ACPE is smooth and seamless. Also know that the members of the Interim Psychotherapy Commission are working actively with ACPE staff to prepare the way for the association's newest members.

Today is the deadline to transfer your AAPC Membership to ACPE.

Last Call for Theory Integration Mentor Training
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We are excited to share that we have now trained five cohorts of educators, representing more than 50 ACPE Certified Educators. The last training cohort for this year will be held April 10, April 24, and May 1.  

If you are interested in completing the training to become a Theory Integration Presentation Mentor, please email Marc Medwed no later than Friday, March 29. We will offer more opportunities again after the summer.
We have revised the Preceptor Orientation Presentation. The revised document can be found on the Accreditation Resources page of the website. 

As a reminder, a preceptor must be engaged at all clinical placement sites.
Cecelia Walker
Cecelia Walker
Certification Chair
There are many wonderful things happening with our CEC's and it is very exciting to see the growth of the new certification process as we continue to experience all that it has to offer.
I am pleased to address a few of the areas that have recently generated questions:

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

Thank you for your responses to last week's photo. Your answers helped us identify ACPE Certified Educator Marla Coulter-McDonald (left) and ACPE Certified Educator Joan Murray (right). Date unknown.

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
What does it mean to be and become a person in a virtual, technological world? And how do we understand the ethical, relational, spiritual, theological, and psychological implications of humanity's fascination and reliance on technology? Drawing on empirical research, neuroscience, object relations theory, anthropology, and theology, this workshop will offer counselors and caregivers an ethical, "best practices" framework that encourages authentic relationships within and beyond the confines of the therapeutic/care giving space. This workshop will also help participants to identify the necessary dynamics for humans to holistically flourish in an increasingly virtual world.

Learn more and Register
ACPE Launches New SharePoint Member Site
ACPE is excited to announce the launch of Microsoft 365/SharePoint, one of the top business collaboration resources today, to create and maintain educator and center portfolios and to share on message boards, files, instant messaging, and video conferencing!

For your convenience, members only have one username and password to access the ACPE website and its Microsoft 365/SharePoint site. Links to the Microsoft 365/SharePoint site are located on ACPE's website on the homepage and under "My ACPE" menu option.

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Do You Want to Become a Member of the National Faculty?
We are pleased to share that the Certification Manual section on Becoming a Member of the National Faculty has been updated. The page includes an overview of how to become National Faculty and what must be done to maintain this status.  Additionally, the page has links to documents that provide the National Faculty Competencies as well as a National Faculty Competencies Assessment Form.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
We often get questions about how one should do CPE, how to approach it or how to get the most out of it. This poem seems to offer some of the best advice to those questions:
How to Soothe
by Laura Grace Weldon

When babies cried
my father picked them up,
politely, as if to apologize
for their locomotion issues,
then stepped outside.

He named trees, birds, rain.
"This is grass," he'd say.
"In no time at all
you'll be running on it."

Babies calmed at once,
eyes wide, awake
to the planet's glories.

I learned from my father
it's a matter of walking
inside to out
with someone capable
of truly seeing.
All too often, older adults are treated as if they have become a different kind of human, one without some of the questions, desires, impulses, and messiness of younger generations. Soul Pancake has started a new series meant to address this misconception. It's called "Mature Content" - take a look: 

This Week from the Members
Rev. Lee Self
CPE Student
Rev. E. Lee Self is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She recevied her Master's of Divinity from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX and is currently finishing her 3rd unit of CPE at Dallas Children's Medical Center.

She wrote this poem as part of a study she did on "Poetic Medicine" by John Fox in her 2nd Unit at Children's Medical Center Plano. She may be contacted at
Deeply Listening
By Rev E. Lee Self

When you listen to me you affirm my value.

When you hear my story, you show I am loved.

When you listen to my pain, you are God with skin on.

When you make space for me to share whatever I need you make me feel like I matter.

When you share my sorrow, you lighten my burden.

When you sit with me in silence, you allow me to breath a little slower and deeper.

When you sit with me in sacred witness of my tears, you give me relief and release.

When you listen to me right where I am, you help me feel more free.

When you meet me here, right now, and love me and listen to me, and pray with me,

You give me hope through faith "and a beloved land that seemed distant, is home" here right now between us, a little bit of heaven is here, God is with us.
Monday, March 25
* Feast of the Annunciation - Christianity (Western and Eastern churches)
This festival marks the visit of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary of Nazareth and Mary's faithful response to God's plan by consenting to be Jesus' mother.

Tuesday, March 26
* Ramanavami - Hinduism
A celebration in honor of the birth of Rama, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu. Hindus read the Ramayana, a Hindu epic, and religious dances called Ramalila are performed to depict scenes from his life. This is the culmination of a week-long observance.

* Khordad Sal - Zoroastrianism
The birth anniversary of the prophet Zarathustra.

Sunday, March 31
* Birthday of Avalokiteśvara or Kuan Yin [Kannon] - Buddhism
Usually celebrated on or near the full moon day in March, this day marks the occasion when the enlightened being known as Avalokiteśvara (in the Mahāyāna traditions of Tibet and China) or as Kuan Yin or Kannon (the feminine embodiment of this bodhisattva in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese Buddhism) vowed to attain final, supreme enlightenment and thereby save all suffering sentient beings.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Director, CPE, Baptist Health Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
  • Staff Chaplain, Sutter Health CPMC, San Francisco, CA
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

Resilience in Leadership Initiative
Chicago Theological Seminary/Online
Applications due April 5, 2019
Bioethics Intensive Course
Houston, TX
April 29, 2019
Jewish Spiritual Care Collaborative
New York/Online
May 2, 2019
10th Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
Holland, MI
May 20-23, 2019
Spiritual Health Symposium: Cultivating & Sustaining Compassion in the Practice of Health Care
New York, NY
May 31, 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
Diploma in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy
San Francisco, CA Rolling Enrollment

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