Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
May 2015
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Trace Haythorn, Executive Director

Clark Goss Pearson, Assistant Editor 

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2014 Year-in-Review

The ACPE has much to celebrate from past year:

        • We increased our number of accredited centers; 
        • We conducted more certification sub-committees than ever before;
        • We increased completed student units by more than 5%;
        • We opened a new national office;
        • We more than doubled the participation rate of the annual campaign;

Our association is thriving - learn more in the 2014 Year in Review!

Driving Down I-85 to Make My Connection

By David C. Johnson, ACPE President

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Usually I leave on a jet plane to get there but this year I am able to cruise down the interstate highway to make my connection. I think I will play my Indigo Girls albums to put myself in the mood for this conference.  I cannot relate in this article how excited I am about our Annual Conference to be held in partnership with the Racial/Ethnic/Multicultural (REM) Network in Atlanta, Georgia May 6-9, 2015.  I can only say to you that if you have not registered at this time you can still register onsite.


It is the connections I have made over the last 30 years that make we want to return again and again to our annual conference.  I attended my first annual conference in 1984 when I was a supervisory education student in Columbia, SC.  The conference was held in Chicago, IL.  Though I did not know anyone except for my supervisors, I will never forget the experience.  That is what makes it so thrilling for me to be in partnership with REM at this annual conference.


REM is about students and the students will be there in record numbers.  The excitement that these individuals bring with them is infectious to all the participants.  REM's traditions will also give this conference a different feel and atmosphere as it did in 2012 when we last met together in Arlington, VA.


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Making Your Connection

By Ute Schmidt, 2015 Annual Campaign Chair

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Many of us will be traveling to Atlanta next week to gather for our Annual Conference. Every year I am looking forward to catching up with longtime ACPE friends, to making new connections and to being inspired. Going to the annual conferences are like taking a refreshing trip to the well of my call as CPE supervisor.


This year I invite you to connect with the 2016 Annual Campaign chair-elect, the Rev. Biju K. Chacko from the Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. Biju serves there as an ACPE supervisor and chaplain. I am thrilled to be joined by an enthusiastic and creative colleague for the Annual Campaign. Biju brings fresh ideas and his experiences as a Regional Champion to the Annual Campaign.


Making connections goes both ways. We are also connecting with you via our Annual Campaign kick-off letter that will be sent out the beginning of May. Please be on the look-out for that. Our goal for the 2015 Annual Campaign is 100% participation from all of you, our ACPE membership. Please join the ACPE leadership in making the connection between supporting the Annual Campaign and your passion for the holy work ACPE facilitates.


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Professional Ethics Commission Action

The Final Case Review Panel of the ACPE and APC Joint Ethics Process found Rev. R. Evans Mulima in violation of ACPE Standards 100; 101.3; 102.2; 102.3; and 104.1.


The Sanction is Withdrawal of Certification.  

Download the New ACPE App

We are excited to release our new ACPE app for the 2015 Conference. This is a brand new app so, please delete our old app from your device and download the new ACPE app from the app store. Click here to download or search for ACPE in the app store. 


We will have giveaways at the registration table for attendees who have the app downloaded when they pick up their registration packet! 

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Lunch Bunch
One of the biggest perks of the new office is the three meeting rooms. We have many groups that use the space, but the most loyal visitors are the Lunch Bunch, a group of retired supervisors who meet bi-monthly.

  From left to right (bottom): Tom Mosley, Gabe Clark, John Patton, Chappell Wilson (top): Woody Spackman, Tolly Williamson, Kempton Haynes
1549 Clairmont Road: SOLD!
1983 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
It is with great appreciation that we announce the sale of the three condos
 at 1549 Clairmont Road in Decatur, owned by ACPE since 1983. These three units have been our national home since the move thirty-two years ago from New York. The final sale price was $317,000 which will be held in an investment account through the Foundation and used to support current and future capital needs of the Association. Thanks to Bill Adams and John Randall of Adams Realty for their excellent professional support in the sale of this property.                                                                                                                
LiveText: Piloting Accreditation's Future

By Marc Medwed, ACPE Program Manager


These past few months have been an exciting time for the Accreditation Commission as we have been piloting a new software package called LiveText for some of our Five-Year Reviews.


LiveText is an academically based software program that is used by some colleges and universities for student assessment and curriculum tracking.  We have adapted it for our use in that LiveText enables us to create electronic portfolios (think notebooks) in which all of the documents that are required for a Five-Year Review are housed.  And one of the best parts, is that without creating all of those paper notebooks, we have saved many trees!


For our first endeavor in the pilot project, 22 centers from 6 regions participated.  As a participant, each center organized their materials in an electronic format, creating hyperlinked documents with an interactive table of contents.  This was especially important for the handbooks, as some are upwards of 150 pages in length.  By creating the documents in this way, reviewers, and ultimately anyone who is using the handbook, can navigate through the document by clicking to go where they want to go rather than scrolling through all of the pages.  Once the documents were created and saved, centers then uploaded them into their individual portfolio, ready to be reviewed.


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Training Research-Literate Chaplains as Ambassadors for Spirituality & Health

Health care chaplains have embraced the importance of evidence-based practice but they lack the training to realize it. This prevents chaplains from using research to guide, evaluate, and advocate for the spiritual care they provide.


To address these challenges the John Templeton Foundation recently announced approval of a four-year, $4.5M project designed to advance research literacy among the nation's health care chaplains, "Training Research-Literate Chaplains as Ambassadors for Spirituality and Health." The project will be led by ACPE Supervisor George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center and Wendy Cadge, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Brandeis University.


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Announcements / Educational Opportunities
May 2015 Holy Days

2015 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability Conference

Teaching Health Care Providers to Provide Spiritual Care: A Pilot Study

DMin now allowing transfer of Supervisory CPE units as equivalent

National Collaborative on Faith and Disability Webinar Series

Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) Education

National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) Webinars