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

A Tale of CPE in Two Cities:  Not in the Mexico nor the Jamaica Tourists See

By Deryck Durston, M.Div., S.T.M, Associate Director, ACPE


Deryck DurstonIn the June 5, 2011 New York Times I read an in-depth investigative article called "Death by a Thousand Blows."  It reconstructs the story of a mob turning on a Zimbabwean refugee living in one of the larger settlements (squatter camps) outside Johannesburg called Diepsloot.  Here one finds 150,000 people huddled in cardboard and corrugated iron shanties, where even having a small piece of land means having an income as well as a roof, because even the smallest sub-section can be rented out.  Violent crime is high in South Africa. "But it is the impoverished who are most vulnerable to crime, poor people living in the midst of poor criminals.  Under apartheid, the police were enforcers of state repression, and they are yet to be fully trusted as protectors....


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Standards Committee - Evaluations

By Keith Espenshade


Although I have yet to meet a supervisor who relishes the opportunity to write evaluations, most agree that evaluations are an important part of CPE training. The Standards Committee has recently looked at several aspects of evaluations. Here are two of those aspects:


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In This Issue
Standards Committee
Collaboration with CPSP
ACPE Academy for Continuing Education
Call for Workshops
Circle of Life Call for Nominations
Other Educational Opportunities
Pastoral Care Week
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Update on Collaboration with CPSP



In the process of dialogue between ACPE and CPSP a number of complaints from CPSP have been about how ACPE is experienced as "misrepresenting" ourselves by saying "ACPE is accredited by the USDE."  Sometimes this is expressed as "ACPE is recognized by" although there is really no material difference in meaning.


However, since the most accurate statement of all is the following one, ACPE asks its members and accredited centers to use only the following statement from now on about our relationship with the United States Department of Education:  "The ACPE Accreditation Commission is recognized as an accrediting agency by the USDE."


The ACPE/CPSP Collaboration Team is Tim Thorstenson, co-chair; Deryck Durston; Kathy Gallivan and Eugene Robinson.  All ACPE members are invited to bring questions or express concerns to any member of the team.


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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

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.


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Circle of Life Call for Nominations

Circle of Life Award

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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

Mark Your Calendars - Pastoral Care Week

Pastoral Care Week

"Shared Voice"

Celebrate October 23-29, 2011

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