Due to the times we are in, we must learn to adapt.
Some of our training centers are experimenting with online CPE.
The first is Jethro Guidance Center. It presently is holding online CPE with 13 trainees, and two supervisors from all over the Philippines. They plan to finish the unit in October.
Our first real Online CPE (Jethro Guidance Center)
Bukal Life Care is in the process of developing two possible CPE online programs— one for seminary students, and one for ministers. The exact start is to be determined, but could start as soon as mid-August.
The attached file gives updated information on the requirements for a Supervisor-in-Training to be considered for Diplomate Board.
Diplomate Review Board Requirements and Checklist (pdf, 2020)
CPE has been traditionally built around training seminarians for hospital chaplaincy. Over time CPE has broadened to train for and serve other settings. Due to this, there have been the growth of sub-specializations for unique forms of chaplaincy.
The following is an initial list of subspecializations of supervisors. They can be available for subspecialty-based CPE units, or as mentors.
- Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation Chaplaincy: Diplomate Sim Dang-Awan Jr.
- Crisis Response Chaplaincy: Diplomate Celia Munson
- Community Chaplaincy: Diplomate Paul Tabon
- Corporate Chaplaincy: S.I.T. Renato Eustaquio
- Military Chaplaincy: Diplomate Sim Dang-Awan Jr.
In early March, Dr. Sim Dang-Awan Jr. headed a certification board in Mindanao. Due to COVID-19, we have been a bit slow to update results. But here is what can be shared at this time.
1. Congratulations to Chaplain Phanuel (Phan) L. Buac in passing his certification review board with recommendation of BCCC/BCPC (Board Certified Clinical Chaplain/Pastoral Counselor). Chaplain Phan presently heads a counseling center in Zamboanga City, and has been facilitating Clinical Pastoral Orientation there.
2. Congratulations to Chaplain Victor C. Navarro in passing his certification review board with recommendation of BCCC/BCPC (Board Certified Clinical Chaplain/Pastoral Counselor). Chaplain Victor presently serves as the head chaplain at Adventist Medical Center-Iligan City. He also presently holds certification of Full Supervisor with Asia Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (AACPE).
<For both, some items like training center accreditation, as well as S.I.T. or Supervisor status will have to be worked out in the following weeks.>
Not much news right now at CPSP-Philippines. Here are a few items.
1. Membership and Center fees are delayed until the second half of 2017. We have moved away from the calendar year, so when one pays one’s annual fee, it will be good for 12 months starting from time of payment.
2. Most training programs are on hold due to enhanced quarantine conditions. However Bukal Life Care is experimenting with online CPE. Hoping to learn from this.
3. Speaking of online services, CPSP (US) is holding online support groups for member chaplains. It can be a valuable place on Zoom for helping the helpers.
4. Bob and Celia Munson are working on a new book… Pastoral Counseling Case Workbook. Completion date? Unknown, but people are welcome to look at the books already done with CPSP Philippines (Check menu above).
As I expect everyone knows much of the Philippines is under quarantine. As such, most non-essential activities are shutdown.
Bukal Life Care is planning to have CPE start on March 26, but that will b handled creatively, with some aspects online. As far as other training centers, please contact the individual centers as far as training and other pastoral care services.
We are glad that we were able to have our March 2nd Certification Board in Ipil, Zamboanga, as well as the CPE graduation of the Shalom CPE Training Center. Victor Navarro and Phanuel Buac were reviewed. We look forward to announcing the results soon.
For those stuck at home and seeking to learn, consider our bookstore on this page. All of them are available in Kindle right into your home.
An interesting article, “Pandemic Love” by Charles E. Moore, was written in response to one of the Avian Flu epidemics a few years ago. It is pretty relevant today. Consider clicking below:
This article was written a few years ago about work of Bukal Life Care in a number of disaster responses from 2009-2016. A copy is available on Academia.edu. You can click on the link below.
Snapshots of Faith, Hope, and Growth in Disaster Response Chaplaincy
Another article was part of the Bukal Life Care Journal (2012) relevant also to Disaster Response Chaplaincy
Divine Intervention: The Flight of Elijah in Dialogue with Crisis Care
Of course, you are also welcome to preview CPSP-Philippines Books. They are available for preview by CLICKING HERE FOR OUR BOOKSTORE.
The book, “Doing Christ’s Mission: My Ecumenical Journey” was recently published by Dr. Erlinda Nable Senturies, through CPSP-Philippines Press.
This book is a social biography integrating my personal and ecumenical life in line with doing Christ’s mission. It traces my faith journey from various influences of my childhood and growing up in a church that had conservative ideas of faith practice to my exposure to a liberal theological orientation from the university community and then progressive engagement based on the context of the times in the various decades of life. As a medical graduate and discerning how I can serve the people, my exposure to the ecumenical community enabled me to see a new way of doing medical practice. It brought me closer to the communities and congregations that informed me of the inadequacy of our health care system. This book explores my theological journey and my medical journey. And now, as I enter my senior years, and enrolled in Clinical Pastoral Education, this book explores my growth in deep listening and learning ideas in the accompaniment of the people in their various challenges in life, including facing death and dying. This is part of pursuing the fullness of life for all, for which our Saviour Jesus Christ came.
It is available online by CLICK HERE.