Fall Greetings from the Executive Director…
"Timely information and a noted
During the past 18 months AAPC has passed through a creative
period of transition. In the coming weeks you will be updated on
how the changes will assist your work and vocation. Below is a
The programmatic work of the Association has been consolidated
into two divisions that appoint time limited task forces to carry
forth specified initiatives.
The Products and Services Division develops "resources" to
enhance members' capacity to address emerging needs. This includes
models of clinical practice and community engagement in partial
response to healthcare reform and integrated care.
The Membership Division, presently working with regions, is
identifying more than 50 "new" educational institutions that offer
graduate degrees in pastoral counseling and spiritually integrated
care. AAPC will actively engage the next generation of Pastoral
Our membership increasingly represents a breadth of work place
settings where spiritually integrated care is utilized: recovery
programs, healthcare for the homeless, hospice, emergency medicine,
employee assistance programs, collaborative and faith based
community initiatives etc.
AAPC and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary are exploring
the collaborative utilization of distance learning and virtual
classroom education for trainings, webinars etc.
The website is more dynamic and user friendly. It connects
members and inquirers through various social media. It is realizing
benefits and surprises.
Monthly meetings between Regional Chairs, Leadership Committees
and the Executive Director facilitate decision making and strategic
planning. The Fall Regional Meetings in 2012 and 2013 will continue
to highlight, through working models and tangible examples, the
fulfillment of AAPC's mission.
After thoughtful and intentional consideration, the
association's annual conference will not be held in 2013. We want
to creatively consider various "conference" options. How might we
envision this? You will be asked to play a part. A survey is being
developed to assess what will best equip the Association and its
members to serve our clients, communities, students and
This decision provides additional time for creativity and
planning to focus on AAPC's 50th Anniversary conference,
2014, in St. Louis.
GIVE AN HOUR for the Troops
Four major mental health associations in the United States,
American Association of Pastoral Counselors, American Psychiatric
Association, American Psychological Association, and National
Association of Social Workers, announced their support of"Give an
Hour,"a non-profit organization providing free mental health
counseling to returning troops and their families. It is
unprecedented that these organizations have come together in
support of a single cause, underlining the importance of the
services that these professionals believe"Give an Hour"is providing
and recognizing the urgency of getting help to the brave men and
women who have served our country.
This partnership will allow"Give an Hour"to reach 400,000 mental
health professionals with a call to action to join their