Mutual Agreemenbt between ACPE(Ireland) and CASC


ACPE (Ireland) Ltd together with CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care) formally signed an Agreement of Reciprocity at the recent Annual CASC Conference at Deerhurst Resort, Ontario on 25th April. President of CASC Rev Elaine Nagy and Chairperson of ACPE(Ireland) Rev Bruce Pierce signed this innovative agreement on behalf of their respective bodies. The agreement acknowledges the full mutual recognition of CPE Programmes and CPE Supervisory status. The journey to this important event took four years and it was celebrated with delight by both bodies. Gratitude is due Rev Dr Neil Elford and Kim Bustard (CASC) together with Aileen Walsh and Rev Pierce ACPE (Ireland)


ACPE(Ireland) joins a number of American professional bodies holding similar relationship with CASC and this was acknowledged in the presence of the Chairpersons of the following bodies: Elaine Nagy (CASC), Ron Oliver (Association of Professional Chaplains), Sandra Katz (Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains), Mary T O’Neill (National Association of Catholic Chaplains) as well as Clare Bamberg (AAPC) and Bruce Pierce (ACPE Ireland)


‘An introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education for Healthcare ‘ at UCC


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‘An introduction to clinical Pastoral Education for Healthcare Professionals’ is a new CPD offering designed by ACPE (Ireland) Ltd and run in conjunction with the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork and the Department of Clinical Pastoral Education at Cork University Hospital. This 10 week module draws on the principles of adult transformative learning and is designed to introduce multidisciplinary healthcare professionals to spiritual care, communication, self-awareness, reflective practice and self-care.

The first group of participants completed the fully-subscribed course on 28 March and included the disciples of nursing, midwifery, medicine and social care. The programme was delivered by CPE supervisors Dr Daniel Nuzum and the Rev’d Bruce Pierce and was awarded 30 CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and 30 CUE points from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Registration for the next programme will be opening soon. Further information is available from the Centre for Continuing Professional Development at UCC

Graduation Ceremony Northridge House, Cork 21st March

Northridge House Education and Research Centre hosted a Ceremony of Presenting CPE Certificates on Wednesday 21st March following its Annual Programme. Six students completed the programme and travelled widely from Dublin, Waterford, Kerry and Cork. In the unavoidable absence of the President of St Luke’s Charity, Dr Paul Colton (Bishop of Cork Cloyne and Ross) the CEO of the Charity Mr David O’Brien together with CEO of Cork University Hospital Mr Tony McNamara presented the Certificates.
Those in attendance included family members of the students, mentors from placement sites,lecturers and staff from St. Luke’s Home.

Gratitude was expressed by the Supervisor Revd. Bruce Pierce for the on-going support of the Charity to the programme which is viewed as part of the Outreach Programme. Mr O’Brien celebrated the on-going relationship with Cork University Hospital as exemplified by the presence of the CEO Mr McNamara, chaplains and CPE Supervisor Rev. Dr. Daniel Nuzum. Mr Namara closed the ceremony with an inspiring message of the centrality of Hope within the Healthcare Settinga


Rev. Bruce Pierce (Supervisor), Rev Terry Lilburn (Dublin), Fr. Dick Dowling (Cork)
Rev. Cathy Hallissey (Dublin), Rev. Dr. Christine O’Dowd Smyth (Waterford) , Emer O’Leary (Cork), Liz Counihan (Cork)

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Students with their mentors, lecturers, staff of St. Luke’s Home , CEO David O’Brien and CEO (CUH) MR Tony McNamara

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CEO David O’Brien, St. Luke’s Charity Cork

Change in Evaluation Process for CPE Programme Students

ACPE(Ireland ) Ltd has been reflecting on how to accurately reflect students’ progress towards their goals and professional development during their programmes of CPE.
Following international practice ACPE(Ireland) Ltd supervisors will be using from 2018 for a pilot year an Outcomes Based Evaluation Form which has been recently introduced within Canada. Through our excellent working relationship with Canadian Association Spiritual Care (CASC) we will be introducing, with CASC’s support, the new methodology from January 2018

New Contacts for HCB

Healthcare Chaplaincy Board

Sr. Pat O’Donovan,
Council for Healthcare,
Irish Bishops Conference,
Co. Kildare
W23 P6D3
phone 015053165 Mobile 0877957946 E-mail