What are the Certification Committee’s Objectives in Meeting an Applicant?
In the Consultation on Readiness
This is a consultation intended to aid the supervisor of an accredited supervisory education program and an applicant to that program to assess readiness for supervisory CPE. The consultation does not involve a voting committee assessing competencies. All members of a consultation group receive the same material and thus, a “Presenters Report” (though not required by the Certification Manual), should be brief of 3-4 pages. The consultation will focus on completion of Level II competencies through a discussion with the applicant. The consultation group will note any gaps of formal requirements 401 – 401.6. The consultation is a one hour meeting with the applicant.
The consultation group assesses readiness based on the following:
- Completion of Level II Outcomes (312)
- Does the applicant know their life and religious tradition to understand how it informs their clinical work and may be likely to inform their supervisory training?
- Does the applicant articulate an understanding of the pastoral role that is congruent with their values, basic assumptions, and personhood?
- Does the applicant evidence ability to provide culturally competent pastoral care?
- Can the applicant demonstrate a range of pastoral skills: listening, empathy, conflict, and religious/spiritual resources?
- Can the applicant assess strengths and needs of those being served using behavioral sciences and grounded in theology?
- Can the applicant evidence ability in the management and administration of spiritual care?
- Is the applicant able to show competent use of self in ministry: emotional availability, self-disclosure, and use of power, non-anxious presence, and clear boundaries?
- Has the applicant developed proficiency in the use of the clinical method?
- Does the applicant evidence the capacity for self-supervision though realistic assessment of one’s pastoral functioning?
- Does the applicant demonstrate supervisory potential/aptitude to teach?
- What are the strengths and areas of growth as a potential supervisor?
- Have the applicant and the supervisor developed a plan for applicants’ development as a CPE Supervisor?
- Does the applicant evidence the ability to develop a relationship with a training supervisor and growing on the dependant – consultation- independent- interdependent continuum?
In the appearance for Supervisory Candidate (Certification is temporary, expiring in two years; extension may be granted for up to two years. Certification status is limited to six years from the date of certification as Candidate. Certification Manual, Part II, 4.C., p. 17.)
The appearance for Supervisory Candidate is the ACPE preliminary step toward certification. During an appearance for candidacy, the supervisory student is responsible to demonstrate the development of their personal and pastoral identity as it encompasses the work of pastoral supervision, in both individual and group work. The focus of the review is identified on p. 15 of the Certification Manual. The Presenter’s Report at this level should fall between 4 – 6 pages. The length of the committee appearance is 1 ½ hours.
The Regional Certification Committee is evaluating the following:
- Can the supervisory student articulate a theological/spiritual understanding of life from within their religious/cultural tradition?
- Does the supervisory student grasp their personal history and understand their strengths and weaknesses as a spiritual leader and pastoral educator out of that history?
- What is the supervisory student’s theology of pastoral care and does the clinical presentation indicate the potential to teach pastoral care skills to others? Appendix 3, p. 44, Certification Manual.
- Can the supervisory student articulate a clear understanding of potential strengths and weaknesses as a pastoral educator?
The ACPE expects a supervisory student at the Supervisory Candidate level to demonstrate, both in written material and though discussion with the certification committee the following abilities and qualities.
- Personal integrity and pastoral identity
- Emotional and spiritual maturity
- Ability to form meaningful supervisory relationships
- Familiarity with diverse conceptual frameworks in theology, behavioral, and social sciences as they relate to pastoral functioning
- Integrates knowledge, skill, theory and practice to the end that one functions creatively, flexibly and imaginatively in spiritual care.
- An Understanding of CPE supervision that is congruent with ACPE Standards.
- The ability to recognize and work within the frame of their personal and professional strengths/weaknesses and articulate an understanding of how these factors influence supervision.
Extension of Candidacy Appearance
In an appearance for Extension of Candidacy (Certification is temporary, expiring in two years; extension may be granted for up to two years. Certification is limited to six years from the date of certification as a Candidate. Certification Manual, Part II, 4.C., p. 17.)
The appearance for Extension of Candidacy is one hour.
The Regional Certification Committee may grant an extension of supervisory candidacy based on the candidate’s demonstration of:
1. Ability to continue to meet the requirements of Candidacy.
- Progress toward Certification as an Associate Supervisor through a full account of Recommendations from previous appearances before certification committees are being addressed. (Certification Manual, p. 17)
- Ability to discuss with the committee, work and development that demonstrates progress toward certification; a statement of the status and development of theory position papers.
- Ability to describe and discuss how the candidate’s learning theory informs the supervisory practice as presented in the required supervisory vignettes.
In the appearance for Extension of Associate Supervisor (Associate Supervisor certification is granted by a sub-committee of the Certification Commission for two years. Extension of Associate status may be renewed by the Regional Committee. Associate Supervisors not certified as ACPE Supervisor within six years revert to candidacy status. Certification Manual, Part II, 4.F)
The appearance for Extension of Associate Supervisor is one hour.
The Regional Certification Committee may grant an extension of Associate Supervisor Candidacy based on the Associate Supervisor’s demonstration of the following:
1. Ability to continue to meet the requirements of Associate Supervisor.
- Ability to describe and discuss of how notations and or recommendations received in previous regional and Certification Commission appearances have been addressed.
- Ability to discuss with the committee, work and progress toward certification as CPE Supervisor.