A Busy Year for the Interim Psychotherapy Commission:
Institutional Membership Established, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Approved, and NBCC Continuing Education Recognition Awarded
By Joann Heaney-Hunter, M.S., Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, Chair | November 18, 2019
Greetings to all, and a Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S. members. This article is somewhat longer than others I have written, but I have important updates to share with you as we come to the end of our first season as an ACPE Commission.
I am happy to report the results of my presentation to the ACPE board on Tuesday, November 5. Prior to the board meeting, I delivered a report that detailed our work since the annual conference in May 2019. I presented the final charge developed by the group, the decision to form separate subcommittees for oversight of both the Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy program (SIP) and Continuing Education, and the request that former AAPC members be added to the Professional Ethics Commission so that the psychotherapist perspective be represented.
At this meeting, ACPE board members approved two action items vital to the psychotherapy community: (1) the proposal to admit institutional members and (2) the proposal to implement the Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Program (SIP).
Admitting Institutional Members
The Institutional Membership proposal to the board defined Institutional Members, proposed an application process for them, and enumerated the benefits of ACPE Institutional Membership.
Defining Institutional Membership
Institutional members are organizations whose purpose and scope enhance and support ACPE’s mission and vision. Institutional membership is designed primarily for spiritually integrated counseling centers, pastoral/spiritual counseling training centers, and other spiritual/pastoral care organizations or sites of training programs such as universities. Institutions previously partnered with AAPC are encouraged to join ACPE under the institutional membership category.
Application process for Institutional Membership
To apply for ACPE Institutional Membership, an organization must present: