Most Current Bukal Life Brochures

The following are most updated brochures. The CPE and Support Brochures are less than a month old. The Training and Overall brochures are about 6 months old, needing update… but still fairly up-to-date.

Overall Brochure:

CPE Brochure:

Training Brochure:

Support Brochure:


July Updates

July is a busy month again. Here are a few things going on:

-July 5-6. NOVA training with Dr. Clark’s Crisis Counseling Class at PBTS
-July 9. Parenting and 5 Love Language Training at IHMS, La Trinidad
-Late July. Training in Ecumenism and Crisis Response with BBEG (date TBD)

Clinical Pastoral Education:

-CPE Batch 2 is still on-going
-August 6. CPE Batch 3 starts

Helps Ministry:
-July 5-8. Shekinah Home Orphanage, Dingras, Ilocos Norte
-July 10. Children’s Program at Irisan Dumpsite
-July 12-13. Special Needs Project with DSWD, Dagupan, Pangasinan

Fund-Raising Dinner and Concert, Baguio City, September 4 at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary More info to follow.

William & Viola Farrell Symposium 2011 Completed

It was a great day. After months of preparation, the first William & Viola Farrell Symposium of Pastoral Care & Counseling was completed.

We had 105 attend coming from churches, NGOs, schools, hospitals and other organizations. The goal of this series is to provide training that bridges the gap between secular and religious counseling. The goal is to provide people from different fields involved with helping people, to empower them to deal with the psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of their patients/clients.

Dr. Cesar Espineda was the main speaker. He is a Diplomate with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. He has graciously taken on a role of mentor for both CPSP-Philippines and Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center. Both of his topics centered on the importance of self-awareness and self-understanding of the counselor.

The first topic was “The Person as a Benchmark for Counseling.” The second was “Transference– Our Un/Conscious Reaction in the Human-Patient Encounter.”

The lectures were also tied to discussions as a whole group, as well as small-group discussion afterwards. Additionally, a cultural performance was provided by Batang, a Cordilleran dance troupe. They did dances from Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Ifugao. Additionally, we had a presentation of artwork by local artist, Rommel Pidaso. The work showed creation of culturally relevant “basura art”, or artwork constructed from garbage. Creation of meaning and beauty from what has been rejected certainly seems to be a relevant counseling metaphor.

We thank all those who attended. Of course we also thank our guest lecturer, our cultural presenters, volunteers, and sponsors.

Special Needs Ministry Training at PBTS

We had a great time with a half day training in incorporating Special Needs children, adults (and their families) into the church and ministry. 70 people attended the training. These included the Bukal Life CPE trainees, teachers from Calvary Baptist Elementary School, and church education leaders. The training was led by Bob and Celia Munson of Bukal Life, and Julie Sibucao, the principal at Calvary Baptist Elementary School.

Special Needs Ministry Training At CBES

Special Needs Ministry Training

Individual Education Training Plan

First Aid for Short-term Missionaries

Celia Munson, the training coordinator for Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center led Basic First Aid and Health for Short-term Missionaries. This was done with STMers tied to “Asia Vision Short-Term Missions”. Typically, we help with AVSTM in a couple of training seminars. These are Basic first aid, and member care issues in missions.

March 4 Activities

March 4 was a busy day for us. The morning was our seminar in “Managing Conflict and Confrontation Well.” It was led by Celia Munson, the training coordinator of Bukal Life Care and Counseling Center. We were invited by Prof. Wilma Awingan, a professor at University of Cordilleras, and a member of our board of directors. The training was done as part of an all day activity involving the Department of Psychology at UC. Between 150 and 200 attended.

In the evening we had a dinner/meeting for CPE supervisors. This was for preparing for the CPE program starting on March 21 and continuing through May. We had great food (thanks to Ate Flor). We all are excited about the upcoming program for our 22 trainees.
Those attending were:

Rev. Joel S. Aguirre, CPE Supervisor and Program Director
Bob Munson, Bukal Life Administrator
Celia Munson, Associate Supervisor, and Training Coordinator
Dr. Ryan Clark, Associate Supervisor
Joyce Gray, Supervisor-in-training
Felicitas Panizales, Supervisor-in-training
Sr. Sofia Cinches, Supervisor-in-training
Theresa Leones, CPE Psychologist/Trainer
Jehny Pedazo, Program Coordinator

Parenting Seminar Completed

We had a great time doing a half-day seminar at Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHMS) in La Trinidad. We spoke to approximately 100 parents and guardians of children at the school. Bob Munson provided a review of IQ testing and interpreting and utilizing the results. Mrs. Tess Leones provided a training seminar on Responsible Parenting and Parenting Styles. Ptr. Ricky, Celia, Jehny, and Alicia assisted with logistics, question and answer, and other aspects of the seminar.

We thank Sister Tomasa for inviting us and for the staff at IHMS for taking care of us and sharing a wonderful lunch with us.

The Powerpoint for the seminar on Responsible Parenting and Parenting Styles is available at