APCC 4EDIT1 The Association of Professional Conservative Chaplains, Inc.
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Anton Boisen - circa 1916

The Association of Professional Conservative Chaplains roots are found in the clinical ministry education initiatives of the 1920's by pioneers Anton T. Boisen (pictured) in Worcester, Massachusetts, William Keller in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Richard C. Cabot in Boston, Massachusetts. As more students sought these learning experiences three organizations emerged in the 1930's and 1940's to provide and promote clinical education as a challenging complement to classical academic theological education. The Council for Clinical Training of Theological Students was organized in 1930 in Boston, and after a few years some of the group located in New York City, formed the Council for Clinical Training (CCT). Those remaining became in 1937 the New England Theological Schools Committee on Clinical Training, reorganizing in 1944 as the Institute of Pastoral Care (IPC).

Interest and support grew as theological students and ministers enrolled in clinical training programs within hospitals and prisons. Chaplains whose theological education was enriched with psychological understanding supervised these programs. Students, engaged in actual clinical ministry, reported their experiences in case studies for discussion in small groups with peers, and with their supervisor. Didactic seminars with resource persons from the clinical setting expanded student learning.

Pastoral education organizations developed in the 1950's and 1960's as certified supervisors established new training centers. In these years of growth, cooperation and competition of CCT and IPC emerged. The Southern Baptist Denomination and the Lutheran Denomination also formed their own CPE organizations during this time. Representatives of all four organizations met for several years, culminating November 17, 1967 with the merger creating the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE).

This merger created nine regions. Regional functions included formation of governance structures, sharing with national committees for standards, accrediting new education centers, new supervisor certifications, promoting student enrollments, and developing seminary affiliations.

In the early 1990's another organization was formed calling itself the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). The organization claimed to be a split from the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Their clinical pastoral education supervisors gave themselves a new title as "Diplomates" instead of supervisors. Their clinical pastoral education training for the most part stayed the same. Certain words changed in this association such as calling clinical pastoral education, clinical pastoral training. Their values stayed the same as ACPE by accepting all faiths and religions into their program in teaching the craft of pastoral care and counseling. Both ACPE and CPSP requirements are identical in that it takes four units to apply for board certification. Each unit is to be 400 hours long involving case studies, didactics, supervision and field assignment.

In the early 2000 the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) took a united stand with ACPE in only accepting one unit of CPSP training towards professional board certification. Currently you need a minimum of 4 units to apply for professional board certification. CPSP has publicly proclaimed that the only reason why this occurred is because the ACPE wants to monopolize the market regarding clinical pastoral education training. As a result, CPSP decided to board certify its own members and those going through their Clinical Pastoral Education/Training program.

As the 2000's progressed another organization formed, the Association of Professional Conservative Chaplains. This organization claims to be a split from both the ACPE and CPSP. Its clinical pastoral education (CPE) supervisors have received their mentorship and training from both ACPE and CPSP organizations. The core curriculum for APCC clinical pastoral education/training is the same as both ACPE and CPSP. Each clinical unit requires 400 clinical hours and group sessions that include didactics, case studies, verbatims, inter-personal relationship sessions, supervision, and field placement are obligatory. The difference lies in the core foundational values that are taught within the clinical pastoral education process.

The Association of Professional Conservative chaplains is proud to represent clinical pastoral education from a conservative Christian perspective as the originators Mr. Boisen and Dr. Cabot intended. Clinical Pastoral Education was developed to aid and educate professional Christian clergy in working with people from different cultures, religions, and psycho-social backgrounds. It was never intended to negate the very core premise it was built on, Christianity. The action/reflection model of clinical pastoral education (CPE) is paramount for the transformational process of clinical pastoral education. This can only be done correctly as intended from its very inception in the late 19th century through the values of Christianity. APCC is proud to revive this lost core principal and incorporate it as foundational for the study of clinical pastoral education (CPE).

The Association of Professional Conservative Chaplains recognizes clinical pastoral education (CPE) units from both ACPE and CPSP for APCC board certification. APCC strives to be both an educator and promoter for the craft of pastoral care. We are non-competitive to any agency or association (APC, ACPE, NACC, NAJC, CPSP) that promotes and/ or encourages this specific and much needed craft, pastoral care.


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