January 2015 Updates

The Board of Trustees of CPSP-Philippines met. While a full report will be coming, for now, here are a few highlights.

1.  The membership for CPSP-Philippines is up for renewal for all members, and future members. The annual membership fees are as follows:

  • Non-certified Member:                            P300
  • Certified Member:                                   P600
  • Accredited Training Center:                   P1900   (unchanged)
  • Accredited Hospital Training Center:      P3200   (unchanged)

Membership drive time will be between now and March 31st. However, the coverage will only be through December, as we move to be a membership schedule in line with CPSP.

2.  Based on consultation with CPSP, the former system of National Coordinator to aid proper partnership between CPSP-PI and CPSP, is replaced by a Standards Committee. The committee will establish and enforce standards for certification and accreditation. At this time, the 1st draft of the CPSP-PI standards is completed and is now going through a 2nd level of review. Upon approval, the standards will be maintained to ensure that CPSP-PI is maintaining equivalent standards with processes contextualized to the Philippines. This will ensure equivalency of CPE Units in the Philippines with international standards, as well as reciprocity of certifications.

We are still in discussion with various parties how to best organize our structure as far as roles, responsibiltiies, and checks and balances regarding BOT, Governing Council, and Standards Committee. Members of the Standards Committee are being reviewed. They will be announced when finalized.

3.  We congratulate individuals who have recently passed certification boards in the last five months, These were then confirmed at the case reviews with the General Secretary of CPSP this December. These include:

  • Dr. Paul Tabon            S.I.T.
  • Dr. Yohan Lee             S.I.T.
  • Fr. German Ledesma     S.I.T.
  • Jehny Pedazo                  S.I.T.    (and recommend for Palliative Care)
  • Cori Mariano                 CC/PC    (and recommend for Palliative Care)
  • Alexis Mendoz              CC/PC

4.  As noted in an earlier post, the Board has agreed to start the process to change the name to Collegium of Clinical Pastoral Supervision Philippines. or C-CPSP.

5.  CPE will begin at the Bukal Life Care Training Center and the PBTS Training Centers on March 16. the Bukal Center will be supervised by S.I.T. Celia Munson. The PBTS Center will be supervised by Dr. Paul Tabon. The PCMC Training Center in QC is planning to begin another CPE but the exact start date has not be set, as of last check. The PCMC Training Center is overseen by Tootsie Escandor-Sobremisana.

6.  The BOT has agreed regarding the importance in promoting the profession of chaplaincy in the Philippines. In line with this is the intention of establishing profitable communication with ACCPE, as well as move forward for formal recognitions of chaplaincy and chaplaincy standards.

August 2013 Updates

Some Updates:
-Aug 17. Start of Batch 2013-4 Half unit led by Celia
-Aug 19. Final Unit Evals for CPE 2013-3 led by Joyce
-Aug 19. North Central Luzon ( NCL) CPSP Chapter Meeting.
-Aug 27. Benguet CPSP Chapter Meeting
-Aug 29. CPSP BOT and Conveners Meeting.
-Sep 5. Baguio CPSP Chapter Meeting

All of these activities are in Baguio City. Activities in Manila and and Iloilo will be added later.

August 2013 Updates

1.  CPSP Chapter Meetings.. Baguio Chapter scheduled for August 2. Benguet Chapter scheduled (tentatively) for August 26.

2.  CPE. One CPE group is ongoing in Baguio, and one in Manila (PCMC). Another Baguio group is scheduled to start August 17.

3.  Working on plans for major CPSP activities in Iloilo and Manila in September or October. Will update as things get worked out.

CPSP-certified Clinical Pastoral Education in Baguio City… upcoming

Mid-June. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) batch led by Joyce Gray. This will probably be a mixed group… some doing Intensive and some Extended (this depends somewhat on the negotiation between the trainees and training supervisor).

Mid-July. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) batch led by Celia Munson. This will be an Extended, 18-week class. This will be a bit of an experiment for us, with all group work done on Saturdays. This is especially for those who work 5-days a week.CPE Baguio Batch Sept 2012

In all cases, full units are still 400 hours (300 hours ministry, 100 hours of group work and formal training). Training and ministry is done in Baguio City (Philippines) with various local hospitals and jails.

Contact us at info@bukallife.org if you are interested and wish to be given an application. You can also download an application at http://www.bukallife.org (under Forms).

Training is done certified by the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy.

It is advisable to apply early. Each batch is limited in size.

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.

March 2013 Updates

This is, I am sure, not a complete list for March 2013. I am just reporting updates as I know them. Will happily add more as they come in.

1.  CPSP just completed their Annual Plenary (March 17-20) in Los Vegas. Joyce Gray, the National Coordinator for CPSP-PI attended representing us. We are looking forward to updates from this important event.

2.  March 16, the 2nd half of a CPE batch in Manila resumes. It is being led by SIT Tootsie Escandor-Sobremisana, in Ortigas. (SIT stands for Supervisor-in-Training)

3.  March 18, Summer Intensive CPE Orientation began in Baguio City. The initial batch in Baguio is being led by SIT Celia Munson. A follow-up batch (or perhaps two batches) will start in April led by SIT Joyce Gray. These groups are being held at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, in Baguio City.

4.  April 2, the Benguet Chapter of CPSP-PI will have a certification board for the professional development and certification of CPE and pastoral care providers.