From the Executive Director’s Desk
By Trace Haythorn, Executive Director/CEO  |  March 19, 2018

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with the chair of a PAG and an executive from one of our centers. They asked me very directly what I see as the future of CPE in the digital age and whether I could give evidence of the health of our organization. Earlier in the week, our staff had been discussing how we could do a better job of pacing our work as there are so many good things happening that we feel we can scarcely keep up!

I wish there was a way I could keep all of you up to date with all of the exciting things that are happening. But until we can automatically transfer information to you brains, we’ll do our best with tools like “This Week @ ACPE”!

So here are several things that are happening that I think are evidence of the richness and breadth of ACPE’s good work:
  • This week Katherine Higgins and Bill DeLong, chair, Advocacy Committee will represent ACPE and our strategic partners at the American Society of Association Executives advocacy day on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. This is the second time ACPE has participated in this day, providing opportunities to meet with congressional delegations about the issues important to our association, to chaplaincy, and to spiritual care. I look forward to sharing more from their advocacy work!
  • Have you seen the study document from the Accreditation Work Group? Perhaps the most exciting development from within the committee has been the realization that many of the things we have been calling “standards” are really “policies.” To that end, the work group has greatly reduced the number of standards and instead is moving many items into policies. Their goal is to make accreditation more appreciative, celebrating the good work of our colleagues while offering consultation on where a program can improve, innovate or offer program elements as a model or resource for our colleagues. The board will review their proposal and we hope to share next steps soon!
  • As I noted last month, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with leaders from APC, NAJC, and NACC to the Pontifical Palliative Care Congress at the Vatican. We made wonderful connections with leaders from the AMA, the US Palliative Care Association, leaders from several international organizations, and key leaders in the global chaplaincy movement who are working in palliative care. It was an honor, a privilege, and an exciting glimpse of the future to be with such a wonderful group of colleagues!
  • And by the way, have you registered for the conference in May? Highlights include our “commencement” address by Kerry Egan, author of On Living, her memoir of serving as a hospice chaplain; Etienne and Barbara Wenger, theorists and researchers of “communities of practice,” who will lead a workshop to help existing CoPs as well as new groups seeking to form; and Jim Merlino, President and Chief Medical Officer of Press Ganey, who will talk about the importance of spiritual care in their measures of patient experience. Over 320 people have already registered! Join us for this wonderful event!
And I haven’t even mentioned all the work that continues with the certification implementation team, the hubs that are beginning to hit their stride, the new centers that are hoping to be accredited, the rise in the number of accredited units offered last year, and the 2020 joint conference with CASC, APC, NAJC, NACC - but there’s always next month’s article! Thanks to everyone for all you do to advance the mission of the ACPE!
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