Supervisor-in-Training Peer Support Group Meeting

Friday, March 20, starting 9AM will be the SIT Peer Support Group for Northern Philippines Region of CPSP-PI. The purpose is for professional development, and personal growth, for those involved in supervisory work in Clinical Pastoral Education.

It will be held at the office of Bukal LIfe Care, on the grounds of Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (Baguio City).

Expected attendees are SITs from Baguio, Manila, and Korea.

CPSP-Philippines is a regionally partnered organization of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. CPSP-PI provides certification and accreditation services for chaplains and pastoral care workers, as well as Clinical Pastoral Education programs.

If you have any questions, please email us on the Contact Us Page.

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CPSP-Philippines Moving South and North

CPSP-Philippines was founded in Baguio City in 2011. The expansion has been slow, but it is speeding up both to the South and to the NoCPSP_PH_TestLogo(1)rth. Starting from the South and moving North.

1.  Visayas and Mindanao. CPE Supervisor  Calixto Sodoy is overseeing three CPE training centers: Visayas, Mindanao, and Southern Tagalog. He is working with Supervisors-in-Training, Cris Sian and Mary Grace Labis. It is great to be working with them and are excited at the possibility of expanding pastoral care and clinical chaplaincy in these regions. They will be busy this Summer with CPE trainees. Additionally. another member is working to establish a chapter, and initiating clinical pastoral care, in Zamboanga.

2.  Metro Manila.  Dr. Sim Dang-Awan and Dr. Victor Layug will be leading a CPE training at Mary Johnston Hospital. This will be handled residentially at the hospital. The unit will start on April 6 and continue to July 4.

3.  Baguio.  The Bukal Life and PBTS Training Centers will be holding joint CPE trainings on the campus of PBTS, in conjunction with Baguio General Hospital. The SITs in charge are Celia Munson and Jehny Pedazo of the Bukal Life Training Center, and Dr. Paul Tabon of the PBTS Training Center. The full unit starts March 16th and continues for 11 weeks. The half unit starts April 8 and continues 6-7 weeks.

4.  Korea. Dr. Y. Lee will be starting CPE in the Ansan City area in the next few weeks. More info as it becomes available.

 

 

 

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CPE, CPC, and More in 2015

A few updates. As Summer is beginning here (Summer starts in March in the Philippines) a number of things are happening.

1.  Clinical Pastoral Care.  CPO (“Clinical Pastoral Orientation”), a shortened-form of CPE intended for professionals and Bible school students, is finishing up in Baguio. CPO has requirements that are approximately 1/4th of a Full Unit of CPE (and according to my calculations, that is 1/2 of the requirements of a Half Unit). It provides a taste of the philosophy and training structure of CPE for those who are curious… and can be taken for school credit in some places.

Additionally, our Foundations of Clinical Pastoral Care book in development has just pased the 100 page mark (finally). It is almost a year and a half in development… but it is rolling now. It seeks to integrate the methodology and insights of the modern CPE and pastoral care movements, with the insights and theological grounding of the historical pastoral care movement. Prayerfully, the first draft should ready by June. This will provide the text basis for CPO/CPC training.

CPO will start again, hopefully, in June or July, but this time in Bulacan. Will keep you updated. <Note: While CPE is certified certified by CPSP-PI in conjunction with the standards of CPSP, CPO is not. It is a training program under the standards of Bukal Life Care… following methodology and quality standards of the CPSP-PI CPE program.>

2.  Clinical Pastoral Education. CPE always seems to be a fluid thing since it is small groups driven by need and opportunity. However, it LOOKS like CPE will be held this Summer at:

  • Three locations in Manila
  • One location in Baguio
  • One location in Korea

3.  D.Min. in “Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Pastoral Supervision.”  This program is held in Central Philippines University, in partnership with CPSP and CPSP-PI. The program is new but on-going. We are excited by its potential.

4.  Disaster Response Chaplaincy. CPSP-PI, Bukal Life Care, and Philippines Baptist Theological Seminary, will be holding a 3-day intensive training in Disaster Response Chaplaincy May 13-16 (yes, it looks like 4 days… but the ends are cut off). One of the goals of CPSP-Philippines is to add a sub-specialty for Clinical Chaplains of Disaster Response Chaplain.

5.  CPSP-PI Standards and MOA. CPSP-Philippinesstandards have been disseminated for utilization by chapters, training centers, and CPE programs. They closely follow the standards set by CPSP. The Memorandum of Agreement between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines has been written up and is presently being reviewed by both parties. Hopefully, the final version will be done soon for signing. The MOA will ensure equivalency of programs and reciprocity of certifications between the organizations.

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CPSP-Philippines Standards 2015

Revision A of the CPSP-Philippines Standards for 2015 is complete and ready for review and comment. The Document covers the following:

  • Accreditation Standards of CPSP-PI Training Centers
  • Certification Standards of CPSP-PI Members
  • Standards for Chapters (and Members of Chapters)
  • Covenant and Ethical Standards for Members

It may be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

Comments are welcome.

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Membership Renewal and New Member Drive

CPSP_PH_TestLogo(1)It is time (in 2015) for renewal of memberships as well as time to welcome new members. Please CLICK HERE to download the form. Then, send it to emails noted on the form.

Note 1: An important feature of CPSP-PI is that membership is tied to chapters for mutual support and accountability. If you are not presently part of a chapter (or are part of an inactive chapter) please let us know and we will do our best to fix that problem.

Note 2:  2014 members should send in this form, as well as make payment no later than March 31, 2015. Also note that chapters are expected to recertify members.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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