ACPE Ethics Commission Pre-Conference Training Workshop
The ACPE Ethics Commission held a two-day pre- conference workshop for people willing to be trained as regional review (fact-gathering) and regional hear- ing (fact-finding) panelists. Attending from our region were Phyllis Toback, Jim Tonneson, Laura Kelley, and Janet Labrecque. Ken Siess, Commission Chair also attended, as did previously trained Kathy Turner and Larry Shostrom, who assisted presenter, Anne Underwood with a case roll play. Kathy was the third-party complainant, and Larry the alleged “bad boy”.
Chaplain Rhodes(Larry Shostrom) and the complainant (Kathy Turner) played their adversarial roles to the end!
Also attending were John Swift from South Central Re- gion, Father Carl Buxo from East Cen- tral Region, and Sat Kartar Kalsa- Ramsey and Ken McCullough from Pacific Region.
Costs were partially underwritten by the Ethics Com- mission, with the remainder shared on a proportional basis by the Regions involved.
Ethics and ACPE
Anne Underwood advised the assembly during her presentation at the NCR Annual Meeting that ACPE seems to have the issues of sexual boundary violations behind us. Most current complaints seem to be around supervisory be- havior that is perceived or received as verbally or emotionally abusive or invasive, and it seems to arise when supervisors do not recog- nize the power imbalances inherent in the supervisor-student relationship, or tend to gen- der, cultural or theological biases and differ- ences. In recognition of that fact, and to assist us in continuing our education on this topic, we in- clude those publications from a bibliography pro- duced for the ACPE Ethics Commission by Janet M. Lutz that deal with this issue:
BIBLIOGRAPHY: CLERGY ETHICS (bolded items referenced by Anne Underwood)
Antal, James M. Considering A New Call: Ethical And Spiritual Challenges For Clergy. Bethesda, Md.: Alban Institute, c2000.
Benyei, Candace Reed. Understanding Clergy Mis- conduct in Religious Systems: Scapegoating, Family Secrets, and the Abuse of Power 1998
Doehring, Carrie. Taking Care: Monitoring Power Dynamics and Relational Boundaries in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Abingdon Press, 1995.
Friberg, Nils C., Mark R. Laaser. Before the Fall: Pre- venting Pastoral Sexual Abuse, 1998
Keenan, James F. and Joseph J. Kotva. Eds. Practice What You Preach: Virtues, Ethics, And Power in the Lives of Pastoral Ministers and Their Congregations. Franklin, WI: Sheed & Ward 1999.
Lebacqz, Karen, Ethics and Spiritual Care: A Guide for Pastors, Chaplains, And Spiritual Di- rectors. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, c2000.
Peterson, Marilyn R. At Personal Risk: Boundary Violations in Professional-Client relationships, New York: WW Norton, 1992.
Poling, James N. The Abuse of Power: A Theologi- cal Problem, Abingdon Press, 1991.
Ragsdale, Katherine Hancock (Editor). Boundary Wars: Intimacy and Distance in Healing Relation- ships, The Pilgrim Press, 1996.
Shupe, Anson, et al, ed. Bad Pastors: Clergy Miscon- duct in Modern America. New York: New York Uni- versity Press, 2000.
Shupe, Anson (Editor) Wolves Within the Fold: Re- ligious Leadership and Abuses of Power. Rutgers University Press, 1998.
Weiser, Conrad W. Healers: Harmed and Harmful. Fortress Press, 1994.
Janet’s full bibliography with books that focus specifically on sexual boundary issues as well can be found on the NCR website.