Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Pacific Region Records

Lucinda Glenn
Graduate Theological Union Archives
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Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Pacific Region Records

Collection number: GTU 89-5-06

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
Lucinda Glenn
Date Completed:
1999 April 4
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou, David Stiver
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Pacific Region records
Dates: 1967-2006
Collection number: GTU 89-5-06
Creator: Association For Clinical Pastoral Education, Pacific Region
Collection Size: 8 5" boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: The national ACPE was formed in 1967 from the merger of several oaragnzations. It promotes and provides clinical training within hospitals and prisons as a complement to theological education and ministry formation. A major figure in the formation of the ACPE was Anton T. Boisen. The Pacific Region is one of nine regions. The Pacific Region provides training in pastoral counseling and chaplaincy for ministerial students throughout the western United States.
Physical location: 2/A/2, 2/J/2, 2/K/3
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Pacific Region records, GTU 89-5-06. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

A collection had been donated to the GTU Library in 1976-77, but there was no documentation on the original gift. Efforts to contact the leadership of the Pacific Region to confirm the gift of the collection were unsuccessful until 1997 when William Adix, Chair of the History Committee, contacted the GTU Archives. Subsequently the Pacific Region gift was confirmed in 1998 resulting in a collection of materials compiled according to the "Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Guidelines for Archival Materials."

Biography / Administrative History

Although official formation of the Pacific Region occurred in 1967, its roots are found in clinical ministry education initiatives of the 1920's by pioneers William Keller in Cincinnati, Richard C. Cabot in Boston, and Anton T. Boisen in Worcester, Massachusetts.
As more students sought these learning experiences two organizations emerged in the 1930's and 1940's to provide and promote clinical education as a challenging complement to classical academic theological education. The Council for Clinical Training of Theological Students was organized in 1930 in Boston, and after a few years some of the group located in New York City, becoming the Council for Clinical Training (CCT). Those remaining became in 1937 the New England Theological Schools Committee on Clinical Training, reorganizing in 1944 as the Institute of Pastoral Care (IPC).
Interest and support grew as theological students and ministers enrolled in clinical training programs within hospitals and prisons. Chaplains whose theological education was enriched with psychological understanding supervised these programs. Students, engaged in actual clinical ministry, reported their experiences in verbatims and case studies for discussion in small groups with peers, and with their supervisor. Didactic seminars with resource persons from the clinical setting expanded student learning.
Pastoral education organizations developed in the 1950's and 1960's as certified supervisors established new training centers. The first West Coast program was in the summer of 1951 at Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR, supervised by Chaplain H. George Randolph, connected with the Institute of Pastoral Care. Pastoral education started in California following Anton T. Boison's visits in the late 1940's as special lecturer at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, and other Bay area seminaries. He also met with the Superintendent/Medical Director at Napa State Hospital, Imola, convincing him to have a clinical training program. Consequently the second West Coast program began in March 1952 at Napa with Chaplain Herman Eichorn, Council for Clinical Training supervisor. With additional programs in California a type of regional structure began in 1957. This enabled CCT supervisors to meet for mutual support, provide mid-summer student conferences, and extend national activities of certification, accreditation and seminary affiliations.
Another dimension emerged in these years of growth, cooperation and competition of CCT and IPC when two denominations, Lutherans and Southern Baptists formed new pastoral education organizations. Representatives of all four organizations met for several years, culminating November 17, 1967 with the merger creating the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE).
This merger created nine regions, with the Pacific Region including Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Regional functions include formation of governance structures, sharing with national committees for standards, accrediting new education centers, new supervisor certifications, promoting student enrollments, and developing seminary affiliations. The region uses periodic self-studies to improve its structure and programs, seeking balance among national, regional and local priorities. In 1967 the Region began with 18 training centers in two states, and 6 affiliated theological seminaries. Regional growth continued and by the end of the 20th century certified supervisor and accredited centers functioned in all states.
From 1967-1999 clinical education centers existed at times in 94 locations, and four of the original 18 centers continue. At least 140 certified supervisors were active in the region in these years, and affiliations were established with 19 seminaries. The Pacific Region launched creative initiatives to develop new CPE programs in urban and rural environments, fosters continuing education and peer review for supervisors, provides periodic newsletters, and arranges mid-summer conferences for students. Regional membership reflects gender and social inclusiveness, promoting multi-cultural and interfaith education initiatives within its centers and programs.
William F. Adix, Chair, ACPE Pacific Region History Committee.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of Association minutes, newsletters, organization files, history files, individual training facilities, and photographs. Included are oral history interview videotapes and audiotapes from past supervisors and persons crucial to the early formation of the Region, including Arthur McGiffert. The files of J. Lennert Cedarleaf, active in the Pacific Region from its inception, form a part of the collection.


The collection follows the original order.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Cedarleaf, J. Lennert.
Boisen, Anton T. (Anton Theophilus), 1876-1965.
McGiffert, Arthur Cushman, 1892-1993.
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Pacific Region.
Pastoral counseling--History--Sources.
Pastoral counseling--Study and teaching--West (U.S.)
Theology--Study and teaching--History--Sources.
Psychology and religion--History--Sources.
Prison chaplains--History--Sources.
Chaplains, Hospital--History--Sources.

Hall, Charles E.: Head and Heart: "The Story of the Clinical Pastoral Education Movement", Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc., 1992.
Powell, Robert C.; "CPE: Fifty Years of Learning Through Supervised Encounter with Living Human Documents." The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. 1975.
Pacific Region, ACPE, documents.

Other Finding Aids

The repository for the records of the national ACPE and some regional associations is the Archives and Manuscripts Department, Pitts Theological Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Records (RG 001).

Contents of Containers


Series 1 Pacific Region Minutes and Reports 1967-2006

Scope and Content Note

The Series contains minutes and reports for the organization.
box-folder 1 / 1-21

Minutes and Reports 1967-1987

box-folder 2 / 1-7

Minutes and Reports 1988-1993

box-folder 3 / 1-6

Minutes and Reports 1993-1997

box-folder 9 / 1-7

Pacific Region Minutes and Reports (continued from Box 3), 1999-2006

box-folder 9 / 8

Additional material from James Kok, 2003-2004


Series 2 Pacific Region Documents 1993-1997

box-folder 3 / 7

Alaska CPE Project Report, 1989

box-folder 3 / 8

Bibliography for CPE, 1st edition, 1997

box-folder 3 / 9

Correspondence, miscellaneous, various dates, 1957-1994

box-folder 4 / 1

CPE Centers Lists, 1980, 1987, 1990

box-folder 4 / 2

Governance: Proposed Restructuring, 1990

box-folder 4 / 3

National ACPE Documents, 1989

box-folder 4 / 4

Regional Director Task Force Report, 1985-1987

box-folder 4 / 5

Notes regarding videotapes: oral/video histories. Tape 1: Cushman McGiffert. Tape 2: Len Cedarleaf, Gerry Walcutt, Jerry Davis, and Charles Teel. VHS tapes stored in Southeast Corner of Library Basement Storage Room. 1986, 1988

box-folder 4 / 6-13

Pacific Region Newsletters 1968-2001


Series 3 Accreditation Committee Files and Centers' Histories, 1981-1995

Physical Description: 7 folders

Arizona Health Sciences Center undated


Billings Deaconess Hospital, MT, 1984


California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 1991


Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 1987, 1990


Community Hospitals of Central California, Fresno, CA, 1988


Contra Costa County Health Service, CA, 1983


Crystal Cathedral Congregation, Garden Grove, CA, 1987


Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, WA, 1988


Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR, 1983, 1990


Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, 1988


Hawaii State Hospital, 1984, 1992


Holy Cross Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT, 1987


Interfaith Ministries of Hawaii, 1988, 1990


Intermountain Clinical Pastoral Education Center, Boise, ID, 1986


Kings View Center, Reedley, CA, 1983, 1990


Landberg Center for Health and Ministry, San Francisco, CA, 1986, 1989


Loma Linda University Medical Center, CA, 1983, 1989


Long Beach Memorial Hospital, CA


Methodist Hospital of Southern California, 1992


Pomona Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, CA, 1987, 1990


Oregon State Hospital, 1983, 1989


Presbyterian Hospital/Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 1984


Providence Medical Center, Portland, OR, 1986


San Diego Hospital/Sharp Healthcare, CA, 1986


Santa Rosa Hospital, CA, 1990, 1994


Stanford University Hospital, CA, 1987, 1988, 1995


St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 1990


St. Joseph's Hospital, Tacoma, WA, 1989


Sutter Community Hospital, Sacramento, CA 1986, 1993


Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 1992


Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, kennewick, WA, 1985, 1994


UCLA Medical Center, 1988, 1990


University of California, Davis, 1988, 1992


University of California, San Francisco, 1983, 1989


VA Hospital, Martinez, CA, 1988


Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA, 1985


Western State Hospital, Ft. Steilacoom, WA, 1981, 1984, 1992


Yuma Regional Medical Center, AZ, 1990


Series 4 Len Cedarleaf Files, 1950-1981

Scope and Content Note

John Lennart Cedarleaf, 1915-1993, graduated from the University of North Dakota, 1942, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, 1944, and Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1954. He married Agnes Swanson, 1943, and was ordained in the Evangelical Mission Covenant Church, 1946. After receiving clinical training and serving as chaplain in various institutions in the Midwest, he came as Chaplain to the Northern Reception Center (juveniles) in Sacramento, CA. He directed the clinical pastoral education program there until his retirement in 1978. During these years, he was active in developing chaplaincy and clinical pastoral education centers in California, first for the Council for Clinical Training and then, after the 1967 merger, for the ACPE. He served on most major ACPE committees, and was president 1978-1979. He was Regional Director of the Pacific Region, 1980-88. For a more complete biography, see Box 6, ff 1.
box-folder 5 /8-11

Correspondence, 1950-81

box-folder 5 / 12

Regional Director Report, circa 1984

box-folder 5 / 13

Consultations, 1972-79

box-folder 6 / 1

Collected Writings 1952-1995

box-folder 6 / 2

Northern Reception Center Clinic (Calif.) Accreditation Review, 1977

box-folder 6 / 3-7

Chapel Sermons (on Christmas, New Year's, Easter) undated

box-folder 6 / 8

Misc. articles and information undated


Series 5 Histories, 1969-2002

Scope and Content Note

50th anniversary scrapbook, oral histories from supervisors, history, memorials, and directories.
box-folder 6 / 9-11

Pacific Region History Scrap Book, Photograph C.E. Petersen Clinical Group 1959, 1975

Scope and Content Note

Compiled by George Tolson containing papers, photographs, and brochures sent in by the participating institutions indicating their involvement in ACPE Pacific Region.
box-folder 7 / 1

William Adix, oral history 1999 August 5

box-folder 7 / 2

Jerry Davis, oral history undated

box-folder 7 / 3

Herman Eichorn, oral history undated

box-folder 7 / 4

Roy Futscher,oral history (tape) undated

box-folder 7 / 5

George Fitzgerald,oral history 2002 February 5

box-folder 7 / 6

John Humphreys, oral history undated

box-folder 7 / 7

Elmer Laursen, oral history (tape) 1998 May

box-folder 7 / 8

Kikuo Matsukawa, oral history (tape) undated

box-folder 7 / 9

Harold Nelson, oral history (tape) 1998 September 25

box-folder 7 / 10

Courtney Peterson, oral history 1999 March 15

box-folder 7 / 11

Miles Renear, oral history (tape) 1998 November 14

box-folder 7 / 12

Joseph Wadowicz, oral history undated

box-folder 7 / 13

Gerry Walcutt,oral history undated

box-folder 7 / 14

Dave Wyatt, oral history (tape) 1999 May

box-folder 7 / 15-16

The Story of the Pacific Region, ACPE, (two copies) 2000 May

Scope and Content Note

A history of the ACPE in the Pacific Region by William Adix, Project Coordinator, and M. Jerry Davis, Project Director.
box-folder 7 / 17

The Story of the Pacific Region, Volume II, 2000-2005

box-folder 7 / 18

Memorials from the Book of Rememberance, 2000-2005

Scope and Content Note

John Lennert Cedarleaf, John M. Humphreys, George W. Markham, Jess E. Moore, H. George Randolph, Martin A. Schlueter, Charles Teel and George Russell Tolson.
box-folder 7 / 19

Pacific Region ACPE Centers Directories, 1967-2002

box-folder 7 / 20

Pacific Region ACPE Committee Telephone, Email, Committee Lists, 2000-2001

Box 8

Audiocassettes of Oral Histories 1998,1999

Scope and Content Note

These include Bill Adix, Roy Futscher, Elmer Laursen, Kiku Matsukawa, Harold Nelson, Miles Renear and Dave Wyatt. Transcripts for some of these histories are in box 7.
tape VHS 1

Oral/video history interviews.Arthur Cushman McGiffert, Jr. Interviewers: Earl Cooper, Herman Eichorn, and Len Cedarleaf. Discussion of Dr. McGiffert's life and work, and his work with Anton T. Boisen. Taped at the Claremont Theological Seminary. Southeast Corner, Library Basement Storage Room. 1968 April 24.

tape VHS 2

Oral/video history interviews.J. Lennart Cedarleaf, Gerry Walcutt, Jerry Davis, and Charles W. Teel. Interviewer: Earl Cooper. Each discusses his own life and work, then discuss their experiences with ACPE and the Pacific Region, its programs, and individual students. Teel comes in later in the interview. Taped at the Loma Linda Medical Center, California. Southeast Corner, Library Basement Storage Room. 1988 February 9.