Pre-conference Workshops, Wednesday, May 3, Session times vary between 8:30a-2:30p

Topics will include:
 New Certification Process Workshops:
     Understanding the New Certification Process and The Various Roles for Supervisors
     Understanding the Competencies for Certification
     Training for Theory Paper Mentors and Theory Paper Readers
     Developing the Portfolio
 New Peer Review Requirements Workshop
 Accreditation Workshop: Preparing for your 10 Year Review
 Certification Workshop: Navigating the Current Certification Process
 Informational Sessions on Communities of Practice and Organizational Design Implementation

Registration for Pre-Con workshops will open later in January 2017 as details are finalized.

Conference Workshops, Thursday, May 4, All Sessions are 1:30p-2:45p
T1: Fearless Dialogues
Fearless Dialogues creates unique spaces for hard, heartfelt conversations between unlikely partners that see gifts in people, hear values in stories, and work toward transformation in self and other. The Fearless Dialogues Training Model utilizes a unique combination of radical hospitality, interactive exercises, small-group discussion, large group reflection, and high-impact theory-based mini-lectures. The fusion of teaching approaches appeals to participants across educational, racial and class lines and attends to the learning styles of extroverts, introverts, sensory learners, and contemplative thinkers. Join founder Greg Ellison II and coach Iyabo Onipede to experience the three pillars of this work: SEE. HEAR. CHANGE.

Presented by:
Greg Ellison II is a product of the Atlanta Public School System and a proud alumnus of Frederick Douglass High School. On May 10, 1999, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University, where he was inducted into the Emory College Hall of Fame; the first black male bestowed with that honor. Gregory continued his educational journey at Princeton Theological Seminary as a Presidential Scholar where he received his Master of Divinity degree and Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology. Ten years after graduating, he returned to Emory to join the faculty of Candler School of Theology. He is currently an associate professor of pastoral care and counseling. In his second year of teaching at Candler, Gregory was awarded Faculty Person of the Year (2010-2011). Three years later Gregory received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s most prestigious faculty teaching honor. An ordained Baptist minister, Greg has served on the ministerial staffs at both Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

Iyabo Onipede is a lead animator for Fearless Dialogues. As a coach, her work focuses on living the undivided life, merging souls and roles. She is a former attorney and recently graduated from Candler School of Theology with a Master of Divinity where she studied closely under Dr. Ellison.

T2: “Start Close In” – Perspectives from Bowen Theory, Transformational Learning Theory and Technology for Building an Integrated CPE Curriculum
“Start Close In” is the title of a poem by David Whytle that connects with the theme of the conference and a theme in the units of CPE conducted at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. The first stanzas include the lines – “Don’t take the second step or the third, start with the first thing…Start with the ground you know, the pale ground beneath your feet…Start with your own questions…”  The message of the poem echoes the idea that “What We Need is Here.”

The Eastern Mennonite CPE Program has developed a curriculum that is informed by the integration of Bowen Family Systems Theory, Transformational Learning theory and its grounding in the Anabaptist Mennonite theological tradition. Student satisfaction and learning have been noted in both its Five-Year and Ten-Year Accreditation Reviews. Subsequent to the Five-Year Accreditation Review in 2007, the MARACPE Accreditation committee recommended to the ACPE Accreditation Commission that it be granted continued accreditation with commendation. The letter from the Commission stated,” “In detail, the ACPE Accreditation Commission recognized the CPE Program at Eastern Mennonite Seminary as exceptional in regard to ACPE Standards 308.6:  an instructional plan that employs a process model of education and clinical method of learning.” We have continued to refine this model and offer this workshop as a way to share with interested others the elements and processes of our curriculum and to invite engaging dialogue with colleagues and students regarding CPE curriculum and specific learning methodologies.

Bowen Family Systems Theory and its eight interlocking concepts offers a foundation for much of the curriculum. Dr. Murray Bowen, M.D. formulated the theory by using systems thinking to integrate knowledge of the human species as a product of evolution with knowledge from family research. A core assumption is that an emotional system governs human relationship systems. Knowledge of how the emotional system operates in one’s family, work and social systems is perceived to support learning associated with multiple ACPE Outcomes. This learning promotes self-awareness, interpersonal awareness, recognition of group processes and a perspective on the human learning process itself. Dr. Bowen assumed that the theory would be informed by ongoing research. Therefore, the workshop will include references to contemporary research in human functioning while introducing essential concepts of Bowen Theory and their application to a CPE learning process.

The workshop will explore the correlations between Bowen Theory and Transformational Learning Theory as developed by Jack Mezirow and Rhonda McEwen. Participants will have opportunity to review Verbatim Case Study Guides and other reflection tools informed by the identified theoretical frameworks. For example the Clearness Committee developed within the Quaker tradition and explicated by Parker Palmer has become a staple within the curriculum.

Presented by:
Kenton T. Derstine, D.Min. is Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry and the Director of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS). He is ordained for ministry by the Virginia Conference of Mennonite Church USA. He earned his M.Div. from the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and his D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary. He has been active as an ACPE Supervisor for over twenty-five years. After achieving Associate Supervisor while in a CPE Residency at Methodist Hospital – now Indiana University Health System, he assumed a positon as CPE Supervisor and then CPE Program Manager at St. Vincent Hospitals in Indianapolis, IN. He began his duties at EMS as Director of CPE and Field Education in 2000 and continues to serve as Director of the EMS CPE Program.

Kenton completed two years of the Bowen Center’s Postgraduate Program and served The Bowen Center as an intern during 2014-2015 as a sabbatical from his duties at EMS. His long-term interests have included the application of Bowen theory to the learning process of Clinical Pastoral Education including Supervisor CPE. He serves on the faculty of the Extraordinary Leadership Seminars conducted by Dr. Roberta Gilbert and has recently been appointed as an Associate Faculty of The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. He currently serves on the Board of the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship, the Executive Committee of the Mennonite Chaplains Association, and the Faculty Senate of Eastern Mennonite University.

Penny Driediger, M.Div., is an ACPE Associate Supervisor and the Assistant Director of the EMS CPE Program. Penny earned recognition as Associate Supervisor in May of 2015. Penny holds a B.A. in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University and an M.Div. from Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a concentration in Pastoral Care. She is Ordained for ministry by the Virginia Mennonite Conference. Penny’s 20 years of experience in urban ministry in Hamilton, Ontario continues to shape her passion and love for the Church and its ministry. In addition to her role in the CPE Program, Penny serves as Instructor and Team Leader of the EMS (Field Education) Formation in Ministry class. She also serves a part-time position as staff chaplain at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Penny completed three years of the Extraordinary Leadership Seminar, a post-graduate training program in Bowen Theory conducted by Dr. Roberta Gilbert M.D., author of numerous books and articles on Bowen Theory and its applications. Penny’s education theory is greatly informed by Transformational Learning Theory and has contributed much to the integration of this theory into the conceptual framework of the EMS CPE curriculum along with Bowen Theory.

T3: Teaching Research Literacy in CPE

The workshop is designed for CPE supervisors who are teaching or who are considering inclusion of research literacy education within their program. CPE supervisors in the first cohort of Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Development grant recipients will share what they have learned about successful and unsuccessful strategies for teaching research literacy in CPE. The workshop will also facilitate the further development of a network of CPE supervisors interested in research literacy education for chaplains.

Presented by:
ACPE Supervisor George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC, Professor and Director of Research, Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center.

The Rev. Alexander F. Tartaglia, D.Min. is an ACPE Supervisor, as well as Professor and Associate Dean of at the Katherine I. Lantz Department of Patient Counseling, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia.

T4:  Rediscovering Meaning from Trauma: An Evidence-Based Perspective

Spiritual care providers and religious leaders have been offering pastoral care to people that have experienced trauma and "moral injury" since the beginning of time. Many of our faith traditions offer meaningful insight and wisdom as we walk with people processing difficult events. 

At the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Dr. Irene Harris has developed an intervention to address trauma and moral injury/spiritual distress in Veterans. Building Spiritual Strength (BSS) is an eight session, manualized intervention that can be led by specially trained mental health or spiritual care providers. In BSS, participants use different styles of prayer/meditation (based on what is consistent with their existing belief system) to explore life stories, current relationships, traumatic events, theodicy forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Attendees of this presentation will gain a better understanding of trauma, moral injury/spiritual distress, and an evidence-based point of view to approach these as a spiritual care provider. In addition, they will gain insight into psycho-spiritual development and how it can impact moral injury/spiritual distress. While attendees will gain new information in this presentation, they will also come to realize much of their existing theology and experience will serve them as they journey alongside individuals recovering from trauma.

Presented by:
J. Irene Harris, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and clinician-investigator at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Her research program is focused on relationships between spirituality and mental health outcomes, with an emphasis on PTSD and moral injury. Dr. Harris has over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as a book on trauma and spirituality recently published by the American Psychological Association. She has pioneered a manualized, spiritually integrated group therapy for PTSD and moral injury designed to be led by chaplain and/or mental health providers.

Timothy Usset, M.Div.2, M.A., LAMFT, has served the military community of Minnesota for over a decade. He joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2006 and the Army Reserves in 2011. As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he has worked extensively with moral injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in Veterans from World War II to the current Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts at the St. Cloud and Minneapolis VA. Currently, Timothy is the chaplain for the 13th Psychological Operations Battalion, and study chaplain for the Building Spiritual Strength study at Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

T5: Recruiting and Supervising African CPE Students: Developing Cultural Competency to Attend to Their Educational Needs
This Workshop is a result of a survey carried out about the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) experience of African students and CPE supervisors (current and Alumni) from different countries in Africa who took one or more units of CPE in the U.S. It offers participants the opportunity to develop cultural competencies in understanding and addressing the educational needs of future CPE students from Africa.

As ACPE expands and connects with others, CPE students from Africa and CPE supervisors going to Africa are positioned to engage the cultural richness from that part of the world in the provision of Clinical Pastoral Education and Spiritual Care.

Presented by:
ACPE Supervisor Angela Obu-Anukam, Manager of CPE Programs, Baylor Scott & White Health Memorial Hospital-Temple in Temple, TX.

T6: What We Need is Here:  Learning in the Here and Now

Generally SES’s develop their group theory and group supervisory practice based on their experiences in their own CPE journey and their reading in the field of group theory and group development. Many SES’s do not have the resources to actually experience the theory they are drawing on themselves. This workshop builds on the expressed desire of a group of SES’s and provides a unique opportunity to explore one group theory and its application working with SES’s beyond their training center and region. Two Licensed Systems-Centered Practitioners will lead the group (with group members from different ACPE regions) in a three-part process (1.5 hours each day) based in systems-centered theory. This workshop will include brief theory presentations followed by experiential group exploration in a Systems-Centered group. The workshop will end each day, collecting participants’ learnings and applications to their context and their educational process. Participants will learn how basic concepts of Systems-Centered Training influence membership and leadership behavior. The focus will be on basic concepts of the theory of living human systems: 

joining on similarities in order to deepen exploration and create group cohesion; 
deliberately accessing thinking and feeling
exploring differences in subgroups as a way to integrate difference and manage conflict;
Parallel process and the concept of isomorphy
reducing the restraining forces along the hierarchy of defense modification 
working with anxiety and undoing distractions. 

Participants will have the benefit of experiencing a group process, while thinking about theoretical concepts, and experiencing the initial stages of group development. They will also have an opportunity to consider applications to their own process and their work with CPE students in their context. 

Presented by: 
Rev. Catherine Garlid, BCC, ACPE Supervisor, Director of Spiritual Care at Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME

Rev. Angelika A. Zollfrank, BCC, ACPE Supervisor, Coordinator Pastoral Care at Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT

T7: Gamification and CPE
This topic was inspired by Jane McGonigal's TED talk and her 2011 book, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. McGonigal argues that games contribute powerfully to human happiness, motivation, meaning and the development of community. Her innovative thinking led me to consider how principles of gamification might be applied to a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in order to enhance the learning of students. I have intentionally integrated aspects of game theory into CPE, I have found that it has dramatically increased engagement in the program through higher motivation and collaboration with group members. This presentation will explore possibilities for gamification in CPE programs.

Presented by:
Rev. Dr. A. Mark Bradley was born and raised on the east coast of Canada. He attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he received a BA in religious studies and a Masters of Divinity Degree. In the early 90's, Mark came to Chicago to study urban ministry as part of a Doctor of Ministry degree at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL. A few years later, he completed a CPE residency program at Advocate Christ Hospital. He spent three years as a staff chaplain at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. In 1999, he began working as a neighborhood outreach minister on the streets with The Night Ministry. A few years later, he became pastoral services coordinator and then a few years after that he was promoted to Director of Outreach and Health Ministry. In addition, Mark has been pastor of First Congregational Church of Forest Glen in Chicago for the last thirteen years. Mark is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA). He is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and a CPE Supervisor with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

T8: Transformational Pedagogy:  Enhancing Learner Agency
Critical awareness and intersectionality - This workshop engages the work of womanists theologian, M Shawn Copeland and scholar-activist bell hooks to create curriculum that invites students to become critically aware of their own social locations, their worldviews, and their intersections with the lives of the persons they serve. Their social location includes multiple identifications with groups that have undue privilege and power, and with those that are disenfranchised and oppressed. Malu will led the participants through an interactive discussion of the primacy of critical self-awareness and intersectionality as the foundation of spiritual care providers being active agents of healing through our ministry of relationship.

Critical Awareness and responsibility - How can we engage these different experiences in a way that enables privileged students to become more aware of how that privilege both helps and hinders their pastoral care? How can we acknowledge and boost the epistemological privilege of students from communities under pressure? Tammerie Day has innovated an interactive group exercise that enables students to engage these questions, in a way that directly connects to their lived experience, begins to transmit a systemic analysis of oppression, and enables them to take responsibility for dealing with social power in ministry, as it presents barriers to and enablers of effective pastoral care. In the Transformational Pedagogy workshop, Tammerie will lead an abbreviated form of the session, so that participants can experience and evaluate it for use in their own programs.

Self-compassion - Malu leads the participants in a reflection on the grief implicit in learning. Malu offers several ways to incorporate lament and ritual into one’s curriculum.

Presented by:
Reverend Malu Fairly, M.Div., BDD, Associate CPE Supervisor serves as the Director of Spiritual Care and Education for Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Network of Carolina Healthcare Systems. She is a faculty member of the CPE Center at CMC Main in Charlotte, NC, supervising units that focus on the Palliative Care population. Maul is the Associate Pastor of Wedgewood Church, an open and affirming congregation of curious and creative spiritual seekers.

Tammerie Day, M.Div., Ph.D., Supervisory Candidate is a supervisory candidates at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, NC, supervising students in Level 1 trauma center. For the last fifteen years, she has provided leadership to congregations developing social justice ministries grounded in resilient spiritualties and accountable relationships.

Extended Workshops, Friday May 5, Session times vary between 1:00p-5:00p
F1:  1:00p-2:30p:  Integrating CPE into a Master of Science Degree Program at a Major Research University
The CPE program at Virginia Commonwealth University/VCU Health was established in 1958. In 1970, the program became a part of the newly formed School of Allied Health Professions offering a graduate certificate. The faculty had a vision to move beyond a certificate program and create an academic degree program that would incorporate all of the requirements of CPE into a Master of Science curriculum. That vision was finally brought into reality in the year 2000 with approval by the University and the State Council on Higher Education of Virginia. Currently the Department of Patient Counseling offers multiple tracks for the degree including a year-long residency in CPE that leads to the MS. As a result, students who complete a residency year in CPE receive 3 units of ACPE credit and an MS degree.

The workshop will tell the story of how VCU established this dual MS/CPE program and has sustained and developed it over the last 16 years. A description of the CPE/MS curriculum will be described in detail. One significant innovative curriculum development has been incorporating three research literacy courses as well as formal courses in clinical ethics and in leadership of a spiritual care department into the CPE/MS requirements. Advantages and disadvantages of the program will be discussed.

As a part of the workshop we will talk about how the educational and instructional elements inherent in CPE (e.g. CPE Outcomes) can be translated into distinct academic courses as a way of developing an academic curriculum for training healthcare chaplains.

Participants will be introduced to the use of a curriculum map to align program outcomes with course content and measures of assessment. The presentation will address some of the benefits and challenges of having a CPE program housed in a university rather than hospital administrative setting.

Presented by:
The Rev. Russell H. Davis, Ph.D. is an ACPE Supervisor, as well as Professor and Chair at the Rev. Robert B. Lantz Department of Patient Counseling, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia and Interim Director of Pastoral Care at VCU Medical Center. 

The Rev. Alexander F. Tartaglia, D.Min. is an ACPE Supervisor, as well as Professor and Associate Dean of at the Katherine I. Lantz Department of Patient Counseling, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia.

F2:  1:00p-5:00p:  Research in CPE: Past, Present and Future
After a brief review of the history of research in CPE we will hear descriptions of 3-4 recent/current projects led by CPE supervisors and their colleagues. Then we will turn our attention to considering what it takes to advance the research agenda for CPE.

  • Past: In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of ACPE we will briefly describe important milestones in the history of research in CPE (Fitchett)
  • Present: Presentations about recent/current CPE-related research activities (Presenters:  J Ragsdale: Chaplain research fellowships; K Hutt: CPE and chaplaincy in outpatient settings; L Tartaglia: Teaching chaplaincy care documentation in CPE)
  • Future:  Three approaches for advancing CPE research: small, medium and large (Fitchett)
  • Initiatives currently underway
  • Initiatives under development
  • Developing collaborations to advance CPE research
Presented by:
ACPE Supervisor George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC, Professor and Director of Research, Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center.

The Rev. Elizabeth BJ Larson is the Director, Spiritual Health Services at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, MN.

F3: 1:00p-5:00p:  Lessons from the Field: Reflections on Past Innovative CPE Projects
This workshop features a panel of past recipients of Innovative Program Awards, grant funds awarded by the ACPE Foundation to support innovative CPE projects that expand CPE into new settings, and/or test new research, methodology or pastoral theology. Panelists will discuss lessons learned from implementing their projects and offer suggestions for how others might design innovative CPE programs. There will also be time for participants to ask questions and share ideas with the workshop panelists.

Moderator:  Jasmine Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist

Presented by:
Laurie Garrett-Cobbina, APCE Supervisor & Faculty at San Francisco Theological Seminary; 2014 Innovative Program Award recipient for the project “Teaching an ACPE CPE Unit in West Africa.”

Karen Hutt, ACPE Supervisor at Fairview & the University Medical Center; 2015 Innovative Program Award recipient for the project “Responding to Change in Patient Care: Outpatient CPE & Interdisciplinary Research Models.”

Elizabeth Watson-Martin, ACPE Supervisor at Penn State Hershey Medical Center; 2015 Innovative Program Award recipient for the project “Using My-Gift-of-Grace Game to Support Advance Care-Planning Conversation Education for CPE Participants.”

Sally Schwab, ACPE Supervisor at Mosaic Life Care, 2015 Innovative Program Award recipient for the project “Collaboration for the Advancement of ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education: Truman Medical Centers and Mosaic Life Care at Saint Joseph, Medical Center.”

F4: 1:00p-5:00p:  Job Search Success: Tools and Strategies For Job Search Success

The first part of this workshop will highlight the tools and strategies crucial to a successful job search and getting the offer. The tools and strategies being discussed include: planning – identifying your value proposition; identifying target organizations; online and face to face strategies; networking – relationships and research; interviewing fundamentals – the 4 C’s; out of the box tactics; resumes and cover letters – including the infographic resume; LinkedIn and other online resources. The second part of the workshop will be based on preferences of the workshop attendees and will involve digging deeper into two or more of tools and strategies introduced during part one. Those attending this workshop will leave knowing the what and how for job search success and getting the offer. 

Presented by:
Richard Thorne, Master’s in Labor Relations from Michigan State University, a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College (Illinois), a Certified Career Management Coach and a Search Consultant specializing in the placement of CPE and Spiritual Care Leaders.

F5: 1:00p-5:00p:  Asian Concept of Self and Supervision
Asian concept of self is different from the understanding of self-based on western psychology. In the workshop, I will introduce the Asian concept of Self based on the Korean indigenous psychology and cross-cultural psychology and compare and contrast with the western concept of self. Especially, Western psychology understands that adults have a concrete individual concept of "the self" with less familial emphasis, while Asian people have more of a familial self-concept along with an individual self-concept.

In addition, I will share my experience as a Korean immigrant ACPE supervisor going through the CPE certification process and the application of the different concepts of self in the CPE supervision. I will also present some case studies on how someone can use the insights from this workshop into their supervision.

Presented by:
Rev. Ki Do Ahn, ACPE supervisor, Ph. D Candidate, M.Div. DASD, the CPE program supervisor at CPE of Central California, as a satellite of Stanford Health Care. Rev. Ahn is a Korean first generation ACPE supervisor. His doctoral study is focused on the Korean cultural psychology and its impact on Korean immigrants' spiritual transformation. In addition, as an ACPE supervisor, he had utilized the understanding of different concept of self in ACPE supervision.

F6: 1:00p-6:00p:  American Red Cross Spiritual Care Orientation

Presented by:
Glenn Caulkins

F7: 2:00p-4:00p:  REM Support in CPE & the Certification Process