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April 2020 Vol. 22 No. 3

An Important Message from APC During COVID-19:

Please click below to read important updates from the APC Office regarding the following news items and initiatives:
  • Services from APC office
  • COVID-19 Round-table discussion groups
  • Professional Community Support Groups
  • Complementary webinars/C.E.
  • APC Facebook Discussion Group
  • Chaplains4Chaplains volunteer enrollment
  • Tales from the Front - Stories from you!
  • Volunteer telechaplaincy initiative
Read the Joint letter from APC President and APC's CEO.

A Message from APC President...
by Joseph Perez MDiv BCC

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
As we continue to walk through this Covid-19 pandemic together, the uncomfortable feeling of fear (and its cousins - anxiety, nervousness and worry) is real to our human experience, as well as for our interdisciplinary colleagues. So, when fear (and cousins) comes, how do we as holistic people manage our lives? I’ve been dialoguing about this frequently where I serve. My hope is to support our health care professional team members and chaplains, as well as myself, to live into these days. I am amazed how holistic care, at its best, is reciprocal; and this valuable learning has been deepened from our current experience.
When a team member shares their fear with me, I begin by honoring the person and their feeling and affirming that fear is a reality for all of us. After this acknowledgement, we are free to converse about how fear motivates one’s actions; recognizing it is a source of energy which creates a response to the discomfort.... Read More




BCCI News & Updates


Spring 2020 interviews
To the eighty candidates who had their spring 2020 interview cancelled due to Covid-19 related travel bans and safety considerations, we have not forgotten you!
We are aware of the anxiety this delay has brought to some of you especially on top of everything else you might be dealing with in caring for your patients, families and staff.  Be assured, we do not take this lightly and are making every effort to reschedule as soon as possible...Read More


Know an Institution Needing Help with Spiritual Care?
Many of you received the email a few weeks ago inviting Institutions to sign up for spiritual care volunteers to help meet the needs of patients or staff, especially for centers whose staff are ill but also those who are simply overwhelmed by the needs of their communities. Over 1500 people from around the country - chaplains, educators, therapists, students, professors - have volunteered. We are only beginning to place people. Please let us know if we can help connect you with this talented and eager group. To make your needs known, please complete the online form. May we all be held in light and grace as we strive to make our way through this pandemic.

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CSU's Announces Upcoming Dates for "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" 

California State University in conjunction with Association of Professional Chaplains is now accepting registrations for a several cohorts for their course "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy".  The following start dates have been scheduled by CSU:
  • April 22, 2020 - Open
  • May 6, 2020 - Open
CSU accepets registration all the way up to the start of the class, however space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

APC would like to remind our members that they receive a 10% discount on their registration by using the promo code.  This code is restricted to members only and you must log-into the member page to receive it.

Visit the CSU Institute for Palliative Care page to learn more about this exciting course.

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APC extends our sympathy to the family and friends of members who have died. Memorials are listed on the website in alphabetical order by last name.

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