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bMS 542

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Northeast Region. Records, 1926-2013: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 542
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Northeast Region.
Title: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Northeast Region. Records, 1926-2012.
Date(s): 1926-2012
Quantity: 15 linear feet (15 boxes)
Abstract: This collection contains the records of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Northeast Region and related organizations. The records span 1926-2012.

Acquisition Information:

Records were donated by the Northeast Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in several installments.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Jessica Suarez in 2007.

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 688, the papers of Austin Philip Guiles; bMS 690, the papers of John Billinsky; and bMS 694, the papers of John I. Smith. There is an extensive collection of the records of the ACPE in the Pitts Theology Library in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Biographical / Historical

The clinical pastoral education movement (CPE) started in the mid-1920s when the Rev. Anton T. Boisen, a Presbyterian minister and former mental patient, became the hospital chaplain at the Worcester State Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. Boisen believed that certain types of schizophrenia could be understood as attempts to solve problems of the soul, and he felt called to "break down the dividing wall between religion and medicine." He believed it was important to give theological students hands-on training within a hospital setting to learn how to minister to patients who were experiencing a crisis in their lives. He developed a method of training that became known as the case study method, and this remains the standard method employed in CPE training. The first clinical pastoral education program was created at Worcester State Hospital, where Boisen was employed as chaplain, with the support of Richard Cabot, MD, a medical reformer with an interest in clinical and humanistic ethics. The program led to the formations of the Council of Clinical Training for Theological Students (1938), under the direction of Boisen and Helen Dunbar Flanders, a former student of Boisen's; and the Institute of Pastoral Care (1944) under the leadership of Cabot, Austin Philip Guiles, and Russell Dicks.
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) was formed in 1967 through the merging of the Institute of Pastoral Care, Council of Clinical Training (formerly known as the Council for Clinical Training of Theological Students), the Association of Clinical Pastoral Educators (formerly known as the Southern Baptist Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) and the Department of Institutional Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education - Lutheran Council. The present-day Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., describes itself as "a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education." One of nine regions, the Northeast Region includes Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Each region is managed by the Board of Representatives, and regional and national conferences are held annually.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of the records of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Northeast Region, including material on the national ACPE and pre-ACPE organizations, the Council for Clinical Training and the Institute for Pastoral Care. There is also material on related CPE organizations, writings of individuals associated with ACPE, clippings, and photographs. The collection includes accreditation and self-study reports which are completed by centers and hospitals seeking accreditation. These reports include information on various centers in the northeast region and their CPE programs. These records are arranged alphabetically, first by state, then by center name. The ACPE-related organizations include the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the American Protestant Hospital Association, and the Massachusetts Council of Churches. The writings by individuals associated with ACPE are arranged alphabetically, and include writings by John Billinsky, Austin Philip Guiles, John I. Smith, and Anton Boisen, including several editions of Boisen's Hymns of Hope and Courage. The collection also contains photographs of Worcester State Hospital, and prominent CPE figures such as Boisen and Smith.

General

Note: Boxes 12 and 13 are arranged in Series V, immediately following box 8.

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