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



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