January 2010
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ACPE e-News
A publication of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
ACPE Academy for Continuing
Education is Launched 
The ACPE, Inc. announces the creation of the ACPE Academy for Continuing Education.  The new educational initiative began this fall at the ACPE Leadership Meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Academy continues with its introduction of face-to-face courses at the 2010 ACPE Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO and then continues into 2010 with a series of webinars.  The ACPE Academy for Continuing Education is organized to meet the following educational needs of the ACPE membership:
The Leadership Forum -
for ACPE leadership, board, commission, committee members
The Center for Management Studies -
for pastoral leaders and ACPE Supervisors serving as department heads, program managers, senior staff
The Center for the Teaching and Supervisory Arts -
for Supervisory Education Students, ACPE Supervisors, Field Educators, Pastors, and Pastoral Theologians
The Institute for International CPE -
for international ACPE students and their supervisors and other persons across the globe interested in advancing CPE. 
Register for the 2010 courses on the ACPE Annual Conference registration form (or website). Watch the ACPE e-News for additional announcements of webinars for 2010 and future courses. The ACPE Academy section will also be added to the ACPE website soon.
In This Issue
ACPE Academy for Continuing Education
Annual Member Meeting & Luncheon
Touched by THIS Holy Ground
New in Research
New in Print
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ACPE Annual Member Meeting & Luncheon
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 12 Noon
Kansas City, MO
Elections for the offices of Secretary and Treasurer will take place at the annual member meeting.  Descriptions of the officers duties can be found at: ACPE Bylaws beginning on page 13.  Nominations may be sent in advance to RANC Chair Ted Hodge, thodge@bhsi.com or can be made from the floor.
The Nominating Convention for the office President-Elect will take place at the annual member meeting.  The President-Elect serves in that position in 2011, then serves as President for 2012-13, then as Past President in 2014.  A position description of duties can be found at ACPE Bylaws beginning on page 13.  It is customary for someone to make the nomination on the floor, followed by a second to the nomination, then the acceptance speech by the nominee.  A run-off will be conducted if there are more than two nominees.  The two with the highest vote will listed on the ballot that will be sent to ACPE members during the summer 2010.

NOTICE: ACPE members will vote on a proposed by-laws change recommended by the ACPE Board:
To amend Section 7 of the By-laws to eliminate the position of Past President, specifically Section 7.05 and any other related references.  A new Section 7.05 shall read: 
President ProTem. In the absence or disability of the President, the Board of Representatives shall elect from among themselves a President Pro Tem who shall have all the powers and shall perform all the duties of the President and shall also have such specific powers and shall perform such duties as may be prescribed and directed by the Board of Directors. The President Pro Tem shall serve until the next President is elected as prescribed by the Bylaws of the Association.
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2009 Regional Meeting Fun-raising
By Deborah Whisnand, FCPE Executive Director, Deborah.Whisnand@foundationforcpe.org
This is the tale of three ACPE Regions fun-raising on behalf of ACPE.  The creative juices were flowing at the Southwest and Eastern/Northeast Regional meetings last fall.  ACPE members literally had fun raising funds!
The Southwest Region met in Albuquerque the first weekend of October.  As was their tradition, the Region honored one of its Retired Supervisors with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award.  The honoree, Agnes Joy of Houston, Texas, brought to the meeting a photograph that she had personally taken in New York and used in supervision.  She wanted to pass on the picture to another supervisor or center, and she insisted that the Foundation benefit.  Prior to the Foundation's report to the region, Bill Carpenter, resourceful SW Regional Director, held a "cumulative auction" for the photo.  Each person that bid for the picture of two persons in a boat on a lake at sundown had to contribute her or his bid to the Foundation. The person that bid the highest would win the picture.  Within ten minutes, $1,088 was raised for the 2009 Annual Fund.  Paul Robertson, ACPE Supervisor at Memorial Hermann in Houston, won the photo and took it back to his center.
When Jo Clare Wilson, Eastern Regional Co-Director, heard about all the fun in the Southwest, she would not be deterred from having fun at the Eastern/Northeast meeting in mid-October.  Two teams arose during the Regions' customary evening of entertainment.  They agreed that the losing team would contribute to the Foundation's Annual Fund in honor of the winning team.  The two groups went head-to-head playing Taboo for over two hours.  The winners were the team of Jo Clare Wilson: Nancy Anderson, Sue Asher, Chris Brown, Terry Culbertson, Katherine Higgins and Leslie Stokes.  The losers were Tim Dean's team: Sally Campbell, Patrick McCoy, Claudia Meyer, Maureen Mitchell, Teresa Snorton, Greg Stoddard and Rhoda Toperzer.  The losers, and I am told, some of the winners, made a total donation of $256 to the Annual Fund.

What fun and creativity for ACPE's mission and financial future!
Touched by THIS Holy Ground
By Rev Yoke Lye Lim Kwong, ACPE Supervisor, ykwong@howardregional.org 
I have gathered countless telephone and mail contacts with our ACPE national office over the years.Yoke Lye at National Office To name its address and phone number is effortless.  My personal visit to our ACPE national office last November during the leadership conference in Atlanta spoke to me powerfully. For days, I tried to search for the meanings behind my powerful emotions.  On one crispy morning while jogging on a soft snowcovered ground in my neighborhood in Indianapolis, the meanings came.  Prior to seeing the office, I talked about it being the Holy Ground, the White House. Behind these terms, there was my na├»ve assumption of its "greatness." When my colleague Rev. Bridgette Piggue, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education of Emory Center for Pastoral Services, drove me to see the office building, at the parking lot I asked her, "Are you sure this is the building?" She smiled, "Yes, ma'am!"  Before my eyes it was simply a very ordinary building, an old warehouse. Bridgette took me into the office. It was a very crowded space and obviously a very organized office for it to function in so many ways. I felt humbled. 
For years I had imagined the office was a "grand" building, impressive and modern with lavish decorations. Indeed it was Holy Ground, but the extravagant "White House" image was dropped immediately!  Reading the last hard copy of our ACPE News this December further strengthens my respect for our national office building.  Holding it in my hand, I read its address with intentionality.  The issues talked about by Deryck Durston and Ken Hayden in this publication echoed changes in the emerging landscape of our spiritual care and supervision field.  As I am in touch with my changed perception, a transformed experience because of a personal visit to our ACPE office, Durston's experience in Taiwan with the 9th Asia-Pacific Congress on Pastoral Care and Counseling; Hayden's experiences with his international  students in his CPE center on our American soil parallel our CPE historical emphasis on learning from life's experiences that leads to authentic reconstruction of our global worldviews and hopefully, new values that propel us to walk humbly and to do justice in our call to serve God and humanity.
New in Research
Vast Majority of Physicians Satisfied with Hospital Chaplain Services
CHICAGO - A national survey of physicians' experience with hospital chaplains found that the vast majority of doctors were satisfied with the spiritual services provided.  Physicians in the Northeast and those with a dim view of religion's effects on patients, however, were less likely to be pleased.
The results of the survey - the largest, most representative survey of physicians' attitudes about religion and spirituality conducted to date - are published in a research letter in the October 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. George Fitchett, PhD, a chaplain and ACPE Supervisor at Rush University Medical Center, is the study's lead author.
"Religion and spirituality are important resources for coping with serious illnesses, but research indicates that patients' needs in this regard often go unmet," Fitchett said.  "That's why it is important to understand how physicians view chaplains.  Doctors play a crucial role in ensuring that patients get access to this kind of care."
The study was based on data from a random sample of physicians of all specialties selected from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile.  The survey response rate was 63 percent.
Of the 1,102 physicians whose responses were included in the study, 89 percent had some experience with chaplains.  Of these physicians, 90 percent were satisfied or very satisfied with chaplains' services.
Those who were satisfied tended to be physicians who worked in teaching hospitals; practiced medical subspecialties, such as cardiology or oncology, or other specialties, such as emergency medicine or neurology; endorsed the notion that religion and spirituality can have a good effect on patients; and believed it was acceptable to pray with a patient whenever the physician sensed it would be appropriate.
Those physicians who believed that religion and spirituality had a negative impact on patients were more likely to be dissatisfied with chaplains' services.
The survey also found that physicians in the Midwest were more likely to be satisfied with chaplains than physicians in the Northeast.  The finding was unexplained because of limitations in the data collected.
Other researchers involved in the study were Kenneth Rasinski, PhD, from the University of Chicago; Wendy Cadge, PhD, from Brandeis University; and Dr. Farr Curlin, from the University of Chicago.
New in Print
Women Out of Order CoverWomen Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multicultural World
Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner and Teresa Snorton, co-editors, Fortress Press, 2010. Contributing writers include ACPE Supervisors, Adriana Cavina, Yoke Lye Lim Kwong, Jacqueline Kelly, Michelle Oberwise-Lacock and Clinical Member Laura Dorsey.  Available from the national office or amazon.com
Art SchmidtCourageous Conversations: The Teaching and Learning of Pastoral Supervision
William R. DeLong, editor, University Press of America, 2010. Contributing writers include ACPE Supervisors, Mark Hart, Mildred Best, Francis Rivers Meza, Timothy Thorstenson, David McCurdy, Teresa Snorton, Beth Burbank, Gordon Hilsman, Scott McRae, Judith Ragsdale. Available from amazon.com.
Art SchmidtThe Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness End of Life and Grief
(Paperback), the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and Reverend James L. Brooks, provides today's congregations with an inspiring, achievable vision for caring for people facing illness, end of life and grief. Available from amazon.com.


Art SchmidtAnton Theophilus Boisen: His Life, Work, Impact, and Theological Legacy

"Bob Leas' Boisen biography has added significantly to our comprehension of this seminal figure in the origins of Clinical Pastoral Education.  His weaving together dynamic portrayals of family members, crucial moments and persons in his professional life, and many revealing vignettes provide insight into this complex person."  -The Reverend James Gibbons, Emeritus Supervisor ACPE and Former President of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Order here.