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May 20, 2019
From the Executive Director's Desk: Healing the Healer
Trace Haythorn,
Executive Director
Still basking in the delightful experience of the 2019 ACPE Conference in Scottsdale, I had the unique opportunity last Friday (5/17) to participate in a panel discussion at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. The panel discussed "Healing the Healers" (, a new media resource intended to support clergy, laity, social workers, first responders and other spiritual care providers facing community-level trauma. The five-part film series is accompanied by a discussion guide including written reflections by scholars, clergy and other experts.

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Pam Lazor, 
Accreditation Commission Chair
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.

Also, there's still time to provide feedback! The Annual Conference Evaluation closes this Friday, May 24th at 5PM EST.

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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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Jennie Thomas, ACPE, JoAnn Garma, ACPE and Lauren Frazier McGuin, ACPE at the 2015 annual conference in Atlanta, GA.

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
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.
2018 Year-in-Review
2018 Year-in-Review
Reflecting on our Achievements, Focusing on our Aspirations

Take a look at the good work ACPE accomplished in 2018 including: funds raised, student stories, and innovative program awards.

Strategic Partners for Spiritual Care: Progress Report #1
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
As you know, ACPE leaders have been meeting regularly with our Strategic Partners to explore ways we can more closely and intentionally work together. These conversations continue to evolve, and I have to say it is such a privilege to be a part of such a collegial and constructive conversation. While the specifics need to be worked out by all of us together, including the membership, we offer the following progress report as an update and a reminder of our ongoing commitment to collaborative work.
Responding to Domestic Violence & Situational Grief: A Primer for Mental Health and Spiritual Care Professionals Webinar
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.

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.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Every once in a while, a line in a poem leaps out and will not be ignored. It grabs the heart and will not let it go. "When Facebook says I have 'followers'-I hope they know I need their help" is just such a line. Here's the full poem from Naomi Shihab Nye:
Shadow by Naomi Shihab Nye

Some people feel lost inside their days.
Always waiting for worse to happen.
They make bets with destiny.
My funniest uncle gave up cursing bad words
inside his head. He says he succeeded
one whole hour. He tried to unsubscribe to
the universe made by people. He slept outside
by himself on top of the hill.

When Facebook says I have "followers"--
I hope they know I need their help.
Subscribe to plants, animals, stars,
music, the baby who can't walk yet but
stands up holding on to the sides of things,
tables, chairs, and takes a few clumsy steps,
then sits down hard. This is how we live.
If you haven't discussed resilience at work, you can expect to in the not too distant future! But resilience is more than response to the major events, to trauma or an emergency. Resilience is also about the daily practices that help us stay focused, reduce anxiety, and be present in our workplace. Take a look at these seven steps to reduce workplace stress, something we can all use as reminders:

Thursday, May 23
* Birthday of Guru Amar Das - Sikhism
Guru Amar Das (1479 - 1574 C.E.) was the third of the Sikh Gurus.

* Lag B'Omer - Judaism
The 33rd day in the counting of the period between Pesach [Passover] and Shavuot [the giving of the Law]; the festival begins at sundown.

Friday, May 24
* Declaration of the Báb - Bahá'í
The celebration of the day in 1844 C.E. when he announced his identity as the Gate or herald of the new age in Shiraz, Persia (modern-day Iran).
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • No news reported this week.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Manager and ACPE Certified Educator, NYU Langone Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
  • Manager of CPE, University Medical Center New Orleans, 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

Holland, MI
May 20-23, 2019
Spiritual Health Symposium: Cultivating & Sustaining Compassion in the Practice of Health Care
New York, NY
May 31, 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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