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February 2020 Vol. 22 No. 2

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

APC's CEO Pat Appelhans, President-elect Jon Overvold, and I attended the 2020 COMISS Forum in January (The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings).  In this meeting we were able to network with a broader group of spiritual care professional organizations.  For example, I became aware of the Circle Sanctuary endorsing group.  Also, on this trip we were able to meet Chaplain Major General (USAF) Steven Schaick in the Pentagon.  Ron, our past president, and I met Chaplain Schaick in August last year, in which he shared about his goals of deepening the professionalization of the USAF chaplain corp.  After the August meeting, APC wanted to follow up on some resources to assist him in completing this goal.  We all found a deep appreciation for Chaplain Schaick and his leadership for the Air Force and new Space Force... Read More




Strategic Partners Issue Progress Report 3

Discussion Update:
Below are some brief updates on the progress of our discussions to date:

  • The Strategic Partners negotiation committee held our third meeting on January 31, 2020 by conference call.  The meeting lasted over 3 hours.
  • The meeting was positive, productive, and reflective of our shared values and complementary strengths.

View the Progress Report

20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care - Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!

Early Bird Registration ends February 14, 2020.  Register today for best rates and options.

Exhibitors, Advertisers, Sponsors - The Joint Conference is now taking applications for Sponsors, Exhibitors and Advertisers.  Learn more about these and other options HERE.


APC Call for Award Nominations

APC is excited to announce our refreshed APC Awards Nomination process.  New for 2020, APC has streamlined the nominations process for all APC Leadership Awards except the Oskar Pfister Award.

This shorter process is designed to increase efficiency in the nomination AND selection process.  Because the 20/20 Vision Conference is in May 2020, the deadline for award submissions has been moved to the end of March 2020.

APC recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of pastoral care through our Annual Leadership Awards. From administrators who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the development of chaplaincy care programs to chaplains who provide chaplaincy care in an exemplary manner, we celebrate the gifts and contributions of those who promote professional chaplaincy....Read More


Now Avalible: Updates to the Palliative Care & Hospice Advanced Certification

APC/BCCI has posted new updates to the Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification process and procedures. 

If you are considering this advanced certification, please be advised that written applications may be submitted at any time.

Those interested in pursuing the Action/Reflection track need to submit their applications to the APC office for the following dates/deadlines.
  • June 19-20, 2020 Action/Reflection Workshop in Milwaukee, WI - APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2020
  • September 11-12, 2020 Action/Reflection Workshop in Hoffman Estates, IL - APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 12, 2020
If you are interested in the advanced certification, you may also regularly check the website for new information to be published.


APC's Quality and Research Committee Issues Open Letter on Chaplains Access to Patient's Health Record

The APC Quality and Research Committee has drafted an open letter that outlines and supports the value in chaplains having access to a patient's health record.

To access a PDF version of this letter, click HERE.


50th Anniversary of Certification Interviews
by William John Kouth, RBC, ACPE Supervisor Emeritus

In 1970, I became a Fellow in the College of Chaplains, a personal membership division of the American Protestant Hospital Association (APHA). At that time the College, on a trial basis, initiated personal interviews as a part of the certification process.  Prior to this, certification was by paper review. The personal interviews were successful and became a standard requirement for certification.

I was one of the first to be certified under this process. The Bulletin of the American Protestant Hospital Association (APHA) reported on this new process and featured a photo of my certification interview at Methodist Hospital of Indiana (MHI) in Indianapolis...Read More 


NACC Seeks Articles on Organ Donation

The March-April issue of Vision, the NACC newsletter, will cover the topic of organ donation, and it is soliciting articles from members with experience in this area. They particularly would like to address working with organ donation companies; conflict within a family; ministry to living donors of kidneys; and cultural perspectives of non-Christian faiths. If you can address those topics or have another idea for an article, please write to Vision editor David Lewellen,

The copy deadline ends soon.

Chaplain Learning & Networking Luncheon at AAHPM Annual Assembly - San Diego, CA - March 18, 2020

All are invited to attend a Palliative Care & Hospice Chaplain Convening at the AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine) Annual Assembly. The program includes a presentation, "Taking the Lead in Difficult Conversations" by Rev. Katy Hyman, MDiv, BCC, VitalTalk Faculty & Program Coordinator for Palliative Care at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center, Long Beach, CA.  There will also be a discussion, "Nurturing the Future of Palliative Care & Hospice Chaplaincy" led by Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum, BCC, ACPE, Sojourns Scholar, UC San Diego Health.  This gathering is made possible through the generosity of the Cambia Health Foundation, UC San Diego Health Doris A. Howell Palliative Care and Transforming Chaplaincy.  For more information contact


APC is a Supporting Partner for the State of Science in Hospice and Palliative Care Research Symposium

Learn More and Register Here



Impact of Professional Spiritual Care

APC, along with our Strategic Partners, have published the digital book “The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care.”  This resource was designed to help chaplains inform colleagues, supervisors, potential employers and others about professional chaplaincy.   Since its publication, APC has received great feedback from our members who are successfully using the PDF/Flipbook as a resource to teach others about professional spiritual care and the impact it has for care recipients as well as institutions.

Inside “The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care” readers will find 4 sections that pertain to understanding professional chaplaincy, including: Demystifying Spiritual Care; Professional Chaplains Qualifications and Competencies; Professional Chaplains Standards of Practice; and The Evidence for Spiritual Care.  Each of these sections includes background, research and data on the benefits of spiritual care and the impact that professional chaplains bring to their institutions...Read More


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:
  • February 19, 2020 - Open
  • March 18, 2020 - Open
  • 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.


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...Learn More


GWish Art of Presence 
15th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
July 23-29, 2020
Assisi, Italy

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Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference February 2020:

Addiction and Pastoral Care
Sonia E. Waters (Grand Rapids, Michigan:  William B. Eerdmans, 2019, 226 pages, softcover)

Einstein and the Rabbi:  Searching for the Soul
Naomi Levy (New York:  Flatiron Books, 2017, 338 pages, hardcover, softcover, Ebook, Audiobook, Audio CD)

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