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February 2019 Vol. 21 No. 1

A Message from the APC President...
by APC President Ronald C. Oliver PhD MBA BCC

The following article was published in the ACPE News on February 4, 2019 and in it important context and insight regarding the status of professional chaplaincy are provided by APC President Ronald C. Oliver PhD MBA BCC. APC appreciates our colleagueship with ACPE and thanks ACPE for allowing the use of article.
"Asking the Right Questions" by Amy Greene, Board Chair, ACPE

One of the things I learned in my brief career as a journalist was that the key to getting the right information was….wait for it….asking the right questions. How many times do we find that true in our spiritual care, or education, or anything else we endeavor to accomplish with some purpose?

In my role as ACPE Board Chair, one of its greatest privileges is working alongside leaders of our spiritual care strategic partners (APCCASC[/ACCS], NACC, NAJC). So, based on a stimulating conversation with the President of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), Rev. Ron Oliver, I thought it might be helpful...Read More 


APC Call for Board Nominations

Serving in leadership is one of the most important ways for members to contribute to and shape the work and mission of APC. As a member of APC you are encouraged to consider and submit qualified Nominations for the APC Board of Directors, including self-nominations.  Only current Board Certified Chaplains may be considered for these important positions. 
Each member has gifts and talents that can contribute to the ongoing success of APC. In exchange for your time and support, you will gain a deeper appreciation for all the work that APC does on behalf of the profession of chaplaincy, and...Read More


2019 APC Conference Plenary Speaker Line-Up
by Robert A. Kidd BCC, Chair, Plenary Speaker Sub-Committee
The theme for this year’s Annual Conference of the Association of Professional Chaplains is an event planner’s dream:  “Outside the Lines: Expanding Boundaries in Client Care, Self-Care, Institutional Care and Community Care.“  Such a gloriously expansive theme lets presenters go pretty much anywhere as long as it’s innovative.  It was with that spirit of excitement and possibility that your Plenary Speaker Selection Committee did its work this year.  And do we have a line up for you!...Read More

APC Expands Professional Advocacy with Legislative Tracker

APC continuously works to meet our members needs and our latest development was based off the feedback we received from the 2017 APC Membership Satisfaction Survey.  Many of the responses to the survey indicated that our members and certified chaplains are looking for resources to help them advocate for the profession of chaplaincy and those in their care.  While previously APC had many of these resources available, it became clear from the survey responses that many of these resources needed updating and, in some instances, new resources needed to be brought online...Read More

Policy Regarding Accepted CPE for Certification 

In August of 2018 the APC Board of Directors in conjunction with the BCCI Commission on Certification approved the following policy regarding acceptable Clinical Pastoral Education needed for applicants for Board Certification.  This policy is a clarification and does not change the associations policy for CPE but rather outlines and codifies it.  It is the aim of APC/BCCI to require our candidates for certification to have received quality, uniform Clinical Pastoral Education from institutions that are approved by the Code of Federal Regulations in order to ensure our candidates meet the highest standards for the profession and to place their education on par with their colleagues...
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Spiritual Psychology and the Hospice Death Journey: The Chaplain's Challenge
by Tom McQueen MDiv

It takes a special person to embrace the vocation of a hospice chaplain. Experiencing the deep-seated joy of uniting a couple in marriage, baptizing a newborn infant, or partying at a church festival isn’t a routine occurrence for those whose everyday ministry manages the reality of death and grief.

But ask the most competent, committed, and compassionate chaplains and they will tell you that they wouldn’t trade their calling in life for anything else in the world...Read More


The Professional Chaplain as Spiritwright
by Mark LaRocca-Pitts PhD BCC


Beginning with the early pioneers in healthcare chaplaincy, as exemplified by Anton Boisen and Richard Cabot, and continuing into our current profession, as exemplified by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) and the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), a philosophical as well as a pedagogical difference has existed between the doer of chaplaincy care and the doing of chaplaincy care (Thornton, 1970). A friend and colleague Tom Mozley, a retired ACPE supervisor, defined this divide so articulately...Read More 

My Journey to Board Certification: Blessing, Challenge, and Conundrum
by Puanani Lalakea BCC

The journey to becoming a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) is daunting. I admit that, initially, I was reluctant to follow the BCC route. I do not believe the letters after one’s name are necessarily an indication of competency or success. Thus, I questioned the need to jump through someone else’s labor intensive hoops in order to “prove” what I already knew; namely, that I am a chaplain.  In the end, however, I decided I would pursue board certification because, as a hospital chaplain, I work in a world where letters after one’s name are an important indication of the level of education and training one has received.  The BCC designation provides...Read More 


2018 Chaplain Compensation Survey - Free to APC Members

APC Members are invited to access the NEW 2018 Chaplain Compensation Custom Survey Report.  This Report is free to APC members and those institutions that participated in the survey. Mermbers can access this study by logging into their APC Member profile and selecting Resources from the top banner and then "Survey Results" from the menue on the right hand side.
Non-members can purchase a copy of the report in the APC Store.

2018 National Consensus Project: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

Many people living with a serious illness who are receiving treatment for their condition, whether heart failure, lung disease, cancer or another illness, don’t have access to palliative care, which can make all the difference in how they feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to this care, which provides relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness; improves quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family; and is provided concurrent with disease-focused treatments...Read More

CSU's January 2019 Cohort for "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" Closing Soon...

California State University in conjunction with Association of Professional Chaplains is now accepting registrations for a new cohort for their course "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" beginning February 20, 2019.  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.

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference February 2019:

Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo
Jason Micheli  (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2016, 226 pages, hardcover, ebook)

Crafting Secular Ritual: A Practical Guide
Jeltje Gordon-Lennox (London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017, 175 pages, softcover, Ebook)

With the End in Mind:  Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
Kathryn Mannix (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2018, 324 pages, hard cover, soft cover, Ebook)

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