The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.


of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.


I. Mission of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE)

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a professional association committed to advancing experience-based theological education for seminarians, clergy and lay persons of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith traditions. ACPE establishes standards, certifies supervisors and accredits centers to provide programs of clinical pastoral education (CPE) in varied settings. ACPE approved programs promote the integration of personal history, faith tradition and the behavioral sciences in the practice of spiritual care.


II. Philosophy for Promulgation of Standards


As a professional association, ACPE has responsibility to the public to define standards of conduct for members and promulgate standards for education and certification in clinical pastoral education to safeguard the public and to help assure quality education for and competence of practitioners.


Standards Committee


A. Function and authority


The Standards Committee, responsible to the ACPE Board of Representatives, recommends to the Board standards for ethical conduct of members, clinical pastoral education (CPE), accreditation of centers to offer programs of CPE, and certification of supervisors. The Board, after considering the recommendations of the Standards Committee, sets the standardsfor ethical conduct, clinical pastoral education, accreditation of programs to provide CPE, and certification of supervisors.


The Standards Committee develops recommendations for standards based on input from the ACPE Accreditation, Certification and Professional Ethics Commissions, ACPE members, constituents, cognate groups, care recipients, and the public. The Standards Committee also develops mechanisms for feedback and review of the respective Commissions' manuals every five years.


B. Composition


The Standards Committee is comprised of ten members, a representative from each of the nine regions and a chair. Members are elected for a three year term, with one-third elected each year. Members are elected by the Board of Representatives upon nomination by the Representation and Nomination Committee from the candidate(s) suggested by each region. To see a roster of the members of the ACPE Standards Committee, go to the Leadership page. Contact infomation via e-mail addresses is available on that page.

Click here to access the 2005 Standards Manual.

Standard 411.6 Peer Review: ACPE has a policy on peer review that requires each certified supervisor to engage in a peer review at least every five years: the procedures and forms for each region are different, so please consult your regionís website for the particular details. If you are undergoing peer review in one of the cognate groups such as the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or another, please consult them for procedures and forms.

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