• How are you holding up?

    Jan 14, 2021

    Today we honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While many of you will continue to serve in the midst of this pandemic, others will volunteer in communities, making his dream of the Beloved Community one step closer to reality. In light of the last few weeks - months - years - even decades - God knows we need the spirit and intentions of leaders like Dr. King to come alive in ways that crosses borders and bridges, heals and unties, transforms and reimagines what we might yet be as neighborhoods and nations.

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    Finding Meaning in Lifting Up One Another

    Jan 8, 2021

    It is impossible to write about the nature and quality of our connections with one another in ACPE without acknowledging the significant strain in our civic life, made plain last week on Epiphany, when a violent mob stormed the Capitol while both houses of congress were receiving the electoral college votes. Though the clinical rhombus doesn’t explicitly consider the sociopolitical context of learning, many of us have extended Karl Barth’s insistence that preaching is properly done with the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. That is to say, we cannot find meaning or proclaim the promises of God apart from the very real circumstances of our life in society.

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    Informal Consultation for Certified Educators

    Jan 7, 2021

    We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Certified Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom. The drop-in meeting (no RSVP required) will take place on Mondays, beginning from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern time. Come for a little bit or stay the whole time. This is a chance to connect with colleagues and ask questions. Hope you will join us!

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    For your professional ethics edification in January

    Jan 7, 2021

    Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.

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    New Chair of the Accreditation Commission Offers Words of Welcome for 2021

    Jan 6, 2021

    Welcome to 2021! We are very excited for the new year and the hope that comes with it. As the pandemic changed a lot, we are grateful for your continued pursuit of excellence in our ACPE accredited programs and to working together with the ACPE Accreditation Commission.

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    I hope you all have a Safe, Healthy and Happy 2021!

    Jan 4, 2021

    As part of that “safe and healthy,” I was feeling a bit envious of my colleagues who had great smiles and glowing expressions on their social media pages after they received their COVID-19 vaccine. Good for each of you who have already gotten your first shot, and for those who are awaiting an opportunity to receive the vaccine, hang on; I trust it soon will be available for all of us. I fervently believe we will all have the option in the coming weeks/months.

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    2021 Annual Conference: Creating Room to Breathe

    Dec 21, 2020

    This is a time like no other. Our constraints are unprecedented. The interlocking pandemics of bias, injustice and COVID-19 are devastating people and communities. How can we create an opportunity for change and growth on the level of these challenges?

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    What is CPE?

    Dec 18, 2020

    CPE, Clinical Pastoral Education, . . . so the literature says, is professional education for ministry. It is the clinical component of graduate theological education. CPE provides the participant the opportunity to operationalize her/his/their personal and academic theological development in the art and science of ministry, sometimes for the first time. That makes CPE sound like on-the-job training. It is so much more.

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    Thank you from the Annual Campaign

    Dec 17, 2020

    In the midst of a global pandemic and reckoning for social and racial injustice, ACPE members and friends have still demonstrated incredible generosity.

  • Places of Light

    Dec 17, 2020

    Do you remember two weeks ago? It was the day before the election. Does it feel like a lifetime ago? How many lifetimes have we lived during the pandemic? And what does our future hold?

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    ACPE Invoices Notification

    Dec 11, 2020

    We have fixed the issues regarding the annual dues billing in our new database. Around 7:00pm eastern on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, you should have received an email from ACPE with the subject “Billing Notice” which includes links to pay your 2021 membership dues. For your convenience, we added an “Express Payment” hyperlink.

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    Trauma, Resilience, and Teams

    Dec 9, 2020

    In recent weeks, I have been particularly moved by first-hand accounts of the bone-deep weariness faced by medical providers and allied health professionals caring for those with COVID. Of course, this also includes many of you, who navigate all of the challenges of caring for patients and families impacted by COVID, in addition to providing support and care to colleagues and staff. These days are so full of trauma, and so many in our midst are living it up close and personally.

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    Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Delivery of ACPE Spiritual Care Education

    Dec 4, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the landscape and delivery of healthcare and theological education. While the impact of COVID has been addressed in multiple editorial and peer reviewed publications, no systematic study has been conducted on how accredited programs of clinical pastoral education have responded and adjusted to the pandemic.

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    “The Best Thing I’ve Done in 30 Years as a Counselor and Center Director”: Reflections from a SIP Training

    Dec 4, 2020

    I am Executive Director of Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services, which serves the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, Virginia. I came here 15 years, to work as Associate Executive Director with our Founding Director, Rev. Dr. Bill Hedrick. I stepped into the Executive Director role 10 years ago. I’ve been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1990, working 15 years in the community mental health system, and I am an ordained minister in the Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

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    For your professional ethics edification in December

    Dec 3, 2020

    For December, instead of commenting on our ethics standards, we share some resources for learning about professional ethics.

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    A Year that Defies Imagination

    Dec 3, 2020

    Here we are, nearing the end of a year that defies imagination. We continue to live in and through a global health crisis that includes lives lost and livelihood lost for many, many more. We’ve figuratively and literally stood with our friends, family members, and colleagues as we have all waged a war against the coronavirus. We are fatigued by the struggle, the losses, the changes in our lives. Many of us are grieving. We are changed. We will continue to change as individuals and as an association.

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    News from the Psychotherapy Commission

    Nov 30, 2020

    It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of 2020. Last Thanksgiving, who could have imagined what this year would bring, or how much the world would be changed by circumstance and human choice? This year, we struggle with a pandemic that consumes our thinking and constrains our activity. We have been appalled by violence against African-Americans and continuing aggression against immigrants arriving on our shores. If you are like me, you worry about the political uncertainty we have faced this year. While we have elected a new president, we still encounter the ups and downs of a contentious transition.

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    Help ACPE Raise $10,000 on Giving Tuesday

    Nov 20, 2020

    It seems like a decade ago since I assumed the role of 2020 annual campaign chair. The emotional stress, physical setbacks, social/political unrest and spiritual demands bought about in 2020 has made this year go down in history as unprecedented. Indeed, our lives have changed forever.

  • Certification: Congratulations to the Newly Certified!

    Nov 15, 2020

    We want to extend a warm congratulations to the ACPE Certified Associate Educators and Certified Educators who passed their virtual sub-committee meetings.

  • ACPE 2020 Leadership Election Results

    Nov 15, 2020

    Thank you to all the members who participated in the 2020 ACPE Election! 740 (40.6%) of 1821 electors voted in this ballot. The election results have been reviewed by ACPE Chair-Elect/Leadership Development Chair Shawn Mai and ACPE Secretary/Treasurer Linda Wilkerson.