Certification Board. Baguio Chapter

Congratulations to Drs. Yohan Lee and Paul Tabon. On September 27, a CPSP-PI board have recommended them for dual certifications “Pastoral Counselor” and “Clinical Chaplain.” Thanks to all who participated! CPSP cert board 2

Dr. Yohan Lee and Dr. Paul Tabon

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Board members, Candidates, and Observers after the Board. Yohan, Becky, Tootsie, Katrina, Paul, Jehny, Joyce, and Celia

Upcoming Activities

September 18.  Baguio Chapter Meeting

September 28.  Baguio Chapter Certification Board

October 4-13.  CPSP-PI / Bukal Life Care Training Center, pastoral care training trip to Ansan City, South Korea

October 17-19.  Pastoral Care Conference, Linden Suites, Ortigas, Pasig City

 

<Note: For all Chapters, please gather your member data forms and send electronic versions to Tootsie. For individuals seeking to join a chapter or help establish a new chapter, please contact a chapter near you, or email Bob at bob2046@yahoo.com.>

 

Governing Council Meeting

Wednesday, September 18th, 2014 was the first official meeting of the Governing Council of CPSP-Philippines. The meeting was held in Baguio and hosted by Bukal Life Care. The governing council will be assuming the lead role in guiding CPSP-Philippines. It is made up of conveners from all of the chapters and a representative from the Board of Trustees. The council meeting was made up of the following:

  • Paul, Representative from the Board of Trustees
  • Celia, Convener for Baguio Chapter
  • Ronnel, Convener for Quezon City Chapter
  • Tootsie, Representing the newest chapter (yet to be named)
  • Rebekah, Convener for the Benguet Chapter
  • Cathy, Representing Marikina Chapter

Later, Alexis was able to join, representing Easter Road Chapter. Additionally, Bob and Jehny from Benguet Chapter, and Yohan from Baguio Chapter also joined as interested observers.

In the meeting agreements were made as to leadership structure and roles. Additionally, a proposal for how certifications and memberships will be managed was set.

It was a nice and productive time and special thanks to Tootise, Kathy, and Ronnel for taking the long drive up from Manila to join the meeting.

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Time for Transition

August 12, 2014, Joyce Gray stepped down as National Coordinator of CPSP-PI. Additionally, Dr. Cesar Espineda stepped down in his role of Oversight of CPSP-PI.

During their service, CPSP-PI grew and established several chapters in Northern Luzon and NCR.

We are presently working with CPSP to establish guidelines and individuals for coordination between the leadership in the US and the organization here in the Philippines.

We look forward to what the futures holds for them as well as CPSP-Philippines.

Relief for the Philippines

This is a reprint of an article on the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (www.pastoralreport.com) website.

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Relief For The Philippines By Barbara A. McGuire

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UPDATE: Hundreds of survivors were moved to Manila, where the local churches are now overwhelmed. They quietly lament “we have lost everything”. There was a report of a woman whose family members survived Haiyan, the worst typhoon on record; but then later died from starvation. The little island they lived on was completely devastated and no help arrived in time to bring them food or water.

Our CPSP colleagues have been training chaplains in Baguio to be ready to go to Manila to provide support. The needs are endless.

Many generous donations have been coming in and we thank those who have already donated but we need additional support. Please consider sending a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference.

The New Amsterdam Chapter, New York with the Philippines team is committed to bringing help and healing to our typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors.
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The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents’ arms.
Haiyan was one of the most intense typhoons on record. This storm left catastrophic and unimaginable destruction behind.
Emergency Support

The New Amsterdam Chapter is organizing a relief effort along side our CPSP Philippines colleagues. The CPSP Philippines will distribute funds collected along with non-perishable items to the places where they are most needed.

The New Amsterdam CPSP Chapter requests your assistance by donating canned goods, clothing, toiletry items (shampoo, medical supplies, etc.), along with cleaning supplies, learning materials for children, or monetary donations.

Please bring or mail clothing, and non perishable items to:

Barbara A. McGuire
3207 William Street
Wantagh, NY 11793

Question call: Barbara at:
516-316-5629

All checks need to be made out to:
CPSP (Philippines Relief Fund)

Mail checks to:

Barbara McGuire
C/O CPSP – Philippines Relief Fund
3207 William Street
Wantagh, NY 11793

All donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the people via our CPSP Philippines colleagues.

Thank you!

The New Amsterdam Chapter:
Barbara A. McGuire, Cesar Espineda, John Jeffery, Geof Tio, Susan McDougall, Sergio Manna

Barbara A. McGuire
barbara.a.mcguire@gmail.com

Typhoon Response in the Philippines

CPSP-Philippines has been busy both in training workers and providing crisis care to primary victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Two groups, one from Baguio and one from Manila, came together to work with refugees in Manila as well as those still in Tacloban.

Joyce and Noel are still in Tacloban.  They have done much work there together with the Bless Yolanda survivors group.  Today, she was asked to speak at the meeting with the UN, Commander of the whole operations at the airport, DSWD, Office of Civil Defense and other countries’ leaders manning the airport.  The person who hosted them there is Commodore Roy Trinidad, a naval officer that I worked with during the Sendong relief operation at Iligan City.

As per training and collaboration work, Toogsie conducted three crisis care trainings – Irosin, Sorsogon, GCF-East and CCF-St. Francis Square. The CCF training was attended by various stakeholders from the government and private organizations (PNP, DOH, Clinical Psychologists, Ministers, Lay Volunteers, etc.).  Tootsie and Joyce co-taught at GCF and CCF.  For the last two Saturdays, Tootsie’s group went to United Evangelical Church of the Philippines, a Chinese Church in Binondo, to debrief the survivors who were mostly Chinese businessmen and to facilitate the crisis care training conducted by Ms. Cristina Co, a professor at AGS and pastor at said church.

Disaster Response in the Philippines

As most of the world knows, there has been some major disasters in the Philippines in the last few months. Most recently, we have had Typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan) that has cut a swath through the Visayas and Southern Luzon. While news has centered on Tacloban, Leyte, many other pars of the Philippines have suffered greatly but with less news fanfare.

A month before this, the island of Bohol was struck by a powerful earthquake with considerable damage and loss of life.

Before that, a major kidnapping and a series of attacks on villages around Zamboanga, have left many homeless.

CPSP-PI has embraced the need for disaster response, particularly in the area of crisis care chaplaincy.

In Baguio, the training centers of Bukal Life Care and PBTS are working together to do training for crisis care chaplaincy and form teams to go to Leyte. Two teams have been established, with plans to assist another.

Tootsie and others in Manila are developing partnerships to do training and trip work in additional locations.

More information will be given as plans solidify. We are thankful of the commitment of members of CPSP-PI to be involved in this work, as well as commitment of members of CPSP to assist the effort.