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November 18, 2019
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn
Executive Director
I read bell hooks Teaching to Transgress twenty years agowhen I was working on a PhD in cultural foundations of education. In the first paragraph of the first chapter, hooks writes the following: "To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin" (p. 13). In the margin next to that quote, I wrote, "This is why I'm here!"

That sentence struck me like a lightening bolt, a moment that created the kind of shift within my mind and the grounding within my soul that has shaped my work as an educator ever since. Of course, it is aspirational - we all fall short of such a high-minded commitment on those days when the busy-ness of life distracts us from our deeper sense of purpose. But even twenty years later, I come back to this sentence time and again to make sure I still hear that "yes!" to this commitment to the respect and care of souls.

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Joann Heaney-Hunter Interim Psychotherapy Commission Chair
Greetings to all, and a Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. members. This article is somewhat longer than others I have written, but I have important updates to share with you as we come to the end of our first season as an ACPE Commission.
I am happy to report the results of my presentation to the ACPE board on Tuesday, November 5. Prior to the board meeting, I delivered a report that detailed our work since the annual conference in May 2019. I presented the final charge developed by the group, the decision to form separate subcommittees for oversight of both the Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy program (SIP) and Continuing Education, and the request that former AAPC members be added to the Professional Ethics Commission so that the psychotherapist perspective be represented.
At this meeting, ACPE board members approved two action items vital to the psychotherapy community: (1) the proposal to admit institutional members and (2) the proposal to implement the Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Program (SIP).

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The ACPE office team has noticed an exponential increase in requests from members for Zoom meetings for peer review, Community of Practice gatherings, interview consultations and more.
ACPE has five dedicated Zoom line for member's use. To facilitate an easier process and ensure a timely response, please use the online form to request Zoom link. You can also find the online request form on the website under Resources.

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ACPE provides Educator Candidates, Associate Educators, Certified Educators, Retired Educators, Psychotherapist, and Practitioner members with an ACPE.EDU email address. An "" email address allows members to take advantage of educational benefits, including discounted and free software and subscriptions. With your ACPE email account, you will also have access to web versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other programs for free. Access to ACPE's private online community is built on Microsoft Yammer and you will sign in using your ACPE login. Your ACPE email inbox may have CoP emails waiting for you. These are great reasons for you to use your ACPE email as your professional email address.

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Accreditation Commission Actions
Marc Medwed 2019
Marc Medwed
Associate Executive Director
The accreditation commission recent actions are now posted to the ACPE website. Commission Action Reports will be uploaded to center portfolios before December 6.

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Eastern Community of Practice
The Eastern Community of Practice gathered at Stony Point, NY, November 7-8, 2019. The gathering delved into experiences of Power and Powerlessness as students, educators, leaders and human beings.
Pictured in this photo are 35 of the 50 participants. They are, from top left:
Johnny Bush, Joel Berning, ReBecca Sala, Kendall Palladino, Jong Mi Bae, Ty Crowe, Silvia Misina, Adrian Budica, Christine Davies, Jim Browning, Mychal Springer, David Fleenor, Verbelle Williams, Jeffery Silberman, Rhoda Toperzer, Carlos Alejandro, Mary Anuli Emebo, Sue Asher, Mary Browne, Mary Ann Brody, Amy Seat, Leah Wald, Joanne Fong, Claudia Smith, Florine Thompson, Paul Steinke, Robin Franklin, Debra Slade, Tiina Nummela, Bernadette Morales, Terry Culberston, Yael Shmilovitz, Barbara Emery, Jacob Stewart, Leslie Benfield.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo features newly certified ACPE Certified Educators at the annual conference in Dallas, TX in 2007.

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In Case You Missed It
ACPE Office is Moving
One West Court Square in downtown Decatur has served ACPE well for the last five years, however, the staff will move the office during the first week of December. A changing real estate market (which meant a 25% increase in rent) and evolving workspace needs prompted the staff to evaluate office alternatives. After touring several options and considering various workspace models, the team decided to move to 55 Allen Plaza in downtown Atlanta.

Benefits of ACPE's downtown location are:
  • Annual savings of no less than $80,000.
  • Easier access to public transportation. Visitors arriving from the airport will no longer need to change trains.
  • Onsite meeting space for leadership meetings and trainings.
  • Several hotels for out-of-town guests within blocks of the building.
  • Views and walking access to downtown parks (1 block from Centennial Park and the Center for Civil and Human Rights!), restaurants, and amenities for guests.
  • Direct access to the downtown interstate exchange.
Beginning next month, you can find ACPE at 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308. Phone numbers, emails, and web addresses will not be affected.
For the past six years, the ACPE office staff have used the end-of-year holiday season to make a difference in the lives of those in need of extra care and support. Last year with your help, we assembled about 200 care packages to benefit the Decatur Cooperative Ministry. We invite all ACPE members to join us again in our endeavor! 

We are collecting donations for El Refugio, a nonprofit that serves as a hospitality house, offering meals and lodging for families and friends visiting immigrants and asylum seekers detained at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. To make our end-of-year holiday service project a success, we ask that you donate items to benefit El Refugio.

As Executive Director Trace Haythorn said in his recent article recounting his trip to Australia where he met with our colleague Michael Hertz in Perth, interest in CPE is growing internationally, and our association is reaching out to form more relationships and agreements with CPE programs in other countries. Our International Relations Committee is doing exciting work, and we are forming a new Community of Practice to help certified educators develop the skills and community needed to meet the challenges that are arising as a result of that work.
The challenges of adapting our models to other cultures, which parallel the challenges we also face with working cross culturally in an increasingly diverse North America, demand not only cross-cultural skills, but also access to a community of colleagues with whom to process challenges and share information and experiences; this community can then share research and best practices with the rest of the ACPE. This is exactly what CoP's are all about!

Trace Haythorn
Executive Director
As many of you have heard, the Department of Labor is changing the FAIR Labor Standards Act (FLSA), initiating new rules governing overtime compensation. Beginning January 1, 2020, the base salary for one to be considered "exempt" will rise to $35,568, which may be more than some of our residency stipends. All non-exempt staff are eligible for overtime, something our programs have ordinarily not included.
Read the final rule about the updated earnings thresholds for exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. Read the full notice in the Federal Register for the final rule .
The question before us, then, is what the implications for residency programs are. The following is excerpted from a Memorandum from Bryan Cave LLP that was provided to ACPE on September 28, 2016. Although the Memorandum was written in response to the federal government's previous endeavor to change the FLSA, the strategies outlined offer possible approaches for responding to the new federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Please share this with your human resources department as you make final decisions for your program.  

Educator Assumptions about Students Survey
Kathy Bird DeYoung
Certified Educator
ACPE Certified Educator, Kathy Bird DeYoung, is working toward
her Doctor of Ministry at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit,
Michigan.  She is researching the assumptions Certified Educators bring about  students. Your answers will help her add to the body of ACPE
knowledge as we continue to reflect on our practice and learn how to
provide spiritual care education more effectively.

This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

ACPE is Joining the Global GivingTuesday Movement to support innovation in spiritual care & the next generation of spiritual care educators
This GivingTuesday, ACPE will celebrate giving by raising $7,500 to support innovation in spiritual care & the next generation of spiritual care educators and providers.

GivingTuesday, taking place December 3rd, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet.
When ACPE launched SharePoint, we also introduced Yammer. It is a social network, with Facebook-style communication, just for ACPE members! Yammer allows open and dynamic communication across the entire association. Its strength is its inclusivity. With Yammer, you can: post links; share videos; use emojis and GIFs; share, create, and edit files!
ACPE's Communities of Practice (CoP) also migrated to Yammer for a much more user-friendly experience including conversation, sharing, polling, and file storage. Once in Yammer, click on "ACPE Groups" to view all the Communities of Practice. Join now and start collaborating! 
New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions

Join us for New Accreditation Process Q&A Sessions. The sessions are your opportunity to ask anything about the new process or building your center's accreditation portfolio.

Dates are currently posted through the new year. The sessions are 12:00pm to 1:00pm eastern time on the assigned days. The number of participants for each session is limited to ensure individual questions are addressed. 

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser spent much of his life working for an insurance company. He would rise very early to write poetry, a practice that filled his soul. It's not hard to imagine one of those early mornings from this poem:
Walking on Tiptoe
Long ago we quit lifting our heels
like the others-horse, dog, and tiger-
though we thrill to their speed
as they flee. Even the mouse
bearing the great weight of a nugget
of dog food is enviably graceful.
There is little spring to our walk,
we are so burdened with responsibility,
all of the disciplinary actions
that have fallen to us, the punishments,
the killings, and all with our feet
bound stiff in the skins of the conquered.
But sometimes, in the early hours,
we can feel what it must have been like
to be one of them, up on our toes,
stealing past doors where others are sleeping,
and suddenly able to see in the dark.
Ted Kooser, "Walking on Tiptoe" from Delights and Shadows.Copyright © 2004 by Ted Kooser.
Sometimes, you come across a story that can invite new wonder and appreciation for human beings. This sanitation worker collected objects he found interesting from his route over decades. Take ten minutes for a tour:   

Thursday, November 21
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christianity (Catholic churches)

Entry of the Mother of God (Theotokos) into the Temple - Christianity (Eastern churches)
This day commemorates the entrance of the three-year-old Virgin Mary into the temple at Jerusalem to receive an education and begin her life of absolute dedication to God. According to some apocryphal writings, Mary also entered the Temple's Holy of Holies on this occasion, thus becoming the first and only woman ever to enter that sacred space.

Saturday, November 23
Qawl - Bahá'í
The beginning of the fourteenth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "speech."

Sunday, November 24
Christ the King Sunday - Christianity
This feast day commemorates Jesus' teaching that he will return at the end of time to judge humanity. In the Western Christian liturgical year, this is the last Sunday; the following Sunday (i.e., the first Sunday of Advent) marks the beginning of a new year.

Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji - Sikhism
This day commemorates the martyrdom of the ninth of the Ten Sikh Gurus (1621-1675 C.E.). He is remembered for defending the Sikh faith, as well as the rights of Hindus and the cause of religious liberty.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
Community of Practice Event Highlights 
Registration is now open for the following Community of Practice events: 

St. Simons Island, GA January 12-14, 2020

  • Sr Sara-Ann Buckley, of Hamden, CT, died on November 17, 2019 at Notre Dame's Health Care Center surrounded by her family. Sara-Ann was an ACPE Educator Emeritus.
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
Part-time Psychotherapist Milford Pastoral Counseling Milford, CT 11/15/19
CPE Program Manager Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 11/15/19
ACPE Educator Houston Methodist Houston, TX 10/25/19
Full-time Counselor/Therapist Pastoral Counseling of Northern Virginia Fairfax, VA 10/18/19
ACPE Educator AdventHealth Orlando CPE System Center Metro Orlando, FL 10/18/19
Manager of Spiritual Care & Education WellSpan York Hospital  York, PA 10/11/19
ACPE Educator Ascension Seton Austin, TX 9/6/19
Spiritual/Pastoral Care Minister (Chaplain)
St. Joseph Villa
Flourtown, PA 8/16/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
Yearlong Residency Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center Columbus, OH 11/15/19
Yearlong Residency Michigan Medicine  Ann Arbor, MI 11/15/19
Residency, Extended, Summer Unit Intensive Baylor Scott & White Health Temple, TX 11/15/19
Residency 2020-2021 CHRISTUS Health Corpus Christi, TX
San Antonio, TX
Tyler, TX
Level I and Level II CPE University Medical Center, New Orleans New Orleans, LA 11/15/19
Level I and Level II CPE UC Health  Fort Collins, CO
Aurora, CO
Residency 2020-2021 Mayo Clinic Hospital  Rochester, MN 11/15/19
Yearlong Residency CHI Memorial Chattanooga, TN 11/8/19
Yearlong Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 11/8/19
Yearlong Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA 11/1/19
Yearlong Residency Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 11/1/19
Yearlong Residency Community Regional Medical Center Fresno, CA 11/1/19
Residency Audie Murphy VA Medical Center
Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center
San Antonio, TX
Houston, TX
Yearlong Residency University of Kentucky HealthCare Lexington, KY 10/25/19
Level I & Level II CPE Houston Methodist Houston, TX 10/25/19
CES/C Position  UCSF Health San Francisco, CA 10/18/19
Yearlong Residency Mount Sinai Center for Spirituality and Health New York, NY 10/11/19
1st & 2nd Year Residencies
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
Residency 2020-2021 
Kettering Health Network
Dayton Area, OH
Residency 2019-2020 Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 2/15/19

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

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
Conyers, GA February 20 - 23, 2020
Houston, TX April 20 - 24, 2020

ACPE members and centers may post "happenings" in the weekly newsletter. ACPE does not accredit, review, or endorse the events listed above. Send your "happening" to
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
(404) 320-1472 | Email | Website 
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.