Some Thanks that have been forgotten

Sometimes we get busy and forget those who help make our work possible. Of course, we are thankful to our staff and SIT workers. We also appreciate our various partners here. We need to mention them specifically at another time. But here are some other thanks that needs to be made.

A. Volunteer thanks:
1. Dr. Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy for joining us and training our CPE trainees and Supervisors in Training.
2. Dr. Cesar Espineda, diplomate with CPSP who will provide training for our trainees as well as lead a counseling symposium on May 14th.
3. Russell and Gwen Bowles, and Matt Wall. They will be coming over from Virginia to help us in social ministry particularly with special needs training and VBS.

B. Material Thanks.
1. Terry and Debbie Arndt, with WCA Hospital and Ivory Baptist Church. Medical and Surgical supplies.
2. Carmalita Grant and Gautier United Methodist Church. Hospital blankets, sheets, and smocks.
3. Doug and Cheryl Iverson. Numerous pastoral care and Christian counseling books.


VBS for Special Needs Children

As part of our practical training of CPE trainees, we will be holding a Vacation Bible School for children with special needs. This is planned to be held at Calvary Baptist Elementary School, May 9-12, 2pm -4pm. We will also be doing training with teachers and others interested in working with children with special needs.

This VBS will be led by Mrs. Gwendolyn Bowles (MEd. in Special Education), who has served as a special education teacher (ED, ADHD, LD, MH) in both school and church for 30 years.

To Register or to ask questions, please contact BUKAL Life at 0933-302-0373 or email us at

Inauguration of CPSP in the Philippines

On April 20, we had the formal inauguration of CPSP-Philippines with the formation of the first chapter of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP)—the Baguio Chapter. The inauguration was held at Riverview Park in Asin, Benguet, Philippines, during a clinical pastoral education retreat.

The formal presentation was made by Dr. Raymond Lawrence, the General Secretary of the CPSP. The Baguio Chapter of the CPSP is only the second such chapter in Southeast Asia, and is presided over by Rev. Joel S. Aguirre.

In addition, two training centers were also announced for CPSP-Philippines. These are Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and BUKAL Life Care & Counseling Center. Dr. Ryan Clark, professor of pastoral care and counseling at PBTS, and Celia P. Munson, training coordinator at BUKAL Life, represented these institutions at the event. A follow-on presentation of this relationship was made on May 23 with Dr. Joyce Abugan, President of Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, and Robert Munson, the Administrator of BUKAL Life.

The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy is a theologically based covenant community, dedicated to “Recovery of Soul.” CPSP offers accredited training and credentialing for Pastoral Psychotherapy, Pastoral Supervision, Pastoral Counseling, and Clinical Chaplaincy.
For more information, please refer to the CPSP website,, or e-mail BUKAL Life Care and Counseling Center at

Counseling Symposium

“The William & Viola Farrell Pastoral Care and Counseling Symposium” of Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center.

May 14, 8am – 4:30pm

Our keynote speaker is CESAR G. ESPINEDA, MPhil, PhD, APD, MA, STM, BA. He is a Diplomate of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, and oversees CPSP-Philippines. Please see his full resume’ below


    Two major topics. “Counseling Guidelines with Patients and Families” and “Transference: Our Un/Conscious Reactions in the Human-Patient Encounter”

    Cost: P250 by reservation (contact us at 0933-302-0373) or P300 at the door.

    The symposium is open for counselors, educators, clergy, social workers, and for those in the helping profession.

    Full Resume’ of Dr. Espineda

    Dr. Espineda is a pastoral theologian, clinical pastoral supervisor, and educator, whose extensive pastoral-missionary and cultural-immersion experiences in New York City, Australia, New Zealand, Western and American Samoa, Japan, and the Philippines serve as the foundation for his work in mentoring lay persons, ordained professionals, and students of ministry of all faiths in multicultural and interfaith counseling and clinical pastoral supervision, education, and training. He is the Director of the CPSP Philippines and a member of the Board of Trustees of Bukal Life and Counseling Center in Baguio City.

    Dr. Espineda is a faculty member of the dual doctoral programs (DMin and PsyD), a collaborative endeavor between the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (, and the Graduate Theological Foundation ( He is a board certified Clinical Fellow in Hospice and Palliative Care, Diplomate-Training Supervisor in CPET, Clinical Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor, and Chair for the CPSP Accreditation of Training Centers in the United States and abroad. He is also a board certified Diplomate in Traumatic Stress with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He is an associate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of the Asia-Pacific Palliative Care Network, the New York Citizens’ Committee on Health Care Decisions, and the Kappa and Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

    Dr. Espineda is Director of Tactics New York, an information-mapping technology company headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand. It was in Wellington where he began his hospice work in 1989 as a volunteer pastoral counselor at Te Omaga (“The Refuge”). He ministered to the youth and served as pastor of a multi-cultural church comprising 400 families of New Zealanders, Polynesians, and Asians. He left Wellington in 1994, found his way to New York, and has been there ever since.

    Dr. Espineda has founded numerous clinical pastoral education and supervisory training programs on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. Currently, he is an independent contractor and provides supervisory education and training programs at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York, and the Good Shepherd Clinical Pastoral Training Center in Long Beach, California. He is also conducting Clinical Pastoral Education & Training (CPET) programs at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York with Orthodox Jews, and with interfaith lay professionals at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. Most recently, the American Institute of Holistic Theology in Alabama contracted with him to be their CPE training supervisor. In his former role as Vice President for Counseling Services and Ethics at Jacob Perlow Hospice/Continuum Hospice Care in New York City, he founded a hospice and palliative-based CPE program committed to training non/denominational lay and ordained professionals and students of ministry in end-of-life care, ethics, and interfaith and cross-cultural counseling. When the program was launched in 2003, it was the only one of its kind in New York City, if not in the country.

    As a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, Dr. Espineda provides didactics on grief and bereavement to its leadership team, staff, and volunteers. He also spends time feeding New York City’s homeless on 33rd Street with lay volunteers from the Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle, New York.

    Fordham University is where Dr. Espineda received much of his graduate education. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Administration and Supervision-Organizational Leadership, an Advance Professional Diploma in Religion and Religious Education, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He also attended Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in New York City, where he earned a Master of Philosophy in Ecumenical Studies, a post-doctoral degree. UTS also awarded Dr. Espineda a Master in Sacred Theology, recognizing his theological studies at the Divine Word Seminary in the Philippines.

    At New York University and the A.K. Rice Institute in Washington, DC, Dr. Espineda completed his clinical training in the Tavistock method of group relations work. For his group work in supervision and psychotherapy, he attended the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in New York City.

    He is a published author of articles, reviews, and essays in the field of pastoral leadership and ministry. His doctoral research on the emerging paradigms of pastoral leadership in health care facilities was published in 2001.

    Dr. Espineda enjoys films, theatre, museums, parks, travel, fishing, historical novels, and biographies. Most of all, he enjoys life and says: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving (A. Einstein). Dr. Espineda may be contacted at


First Aid for Short-term Missionaries

Celia Munson, the training coordinator for Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center led Basic First Aid and Health for Short-term Missionaries. This was done with STMers tied to “Asia Vision Short-Term Missions”. Typically, we help with AVSTM in a couple of training seminars. These are Basic first aid, and member care issues in missions.

April 2011 Updates

Busy times busy times. We are in week 3 of CPE intensive. Things are going well, but a bit crazy. But here are some upcoming items.

A. May 7. Minimedical mission in Irisan, Baguio City

B. May 9-12. Training with teachers at Calvary Baptist Elementary School and CPE students. Topics in working with children of special needs, learning styles, and teambuilding.

C. May 9-13. Vacation Bible School for Special Needs Children.

D. May 14. Counseling Symposium, Baguio City. Details to follow.

E. May 28. Last day of CPE. Graduation.

F. August and September. The newest batch of CPE.