January 2015 Updates

The Board of Trustees of CPSP-Philippines met. While a full report will be coming, for now, here are a few highlights.

1.  The membership for CPSP-Philippines is up for renewal for all members, and future members. The annual membership fees are as follows:

  • Non-certified Member:                            P300
  • Certified Member:                                   P600
  • Accredited Training Center:                   P1900   (unchanged)
  • Accredited Hospital Training Center:      P3200   (unchanged)

Membership drive time will be between now and March 31st. However, the coverage will only be through December, as we move to be a membership schedule in line with CPSP.

2.  Based on consultation with CPSP, the former system of National Coordinator to aid proper partnership between CPSP-PI and CPSP, is replaced by a Standards Committee. The committee will establish and enforce standards for certification and accreditation. At this time, the 1st draft of the CPSP-PI standards is completed and is now going through a 2nd level of review. Upon approval, the standards will be maintained to ensure that CPSP-PI is maintaining equivalent standards with processes contextualized to the Philippines. This will ensure equivalency of CPE Units in the Philippines with international standards, as well as reciprocity of certifications.

We are still in discussion with various parties how to best organize our structure as far as roles, responsibiltiies, and checks and balances regarding BOT, Governing Council, and Standards Committee. Members of the Standards Committee are being reviewed. They will be announced when finalized.

3.  We congratulate individuals who have recently passed certification boards in the last five months, These were then confirmed at the case reviews with the General Secretary of CPSP this December. These include:

  • Dr. Paul Tabon            S.I.T.
  • Dr. Yohan Lee             S.I.T.
  • Fr. German Ledesma     S.I.T.
  • Jehny Pedazo                  S.I.T.    (and recommend for Palliative Care)
  • Cori Mariano                 CC/PC    (and recommend for Palliative Care)
  • Alexis Mendoz              CC/PC

4.  As noted in an earlier post, the Board has agreed to start the process to change the name to Collegium of Clinical Pastoral Supervision Philippines. or C-CPSP.

5.  CPE will begin at the Bukal Life Care Training Center and the PBTS Training Centers on March 16. the Bukal Center will be supervised by S.I.T. Celia Munson. The PBTS Center will be supervised by Dr. Paul Tabon. The PCMC Training Center in QC is planning to begin another CPE but the exact start date has not be set, as of last check. The PCMC Training Center is overseen by Tootsie Escandor-Sobremisana.

6.  The BOT has agreed regarding the importance in promoting the profession of chaplaincy in the Philippines. In line with this is the intention of establishing profitable communication with ACCPE, as well as move forward for formal recognitions of chaplaincy and chaplaincy standards.

Name Change

After considerable discussion both inside and outside the board, it was decided by the BOT to begin the process of changing our name formally to “Collegium of Clinical Pastoral Supervision-Philippines, Inc.” (now with the initials CCPSP.) The former name was “Collegium of Clnical Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy-Philippines, Inc.” The primary reason is the issue of the use of the term “psychotherapy.” R.A. 10029 places considerable limits on the use of a number of terms including “psychotherapy” in the Philippines. To avoid appearing to be in conflict with Philippine Law, and to encourage our members not use this term, we will be formally changing our name in the next few months.

Our focus is on providing spiritual/pastoral care that integrates sound psychological and theological principles within the context of a faith community. As such, we focus on terms and descriptions associated with:  “pastoral care,” “pastoral counseling,” “spiritual care,” “spiritual counseling,” “crisis care,” “member care,” and “clinical chaplaincy.”

Updates from CPSP-Philippines (Baguio)

Presently CPSP-Philippines is active in three locations (Baguio, Manila, Iloilo) and about to start in a fourth location soon (Ansan City, Korea).

1.  CPE is starting up again in Baguio starting March 23d. This will be our Summer Intensive. It will be led by SITs Celia Munson and Dr. Paul Tabon. There has also been questions whether we will do a full year of CPE, for those seeking it. We are presently looking into that possibility with local hospitals. Will hopefully know soon. The summer intensive will be primarily for full unit (400 total hours), but may also provide half unit (200 total hours). Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary students have the option of taking this CPE for credit, and potentially for internship. PBTS students also receive a discount in cost. This CPE program is certified by CPSP and CPSP-Philippines.

2.  The Bukal Life Care training center of CPSP-Philippines is also planning to provide two programs that are not CPSP-Philippines certified, but dovetail in nicely with the certified program.

A.  Clinical Pastoral Orientation. This is being held in partnership with PBTS and is a 100 hour preparatory to CPE. It follows the model of CPE but is designed to work better with a bible school system. It will meet on Mondays for 6 weeks starting January 23rd.

B.  Disaster Response Chaplaincy. This will be an intensive from May 13-16, again in conjunction with PBTS. For those taking CPE with Bukal Life Care, this will be incuded. However, others may choose to take the class independently, or as part of their PBTS curriculum.

 

CPSP-PI Meeting in Baguio with Dr. Lawrence

DSC04511 DSC04513We had a valuable visit with Dr. Raymond Lawrence, the General Secretary of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, December 11-13, 2014. We were able to have 4 case presentations, along with discussion about SITs. Further, we looked at how CPSP-Philippines can be an independent entity from CPSP, while still maintaining contextually appropriate standards and procedures, so as to maintain equivalency and reciprocity.

Further, we were able to start moving towards a Steering Committee to replace the now defunct “Coordinator” office.

A first draft of the CPSP-PI standards, relying heavily on the standards of CPSP, has been completed and has now just started its reviews and editing.

November (2014) Updates

CPSP-PI members and friends had a great time at the Pastoral Care Symposium sponsored by Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Oct 17-19. Approximately 35 attended.

December. During the first two weeks, Dr. Raymond Lawrence will be teaching at Central Philippines University on Pastoral Supervision. The Doctor of Ministry program is a joint effort between CPSP and CPU.

December 13-15. Dr. Lawrence will be in Baguio, hosted by Bukal Life Care, and will be working with the three CPSP-PI chapters in Baguio (Baguio chapter, Benguet chapter, and Easter Road chapter).

January. Annual BOT meeting for CPSP-PI.

Pastoral Counseling Training at Central Philippines U

A new program is being started as a partnership between Central Philippines University (CPU), CPSP, and CPSP-PI. It is a doctor of ministry program in pastoral counseling and clinical pastoral supervision. The program is modular and done with instructors from both CPU and CPSP.

For more information, please see the Brochure at the following site:  BROCHURE

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 Dr. Lee 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.

Governing Council