Can You Hear Me NOW: Supervising Students in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter

A Two-Part ACPE Webinar Series


Racial tensions in the United States continue to rise! Surprising cell phone videos showcasing police brutality against minorities, specifically African Americans, surface at an alarming frequency. Many local governments have voted to remove Confederate flags and statues from historic parks and landmarks fueling White Nationalist rallies and demonstrations. Current political leaders often incite bigotry and hate through social media.

In 2013, Black Lives Matter (BLM), a new civil rights movement, originated in the African-American community. BLM campaigns against systemic racism toward black people, police killings of black people, and broader issues such as racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.

Today’s social and political climate creates a sensitive time in Clinical Pastoral Education for supervising students, particularly African Americans. ACPE Certified Educators can take specific steps when supervising diverse learning groups to create a safe educational environment which respects all persons’ voices and helps persons learn from each other.

Session One

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 12:00–1:00 PM Eastern
Topics Include:
•Highlight recent statistics of police brutality in the United States
•Feature pivotal police brutality incidents and the power of media
•Examine the creation of #BlackLivesMatter Movement

PowerPoint Presentation

Session Two

Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern

Topics Include:
•Facilitate understanding of H.E.A.R.T. (Hear, Empathize, Acknowledge, Reflection and Response, Thank you), a prophetic model of CPE supervision in an age of #BlackLivesMatter



Danielle J. Buhuro is an ACPE Certified Educator at Advocate South Suburban and Trinity Hospitals in Chicago. She is the author of Is There a Heaven for “G?”: A Pastoral Care Approach to Gang Violence (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017). She may be contacted at