Fundamentals in Clinical Pastoral Training (F-CPT)

Since 2011 we have been facilitating a course, Clinical Pastoral Orientation (CPO). It is essentailly a quarter unit of CPE and is done in a format that can be worked into a normal semester class at a Bible School or Seminary.

After some consideration, we have decided to change CPO to F-CPT, or “Fundamentals in Clinical Pastoral Training.” There are a couple of reasons for that.

First, and most importantly, when we hold CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) on the first day we have Orientation. This is a 4-5 hour review of the course so that CPE trainees are ready. Having CPO (a semestral course with 100 hours of formal and practical time) sound so much like the Orientation time for CPE (4-5 hours) is confusing.

Second, “Fundamentals in Clinical Pastoral Training” sounds more like a course offering than “Clinical Pastoral Orientation.”

Note: We often have this course done in tandem with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. They call the course “Clinical Pastoral Orientation” (Course Code: CPE-0). We are not asking them to change the name.

Living Online

We have not been able to do “business as usual.” We are not able at this time to do hospital and jail ministry. We have done CPE during quarantine, but it has not been ideal. We have also done some face to face pastoral counseling, but the logistics for many is challenging.

So we have been slowly ramping up online resources. Our team have been doing a lot of online (both videochat and audiochat) counseling. Recently, we have started doing online group work relations to support pastoral counselors and chaplains.

Soon we will PROBABLY start online CPE or FCPT (Fundamentals of Clinical Pastoral Training, formally known as CPO). Still considering webinars. We shall see.

Schedule Change for CPE

After some consideration of the situation here in Baguio, we have decided to postpone CPE for the near future. We held 1-1/2 units of CPE during quarantine. We tried to be innovative with alternatives to hospital and jail activities, and mixing face-to-face gatherings along with online.

It was a good experiment, but for now with only limited opportunities in barangay and parish settings, we feel the range of experiences that add value to CPE is inadequate.

We will reevaluate this on a month by month basis.

CPE Group Starting in September 2020

We plan to start another CPE batch in Baguio starting September 14th.

We don’t know about whether we will have access to hospital or jail. We don’t even know if we will be able to gather.

However, we will focus on church and/or community, and the emphasis will be on pastoral diagnosis.

The plan will be to gather at Bukal. However, if necessary we will meet online.

If this all sounds pretty uncertain, you are right— but we live in uncertain times.

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July Updates

2020 has been quite a year. July 18 we were supposed to have the Commissioning service for CPE Groups 1 and 2. However, at 8am of the 18th, our Barangay went into full lockdown— no one in, no one out. So the Commissioning is postponed. Thankfully Group 2 was able to do their final case presentations online.


Until lockdown is over, all pastoral counseling services must be done through electronic means.

August CPE group 3 will be held at Bukal office, assuming lockdown is over by then.

At our staff meeting, we agreed to work towards full online CPE. We are considering two formats. One is a unit built around Moodle (with video chat assisting) which will be for Seminary and SEE groups. The other would be primarily built around videochat, for other groups. Hoping to learn how to make this work.

Starting August 11, are partner institution, Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, will start a new semester. All of the classes will be available online. This includes Pastoral Care and Counseling courses. See for details.

June 2020

We have been mostly shutdown during the pandemic. The exception to this is Summer CPE that started in March and will be completing soon. It is being s

June 15. We will start a half unit intensive CPE led by Chaplain Vo. It will last. It will be 6 weeks long.

August 11 start PBTS courses. Three courses are tied to Pastoral Care and Counseling. All are 15 week courses.

  • Missionary Member Care. This will be taught online by Dr. Robert Munson.
  • Grief and Loss. This will be taught by Dr. Anne Windus Kelly
  • Abnormal Psychology. Also taught by Doc Anne

Regular pastoral counseling services and member care services should resume in July.


CPE during COVID



Dr. Lyn is a little over halfway through Summer CPE. It has been challenging… But our trainees have found ways to minister, reflect, and share.

In June or July we are considering holding an online CPE. If this is of interest to you, let us know. We are still trying to figure things out.

By the way, we have been selling a larger number of books online during quarantine… Especially “The Art of Pastoral Care.” It, and the follow-on book, “Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling and Training” are good for principles regarding pastoral counseling and pastoral theology. They are available online for book purchase or ebook download. One can look at that in our books page in the menu above.


April 2020 Updates

Not much new, but will share what we have.

1.  CPE us ongoing. We are utilizing distance communication for both pastoral counseling and case conferences.

2. Our CPE half unit intensive us still planned to start in June. However, our government and the schedules of a couple of seminaries will guide our actual schedule so we will keep you updated.

3. We are working on a new book… “Pastoral Counseling Case Workbook.” But not sure when it will be done. For now, check our available resources and presentations that are listed in the menu above.

Keep safe during this pandemic.


Summer CPE 2020

A very unusual CPE is underway with us. We have a small group, 3 trainees and supervised by Dr. Lyn Montecastro. Due to the pandemic, most of the ministry time is online, and the case conferences are online as well. This is our first experience with online CPE. Prayerfully this experience will prepare us for future training online.

One of our trainees participating in CPE Case Conference online

Our Status During Quarantine (and CPE)

Greetings to Everyone.

We are located in Baguio City, and it is going into Enhanced Lock-down—- meaning, in this case, no public transportation, and very limited open businesses, and limited ability to move around.

So what about us?  We are abiding by the Quarantine, so our office will not be open for visitors during this period.

The exception is that we plan to start our Summer CPE on March 26. This is a small-group trainng. We will focus on didactic work during the quarantine period, and not have the trainees go to hospital and jail. Training and pastoral conversations will be handled creatively— parts online if necessary.

For emergencies, I would recommend emailing us at

If you are looking to do some reading during the hours, days, weeks, of quarantine, consider some of our resources below.

  1.  Published books. We have written several books that are published. Most of them are in either Missions or Pastoral Counseling.   If you are interested, click on the following:


2.  Books in process. Bob is working on a book called “The Mission to Samaria.” The title may change a little, but not too much. 27 pages are done. Hopefully it will be finished in late 2020 or early 2021.  Also we are working on our 2020 version of our CPE Handbook. Unlike the others, this won’t be available online. It is only available when taking Clinical Pastoral Education with us at Bukal Life Care

3.  Articles. I don’t write articles very often… but a few are available on

4.  Slideshare.  We also put some presentations online as well… both in missions and in pastoral counseling.