Clinical Pastoral Education at Central Philippine University


At 33rd CPSP Plenary—East

Bob and Celia Munson had the opportunity to attend the 33rd Plenary Of CPSP (East Coast gathering). This was held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on March 12-14, 2023.

This was a smaller gathering than before the pandemic. Part of this is because for 2023 the Plenary was broken into an East Coast and a West Coast gathering. The other was that over half of the registrants chose to join online rather than face to face.

Still, we had a wonderful time meeting clinical chaplains and pastoral counselors from the various regions in the United States.

There were numerous presentations given. Some drew strongly on the history of the Clinical Pastoral Training movement and Interpersonal Psychology. Others were more intentionally in the now addressing things like community health care chaplaincy, and responding to mass shootings.

The dinner with the handing out of diplomas and certificates was wonderful to participate in, as was the Tavistock group.

Bob and Celia made many new friends, and hopefully partners, for the future.

The plenary is an inspiration for us as well. We can do this as well in the Philippines.

February Updates

A. Start of new CPE batch at Jethro.

B. The board for Crista Andrea Napay, Maricel Tindungan and Bhab Dicang. Board members included Diplomtes Celia Munson, Paul Tabon, and Larry Gusto. Also joining was their supervisor, Diplomate Vo Canoy. The board was done online on February 25, 2023, with two board members and two of the candidates IRL at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. All three passed their boards with plans to serve as Supervisors in Training (SITs) under Celia and Vo with Bukal Life Care this summer.

Certification Board in Clinical Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling for Crista, Maricel, and Bhab

C. CPSP holding its annual plenary in Virginia Beach, VA. Bob and Celia Munson will attend, representing CPSP-Philippines.

January 2022 Updates

Beginning of CPE training program at The Chaplain’s Office at Dr. Yanga’s Hospital, Bocaue, Bulacan
CPE Program starting soon at Jethro Guidance Center

Bukal Life Care is finishing up an advanced CPE unit. Summer Intensive will start on or about March 20.

Certification Board is tentatively set for February 25.

The BOT meeting was held January 18.

Board Meeting. Diplomates Celia and Vo off-camera. On camera are Dr. Sim Jr. Dang-Awan, Chaplain Jehny Pangilinan-Caoagas, Dr. Paul Tabon, Dr. Bob Munson, Dr. Ryan Clark.

Meeting of the Board

The Board of Trustees of CPSP-Philippines met on September 14. The primary items dealt with were issues of standards for being a Diplomate in Pastoral Supervision (“DPS”), updating the overall standards of CPSP-Philippines, and maintaining equivalency of standards of CPSP-Philippines with our parent organization (CPSP) while also being sensitive to local concerns.

Presently, board members are looking over the 2021 CPSP standards (with our present standards) to see what updates we need to do.

September 2022 Updates

First of all, we have updated our Training Center Page. A couple more still need to give us updated information, but this should help for now, especially for those seeking to contact one of the training centers directly, Click

Bukal Life Care: Presently, we are holding CPO online with a group of young church leaders in Caloocan City. Chaplain Celia is serving as the supervisor. On September 19, Chaplain Vo will start an online Full-unit CPE. This one will be working with the Baguio General Hospital Cancer Center and in partnership with the KABSAT program.

Adventist Medical Center- Iligan: Dr. Vic has an ongoing CPE, with plans to start an online International CPE group soon.

SPUC CPE Training Center: Chaplain Elvin has an ongoing CPE group (on-site and online)

The Chaplains Office: Chaplain Renato has recently started a new CPE group at Dr. Yanga’s Hospital.

Jethro Guidance Center: Dr. Larry has recently completed a CPE group, and has an extended online CPE still in progress.

Glocal Community Center: Dr. Paul is continuing with his Community Chaplaincy training program.

Atiman Life Care and Counseling Center: Dr. Lyn is planning to start a new CPE group towards the end of September.