- CPE Transition. Our Summer group of 16 trainees completed their CPE units— some in the last week of May er and some in the first week of June. A new group of 15 trainees (with Supervisor Celia, and SITs Vo and Edgar) started on June 15. Most of the trainees are associated with either PBTS (Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary) or LTS (Lutheran Theological Seminary). Most are either doing a half-unit intensive, or a full-unit extended.
- This June starts a first with us. We are in partnership with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (PBTS) in establishing a new course of study. PBTS ow has two new degrees: Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care, and Master of Arts in Pastoral Care (M.Div-PC and MA-PC). Both are integrated with our CPE program. We are excited to see how things go. More info is available at https://pbts.net.ph/index.php/2018/05/15/pastoral-care-degrees-at-philippine-baptist-theological-seminary/
- On June 17, Bob and Celia went to BIBAK Bible Church to hold a Conflict Resolution seminar for Youth and Young Adult leaders from various local churches. We are thankful to our hosts for their hospitality and we pray that they found value in the activity.
We held our Summer 2018 Commissioning Service for our Clinical Pastoral Education Trainees. Our trainees are: Christine, Kenino, Daniel, Dorina, Esther, Chiqui, Christian, Michael, Eden, Joel, Matthew, Fredirick, and Edgar (Chara and Lyn could not join the service). The Supervisor is Celia, and the SITs (Supervisors-in-Training) are Vo and Edgar. Our trainees this Summer are from the four countries.
Celia and Vo’s CPE groups were blessed to have a guest instructor– Chaplain Salvador Delmundo. He is the head chaplain of the famed Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas .
He was able to speak via Skype for two hours. He shared a great deal of wisdom in terms of his role as a chaplain at a psychiatric institution. We are greatly thankful for his support, and look forward to future communications.
We recently had a few small holiday events.
On December 12th, we had our Drug Surrenderer Christmas celebration at Lualhati barangay. We are presently meeting with the Lualhati group monthly, and with the Pacdal group weekly.
On December 15th, we had the last CPO (Clinical Pastoral Orientation) meeting of 2017. We did several case presentations, most of them done while having merienda at Noodle King.
On December 16th, we went to the La Trinidad District jail for counseling, and some gifts for all of the female inmates. Afterwards, our team went out to lunch at Future Diner. . This is our last ministry day until the holidays is over.
December 19. We will have our last CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) on this date. This is for one of our two groups. The other group is already off for the holiday and will return in 2018.
January 8. This is the start of three activities. One is the Lide-Walker Conference 2017. The focus will be on from the Grimes of The Relationship Warehouse. Second is a module course on Marriage Counseling, January 8-19, led by Dr. Chuck Henderson. Third is the SEE conference. All of these are at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.
January. We will be having the Annual Board Meeting of CPSP-Philippines. Details as they become known.
With Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) along with other pastoral care programs that utilize cases, we expect trainees to include theological reflection. Some are good at this, while others struggle. However, doing this well, is not only good for self-growth, but also gaining pastoral identity, and ministerial competence.
On July 7 at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, we held the 2017 Graduation and Commissioning for our graduating trainees at Bukal Life Care. They are:
Mark Foli, 1st unit
Thomas Daniel Spaeth, 1st unit
Rebecca Ann S. Pesquera, 2nd unit
Honeylyn S. Badong, 1st unit
Celestina Botacion, 1st unit
Charlyn Joy Sagun, 1st unit
Merlita P. Montecastro, 2nd unit
Ed Michael J. Dizon, 1st unit
Joel M. Gatchalian, 1st unit
Rica Jane B. Ortega, Half Unit
Ma. Rowena T. Oriente, 1st unit
Ma. Lourdes A. Nimo, 1st unit
Nathaniel A. Osorio, 1st unit
Alpha V. Sugano, 1st unit
Melanie C. Fangsilat, 1st unit
Joshua K. Antonio, 1st unit
Crystal Jade A. Macli-ing, 1st unit
Ruel T. Fernandez, 1st unit
Vengie A. Ibañez, 1st unit
Paul Austin A. Echavez, 1st unit
Marlo B. Jabines, 1st unit
Charisse C. Condenuevo, 1st unit
Renato Eustaquio, 3rd unit
Mariz Eustaquio, 3rd unit
Additionally we honored Dr. Paul Tabon and Celia Munson for being promoted to Diplomate Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education/Training in January of this year. Further, we honored Violeta Canoy, John Mark Bagalan, and Edgar Chan as new members of the CPSP-Philippines SIT program.
Busy Summer here in Baguio. Here are a few things.
Sundays: 5:30PM Drug Surrenderer Group A
Tuesdays: CPE Summer Group 1
1PM Drug Surrenderer Group B
Wednesdays: CPE Summer Group 2
Thursdays: CPE Combined Didactic
Calendar of Events:
April 8: Ministry Project at Helping Hands.
April 23: AACPE Pastoral Care Convention, Manila
April 24-25: “DAD” Pastoral Conference at PBTS, Baguio City. Led by Dr. Doug Dickens
May 5-6: PFI Jail Ministry Training Course
June 1: Ministry Project for CSBCM Youth Camp
A few items to pass on:
A. CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). Supervisor Celia’s group is nearing completion of their Half Unit. There are 7-trainees in this group. Supervisor Paul’s group is in the middle of their Full Unit. There area also 7-trainees in this group.
B. Clinical Pastoral Orientation (CPO). CPO is presently being held at Zamboanga Peninsula Medical Center by Chaplain Phanuel Buac. This is actually the 2nd class he has held this year with trainees. This batch is from October to December.
C. Counseling Sites. In addition to our trainees serving in counseling in hospitals here in Baguio and Bulacan, we presently have two new teams at additional sites. Group #1 is led by Chaplain German, and it is held weekly at the Baguio Jail (BJMP). This group works in partnership with Prison Fellowship International-Philippines. Group #2 is led by Chaplain Celia. It is a partnership with several local churches and is running a weekly pilot program of intervention with individuals dealing drug use in Mines View Barangay.
D. Lay Shepherding. We are presently working with another local church to start a lay shepherding program. This is an 8-12 hour intensive in basic pastoral care principles for church members. The exact schedule is yet to be determined.
E. Upcoming Trainings and Visits. We are looking forward to a number of our partners visiting. In January, Dr. Ryan Clark, former Bukal Life Care member will be in Baguio to provide training in Pastoral Care. In February, Dr. Raymond Lawrence, GenSec of CPSP, is planning a visit to the Philippines, as well as two or three other Southeast Asian nations. In April, Dr. Doug Dickens, CPSP and ACPE Diplomate, will visit Baguio and lead two training courses, and a 3-day seminar. We look forward to gaining from all of these visits.