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APC Attends Annual NAJC Conference

by APCTM President Kimberly Murman MDiv MBA BCC
APC™ Forum, February 2017, Vol. 19 No. 1

In mid-January, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with our NAJC cognate brothers and sisters as they gathered in Cincinnati, OH for their annual conference “Changing Times: Paradigm Shift in Spiritual Care”.
 
APC
TM CEO Pat Appelhans and I attended the conference as part of our continued collaboration with our cognate partners. About 100 members of NAJC attended the conference which allowed for significant conversation among attendees and the plenary speakers and panels.
 
The plenary sessions were insightful, full of healthy dialogue. Most of the plenary sessions looked at the changing roles in chaplaincy and the inherent challenges and opportunities and hearing more deeply the stories we are entrusted in our client relationships. I was able to take away a lot of information and thought provoking questions.
 
The second plenary panel consisted of the Presidents of ACPE, 
APCTM, CASC, NACC and NAJC. Our dialogue centered on the strengths, challenges and opportunities of our discipline. The majority of our plenary time was discussion with the assembled chaplains who asked cogent and difficult questions. They also seized the opportunity to discuss their views on the importance of the cognate groups working together in 2017 with the challenges the discipline faces.
 
A personal pleasure for me was to meet some of our dual APCTM
-NAJC members. There were certification interviews prior to the opening of the conference so we attended the dinner which included the ceremonial awarding of BCC certificates. One of our own APCTM members received her BCC certificate from NAJC in a very moving ceremony.
 
I appreciated the invitation and hospitality extended during our stay and the important connections and networking that occurred.
 

 
Kimberly Murman, MDiv, MBA, BCC is the Sr. Manager of Spiritual Care/ACPE for Banner Desert and Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ. She serves as president of APC™ and may be contacted at kimberly.murman.bcc@gmail.com 

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