Call for ACPE Service Award Nominations

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The Foundation for ACPE 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 ACPE Educator/Psychotherapist.

ACPE Service Awards: Revised Criteria

Effective January 1, 2018 the ACPE Foundation Service Awards Committee will receive award nominations, review award nominations and make a recommendation to the ACPE Foundation board for awardee selection. This slate of awardees will be shared with the ACPE Board of Directors.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is the most prestigious award given by ACPE. Normally (though there have been exceptions) one person is selected to be honored with the DSA each year at the ACPE Annual Conference Banquet.

The ACPE Distinguished Service Award has been given almost every year beginning in 1980.

Criteria for Selecting a Recipient of the DSA:

DSA Recipients will possess the following characteristics:

  • ACPE Certified Educator, and a member of ACPE in good standing
  • Outstanding service to ACPE
  • Demonstrated leadership in ACPE, including making a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation
  • Upholds  the mission, vision and values of ACPE
  • Recognition by other related organizations for outstanding contribution (preferred).

Process for Nominating a Recipient of the DSA:

  • DSA nominations must be made by an ACPE member in good standing
  • DSA nominations must be made via the online form on the ACPE website. Nomination materials include: a) completed nomination form, b) 1-page biographical statement of the nominee, c) three letters of support from an ACPE colleague, student of the nominee and another letter of the nominee’s choice.

Recipients of the DSA will receive:

  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Conference Banquet in the awarded year
  • One complimentary registration to the ACPE Annual Conference (includes airfare and one-night hotel room) and one additional complimentary ticket to the ACPE Annual Banquet in the awarded year.

Helen Flanders Dunbar Award

The ACPE board established the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award in 2001 with the following resolution. Recipients of the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award are expected to make a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation as an act of leadership and service to ACPE.

Whereas, ACPE is deeply indebted to the work of early pioneers in the CPE movement, and

Whereas, Helen Flanders Dunbar symbolizes the pioneering work of both men and women in CPE,

Therefore, be it resolved that the ACPE establish a tradition of awarding the ACPE Helen Flanders Dunbar Award for pioneering contributions to the CPE movement.

Be it further resolved that the first such award will be given to a woman at the 2002 Annual Conference, which will be the 100th Birthday of Helen Dunbar.

Criteria for Selecting a Recipient of the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award:

Helen Flanders Dunbar Award recipients do not have to be members of ACPE, but will possess one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Exercised a leadership role at a critical juncture in ACPE history
    • Contributed research and academic vitality to the field of spiritual care & education
    • Demonstrated innovative practice in spiritual care & education and/or developed an innovative program
    • Had a foundational role in a new expression or direction of ACPE
    • Acquired significant financial resources for ACPE
    • Upholds the mission, vision and values of ACPE.

 Process for Nominating a Recipient of the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award:

  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Conference in the awarded year
  • One complimentary registration to the ACPE Annual Conference (includes airfare and one-night hotel room) and one additional complimentary ticket to the ACPE Annual Banquet in the awarded year.

 Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/ Psychotherapist

The ACPE board adopted to confer the status of Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator in 2001 (updated in 2002). The Emeritus designation honors individuals who have made significant contributions to students and the CPE movement over a period of years.

Criteria for Selecting Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator:

Emeritus ACPE Certified Educators and Psychotherapists will possess all of the following characteristics:

  • ACPE member in good standing
  • Have been an ACPE Certified Educator or Psychotherapist for a minimum of 10 years, and maintained active certification status up until the time of retirement
  • Applied for ACPE Retired Educator or Psychotherapist membership
  • Made significant contributions to students, clinical pastoral education and spiritually integrated psychotherapy through teaching and/or scholarship
  • Demonstrated leadership in ACPE, including making a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation
  • Upholds the mission, vision & values of ACPE.

 Process for Nominating an Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator:

  • Individuals can nominate themselves for the Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/ Psychotherapist status at the time they change their ACPE membership category to “Retired Educator” or “Retired Psychotherapist” or be nominated by another ACPE member in good standing.
  • Helen Flanders Dunbar Award nominations must be made by an ACPE member in good standing
  • Helen Flanders Dunbar Award nominations must be made via the online form on the ACPE website
  • Nomination materials include: a) completed nomination form, b) 1-page biographical statement of the nominee, c) two letters of support, one from an ACPE colleague, and another letter of the nominee’s choice.

Recipients of the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award will receive:

  • Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/Psychotherapist nominations must be made via the online form on the ACPE website. Nomination materials include: a) completed nomination form, b) 1-page biographical statement of the nominee, c) three letters of support from an ACPE colleague, student and another letter of the nominee’s choice.

 Emeritus ACPE Certified Educators/ Psychotherapists will receive:

  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Conference Commencement Ceremony in the awarded year
  • One complimentary ticket to the ACPE Annual Banquet in the awarded year or a special token of appreciation
  • All Emeritus ACPE Certified Educators/ Psychotherapists are included in the “Retired Educator/Psychotherapist” ACPE membership category, resulting in $0 in annual dues. Should the Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/Psychotherapist choose to supervise students at some time in the future, it is expected that the Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/Psychotherapist (or the institution for which the CPE supervision is done) will pay the regular ACPE Certified Educator/ Psychotherapist membership dues for the year supervision is done.

 ACPE Inspiration Award*

The ACPE Inspiration Award recognizes mid-career ACPE professionals who have accomplished a career milestone, and/or who have demonstrated significant leadership qualities in service to ACPE.

Criteria for Selecting a Recipient of the Inspiration Award:

ACPE Inspiration Award recipients will possess the following characteristics:

  • ACPE member in good standing (Certified Educator, Psychotherapist, Spiritual Health Professional, Staff)
  • Have been a member of ACPE for 10 years or less
  • Demonstrated leadership and service to ACPE through their initiative, innovation, and/or scholarship at their local center, through their Community of Practice and/or at the ACPE national level, and by making a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation
  • Upholds the mission, vision and values of ACPE.

Process for Nominating a Recipient of the Inspiration Award

  • Inspiration Award nominations must be made by an ACPE member in good standing
  • Inspiration Award nominations must be made via the online form on the ACPE website
  • Nomination materials include: a) completed nomination form, b) 1-page biographical statement of the nominee, c) two letters of support, one from an ACPE colleague, and another letter of the nominee’s choice.

 Recipients of the Inspiration Award will receive:

  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Conference Commencement Ceremony in the awarded year.

ACPE Emerging Leader Award*

The ACPE Emerging Leader Award recognizes early-career ACPE professionals who have already begun to exhibit significant leadership qualities in service to ACPE.

Criteria for Selecting a Recipient of the Emerging Leader Award:

ACPE Emerging Leader Award recipients will possess the following characteristics:

  • ACPE member in good standing (Certified Educator, Associate Certified Educator, Psychotherapist, Certified Educator Candidate, Spiritual Health Professional, Staff)
  • Have been a member of ACPE for 5 years or less
  • Demonstrated leadership and service to ACPE through their initiative, innovation and/or scholarship at their local center, through their Community of Practice and/or at the ACPE national level, and by making a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation
  • Upholds the mission, vision and values of ACPE.

Process for Nominating a Recipient of the Emerging Leader Award

  • Emerging Leader Award nominations must be made by an ACPE member in good standing
  • Emerging Leader Award nominations must be made via the online form on the ACPE website
  • Nomination materials include: a) completed nomination form, b) 1-page biographical statement of the nominee, c) two letters of support, one from an ACPE colleague, and another letter of the nominee’s choice.

Recipients of the Emerging Leader Award will receive:

  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Conference Commencement Ceremony in the awarded year.

 *Note: After careful review of the criteria for the Emerging Leader Award, the ACPE Service Awards Committee decided to refine the criteria for the Emerging Leader Award, and create a separate award that more aptly celebrates mid-career ACPE professionals who have accomplished a milestone in their tenure. This award is the ACPE “Inspiration/Trailblazer Award.”

The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2021. Awardees will be honored at the annual conference in May 2021. Submit your nomination today!

Contact Jasmine Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist with questions.