The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy is a theologically based covenant community, dedicated to "recovery of the soul" and promoting competency in the clinical pastoral field.
REPORT TO PLENARY
MARCH 31, 2014
Raymond J. Lawrence, General Secretary
Myron Madden has been our wisest pastoral resource. He died last June 4. Brian Childs and I attended his funeral, along with three other CPSP persons. There were also five pastoral clinicians present who were not part of CPSP. The church should have been packed with pastoral clinicians at his funeral. Myron was a giant in our field. We will not see the likes of him again soon. Fortunately we in CPSP had the best of him in his last two decades of life. He functioned as chaplain to every Plenary until his health failed him at age eighty-eight. What he meant to us cannot be measured. And I have letters describing how much we meant to him as well.
It would be a mistake to claim blithely that Myron was widely recognized and honored. He wasn't recognized and honored as widely as he deserved to be. He was recognized and honored by too few. He was too much Freud and too much Shakespeare for typical Christians. And he was too brilliant and insightful for most pastoral clinicians. Tulane University Medical School hired him to teach their young psychiatrists, but the Christian seminaries kept him at arm's length.
In 1999, Myron wrote about his experience attending Wayne Oates' funeral in Louisville, Kentucky. Wayne had been his sometime-mentor, older brother, and finally his dear friend. As you may know, Wayne Oates was rejected much of his life by the clinical training movement as well as the seminaries and the religious community at large. Again, too much Freud. Myron noted that Wayne's mother seminary sent no representative to honor and claim him as one of their own as they laid him in his grave. Myron added that it could be said of Oates, as it was said of another, that "he came unto his own, and his own received him not." So, too, could the same be said of Myron.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 1:11 PM
NCTS-East will address the theme "Disaster Spiritual Care – The Chaplain’s Response". Linda Walsh-Garrison, BCCC will be the principle presenter.
Reaching out to those in need in the face of overwhelming disasters, terrorist attacks and spontaneous mass injuries is both humbling and life-giving. As chaplains, sometimes we are called to be in places where there is great loss and pain and through these individual moments, we help create a safe place for survivors to feel the depth of their pain without embarrassment or alienation; promoting healthy recovery. Very few individuals across our nation are trained with the degree of expertise and training that you bring. Yet, in the face of overwhelming disasters and loss of life, few of us are prepared to handle and coordinate the massive effort and courage, that it takes to manage teams of chaplains through the minute-by-minute challenges that are encountered by volunteers and survivors alike. Many of us will learn for the first time when it affects our neighborhood.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:39 AM
From the Boisen Book Project:
"The Boisen Books Project will reintroduce Boisen to a new generation in the 21st century. As relevant today as when they were first published, Boisen’s three major books will appear, one-a-year, beginning in Spring 2015, marking the 50th anniversary of his death in 1965."
This is great news for all of us in the clinical pastoral field who have been shaped, guided and inspired by Anton T. Boisen's writings.
No doubt many have been instrumental in launching this enterprise. At this writing we know that CPSP's David Roth, PhD and Robert Charles Powell, MD, PhD were a part of the creation of the Boisen Book Project.
The website for the project pays tribute to Dr. Powell: "The new editions will each include a new Introduction by renowned historian of the pastoral care movement and psychiatrist Robert Charles Powell, MD, PhD, as well as a new foreword and afterword."
Keep checking with boisenbooks.com to learn more and for pre-order information.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:36 PM
I am currently enrolled in a multi-faith chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Ct., having completed my first Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit last summer. It was during this time that I came across Rev. Alberts’ book entitled, A Hospital Chaplain at the Crossroads of Humanity.
I found this book to be extremely rich in content and purpose. Each story drew my interest for the encounters were so beautifully described in terms of their simplicity and realism. Dr. Alberts shares his experiences as a chaplain, and what it means to be open and present to the divine encounters in hospital chaplaincy in the most human manner. Each story illustrates invaluable lessons on the many ways a chaplain can respond to patients, with sacred yet simple acts of being totally present and in listening without judgment. It is through these acts that one is able to "empower the patients and their families." This allows the chaplain and patient to recognize the divine at work within the patient’s life.
Dr. Alberts’ stories reveal his experiences of learning to show his humanity, naturalness, and humility with patients and, in so doing, be present with the patients wherever they are in their suffering and spiritual journey. This book goes beyond any religious tradition or social condition, making the lessons applicable to all types of encounters.
The book is truly a gem. I highly recommend it for all those seeking a deeper encounter with others, whether as a chaplain or in other care giving vocations.
(Editor’s note: The book is available on Amazon.com, and on Kindle books.)
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:35 PM
The Peace Corps is looking for 3 Disaster Preparedness and Response Program Officers for the Philippines for 6 months disaster response to Typhoon Yolanda starting this May. What they indicate is that they prefer returned Peace Corps volunteers for this short-term job. Sometimes they also take those who have not served in the PC yet, especially for these disaster response manager jobs.
Here are the links to Peace Corps Response: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/response/
Peace Corps Response
1111 20th St. NW Washington , DC , 20526
855.855.1961 ext. 2250
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:27 PM
The faculty of the Institute for Psychodynamic Pastoral Supervision will be available at its display table during the CPSP Annual Plenary in Virginia Beach. Instead of presenting a workshop this year, the faculty will be available for individual and small group consultations about its Psy.D., D.Min. and Certificate program offerings.
We are currently receiving applications for the incoming class which begins in August, 2014. Our deadline for applications is June 10. The new academic year will launch with our third annual Summer Intensive Week of Studies to be held August 17-22 at Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC. As usual, the foci for the Summer Intensive Week of Studies will include group theory and practice, Tavistock theory and intercultural theory.
During the last week of August our fall semester begins with an online course for the new student cohort on the developmental theories of Bowlby, Freud, Mahler and Fonagy. Theory seminars are matched with weekly praxis seminars in which students present cases that demonstrate their current supervisory work.
In other IPPS news, we reluctantly accepted the decision of The Rev. Joel Harvey, Ph.D. to retire from the faculty due to medical issues, although he remains with us as Professor Emeritus. We hope that Plenary attendees will join us in thanking Joel for his many years of scholarly, supervisory and pastoral service.
We wish to announce that Joel’s successor on the faculty is The Rev. Dr. Charles Starr, Director of Pastoral Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He brings a wealth of teaching and supervisory experience to his new faculty position. We are delighted with the energy he contributes to the students’ learning experience, and the wisdom he brings to his work on our faculty.
If you are interested in our doctoral program at IPPS, please explore our website at www.pastoralsupervisionusa.wordpress.com. Then bring your questions to us at our display table in Virginia Beach. We look forward to the dialogue.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:22 PM
The great majority of CPSP members have personal contact with the CPSP community solely through their Chapters. Fewer than twenty percent of the membership attends the Plenary in any given year. Another quite smaller percentage attends the National Clinical Training Seminars. This state of affairs is not likely to change much in the next few years. Travel costs to meetings, and time away from work are typically burdens that many in our community cannot bear. This means that the great majority of our members have minimal to no contact with the wider CPSP community. While this state of affairs is common in most large organizations, the leadership team has been increasingly troubled by this continuing isolation of our membership. We hope to address this problem.
In an effort to begin addressing this problem we have agreed to a temporary contract with Alex Bruton, who will over the coming months attempt to survey the community and to assess current issues of communication in CPSP.
Alex is a graduate Tulane University, with advanced studies at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil, and holds an MA degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He has a decade of work experience with Lopez Negrete Communications, Moroch Partners, and VRTC Inc as account executive for international marketing. He has taught courses in marketing at the University of Houston. Alex grew up in Mexico and is thus Spanish-English bilingual. He currently lives in Houston. He will be in attendance at the Plenary where we hope all those in attendance will get an opportunity to talk with him.
We anticipate that Alex will come up with recommendations on how we can as a community facilitate more effective mutual communication and participation in CPSP.
With the intent of making himself available to all members of the community Alex will be available to CPSP members by phone, at 832-919-1796, and email at email@example.com .
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 3:53 PM
Breakthrough, a website supporting ALS Therapy Alliance featured Julien Olivier, a CPSP Board Certified Clinical Chaplain.
Dr. Olivier is quoted:
"Palliative care is a service offered to people who have chronic illnesses and who need to focus on symptom and pain control, perhaps forsaking or delaying further curative attempts," said Julien Olivier, DMin, BCCC, Fellow in Hospice & Palliative Care and Chaplain at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH. "PALS could seek palliative care at any time, beginning with their diagnosis. An expert team helps patients and their families address coping skills, anxiety, use of assistive devices, necessary support services, end-of-life issues and more.
It is notable that Julien Olivier provided significant leadership enabling CPSP to launch CPSP's Clinical Fellow in Hospice & Palliative Care providing an advanced certification for those working in the Hospice & Palliative Care field.
To read the full article, click here.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:28 PM
A small working group comprised of representatives of of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy met at LDS headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 6, 2013.
The purposes of the meeting were: to foster mutual understanding and trust, to discuss CPSP requirements for board certification of chaplains, and to discuss pathways toward fulfilling the customary MDiv certification requirement that is not part of the LDS tradition.
Recognizing that formation, preparation and training for ministry in the LDS faith is a lifelong process, the group also acknowledged the distinction between such ministry and clinical pastoral care and the profession of clinical chaplaincy.
The members of the group affirmed a desire for members of the LDS faith who feel called to pursue chaplaincy as a career path to do so on par with other professionals in this specialized ministry.
To this end, and in pursuit of professional excellence toward board certification for clinical chaplaincy, the working group affirmed by consensus that:
1) An MDiv degree, while of course always an option, should not be the only preferred option for LDS certification candidates. A good masters degree from an accredited institution in the social/behavioral sciences that includes the study of religion, or one related to religion with coursework in the human sciences, should be required as specified in the Standards. An exception might be made for candidates who can demonstrate equivalent graduate-level coursework equivalent to the approved masters degree.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:03 PM
The CPSP Leadership Team believes CPSP has succumbed too much to a linear approach to authority and accountability that characterizes so much of our lives generally in this culture.
Linear accountability is generally "top down" and is directive. Obviously, there are matters that must be dealt with in linear fashion. However, the Leadership Team believes CPSP is currently in need of more circularity in leadership. Assessments, judgements, and feedback need to be passed around for varied assessment and judgment rather than issued from on high. This, after all, is congruent with the philosophy of Chapter life in which no one is boss, but group life in which all voices are asked to contribute. Circularity is also more feminine in contrast to linear accountability, which suggests maleness.
The Leadership Team also notes that certain highly successful corporations, including medical systems, have moved toward a team approach and have considered it a more enlightened and more successful model.
There will be a call for working teams to address areas of concern in our community. Teams will be focused on team process that embraces creativity, imagination and innovation that emerges out of a deep passion and commitment for the particular work of the team and its relationships.
Committees will begin to work as teams. No longer will we use the term “committees”. It will be within nimble and dynamic teams where multiple voices are heard and consensus sought as these teams work to address matters that advances the unique mission of the CPSP Community within the clinical pastoral movement.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:31 PM
Have you made arrangements for the 2014 CPSP Plenary starting March 30 - April 2, 2014? If not, it is not too late.
The gathering of the CPSP Community for its 24th Annual Plenary will occur March 30 through April 2 at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $119, single or double, per night. Reserve your room online by clicking on this link: Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, or call 800-325-3535 or go to the Sheraton Oceanfront website.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 5:50 PM
Moral Injury Returning Veterans and What We Can Do for Soul Repair October 15, 2013 Schmieding Center 9AM - 3:30 PM Featuring Brite Divinity School’s Soul Repair Center Co-Directors Rita Brock, Ph.D. & Chaplain (Col) Herman Keizer, Jr. U.S. Army (retired)
This symposium was well attended by over 100 chaplains, CPE student interns, social workers, physicians, clergy and other interested individuals. It was a free symposium made possible by a a grant from the Auxiliary at Northwest Medical Center – Springdale, Arkansas. CPSP Pastoral Care contact hours were provided by the Kansas City Diplomate Chapter. CJ Malone is the Executive Director and CPE Supervisor of the Institute. To review the symposium in its entirety and learn more about Brite’s Soul Repair Center visit www.nwacpe.org and www.britesoulrepair.org
Video Part I: "Moral Injury and Soul Repair" and Video Part II: "Work of Soul Repair" can be viewed by going to: http://nwacpe.org/?q=node/15
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:00 PM
The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) continues to support Survivors of Haiyan.
Relief efforts continue in the Philippines and donations are coming in a bit slower but none the less continue to arrive in the mail! A huge thanks to the Williamsburg Chapter ($400), Kansas City Chapter ($70), Feleti & Folola Ngan-Woo ($50), and Donald & Nancy Harris ($30). Your generosity will assist the survivors in gaining back some normalcy in their lives.
The hundreds of survivors that were moved to Manila are trying to find jobs, homes and simply to survive. Our CPSP colleagues continue to provide support in a multitude of areas especially in providing emotional support for survivors as well as those who are assisting the survivors.
We will continue to ask for your support as several of the CPSP – Philippines members are researching a long term project to assist in starting gardens for the survivors to plant and tend. (Give a man a fish he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for life)
Please consider sending a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference. All donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the people via our CPSP Philippines colleagues.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:15 AM
A questioner asked: We want our patients to receive chaplain services and want to ensure that our patients are not proselytized. How can we do this?
The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) accredits Clinical Pastoral Education Training programs and certifies Board Certified Clinical Chaplains. We trust that the following would address some of the concerns about proselytization:
From the CPSP Code of Professional Ethics:
Colleagues, students, clients, parishioners, and patients deserve our respect. Therefore, members will not proselytize nor impose their own theologies on others. CPSP members will refrain from exploiting relationships or using them to their own advantage. Exploitation includes emotional, financial, sexual, and/or social gain. Records, evaluations, personal notes, and informational conversations will be kept confidential.
Competency in Pastoral Care/Counseling:
The basic requirements in CPSP for certification as Board Certified Clinical Chaplain:
1. The characterological make-up for ministry, including an ability to bond with others, an ability to give attention to others, and a tolerance for diverse religious traditions and values.
2. Basic self-understanding, so as to limit unconscious imposition of one’s own agenda on others.
3. Endorsement by a faith-group community to perform ministry.
4. 1600 hours of clinically supervised ministry or a year of Clinical Pastoral Training.
5. Continuing education and annual recertification.
6. A Master of Divinity degree or equivalent, which means three years of post-graduate academic study.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:20 PM
A new Accreditation Team has been convened following a request by the CPSP Leadership Team at their recent October 2013 meeting. CPSP past-president Francine Hernandez (New York, NY Chapter) was given the task of recruiting members of the reorganized committee, and Ted Taylor (Princeton, NJ Chapter) has accepted the role of Convener.
The Accreditation Team consists of the following individuals: David C. Baker (Baltimore, MD Chapter), David Berg (Chesapeake, MD Chapter), Cynthia Olson (Sacramento, CA Chapter), and Dwight Sweezy (Princeton, NJ Chapter).
Participating in the work of this new team is the Accreditation Manual Work Group, who were assigned the task of drafting a new accreditation document by the Leadership team prior to its October meeting in 2013. The work group is comprised of Al Carden (Jackson, MS Chapter), Roy Sanders (Kansas City, KS Chapter), and Dallas Speight (Ft. Belvoir, VA Chapter).
Together, the Accreditation Team and the Accreditation Work Group are organizing a more unified process for holding our Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Psychotherapy training programs accountable to the highest standards of professionalism as we plan for neutral third-party recognition.
In early January 2014 members of the Accreditation Team will be contacting every chapter convener and/or supervisory diplomate to appraise current clinical training and supervisory training programs. The surveyors will be engaging the following issues:
• Verifying each diplomate’s basic contact information on record.
• Determining the names of training centers under the diplomate’s direction.
• Assessing the date(s) of each center’s last accreditation review.
• Documenting the names and training centers of any supervisors in training (SITs)under the care of each diplomate.
All supervisory diplomates are encouraged to assist our team by promptly replying to these brief survey questions.
A pre-conference workshop on this topic will precede this year’s CPSP Plenary. The workshop, held on Sunday, March 30, will be led by members of the m and the Accreditation Work Group. In the workshop we will review the results of the survey and engage our community in a discussion of a proposed accreditation process based on the appraised needs.
Thanks to all in the CPSP community for their support in this initiative. If there are any questions about the work of the accreditation team or manual work group please contact Ted Taylor, Accreditation Team Convener. .
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:21 AM
Over the Christmas break, several volunteers have flown into the devastated areas to deliver Christmas dinner to some of the survivors of typhoon Haiyan. Volunteers and CPSP trainees traveled with a military escort who provided security. Sleeping in tents as the areas where they are working have been reduced to ground zero. There is no running water, so they bring water to last the amount of days they are staying. As reported by Joyce Gray, CPSP Philippines National Coordinator, they are ‘basically working in jungle conditions’. She tells the volunteers and her trainees to ‘prepare for the worst’ as there is still no power or electricity.
Their goals have been to provide psychosocial intervention to the troops stationed in Tacloban City Airport, provide gifts for the children, cook, prepare, and serve food in evacuation areas as well as for the troops stationed in Tacloban City Airport.
Your generous donations, to date $2,235.00, have assisted these volunteers and trainees in their work. Thank you for your generosity, and for those who have not yet donated PLEASE consider sending in a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference.
A special thanks to:
The Springdale Arkansas Chapter, Kansas City Metro Chapter, Karen Gallo, Anthony Testaverde, Donna & Larry Rooney, Robert Ricciardi, Frances Porter, Patti Berlinquette, Joan Shapiro, Harold Knox, Perry Miller, Sandy Baranello, Robert Rose, Peter Triolo, Nancy Marsh, Susan Annable, Maureen McGuire, Anne & Donald Mischke, Anawim Training Center & Trainees, Emeka Nwigwe, Charles Kirby, Susan James, and Middletown Society of Friends.
The New Amsterdam Chapter, New York (Barbara A. McGuire, John Jeffery, Geof Tio, Susan McDougal, Sergio Manna and Cesar Espineda) with the Philippines team stay committed to bringing help and healing to the survivors of typhoon Haiyan.
Please send donations to:
Barbara A. McGuire C/O – CPSP Relief Fund for The Philippines
3207 William Street
Wantagh, NY 11793
Thank you for your support!
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 3:52 PM
Growing a beard last Fall never felt so odd as when in shorts I walked along a beach. After all, one expects Santa at the North Pole, not on a Pacific beach. It then struck me
that I was not only growing a beard, but thinking like the old fellow.
Actors report getting into the characters they play, but I'm not an actor, just a retired editor and volunteer hospital chaplain. So I looked back on why had taken on the role.
I started growing my third beard after an off-duty Santa caught me sketching him in an Arizona restaurant. He pointed to my white hair and said that I could look good as Santa if I grew a beard like his. So I quit shaving, as I had done on two earlier occasions -- in my 20s to enter a cowboy beard contest and in my 40s when beards were in style as they again seem to be.
During its growth in Sterling, Colorado, a Santa named Larry asked support from the ministerial association of which I was secretary. Larry raised money for sick kids who wrote Christmas wish letters as well as for others needing help in our rural area. I joined him and other Santas at a summer parade and a sugar beet festival. It was jolly fun tossing candy from the back of an antique fire engine and meeting up with kids, friends, and neighbors on the courthouse square.
When my wife Pat and I moved to the Denver area Larry booked jobs for me at a nearby mall, and I visit patients at two hospitals, beard and all, including two Santas. Other patients, especially this time of year, ask me why the Santa beard? I now reply that finding Chaplain Santa in a hospital is no odder than finding him in walking shorts along a beach.
Domenic A. Fuccillo is a CPSP Clinical Chaplain in Littleton, Colorado.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:40 AM
A few months ago new Certification Process Outline was posted on the CPSP website. It appears some entering into the certification track are just becoming aware of the changes. I encourage those who plan to seek seek certification as well as training supervisors to be mindful of the changes.
Below are highlights of the more important changes:
Outside Reviewer: Previously referenced as the “Outside Consultant”, the Outside Reviewer is now appointed by the Certification Committee Representative, is NOT compensated for professional time, and is reimbursed for transportation costs by the CPSP Treasurer.
Review Fee: The 250.00 review fee was implemented at the 2013 Plenary to offset travel costs for Outside Reviewers. Previously, these costs were reimbursed by the candidate or the chapter and not the CPSP Treasurer. The former process had placed a higher burden on chapters in the west and in isolated areas.
Certification Documents: Certification documents are submitted prior to scheduling the formal review: Previously the Certification Committee received certification documents after the certification review. This had created several problems. First, A chapter representative’s failure to submit the facesheet and other supporting documents would often lead to candidates arriving at the Plenary expecting to receive a certificate having been told by the chapter and Outside Reviewer that they were recommended for ratification. Having no record of the review, an opportunity to review the documents, and prepare the certificates, these candidates would not receive their expected certificate. This change eliminates that problem. It also allows for a preliminary review by the Certification Committee and the Outside Reviewer and will prevent the scheduling of formal reviews in cases where the certification documents are not completed, the Standards for certification are not met, etc. Certification documents are to be submitted 60 days prior to the date of the anticipated certification review
Reciprocity: The new process includes language on the process of those who hold certifications with other cognate groups and who wish to be certified by CPSP via reciprocity.
In order to have sufficient time to prepare certificates, Certification reviews and Outside Reviewer reports must be submitted By March 1, 2014 for candidates who wish to receive a certification certificate at the 2014 Plenary.
It is the Certification's Team hope that these changes will enhance the certification process. Please contact your Chapter’s Certification Team Representative with any questions you may have concerning the Certification Process Outline.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:42 PM