Updates from the Interim Psychotherapy Commission
By Joann Heaney-Hunter, M.S., Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, Chair  |  March 25, 2019

I am happy to report that, as of this morning, 830 former members of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) have applied to transfer their membership to ACPE. What an auspicious beginning! While it will take much of April to process these hundreds of applications, please be sure that ACPE staff are working diligently to ensure that member transition from AAPC to ACPE is smooth and seamless. Also know that the members of the Interim Psychotherapy Commission are working actively with ACPE staff to prepare the way for the association’s newest members.

As we move through the transition process, one of the Commission’s first priorities is to establish ten new Communities of Practice specifically for former AAPC members. New Communities of Practice, whose topics were solicited from members of AAPC regions and AAPC members of the Interim Psychotherapy Commission, will provide a vehicle for exploring issues pertaining to psychotherapy from a variety of spiritual care contexts. Former AAPC members may join one or more of these Communities of Practice; they also may join already established ACPE Communities of Practice. All Communities of Practice offer the possibility of connecting with our colleagues from AAPC and our new partners from ACPE. These Communities of Practice will facilitate the sharing of stories and insights that will no doubt enrich us all.

Beginning in early April, we will survey former AAPC members who have joined ACPE to seek your input about which Communities of Practice from our list of suggestions best speak to the interests and concerns of the membership. We want to hear from you before we finalize this important decision. 

As Chair of the Interim Psychotherapy Commission, I will share information with you and seek input from you on new policies and opportunities that emerge during this season of transition. In the meantime, I hope you will take a look at the program for the Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Here is a link to the workshop schedule, which includes presentations from several AAPC members: https://www.acpe.edu/ACPE/Events/AC19/2019AnnualConferenceWorkshops.asp.  

I sincerely hope to see you and other new members of ACPE this May in Scottsdale. I wish you a joyful beginning of spring.

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