ACPE (Ireland) Ltd was delighted to ratify and present Dr Daniel Nuzum with his formal certificate of CPE Teaching Supervisor at its business meeting in Dublin today. The certificate was jointly presented by Ms Catherine Keenan (Chairperson of interview and assessment panel) and the Rev’d Bruce Pierce (Chairperson ACPE Ireland)
Bruce in congratulating Daniel acknowledged the depth and intensity of this training process and paid tribute to his commitment to pastoral education and research within the Health Service. Daniel expressed his gratitude to his supervisors at University Hospital Kerry, Northridge House and Cork University Hospital.
Delighted to share that the New Zealand Association for CPE and ACPE(Ireland) have formally embanked on a journey of mutual recognition of professional training and education. A wonderful first. Our banner picture on our Facebook page which has received considerable interest is of Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand
Northridge House Education and Research Centre, at Saint Luke’s Charity, Cork, hosted a celebration for the completion of its recent Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Programme on Wednesday 5th April.
Six students, from Cavan, Wicklow, Dublin, Kerry, Wexford and Cork, completed the 12 week programme. The programme was accredited by AICAB on St. Valentine’s Day – an internationally based process in tandem with a number of Irish professional bodies. The Centre was delighted to welcome Ms Pauline O’Dowd as Supervisor in Training.
The certificates were presented by Dr Paul Colton, Chairman of the Board of Directors of St Luke’s Charity, Cork. The Charity has supported CPE as part of its Outreach Programme for the last 9 years. Also in attendance were David O’Brien (CEO of St Luke’s Charity), staff of St Luke’s Home, course mentors and family members. Northridge House was delighted also to welcome Mr JA McNamara CEO of Cork University Hospital Group; the Centres at Cork University Hospital and Northridge House work closely together in training students for pastoral ministry.
At the CPE graduation were (l-r): David O’Brien (CEO St. Luke’s Charity and St Luke’s Home) , Bruce Pierce (Programme Director), Pauline O’Dowd (Supervisor in Training), Gabriel Kelly, Dr Paul Colton, Alex Morahan, David Bowles, Ruth Elmes, Richard Dowling, John Tanner, JA McNamara (CEO, Cork University Hospital Group)
Delighted to welcome Rev Kraig Beardemphl ( Supevisor at PIH Health, Whittier, California) to Northridge House CPE Centre. Kraig is currently visiting Ireland and getting a perspective of CPE within an Irish context. As a professional body we continue to develop enriching relationships with our fellow CPE international associations
The people who provide spiritual guidance and counselling in Saskatchewan hospitals will soon be forced to look for employment elsewhere after the program fell victim to the provincial government’s sweeping budget cuts.
“They are saving $1.5 million in salaries and costs associated with this, but I mean, odds are it’s going to come back and cost many times that in terms of impact on the system,” said Philip Weaver, president of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care.
“Studies have shown that spiritual care actually ends up saving money to the system rather than costing money to the system. So people who end up receiving spiritual care during their hospitalization generally have a shorter length of stay, fewer infections post surgery and shorter costs associated with their end of life process.”
Currently, there is no timeline on the government’s decision to pull funding from the program.
Calling it a “short sighted attempt to save money,” Weaver noted Saskatchewan will be the only province in Canada that doesn’t provide this service to its patients and employees. He said the Fraser Health Authority in B.C., which removed funding from its chaplaincy program in acute care facilities late in 2009, has decided to reinstitute the program.
Weaver said chaplains are there to help anyone who needs it, regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs. He noted it’s not about dealing with physical injuries but helping understand and deal with emotional trauma and new situations, such as coming to terms with losing the ability to walk or putting a child up for adoption.
The Conference will take place on April 24th and 25th and will take place at Finnstown Castle Hotel, Lucan, Co.Dublin and our theme for the Conference this year is The Practice of Surrender in the Conscious Dying Process-A Path of Learning to radically let go. Our speaker for Monday is Francis Bennett whom some of you are no doubt already familiar with. Francis Bennett, a former Trappist monk and Hospital and Hospice Chaplain will explore and reflect on the path of surrender as the primary practice for our every day life. He has been offering spiritual direction and workshops in America and in Europe over many years and we are most fortunate and privileged to have a speaker of his caliber with us this year.
The three CPE Centers in Dublin and the Centre at Cork University Hospital have been accredited by the Healthcare Chaplaincy Board (HCB) with their remit of accrediting the original CPE Centres. The more recently established Centres in Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland and at Northridge House , St Luke’s Home Cork have just been accredited by the recently formed All Ireland CPE Accreditation Board (AICAB). The Director at the Centre in Ballyclare is Sr Mary Jo Cocoran and the Centre is supported by the Northern Ireland Healthcare Chaplaincy Association and Northern Ireland Department of Health. The Director at Northridge House is Rev Bruce Pierce and the Centre is supported as part of the outreach programme of St Luke’s Home, Cork.
The AICAB consisted of representatives of the following bodies – National Association of Healthcare Chaplains, ACPE(Ireland) Ltd, Chaplaincy Accreditation Board and the Northern Ireland Healthcare Chaplains Association. Fr Brian Gough is Chairperson of AICAB with the remit to accredit the CPE Programmes at the designated Centers. AICAB also involves an overseas CPE Supervisor to enhance objectivity and best international practice. On the February accreditation site visits to Ballyclare and Northridge House Rev. Dr. Neil Elford was part of the team. Dr Elford is a member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and part of the CASC Centre Accreditation Committee. Currently he is Director for Spiritual Health Mission & Ethics at Providence Care & Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.