Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
December 2013/
January 2014
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Memorials & Milestones

Trace Haythorn, Executive Director

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President's Farewell

By Robin Brown-Haithco, ACPE President


Robin Brown-Haithco

When I think back over the past two years, there is only one word that comes to mind, GRATITUDE.  My life has been richly blessed by this experience - serving as the President for this Association I love has grown me in ways I find difficult to put in words.  As I approach my final two weeks in office, I am aware of my deep gratitude for the trust instilled in me to lead this organization during a difficult time of transition.  I am grateful to have served with a Board that was not afraid to navigate the rough waters of change, that was bold enough to risk making some hard and difficult decisions, and that remained faithful to the mission and vision of ACPE.  Our accomplishments and successes in this past two years have been the result a community of competent and skilled leaders on all levels.  For that I am truly grateful.


As I approach the next two weeks, I find myself being called to the words of Mary Oliver.  I will leave her words with you to ponder as we close out one year and look with anticipation and hope to what the New Year will bring.  May you be surrounded by the love and light that this season invites us to!!
Renewed Recognition by the U.S. Department of Education

By Eugene Robinson, Accreditation Chair


USDE Logo Wow!  On December 12, 2013, the US Department of Education voted to renew its recognition of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. as an accrediting organization.  The US DOE first recognized the ACPE in 1969.  Completing the required documentation, working with Commissioners to secure program reviews to demonstrate compliance, and assisting the Board in developing appropriate policies represent a significant achievement.  This was no small feat!

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Words of Farewell and Gratitude...
Miriam NeedhamBy Miriam Needham, Annual Campaign Chair


I began this journey as the ACPE Annual Campaign Chair in 2012 and had little idea at that time how committed I would become to this powerful description of our campaign as sowing seeds for our holy work.  I have been transformed in my own sense of what it means to support our Association through my annual donation and now know that my stewardship of the holy work given me by the ACPE is the heart and soul of my annual donation.  This work has included students who have been my teachers; colleagues who have supported and challenged and loved me; and a unique and ever-evolving educational methodology that keeps me alive and growing.  And so I have found myself becoming quite passionate about our annual effort which supports the operations of our Association and provides funding for pioneering CPE programs in new contexts.  And so this journey has been rich in my own learning and for that I am grateful.


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Racial, Ethnic, Multicultural (REM) Network 27th Invitational

REM 2014 Logo Visioning:  Reclaiming Our Purpose, Offering Our Best, Embracing Race, Ethnicity and Culture


February 5-8, 2014

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Recommended Reading

East Central Regional Director Dennis Kenny recommends the, Attention to Inpatients' Religious and Spiritual Concerns:  Predictors and Association with Patient Satisfaction which was first published by the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, in July 2011 by Joshua A. Williams, BS; David Meltzer, MD, PhD; Vineet Arora, MD; Grace Chung; and Farr A. Curlin, MD.  


The study concludes that many more inpatients desire conversations about religion and spirituality.  It suggests that health care professionals could improve patients' overall satisfaction and experience by addressing these needs.


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Jewish Study and Consultation for ACPE Supervisors

Jewish seminary students and clergy are engaging in CPE programs around the country in record numbers.  While CPE programs welcome them into their groups, many supervisors have had little exposure to the texture of Jewish sources and Jewish living.  The Jewish Theological Seminary's Center for Pastoral Education invites ACPE Supervisors, Associate Supervisors and Supervisory Candidates to join members of our faculty for Jewish study and consultation in order to enhance the supervision of Jewish students.


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Announcements / Educational Opportunities
January 2014 Holy Days

20th International Congress on Palliative Care - Call for Abstracts

Jewish Study and Consultation for ACPE Supervisors - Begins January 14

Exploring Emerging Health Care Realities with APC - March 6, 2014

Public Health Ethics Intensive Course - April 1-4, 2014

2014 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability - June 16-20, 2014

ACPE Academy for Continuing Education

Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) Education

National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) Webinars