Introducing the ACPE Psychotherapy Commission
ACPE News  |  March 18, 2019

The interim ACPE Psychotherapy Commission held its first meeting March 8, 2019. The commission reviewed its charge and initial priorities:

  • Defining the activities and responsibilities of the ACPE Psychotherapy Commission.
  • Appointing the initial commissioners and leadership to the Psychotherapy Commission.
  • Creating up to ten Communities of Practice for former AAPC members to join.
  • Establishing the requirements for membership of an ACPE Psychotherapist and General ACPE member.
  • Determining how MAP grant funds will be managed and how they will be distributed.
  • Encouraging former AAPC members to participate in leadership positions.
  • Collaborating with ACPE staff on other duties as required to ensure a smooth transition.

The commission will continue meeting bi-weekly by videoconference until their first face-to-face meeting during the Annual Conference, May 8-10, 2019, in Scottsdale, AZ.

The commission will also identify key strategic questions that the elected version of this body will continue addressing in January 2020. The interim commission is collaborating with the Leadership Development Committee to establish commissioner terms and job responsibilities for the annual fall elections. A call for nominations will be sent to the membership this summer.

Dr. Joann Heaney-Hunter, Chair
, has served as a full-time member of the theology faculty at St. John’s University in New York since 1987. At St. John’s, she teaches pastoral theology and pastoral care and counseling. She holds a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. She is a National Certified Counselor, a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and is licensed to practice mental health counseling in New York. Dr. Heaney-Hunter also serves as a retreat director at the Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, NJ and is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Loyola Center and St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York. She may be contacted at

Greg Stoddard, D.Min., ACPE, Vice-chair
, was certified by ACPE in 1985 in San Diego, CA. He was formerly a member of AAPC and APC. Greg is past chair of the ACPE Accreditation Commission, past member of the ACPE Board of Directors, and past president of ACPE's Foundation Board. He may be contacted at

Rev. Wally Fletcher, D.Min.
, is in private practice as a therapist, consultant, and educator in Cherry Hill NJ. He is a certified psychoanalyst and pastoral counselor. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is also Board President of the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. He may be contacted at

Kathleen Gallivan, Ph.D.
is an ACPE Certified Educator and has been the Director of Spiritual Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2002. She has served in leadership roles with ACPE at the regional and national levels on the Certification Commission and the Board of Directors. At present she is a member of the Professional Well-being Committee. Kathleen joined AAPC in the late 1970’s and became a Fellow in 1980. She maintained her AAPC membership until a few years age. She is also licensed psychologist in the state of Massachusetts and has a small psychotherapy practice at the Danielsen Institute, a mental health clinic at Boston University. She may be contacted at

Steven S. Ivy, Ph.D.
was certified as ACPE Certified Educator in 1986 and as AAPC Member in 1984. He has served ACPE as Director for Community, Practice, and Member Development since 2017. His key leadership roles with ACPE focused on certification processes at regional and national levels. Among roles with AAPC he served as Treasurer for the Midwest Region. He may be contacted at

James Bernard Kynes, Sr
. is presently in private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Psychotherapist/Pastoral Counselor and consultant with Crossings Counseling Center, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. He is an AAMFT Clinical member and an Approved Supervisor. He was certified as a Fellow in AAPC, March 1999. Bernard is an Ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He may be contacted at

Rev. Robert A. Renix
is an ACPE Certified Educator since May 2014 and a Board Certified Chaplain since April 2013. He has served as the Director of Chaplaincy Services and ACPE Certified Educator at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC, beginning in September 2014. Robert served at the former regional level as Budget and Finance Chair; Racial, Ethnic, Multicultural (REM) Network Representative; and Leadership Council. Nationally, Robert served on the ACPE Redesign Implementation Team. As a member of the ACPE Board of Directors, Robert serves as the liaison member on the ACPE Psychotherapy Commission. He may be contacted at

Russell Siler Jones
is a pastoral counselor in Asheville, NC, and Director of the Residency in Psychotherapy and Spirituality for CareNet-Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, NC. He is an AAPC Diplomate, a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a North Carolina Certified Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor. He is past chair of AAPC’s Southeast Region and is helping develop the emerging Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy program. He may be contacted at

Doug Thorpe
has been a certified pastoral counselor since the early 1990s and a Diplomate in AAPC since 2008. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He has served AAPC as Chair of the Atlantic Region, Vice-President, and President of the Association. He may be contacted at

Rev. Dr. Beth Toler, Th.D., LMFT
 is an Associate Professor of Clinical Counseling at Moravian Theological Seminary and an ordained American Baptist minister. Her pastoral experience includes parish and campus ministry, as well as hospital chaplaincy. Beth’s clinical experience includes over fifteen years of private practice counseling for individuals, couples, and families and work in psychiatric facilities. Professionally, Beth served on the executive committee of the Atlantic Region of the AAPC and is the President of the Board of Managers of Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc. She may be contacted at

The Rev. Linda Wilkerson has been an ACPE Certified Educator since 1996 and has served for almost 19 years as the Director of Pastoral Care for Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX.  An ordained Baptist minister, she graduated with a MDiv. Degree in 1985 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has served terms on the ACPE Board in the past and also as a member of the Certification Commission. Currently she serves ACPE as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board. She may be contacted

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