CPE Summer Intensive

Group A of our Summer Intensive is starting their third week here in Baguio. Our Chaplain trainees are serving at Baguio General Hospital, Benguet General Hospital, Baguio City Jail, and Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital.

Group B has not started yet. They will be starting in a couple of weeks. There may still be openings… so contact us at info@bukallife.org if you have any questions.


“Summer” Updates

CPE 2013 AVSTM 1Two photos included here. One of them is a picture of the first batch of Summer Interns for CPE. This batch is relatively diverse with two Catholic, two Anglican, and two Evangelical ministers each. Heading the orientation is Celia Munson, CPSP-certified Supervisor-In-Training, serving with Bukal Life Care. A second batch of Summer Interns will begin in April.

The other photo also involves Celia. This one involves Basic First Aid training with Asia Vision-STM. Asia Vision-STM is a training and sending organization, based in Baguio City Philippines, for sending Filipinos (especially) into Southeast and Central Asia on short-term missions. Bukal Life Care has been partnering with AV-STM for some time now with training, materials, and evaluations. While it may seem strange that we would be leading a class on Basic First Aid, Bukal Life Care takes the term “Life Care” seriously. It is holistic– concerned with physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. As such, it is important for the STMers to be healthy, but also to be a help to others. We were also able to provide some supplies to them to help them in this work. Their blogsite is www.avstm.wordpress.com.

Missionary Member Care Class at PBTS (Baguio City)

A growing area of work at the center is Missionary Member Care, so we are excited to be able to teach a class on the topic at Philippine Theological Seminary. It is two weeks long (3 hours a day) from April 29 to May 10, as part of Summer Institute. Go to http://www.pbts.net.ph/ for more details or contact us and we’ll try our best to be helpful.
MI 377 – Missionary Member Care
Teacher: Dr. Robert H. Munson (Administrator at Bukal Life Care)
Description: The course is an intensive classroom-based training to introduce the participants to philosophy behind, and the principles of, missionary member care. The course will look at a broad range of concerns including, but not limited to, logistical, cultural, psycho-emotional, social, and spiritual concerns.

CPE Summer Intensive and Orientation

CPE Summer Intensive begins on March 18, 2013.

New Trainees for Summer Intensive will join us for CPE orientation.

Location:   Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (Tacay Road, Baguio City)

Date/Time:  Monday, March 18, 9am

For those interested in Summer Intensive, but have not yet been accepted, please contact us at info@bukallife.org and we will help you through the process.

If you are just curious about CPE, you can certainly join us.


What’s in a Name?

We came up with the name Bukal Life Ministries in 2009, and changed the name to Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center in 2010. But what does the name mean?

Bukal has a double meaning. “Bukal” (pronounced boo-KAHL) means “spring” as in a source of water that “springs” up out of the ground. The term is meant to focus on the idea that we seek to be a source of help and refreshment for those who need it. The term Bukal reminds us of the verse

The LORD will guide you always;

he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched

land and will strengthen your frame.

You will be like a well-watered garden,

like a spring (“bukal”) whose

waters never fails. (Isaiah 58:11)

Life Care:  This is a term that we made up (to be honest) but it encapsulates a useful idea. The idea is the need for wholistic care. If one considers Luke 2:52, it refers to four types of growth: physical, mental, social, and spiritual. The integration of this is wholistic or life growth, and promoting this is Life Care. As such, it covers training and member care.

Counseling:  In this case, counseling refers to pastoral care and pastoral counseling. This means that we seek to integrate sound psychological insights with spiritual insight and direction.

We are a small group, with a very broad mission, but are happy to do our best. Please contact us at info@bukallife.org if you have any questions.

Clinical Pastoral Orientation. What and Why

Clinical Pastoral Orientation (CPO) is a training program we have been using to teach pastoral care skills within the Bible School setting. It is designed to fit into the curriculum of a standard Bible School course, both in length and effort. Yet it has characteristics that are different than a normal Bible school course. Differences include:

1.  Follows the training philosophy of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) but involves approximately 60hrs of real time instead of 400hrs.

2.  Utilizes small group interaction and 1-on-1 supervision.

3.  Utilizes hospital or parish pastoral counseling with case study method.

Why is this useful?  Here are a few possible reasons:

  • Provides a better training platform for pastoral care than the standard lecture-based system.
  • Gives a taste of what CPE entails to help the trainee determine whether to move forward in this direction.
  • The system (with properly trained supervisors) provides a healthy environment for mentoring and self-understanding.

So can anyone set up CPO in their own Bible School?  Theoretically, yes. However, we recommend that trainers/supervisors are properly trained in CPE. We recommend that a trainer/supervisor is at least certifed as an Associate Clinical Chaplain (CPSP system of certification), although higher would be recommended.

Can CPO be done outside of the Bible School/Seminary setting?  Absolutely. It is true, however, that it is a challenge. The requirements require a commitment that can be challenging outside of a formal academic setting.

Is CPO a certified program? No. As the program is incorporated into a Bible School or seminary, the school provides the accreditation. We at Bukal Life Care set standards for school programs that work with us. These standards are based on the standards set for CPSP-certified CPE (and our standards for teaching/supervising CPO is based on CPSP certifications). By doing this, the transition from CPO to CPSP-certified CPE is normal.

We (and partners of ours involved in CPSP) have led CPO at Philippine College of Ministries, and Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, and locations in Manila. The version that we presently recommend was developed by Dr. Ryan Clark at PBTS based on lessons learned from previous programs.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@bukallife.org