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.
Seminary and CPE Training (at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary):
A. PC 1 – Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling (Master’s Level) will be offered this second semester but in modular. It will be taught by Dr. Ryan Clark, on January 16-20, 2017, 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Dr. Clark is a former professor of Pastoral Care at PBTS, and has been an active member of Bukal Life Care. Additionally, he is on the Board of Trustees of CPSP-Philippines.
SEE students may enroll this on October 13,14,17 to receive credits and assignments ahead.
B. PC B 2 – Interpersonal Relationships (Bachelor’s Level) will be offered the full semester beginning October 19. . It will led by Ms. Celia Munson. It will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 – 4pm. Enrollment is through the seminary also October 13, 14,, 17.
C. CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) will be taught during 2nd semester as well. One schedule is a Saturday schedule led by Dr. Paul Tabon. The other is a three day a month group led by Ms. Celia Munson. The course may be taken for seminary credit or not.
Although Minister Heartlink is not a ministry of Bukal Life Care, a number of members and friends of Bukal are joining in their ministry project to Mindanao, October 4-11. They are holding three retreats for Pastors and Wives there. The goal is to strengthen and train pastors and wives in ministry as pastoral care and self care.
Annual Case Conference
As noted in an associated post. Dr. Raymond Lawrence will be in the Philippines for most of October. He will be in Manila and Iloilo much of the time, holding trainings at Saint Andrews Theological Seminary, as well as Central Philippine University. However, he will join us for two days for Case Conferencing, October 14-15.
A couple of photos from Parenting and Love Language Training at Shekinah Grace School in Alaminos, Pangasinan.
It took something like 3 years, but finally finished the book, “The Art of Pastoral Care.” Bob and Celia developed the materials for Bukal Life Care in Baguio City, Philippines. Primarily, this is for “Intro to Pastoral Care” and “Clinical Pastoral
Orientation.” The follow-on book, The Dynamics of Pastoral
Care, when done, will add to this for those moving on into
Units 1-4 of Clinical Pastoral Education.
The goal in this (short) book was to find some balance points:
- Balance between Theology and Psychology
- Balance between Historical and Clinical Pastoral Care
We will begin Clinical Pastoral Orientation this February. It will be on Monday afternoons from 1pm until 4 or 5pm, for 7 weeks, starting on February 1st. It will be held at the Bukal Life Care office on the grounds of PBTS in Baguio City.
It can be taken for credit with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (2 units). However, it can also be taken as a stand-alone course.
Clinical Pastoral Orientation is an introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and following the structure and methodology of training of CPE. In actual work, it constitutes about 25% of one full unit of CPE.
CPO is useful for those who seek the benefits of CPE but can’t commit to the time. It is also useful for those who are curious about CPE, but want to know more about it first. NOTE: CPE with Bukal Life Care is certified by both CPSP and CPSP-Philippines. However, CPO has not formal certification, except as tied to an accredited educational institution, such as PBTS.
Bob and Celia Munson and Mariz Eustaquio led training in Bocaue, Bulacan, August 15-16, 2015. The training is in Lay Shepherding, with the primary goal of establishing a structured and ethical Lay Shepherding program in the church. We had a great time, and Ptr. Renato and his wife Joy, along with other members of the church were wonderful hosts. 16 church leaders, mostly from Vineyard Christian Church of Bocaue, were trained in the program. We pray that it will help them in their growth in lay shepherding, both as in internal ministry, and an external ministry. Additionally, we pray that it will help us improve our training program. We have already made a few minor changes, and are looking forward to formalizing the structure in the next few weeks.
Select members of the team will be doing CPE or CPE with Celia starting in the last week of September.
If you are interested in principles of lay shepherding and how to establish a layshepherding program in your church, contact us at email@example.com.
Doc Paul’s CPE group will be coming back soon from HK. Four of the five were able to go. Welcome back!
Next week, Dr. Dickens (CPSP Diplomate and professor of Pastoral Counseling at Gardner-Webb University) will be with us for several days. He will be teaching Guided Readings in Pastoral Care at ABGTS. Bob, Celia, and Doc Paul, from our group, look forward to both the readings and the guidance.
CPE starts up again on the 15th for Celia’s group and the 20th for Doc Paul’s group. (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions)
Oh yeah, and PBTS first term starts on the 16th.
August we will start our Lay Shepherding CPO in Bocaue, Bulacan (Lord willing).
Things are a busy busy..