May 2010
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ACPE e-News
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2010 President-Elect Election
 Robin Brown-Haithco
Nomination of Robin C. Brown-Haithco
By Tim Thorstenson
Great leaders are made, not born.  They are shaped and refined over and over again, growing first into themselves, and then into progressively wider circles of community, and of awareness, and of influence.   From our vantage point in CPE, we know that leaders most often arise out of tempering experiences, as steel is tempered by the refiner's fire.  And we know that those people who learn to draw from those experiences, and who learn to integrate those experiences by turning the knowledge gained into wisdom - and those people who then, in turn, allow that wisdom to shape and inform how they live - those are the people that rise up, often humbly, to lead us forward.  It is the painful experiences, as you all know, that hold the potential to redeem meaning in life and to deepen one's soul.  It is the heart-breaking and illusion-shattering experiences that move people into their passions and into their truest selves and thus into their depths - and paradoxically into their fullness.
Robin Brown-Haithco is a soulful woman, a passionate woman, a woman now coming into her fullness.  She knows both the foundational personal security that comes from nurturing and loving parents, and she knows the intensity of a competitive and sometimes alienated family.  With her lineage coming out of Africa, mixed with a great-grandfather who was a white physician and a maternal grandfather who was part Cherokee, she knows diversity, both embraced by the blood pulsing through her body and learned the hard way through the soul-stealing effects of racism.  She knows the struggle of growing up in a small town just an hour from the seat of the Confederacy, and she knows what it is to not just survive but indeed to thrive.  She knows the reward of learning to be, even daring to be, self-reliant, and of rising up out of marginalization, and of reaching for the higher bar of higher education, all on her own.  And she also knows the pain of it; and the costs; and the brokenness that is so much a part of that journey of becoming.
Robin's defining moment came just over a year ago...  Click here to read Tim's complete nomination and a second and third nomination.
Robin C. Brown-Haithco's Acceptance Speech
Several weeks ago in a conversation with Tim, he asked me a question that I have not been able to get out of my head - Where is your passion?  I have spent a significant amount of time living with that question and here is where it led me.  When my paternal grandmother was 84 years old she was diagnosed with colon cancer - the only option at that time was surgery.  She had that surgery at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.  At the time her chances of survival were very slim.  But my grandmother was a woman who always beat the odds.  She had the surgery, recovered in my terms miraculously and lived another 14 years.  While recuperating in the hospital, I visited her - she wanted me to read scripture to her - I neglected to bring my Bible so I went to the nurses' station to ask for one and lo and behold they had one there.  I went back into my grandmother's room and read to her from the Psalms - the 23rd Psalm was her favorite (truth be told, my theology comes from the Psalms).  After reading to my grandmother, I looked around, saw people lying in their beds, some without family present, and some who appeared to be lonely and afraid - a voice within me spoke and invited me to visit those persons.  I found myself walking the halls that day going door-to-door visiting with patients, praying with them and reading to them from the Bible (of course I was the worst nightmare of the chaplains I am sure - I really have very little tolerance today of those who come into our hospital and go door-to-door).  But it was that day that sealed for me my destiny and my vocation and my calling.  It would take me many years to get back to the hospital, to answer the call I believe God put on my life as a teenager, but eventually I found my way back to the hospital as a CPE student.  And it was CPE that invited me to go deep within myself to find that place where heart speaks to heart. 
So you may be asking what does this have to do with where my passion is - my heart has been and always will be drawn to that which is deeply spiritual - it will always be drawn to the great cloud of witnesses in my history who called me to that deep spiritual place (my grandmothers, my grandfathers, my mom and dad, the elders in my church, my pastor who blessed my calling, and to the supervisors who nurtured me in the vocation of CPE Supervision), and it will always be drawn to the sacred and holy space I call education and learning.  ACPE represents that space for me.  I love this organization.  It has nurtured and challenged me.  It has invited me to spaces in my life I didn't think I could go.  It continues to call me to transformative learning.  My work with students is shaped and informed by my deep love for God and theology, my love of learning, and my desire to see students grow even beyond their wildest imaginations.
And so I stand here today being informed by my passion and my love for this organization to accept the nomination to run... Click here to read Robin's complete acceptance speech and to view her resume.
Continue to read the ACPE News to learn about the election and balloting!
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2011 Annual Conference
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Board of Representatives
Report of the ACPE Board of Representatives' Spring 2010 Meeting
By Southeast Region Representatives Miriam Needham and Bill Baugh
The Board meeting beganwith the celebration of the purchase of property near the square in Decatur, Georgia, which will be the site of the new national ACPE office.  The property is prime real estate and the FCPE was able to raise the cost of $1,025,000.00 through donations within the period between the signing of the contract and closing.  The building on the property is not adequate for ACPE's purposes and there will be a capital campaign to build a new building.  The Board approved an architectural firm that has already given time on a pro bono basis to draw up plans for a building that will be 'green' and will fit the future needs of our national office, the Academy for Continuing Education, and conference/training space.  Presentation of the capital campaign and annual campaign by the FCPE was presented at the membership meeting during the conference.
The meeting was structured around our Strategic Initiatives which were adopted by the Board in 2006 and have provided work group goals since.  Here is a summary of the work the Board did related to each of these initiatives.
Organization Relationships in Pastoral Care
The Board heard reports from our seminary representative and our clinical representative the crux of which was that we continue to lose seminaries as ACPE member seminaries and the ACPE still has difficulty bringing our clinical members into an active and engaged relationship with our Association.  In response to the Board's growing concern a motion was passed which recommends to the regions that 2 positions be established and funded on regional leadership boards for a faith group/denominational representative and a seminary/graduate school of religion (GSR) representative.  Board members were encouraged to communicate to their regions the need to involve clinical members in the work of the region and the Centers, e.g., Clinical members on PAGs.  The representatives from each region will make individual contact with each ACPE member seminary/GSR prior to the Fall, 2010, Board meeting with the goal of ascertaining the strengths/weaknesses of the relationship between the school and the ACPE.
The Board supported and allowed to stand a motion from 2006 which instated a policy which said ACPE Centers cannot be dually aligned with CPSP centers.  There is a current potential of legal charge from CPSP relating to "restraint of trade" as a result of the above motion, hence the need to review.
Teresa Snorton in her ED's report referred to the new ACPE Academy for Continuing Education website which is accessible through the ACPE website.  So far registration for the webinars has exceeded the number expected.  She introduced an annual award to honor emerging leadership.  The Board passed a motion calling it the "Emerging Leaders" award which will recognize ACPE members who have served 10 years or less, one from each region, who have offered leadership or service to the ACPE community through their initiative, innovation, or leadership at their local center, regional or
national levels.  Nominations will come from regional leadership to their reps to the Board of Reps for the fall Board mtg. (beginning 2010) for recognition at the following spring annual conference.
Development and Fundraising
Paula Teague, ACPE Treasurer, presented the Finance Report.  "....there was a $68,803.40 deficit for 2009.  ACPE continues to have declining membership and increasing expenses."  The budget presented at the membership meeting and approved reflected the needed changes/increases to cover the 2011 budget.  There is concern in the 2011 budget about a "lack of proposed budget adjustments by committee/commission chairs..... it is crucial to form new processes to address the decreasing income and increasing expenses....proposed 2011 budget includes a 15% increase across most fees with budget cuts except for certification...".
FCPE Board of Directors reported on the purchase of the new property.  In the visioning for the new building it was reported that the expected cost is "around $11 million, $1 million of which has already been raised" by FCPE.  Priorities for 2010 are capital campaign, annual fund, ACPE programs, communications, external marketing.  The FCPE Board must increase the percentage of Board of Reps members on its Board so that a majority are ACPE Board.  In keeping with that the following were nominated to be on the FCPE Board:  Sharon Engebretson, Harry Simmons, Wayne Menking, and Greg Stoddard.  The FCPE still struggles to meet its operating budget and so they have borrowed from endowment with the expectation of full repayment.  We were told that 5 years is expected for most foundations to be self-supporting.  The FCPE is now in its 3rd year.  It was resolved that any amount over $50,000 borrowed would require the ACPE President to receive consultation and direction from the ACPE Board of Reps prior to the loan being made.
Multicultural and International Learning
The REM report included an important conversation about the experience of persons of color in the ACPE who continue to report experiences of exclusion and prejudice.  The Board responded with a 3-part motion:  to invite on-going dialogue in a format determined by the REM; accept REM's invitation to hold a celebration together in Washington, DC in 2012;  and propose to REM that beginning in 2014 we hold one national conference per year hosted by REM in alternate years.  The proposal will be responded to by the REM
Contextual and Pastoral Education
The Accreditation Commission approved nine new Centers with four voluntarily withdrawing.  The expectation that more centers would close because of the economic crisis has not been proven the reality.  There are currently seven active New Generations Project Pilots going on.  A concern was expressed as a result of the Educational Complaint process.  Five complaints have been received and more are expected.  The complaints relate to behaviors of the Supervisors and ways they are managing their programs.  Supervisory competence needs to be looked at and ways to increase competence explored.  Self-Reporting Non-compliance has worked well as Centers have reported non-compliance and their plans to become compliant.
The workgroup of this initiative proposed 2 new objectives:  to continue to research and explore the need and potential structure of a Supervisors' Health Initiative which will provide assessment and referral to SESs and Supervisors who are in need of support and intervention across a broad spectrum of health issues.  This resource could be available for self-referral and as a resource for colleagues who may choose to encourage a colleague to seek intervention.  This proposal came originally to the Board from the Regional Directors and will be presented to the Board in the Fall, 2010, as a potential proposal.  This work group also wants to explore the relationship between seminaries and the ACPE particularly as it relates to seminaries that are accredited CPE Centers.
Supervisory Education and Certification
Certification Commission reported a 66% pass for the 37 candidates meeting during this meeting.  The commission is aware of some 200 people in the "pipeline" of the certification process which will potentially overload the commission's dockets in the near future.  They are seeking ways to manage that potential with smaller committees, a more concise presenter's report, etc.  There are problems with the theory paper process and one suggestion being considered is an educational video for distribution through the website.  The work group of this initiative is exploring the potential that the ACPE Academy become a degree granting institution or to establish an entity that can grant degrees via an institution wihtin ACPE in ten years.  They will present a progress report on this study at the Fall 2010 meeting with a final report in 2011 that includes strengths and weaknesses.  The Board has charged the ACPE Academy to appoint a committee to explore how ACPE can join with selected seminaries and GSRs to encourage degree opportunities for our current students.

Administration, Governance & Business Affairs Work Group
The Board approved the job description of the ACPE History Manager as a volunteer position - to be advertised in ACPE publications.  RDs will be contacted for nominations.  A short-term task group was assigned to work with John Roch, ACPE office, to explore all options for expanding technology resources in order to better promote ACPE and improve communication among members.  The Professional Ethics Commission reported to the Board that the issues that they are seeing in the complaints coming to them are abuse of power, harassment, racial discrimination, poor program management, and ineffective supervision.  The Board was reminded that the RDs can be a consultant to respondents who are making a complaint and that the intent is to inform respondents of that fact.
RANC reported that the survey of persons of racial, ethnic, multicultural heritage conveys that for the first year ACPE may be meeting the set percentages of multicultural people in leadership positions that were indicated in the motion of the board at the Fall 2009 meeting; however, the survey is inconclusive because of the small response.  The survey instrument used included a racially negating term and while the company has negotiated a change, that fact may have limited the number of responses.  The Board approved a motion that the regional reps gather the RANC data of persons of racial, ethnic, multicultural heritage within their region and report to the fall leadership meeting.
Final 2011 Budget Considerations
The Board will continue the Pilot Practice of having only one rep per region attend the face-to-face meeting until such time as the new governance structure may be in place.  The reps will participate in all communication/meetings by conference call; both reps will have voice/vote.  The 2011 proposed budget was approved with several guidelines which included the following:  each committee and commission will be directed to develop a plan for meeting the budget to be presented at the Fall, 2010 meeting; and that the work group charged with governance and organization change will continue to move forward with structural changes that enable the ACPE's mission to be actualized while functioning with efficiency.
Timely Reporting Requirements --- DEADLINE IS MAY 31st!
The Accreditation Commission has initiated a requirement that all Accredited Member Centers must submit student unit reports to ACPE within 45 days of the end of each unit.  Please remember that student unit reports must be filed electronically through the members-only section of the ACPE website.  Copies are forwarded automatically to the regional director.  If unit reports are not received within 45 days following the end of each unit of CPE (Level I/Level II) and Supervisory CPE, the Center will be given a notation for Standard 300.1 at the next Commission meeting.
The Commission understands that this is a new process, so it is allowing a time period in which centers can submit student unit reports without receiving a notation.  All centers reporting late student unit reports received before May 31, 2010 will not receive a notation for late reporting.  If you see that you are behind in this important task, please report outstanding units immediately.  If you need assistance in using the electronic reporting process, please contact the Karen McCray at the National Office.  As of June 1, 2010, the Accreditation Commission will begin assigning notations for late student unit reports.

Congratulations to those who were certified at the Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO!
New CPE Supervisors
Joseph Roberts (SW)
John Opiyo (SW)
Robert Randy Hall (MA)
Victor Wilson (SC)
Jose Cedillo (SW)
Rosalind Bradley (MA)
James Duke (SE)
John Crabb (NE)
New Associate Supervisors
Thomas Chirdo (E)
Laurie Robins (SE)
Ngan Ling Lung (P)
Robert Bowlin (NC)
Stacy Kenney (EC)
Sandra Greene (MA)
Joan Rossi (NE)
Joseph McMahan (P)
David Fleenor (E)
Charles Orme-Rogers (SC)
Clarence Fouse, III (MA)
Brenda Jackson (NC)
Heather Collins (SE)
Sylvia Klauser (SW)
Michelle Kirby (P)

ACPE Academy for Continuing Education

Registration for the 2010 Webinars is now open! 

Please visit the ACPE Academy for Continuing Education website to download and complete the registration form.
July 15, 2010 - $49
"Making the Case for Your Pastoral Care Department Budget"
Rev. Kelli Shepard, ACPE Supervisor, Director, Service Excellence/Patient Relations, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
August 19, 2010 - $49
"The Similarities and Differences Between Managing Employees, Students & Volunteers"
Rev. Dr. Gregory Stoddard, Director of Chaplaincy Services, Program Director Clinical Pastoral Education, Reading Hospital, Reading, PA
September 16, 2010 - $49 or free with paid registrations for July and August webinars
"Crucial Conversations in Managing People and Programs"
Rev. Dr. Paula J. Teague, Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
ACPE Program Awards - Spring 2010
Christus Healthcare for CPE at Christus Muguerza, Mexico     $5,500
Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches for CPE
Placement in Refugee/Immigration Services                            $5,000
Hospice of the Bluegrass for CPE for
Hospice Chaplains in SE Kentucky                                        $8,500

Interfaith CPE Program at Bedford Hills
Correctional Facility in New York                                            $6,000
2011 Annual Conference
You are invited to submit a proposal for a workshop at the 2011 ACPE Annual Conference! 

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 The theme of the conference is "Spiritual Care on the Threshold: Honoring our Ancestry, Creating our Future."  How do we embrace our own ancestry and heritage while crossing the threshold of the future?  How have you in your supervision or spiritual care practice created that bridge?
It will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 6-9, 2011.  We hope that you will share your experience by leading a workshop which shares different ways you have honored your ancestry and created your future through your practice and in supervision.
Please complete the application to be considered for a workshop slot at the 2011 Conference.  Feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested in presenting.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is July 31, 2010.  We look forward to your willingness to present a workshop and participate in the 2011 conference!
Please submit proposals to Gerald Jones or Rod Seeger, Education Committee Co-Chairs.
CPE Around the World
Three years as a CPE Supervisor in Hungary
Three years has passed since I returned to my homeland, Hungary.  I am still in the process of finding my place here and establishing my supervisory practice.  I would like to look back and share my perspective of the journey with you.
My professional goal, to provide the conditions for a high quality Hungarian pastoral training that arises from ACPE standards, has not changed.  I worked hard in these years while I still do not have a clear perspective nor a setting about how supervision for pastoral care would be effective in my country.
I came home with the concept of adopting my/US CPE traditions and standards and start CPE units in one of the Christian universities/colleges.  I claim these traditions and standards as mine and I see them clear, authentic, and psychologically effective.  However my experiences already made me aware how these traditions differ from what the Hungarian educational system is.
Coming home I realized a major change in the Hungarian educational system - the joining to the so called Bologna process of the European Union.  This change seems to cause our system to become even more academic and rigid.  At the time when I arrived, huge layoffs happened in the universities resulting in losing many beloved colleagues and professionals.  In this situation I had no opportunity to join any department although I was invited to teach courses.  At this point I postponed my plan to launch CPE as a lecturer, but accepted the invitation and taught a couple different courses (e.g. psychology of the personality, pastoral psychology, pastoral practice, etc.) actually for almost no payment.
I have written a concept to combine the experiential education of CPE and essential theoretic courses recognized by the Hungarian educational system, while I have searched for those institutions showing openness to pastoral education.
Hungary is predominantly Roman Catholic.  The Catholic Church in Hungary does not have much trust toward pastoral care yet.  The only exception is one diocese among the fourteen that has established a chaplaincy network that covers the hospitals in the diocese and trains its personnel. Individuals practice and support pastoral hospital visits while church communities adjourn establishing services/institutions for clinical pastoral care.  Not having more than cca. 15 paid chaplain positions nationwide there are only a few committed who would like to have training as a pastoral caregiver.  On the other hand there is an obvious and increasing need for spiritual care and all kinds of different offshoots to meet these needs.
There have been three major workshops of clinical pastoral education in Hungary.
One was established by a Presbyterian minister who has participated in CPE-like training in Germany and the Netherlands.  I cooperated with his organization (the Ecumenical Association of Clinical Chaplains, EACC) as the head of the spiritual department in the hospital before I left for supervisory training; and found the work of EACC well-based.  EACC offers pastoral trainings, so when I arrived home, I requested equivalency of my NACC certification as a chaplain.  I also conducted one unit of pastoral education in the framework of EACC (60 hours of the total 480 required for certification; equivalent to cca 100 hours in a CPE setting).  This has been my greatest experience as a supervisor since my return.  Unfortunately I made the discovery that EACC has no official documentation/accreditation that would allow it to issue certifications.  This conflict is still not solved.
Another center belongs to the Medical University and provides a principally theoretic training for priests, ministers and those having a divinity degree.  While our hospital accept pastoral care students from this center and I supervise them during their short fieldwork (about three days in a semester), I had little success in arguing for more practice for the students.
The third venture has been "my own."  I established the Pastoral Care Department in the Hospital of the Brothers of St John of God in Budapest in 2000 to provide pastoral care for patients, family members and staff.  Our institute is the only Christian general hospital of the country.  I handed over leadership to one of my colleagues in 2004 when I left for the US.  Our workshop has multiple connection to individuals and institutions and already has a tradition to accept seminarians, members of religious communities, and volunteers for training in the hospital setting.
I was invited back to the above mentioned Hospital Department as a chaplain and as the person responsible for pastoral education and training.  I joined the staff in September 2007.  Since that with my leadership we have launched and maintained four training-projects:
  • a monthly seminar and lecture about important pastoral issues for those involved in clinical pastoral care (titles were eg.: Spirituality of the caregiver; Crises; Care for elderly; Dependencies; Boundaries; Forgiveness; Psychiatric patients; Self-awareness, self-discipline and will; Gypsy cultural and religious traditions etc.)
  • pastoral training to seminarians (Catholic and Presbyterian; length of these introductory courses vary from 3 days to two weeks depending on the academic schedule), members of religious orders (their courses are generally longer; one-three month periods of practice, reflection and supervision; as well as they are more specified to the needs of the person and community)
  • regular 30 hours orientation to volunteer visitors (11 courses with about 220 participants since 2007)
  • monthly volunteer meetings with case study groups for volunteer pastoral visitors, also as a continuing education
  • participation in the new pastoral counseling/pastoral care graduate course (completed with an MA degree) at the Sapientia College of Theology of the Religious Orders.  I was responsible for the first "Scenes of pastoral care" credit last year.  I provided group and individual supervision to the eight students. I continue my struggle for sufficient practice and reflection, including theological reflection in the curriculum.
Besides my supervisory responsibilities I work also as a chaplain in the hospital and had assumed the leadership of the department again for certain periods of time.  As a member of the pastoral team I provided supervision, group work, consultations and lectures to our own team, hospital staff as well as case study groups for other pastoral caregivers.  In these years I gave lectures at various Christian forums on pastoral, psychological and supervisory issues.  I also provided consultation to students who have written their theses on pastoral care.  I have done a lot without much to show.  Yet I believe pastoral care is in construction in Hungary and I hope the bricks I made will find their place in it. Economic difficulties of our hospital increased tremendously in the last two years, deeply influencing our daily work and endangering our educational endeavors as well.
What is my perspective?
Attitudes and strategies characteristic in the Hungarian society show a lot and seem much different from those I have learned in the CPE movement, among Christians in the US.  There have been perpetual changes and consequent insecurity here.  Suppressed pain, grief and anger creates depression and anxiety in the Hungarians.  It is very difficult to set and keep healthy boundaries.  People take on everything and consequently easily override and overpower others.  When I started to build partnership with the Catholic Hospital Ministry of the capital, the expectation toward me was to rather leave my plan alone and be "strong enough" to do my pastoral endeavors alone.
I am sure about that our problems here are most of all spiritual.  Weakened traditions, self-concept and identity (caused most of all by the communist oppression for more than 40 years) make it difficult to relate to our wounds or to take in a positive experience.  In this situation pastoral care is the most needed way to serve: to recall experiences, find roots, build perspective and see hope.
I believe time is coming when church, professionals and public will open to pastoralcare.  I am committed to actively work on spreading the perspective and method of clinical pastoral education.  I pray for patience and to be able to persist in my basic Christian values and CPE standards.  It is a great struggle and I like it to be clear about my identity, to be open and to regain openness again and again with hope.  In this struggle living relationships with fellow supervisors and pastoral caregivers from the US means a lot to me.
What is my identity now?  I am a pastor as a chaplain, supervisor, trainer, educationbuilder and a father.  I am also a fellow man to those who relate to others and collaborate in finding a path and create atmosphere, team, concepts and actions in training healthier pastoral persons. 
My recent professional aims:
  • I continue negotiations with university/college institutions to collaborate in pastoral trainings and most of all to find ways to offer Clinical Pastoral Education in the Hungarian educational system
  • I continue to build our training team and center
  • I would like to have an advisory board supporting my professional work
  • I consider to start a 400 hours CPE unit according to ACPE standards even without Hungarian accreditation
  • I offer supervision to those interested in pastoral care
Patrik Buza is an ACPE Associate Supervisor living in Budapest, Hungary.
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This book will provide even experienced clergy with more tools to help families navigate end-of-life issues and a graceful death. It will give guidance to ministers who are still struggling with personal, professional, and spiritual growth around end-of-life issues. And, for those in pastoral training, it offers the foundational understanding about end-of-life issues so they can put their own issues around death and dying aside to assist others in charting their own course through life's end.
Martha R. Jacobs is managing editor of PlainViews, an e-newsletter from HealthCare Chaplaincy that connects chaplains and other spiritual care providers worldwide.  Martha, an ordained UCC minister, received her D.Min. in pastoral care and her M.Div. from New York Theological Seminary, where she coordinates a D.Min. for Clinical Pastoral Supervisors.  She is an APC Board Certified Chaplain and Clinical Member of ACPE.  Martha is the 2010 recipient of the APC Anton Boisen Professional Service Award for distinguished service to the profession of chaplaincy.