July 2010
Consultation B&W
ACPE e-News
A publication of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
Karrie Oertli, Chair, ACPE Accreditation Commission

There seems to be a pervasive myth that, somehow, ACPE Standards and accreditation processes limit the creation of new CPE centers because of their hospital-centric bias.  This article will discuss some interpretation of this dynamic and also invite feedback from you about specifics that you may have found within the Standards for reflection.
At a recent meeting of the Accreditation Commission, we reviewed some of the Standards for this very issue.  We found really only one Standard that uses terms that brought some concern (Standard 304 identifies "patients" and "clinical records"), but other than that, the Commissioners quickly found ways to look at the Standards with different eyes that will allow creative centers to get accredited without changes in the Standards or accreditation processes.
Accreditation II
Process for Attending to Centers' Self-Reports of Standards Non-Compliance
Karrie Oertli, Chair, ACPE Accreditation Commission
The Accreditation Commission has created a way to assist Centers when they discover that a Standard(s) is not being met.  Centers may self-report non-compliance with Standards in order to bring themselves into compliance outside regular review cycles.  Below is the process for Centers to use if they find themselves out of compliance with a particular Standard.
In This Issue
Accreditation II
Chaplaincy Certification Standards as a Curriculum Resource in CPE
2011 Annual Conference
Reflective Practice
Circle of Life Award
AAPC Journal
Letter to the Editor
FCPE: Friends of ACPE
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Teresa Snorton
Managing Editor
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Chaplaincy Certification Standards as a Curriculum Resource in Clinical Pastoral Education
By Beth Jackson-Jordan, BCC, ACPE Supervisor
and Karen Moore, BCC
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a model of pastoral education focused on pastoral formation, pastoral reflection and pastoral competence. Board certification as a chaplain is a process of measuring competency using core standards considered to be essential for functioning as a professional chaplain. What do board certification competencies have to do with the action reflection process of CPE? Are board certification standards created to measure chaplain competency relevant for CPE participants who don't plan to become chaplains? These questions and others have been at the heart of the dialogue between pastoral care educators and professional chaplains regarding whether competencies for chaplaincy board certification should be addressed in CPE.
2011 Annual Conference
You are invited to submit a proposal for a workshop at the 2011 ACPE Annual Conference! 

2011 Annual Conference LogoThe 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.
Vol 64, No 2 (2010)
The Journal of Pastoral Care Publications Inc. has announced that the latest issue (Vol.64:2) of The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling is now available for electronic access.  You have the right of access by virtue of your membership in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
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If you have any further questions regarding JPC&C, please contact the publisher, Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc.
Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Dr. Terry R. Bard, Editor. Phone 617-969-2697. Fax 617-964-0118.
Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry

The journal Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry has a new website.  Please update your browsers.  Their new address is http://reflective-practice.org.

Circle of Life Award
Circle of Life Award
The Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care is presented annually to honor organizations striving to improve the care provided to patients with life-threatening conditions or near the end of life. In 2011, up to three organizations will win Circle of Life Awards; additional organizations may receive Citations of Honor. Awards and citations will be presented at the American Hospital Association Health Forum Summit, July 17-19, 2011, in San Diego.
To nominate an organization or program (either your own or another), please go to http://www.aha.org/aha/news-center/awards/circle-of-life/circleoflife-nominations.html or email circleoflife@aha.org. Applications also are posted at http://www.aha.org/aha/news-center/awards/circle-of-life/application.html. All organizations or groups in the United States that provide palliative or end-of-life care are eligible for the award.
Applications are due August 9, 2010.
More information on the award and previous recipients is available at http://www.aha.org/circleoflife. Please call the American Hospital Association Office of the Secretary at 312/422-2704 or email circleoflife@aha.org with questions about the award process or application.
Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
The Editorial Board of Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors is excited to make two announcements.
First, the publication of the journal's second issue is now available online. Click on the main page's Publications link and under the issue section click on Vol.2 Issue 1 to view the titles of the articles and the interview with Donald Capps. This journal is open to all.

Second, we are introducing a writer's award for best student article (This year's title of the award: Donald Capps Student Writer's Award). The winner will receive $250 and his/her article will be published in an upcoming issue in Sacred Spaces. The person submitting the article must be enrolled as a student at the time s/he submits the article.  The articles will be judged on the following criteria:
  1. Integration of theory and practice
  2. Knowledge of the field and the issue
  3. Contribution to the field
  4. Clarity of argument
For those interested, you will find submission guidelines on AAPC's website under Sacred Spaces. All articles must be submitted NLT 1 April 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan LaMothe.
Letter to the Editor
A Response to the article, Student Records and the Annual Notice, by Karrie Oertli, Accreditation Commission Chair, published June 2010.
Karrie -
I appreciate the article you just published in the ACPE e-news. And how timely. I was struggling with my need to exercise my curmudgeonly privilege as a Supervisor Emeritus in response to some concerns that recently presented themselves to me.  Your article gives me the opportunity to vent and ask you to consider following your excellent article with some specific guidelines, cautions and "no-noes" that may need to be broadcast.  I recently received the file of a Candidate for Board Certification in the Association of Professional Chaplains.  Two qualities of the Student and Supervisor Evaluations raised my concern.  These are germane to the issues addressed in your article.
Click here to read the entire letter.
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Friends of ACPE
The Foundation for CPE is identifying people and organizations that are familiar with ACPE and our mission to provide CPE and improve the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths.  If you work at an ACPE Center or System, you recently received a letter from Janet Lutz, Foundation Annual Fund Chair.  She asked you to introduce the Foundation for CPE to members of your Professional Advisory Group and to former CPE students.  Art Schmidt, Foundation President, and Janet Lutz wrote the two letters to introduce the Foundation, its campaigns and funds.

What can you do?
  1. Share the Foundation introduction letters with PAG members and CPE alumnae.
  2. Send names and contact information of persons that you would like the Foundation to include in its annual mailing to glenda.shipley@foundationforcpe.org.  This might be a nurse, social worker, doctor, a church or temple member, a friend or family member.  What about the staff in your department?   Pastoral colleagues in your community and at other health care facilities?
  3. Have a summer cookout and invite your friends and neighbors to learn about ACPE and the Foundation.  The Foundation has talking points to help you with casual conversation about the Foundation and the Capital Campaign. You can have fun and express your pride in our ministry and CPE.
  4. Host a brown bag lunch in at your facility for local clergy, including healthcare chaplains.  Introduce them to the Foundation for CPE, the Capital Campaign, other Foundation funds, and ACPE projects. Have a signup sheet for names, addresses and email.
  5. Make a pledge to the Annual Fund.  There are ACPE Supervisors that make pledges to make contributions throughout the year.  One Supervisor has donated $25 ten times a year since December 2007.  Another Supervisor sends $50 a month to fulfill a multi-year pledge that will eventually total several thousand dollars.  If 400 ACPE members gave $30 a month, the Foundation could include $144,000 of income in its operating budget.

Thank you for your ministry and leadership in CPE,