- We recently hosted a certification board of CPSP-Philippines. On July 28, we had several reviewed. Three were three granted certification for Clinical Chaplaincy: Ptr. Janice Serafica, Ptr. Renato Eustaquio, and Dr. Merlita Montecastro. Additionally one was granted Associate Clinical Chaplaincy: Daniel Spaeth.
- We are considering having a new half unit of CPE starting on August 20. However, we are seeking to verify that we have enough trainees. If you are interested, please email us at email@example.com. Otherwise, our next course is in October. This will be a full unit extended.
- August 27 we will be holding a short seminar in San Fernando, La Union on Conflict resolution.
Friday, we held our CPE commissioning for half unit trainees. They began their training 6 weeks ago in early June. There are 14 trainees, 10 of whom were doing half unit intensive. The 10 are Matthew, Jaymar, Ely, Eleazar, Claribel, Bhab, Shoneem, Charles, Nap, and Jerry. Most are associated with Philippine Baptist Theollogical Seminary or Lutheran Theological Seminary. Their supervisors (SITs) are Chaplains Vo and Edgar. Chaplain Celia is supervising the other four who will complete their work in September.
Many joined the celebration which culminated with a dinner social at the Bukal Life Care Office. We were blessed with some special guests. These include Dr. Armand Canoy the president of PBTS, and Dr. Aloysius Schwartz, OT professor of LTS. Additionally, Dr. Sim Dang-Awan Jr. spoke briefly on military chaplaincy, and Ptr. Renato Eustaquio spoke briefly on Marketplace (or Corporate) Chaplaincy.
Today, Saturday, we are have certification board for four. These four have completed four (4) units of CPE and are seeking certification in clinical chaplaincy.
Congratulations to Dr. Sim Dang-Awan Jr, for the publishing of his book, “Pastoral Care Response to Alcoholism in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.” It is the first book published under “CPSP-Philippines,” and is the book form of his doctoral dissertation. We hope that in the next few weeks we will have some copies in our office for purchase. For now, it is available (both in paper and kindle form) HERE
Doc Sim, among his many other activities and accomplishments, is the president of the board of trustees of Bukal Life Care.
Our counseling center has a partnership with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, particularly in terms of the Clinical Pastoral Education program. More recently, the partnership has expanded to developing degree programs focusing on pastoral care. This work has been aided through further partnerships with specialists.
Bob wrote an article for the Fellowship of Baptist Educators that speaks to this partnership. The newsletter is attached.
- 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.
One of our CPE Supervisors-in-Training, and staff member, Chaplain Violeta Canoy will be in Ghana and will be leading a seminar in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. Our prayers are with her and her husband, and we are looking forward to hearing a good report of that event.
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.