<From Left to Right: Chaplain Victor Layug, Dr. Sim Dang-Awan, Dr. Paul Tabon, Mr. Edgar Chan, Ms. Celia Munson>La
On March 22nd, a certification board was held at the Bukal Life Care office. We are happy to report that two received positive results recommending increased certification. Chaplain Victor Layug, head chaplain at Mary Johnston Hospital, is recommended for Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor. Mr. Edgar Chan, a lay minister, and volunteer with Bukal Life Care, is recommended for Associate Clinical Chaplain and Associate Pastoral Counselor.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is expected to be held at Mary Johnston Hospital starting April 4th. CPE will be held at Bukal Life Care starting March 30th.
CPSP-Philippines welcomed Dr. Raymond Lawrence and Charlie Spruell to Baguio City. Doc Raymond is the General Secretary of CPSP. He has joined us several times before, and this was Charlie’s second visit. We had three days of fairly intense training. The focus was on Case Studies. All who attended the training received a copy of Dr. Lawrence’s new book. “Nine Cases: The Soul of Pastoral Care and Counseling.” Trainees and members alike provided different cases. Doc Raymond said that the cases provided were “quite stimulating clinical data that made the seminars much fun for me.” The three day seminar was jointly hosted by Bukal Life Care and Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.
We also had a Thanksgiving Dinner (on Tuesday rather than Thursday due to schedule). During the dinner we had the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that formally establishes the relationship between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines. It was signed by Raymond, as well as Dr. Paul Tabon, the President o the Board of Trustees of CPSP-Philippines. A copy of the signed MOA is available in the Documents section of this webside.
Congratulations to Ptr. Phanuel Buac for passing his certification board for “Clinically Trained Minister” (CTM) with CPSP-PI. His board was in Baguio City, May 15, 2015. Primary board members were Dr. Sim Dang-Awan (SIT program), Jehny Pedazo (SIT program), and Cori Mariano (CC/PC).
We 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.
Congratulations to Drs. Lee and Tabon. On September 27, a CPSP-PI board have recommended them for dual certifications “Pastoral Counselor” and “Clinical Chaplain.” Thanks to all who participated!
Board members, Candidates, and Observers after the Board. Y, Becky, Tootsie, Katrina, Paul, Jehny, Joyce, and Celia
This is, I am sure, not a complete list for March 2013. I am just reporting updates as I know them. Will happily add more as they come in.
1. CPSP just completed their Annual Plenary (March 17-20) in Los Vegas. Joyce Gray, the National Coordinator for CPSP-PI attended representing us. We are looking forward to updates from this important event.
2. March 16, the 2nd half of a CPE batch in Manila resumes. It is being led by SIT Tootsie Escandor-Sobremisana, in Ortigas. (SIT stands for Supervisor-in-Training)
3. March 18, Summer Intensive CPE Orientation began in Baguio City. The initial batch in Baguio is being led by SIT Celia Munson. A follow-up batch (or perhaps two batches) will start in April led by SIT Joyce Gray. These groups are being held at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, in Baguio City.
4. April 2, the Benguet Chapter of CPSP-PI will have a certification board for the professional development and certification of CPE and pastoral care providers.