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.
  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:
  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.
  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


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.

Meeting in Iloilo

Meeting at Central Philippine University. In photo are Dr. Cal Sodoy (Diplomate, CPSP-Philippines), Celia Munson (Diplomate, CPSP-Philippines), Dr. Bob Munson (Registrar, CPSP-Philippines), and Dr. Montecastro and Dr. Pagara. Missing from the photo are four SITs (Dr. Lyn, and Pastors Cris, Jhojho, and Samuel). Also met with another future SIT, Ptr. Jenkins.  This trip occurred October 4-7, and was a wonderful and valuable time had by all.


Important Updates

We have made several updates to our website based on a number of recent changes. The two biggest changes are two new training centers. These are Shalom CPE Training Center in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, headed by Dr. Elvin Salarda. The other is Saint Andrews Theological Seminary. It is overseen by Dr. Raymond Lawrence, with SITs part of the faculty there.  In both of cases, the centers have been granted preliminary accreditation pending finalization of the process.

So our member directory, our Diplomate/SIT directory, and training center directories have been updated, as is our training center map.

Welcome aboard!

Memorandum of Agreement Copy

We have put the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines on our DOCUMENTS page. (Go to ABOUT US and then DOCUMENTS). Two documents are there under Memorandum of Agreement between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines. One is a PDF of the agreement, and the other is a scan of the agreement signed back in 2013 by the General Secretary of CPSP, and the President of the Board of Trustees of CPSP-Philippines.

NOTE: CPSP-Philippines started out as an outreach project of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP). In 2011, CPSP-Philippines (The Collegium of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy-Philippines) was incorporated in the Philippines. In 2015 the MOA was signed by both parties recognizing the independence of CPSP-Philippines while establishing the criteria for Equivalency of Standards and Reciprocity of Certifications.

You can look at the MOA directly by clicking HERE.


Congratulations to those who have successfully passed their board for certification  on July 28.

Ptr. Renato Eustaquio              Board Certified Clinical Chaplain (BCCC)

Dr. Merlita Montecastro          Board Certified Clinical Chaplain (BCCC)

Ptr. Janice Serafica                    Board Certified Clinical Chaplain (BCCC)

Danel Spaeth                              Board Certified Associate Clinical Chaplain (BCACC)



Honoring a Colleague


CPSP-Philippines joins in sorrow with friends, family, and colleagues in the passing of Chaplain Victor S. Layug, July 16, 2018. He was an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He served most recently as head chaplain of Mary Johnston Hospital in Manila. He was a board-certified clinical chaplain of CPSP-Philippines, and a CPE Supervisor-in-Training. Internment will be on July 20th.