• The Origins of Suffering

    Sep 28, 2022

    The first month of residency at Connecticut Valley Hospital corrected a lot of preconceptions about mental health institutions. Dr. Dori Laub, whose passion for his personal interest in preserving the stories of those suffering in the Holocaust taught me about humanity and inhumanity – and their intersection in psychiatry.

  • Rooted Vision: A Conversation with the Curriculum Committee about the 2023 Annual Conference

    Sep 26, 2022

    Members of the Anti-Bias Working Group (ABWG) met with ACPE Certified Educator Beth Jackson-Jordan, as a representative of the Curriculum Committee’s conference planning group. The group is currently planning the Annual Conference in New Orleans, May 22-25, 2023.

  • New Funding Opportunities Available to Advance ACPE Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Sep 26, 2022

    The 2022 ACPE Foundation Grants Cycle is now open! The ACPE Foundation is excited to announce our expanded grants program to support initiatives that advance justice, diversity, equity and inclusion within ACPE.

  • Call for Workshop Applications

    Sep 23, 2022

    The ACPE Curriculum Committee invites you to submit a workshop proposal for the 2023 ACPE Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana! This year’s conference will showcase the wisdom of our members and highlight the inspirational and innovative education that our educators and programs are offering to our students.

  • For your professional ethics edification in September

    Sep 23, 2022

    Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members. Each posting is accompanied by a brief personal reflection from a member of the PEC discussing some ways this person lives these commitments

  • Native Lessons on Connection and Community

    Sep 21, 2022

    Surrounded by the beautiful network of a vast estuary that is connected to the Pacific Ocean, the Puget Sound is comprised of many tributaries and rivers. These have unique native names such as the Elwha, Nisqually, Nooksack, Puyallup, and Skakit similar to the names of the meeting rooms at the hotel.

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    Easing into Fall

    Sep 19, 2022

    Fall has always been my favorite season. I love when the humidity blows away, the cooler mornings invite a different pace, and so many programs, practices, and rituals restart after the summer break. I love the changing colors, the beginning of the process of death and renewal throughout nature, and I am reminded of Lucille Clifton's poem “the lesson of the falling leaves”:

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    Religious, Spiritual & Values-Based Diversity in CPE: Join us on Sept. 16 for a Resource Room on this topic!

    Sep 12, 2022

    In March of this year, the Religion & Values Task Force of the ACPE’s Anti-Bias Work Group posted an article in this Monday newsletter that asked these questions:

  • What are the Pros and Cons of Online CPE? Join us on Sept. 12 to Find Out!

    Sep 2, 2022

    I remember what felt like a clandestine meeting of ACPE educators about 10 years ago to discuss online CPE. A group of us who were offering online CPE or interested in doing so had found each other and decided it could be helpful to meet and share what we had been learning. Offering online CPE was very new and controversial at that time. The prevailing concern was a fear about how authenticity and relationality could be lost or impeded when CPE groups don’t meet face to face.

  • Summer Activities Roundup

    Sep 2, 2022

    National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) I spent this last weekend with our NACC colleagues at their conference in Buffalo, NY. Among other things, I went to represent ACPE as NACC celebrated David Lichter, their long-time retiring Executive Director. In his honor, NACC set up a fund to ensure the provision of CPE for aspiring chaplains. In response, David spoke about the growing importance of spiritual care for a hurting world.

  • Original Psalm from Mark Glazener

    Aug 29, 2022

    1O Lord, my abiding Shepherd, answer me when I call on you. 2From the depths of my distress, I cry out to you. 3Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

  • Member Reflection

    Aug 22, 2022

    This past summer, I entered the doors of the VA Healthcare System in Pittsburgh as a chaplain intern. I had some idea that a chaplain provides a listening ear, hospitality, and prayer. I was curious about what more I had to offer or learn in addition to some of the therapeutic interventions that I had known. I found CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) to be an intensely rich experience that expanded my understanding.

  • Your Gifts at Work: Bilingual Internship CPE Unit - A project of Templo Cristiano Central, led by ACPE Certified Educator Silvia Tiznado-Smith

    Aug 22, 2022

    Through the generous support of our donors, the Foundation for ACPE awarded a $15,000 Innovative Program Award to support a Bilingual ACPE Certified Educator and the fees for the students who are accepted into the bilingual internship CPE unit at Templo Cristiano Central.

  • Listening for Discovery

    Aug 17, 2022

    To listen another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another.” - Douglas Steer For many years this quote has been the beginning point for every Level 1 CPE unit I supervised and for every Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling course that I have taught. The only quibble I have with Dr. Steere’s wisdom is his qualifier, “almost.” I suppose there are acute emergencies (feeding a starving person, dragging an unconscious person from a burning building) that demand action before listening. But listening until disclosure and discovery emerge is never to be discounted as anything other than a deep expression of love and mercy for my neighbor.

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    A Season of So Many Feels

    Aug 15, 2022

    Mental health crisis. It's all over the news. People are exhausted and leaving their positions. Nowhere near enough counselors to meet all of the needs. No real pipeline to bring new people into the field. The tracks that people used to follow have broken down, and it will take years to rebuild them. Suicide rates are off the charts with several different subgroups.

  • Replacement Therapy

    Aug 10, 2022

    In my younger years, I grew up praying spontaneous, extemporaneous, non-liturgical prayers. These were primarily prayers of praise and thanksgiving to God, as well as prayers of intercession: my interceding for others, as well as for myself, asking God to help me be and do better at whatever. Not to mention prayers of repentance for my sinfulness. And of course, such a way of praying is not only appropriate but necessary, certainly for a Christian, limited as it may be merely to one’s own understanding and awareness.

  • happens

    Aug 5, 2022

    I’m a listener of stories. A story viewer. My professions and my retirement post profession revolved and revolves around stories. In a recent pod episode of “The Moth,” a snippet of a storyteller said the following. “Life happens...and it is the job or us mere mortals to make meaning out of what happens.” It is not some cosmic fatalism, or god given event that some might prescribe to what happens, as well meaning as those spoken words might mean when said to someone, thanks, but most times not helpful. Those times might just be more helped by sitting with someone and being present to them.

  • COP Spotlight: About ACPE’s Friday Psychotherapists Community of Practice

    Aug 5, 2022

    Early in the COVID pandemic, ACPE staff member Katherine Higgins sent out a general invitation to interested persons to join a weekly gathering of like-minded persons for a one-hour weekly ZOOM gathering on Fridays at 12 noon ET.

  • For your professional ethics edification in August

    Aug 5, 2022

    Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members. Each posting is accompanied by a brief personal reflection from a member of the PEC discussing some ways this person lives these commitments*. August’s statements are:

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    Stay Grounded

    Aug 3, 2022

    Recently I had planned to listen to a podcast while taking a long walk. As I headed out the door, I launched the program. The sound was only coming from one of the earbuds. I was annoyed by this as the earbuds were new and I had only just charged them in their case. Throughout the walk, I remained distracted by the non-functioning earbud.