• Looking Ahead in 2022

    Apr 28, 2022

    The 2022 ACPE Annual Conference is presented jointly with the Association of Professional Chaplains. We’ve teamed up to offer “Freedom, Wonder, and Liberation: Anti-Bias Practices of Spiritual Care and Education.” I want to thank the conference planners for putting together a powerful tapestry of offerings. The conference speakers bring psychological and theological theories that give grounding for our deepening work as an anti-bias organization. As I’ve done some pre-conference reading from our speakers’ bodies of work, I realized the planning committee has knit together content that helps stretch us in our learning and more deeply integrate what we’ve known.

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    Your Gifts at Work: “Taking CPE to the Streets”

    Apr 25, 2022

    Thanks to the support of our faithful donors, in 2020, the Foundation for ACPE granted $21,000 in Innovative Program Awards to support “Taking CPE to the Streets,” an initiative led by ACPE Certified Educator Danielle Buhuro and Eden Theological Seminary Dean Sonja Williams. This project created an ACPE accredited CPE program in a context where seminarian CPE students could learn in a community – justice-oriented context. In doing so, they engaged the multiple pandemics of COVID-19 and police brutality as well as addressed the systemically biased based oppressions of urban communities made of people of color.

  • It’s all connected … an Earth Month meditation

    Apr 21, 2022

    In this generation of climate-changing human impact, it can feel hard to know how and where to stand. The scale of change feels too huge and daunting for any one human. Human appetites for water and oil, food and convenience drive many of these challenges, but what difference can one human being make? And how do we keep our fatalism from proving fatal to more and more of us, more and more species, and the planetary home we share?

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    Station Eleven

    Apr 18, 2022

    The church I attend here in Asheville, Circle of Mercy, meets on Sunday evenings in space shared by a host church, Land of the Sky United Church of Christ. On Good Friday each year, Land of the Sky creates a stations of the cross experience in their sanctuary, and this year, for the first time, I decided to go.

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    Side Effects

    Apr 15, 2022

    Rev. Miguel Santamaria is a Certified Educator at Morton Plant Hospital and wrote the poem, "Side Effects"

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    This Work Matters

    Apr 14, 2022

    Have you seen the call for nominations for awards? As with every year, we want to celebrate our colleagues and recognize those who have been leaders in the movements of clinical pastoral education and spiritually integrated psychotherapy. These awards are a way of celebrating all of us, of making our increasing commitment to appreciative inquiry come alive in the stories and practices of colleagues. It is a way of reminding us who we are and why we do what we do.

  • The Journey of Professional Spiritual Integration

    Apr 11, 2022

    About 90% of my clients indicate that they are either religious or spiritual. When I see this self-identification, I usually feel especially hopeful about my work with the person seeking healing. It gives me permission to ask about more than meets the visible eye, more than what the DSMV can capture.

  • The Work of the Religion and Values Task Force of the Anti-Bias Work Group

    Apr 11, 2022

    As our entire organization moves more deeply into its commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), the Religion and Values Task Force (RVTF) of the Anti-Bias Work Group is tasked with exploring religious and values-based exclusion in the ACPE.

  • Join the ACPE Behavioral Health Settings Community of Practice

    Apr 6, 2022

    The ACPE Behavioral Health Settings Community of Practice was created for the intention of bringing together ACPE Certified Educators, CECs, and Clinical Members who serve in the unique contexts of Behavioral Health Settings and might benefit from context-specific consultation, continuing education, and community formation. This CoP was originated by Carl Yusavitz (ACPE Certified Educator, Penn Foundation), who served as convener until his retirement October 2020. Prior to his retirement, Carl asked for volunteers to serve as convener. Ryan Parker (Mental Health Chaplain/ ACPE Certified Educator, Durham VA Health Care System) is currently serving as convener.

  • Ritual

    Apr 6, 2022

    The following collaborative poem was created by the CPE group at MCF­Stillwater during an opening reflection. The particular form of the poem is called an Exquisite Corpse. Each member of the CPE group begins with a piece of paper, a pen, and their creativity. After receiving a prompt for inspiration, each member writes a poetic line and passes their paper to the right. Then each member reads the line written by the previous person, takes inspiration from that line, and writes their own corresponding line.

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    Cracks in our grief make room for hope and new life

    Apr 4, 2022

    In the Lutheran church I attend, we are observing Lent. Since I was a boy, something has touched me deeply during mid-week and Sunday worship. Although I couldn’t articulate it as a young person, I’ve come to express it as this being a time of seeking deeper intimacy with the sacred. The Muslim tradition of Ramadan has also given me a framework during this time of year when I redirect my heart to that which gives my life meaning and purpose. Part of what I deal with during this time is an intentional reflection on grief. In my faith, I’ve come to experience that walking through my grief leads me to new possibilities and new life. During this time of year, it feels fitting that we observe such major religious traditions as Passover, Ramadan, Lent, and Easter that we are utilizing this time in our association’s life to reflect and search inward.

  • For your professional ethics edification in April

    Apr 3, 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

  • Pulse Check

    Mar 30, 2022

    Chelsea May LaRue is a Chaplain Resident at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO. In this resident year, Chelsea May is specializing in working with pediatric patients, their loved ones, and staff. Chelsea May uses journaling and poetry as a way to reflect on experiences in chaplaincy and CPE.

  • Soulful Presence Welcome

    Mar 28, 2022

    Whither pastoral counseling … or spiritually integrated counseling … or ACPE psychotherapists … or whatever the myriad descriptions (both adjectives and nouns) that we use to describe who we are and the work that we do? I have enjoyed participating in the formation of a Commission and membership within ACPE named “Psychotherapy.” I was a Fellow in AAPC for many years even though my primary livelihood and identify were much more connected to ACPE education. As a staff member for ACPE I supported the transition task force that made initial decisions about how to receive AAPC members into ACPE and how to shape the initial work of that group. Later I was elected as a Commission member. Through these iterations, I have frequently wondered, how do the various names and adjectives that we apply to our work matter? Undoubtedly, they matter, but how?

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    Call for ACPE Service Award Nominations – Deadline Extended!

    Mar 28, 2022

    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?

  • Anti-Ableism Task Force: An Opportunity for Prophetic Change

    Mar 24, 2022

    Ableism is all around us. The Disability and Philanthropy Forum defines ableism “as a set of stereotypes and practices that devalue and discriminate against people with disabilities. It assumes that the bodies and minds of non-disabled people are the “default”, placing value on them based on society’s perceptions of what’s considered normal.” Healthcare settings are one of the primary places where ableism shows up. Even though significant percentages of patients have one form of disability or another, health care workers often lack empathy, experience, and understanding of the specific concerns of people with disabilities.

  • Leveraging Spiritual Resources for Renewal

    Mar 21, 2022

    Leveraging Spiritual Resources for Renewal Life has seemed ‘stretched thin’ for us and for many we have encountered these last two years of pandemic and strife. As Bilbo told Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring, “I feel thin, sort of like butter scraped over too much bread.” The perfect storm of diminishing self-care and increasing demand for the services of psychotherapists has left many of us with too much bread for our butter!

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    We must engage in this work every day

    Mar 15, 2022

    Sunday, March 20, 2022, marked the vernal equinox, the day we celebrate the beginning of spring. It is a time of various religious and secular festivals, a time when we begin to delight in the possibilities of new life. And in some ways, it seems almost trite considering all that is happening in the world.

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    Mar 14, 2022

    Learning to practice and implement mindfulness in your daily life will benefit not only the psychotherapist but the client as well. The practice is easy, simple, and free to do. It will enhance not only the caregiver but the receiver. It can be completed in the office, at home, in the car, or any place where privacy can be maintained for a few moments of the day.

  • ACPE Signs Reciprocity Agreement with Australia/New Zealand

    Mar 9, 2022

    In a world filled with so much conflict and polarization, one of the joys of this past year was the passing of a reciprocal agreement between the Australia and New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Ltd (ANZACPE) and ACPE. We first met on May 3, 2021, with six supervisors/educators from Australia and New Zealand and three from ACPE’s International Relations Committee to test the waters of this possibility. Everyone expressed hope to move towards reciprocity and to build greater collegiality.