May 2011
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ACPE e-News
A publication of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

An Appeal from the American Red Cross to Support those Impacted by the Devastating Tornadoes

By Earl E. Johnson, MDiv, BCC

Senior Associate, Spiritual Care, Disaster Partnerships American Red Cross NHQ


It is surreal.  I'm sitting in a hotel room now in Kansas City at National VOAD with a colleague who lives in Guthrie, Oklahoma, who an hour ago called her husband and children and went over the disaster plan in a calm, reassuring, mother-knows-best voice.  Take these tornado warnings seriously.  Pack up your laptop, chargers, and journals, and go to the basement or storm cellar.  Text messages get through; cell phone calls do not.  The Oklahoma weather radioman repeats the two rules: 1) Get as low as you can; 2) put as many walls between you as you can.


Click here to read the entire appeal

ACPE Executive Director Transition

by Sally Schwab, ACPE President


The ACPE Board of Representatives has taken action to assure a quality transition process for Teresa Snorton, as she completes her work with the ACPE as Executive Director on August 31, 2011.  The ACPE Board has named Deryck Durston the interim ACPE Executive Director effective September 1, 2011.


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In This Issue
ACPE ED Transition
Collaboration with CPSP
Foundation for CPE
ACPE Grant Monies at Work
Pastoral Concern
Call for Workshops
ACPE Academy for Continuing Education
Other Educational Opportunities
Circle of Life Call for Nominations
Pastoral Care Week
Quick Links
Teresa Snorton
Managing Editor
Assistant Editor
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Update on Collaboration with CPSP

By Tim Thorstenson


The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) is one of three organizations that offer clinical pastoral education in the United States, the others being ACPE and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC).  In addition, like the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), CPSP also certifies chaplains, and it also offers supervisory education and certification.  However, while ACPE and CPSP do similar work and share a common history and similar methodologies, the distinctions between our two organizations have generated misunderstanding and reactivity.  As a result, our relationship with each other has too often been marked by distrust and antipathy, in spite of the fact that several CPSP supervisors are dually certified by ACPE.


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Foundation for CPE

In May 2011 the existing structure at 542 Church Street was demolished to make room for ACPE's new International Center for Spiritual Care & Education. The ACPE Staff was happy to lend a hand. Click here to view the demolition presentation.


Demolished Structure at 542 Church St

Demolished structure at 542 Church Street

ACPE Grant Monies at Work in the Hills of Appalachia

By Ken McCullough, ACPE Supervisor


Hazard Kentucky is located in the heart of Eastern Kentucky. With a population of 5,000, it is the county seat of Perry County. Hazard and environs comprise coal country where miners, and those who support them, live and often die. In spite of much effort, public and private, this is still one of the most impoverished areas of the country. Because of the Appalachian Mountain terrain, GPS and cell phones do not work as efficiently as they may in Central Kentucky. 


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Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling

Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling has published its latest issue at

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Pastoral Concern

Dee and BeePlease keep ACPE staff member, Beverly Shinholster and her daughter Cherish in your prayers.  On May 6, 2011, Beverly's 36-year old son, Demarius Foster, was murdered.  Expressions can be sent to Beverly at beverly@acpe.edu.

Call for Workshops

You are invited to submit a proposal for a workshop at the 2012 REM 25thInvitational and ACPE Annual Conference.


It will be held at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia on February 8-11, 2012.  The theme of the conference is "Celebrating our Past, Embracing the Present and Proclaiming our Future."


The deadline for submitting a proposal is June 30, 2011.


Please submit questions/proposals to Sharon Garlington or Carlos Bell.


 Click here to download the application

ACPE Academy for Continuing Education

Don't forget to register for the upcoming webinars with the ACPE Academy for Continuing Education. Register in the Members Only section or follow this link to the registration form.


Leadership - Summer

o   June 16 - Pastoral Professionals as Leaders in the Institute and Community - $49

Martin Montonye, HealthCare Chaplaincy, New York, NY


o   July 21 - The Neuroscience of Leadership - $49

Scott McCrae, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, MN


o   Aug 18 - The Spirituality of Leadership - $49

Tim Thorstenson, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, MN


The Practice of Supervision - Fall

o   Sept 15 - CPE Curriculum Development - $49

Greg Stoddard, Reading Hospital, Reading, PA


o   Oct 20 - Working with Group Process in CPE: Advances in Theory and Practice - $49

Meigs Ross, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY


o   Nov 17 - Working w/ Theological Reflection in CPE: Advances in Theory & Practice - $49

Teresa Snorton, ACPE Inc., Decatur, GA

Other Educational Opportunities

College of Mount St. Joseph 2011 Summer Spirituality Institute, June 27-July 1, 2011


Duke University's Summer Research Workshops, July 18-22, 2011 & August 15-19, 2011


HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars

Circle of Life Call for Nominations

Circle of Life Award

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Mark Your Calendars - Pastoral Care Week

Pastoral Care Week

"Shared Voice"

Celebrate October 23-29, 2011

Pastoral Care Week Logo 2011