Clinical Pastoral Education Programs in the Philippines

CPE has been in the Philippines for over 4 decades. However, often people struggle to find CPE programs in the Philippines. Sometimes it is due to lack of promotion or a small “footprint” on-line. Here are some major certifiers or accredited programs in the Philippines.

  1. CPSP-Philippines.  Centered in Baguio City, we have programs in Baguio, Manila, and Iloilo, with new programs being started in Zamboanga and Bulacan. We have been around since 2011, and formally partnered with CPSP in the US since 2015. www.cpspp.org.
  2. Asia Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (AACPE). This is the oldest program in the Philippines, formerly known as PCF (Pastoral Care Foundation). It has programs in Manila, Davao, Cebu, and Baguio.  They have a nice updated website:  https://www.aacpe.asia/
  3. Philippine Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and Practice (PACPEP).  It has ties with Siliman University, through its School of Clinical Pastoral Education. It appears that it has training centers in Negros, Iloilo, and Cebu. Perhaps other locations as well. The only website I have for them is an FB Group. There may be a better website somewhere.  https://www.facebook.com/Pacpep-Filipinas-711476479198539/
  4. Vanderpol Center for Leadership and Pastoral Formation.  This group is based in Metro Manila, and is connected ministerially to Philippine Children’s Medical Center. It is linked to the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation (CSCPF) based in the US. Their website is https://vanderpolcenter.wordpress.com/

 

There are other groups that do CPE that do it without necessarily a direct form of certification. One group that we work with as a Community-based CPE program tied to ATESEA and ACTS (Aglipay Central Theological Seminary) in Urdaneta, Pangasinan. It supports the principles and skillset associated with traditional CPE, but with a different training structure. There are other groups as well. You are welcome to look around, and we would welcome information that will help us better be updated on the CPE landscape of the Philippines, so we can be better compentent to partner, and refer.

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