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.
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.
- 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.
- 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/
- 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/
- 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.
Supervisor Cal Sodoy, head of Clinical Pastoral and Spiritual Care Training Center, has given his schedule for the rest of the year.
- April 23 – May 18. CPE for graduate students at CPU School of Theology (Jaro, Iloilo City)
- July 2 – Aug 31. CPE with post-grad students in Davao City
- Sept 3 – 30. Teaching Pastoral Theology at CPU School of Theology
- Oct 8 – Nov 18. CPE graduate students. Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, Roxas City
- Nov 22 – Dec 31. Church-building project, Tablas Island, Romblon
The following presentations provides a quick overview of the principles of training associated with CPE. The first one comes from the Bukal Life Care website. (Bukal Life Care is one of our accredited training centers.) The second is from CPSP-Philippines
Dr. Raymond Lawrence, the General Secretary of CPSP is visiting the Philippines. Right now (March 27 – April 7, 2017) he is here leading CPE training with trainees at St. Andrews Theological Seminary.
Summer Intensive CPE has started up again with Bukal Life Care in Baguio City. 12 trainees at this time are now busy, supervised by SITs JM and Vo. CPE Summer Intensive will soon be starting at Mary Johnston Hospital (Manila) led by Dr. Sim, and at Pines Doctors Hospital (Baguio) led by Dr. Paul.
In the next couple of days, Dr. Doug Dickens will be arriving in the Philippines. He is a Diplomate Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education/Training, with CPSP. He will be teaching a course in Crisis Care at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. He will also lead a 2-day seminar, also at PBTS, on Pastoral Diagnosis. This is on April 24-25. He will also be working with SITs and Supervisors of CPSP-Philippines.
Chaplain Victor Layug has been selected to be a part of the Governing Council of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP ). He will serve as the representative for Region 6 (International Region).
Reverand Layug is presently doing his CPE Residency at Emory University, but will be returning to his normal ministry as head chaplain at Mary Johnston Hospital in Manila. He also is a CPE Supervisor-in-Training (SIT) with CPSP-Philippines. In the picture below, Victor is standing with Raymond Lawrence and William Scar, General Secretary and President of CPSP, respectively.
CPSP-Philippines is a partnered organization with CPSP to establish and maintain standards, credentialing, and accrediting for pastoral counseling, clinical chaplaincy, and CPE training. We believe that having one of our members on the Governing Board with CPSP will aid in our pursuit of excellence.