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May 25, 2020
Congratulations to the 2020 cohort of the ACPE Boisen Scholars! Thanks to the generous support of our donors to the Foundation for ACPE, six exceptional students were selected as part of the second cohort of Boisen Scholars. This program supports professional development opportunities for all ACPE students, including Level I and Level II, Psychotherapy Student Members, Chaplain Residents and Certified Educator Candidates. Although this year's cohort was not able to attend the 20/20 Joint Conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still exploring opportunities for the selected Boisen Scholars to receive professional development support.
We would like to extend a special thank you to this year's Boisen Scholars Selection Committee: Lisa Behike, Stephen Goss, Brooks Heard, Shulamit Izen, Brenda Simonds, Mischa Smith and Katherine Higgins who offered ACPE staff leadership.
Click here to support future Boisen Scholars! Make a gift today.

Accreditation center portfolios are due by June 1, 2020.  

Please be in touch with your assigned commissioner if you have any questions.

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.  The zoom link was emailed last week; if you need it again, please email Katherine Higgins.
The meeting times will be:
  • Virtual Educator Gatherings:  Thursday, 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time
  • Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings:  Friday, 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time
The Oates Institute's summer symposium on Trauma-Informed Spiritual Care: Help for the Ongoing Trauma and Aftermath of COVID-19 is scheduled for June 2-12. The symposium features 8 live one-hour presentations and Q & A by multidisciplinary speakers. Presentations will take place via Adobe Connect at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST, each day.
Recordings will also be made available to participants.

Barbara Pendergrast
Former ACPE CPE student Barbara Pendergrast is a chaplain at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and she was interviewed on a recent podcast:

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 Robert Freeman, Mary Huie-Jolly and Inba Inbarasu at the 2014 Annual Conference in Austin, TX.

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
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.

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.

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
As we look for silver linings amidst this strange and difficult time, many have turned  (or returned) to literature to let their imaginations and minds flourish even within the confines of their days. This poem invites an imaginative play with some wonderful characters from some very memorable reads:

Fictional Characters
by Danusha Laméris

Do they ever want to escape?
Climb out of the white pages
and enter our world?

Holden Caulfield slipping in the movie theater
to catch the two o'clock
Anna Karenina sitting in a diner,
reading the paper as the waitress
serves up a cheeseburger.

Even Hector, on break from the Iliad,
takes a stroll through the park,
admires the tulips.

Maybe they grew tired
of the author's mind,
all its twists and turns.

Or were finally weary
of stumbling around Pamplona,
a bottle in each fist,
eating lotuses on the banks of the Nile.

For others, it was just too hot
in the small California town
where they'd been written into
a lifetime of plowing fields.

Whatever the reason,
here they are, roaming the city streets
rain falling on their phantasmal shoulders.

Wouldn't you, if you could?
Step out of your own story,
to lean against a doorway
of the Five & Dime, sipping your coffee,

your life, somewhere far behind you,
all its heat and toil nothing but a tale
resting in the hands of a stranger,
the sidewalk ahead wet and glistening.
Danusha Laméris, "Fictional Characters" from The Moons of August.

From Maria Popova at Brain Pickings, a wonderful song of hope as well as the lovely context from which it emerged. You might want to stand and let your body move as you listen to this:

ACPE Psychotherapist Bernard Kynes wrote a reflection entitled, "I am Ahmaud Arbery." 

May 28 
Ascension of Christ (Orthodox Christianity)
Falling forty days after Easter, this date marks the conclusion of Jesus's time on earth. Acts 1:9-11 state that the disciples witnessed Jesus's ascension into heaven from the Mount of Olives. The day is celebrated with prayer and special church services, and is often marked with music. It is one of the oldest celebrations of the tradition.

May 29
Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
Baha'is believe in the oneness of the human race, the unity of religions, equality of the sexes, and universal peace; they abstain from alcohol, gambling, and gossip. Baha'is are followers of Baha'u'llah, who was born in Persia in 1817. This day, which commemorates Baha'u'llah's death and ascension to heaven, is one of nine holy days in the year. Baha'is do not work on their holy days, which for many is considered a sacrifice. Celebrations on such days are generally quiet observances. Baha'u'llah's ascension may be celebrated by a picnic, or a gathering at which prayers are said, or songs are sung from Baha'u'llah's writings.

May 28-30 
Shavuot (Begins at sundown on the 28th)  (Judaism)
The "Feast of Weeks" celebrates the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

May 31 
Pentecost  (Christianity)
Also known as Whitsunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter/Pascha commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and women followers of Jesus. Marks the birth of the Christian Church.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • Retired Educator Robert Turrell Pattiefather of four, youngest child of five, husband, grandfather, accomplished whistler and bird caller, frustrated golfer, table napkin doodler, amateur landscaper, never-ending basement finisher, almost pro deck builder, piano player by ear, and the all-encompassing sports enthusiast, passed away at the age of 89 on Sunday morning, May 3, 2020.
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
Executive Director Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Newport Beach, CA 5/22/20
Certified Educator UCSF Health San Francisco, CA 5/22/20
Certified Educator Moses Cone Hospital Greensboro, NC 5/22/20
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
Certified Educator Candidate UCSF Health San Francisco, CA 5/22/20
2020-2021 Residency Advocate Aurora Health  Illinois & Wisconsin 5/22/20
Level 1/2 CPE The Christ Hospital Health Network Cincinnati, OH 5/22/20
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 Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 3/20/20
CPE Residency Baylor Scott & White Health - North Texas Dallas, TX 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

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.