The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC) has recently been fully accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in clinical pastoral counseling by the US Department of Education. They are the first Buddhist organization to receive such accreditation from the agency. The NYZCCC is committed to leading the way in Buddhist contemplative education efforts, and in the fall of 2012, they will begin their Supervisory Training Program — training the next generation of fully certified chaplaincy teachers/supervisors.
Lion’s Roar Foundation wishes to congratulate them on this new chapter.
On the recent accreditation, the ACPE Interim Executive Director, Deryck Durston, made the following statement:
“At its recent fall meeting the Accreditation Commission of ACPE voted to grant full accreditation to the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, New York, NY to offer programs of CPE at levels I&II and also Supervisory. This is a first for ACPE! ACPE grew from disparate groups of Protestant ministers and slowly caught fire within other religious communities, first Catholic sisters, then Jewish rabbis, and now a center established in the eastern-western tradition of Zen. We are excited by this—as the religious landscape continues to shift and our focus thus continues to shift to world views and spiritualties that represent the people of this country in fuller ways. Congratulations NYZCCC and welcome to the ACPE community.”