Impromptu Meeting and 2020 Plenary

Board Meeting was held in Baguio on October 26 for Bukal Life Care. The board has two Diplomates of CPSP-Philippines (Chaplain Celia and Dr. Sim), and four SITs (Chaplains Jehny, Renato, Lyn and Vo). The registrar of CPSP-Philippines (Dr. Bob) was also present as the administrator of Bukal. When Diplomate Dr. Cal decided to join Dr. Sim on his trip to Baguio, we ended up having a sizable gathering of CPSP-Philippines leadership, from four training centers.

As such, we moved into a number of CPSP-Philippines matters. Most clearly among them is the CPSP-Philippines Plenary. It is scheduled for May 2020 with the POSSIBLE dates of May 12 and 13, with probable venue being Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio City. Like speakers will be Doc Sim and Doc Cal, with hopefully at least one Diplomate from CPSP (US) joining as plenary speaker.

More to follow.

Certification Board

On October 24, a Certification Board was held at Ellinwood Malate Church in Manila. It was hosted by the Malate Chapter and Jethro Guidance Center. The board was chaired by Diplomate Dr. Calixto Sodoy, with other boardmembers Diplomate Dr. Simplicio Dang-Awan Jr. (non-voting), Diplomate Dr. Paul Tabon, and SIT Dr. Merlita Montecastro.

Three were approved as certified Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Chaplain. They are:

Dr. Larry Paul Gusto

Rev. Ephraim Guerrero

Dr. Elvin Salarda

Congratulations to all three. They will be serving as Supervisors-in-Training under Dr. Sim.

Growing Library


CPSP-Philippines is committed to expanding books and other materials to assist in the areas of Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy, especially in the Philippines. At this time we have the books above:

Pastoral Care Response for Alcoholism in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, by Dr. Simplicio Dang-Awan, Jr. He is the Diplomate Supervisor at Jethro Guidance Center.

Recovery of the Soul:  A History and Memoir of the Clinical Pastoral Movement, by Dr. Raymond Lawrence. He is the General Secretary of CPSP, and Mentor of CPSP-Philippines.

The Art of Pastoral Care, by Dr. Robert and Celia Munson.  They are the co-founders of Bukal Life Care, and Celia is the Diplomate Supervisor at Bukal.

Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling and Training, by Robert and Celia Munson

Another book is in the works and should be done soon by Erlinda Senturias.

The above four books are all available online at Amazon, and many other online vendors. Three of the four books are available at the main office of CPSP-Philippines (which is shared by Bukal Life Care in Baguio City, Philippines). The fourth book, by Raymond Lawrence should be available at our main office in the near future.


New Book Released

A third book has been released for CPSP-Philippines. Front Art The book is Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling and Training. It is the second book by the Munsons to support CPE training programs.

Pastoral counseling is a form of counseling that draws from the social sciences, but far more from pastoral theology, metaphor, symbols, and rituals. This book seeks to explore aspects of pastoral counseling with special emphasis on the dynamic processes associated with training, supervision, relationships, life stages, faith development, and theological reflection.

The book is presently available on Amazon at This Location.  Kindle version will follow, and paper copies will be available at the Bukal Life Care office (in Baguio City) in a few weeks.

Two other books are:

The Art of Pastoral Care   by Robert and Celia Munson

Pastoral Care Response to Alcoholism in the Armed Forces of the Philippines    by Simplicio Dang-Awan Jr.


September/October Updates

  1.  Presently, CPE is being held at Bukal Life Care (2 groups), Hesed, and Jethro Guidance.  These three centers are located in Baguio City, Bocaue, and Manila, respectively.
  2.  Doc Cal Sodoy of Clinical Pastoral and Spiritual Care Training Center will be in Manila working with Jethro Guidance from October 19-27. The biggest single activity will be the Certification Board on Thursday October 24 when we will have a CPSP-Philippines Certification Board.  Tentative location will be Elinwood Malate Church in Manila (location subject to change).


May 2019 Updates

Some Updates…
–New Heights: They are in the middle of an extended full unit, led by Doc Sim, with assistance of Chaplain Larry.
–Bukal Life Care. They will start intensive unit June 10, led by Chaplains Celia and Lyn They will also have a half unit beginning in August, led by Chaplain Vo. Bukal Life Care plans to take a break from CPE from October to March 2019 (not including CPO)
–Glocal Community. Doc Paul plans to start a CPE this October.
–St. Andrews. They have 11 trainees starting this mid-May into July.
–CPSCTC. Doc Cal will start an intensive unit at CPU this mid-May for 5 weeks.
–Hesed. Chaplain Renato will supervise the first unit of CPE at Hesed . Orientation is on June 13.