Leadership Meetings

The ACPE Board of Directors along with several ACPE commissions, committees and leadership groups, will hold their regular business meetings May 3 – May 8, 2019.  Please consult with your respective chairperson/coordinator to verify your specific meeting schedule.

Community of Practice Gatherings, Wednesday, May 8,  9:00am - 12:30pm 

9:00am – 1:00pm
Latin@ CoP Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Dr. Miguel de la Torre speaking
We invite all the members of the Latin@ CoP and ACPE members interested in Latin@ issues to dialogue with Dr. Miguel de la Torre during this Luncheon.  We want to honor our past by recognizing ACPE members who have been advocates for the Latino Community in ACPE, reflect on our present challenges with our guest speaker, and envision our future as we grow and develop as a CoP.  All are welcome.  $20 per person.

Veterans Affairs CoP Annual Meeting


Pre-conference Workshops, Wednesday, May 8

10:30am-12:30pm & 1:00pm-2:30pm
W1 & W4. New Accreditation Process Overview

Everything you always wanted to know about the New Accreditation Process but were afraid to ask!  This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to explore ACPE’s refined approach to accreditation and to gain an understanding of the philosophical and practical foundations of the new process.  The workshop will also include an overview of how the process will work.

10:30am-12:30pm & 1:00pm-2:30pm
W2&W5. Using the Manual and Building Your Center’s Accreditation Portfolio

This workshop will be a hands-on learning opportunity to explore and understand the new Accreditation Manual, specifically how it will serve as the guide to a center’s accreditation process.  Additionally, the workshop will focus on building (and maintaining) your center’s portfolio, which is a key element of the new process.  As this will be an interactive workshop, participants are asked to bring a laptop or device to access the online manual as well as a willingness to collaborate with colleagues. 

11:30am - 2:00pm

W3. Research for Beginners: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Presented by Judy Ragsdale, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and George Fitchett, Rush University Medical Center 

This workshop is for CPE Educators who seek to become research literate as they embrace the tasks of educating research literate chaplains and developing a research-informed approach to spiritual care education. 
Part I will provide an introduction to qualitative research. Qualitative research is an inductive approach to creating new knowledge, which means it moves from particular experiences to develop a wider understanding of the topic under review. This workshop will explain what makes qualitative research scientific; will describe several different qualitative methodologies including case study, grounded theory, phenomenology, and ethnography; and will highlight qualitative research articles relevant to use of religion/spirituality and to CPE. We will also explore ways in which qualitative methods are similar to the verbatim method in CPE. 

Part II will provide an introduction to quantitative research including: a) research study designs and their implications for forming causal inferences, b) introduction to types of data (levels of measurement and normal vs skewed distributions) and their implications for statistical analysis, c) introduction to three of the most common statistical procedures used in quantitative research, and d) introduction to significance testing (p values). Each of these procedures will be illustrated with reports (tables) from chaplaincy research so that participants will gain confidence in understanding the findings reported in research articles they read.

1:00pm – 2:30pm
W6. Reflecting on Year One of ACPE’s Communities of Practice
Moderated by: ACPE's Professional Well-being Committee

Join the Professional Well-being Committee as they facilitate a dialogue about the first year of ACPE’s Communities of Practice. Learn from other communities about what worked, what did not work, and upcoming plans for 2019. 

Community of Practice Gatherings, Thursday, May 10, session times may vary


CoP 2. Consortium for Supervisory CPE in the Midwest
This “Community of Practice”, known as the Consortium for Supervisory CPE in the Midwest Is composed of ACPE Centers accredited for Supervisory Education who collaborate to provide their individual supervisory education students a context for peer group (Standard 308.9.2) and a resource for consultation (Standard 308.9.3).

CoP 3. Community Based CPE
For members whom are either doing community-based CPE or have an interest in doing community-based CPE.

CoP 4. Behavioral Healthcare
Connect with other ACPE certified educators who supervise in similar settings that care for people suffering from mental illnesses and/or drug and alcohol histories. How can we make our innovative CPE programs more effective.

CoP 5. REM Community
To support and advocate for underrepresented students in ACPE who are discerning vocational options in Clinical Pastoral Education and Chaplaincy.


CoP 6. The Arts in Spiritual Care and CPE
The Arts in Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education will explore opportunities for using the creative arts (painting, drawing, drama, fiber arts, crafts, poetry, dance, music, etc.) in the practice of Spiritual Care and in the education of CPE students.

CoP 7. LGBTQi Peer Support
The LGBTQI Community of Practice provides a gathering of LGBTQI Educators and Certified Educational Students and supporters within the ACPE.


CoP 8. Somatic Experiencing
Somatic Experiencing is an approach to trauma that is rooted in knowledge of the autonomic nervous system responses to threat.

CoP 9. Mid-Atlantic Seminar on CPE Supervision
To provide ACPE CPE supervisory education students time to present material including drafts of theory papers, video of supervision for consultation and materials for future certification meetings to a broad group of peers and CPE educators.

CoP 10.Theological Reflection
Description TBD

CoP 11. Latino Community
Fosters awareness and collaboration that is specific and intentional, meeting the needs of the Latino community

Annual Conference Workshops, Thursday, May 10, All Sessions are 3:00pm-4:30pm

Space in each workshop is available on a first come, first served basis.
T1. CPE in Context: The Changing Landscape of Chaplaincy Education
George Fitchett, DMin, PhD (Rush University Medical Center), Wendy Cadge, PhD (Brandeis University), Kim Palmer, MDiv, MSPH, BCC (Emory Healthcare)

This workshop will present key findings from the Transforming Chaplaincy-ACPE Luce Foundation-funded study, “Assessing and Reimagining Chaplaincy Education.” Based on interviews with ACPE Educators and reviews of their residency curricula we will describe the variation in didactic education provided to chaplains in training. We will put these findings in the context of interviews with faculty who are leading chaplaincy concentrations in theological schools. In light of these findings, participants in the workshop will be invited to discuss whether academic and clinical programs might work together in order to prepare more effective chaplains and strengthen the field of spiritual care.

T2. Spiritual Health and the “Psychedelic Renaissance”
Jamie Beachy, PhD, MDiv and Wael Garas, MD

In the 1950s and 60s, researchers in the fields of religion, psychology, and medicine recognized the potential for psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin mushrooms and LSD, to enhance psycho-spiritual healing and connection in people suffering from a broad range of mental health conditions. With the criminalization of psychedelics that followed the negative attention generated by Timothy Leary and others, psychedelic research came to a virtual standstill. Since 2006, researchers have carefully worked to revive research studying the effects of psychedelic treatments on conditions ranging from depression and PTSD to existential, terminal anxiety, and spiritual expansion, leading Michael Pollan and other cultural commentators to observe that we are now in a “psychedelic renaissance.” As many people turn to psychedelic substances – also referred to as “entheogens” – in search of greater meaning, connection, and healing, spiritual health educators will be increasingly called upon to help students and care receivers make meaning of powerful psychedelic encounters that may resemble what William James referred to as mystical experiences. This presentation will engage the latest research in psychedelic science, including a recent study of MDMA therapy as a treatment for PTSD that resolved PTSD symptoms for 76% of the participants (evaluated one year out).  The presenters will facilitate a discussion of the ways that spiritual health educators can engage research and support students as they make meaning of powerful and sometimes-mystical entheogenic experiences.

T3. SAFE-ing Black Patients: Training Chaplain Interns to Utilize the SAFER-R Model to Limit Code Grey and Public Safety Calls on African American Patients and Families
Rev. Danielle J. Buhuro, D.Min, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator and  Rev. Jamie D. Hawley, M.Div., Chaplain & Student Counselor

Racial disparities in healthcare continue to exist. These disparities echo are current country’s racial tension and divide. One of these disparities in healthcare centers on growing statistics of Public Safety and Code Grey calls on African American patients and families versus non-African American patients and families. This workshop will show how chaplain interns (and residents) can build trust with medical staff and employ the SAFER-R model as a pastoral intervention to lessen Public Safety and Code Grey calls specifically on African American patients and families.  

Objective #1: Participants will become familiar with racial disparities in Public Safety and Code Grey calls by examining an 8-year case study highlighted in The Journal of National Association's "Visiting Black Patients: Racial Disparities in Security Standby Requests" by Dr. Carmen Green, Dr. Wayne McCullough and Rev. Jamie Hawley.

Objective #2: Participants will learn how the larger current U.S. trend of European Americans calling police on innocent African Americans influences hospital statistics of Public Safety and Code Grey calls on African American patients and families.

Objective #3: Participants will learn how chaplains can build trusting relationships with medical staff and employ the SAFER-R model to lessen Public Safety and Code Grey calls on African American patients and families.

T4. CPE Learning in a Correctional Context
Presenters: The Rev. Debra Slade, BCC and The Rev. Eric Jeuland, BCC of Norwalk Hospital's CPE Program, Norwalk, CT

This workshop will present the unique factors to consider when offering CPE in a Correctional Context.  Items to be discussed include:

  1. Designing a Correctional based Curriculum;
  2. Navigating the complicated administrative challenges of working withDepartment of Corrections (DOC) systems;
  3. ACPE Accreditation Considerations;
  4. The differences between providing Spiritual Care in a Prison and providing Spiritual Care in a Healthcare Facility;
  5. Supervising current Correctional Chaplains.

T5. Use of Contemplative Practice in CPE Supervision
Judith Roska

Information to come later


T6. Innovative Grants at Work
Jasmine Okafor, ACPE, Development Specialist 

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.

T7. Educating Transgender and/or Gender Non-Conforming Students
Presenter(s): The LGBTQi Community of Practice

The LGBTQi CoP recognizes that a growing number of people are wrestling with their gender identity and gender expression in the public arena. As such, issues of gender identity and gender expression have become more visible, and thus more controversial. 

Members of the LGBTQi CoP including Michelle Kirby, Mary Martha Thiel, and Liam Robins will share vignettes from their practice of Education and Supervision.
Panelists may share from their personal experience with being transgender or gender non-conforming in the Certification process, while others may share from their experience supervising transgender or gender non-conforming students.  

Extended Workshops, Friday, May 10, Session times may vary


F1. Red Cross Training for First Responders 
Information to come at a later date