CPE Application Form

CPE Application Form is located:


Note: While the 2011 CPE-Intensive was a great success in trainees, certifications, seminars, and supervisors-in-training, we actually spent more money than we received from tuitions. Therefore, we have considerably increased the tuition. We hope to find more people willing to invest in future pastoral care providers, counselors, and chaplains by providing to our scholarship endowment. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at info@bukallife.org


June Updates

1. On May 28th, we held the graduation ceremony for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). 23 graduates of CPE as well as several more completing a unit of Supervisor-in-Training as well. The ceremony was held at UCCP-Baguio with approximately 85 people joining us on this rainy day. Dr. Sim Dang-Awan, the newly elected President of the Board of Trustees of Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center, gave the graduation address. Afterwards, we enjoyed a nice lunch together.

2. Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center will hold its first CPE Unit One training in Manila. It will start in August, and be led locally by Dr. Sim Dang-Awan and Sr. Sofia Natama. Contact us at info@bukallife.org for more information. We are also in the early stages in arranging for CPE program in Ifugao/Kalinga region. More info to follow soon (we hope).

3. Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center will hold its next CPE training in Baguio the end of June. This will be spread out over a longer period of time than our CPE Intensive program. This is to accommodate those with busy schedules. Contact us at info@bukallife.org.

4. Parenting Seminar will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, KM4 La Trinidad on July 14. Training will be led by Ms. Tessa Leones.

5. The next meeting of CPSP-Philippines will be on August 27, starting at 9am at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. If you have questions about CPSP-Philippines or becoming involved in one of the newly formed chapters, you may contact Ms. Chit Panizales (you can use our email info@bukallife.org, and we will forward it to her).

Medical Mission at Irisan Dumpsite

Doing ministry work at a dumpsite in the Philippines is a touchy thing. In many such locations, well-meaning Christians have created more dependency than growth in people who work and live at these dumpsites. Acknowledging this concern, we felt that we could be of help there, partnering with Mountain of Blessing… a small group that works with people at the dumpsite. The dumpsite has been closed for over a year (at least in the sense of no new garbage being brought in from Baguio City). However, there is still tons and tons of recyclables that are slowly sorted out and collected. Hundreds of people still live and work there.

We did our medical mission at the day care just outside the dumpsite. We were able to treat close to 400 patients. General medical, dental, and minor surgical services were provided. We were surprised at the number of children with infections. We had to go back to our medicine supplier to get more antibiotics and other medicines to cover the greater than expected needs.

We thank the large number of volunteers. Among these include Mountain of Blessing, CEF-Baguio, West Baguio Baptist Church, and local volunteers.

William & Viola Farrell Symposium 2011 Completed

It was a great day. After months of preparation, the first William & Viola Farrell Symposium of Pastoral Care & Counseling was completed.

We had 105 attend coming from churches, NGOs, schools, hospitals and other organizations. The goal of this series is to provide training that bridges the gap between secular and religious counseling. The goal is to provide people from different fields involved with helping people, to empower them to deal with the psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of their patients/clients.

Dr. Cesar Espineda was the main speaker. He is a Diplomate with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. He has graciously taken on a role of mentor for both CPSP-Philippines and Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center. Both of his topics centered on the importance of self-awareness and self-understanding of the counselor.

The first topic was “The Person as a Benchmark for Counseling.” The second was “Transference– Our Un/Conscious Reaction in the Human-Patient Encounter.”

The lectures were also tied to discussions as a whole group, as well as small-group discussion afterwards. Additionally, a cultural performance was provided by Batang, a Cordilleran dance troupe. They did dances from Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Ifugao. Additionally, we had a presentation of artwork by local artist, Rommel Pidaso. The work showed creation of culturally relevant “basura art”, or artwork constructed from garbage. Creation of meaning and beauty from what has been rejected certainly seems to be a relevant counseling metaphor.

We thank all those who attended. Of course we also thank our guest lecturer, our cultural presenters, volunteers, and sponsors.

Special Needs Ministry Training at PBTS

We had a great time with a half day training in incorporating Special Needs children, adults (and their families) into the church and ministry. 70 people attended the training. These included the Bukal Life CPE trainees, teachers from Calvary Baptist Elementary School, and church education leaders. The training was led by Bob and Celia Munson of Bukal Life, and Julie Sibucao, the principal at Calvary Baptist Elementary School.

Special Needs Ministry Training At CBES

Special Needs Ministry Training

Individual Education Training Plan

Upcoming Events

May 9 9am -12pm. Workshop in Church ministry for Special Needs children and adults

May 14 8:30am – 4:30pm. Counseling Symposium with Dr. Cesar Espineda. Baguio City

May 21 Medical/Pagtuli Mission at Irisan Dumpsite

May 28 Last day of CPE Intensive 2011.

May 31 Crisis Care seminar. Dalicno, Itogon, Benguet