You can expect to receive an invoice from ACPE on the first day of the month in which your membership fee is due.
I am excited about the consolidation and want to get involved. How can I participate in the life of the association?
First and foremost, Communities of Practice
(CoPs) provide rich opportunities for members to cultivate connections with members in both similar and disparate spiritual care and education contexts. These learning communities facilitate the sharing of stories, insights, and information and lead to the development of a shared practice.
Second, ACPE’s annual conference
provides opportunities to meet with colleagues in person, to learn from the plenaries and workshops, and to contribute through poster presentations and workshop leadership.
Third, ACPE hopes that members from AAPC will consider running for various leadership positions in the upcoming fall election.
I just graduated with an advanced theology degree and want to become a pastoral counselor. Can I become certified through ACPE?
ACPE does not certify pastoral counselors at this time. Because more and more states require licensure rather than certification, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors actually stopped certification altogether several years before our consolidation. In the future, the Psychotherapist Commission will have the opportunity to consider what the benefits of certification for psychotherapist and practitioner members might be and determine whether ACPE should pursue this as a priority. In the meantime, we hope to develop resources this summer with referrals for individuals interested in becoming pastoral counselors. We also encourage you to watch for upcoming continuing education opportunities that might be of interest, like our webinar series on responding to domestic violence and situation grief
I am interested in ACPE’s Communities of Practice (CoPs) and want to know more. How will new CoPs be formed for members from AAPC? Can I join existing CoPs?
Because of input from members, the interim Psychotherapy Commission has decided to delay the CoP formation timeline temporarily so that everyone has the opportunity to learn more about this model. Please see the update
about CoPs from the Chair of the Interim Psychotherapy Commission. ACPE will create additional educational resources about Communities of Practice for incoming members from AAPC. For now, we encourage you to read the definition and purpose of a Community of Practice
and Etienne Wenger’s Communities of Practice, A Brief Introduction
Will there be opportunities for former AAPC members to serve in leadership positions within ACPE?
Yes! Elections for ACPE’s committees and commissions are just around the corner. The interim Psychotherapy Commission will send out details about how ACPE’s election process works along with a Psychotherapy Commission “job description” to help new members discern whether they might be interested in running for this role. ACPE will also share details about the other positions for which new members are eligible to run.
Regarding election timing, members are invited to share their interest in leadership positions in late May or early June, as the Leadership Development Committee
vets candidates in the summer. Ballots are finalized in September, and the vote takes place in October. All elected candidates will assume office in January 2020.
I used to purchase professional liability malpractice insurance through American Professional Agency, Inc. at a special rate through my AAPC membership. Will this still be possible?
Yes, ACPE is happy to be able to offer the same arrangement for our members through a partnership with American Professional Agency, Inc. To learn more, please see APA’s website: www.americanprofessional.com/covered-professions/clergy-pastoral-counselors
I was a former Diplomate or Fellow in AAPC and applied to become an ACPE Psychotherapist. Is this a membership category or a credential?
For now, this is a membership category, albeit one open exclusively to those who had previously attained Fellow or Diplomate status through AAPC. As you know, AAPC had stopped certifying several years ago. It will be up to the Psychotherapy Commission and the membership to determine if certification is a priority they would like to pursue in the future.
I was a Student Member in AAPC, but I would like to become a Practitioner Member now. What can I do?
At this time, all former AAPC members are being grandfathered into the ACPE category that correlates directly to that to which they belonged in AAPC. That being said, the interim Psychotherapy Commission is launching a Membership Taskforce to draft membership requirements for new members, student members, practitioner members, and psychotherapist members. The commission will work on this issue when they meet in person at the annual conference this May and hope to announce opportunities for membership changes into the student and practitioner membership categories within the next six months. Any updates to membership eligibility requirements will be shared in “This Week @ ACPE.”
I was a Regular Member in AAPC, but I am interested in Psychotherapist Membership. What can I do?
At this time, ACPE Psychotherapist membership is reserved exclusively for former Fellows and Diplomates. The Membership Taskforce will look into potential processes to demonstrate eligibility for this category. However, this process is likely to take longer than the other types of membership changes and might not be finalized until the elected version of the Psychotherapy Commission begins work in January 2020.
Will Continuing Education opportunities with CE credit hours be available?
ACPE is currently working on becoming an approved provider of NBCC credit hours. We anticipate that this process will be complete by the fall of 2019. ACPE understands, however, that NBCC credit is not accepted for all licenses in all states. ACPE has also looked into offering credits approved by AAMFT. Unfortunately AAMFT does not provide approved provider national coverage in the way that NBCC does. Because of recent changes in the relationship between AAMFT and state chapters, approval in one state is not necessarily accepted in another. Once all membership applications have been processed, staff will run queries to see how many of each of the types of licenses ACPE members have (and in which states) to inform further research and action on this front.
I’m an ACPE Educator, but I was also an AAPC Fellow/ Diplomate. Is dual affiliation possible? What steps should I take?
At the moment, ACPE recommends that you maintain your status as an educator and continue to watch for psychotherapy-related updates from ACPE. The Psychotherapy Commission and the Membership Taskforce will look into this question once membership eligibility requirements and the question of certification have been addressed.