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May 18, 2020
Trace Haythorn
The fits and starts of "reopening" across the US leave me feeling disjointed, off-kilter, out of sorts. To add to this season of disorientation, I am acutely aware that by now we had hoped to be celebrating the completion of a wonderful joint conference with our strategic partners in Cleveland. Instead, most of us are sheltering in place, spending lots of time on Zoom, in many cases standing on the front lines of this crisis, and carrying all it might mean for the physical and economic health of our programs and communities. I keep hearing Carrie Newcomer's lovely reminder, " You can do this hard thing ."

Thank you to all educator who responded to our survey about summer units.  Over the past few weeks, we have had an increase in phone calls from students searching for programs that are having summer units, so we are happy to share the list of centers that responded "yes" to our survey.  We hope that this will assist students looking for CPE units this summer.  As this information was provided to us by the centers, we suggest that prior to sending an application that you contact the center to confirm their plans for the summer unit.  Center contact information may be found in our online directory on the website.
For ACPE Certified Educators, we know that things are changing rapidly, and often on a daily basis, so if your center's plans have changed and you want to be added to the list or need to be removed, please email Marc Medwed, Associate Executive Director.  We appreciate the work you are doing, now more than ever, and wish you all good health.

Join a Virtual Gathering this Thursday or Friday
Katherine Higgins
Thanks to all of you who have made our Virtual Educator Gatherings and our Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings a vital place to connect, debrief, and share ideas during these uncertain times.  We will continue to offer one meeting time each week for both Educators and Psychotherapists.  Please drop in as you are able; no registration is required.  Look for Zoom meeting information in your email early next week.
The meeting times will be:
  • Virtual Educator Gatherings:  Thursday, 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time
  • Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings:  Friday, 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time
Like many CPE programs, Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California System for CPE moved quickly to online services and education as the reality of COVID-19 and the precautions of social distancing came into full view. Our concern was the safety of our residents, modifying our program to fit the current climate and making sure our residents felt supported and equipped to provide spiritual care during this pandemic. The transition was relatively smooth with few adjustments needed to acclimate to a more virtual CPE program.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we shifted all our class sessions to an online forum. Through Zoom, our residents are still able to participate in our regular CPE group activities as well as receive feedback and support from the CPE educator and fellow residents. In March, our clinical CPE training moved quickly to focus on learning tele-chaplaincy, a form of chaplain outreach that uses phone/video conferencing to provide spiritual care to patients, families, and caregivers. Although tele-chaplaincy is not a new concept, it was a new method of outreach to our CPE program. We drew upon Providence St. Joseph Health's resources to help ease our transition quickly and effectively. We provided background information, research, and training exercises to give our residents' the skills to properly provide spiritual care through tele-chaplaincy. Our curriculum changed to include training techniques on how to continue to convey empathy and compassion even when you are not physically present.

The Conference formerly known as Kanuga 
Gregory Ellison
During this time of radical transition and heightened uncertainties, we feel especially called to maintain our connections and offer our annual workshops, training, and support.

We invite you to join us as we come together virtually for learning, relating, and moving forward together at The Gathering of Spiritually Integrated Practitioners.

Save the dates: October 16-18, 2020 with keynoter Dr. Gregory Ellison
Odyssey Impact has created a free 3 part short film series with companion written resources for hose on the spiriutal frontlines of COVID-19. The film resource captures conversaions between two hospital chaplains in NYC and Minneapolis.

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  ACPE Certified Educators Betty White and Shulamit Izen at the 2016 Annual Conference

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
COVID-19 News
COVID-19 Response and Accreditation Updates
ACPE is actively monitoring the COVID-19 (commonly known as the coronavirus) situation. The health and safety - of our students, members, and the community we serve - are our paramount priority.

We are committed to providing updates and information as the COVID-19 situation continues via email and the website. We encourage you to monitor the CDC website for additional information.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the office at (404) 320-1472 or

COVID-19 Resources for Members
In the midst of these uncertain times, many of us are hungry for information - information that can inform our decisions, help us process what we're experiencing, and connect us with those around us.
The Professional Well-Being Committee is working to gather such resources and make them available to our members. Here you will find articles, videos, and reflections that will bolster our resilience and strengthen our practice in the days and weeks ahead.
If you or your Community of Practice has a resource that you would like to submit to share with our members,  please email Katherine Higgins .

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In Case You Missed It
Pam Lazor
Due to the challenges many of our centers are facing with COVID-19 as well as concerns related to the health of our members, the Accreditation Commission has decided to postpone all in-person site visits until after January 1, 2021.

WHAT will the depth and breadth of impact be on our near and extended futures?
Resources for Advocating for Your CPE Program
Melissa Walker-Luckett
This time has an out-of-sync feeling to me. The question is not "WILL this time have lasting impact?" It is rather, "WHAT will the depth and breadth of impact be on our near and extended futures?"

Perhaps like many of you, I have wept reading the stories of both success and failure for frontline healthcare providers, and the generous responses of individuals and groups toward the people caring for the sick. I've made 'community masks' for friends and family. I've mourned when hearing of the deaths of friends' family members and dread the time I will experience the death of a friend or family member. Only history will measure the magnitude of the losses in life and livelihood in the worldwide community.

Two weeks ago, based on a suggestion from members, ACPE sent a survey out to all educators inquiring about their plans for summer units. As you will see in the graphs below, 180 centers responded, which represent 57% of our accredited centers, so a little more than half of our centers are represented here. The centers that responded are spread out geographically, representing the range of centers that are in areas with a high concentration of COVID-19 patients as well as those that have a more moderate concentration. They also represent large and small programs.

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Our Research Team wanted to give an update about the CPE & Emotional Intelligence (EI) research study to the ACPE community. Little did we know the magnitude and effects of the pandemic when we announced our research plans in a webinar  in February.

Since many CPE centers expressed interest in being part of this study, our team considered how to be good stewards of this exciting opportunity to partner with you for a nation-wide study advancing our field. We remain committed to this project while fully aware that you are focused on navigating uncertainties in your CPE programs amid the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we have made adjustments to the timeline and have extended the opportunity to join the project.

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
My daughter has adopted a kind of catch-phrase that seems appropriate in almost every situation. She will spontaneously say, "What is happening?" She doesn't expect an answer; rather, it seems to be her way of identifying that things are off kilter, that what she expected or hoped for is not what is happening, but there is something to which we must pay attention. Perhaps it is even something that will "startle us back to the truth of who we are."

An Evolving Course 
by Rumi
We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life and into
the animal state, and then to being human.

And always we have forgotten our former states,
except in early spring,
when we dimly recall being green again.

That is how a young person turns
toward a teacher, how a baby leans
toward the breast, without knowing
the secret of its desire,
yet turning instinctively.

So humankind is a being led along
an evolving course through this migration 
of intelligences, and though we seem
to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness
that directs the dream.

It will eventually startle us back
to the truth of who we are. 
These are serious times. They have been politicized in ways that leave many of us feeling deeply disconcerted, troubled about where all of this is headed. And yet - spring comes. Have you noticed the glorious blue sky? Did you hear that the hole in the ozone over Antarctica has shrunk significantly? What is it that sparks your imagination, that keeps you curious about the things close in? Here's a lovely blog post from the good people at The Network for grateful Living: 

May 19 
Laila Al-Qadr (Islam)
Commemorates the night that the Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is known as the "Night of Power." Often set on the 27th day of Ramadan, Sunnis may observe it on the 21st, 23rd, 25th or 29th and Shīʿite (Shiite) observe it on the 19th, 21st or 23rd day of Ramadan.

May 21 
Ascension Day (Christianity)
Celebrated 40 days after Easter/Pascha, it commemorates the ascension of Jesus into Heaven.

Nowruz (Zoroastrian)
A traditional ancient Iranian festival celebrating the first day of Spring and the Iranian New Year. Also celebrated as New Year's Day in Baha'i tradition (Naw-Ruz). (This date may vary based on region or sect.)

May 23 
Declaration of the Bab  (Bahá'í)
Commemoration of May 23, 1844, when the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá'í Faith, announced in Shíráz, Persia, that he was the herald of a new messenger of God. The Baha'i Faith is considered to have begun on May 23, 1844, which was the day that the individual known as "The Bab" declared his mission. The world's 5 million Baha'is have basic principles that include belief in the oneness of the human race, the unity of religions, equality of the sexes, and universal peace. Baha'is are followers of Baha'u'llah, who was born in Persia in 1817

(Begins at sundown on the 23rd)
Eid al-Fitr (Islam)
The "Feast of the Breaking of the Fast" marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn until dusk. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Ramadan recognizes Muhammad's revelation from God, as recorded in the Qur'an. During this period, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, and time is focused on prayer, charity and self-reflection. On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims celebrate the end of fasting, and thank God for giving them the strength to practice self-control during Ramadan.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • ACPE Psychotherapist Dr. Kathryn Summers' father, the Rev. Dr. William Frye Summers, Jr. died on May 10, 2020 in South Carolina.
  • ACPE Certified Educator Mary Ann Boothe's family has been searching for family friend, Bob Walker, on the North Shore of Oahu since Wednesday afternoon. Bob has vascular dementia and wandered off for the first time.
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
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
CPE Educator Mercy St.Vincent Toledo, OH 5/1/20
CPE Trained Chaplain Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn, NY 4/24/20
CPE Manager St. Mark's Hospital Salt Lake City, UT 4/17/20
CPE Manager Centra Health Lynchburg, VA 4/3/20
CPE Program Director Erlanger Health Chattanooga, TN 3/27/20
CPE Educator VA Midwest Health Care Network St. Cloud, MN 3/6/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
2020-2021 Residency BayCare Spiritual Care Clearwater, FL 5/15/20
2020 Residency Jackson Health System Miami, FL 5/15/20
2020-2021 Residency Texas Health Resources Arlington, TX 5/8/20
2020-2021 Residency Yuma Regional Medical Center Yuma, AZ 5/8/20
CPE Residency Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, MN 5/8/20
CPE Residency Covenant Medical Center Lubbock, TX 5/8/20
CPE Residency WVU Medicine Morgantown, WV 5/1/20
Chaplain Resident The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Columbus, OH 5/1/20
2020-2021 Residency Ascension Seton Austin, TX 5/1/20
Residency Openings UCHealth Aurora, CO
Fort Collins, CO
2020-2021 CPE Residency UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Des Moines, IA 4/24/20
Residency Openings Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare Metro Atlanta, GA 4/24/20
CPE Residency Program East Jefferson GeneralHospital New Orleans, LA 4/24/20
2020-2021 Residency University Medical Center New Orleans New Orleans, LA 4/3/20
CPE Residency Baylor Scott & White - Temple Temple, TX 3/20/20
CPE Residency Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 3/20/20
CPE Residency Baylor Scott & White Health - North Texas Dallas, TX 3/20/20
CPE Residency Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 3/20/20
CPE Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 3/13/20
Second Year Fellowship Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 3/13/20
CPE Residency VA Midwest Health Care Network St. Cloud, MN 3/6/20
CPE Residency Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia, WA 2/28/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corpus Christi, TX 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency Kettering Health Network Dayton, OH 1/10/20
2019-2020 Residency Program Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 12/13/19
Yearlong Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA 11/1/19
1st & 2nd Year Residencies
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings Want to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Educational Opportunities

May 18 - 21, 2020
Oates Institute Symposium: Trauma Informed Spiritual Care Online
June 1 - 15, 2020
Durham, North Carolina
August 10 - 14, 2020
Evolution of Psychotherapy Anaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Transforming Chaplaincy
Online Spring and Fall sessions
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A
Emotional Intelligence Training
The Value of Existential Pain Online Self-Paced
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment

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ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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ACPE is the premier, Department of Education-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. 

ACPE is also the professional home of a growing number of spiritually integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. ACPE supports Psychotherapist and Practitioner members through continuing education programs, networking, and leadership development.