In Case You Were Wondering…

We have had a few questions recently regarding CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) in Manila. Over a year ago, we expanded CPE out of Baguio City to Manila… particularly, Quezon City.

This continued into 2012. However, in 2012, CPSP-PI (the Philippine branch of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy) was formed. With the organization of CPSP-PI chapters in October, we made a major change. Certification for training centers would not only be based on organization but on region. Rather than dealing with overseeing separately certified training centers in different parts of the country, we decided to spin off the Manila CPE centers.

We are still connected with the CPE centers in Manila, but via CPSP-PI. However, since October 2012, we are not connected organizationally.

So… we are carrying out CPE training in Baguio City and La Trinidad. For those interested in CPSP-certified CPE training in Manila or other parts of the Philippines, please check with CPSP-Philippines (


News from Bukal Life Manila

The last few weeks have been exciting in Bukal Life Manila with several things going on.

1.  Back in March we had our first pastoral care symposium in Manila, with guest speaker Dr. Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

2.  More recently, a CPO (Clinical Pastoral Orientation) group led by Ms. Chit Panizales completed their training. CPO is a preparatory training or Introduction to Clinical Pastoral Training (CPE or CPT).

3.  On June 9th we had the final graduation for the latest CPE/T trainees. These were led by Sister Sofia and Doc Sim.

4.  Also on June 9th we dedicated the new CPE office in PCMC.

5.  Plans are being made for a batch at St. Lukes for CPE/T in (tentatively) July 2012.

Exciting things are happening. Thanks to all for their dedication to expanding pastoral care and counseling in Manila. We are excited about also extending ministry to Cagayan de Oro in the next few months.  Stand by for more info on that in the next few weeks.

June Updates, Bukal Life-Manila

Sr. Sofia Natama mentioned that Bukal Life Manila will have their “St. Lukes” CPE group starting this July, co-led with Dr. Sim. Also Chit Panizales has finished negotiations and this Saturday (June 9, 9:30am), the CPE office for Bukal Life-Manila will open in Quezon City. Simply awesome guys!

CPE Philippines Program Updates

Based on the Staff Meeting held the 19th of May, 2012, the following programs within the Center for Clinical Pastoral Education and Psychotherapy apply:

A. Clinical Pastoral Orientation. This is a NOT a CPSP-certified program. It is designed as a preparatory program for CPE/T in a Bible School or Seminary. It is structured similar to a classic Intro to Counseling program but utilizing clinical practice and group process. The class is normally 8 weeks long (depending on the frequency of classes) and the nature of the school. The class includes 60 hours approximately of total time. About half of that group work/class. Other time is individual supervision, clinical practice, and personal work. The class size varies but should not go above 8 or 9 per supervisor/trainer. If the class size is bigger, multiple trainers can be utilized.

Cost:  P2500 per trainee. This does not include expenses that may come from the partnered training        school.  Tuition with Bukal Life, training materials, and ID are included in the P2500.

B.  CPE-Internship. This is NOT a CPSP-certified program. This is CPE designed to meet the requirements of seminaries for clinical pastoral education. Some schools require CPE but do not require a full internally-certified program. This provides a shorter and more economic program as an alternative. Typically, this program would be done in the Summer (March-May), at the same time as CPE-Intensive. It involves 8 weeks of training. The total number of hours is 300 hours, approximately 25% of that would be group time, the remaining 75% is individual supervision, personal work, and clinical practical training.

Cost:  P5000 per trainee. This does not include expenses that may come from the partnered training school. Tuition with Bukal Life, and training materials covered in the P5000. Additional costs like ID, uniform, travel, lodging, food, and retreats are not covered.

C.  CPE-Intensive. This is a CPSP-certified program. This is standard CPE/T program with 400 hours of training in 11 weeks. 100 hours is group training/work, and 300 hours is individual supervision, personal work, and clinical practical work. This is normally held during the Summer Months (March-May) but can be done at other times if there is a demand.

Cost:  P15,000 per trainee. <If CPE-Intensive is taken as a requirement for a seminary or school, other costs may be incurred with that institution.> P15,000 covers Bukal Life tuition, training materials, ID, uniform, and CPSP membership. Additional costs like travel, lodging, food, and retreats are not covered.

D.  CPE-Extended. This is a CPSP-certified program. This program is considered to be identical/exchangeable with CPE-intensive and is recognized equally by the CPSP (College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy). The difference is that the 400 hours of work is spread over 26 weeks (as opposed to 11 weeks). This is to accommodate professionals who have limited hours available per week for the training.

Cost:  Same as CPE-Intensive

CPE Graduation in Manila

CPE-Manila. Closing ceremony on Thursday, 17 May 2012, 3;30 PM at Conference room, of Bishop’s Office, ECP at St Lukes Hospital Compound, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon CIty. Six will graduate, two finishing Unit I, and four finishing Unit II.

Those in Manila interested in the next batch in Manila (or Baguio or Cagayan de Oro) please contact us at

Itinerary for Visit of Dr. Raymond Lawrence

Itinerary for Dr. Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary of the CPSP, while in the Philippines:
WEDNESDAY, 29 February 2012:
2335 H (11:35pm) – arrival at NAIA from USA
Lodge at Horeb Hotel, St Lukes’ Compound
THURSDAY, 01 March 2012:
0900 H – pick – up at Horeb Hotel for Tagaytay via Brent School in Las Pinas
FRIDAY, 02 March 2012:
1100 H – 1300 H – symposium: Phil Children Medical Center [PCMC], Quezon City
1800 H – Special Event With Dr. Sim & Co
SATURDAY, 03 March 2012:
0830 H – 1500 H: Peer review at ECP National Cathedral, Quezon City
SUNDAY, 04 March 2012:
0900 H: Guest preacher at ECP National Cathedral, SLMC Compound, Quezon City
MONDAY, 05 March 2012:
Symposium: ECP National Cathedral
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 06-07 March 2012:
Central Philippines University Engagement, Ilo-Ilo
THURSDAY, 08 March 2012:
Flight back to Manila
FRIDAY, 09 March 2012:
1915 H [7:15pm] Departure for USA

Feburary Updates

Things are getting back to normal after the Disaster Response trips to Cagayan de Oro. We are presently in the middle of 2011 CPE Batch 4A training. We have just started 2012 CPE Batch 1B training. We are also finishing CPO (Clinical Pastoral Orientation) training with PCM (Philippine College of Ministry).

Feb 17, BBEG Meeting hosted by Bukal
Feb 19-20 CPO-PCM final evals and graduation
Mar 1-4, Dr. Raymond Lawrence joins us during his Philippine Trip
Mar 12, Recollection service at Northridge School
March 19, CPE 2012 Batch 2A (Summer Intensive) starts.

CPE News– November 2011

Here is a bit of an update:

1. 2011 Batch 3B (Our first Manila group of CPE students) graduated on November 12 with 11 completing their requirements. Congratulations to all!!

2. Our first CPO group began this Monday with 16 trainees here in Baguio.

3. 2011 Batch 4A CPE begins this next Monday (November 21) with three groups here in Baguio led by Becky, Ryan, and Joyce. Best wishes for all.

4. 2012 Batch 1B CPE (Manila) is expected to start some time in January. Stay tuned.

5. 2012 Batch 2A and 2C will begin in March. 2A is our normal Baguio CPE Intensive. 2C will (prayerfully) be our first CPE training group in Bacolod City. Doc Sim hopes to start this at West Negros University.