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May 6, 2019
Asking the Right Questions, Vol. 2
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
In February, I had the privilege of interviewing Rev. Ron Oliver, the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) president. He is also the System Vice President, Mission & Outreach for Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY. He has served at Norton for nearly 30 years - 4 as a resident, 9 as the PICU chaplain, 7 as the Director of Pastoral Care and since 2009 in his current role which also includes executive oversight for Pastoral Care, the Office of Faith & Health Ministries, Medical Ethics Council, selected employee outreach initiatives and community benefit reporting.
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.
2019 Annual Conference: See you in Scottsdale!
We hope that you plan on joining us this week at the 2019 Annual Conference in the desert of Arizona! The theme this year is "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education."

Check out our exciting conference workshops and plenary speakers

The Professional Headshot Studio is back! Stop by the professional headshot studio on Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th to have your complimentary professional headshot taken! 

Online registration is now closed but it's not too late to join us if you want to register onsite. 
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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In Case You Missed It
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
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.
New Accreditation Process Update
Pam Lazor,
Accreditation Commission, Chair
Over the past several months, your Accreditation Commissioners have been meeting together on a weekly basis to continue the development of the new accreditation process and to plan for its implementation. The energy and enthusiasm are palpable and we look forward to all that is to come as we continue building towards final implementation in January 2020.

I am pleased to share some reminders with you and provide you with additional information:

Interim Psychotherapy Commission: Membership, Liability Malpractice Insurance, & New FAQS
Joann Heaney-Hunter, Interim Psychotherapy Commission, Chair
With ACPE's Annual Conference just a few weeks away, the interim Psychotherapy Commission is working diligently on issues of membership requirements and standards. As we move forward, we hope to welcome many new members into ACPE as psychotherapists and practitioners, retired members, and student members. In addition, we want to create pathways for eligible student members to move into the practitioner membership category and for practitioner members to qualify as psychotherapists in the near future. We will lay the foundation for these policies during our first in-person meeting in Scottsdale on May 10th and will share updates on our progress in future newsletters.

New CPE Transcript Feature Now Available
ACPE members and students can now sign-in to their accounts to review, download, and print their transcript! This transcript, electronically signed by the ACPE registrar, contains a proprietary "ACPE Transcript" watermark and is an official document.

Did you know that ACPE has hundreds of thousands of records dating back a century? ACPE currently has three sets of records for student units dating back to the 1920's: paper files (yellow cards) for units registered prior to 2000, the original digital database for units registered between 2000 and October 2015, and our current online database for units registered after October 2015 through the present.

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Because David Whyte is one of our keynote speakers this week for our national conference, we wanted to offer one of his poems that seemed to fit the event. Unfortunately, we couldn't decide. So here's two poems that we hope speak to the heart and soul of ACPE as we gather, recalling this space of belonging and the work we do together:
The House of Belonging 
by David Whyte 

I awoke
this morning
in the gold light
turning this way
and that

thinking for
a moment
it was one
like any other.

the veil had gone
from my
darkened heart
I thought

it must have been the quiet
that filled my room,

it must have been
the first
easy rhythm
with which I breathed
myself to sleep,
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For those of you who are coming to Scottsdale, are already here, or simply wonder what you're missing, here's the recommendations from Trip Advisor of all the other things to do in town while you're not deeply engaged with colleagues at our conference. (Note: there are almost 40,000 reviews of things to do, but we really hope folks do those things before and after the conference!!!): 

Tuesday, May 7
* Akshaya-tritiya [Immortal Third] - Jainism
A day celebrating when Lord Adinatha or Rishabhadeva, the traditional founder of the Jain faith and the first tīrthankar (a being who helps others to cross the great ocean of worldly life and achieve liberation), broke his first year-long fast by drinking juice from a sugar cane.
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 
  • Family Care Specialist, Lifegift, Houston, TX
  • Manager of Spiritual Health Services, Fairview CPE Center, Minneapolis, MI
  • CPE Educator, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
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

May 8, 2019
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 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.