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September 9, 2019
Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy
Director of Community, Practice, Membership
ACPE is now over two years into our new organizational structure yet less than one year with new members under the Psychotherapy Commission. Two years ago we knew change was all around us. What we did not know, and perhaps still do not know, is whether the change would be transformative. As our psychotherapist colleagues experience integration in ACPE, we are witnessing familiar processes that accompany change. The senses of dislocation and possibility, the emotions of grief and hope are never far away when organizations we love and have invested in are changing radically or even dying. What I am most curious about is how individuals, groups, and ACPE itself are clinging to the past (stasis), or adopting to new realities (change), but are experiencing deep transformation that writes a new future that none could have anticipated or perhaps even imagined.

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.

SharePoint Upgrades In Process
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During the downtime, September 6-13, 2019, members will not be able to access certified educator portfolios, educator candidate portfolios, or accredited center portfolios.

Other portions of ACPE's SharePoint, such as Yammer and email, will still be available. Thank you for your patience while we upgrade our systems.

Service Awards Nominations: 
Deadline Extended to September 15!
The Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate yourself or a colleague for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE, the field(s) of spiritual care, pastoral counseling and/or psychotherapy. We are blessed as an association with an abundance of talented, smart, and generous members. Who do you think deserves special recognition?

ACPE is seeking nominations for the following awards: Distinguished Service Award, Helen Flanders Dunbar Award, Inspiration Award, Emerging Leader Award, and Emeritus.

The deadline to submit a nomination is September 15, 2019. Awardees will be honored at the annual conference in May 2020. Please send your feedback to Jasmine Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist.
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.

Wendy Cadge
ACPE friend and collaborator Wendy Cadge published "Clergy Working Outside of Congregations, 1976-2018" in the Review of Religious Research. She is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. Wendy is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion in public institutions, religious diversity, religion and immigration, and religious and moral aspects of healthcare.
Partnering with ACPE, she founded and co-directed the  Transforming Chaplaincy Project from 2015 to 2019, and in 2018 launched the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab.

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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
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Last week's photo featured D. Brown Daniels and Florine Thompson (1994).

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
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..

ACPE Begins Quarterly Billing for Student Unit Fees in 2020
Linda Wilkerson
Linda Wilkerson
Many of you are deep into teaching a summer unit of CPE and are thinking about how to assist your students to bring this rich learning experience to a close. Budgeting and payments to ACPE for the opportunity to conduct those units may be the farthest thing from your mind. However, I have good news that was first shared at this past May's annual ACPE Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Coming under the heading of "we heard you," in calendar year 2020 we will begin billing centers quarterly for the number of units actually conducted.

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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
When I was a child, my mother would occasionally point to the sun streaming through the clouds and warn my brother and me that we best behave because God was watching. Not the best theology, but effective behavior management. On a more serious side, the images of Hurricane Dorian have been both stunning and terrifying. Nature is both marvelous and so much larger than us. In that spirit, we offer "Flying Lesson: Clouds":
Flying Lesson: Clouds
by  Dolores Hayden

Focus on the shapes:  cirrus, a curl,
stratus, a layer,  cumulus, a heap.
Humilis, a small cloud,
cumulus humilis, a fine day to fly.
Incus, the anvil, stay grounded.
Nimbus, rain, be careful,
don't take off near nimbostratus,
a shapeless layer
of rain, hail, ice, or snow.
Ice weighs on the blades
of your propeller, weighs
on the entering edge
of your wings. Read a cloud,
decode it, a dense, chilly mass
can shift, flood with light.
Watch for clouds closing under you:
the sky opens in a breath,
shuts in a heartbeat.

"Flying Lesson: Clouds" by Dolores Hayden from Exuberance. © Red Hen Press, 2019. 
This seemed like a nice site to accompany this week's poem. Enjoy! 

Monday, September 9
*'Āshurā' - Islam
Sunni Muslims celebrate this day as the anniversary of Noah's departure from the Ark on Mount Ararat and the freedom of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. Shi'a Muslims mark this date as the anniversary of the martyrdom of Husayn, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, in 680 C.E.

Thursday, September 12
*Ghambar Paitishahem - Zoroastrianism [through Monday, September 16]
This festival celebrates the creation of the earth and the summer harvest.

Anant Chaturdashi - Jainism and Hinduism
For Hindus this day celebrates Anant, one form of Lord Vishnu. If a devout Hindu vows to honor Vishnu and keeps that vow for 14 years, it is believed that she or he will see wealth. This is also the last day of Ganesh Utsav, a 10-day Hindu celebration. Statues of Lord Ganesha are carried to bodies of water to be submerged, accompanied by devotional songs and dancing. Jains celebrate this day with special worship services and processions to the community's main temple. 

Ethiopian New Year - Rastafari
A sacred day for Rastafarians because they consider Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland, to which they aspire to return.

Saturday, September 14
*Elevation or Exultation of the Holy Cross - Christianity
This day recognizes the Cross as a symbol of Christ's love for humankind and God's victory over death. It also marks the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helen after it had been stolen in the 7th century C.E. Orthodox churches begin their commemoration at sundown on the preceding day. In the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition, this day is known as Meskel and is marked on September 27th.

Pitr-paksha or Mahalay Paksha - Hinduism  
The beginning of a two-week period during which Hindu adherents perform shraddha rites to gratify the spirits of their deceased ancestors, including giving food or other donations as a form of charitable service.

Sunday, September 15
*Ksamavani - Jainism
A day of universal forgiveness, in which Jains ask forgiveness of others for wrongs committed during the previous year, and they also forgive those who have caused them suffering.
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
*Conference Retreat Reservations will open September 9
Hendersonville, NC October 25-27, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, WI October 27-29,2019
Pacific CoP Educational Colloquium San Diego, CA October 28-30, 2019

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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 & 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
ACPE Educator UCSF Health San Francisco, CA 8/16/19
Spiritual/Pastoral Care Minister (Chaplain)
St. Joseph Villa
Buffalo, NY
ACPE Educator Ascension St. John Hospital White Lake, MI 8/16/19
CPE Education Manager OSF Healthcare Peoria, IL 7/19/19
Director of Spiritual Care
Wartburg Community
Westchester, NY

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
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
Spiritual Care Residency University Medical Center New Orleans, LA 7/12/19
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
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
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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.