Membership Updates

2019 is a transition year for CPSP-Philippines. We have been moving to a new format of handling members. In line with that, here are a few parameters to the new situation.

Initial Membership

There is a one-time charge of P1000 and application that must be filled out.  The application can be downloaded HERE. Once the form is filled out, email it as indicated on the form. Give a copy to the convener of the chapter you are joining. Additionally, payment may be made to the account indicated under FINANCIAL MATTERS.  (In some cases, finances can be done through the convener of the chapter.)

This form of membership is valid for the life of the member. Exceptions to this are the removal from membership at the request of the member, and violation of the Ethics and/or Covenant of CPSP-Philippines as identified by the members chapter, and confirmed after review by the Standards Committee.

Active versus Inactive Membership

There are two requirements for maintaining active status. First, yearly fee of P500 is to be made in one of the two ways indicated above. Second, one must maintain good standing with a CPSP-Philippines Chapter. The convener will yearly provide the registrar of the chapter membership. The payment of P500 is good for 12 months from the date that the payment was identified as received. 2 months of grace period at the 12 month point will be given before the member is moved to the inactive role.  <Note:  A member may choose to pay for two years rather than one. However, two years is the longest period accepted.

Return from Inactive Membership to Active Membership

The transition back to Active Membership from Inactive is quite simple. Payment of the Annual Fee, and a letter from the member’s chapter stating the return to active status.

Certifications

CPSP-Philippines only recognizes certifications of active members. However, the certification is not canceled. Upon resumption of Active status, the certification is again recognized.

Effectivity

These rules will be fully implemented January 1st, 2020.  However, in line with the 2 month grace period listed above, verification of payment of fees and activity within the chapter must be completed by February 29th, 2020.  Annual Fee payments that were done during 2019 will be valid for 12 months (and 2 month grace period).

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Jethro Guidance Center

New Heights has reorganized as “Jethro Guidance Center.” It is headed by Rev. Dr. Simplicio Dang-Awan Jr., who is a Diplomate Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education/Training with CPSP-Philippines. They have recently started a new unit of CPE. Jethro Guidance Center presently meets at Ellinwood Malate Church (Malate, Manila).

August Updates

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Above is the CPE Commissioning held at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary for Bukal Life Care and Counseling Center and the CPE Counseling Center at Saint Andrews Theological Seminary.  There were 9 trainees from Bukal and 7 trainees from SATS. Father Ivo Anselmi spoke on the topic of family at the event. Fr. Ivo is a CPE graduate under Nars Dumalagan of PCF.

August.  Bukal Life Care and New Heights expect start another unit of CPE.  Bukal plans to do a Saturday Extended unit led by Chaplain Lyn. Exact start is still being worked out. New Heights plans to start on August 5th at Ellinwood Malate Church in Manila.

Dr. Cal Sodoy is leading an Intensive CPE in Brokenshire Hospital in Davao at the moment, and Chaplain Renato is overseeing a unit of CPE at Hesed in Bocaue, Bulacan.

It is also worth noting that a few weeks ago Shalom, in Zamboanga, under Chaplain Elvin Salarda, completed a CPE, with Diplomate Sim Dang-Awan as guest at their graduation.

September.  Bukal Life Care plans to hold a CPE unit at Pines City Doctors Hospital. More details as they come available.

Also note that as a number of our members are advancing there is need for certification boards. We are working to accommodate them. More to follow on this as well.

 

CPSP-Philippines Meeting

We held a meeting of CPSP-Philippines planning meeting on July 6, 2019 at Bukal Life Care. We had representatives from the following CPE Centers:

Bukal Life Care

Glocal Community

New Heights

Hesed

We had a productive meeting, and updates will be made in the next few weeks based on this meeting. Below is picture of the group (minus the registrar who was behind the camera) at lunch after the meeting.

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Recent CPE Group Photos

Recent CPE Group Photos

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May 2019 CPE Graduation in Iloilo, supervised by Dr. Calixto Sodoy.

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Hew Heights CPE in Manila supervised by Dr. Simplicio Dang-Awan Jr.

 

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Bukal Life Care CPE Group, Led by Supervisor Celia Munson, and SIT Dr. Lyn Montecastro

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Supervisor Paul with SITs and Trainees at St. Andrews

May 2019 Updates

Some Updates…
–New Heights: They are in the middle of an extended full unit, led by Doc Sim, with assistance of Chaplain Larry.
–Bukal Life Care. They will start intensive unit June 10, led by Chaplains Celia and Lyn They will also have a half unit beginning in August, led by Chaplain Vo. Bukal Life Care plans to take a break from CPE from October to March 2019 (not including CPO)
–Glocal Community. Doc Paul plans to start a CPE this October.
–St. Andrews. They have 11 trainees starting this mid-May into July.
–CPSCTC. Doc Cal will start an intensive unit at CPU this mid-May for 5 weeks.
–Hesed. Chaplain Renato will supervise the first unit of CPE at Hesed . Orientation is on June 13.

May Updates

Not many new things since the last update.  However, there are a couple to share:

  1. Note from Chaplain Janice Serafica, chaplain at PCU.  “I am happy to share with you that CPE is now included in the Bachelor of Ministry Program under Theological Education by Extension (TEE) of Union Theological Seminary (UTS) Cavite. 2 years ago, UTS asked me to help them review and revised the TEE Curriculum. I gave emphasis on the significance of CPE.”
  2. Dr. Ben B. Ngaya-an is launching his book on May 1st. It is titled “Marginality and Mission in the Twentieth Century:  The Episcopal Church’s Experience in the Philippines.” Dr. Ngaya-an is a Supervisor-in-Training with St. Andrews Theological Seminary. While this book is not primarily a work of pastoral studies or chaplaincy, we certainly wish the endeavor every success.
  3. Dr. Bob and Chaplain Celia Munson are putting the finishing touches on “Dynamics in Pastoral Care.” It is a follow-on volume to their first joint work, “The Art of Pastoral Care.” The work considers dynamic processes as they may be relevant to chaplains or pastoral care workers. Much like the first volume, the goal is to start from a theological (in this case reflective theological) foundation first, over a psychological foundation. While the completion date does keep being delayed, June, or July at the latest, does appear to be a viable target.

 

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(Photo above) Chaplains Larry, Roy, and Phan meeting up for meeting in Zamboanga in April. Mindanao does appear to have great potential for growth  in CPE and chaplaincy.