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September 16, 2019
From the Desk of the Executive Director
Trace Haythorn
Executive Director
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Michael Hertz, an ACPE Certified Educator serving in Perth, Australia. Michael and his colleagues are developing a remarkably innovative and culturally integrated clinical pastoral education program to serve the people of Western Australia. Last year, the Centre for Well Being at Royal Perth Hospital (where the CPE program is housed) received a commendation from Australia's version of the Joint Commission. This year, their program was encouraged to submit their work again because of how excited the larger healthcare community is about their initiatives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we awaited the opening of reservations for the upcoming Kanuga Fall 2019 Conference.  Lodging reservations are now being accepted by using this link. Do note that the only way to reserve your guest accommodations is via this link. Kanuga cannot accept a lodging request via email, phone or other means.

Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, Vol 73:3 is now available.
This issue includes a special section on the ACPE-AAPC consolidation:
  • Significant Change in the North American Spiritual Care Education and Psychotherapy Movement, By Steven S. Ivy
  • The Future of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy in the AAPC Tradition, By Jill L. Snodgrass
  • Reflections on a Consolidation Gone Well, By Claire Bamberg and Melissa Walker-Luckett
Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry: Call for Essays
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Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry , an ACPE sponsored journal, is looking for essays for its 2020 issue. The theme for its 40th volume is "new forms and models of ministry."
  • What are the new forms and models of ministry, both in the world of chaplaincy and in the larger world of religion?
  • How do these emerging ministries shape or should shape how we do clinical training of future religious professionals?
  • How can CPE better prepare women and men for future forms, models and challenges of professional ministry?
  • Do you have something to say on the subject or have experiences to share with your colleagues?
Contact the editor, Scott Sullender at .
SharePoint Upgrades Complete: Thank You
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The ACPE office has completed work reconfiguring SharePoint and access to the site has been restored. Thank you for your patience this week during the outage! Please contact the office at (404) 320-1472 or if you are unable to access your SharePoint portfolio.
The ACPE office scheduled the updates to reconfigure the site's permissions structure to allow the team to more quickly, efficiently respond to requests for new portfolios, and add/remove user's access to the portfolios. The member experience should not be affected.
ACPE strives to provide you with a great member experience and access to the latest collaborative tools. Thank you again for your cooperation during the downtime. Please send us your thoughts to

CHA/NACC Spiritual Care Survey Analysis: Webinar Tomorrow

This strategic webinar on  Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 12:00pm EST,  invites Brian Smith from the Catholic Health Association (CHA) and David Lichter from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) to summarize and interpret the data from the 2018 joint CHA/NACC Spiritual Care Survey, which continues longitudinal analysis of both individual and spiritual care department trends. The session will provide an analysis of the data as well as look at larger trends and challenges to the discipline. The aims of this webinar are to: 1) share the latest data on the state of spiritual and pastoral care departments as well as the chaplain population and 2) provide an analysis of the data and look at the larger trends and challenges to the discipline.

This year Spiritual Care Week is October 20-26, 2019. Spiritual Care Week/Pastoral Care Week has been hosted by the COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings since October 1985. It gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide. The theme this year is "Hospitality: Cultivating Space."
The website provides theme interpretation, event resources, proclamations and a press release. Please visit the site to download this year's logo to create posters, banners and other promotional materials. The logo can also be included in email signatures and webpages to support the celebration and spiritual caregivers.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Charles Gerkin, Len Cedarleaf, John Thomas, Al Anderson, Al Meiburg, Jim Gebhart, Bill Oglesby, and Jap Keith. The cane belonged to Anton Boisen and became a symbol of the ACPE presidency. It is passed from president to president during their installation ceremony.

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
Marc Medwed 2019
Marc Medwed Associate Executive Director
ACPE is a recognized accreditor of the U.S. Department of Education, to accredit programs of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and Certified Educator CPE. There are two primary types of accredited centers: 1) An Institution Sponsored or Free Standing Center that offers accreditation to a single entity and 2) A System Center Accreditation (with independent component sites) that offers multi-campus institutions a single accreditation, administered by the administrative System Center (host) and extends to each independent component site. Although component sites are connected by a central accreditation, each site must meet the defined criteria as if it were an independently accredited center. The System Center Accreditation is designed to be a cost-effective means for a multi-campus institution to offer CPE programs at multiple sites.

Vicarious Trauma: A Descriptive Case Study of Pastoral Counselor Experiences 
Lisa Battle is a  student member of the ACPE and a  doctoral student at Grand Canyon University. She is looking  for participants who may be interested in her study.   The title of her research is Vicarious Trauma: A Descriptive Case Study of Pastoral Counselor Ex periences.  Your participation in this study can promote awareness and understanding of vicarious trauma in spiritual and pastoral counseling.

Interim Psychotherapy Commission: Join the new CoPs: Deadline for feedback is Oct 1
Joann Heaney-Hunter
Psychotherapy Chair
One important ACPE member benefit is access to Communities of Practice. Former AAPC members are familiar with a regional structure, where geographic groups gathered periodically for information sharing, community building, and learning. Some regions sponsored events several times throughout the year; some regions had one conference. What bound groups together was common geography.

At the ACPE Conference in May, I discovered that until recently, ACPE members had a similar regional structure. Like AAPC members, ACPE members gathered locally to share community and learning. Now, all members are working to develop and participate in diverse Communities of Practice.

Accreditation Commission: How do I organize my portfolio?
Pam Lazor
Accreditation Chair
As summer winds down, many of us are gearing up for new residents and our fall units. It has been great to see so many colleagues participating our Q & A sessions about the new accreditation process. If you have not yet participated or wish to sign up for another session, please click here.

One of the most frequently asked questions that we have received is, "How do I organize my portfolio?" The answer is that there are many ways to do this and there is not one 'right way' that the Accreditation Commission wants to see. The organizational structure that you choose should be one that allows you, as the educator, to best tell your center's story. To help you get started..

Join the Anton Boisen Legacy Society
You can make a significant gift to the Foundation for ACPE that costs you nothing now, and will keep on giving for years to come. Your gift can also memorialize a loved one. Here's how:

A gift in your will is one way you can secure your estate and create an impactful legacy with ACPE. A gift in your will has many advantages:
  • Simplicity:  Just a few sentences in your will.
  • Flexibility:  You can change your mind at any time.
  • Versatility:  You can give a specific amount, item or a percentage of your estate.
  • Tax Benefits: Your estate may be entitled to an unlimited estate tax charitable deduction for gifts to qualified organizations like the Foundation for ACPE.
Support ACPE on Your Birthday!
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Did you know Facebook allows you to raise money for your favorite charity on your birthday? We invite you to support ACPE with a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser! Two weeks before your birthday, Facebook users will receive a prompt asking if you want to dedicate your birthday to a special cause. Simply select "Foundation for Clinical Pastoral Education" as your charity. Then, you can begin to ask your Facebook friends in a fun way to support ACPE through a gift that changes lives through quality spiritual care education.

Please be sure to let us know if you decide to do a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser, so that we can be on the lookout for the gift! For questions, contact Jasmine T. Okafor , ACPE Development Specialist. 
New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions

I hope that everyone's summer is off to a great start!  As we are continuing our preparation for the new process, we are excited to publish the sign-up information for small group Q & A sessions that will being on June 11 and will continue throughout the rest of the year as long as needed.  These sessions are the opportunity  to ask everything you always wanted to know about the new process and building your center's accreditation portfolio.

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
As many students complete units from the summer and year-long residencies draw to a close, many people are no doubt updating resumes and looking at where they will land next. This new poem from Joyce Sutphin captures some of the richness of what we learn in CPE, calling into question the importance of those things we put on a resume versus those things that give shape and meaning to our lives.
Things You Didn't Put on Your Résumé
by Joyce Sutphen

How often you got up in the middle of the night
when one of your children had a bad dream,
and sometimes you woke because you thought
you heard a cry but they were all sleeping,
so you stood in the moonlight just listening
to their breathing, and you didn't mention
that you were an expert at putting toothpaste
on tiny toothbrushes and bending down to wiggle
the toothbrush ten times on each tooth while
you sang the words to songs from Annie, and
who would suspect that you know the fingerings
to the songs in the first four books of the Suzuki
Violin Method and that you can do the voices
of Pooh and Piglet especially well, though
your absolute favorite thing to read out loud is
Bedtime for Frances and that you picked
up your way of reading it from Glynnis Johns,
and it is, now that you think of it, rather impressive
that you read all of Narnia and all of the Ring Trilogy
(and others too many to mention here) to them
before they went to bed and on the way out to
Yellowstone, which is another thing you don't put
on the résumé: how you took them to the ocean
and the mountains and brought them safely home.
"Things You Didn't Put on Your Résumé" Reproduced from Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems by Joyce Sutphen.

This is from the wonderful folks at "Soul Pancake": " What assumptions do you make about someone before getting to know them? In  TELL MY STORY  we put assumptions to the test. What do we miss while we're so busy assuming we already "know" a person? There is more than meets the eye with these two. Watch as they get to know each other. Do you think they'll connect?"
Monday, September 23

Shuki-sorei-sai - Shinto
A memorial service similar to the March equinox service (Shunki-sorei-sai), this day is marked by the cleaning and purification of gravesites and the reverence of ancestors as kami, or divine spirits.

*Ohigon - Buddhism

A celebration of the equinox that is of particular importance to Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan Buddhists.  During this festival, the six Paramitas [virtues] are emphasized: generosity, morality, wisdom, honesty, endeavor, and patience. 

*Autumn Feast - Native American spirituality

A day to honor the harvest end and the coming and going of the seasons, including prayers, songs, and the telling of tribal stories. 

*Mabon [Harvest Home] - Wicca

Marking the second or continuing harvest, this festival celebrates life's encapsulation as a seed to survive the cold winter, as well as the Harvest of the Vine, which symbolizes the divine power to transform the nectar of youth into the wine of elders' wisdom and spiritual maturity.
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: 

Richmond, VA September 22-23, 2019
Appalachian CoP Fall Retreat Hendersonville, NC September 26-27, 2019
Central States Consortia Fall Meeting
Kansas City, MO
October 17-18, 2019
Kanuga Fall Conference Hendersonville, NC October 25-27, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, WI October 27-29,2019
Pacific CoP Educational Colloquium San Diego, CA October 28-30, 2019

  • No news reported 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
Director Pastoral Care Baptist Health South Florida
Palm Beach County, FL
Faculty of the CPE Residency Program
Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, TX 9/13/19
ACPE Educator
Morristown Medical Center
Morristown, NJ 9/13/19
ACPE Educator & Manager Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Coasta Mesa, CA 9/6/19
ACPE Educator Wesley Medical Center Denver, CO 9/6/19
Director, Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy Services
Indiana University Health Indianapolis, IN 9/6/19
ACPE Educator Ascension Seton Austin, TX 9/6/19
Director, CPE Baptist Health Jacksonville, FL 8/23/19
Spiritual/Pastoral Care Minister (Chaplain)
St. Joseph Villa
Buffalo, NY
CPE Education Manager OSF Healthcare Peoria, IL 7/19/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
Residency & Summer Internship Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, MN 9/13/19
Residency Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Grand Rapids, MI 9/13/19
Residency 2019-2020 St. Luke's Hospital Chesterfield, MO 8/23/19
Chaplain Resident Catholic Health Sisters of Charity Hospital Buffalo, NY 8/16/19
Residency 2019-2020 
Kettering Health Network
Dayton Area, Ohio
1st & 2nd Year Residencies Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 4/17/19
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

Berkeley, CA September 21-23, 2019
Berkeley, CA September 24-25, 2019
Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Intensive Physician Board Review Houston, Texas September 24-26,2019
San Diego, CA
October 11-12, 2019
Global Spiritual Traditions and ChI Culture & Foundations- Part 2 Berkeley, CA November 12-16, 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
Conyers, GA February 20-23, 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
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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.