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September 30, 2019

Mid-Atlantic Seminar on CPE Supervision

The Mid-Atlantic Seminar on CPE Supervision was held at Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond, VA on September 22-23, 2019. The following excellent speakers rewarded the attendees:
  • The Rev. Liz Pomerleau on "Internal Family Systems"
  • The Rev. Leslie Nambo on "Group Theory (Corey & Corey)"
  • The Rev. Brittney Powell on "Queer Womanist Theology and Triple Consciousness"
Front Row, Left to Right:
Brittney Powell, Amanda A. Alexander, Angel Lee, Ed Tolessa, Emmanuel Saidi, Leslie Nambo, Blake Strother, Penny Driediger, Natalia Shulgina, Veronica Martinez-Gallegos, Alvernia Disnew
Back Row, Left to Right:
Ty Crowe, Katherine Higgins, Kim Nielsen, Susan Nance, Chuck Godfrey, Florence F. Brooks, Jan Humphreys, Matthew Incorvaia, James Bowers, Sean Lubbe
Not Pictured:
Rebecca Highfield, Elizabeth Dowdy, John Eley, Donna Scott, Jeremy Gilmore, Stephen K. Goss, Kenneth Linder, Brandy McMurry, John Oliver, Keri L. Olsen, Liz Pomerleau
A special thank you to Brandy McMurry, CEC, Johns Hopkins, for organizing the nine student presentations, giving CECs needed consultation from new resource people. The CoP meets next on March 22-23, 2020, again at Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond, VA. Two persons from the CoP will meet for ACPE Certified Educator in Atlanta in November, under the 2016 Manual. The CoP expects at least five persons will meet for Associate Educator in Atlanta in November.
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.
Join the Anton Boisen Legacy Society
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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. 
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 was taken at the 2007 annual conference in Dallas, TX. From left to right: Harry Simmons, Carlos Bell and Greg Stoddard. 

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
Pam Lazor Accreditation Chair
We have enjoyed talking with so many of you on our Accreditation Q & A Sessions . As our originally scheduled sessions go through October, I am pleased to share that we have added additional sessions for later in the year so that we may continue to support you and your center as you develop your center's accreditation portfolio. If you have not yet participated in a Q & A session or if you want to come back for another, please click here to sign up . You will receive an Outlook invite with the Zoom link 1-2 days before the scheduled time.

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 .
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.

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
Human emotions are often hard to describe, characterized by paradoxes that can be both
beautiful and confounding. Billy Collins captures this is a lovely way in this poem:
by Billy Collins

When it's late at night and branches
are banging against the windows,
you might think that love is just a matter
of leaping out of the frying pan of yourself
into the fire of someone else,
but it's a little more complicated than that.
It's more like trading the two birds
who might be hiding in that bush
for the one you are not holding in your hand.
A wise man once said that love
was like forcing a horse to drink
but then everyone stopped thinking of him as wise.
Let us be clear about something.
Love is not as simple as getting up
on the wrong side of the bed wearing the emperor's clothes.
No, it's more like the way the pen
feels after it has defeated the sword.
It's a little like the penny saved or the nine dropped
You look at me through the halo of the last candle
and tell me love is an ill wind
that has no turning, a road that blows no good,
but I am here to remind you,
as our shadows tremble on the walls,
that love is the early bird who is better late than never.

"Adage" by Billy Collins from Ballistics. Random House, © 2010 Billy Collins.
We've highlighted the podcast "Hidden Brain" before, but this recent episode seems really important to CPE. Give it a listen: How fear of death drives behavior
Wednesday, October 2

Jashan-e Mehregan - Zoroastrianism

A celebratory festival of friendship, righteousness and justice.

Friday, October 4

Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi - Christianity

A celebration of the patron saint of animals and ecology and the founder of the Franciscan Roman Catholic religious order, known for its ethic of simplicity and service.  Many Christians mark this festival by bringing their animal companions to churches for a blessing.

Saturday, October 5

Bodhidharma Memorial - Buddhism

This day celebrates the monk (5th - 6th centuries C.E.) who emigrated from India and is credited with transmitting Ch'an [Zen] Buddhism to China. 


Worldwide General Conference begins - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This is the largest worship service for Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) and lasts for two days. Conference proceedings are broadcast live over the Internet and through other electronic media.

Sunday, October 6

World Communion Sunday - Christianity

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: 

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
Stony Point, NY
November 7-8, 2019
Atlanta Interstate CoP 2020 Invitational St. Simons Island, GA January 12-14, 2020

  • 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 of Chaplaincy Reading Hospital Reading, PA 9/27/19
Chaplain Blessing Health System
Quincy, IL 9/27/19
ACPE Educator Oregon State Hospital
Salem, OR 9/20/19
ACPE Educator UCSF Health
San Francisco, CA 9/20/19
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 Newport Beach, CA 9/6/19
ACPE Educator Wesley Medical Center Wichita, KS 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
Spiritual/Pastoral Care Minister (Chaplain)
St. Joseph Villa
Flourtown, PA 8/16/19
CPE Manager Mercy Hospital Springfield, MO 8/2/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
Yearlong Residency St. Luke's Health System
Boise, ID
2020 Residency
University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, KY 9/20/19
1st & 2nd Year Residencies
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
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 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

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

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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.