Presently CPSP-Philippines is active in three locations (Baguio, Manila, Iloilo) and about to start in a fourth location soon (Ansan City, Korea).
1. CPE is starting up again in Baguio starting March 23d. This will be our Summer Intensive. It will be led by SITs Celia Munson and Dr. Paul Tabon. There has also been questions whether we will do a full year of CPE, for those seeking it. We are presently looking into that possibility with local hospitals. Will hopefully know soon. The summer intensive will be primarily for full unit (400 total hours), but may also provide half unit (200 total hours). Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary students have the option of taking this CPE for credit, and potentially for internship. PBTS students also receive a discount in cost. This CPE program is certified by CPSP and CPSP-Philippines.
2. The Bukal Life Care training center of CPSP-Philippines is also planning to provide two programs that are not CPSP-Philippines certified, but dovetail in nicely with the certified program.
A. Clinical Pastoral Orientation. This is being held in partnership with PBTS and is a 100 hour preparatory to CPE. It follows the model of CPE but is designed to work better with a bible school system. It will meet on Mondays for 6 weeks starting January 23rd.
B. Disaster Response Chaplaincy. This will be an intensive from May 13-16, again in conjunction with PBTS. For those taking CPE with Bukal Life Care, this will be incuded. However, others may choose to take the class independently, or as part of their PBTS curriculum.
Clinical Pastoral Education/Training (CPE/T) seeks to integrate sound Psychological and Counseling principles with Theological insight and tools. As such, it is well suited to be part of the curriculum of theological schools. In fact, many religious denominations and schools require CPE/T as part of their ordination or graduation process. What are some of the options?
1. Full Unit CPE/T Intensive. This is 400 hours over 8-12 weeks. This is full-time obviously, and can be done during summer break in most schools.
2. Half Unit CPE/T. This is approximately 200-240 hours over 4-8 weeks normally. This is on the edge between part-time and full time. Generally, however, it will dominate the schedule of the trainee and so should be done with no other classes or requirements. Half-unit is suitable for schools that have a CPE requirement, but do not require the Full Intensive. CPE/T. This is commonly done during summer break, but can also be done other times of the year as well.
3. Full Unit CPE/T Extended. This program is 400 hours over 16-26 weeks (depending on the agreement between trainees and supervisor). This program is primarily designed for professionals, allowing them to maintain their work/ministry while doing CPE/T. However, if extended over 26 weeks, the hours required per week end up under 20. Therefore, it can be an option for some theological students to do CPE/T while being an active student with other classes. If this is being done, it is beneficial that the CPE program and the theological school are in communication to ensure that there are no conflicts.
4. Clinical Pastoral Orientation (CPO). This program is approximately 60 hours and designed to fit into a slot as a regular class at a theological school. In some ways, it is similar to a regular class in Pastoral Care and Counseling. The differences are the addition of Group process, Individual supervision, and practical chaplain work in hospital or other ministry point. The goal is to follow the learning objectives and methodology of CPE/T. To do so provides the self-growth found in regular CPE/T. It also allows a student to get a taste of CPE/T to determine if it might be of value to him or her.
NOTE: The first three programs are certified by CPSP (www.pastoralreport.com). The last one (CPO) is not certified by CPSP, however, it is being standardized by CPSP-PI, to ensure standards are being maintained at different school settings.