ACPE Theory Paper of the Year Award

Written by Rev. Rod Seeger, ACPE Certified Educator, Managing Editor of the Journal of Reflective Practice

Carrying on the tradition of The Journal of Supervision and Training for Ministry, the journal, Reflective Practice, continues to publish the set of papers receiving the annual ACPE Theory Paper of the Year Award.

Writing theory papers is the articulation and application of theory to the primary task of CPE—educating spiritual care givers who provide quality spiritual care. The Theory Paper of the Year Award showcases papers that demonstrate quality writing focusing on how a Candidate is facilitating learning for quality spiritual care giving. These theory papers demonstrate for us how we integrate all parts of ourselves as we serve in this most sacred of ministries: attending to the suffering and well-being of our fellow humans and educating our students to do that as well.

Five ACPE certified educators reviewed the theory papers that were submitted and analyzed the papers using the criteria listed above. This year the readers unanimously selected the theory papers written by Imani Jones to receive the ACPE Theory Paper of the Year Award. Imani Jones, DMin, MDiv, ThM, BCC, is the CPE Program Manager, Department of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Congratulations to Imani! We are honored to be able to share the work of this author in this volume of Reflective Practice. I hope you enjoy reading these award-winning papers.

Rev. Rod Seeger, ACPE Certified Educator, serves as the Managing Editor of Reflective Practice. He may be contacted at