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).

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).

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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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.

New Training Center

On February 6th, 2019, was the formal opening of the CPE Center at St. Andrews Theological Seminary (SATS). It had opened over a year earlier as a pilot project of CPSP and CPSP-Philippines with Dr. Raymond Lawrence (General Secretary of CPSP) as the supervisor. With the successful completion of that pilot project, SATS officially has an accredited center under CPSP-Philippines (and by Memorandum of Agreement with CPSP). At the ceremony, Dr. Paul Tabon, president of CPSP-Philippines, presided. Dr. Sim Dang-Awan Jr., a diplomate supervisor of CPSP-Philippines also joined, as did Dr. Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary of CPSP.