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


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