ACPE Academy

The ACPE Academy is an interactive, online resource designed to support the professional development of ACPE Supervisors and students. Webinars, static videos, and discussion materials are available here for all ACPE members. While most materials are provided as a member benefit, some premium content is available at a fee. Those fees support the ongoing development of the kinds of materials that help advance ACPE’s mission: to teach spiritual care in multi-faith contexts to heal a hurting world.

To recommend future content or for questions/comments about current offerings, please contact Marc Medwed, Program Manager.

Recordings of past webinars are not currently available. Thank you for your patience. 


upcoming webinars

The Mystery of the supervisor conference

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Presenter: Dennis Kenny


Click here to Register. Registration Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2015

Our standards ask us to evaluate the individual supervision abilities of our supervisory students, to look at the ability to build learning alliances, help set goals, and evaluate students practice.

We are asked to have a group theory and talk about how we lead groups.  I have never heard a student asked what they do in supervisory conference, why they do it and what the end goal of it is. 

As in much of CPE we do what was once done unto us.  Better supervision I belief would be to connect our theories directly to the supervisory conference; deciding whether we will talk about verbatim, goals, peer and supervisory relationships or none of the above. 

Deciding that allows us to evaluate our supervisory students abilities more precisely, give more directed feedback and create training opportunities that improve this mysterious hour that students value so highly.

The Webinar will focus on the purpose of the conference, the impact of different educational theories on what is discussed in it and attempt to elevate the training for this valued time.  



Dennis Kenny


System Requirements: An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE), Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth


Supported Operating Systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8 /(Snow Leopard) or later; Windows XP with SP3 or later, Windows Vista with SP1, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 10

Supported Browsers: Windows: IE7+,  Firefox,  Chrome,  Safari5+, Opera12+; Mac: Safari5+,  Firefox,  Chrome



past Webinars




Date: October 23, 2015

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM EDT

Presenter: Lex Tartaglia and George Fitchett


Watch the webinar here. For more information on Transforming Chaplaincy .

Funded by two grants totaling $4.5M over four years from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from ACPE and the major professional chaplaincy organizations, the Transforming Chaplaincy: Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcomes project seeks to equip hospital chaplains to use research to guide, evaluate and advocate for the spiritual care they provide. One of the ways Transforming Chaplaincy plans to close the gap between hospital chaplains’ current limited research literacy and evidence-based care is through the provision of Curriculum Development Grants to 70 ACPE-accredited CPE residency programs. The grants are intended to support the incorporation of research literacy education in their curricula.


The webinar, co-led by Lex Tartaglia (Virginia Commonwealth University) and George Fitchett (Rush University Medical Center), will review the CPE Curriculum Development Grant application requirements, present several models for teaching research literacy in CPE residency programs, and allow time for questions from webinar participants.


George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC

Lex Tartaglia, DMin


Further information about the CPE Curriculum Development Grants and the Transforming Chaplaincy project is available on the project website ( and by contacting Kathryn Lyndes, PhD (312.942.0247).


Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET
Presenter: Dr. Judy Ragsdale

Watch the webinar here. Download the PowerPoint here

When one enters the Certification process as a Supervisory Education Student (SES), the journey is filled with opportunities for growth, reflection and transformation.  Attaining the status of Associate Supervisor is an achievement to be lauded and celebrated. Having a research-based theory to guide supervisors in their work with SESs could prove useful. This study is the third in a series of research studies conducted for the purpose of developing a theory for educating CPE supervisors.

Over the past 16 months, Dr. Judy Ragsdale, along with several ACPE supervisory colleagues Johnny Bush, Sheryl Lyndes Stowman, Rod Seeger and Chuck Orme-Rogers conducted a study that identified key behavioral outcomes of SES's that had a positive impact on their process of becoming certified as an Associate Supervisor.  Through interviews with twenty-eight ACPE Certification Commissioners and using the qualitative research methodology of grounded theory, the research team identified twelve key themes and developed descriptors for each one.

In this webinar, Dr. Ragsdale will highlight the key themes, explore the various descriptors and facilitate a conversation that will enable those engaged in the education of SESs to utilize the findings of the research as they further develop and refine the theories and methodologies currently in place. 


Judith R. Ragsdale, M.Div., Ph.D.
Director of Education and Research
Department of Pastoral Care
Assistant Professor
Division of General and Community Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center