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.

NBCC Credit

2019 Annual Conference: Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit.  Sessions approved for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.  NBCC Approval No. SP-3293

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.
Approved to Award 2 NBCC Hours

This workshop is for CPE Educators, pastoral counselors, and other spiritual care providers who seek to become research literate as they embrace the tasks of educating research literate chaplains and counselors 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the kinds of processes and concepts qualitative research explores and describes.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the in-depth interview data collection process and the textual analysis used to analyze data in qualitative research. 
  3. Participants will be able to read and interpret tables with simple research findings.
  4. Participants will obtain greater confidence in reading research and applying findings to their professional practice.

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. 

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 a recent New York Times bestseller, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, Michael Pollan observes that as a culture we are in a time of “psychedelic renaissance.” Beginning in 2006, researchers in major academic institutions have demonstrated the potential for psychedelics to positively influence conditions ranging from depression and PTSD to existential, terminal anxiety, and a desire for spiritual connection and expansion.  As psychedelics move toward becoming legal options for treatment, students and care-seekers will look to spiritual health educators for guidance and integration support. Wael Garas, MD, primary investigator for an MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD study in Boulder, Colorado, and Jamie Beachy, ACPE Educator will present the latest research in psychedelic science.  Drs. Garas and Beachy will facilitate a discussion of the ways that spiritual health educators can engage research, training and cultural shifts in regard to the use of psychedelics.

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
Presenter(s): 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. Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health: Construction of an Evidence-Based Interventional Approach
Presenter(s): George H. Grant, MDiv, PhD and Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv, Emory University.
Approved to award 1.5 NBCC hours

CCSH is conceived as a research-based method to alleviate distress in patients and families and to mitigate burnout in the healthcare professions. It can be utilized throughout the continuum of health from clinic to inpatient and in specialized spirituality-informed psychotherapeutic practices. It is designed on the premise that each of us has inner resources that we can call upon in the midst of a crisis or in moments of challenge. CCSH’s approach taps into these resources to find relief in the present as well as to provide skills to better access such resources in the future. It is designed to serve everyone by respecting the values of all individuals and communities, including those who are rooted in a faith tradition and these who are not. This workshop will present the development and overview of the approach, including core elements and examples of interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the key components and elements of the CCSH method.
  2. Participants will be able to describe appropriate contexts in which CCSH might be employed.
  3. Participants will be able to analyze the impact of CCSH in the examples of intervention provided.
  4. Participants will be able to identify how they might apply CCSH in their professional practice.  

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.  

T8. Spiritual Interventions: Working with Harmful Spirituality and Religion
Presenter(s): Rev. Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D. and Russell Siler Jones, Th.D., LPCS.
Approved to award 1.5 NBCC hours

Religion and spirituality are often sources of resilience, meaning, and healing, but they can also do harm. Sometimes the persons we serve are the ones being hurt by religion, and sometimes they’re the ones using religion to harm others. For example, spiritual beliefs and practices may be used:

  • to justify nonobligatory suffering, self-neglect, treatment refusal, suicide, or violence against others;
  • to isolate people;
  • to diminish pleasure, joy, or healthy risk;
  • to avoid pain and growth;
  • as a tool of interpersonal power: religious justification for marital hierarchy, abusive parenting, etc.; or
  • as a tool of group/political power: race, gender, LGBTQ, justification for war.

Harmful religion is sometimes connected to an underlying mental health issue, but more often it is related to social factors. The spiritual virtues at the heart of religion get suppressed by the demands of religious group cohesion. Under strong social influence, people sometimes participate in behaviors that diminish the human capacity for compassion and empathy. Furthermore, an individual’s anxieties, defenses, and prejudices are all more entrenched and intractable when they are supported by some religiously-based rationale.

It can be challenging for therapists, chaplains, and educators to mitigate the destructive impact of religion. Interventions with harmful religion and spirituality require considerable skill, respect, and patience and they proceed from safety, respect, and curiosity. Working with harmful spiritual or religious beliefs or practices is an advanced skill that requires significant self-reflexivity and support.

This workshop is an abbreviated version of one of the 10 courses in the Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) curriculum. A brief overview of the SIP curriculum will be provided at the beginning of the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify elements of harmful spirituality or religion.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss how spirituality and religion become harmful.
  3. Participants will be able to identify examples of harmful spirituality or religion that they have encountered personally or in their practice. 
  4. Participants will be able to discuss strategies for countering the impact of harmful spirituality or religion.

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

More workshop selections coming soon. Please continue to visit this space and ThisWeek@ACPE for more details. 


F1. Introduction & Orientation to Disaster Spiritual Care
Presenter(s): Glenn Calkins, ACPE Certified Educator, Representative to American Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care Task Force & Dr. Paul Ellis, Disaster Spiritual Care Instructor, Phoenix Chapter American Red Cross.

Disaster Spiritual Care with the American Red Cross has taken great leaps and employed new integration. As a long-time provider, ACPE is pleased to collaborate with the American Red Cross in presenting the Introduction & Orientation to Disaster Spiritual Care Seminar at the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference. 

This seminar will provide direction to active connection among ACPE Certified Educators, CPE Students and CPE Centers at various levels when disaster occurs. 


F2. The Grief Cycle, Nuanced for Multiple Circumstances
Presenter(s): Rev. Dr. Claire Bamberg, LMFT.
Approved to award 1.5 NBCC hours

Whether dealing with family members in your office or individuals in the hospital setting, what to expect, what to look for, and how best to equip people to understand what is “happening to” them. It can be a scary and unsettling process. Your ability to interpret and prepare others will be invaluable. The content covered in the workshop applies to changes in leadership, location, jobs, and other systems in addition to individual and family systems dynamics. It is invaluable for work with First Responders, for their own sake, and for their ability to effectively do their jobs in trauma situations.  The workshop includes specific notes about children and grief/the cycle of loss.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify signs and stages that clients or patients experience when facing the situational and transitional factors of loss that affect emotions, cognition, and behavior.
  2. Participants will be able to apply the grief cycle to gain insight into how a client or patient might interpret the loss they are experiencing and the developmental stage in which they find themselves.
  3. Participants will be able to assess how best to prepare a client for facing the transitions catalyzed by the loss.
  4. Participants will be able to describe ways to apply the grief cycle when working with clients who are experiencing loss due both to various types of systemic changes and to individual and family system dynamics.


F3. The Internal Family Systems Model: Applications for Psychotherapy, Supervision, and Education
Presenter(s): Russell Siler Jones, Th.D., LPCS.
Approved to award 1.5 NBCC hours

The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) brings together aspects of psychodynamic theory and family systems theory, along with an assumption that each us has access to an inward spiritual presence that helps guide us with wisdom and love. IFS is an experiential, right-brain-left-brain approach that helps people make sense of life experience in a safe and collaborative way. It is a simple but powerful psycho-spiritual model with applications for psychotherapy, supervision, and formational education.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the conceptual basics of the Internal Family Systems Model.
  2. Participants will be able to apply the Internal Family Systems Model as a lens to enhance self-understanding.
  3. Participants will be able to identify applications appropriate to their clinical settings.
  4. Participants will be able to identify resources for additional learning.


F4. It's All Personal: Engaging, Enduring, and Transforming the Experience of Micro-Aggressions in Pastoral Supervision
Presenter(s): Rev. Dr. Beth Toler, LMFT. 
Approved to award 1.5 NBCC hours

This workshop will highlight the lived experiences of supervisors who identify as a racial, ethnic, sexual, political, or ideological minority and often encounter and experience explicit or implicit microaggressions in the counseling supervisory context. Drawing on the famous feminist dictum that the personal is political, particular attention will be paid to the connections between the personal impact of microaggressions on the supervisor and the larger systemic structures that inform the range of normative and acceptable pedagogical responses to this reality. Ultimately, a theologically informed pedagogy of counseling supervision will be presented as a way to challenge and transform the structures and systems that perpetuate the existence of microaggressions. This theologically informed pedagogy will also include models of restoration and healing for the pastoral supervisor who must often navigate the tension between personal identity, academic freedom, small group dynamics, and institutional commitments.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the types of microaggressions experienced by societal subgroups who provide counseling supervision.
  2. Participants will be able to analyze the interaction patterns and systemic structures that result in microaggressions towards supervisors who identify as a racial, ethnic, sexual, political, or ideological minority.
  3. Participants will be able to analyze the interaction patterns and systemic structures that shape the response of institutions and individuals to these offenses.
  4. Participants will be able to identify and describe pedagogical approaches that can challenge and transform the systems and patterns that perpetuate microaggressions against societal subgroups.


F5: Twelve Lessons Learned from a Client on Integrating Faith and Spirituality in Psychotherapy
Presenter(s): Rev. Wally Fletcher, D.Min. 
Approved to award 1.5 NBCC hours

This workshop will focus on lessons learned from a pastoral psychotherapist’s treatment of a severely depressed client who experienced religious trauma in childhood. It will focus on the complexities of spiritual/religious experience in a client’s difficulties and resilience. It will pay special attention to the importance of therapists’ awareness of their own spiritual/religious transferences and counter-transferences in treating complex cases. Most of all, it will emphasize the importance of learning from a client’s own formulation of her difficulties and the journey necessary toward healing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the long-term impact of serious spiritual/ religious conflict or trauma.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the multidimensional and multivalent roles faith and spirituality play in mental health and illness.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the importance of therapists’ self-awareness of their own religious transferences and countertransference in conducting effective treatment.
  4. Participants will be able to assess the special challenges of resolving treatment destructive resistances in treating clients with serious spiritual/religious conflicts and/or trauma.


F6. Using Positive Psychology as a Tool for Pastoral Care
Presenter(s): Dr. Joann Heaney-Hunter, LMHC, NCC. 

This workshop seeks to apply principles of positive psychology in pastoral care settings.  It will address key principles of positive psychology and show how they may be applied by a variety of professionals in the pastoral care disciplines.  This interactive workshop will use lecture, discussion, and case examples to demonstrate the benefits of using positive psychology in pastoral care.

Positive psychology is an approach pioneered by Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi beginning in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. It focuses on wellness, high levels of functioning, happiness, and virtue.  Moreover, it attempts to promote thriving and fulfillment in individuals, families and communities.  As a supplement to more traditional psychological modalities, positive psychology focuses on enhancing and strengthening all aspects of human life.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe how the positive psychology approach to values and strengths support the flourishing of persons.
  2. Participants will be able to identify ways that positive psychology can work within a faith tradition to build up and support individuals and families.
  3. Participants will be able to assess whether and how positive psychology contributes to the development of supportive communities of faith.
  4. Participants will be able to identify ways skilled professionals such as chaplains, clergy, and lay ministers can implement principles of positive psychology in their daily work.

Attendee Workshop Complaint Policy

  • Policy for the Review and Resolution of Program Participant Complaints and Disputes: If a participant or potential participant would like to express a concern about his/her experience with the ACPE 2019 Annual Conference: “Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education,” he/she may call or email Janelle Moore at (678) 636-6222 or  Although ACPE does not guarantee a particular outcome, the individual can expect us to consider the complaint, make any necessary decisions, and respond within two weeks.
  • Policy for Attendance Verification of Workshops with Approved CE Hours: Workshop participants are required to sign a Verification of Attendance form both at the beginning of a workshop and between five and fifteen minutes prior to a workshop’s conclusion.