• Imperfect but Impactful

    Jun 2, 2024

    I’ve been to the mountaintop, and I’m so grateful! When I arrived at my office at Princeton Baptist Medical Center almost 13 years ago, I stood at the window and vocalized my thank you to as many people as I could think of and acknowledged the Spirits of those whose names I don’t know… shoulders I stood on, stand on. I am aware that their sacrifices and courage have paved the way for me to serve as ACPE Chair of the Board of Directors. Last week, at the Chair Banquet, I experienced a great cloud of witnesses leaning over heaven’s balcony cheering me on. At the front, my son, Jeffery shouting “do your thang Momma!” and my daughter, Gabrielle in her sweet voice saying: “I’m so proud of you Mommy!” The memory of my colleagues standing, clapping and cheering for me is etched in my heart and mind.

  • ACPE Office Closed

    May 27, 2024

    The ACPE Office will be closed Monday, May 27-June 3, 2024.

  • Spotlight on New ACPE Anti-Bias Working Group Members: Leaders Committed to Diversity and Inclusion

    May 19, 2024

    The ACPE Anti-Bias Working Group recently welcomed three new members who each bring passion, creativity and commitment to our vision of championing the anti-bias orientation and practices that are essential to cultivating spiritual health and wellbeing.

  • Margins

    May 6, 2024

    I have always enjoyed reading books with wide margins. Recently, Lynnett and I attended the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC). As I have reflected upon the theme: “Making Space for Meaning,” the idea of margins has come to mind. At the opening of each day, there was an acknowledgment that the land on which we were gathered was the occupied/seized territory of Indigenous people. Additionally, we were led into a space of worship by native people and invited to participate in activities that helped us to connect with and appreciate all that the Creator has given.

  • Giving Back

    Apr 27, 2024

    One of the opportunities to support ACPE students offered by the Foundation for ACPE is the Hemenway Scholars Program, named after Joan Hemenway, to honor her contributions to ACPE, spiritual care and education theory and research, as well as countless students and care recipients. As many CPE summer internships do not provide stipends, we offer this scholarship to summer interns to help offset educational debt, housing costs, living expenses, etc. This is one of the many ways, as donors, you give back.

  • Environmental Chaplaincy: The Call is Still Open

    Apr 13, 2024

    In 2008, Rev. Judith Cowles published an essay titled “At the Bedside of Mother Earth: A Call to Eco-chaplaincy” (Cowles, 2008). In 2015, Rabbi Katie Allen wrote “A Call for a New Kind of Chaplain,” urging chaplains practicing in conventional settings to consider becoming eco-chaplains, nature chaplains, earth chaplains, or creation chaplains (Allen, 2015). In 2024, the call is still open.

  • Celebrate AAPI Month and AANHPI Mental Health Day: Looking Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Apr 7, 2024

    Rev. Anton Boisen is known as the father of the clinical pastoral education movement. He was one of the first chaplains in a psychiatric hospital - Worcester State Hospital in 1925. Boisen’s legacy comes out of his life story as one who suffered mental illness. In 1920, six policemen took him to Boston Psychopathic Hospital. Years later, Boisen was to observe that being plunged as a patient into a hospital for the insane may be a tragedy or it may be an opportunity.

  • A Time For Everything

    Apr 1, 2024

    I never need a calendar to tell me that spring is near, my runny eyes and sinus pain, let me know. Although I experience significant discomfort, I look forward to spring every year. Watching stems and leafless bark that appear to be dead transition to blooming flowers and budding trees full of color and life restores my hope and refreshes my soul. I look forward to spring with anticipation and excitement.

  • Healing from Racism and Oppression Conference: South Africa & the Latinx Experience

    Mar 31, 2024

    April 26, 2024 8:30-2:30pm (Central) Hybrid offering: Online and In-Person at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX (Free online for CPE students; $10 online otherwise; $30 in person registration) The ACPE International Relations Committee is one of the sponsors for this upcoming Healing from Racism and Oppression Conference taking place at Perkins School of Theology and offered online on Friday, April 26th from 8:30-2:30pm (Central). One of the two speakers is Fr. Michael Lapsley, Director for the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, S. Africa, and he was a plenary speaker at the International Congress for Pastoral Care and Counseling in S. Africa in July 2023. Four ACPE educators were present at the congress and we all were deeply moved and inspired by him and thought at the time how much we’d love for the rest of ACPE to hear him, too. We are so pleased that he has agreed to come to Dallas and be a part of this incredible conference along with Sandy Ovalle, Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing for Sojourners in Washington, D.C. Both of these folks are incredible social justice leaders in our world today. We hope you will attend and bring your CPE students.

  • ACPE Welcomes New Executive Director!

    Mar 27, 2024

    At a meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors on March 18th, 2024, Lynnett Glass was unanimously elected to serve as the Executive Director of the ACPE starting April 3rd.

  • Women's Herstory

    Mar 22, 2024

    In honor of Women's History Month, the ACPE Anti-Bias Working Group invite ACPE members to reflect on the theme, "what does Women's History Month mean to me?" newly minted Certified Educator, Lauri Swann, shares her reflections below. If you would like to share your reflections on this month's theme, or other topics, please send it to Jasmine Okafor for inclusion in upcoming ACPE newsletters.

  • Every Gift Counts, Every Contribution Makes an Impact!

    Mar 22, 2024

    Spring is always an exciting time for the Foundation for ACPE. Many of you have responded to the call for grant proposals and service award nominations. As sub-committees of the Foundation Board review these applications, we continue to be moved by the amazing work done by Psychotherapists, Certified Educators and Certified Educator Candidates. The creative and innovative ideas shared through the grant proposals continue to advance the mission and values of ACPE. The tireless service we provide touches people around the world in untold ways. Thank you to everyone who has had a hand in submitting a proposal or nominating a colleague. I’d like to announce that have recently welcomed several new Board Directors to the Foundation.

  • Women's Herstory

    Mar 18, 2024

    In honor of Women's History Month, the ACPE Anti-Bias Working Group invites ACPE members to reflect on the theme, "What does Women's History Month mean to me?" ACPE Psychotherapist Tere Canzoneri shares her reflections below.

  • A Season of Renewal

    Mar 17, 2024

    Spring is in the air, and I feel a unique energy as the winter months soon become distant memories. I look forward to warmer weather, longer days of sunshine, and gathering at our annual conference!

  • New Community of Practice for CPE Program Directors

    Mar 15, 2024

    Our ACPE colleagues, who serve as CPE Program Directors at their clinical sites, are responsible for the administration and management of CPE programs. Such persons are invested with a unique and crucial responsibility in their role and in the entire clinical ministry movement. Navigating the changing environment is not easy. Facing the ever-changing clinical culture (caregiving and administrative arms). Recognizing emerging swings and themes of societal norms and movements. Revising CPE curriculum to meet changing ACPE accreditation requirements. Responding to shifting patterns and anomalies of student needs and characteristics. Continuing one’s own professional development.

  • A Day of Remembrance

    Mar 11, 2024

    On March 16 this year, it will mark the 3rd anniversary of the Atlanta Spa cold-blooded tragedy that occurred where 6 of 8 victims of Asian descent were killed. The attack had come to symbolize pattern of violence that emerged with the initial outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the United States. It continues to haunt the Asian American community today. It will take a village to heal together. Here is a ritual to nourish us to heal with courage and compassion-

  • Countdown to the ACPE 2024 Annual Conference

    Mar 8, 2024

    Greetings ACPE Community, We look forward to meeting once again for our ACPE Annual Conference in May 2024! Join us in Pittsburg as we gather for connection and learning. Following our theme of Looking In, Reaching Out, Building Together, we will examine the ways our organization and centers’ processes can be more effective in promoting justice-seeking care. We will look beyond ACPE as guest speaker Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes invites us to consider how we can engage with larger cultural and spiritual concerns. We will come together and discover innovative approaches employed by educators and psychotherapists in their respective fields...

  • I Thank Our Creator with Every Remembrance of Each of You…

    Mar 4, 2024

    The ACPE Curriculum Committee and our awesome staff is hard at work putting the final touches on our annual conference! This year’s conference will be held May 19-23 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When I pause and think about last year’s conference, I get a warm feeling. Like many of you have, I have lived through some awful experiences. It is usually in the aftermath that I can see areas of growth and appreciation not previously anticipated. I have come to call these gifts collateral blessings… unanticipated good that occurs alongside or in response to pain, loss, or tragedy.

  • Proposed Standards Changes

    Mar 1, 2024

    After a review of the current standards and receiving feedback from the ACPE membership and the Anti-Bias Work Group, the Accreditation Commission is proposing the following changes to the ACPE Standards as part of our regular review process. To provide feedback on these proposed changes, please click here. The review and feedback period is open through April 12, 2024.

  • Doubly Conscious Reflective Practitioner

    Feb 26, 2024

    In honor of Black History Month, the ACPE Anti-Bias Work Group invited newly Certified Educator, Reverend Jeremiah Page, to reflect on his experience as an African-American man who has journeyed through the ACPE Certification process. It is our hope that Jeremiah's poignant reflection can provide much-needed wisdom to all of as we better understand the many identifies we reconcile in becoming the most authentic versions of ourselves. Do you have a personal reflection you wish to include in the Anti-Bias Work Group's monthly newsletter column? If so, please email it to Jasmine Okafor, ACPE Director of Development & DEI Initiatives.