Mid-May News CPSP-Philippines

<Starting in the North and working our way South>

Baguio City. Bukal LIfe Care has two CPE groups active for Summer Intensive. One is led by Chaplain Vo Canoy. The other is led by Chaplain Lyn Montecastro. A Half Unit is expected to start the third week in June supervized by Chaplains Celia Munson and Vo Canoy.

Chaplain Vo’s CPE Group

Bocaue. The Chaplains Office, led by Chaplain Renato Eustaquio, has an active CPE group at Dr. Yanga’s Hospital. They are planning a Chaplain’s Retreat in Baguio the weekend of June 4. They are also developing a video series of trainings for counselors, missionaries, and pastors. And finally, they are planning to start a one-year program in July. We wish them well in this.

Manila. Jethro Guidance Center, is moving forward with their recent partnership with Union Theological Seminary with an ongoing CPE batch being held there. It is being supervised by Dr. Larry Gusto and Chaplain Ephraim Guerrero. Looking forward to seeing this effort expand.

Community-Based CPE at Union Theological Seminary

Iligan City. The Chaplain ministry at Iligan City Adventist Hospital, led by Dr. Victor Navarro, will be completing a CPE Batch June 9th. Dr. Cal Sodoy will be guest speaker for this event. CPSP-Philippines has not been long in Mindanao. We are thankful for the work of Dr. Sim Dang-Awan Jr. in promoting our work there, with it bearing fruit through local efforts of Chaplains Victor Navarro, Elvin Salarda, and Phanuel Buac. We look forward to more good things happening there.

Davao. And speaking of Minidanao, Dr. Cal Sodoy is leading a training at Davao Central College. This two week activity will hopefully happen in August and tentatively this will be done with Dr. Raymond Lawrence (General Secretary and founder) of CPSP joining face-to-face. Several of us are also hoping to join even if for a shorter time.

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.

July Updates

  1.  Dr. Cal Sodoy is presently holding advanced CPE training in Davao City. This program is especialy intense, being completed in a 5 week period.
  2. Best Wishes to Chaplain Victor Layug as he begins his 1 year residency in CPE at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Georgia.
  3. Additional best wishes to Dr. Sim Dang-Awan as he assumes the duties of hospital chaplain at Mary Johnston Hospital (Manila) during the absence of Chaplain Victor.
  4. Congratulations to Phanuel Buac for the completion of the first Clinical Pastoral Orientation group (CPO) in Zamboanga, serving as facilitator. CPO is a preparatory practical training for those interested in chaplaincy or pastoral care ministry. It also serves as a way for those working towards SIT to gain some experience in facilitating training. We also wish him well as he will be doing an advanced unit of CPE with Dr. Cal.
  5. Bob and Celia Munson have completed a book “The Art of Pastoral Care.” The book is primarily for the use of Intro to Pastoral Care or CPO courses… especially in the Philippines.
  6. Two new CPE groups will begin in August in Baguio. One is led by Doc Paul and will start in mid-August with weekday meetings. The other is led by Chaplain Celia, and will be a half unit course, meeting the last Monday-Wednesday of each month, August through November.
  7. Dr. Raymond Lawrence will be with us in October… leading trainng at St. Andrews Theological Seminary in Quezon City. We are planning a CPSP-Philippines event during that time, Most likely it will occur during the 13th – 16th of October, in Manila.

Supervisor-in-Training Peer Support Group Meeting

Friday, March 20, starting 9AM will be the SIT Peer Support Group for Northern Philippines Region of CPSP-PI. The purpose is for professional development, and personal growth, for those involved in supervisory work in Clinical Pastoral Education.

It will be held at the office of Bukal LIfe Care, on the grounds of Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (Baguio City).

Expected attendees are SITs from Baguio, Manila, and Korea.

CPSP-Philippines is a regionally partnered organization of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. CPSP-PI provides certification and accreditation services for chaplains and pastoral care workers, as well as Clinical Pastoral Education programs.

If you have any questions, please email us on the Contact Us Page.

Summer CPE Moving Forward

On April 29, the CPE/T group at PCMC (Philippine Children’s Medical Center) will have their completion/graduation ceremony. This CPE/T is led by Tootsie Escandor-Sobremisana. Congratulations to all of the graduates!163498_10151444784018381_1039739917_n

Two CPE/T groups (Baguio Group A led by Celia Munson, and the Quezon City Group led by Chit Panizales) have just finished mid-terms.

Baguio Group B led by Joyce Gray has just finished week two.

More groups will be starting up soon. Contact Joyce Gray at

email: joyceegray@gmail.com

Phone:  0923.595.0328

if you have specific questions regarding when and where.