It is with great joy that I write to you from our new professional home.AAPC and ACPE members voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining together through consolidation. Voter turn-out broke records for each group with over 50% participation. The high turnout and strong approval rates exhibit that we are united by a shared vision of new life with ACPE. It also demonstrates ACPE’s excitement to welcome us as fellow members and colleagues. It is a momentous time for AAPC and for the broader spiritual care and counseling movement.
AAPC Ballot Measure:
Turnout: 563 (61.4%) of 917 electors voted in this ballot.
Approve: 525 (94.9%)
Not Approve: 28 (5.1%)
Abstain: 10 (1.8%)
ACPE Referendum:
Turnout: 675 (51.7%) of 1306 electors voted in this ballot.
Yes: 585 (88.9%)
No: 73 (11.1%)
Abstain: 17 (2.5%)
The ACPE Board of Directors met yesterday to ratify the referendum results and officially invite us to join them. They also appointed a transition team of ACPE members and former AAPC members, established a Psychotherapy Commission, and endorsed a proposal for entry to the ACPE Certification process for former AAPC members in good standing.

While I grieve AAPC’s pending dissolution, I am excited by the possibilities we will now have as members of ACPE. For the last few years, we faced an uncertain future but now, together, our future is bright.

By the end of the month, you will receive an invitation to apply for ACPE membership. I encourage you to join with me and our new ACPE colleagues to build a united, diverse, and vibrant association.

Below is the timeline for the AAPC dissolution and consolidation with ACPE.

Dissolution/Consolidation Timeline:

  • All AAPC operations continue through the official vote and ACPE Board meetings (Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:00pm)
  • February 25, 2019 – ACPE sends out “confirmation” email to all AAPC members that verifies membership, contact information, and intent to join ACPE
  • By March 1, 2019 – All AAPC data transferred to ACPE; Official notice of AAPC dissolution sent to State of Missouri with transfer plan (including details regarding the vote of the directors and members on the issue of dissolution)
  • March 4, 11, 18 2019 – Reminder emails to AAPC members to sign-up with ACPE
  • March 25, 2019 – “Final notice” (though people are welcome to join later; the final numbers will be used to modify ACPE budget for the remainder of 2019)
  • March 25, 2019 – Ending contract notice sent to AAPC database company (YM); Termination agreement with RMK management company confirmed effective date June 30, 2019.
  • April 1, 2019 – Welcome to all “new” ACPE members; AAPC members invited to join Communities of Practice; Draft revised budget to ACPE finance committee; All AAPC assets transferred to ACPE; When the transfer is complete, the AAPC board of directors notifies Missouri Attorney General a list showing those, other than creditors, to whom the assets were transferred, including the address of ACPE and what assets ACPE received; ACPE continues current membership billing of AAPC members
  • May 7, 2019 – ACPE Board reviews/approves revised budget; Foundation approves MAP plan (including representation from AAPC) and incorporation of MAP funds in ACPE Endowment; AAPC formally welcomed to ACPE as ACPE Psychotherapists and friends
  • June 30, 2019 – close financial books on AAPC fiscal year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)
  • November 2019 – final IRS 990 will be filed for AAPC as a separate organization.
Meanwhile you can still send your questions to info@aapc.org.

Thank you for your trust and support these past few years that you placed in our board. I also want to thank you for your courage to make this tremendous leap of faith and for your dedication to AAPC, an association that we have loved and called home. Now I look forward to our continued collaboration in our new home at ACPE.

In the words of Dag Hammarskjold, “For all that has been — thanks. For all that will be – yes.”


Tere Tyner Canzoneri, M.Div, LCSW
AAPC President

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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ACPE is the premier, DOE-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting. We do this through a rigorous accreditation and certification process for centers and educators that provide CPE. The depth of our training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves.

Welcome to the Eastern Region
of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors

Organized in 1963 to ensure standards for the practice of pastoral counseling, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors is an international, interfaith organization of professional pastoral counselors, parish clergy and other mental health professionals. We seek to advance understanding of the mind-spirit connection. AAPC members are at the forefront of practicing the interface between spirituality and emotional well-being. For more information about the mission and goals, Bylaws, publications and articles or referral to a counselor in the AAPC, please go to: AAPC.org

Members of the region practice in New York, New Jersey, and the Canadian Province of Ontario.

What is Pastoral Counseling?

Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. It is provided by individuals who are not only mental health professionals but persons who have had in-depth religious and/or theological training. Most pastoral counselors are ordained clergy or persons otherwise endorsed by a religious faith group.

Please note the new mailing address for Association business.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
C/o RMK Productions
200 Little Falls St., Ste. 205
Falls Church, VA 22046

Telephone: 703-385-6967

For questions, contact the Eastern Region Administrator, AAPCEast@gmail.com

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