Letter to CPSP-Philippines Members

Copy of Letter sent out a few days ago:


To:     CPSP-Philippine Members and Others

Fm: Registrar, CPSP-Philippines

Subject:  Pastoral Chaplaincy Training and Practice

It is 2016 and so it is time again to update things for CPSP-Philippines. Obviously, this is for those who are seeking to continue membership with CPSP-Philippines, and for those who are seeking to become first time members.

1. MOA. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines to establish the ground rules for reciprocity of credentials and accreditations, equivalency of standards, and accountability.

With that in mind, some mechanisms will be put into place through the Standards Committee (Doc Cal, Celia, Cris, and Doc Sim) to maintain the terms of the MOA.

2. Membership. Membership is renewed annually, and is normally done through the chapter. However, since at least two chapters dissolved (or at least did not update us), we will do things this way for now.

 Fill out the CPSP-Philippines Data Form

 Be part of an active chapter (more information later in this letter)

 Pay the required fee.  For non-certified members, the fee is P300, for certified members, it is P600.

These are annual fees. Payment information is given later.

3.  Certification.  We had several certifications for CTM done through CPSP-Philippines in 2015, as well as one for Supervisor and two for SIT through CPSP. Certification is normally recommended through the chapter. The Standards Committee oversees certification, working with the chapter, and outside consultant.

For those interested in certification, please contact me and contact your chapter and we will see how this can

4.  Accredited Centers. Each training center must be accredited by CPSP-Philippines. As of the moment, those centers that have been accredited by CPSP-Philippines are Bukal Life Care, PBTS, PCMC, Love C Center, New Hope, and Clinical Pastoral and Spiritual Care Training Center. A couple of these will have visits this year by the Accreditation team for mutual growth. Additionally, Mary Johnston, and PARC may be having accreditations this year (depending on the wishes of the participants).

Accreditation is technically for 7 years, but we are small enough that I think we can maintain an on-going relationship to ensure that loss accreditation would be unnecessary except by mutual consent.

However, accredited centers are required to pay an annual fee of P1900. There is a higher charge for hospital-based centers. However, since it has not been clarified what is the difference between a hospital-based center and a center that works in a hospital, the P1900 is acceptable.

5.  CPE Verification. Supervisors of CPE trainees must fill out Unit Verification Reports for trainees to ensure that these units are recognized by CPSP-Philippines (and by extension, CPSP).  The training center through which the CPE training was done needs to have been accredited and current on fee payment at the time of the trainees’ CPE experience. If there is a problem, please contact me.

6.  Chapters. CPE Supervisors/SITs are encouraged to establish chapters, since supervisors are the ones experienced in chaplaincy and, hopefully, in chapter life. Supervisors will start with their trainees as members (primarily). The goal is that after a year or so, the supervisor can step out of the chapter as it is now self-functioning. There is also a Chapter of CPE Supervisors for peer support for those interested. Please contact me for any questions or updates in this area. I can also provide you with a CPSP-Philippines

7.  Financial Matters. Payments may be made as follows:


Bank:                    PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK

Bank Branch:       BAGUIO BRANCH, 678800

Peso Savings Acct #:      524963700010

(scan deposit slip and send to me at bob2046@yahoo.com)

Robert (Bob) Munson,

Acting Registrar



Upcoming Schedule 2016

There is a lot more going on… but here is what we have at the moment for you:

Baguio City:

–Crisis Counseling, PBTS. Starts January 26. Dr. Paul Tabon

–Clinical Pastoral Orientation, Bukal Life Care. Starts Feb 1. Bob/Celia Munson

—CPE at Bukal Life Care/PBTS.  Starts March 28. (Celia Munson/Paul Tabon)

Romblon Provincial Hospital (Odiongan).  Dr. Cal Soday

—CPE Jan 4-Feb 5

Iloilo City.  Dr. Cal Sodoy

—CPU Doctor Student supervision, Feb 15-Mar 11. (Dr. Cal Sodoy)

—CPE, Iloilo Mission Hosptial/Western Medical Center. May 9 – Jun 17.

—CPU Doctoral Student supervision, Sep 1 – Oct 31.

Roxas City. Dr. Cal Sodoy

—CPE. Capiz Emmanuel Hospital.  Mar 21 – April 29

Davao City. Dr. Cal Sodoy.

—Brokenshire Memorial Hospital.  Jul 11 – Aug 19.


Other trainings are going on. Will let you know as we learn them.






CPSP-Philippines Board of Trustees

Held meeting of CPSP-Phlippines Board of Trustees at the Munson House on January 6th, 2016. Attendees were

Dr. Paul Tabon

Celia Munson

Jehny Pedazo

Dr. Ryan Clark (via Skype)

Sr. Sofia Natama could not attend. Bob Munson attended as interim registrar, although not on the board.

It was a very profitable meeting, and the next post will list the pertinent decisions made. If you have any questions about CPSP-Philippines, please email the registrar at bob2046@yahoo.com

Training in Baguio and MOA

CPSP-Philippines welcomed Dr. Raymond Lawrence and Charlie Spruell to Baguio City. Doc Raymond is the General Secretary of CPSP. He has joined us several times before, and this was Charlie’s second visit. We had three days of fairly intense training. The focus was on Case Studies. All who attended the training received a copy of Dr. Lawrence’s new book. “Nine Cases: The Soul of Pastoral Care and Counseling.” Trainees and members alike provided different cases. Doc Raymond said that the cases provided were “quite stimulating clinical data that made the seminars much fun for me.” The three day seminar was jointly hosted by Bukal Life Care and Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.

We also had a Thanksgiving Dinner (on Tuesday rather than Thursday due to schedule). During the dinner we had the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that formally establishes the relationship between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines. It was signed by Raymond, as well as Dr. Paul Tabon, the President o the Board of Trustees of CPSP-Philippines. A copy of the signed MOA is available in the Documents section of this webside.

General Secretary of CPSP is With Us

Dr. Raymond Lawrence has arrived in the Philippines on November 21. He will be with us for several days.

Starting on Monday, November 23, 9am, at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, he will be providing training on Case Studies, based on his new book.


Over the next couple of days, he will be giving feedback on case presentations. He also will be signing a Memorandum of Agreement between CPSP and CPSP-Philippines at our Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday.