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November 25, 2019
Stories of Gratitude: Why I Give
Your gift to ACPE prepares dynamic leaders, like  Rabbi Shulamit Izen,  to offer spiritual care to those in life's vulnerable moments. 

" CPE is a process of knowing who we are and what we're acting out of,
and in doing that we can truly meet people in the pit of their experience."

Why I Give: Shulamit Izen

Amy Greene
Amy Greene
Board Chair
I'm writing ahead of my regularly scheduled monthly column to give an update on the meeting of the Strategic Partners, who met November 20-21, 2019 in Cleveland, OH with La Piana Consulting, to continue to explore ideas to strengthen and formalize our relationships. We have heard from our respective memberships that they need more information. With the assistance of our consultants, we will design a strategy to communicate and engage with the members throughout the ongoing conversations.
All of the association's leaders committed to encouraging member participation and feedback during the process. We will need to hear from you as we weigh the pros and cons of the multitude of membership models such as federations, associations, and trade groups. We believe it is essential to preserve the uniqueness and identity of each association. In the end, our respective memberships have the authority to ratify (or not) anything we propose before implementation. I am comforted by the guidance provided by the consultants, who have worked with numerous complicated groups and through many challenges. Some of their previous clients decided to consolidate and others have not. The consultants' objective advice will serve us well as we envision the future of the spiritual care and education movement.

Join ACPE on Giving Tuesday
Next week ACPE will celebrate Giving Tuesday with a goal of raising $7,500 to support innovation in spiritual care & the next generation of spiritual care educators and providers.

Giving Tuesday, 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. Be a part of the giving movement next week!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to our end-of-year service project!

This year 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 by December 2. One week left to go!

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.
Notice for ACPE Accredited Centers to Update Materials
Please update your center's accreditation materials with ACPE's new address by March 31, 2020. 

New Address: 
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835 
Atlanta, GA 30308

Thank you!
Suspension of Certification
On October 8, 2019 a Hearing Panel of the ACPE and APC Joint Ethics Process found Thomas R. Carter Jr. in violation of ACPE Standards 102.3, 104.1, 105.1, and 105.2. The Sanction is Suspension of Certification.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo features Angela Obu-Anakum, Cindy Graber, Lerrill White, Enrique Martinez y Contreras and Moses Mason at the 2003 annual conference in Lake Geneva, WI.

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
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn
Executive Director
I read bell hooks  Teaching to Transgress twenty years ago when 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.

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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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
Giving is complicated. Even giving thanks can be complicated. What does one intend? What does another hear? How will it be received? Are there expectations in the giving? Alberto Rios, former poet laureate of Arizona, offers this wonderful poem that embraces the paradoxes of giving. He writes the following about this piece: "This is a poem of thanks to those who live lives of service, which, I think, includes all of us-from the large measure to the smallest gesture, from care-giving to volunteerism to being an audience member or a reader.  I've been able to offer these words to many groups, not only as a poem but also as a recognition. We give for so many reasons, and are bettered by it."
"When Giving is All We Have" 
by Alberto Rios

One river gives
Its journey to the next.
We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.
We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.
We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it-
Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.
Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:
Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.
You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me
What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give-together, we made
Something greater from the difference.

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While Thanksgiving can be a joyous time of reconnecting with family, it can have its tensions as well. We offer the following stories from New England to lighten the mood a bit, or perhaps to give you a story you can share to bring some levity to the moment: 

Tuesday, November 26
Day of the Covenant - Bahá'í
A celebration of the appointment of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh, as the Center of the Covenant in New York City in 1912 C.E. Devout followers begin their remembrance the preceding evening and do not suspend work on this day.

Thursday, November 28
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá - Bahá'í
The commemoration of the death of the Center of the Covenant in Haifa, Palestine, in 1921 C.E. Devout followers begin their remembrance the preceding evening and are allowed to work on this day.

Sunday, December 1
First Sunday of Advent (hope) - Christianity (Western churches)

Chanukah [Hanukkah] begins (through December 10) - Judaism
The Jewish Festival of Lights commemorates the Maccabean victory over Syrian-Greek oppressors and the recapture and re-dedication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165 B.C.E. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight-candle Menorah is lit at sundown, and gifts are given.
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

No news to report this week
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
ACPE Educator Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA 11/22/19
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, NH
Part-time Psychotherapist Milford Pastoral Counseling Milford, CT 11/15/19
CPE Program Manager Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 11/15/19
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
Residency Program St Thomas/Nashville CPE Partnership
Nashville, TN 11/22/19
Second-Year Post-Masters Fellowship
Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics
White City, OR 11/22/19
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
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.