ACPE Service Awards


Updated June 3, 2019

The Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate yourself or a colleague for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE, the field(s) of spiritual care, pastoral counseling and/or psychotherapy. We are blessed as an association with an abundance of talented, smart, and generous members. Who do you think deserves special recognition?

ACPE is seeking nominations for the following awards: Distinguished Service Award, Helen Flanders Dunbar Award, Inspiration Award, Emerging Leader Award, and Emeritus. More details and nominating procedures are below.

The deadline to submit a nomination is August 15, 2019. Awardees will be honored at the annual conference in May 2020. Please send your feedback to Jasmine Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist.
 

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is the most prestigious award presented by ACPE to members providing exemplary service to the association. The ACPE Distinguished Service Award has been given almost every year beginning in 1980. There will be one (1) award recipient selected per year.

Criteria for Selecting a Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award:
DSA Recipients will possess the following characteristics:
  • ACPE Certified Educator or Psychotherapist in good standing;
  • Outstanding service to ACPE;
  • Demonstrated leadership in ACPE, including making a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation;
  • Upholds the mission, vision and values of ACPE;
  • Recognition by other related organizations for outstanding contribution (preferred).
Process for Nominating a Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award:
  • DSA nominations must be made by an ACPE member in good standing.
  • DSA nominations must be made via the online form. Nomination materials include: 
    • a) completed nomination form;
    • b) one-page biographical statement of the nominee;
    • c) three letters of support from: an ACPE colleague, and two letters of the nominee’s choice (for ACPE Certified Educators, one letter should be from a former student).
Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award will receive:
  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Conference Banquet in the awarded year.
  • One complimentary registration to the ACPE Annual Conference (includes airfare and one-night hotel room) and one additional complimentary ticket to the ACPE Annual Banquet in the awarded year.

Helen Flanders Dunbar Award

The Helen Flanders Dunbar Award was established in 2001 for pioneering contributions to the CPE movement. There will be one (1) award recipient selected per year.

Criteria for Selecting a Recipient of the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award:
Helen Flanders Dunbar Award recipients do not have to be members of ACPE, but will possess one or more of the following characteristics:
  • Exercised a leadership role at a critical juncture in ACPE history;
  • Contributed research and academic vitality to the field of spiritual care & education;
  • Demonstrated innovative practice in spiritual care & education and/or developed an innovative program;
  • Had a foundational role in a new expression or direction of ACPE;
  • Acquired significant financial resources for ACPE and/or make a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation
  • Upholds the mission, vision and values of ACPE.
Process for Nominating a Recipient of the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award:
  • Helen Flanders Dunbar Award nominations must be made by an ACPE member in good standing.
  • Helen Flanders Dunbar Award nominations must be made via the online form.
  • Nomination materials include: 
    • a) completed nomination form;
    • b) one-page biographical statement of the nominee;
    • c) two letters of support: one from an ACPE colleague, and another letter of the nominee’s choice.
Recipients of the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award will receive:
  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Conference in the awarded year.
  • One complimentary registration to the ACPE Annual Conference (includes airfare and one-night hotel room) and one additional complimentary ticket to the ACPE Annual Banquet in the awarded year.

Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/Psychotherapist

The ACPE Board began to confer the status of Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator in 2001. The Emeritus designation honors individuals who have made significant contributions to students, the CPE movement, and/or spiritually-integrated psychotherapy over a period of years.

Criteria for Selecting Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/Psychotherapist:
Emeritus ACPE Certified Educators/Psychotherapists will possess all of the following characteristics:
  • ACPE member in good standing;
  • Have been an ACPE Certified Educator or Psychotherapist for a minimum of 10 years, and maintained active certification status up until the time of retirement;
  • Applied for ACPE Retired Educator or Retired Professional membership;
  • Made significant contributions to students, clinical pastoral education, or pastoral counseling through teaching and/or scholarship;
  • Demonstrated leadership in ACPE, including making a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation;
  • Upholds the mission, vision & values of ACPE.
Process for Nominating an Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/Psychotherapist:
  • Individuals can nominate themselves for the Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/Psychotherapist designation at the time they change their ACPE membership category to “Retired Educator” or "Retired Professional" or they can be nominated by another ACPE member in good standing.
  • Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator/Psychotherapist nominations must be made via the online form on the ACPE website. Nomination materials include:
    • a) completed nomination form;
    • b) one-page biographical statement of the nominee;
    • c) three letters of support from: an ACPE colleague, student, and another letter of the nominee’s choice.
Emeritus ACPE Certified Educators/Psychotherapists will receive:
  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Conference Commencement Ceremony in the awarded year.
  • One complimentary ticket to the ACPE Annual Banquet in the awarded year or a special token of appreciation.
  • All Emeritus ACPE Certified Educators/Psychotherapists are included in the “Retired Educator” or "Retired Professional" ACPE membership category, resulting in $0 in annual dues.
  • Should the Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator choose to supervise students at some time in the future, it is expected that the Emeritus ACPE Certified Educator (or the institution for which the CPE supervision is done) will pay the regular ACPE Certified Educator membership dues for the year supervision is done.

Inspiration Award


The Inspiration Award recognizes mid-career ACPE professionals who have accomplished a career milestone, and/or demonstrated significant leadership qualities in service to ACPE. There will be one (1) award recipient selected per year.

Criteria for Selecting a Recipient of the Inspiration Award:
Inspiration Award recipients will possess the following characteristics:
  • ACPE member or employee in good standing (Certified Educator, Spiritual Health Professional, Psychotherapist, Practitioner, Staff);
  • Have been a member or employed with ACPE for 10 years or less;
  • Demonstrated leadership and service to ACPE through their initiative, innovation, and/or scholarship at their local center, through their Community of Practice and/or at the ACPE national level, and by making a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation;
  • Upholds the mission, vision and values of ACPE.
Process for Nominating a Recipient of the Inspiration Award:
  • Inspiration Award nominations must be made by an ACPE member in good standing.
  • Inspiration Award nominations must be made via the online form on the ACPE website.
  • Nomination materials include:
    • a) completed nomination form;
    • b) one-page biographical statement of the nominee;
    • c) two letters of support: one from an ACPE colleague, and another letter of the nominee’s choice.
Recipients of the Inspiration Award will receive:
  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Banquet in the awarded year.

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes early-career ACPE professionals who have already begun to exhibit significant leadership qualities in service to ACPE. There will be one (1) award recipient selected per year.

Criteria for Selecting a Recipient of the Emerging Leader Award:
Emerging Leader Award recipients will possess the following characteristics:
  • ACPE member or staff in good standing (Certified Educator, Associate Certified Educator, Certified Educator Candidate, Spiritual Health Professional, Psychotherapist, Practitioners, Staff);
  • Have been a member or employed with ACPE for 5 years or less;
  • Demonstrated leadership and service to ACPE through their initiative, innovation and/or scholarship at their local center, through their Community of Practice and/or at the ACPE national level, and by making a regular gift to the ACPE Foundation;
  • Upholds the mission, vision and values of ACPE.
Process for Nominating a Recipient of the Emerging Leader Award:
  • Emerging Leader Award nominations must be made by an ACPE member in good standing.
  • Emerging Leader Award nominations must be made via the online form.
  • Nomination materials include:
    • a) completed nomination form;
    • b) one-page biographical statement of the nominee;
    • c) two letters of support: one from an ACPE colleague, and another letter of the nominee’s choice.
Recipients of the Emerging Leader Award will receive:
  • Special recognition at the ACPE Annual Banquet in the awarded year.
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Annual Service Awards Committee Timeline

June  
Call for Nominations via ACPE website newsletter.

Mid-August
Deadline to receive nominations.

September-November 
Service Awards Committee review nominations, determine awardees (at least three meetings needed during this time).

November
Service Awards Committee presents recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors for approval and shares slate of awardees with the ACPE Board of Directors.

December
ACPE staff notifies all nominees and awardees of final decision.

December thru January
ACPE staff gathers awardee headshots, travel information, etc.; award recipients announced in the ACPE newsletter.

February thru March
ACPE staff works with award recipients to create short videos highlighting their recognition (DSA and Helen Flanders Dunbar recipients).

April
ACPE staff works with award recipients on final video edits and conference travel plans.

May
ACPE Service Award recipients honored at the ACPE Annual Conference Banquet