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Association for Clinical Pastoral Education to End Practice Which Places Students at Risk

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education seeking Re-Recognition by the Department Of Education counseled to cease & desist a practice which "has frequently created problems and put students at risk"

Department of Education evaluator, Ms. Jones, who recently attended meetings with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education directs ACPE to end a practice which "has frequently created problems and put students at risk." The issue, as outlined in the December 2006 edition of the ACPE North Central Region News, is as follows:

There have been many occasions when ACPE supervisors, despite having clear guidelines in the Accreditation Manual and duly designated colleagues with whom to consult about accreditation processes, have initiated units in satellite or component sites that have not been assessed and approved by those charged with that task. Colleagues on accreditation committees have felt themselves held hostage there after by appeal to students' welfare. ("If you don't give us retroactive provisional approval, our students won't get credit for their unit!")

Ms. Jones pointed out that "the greatest disservice to ACPE students was the continuation of a unit in an unevaluated site."

The DOE evaluators unequivocal counsel was that "such situations should receive a cease and desist order rather than accommodation."

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TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF CPSP

AND TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE CLINICAL PASTORAL COMMUNITY

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