CPSP-Philippines Timeline

2010, Bukal Life Care and Counseling Center started teaching Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for chaplains and ministers.

2011. Bukal Life Care formed a verbal partnership with an organization called CPSP, based in the United States. CPSP is a collegial body of pastoral counselors and clinical chaplains, and works to certify these specialties and accredit training facilities for these based on established standards. Bukal Life Care became the first training center recognized in the Philippines by CPSP, and several members of Bukal became part of the first CPSP-recognized CPE supervisors-in-training in the Philippines.

2014 Bukal Life Care-Manila became a separate entity led by Dr. Sim Dang-Awan Jr. under the new, New Hope. Later, the name was changed to Jethro Guidance Center.

2015 We established a formal MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines. The established us formally in our relationship with CPSP.

2016. Four SITs (Doc Sim, Doc Cal, Doc Paul, and Chap. Celia) became the first full Supervisors with CPSP-Philippines. Up to this time, our organization only had Supervisors-in-Training. Each supervisor had his/her own training center, making a total of four training centers.

2019. We signed an updated MOA with CPSP.

So why did we help form this organization? There were a few reasons. One reason was the rather sorry state of chaplaincy and pastoral counseling in the Philippines. I read an article written in 1981 of the state of pastoral counseling and chaplaincy in Southeast Asia. The article sounded like it could have been written in 2010. Few things had changed. There were, I suspect, a few reasons for this.

People who trained to be a chaplain or a pastoral counselor tended to leave the Philippines. They were valued in other countries, but one could hardly earn a living in the Philippines in these roles. Pastoral counseling is not really recognized in the Philippines. Hospital chaplaincy has traditionally been simply a post assigned by the local bishop to a priest to carry out sacraments in the hospital. Community chaplaincy was typically held by people who were part of an organization that was originally set up to fight corruption but had gradually (in many locations) become a part of that corruption.

Over the years, doors have begun to open, just a bit.

  • CPSP-Philippines now has 7 active training centers, and 2 more in inactive status.
  • We have chaplains heading… something like 5 hospitals, one corporate chaplaincy program, and several school, college, and seminary chaplaincy roles.
  • The next generation of pastoral counselors/chaplains are really starting to step up and take on roles to expand the work that we began. They are starting to hold webinars, writing books, online counseling and support groups, and expanding into corporate work, retirement homes, and more.

Chaplaincy Sub-Specialization

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.

 

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.

 

CPE Graduation– Glocal Community Center

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Congratulations to the 4 CPE trainees at Glocal Community Center for competion of their first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. Glocal Community Center is a CPSP-Philippines accredited center headed by Diplomate Supervisor Paul Tabon. It is based in Baguio City with Pines City Doctor’s Hospital as their primary training location. The graduation was hosted by Father Ivo Anselmi at the St. Camillus Novitiate in Baguio City.

CPSP-Philippine News. March 2019

This is not a complete list of news, but I am forwarding the news that I have:

  1.  Glocal Community.  March 19.  Supervisor Paul Tabon will hold the graduation of his latest batch of CPE trainees. Pictures to follow.
  2. Bukal Life Care.  March 12. Start of Summer Intensive. 7 trainees. Vo Canoy will serve as SIT working with Supervisor Celia Munson
  3. Bukal Life Corporate Chaplaincy. SIT Renato Eustaquio is continuing his program of corporate chaplaincy in Bulacan, and is in process of establishing a pastoral counseling office for hospital chaplaincy. More to follow when this is clarified.
  4. New Heights.  Supervisor Sim Dang-Awan Jr., is about to start a new unit of CPE. It will likely be held at Ellinwood Malate Church in Manila. Doc Sim will act as supervisor, assisted by Dr. Larry Gusto.
  5. Zamboanga.  Chaplain Phan Buac is completing his latest unit of CPE at Silliman under PACPE. Upon his return home he will be working to arrange his next CPO (clinical pastoral orientation) group.
  6. Clinical Pastoral and Spiritual Care Center. Dr. Cal Sodoy plans to hold CPE in Davao.  July 8 to August 10, 2019. Also the D.Min. in Pastoral Counseling and Supervision will start a new school year at Central Philippine University this coming June.
  7. Standards Changes:  Pastoral Counselor and Clinical Chaplain are now no longer considered to be separate certifications. They are now linked together. New sub-specialty for corporate chaplaincy is now added. This now makes two sub-specialties, the other being palliative and hospice care.
  8. Membership: It is time for membership renewals. The board is working out the details of some changes to the membership scheme. Once they are worked out, we will send you the information so you can update yourself with us.

 

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Summer Intensive 2019 Bukal Life Care CPE Group with SIT Vo

 

 

December Updates

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CPE Group at Bukal Life Care (Baguio City)

  • November 29th we held a planning meeting in Baguio. Updates coming on some of the matters covered.

 

  • January.  Two CPE groups will be starting in Baguio. At Global Community Center, Supervisor Paul Tabon will start a unit. At Bukal Life Care, a half unit of CPE will commence.

 

  • January 31 to early February. Dr. Raymond Lawrence, Secretary General of CPSP will be visiting us. He will be teaching at meeting with CPSP-Philippines members at St. Andrews Theological Seminary and at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

  • April.  We have set up a working team for our 2019 CPSP-Philippine Plenary. The plan is for it to be held on the grounds of Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in April. More details when we get them.

Active Programs

We don’t always know what is going in on our training centers at all times. We welcome being updated. But here are some programs that are gong on at this time.

–Baguio City.   Supervisor’s in Training Vo and Lyn, under the oversight of Supervisor Celia, are holding full and half unit extended CPE, starting in mid-October. This is Lyn’s first time as SIT.

— Manila.  Supervisor Sim is supervising an extended CPE group at Cosmopolitan Church, Ermita, Manila. in Parish/Community-based chaplaincy.

–Bulacan.  SIT Renato is supervising a unique CPO (Clinical Pastoral Orientation) in Industrial (or Corporate) Chaplaincy. This is his first supervision.

–Zamboanga City. Chaplain Phanuel is supervising his fourth CPO group in hospital-based chaplaincy.

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.