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Master Fezziwig Knew How to Celebrate Employees

Borne there by the Spirit of Christmas-Past the scene opens: It is Christmas once more and Scrooge is standing outside the warehouse where once he was an apprentice. They go inside and Scrooge is delighted to find his former boss – Mr Fezziwig. Mr Fezziwig is instructing a young Scrooge and his fellow apprentice, Dick, to ready the premises for their annual Christmas party. The scene fills as in come a fiddler, Mrs Fezziwig, all the other Fezziwigs together with all the employees. They enjoy music and dancing and when finally the joyous evening comes to a close Scrooge is forced to reflect on his own treatment as an employer regarding his staff. “When the clock struck eleven, this domestic ball broke up. Mr and Mrs Fezziwig took their stations, one on either side of the door, and shaking hands with every person individually as he or she went out, wished him or her a Merry Christmas. When everybody had retired but the two apprentices, th…
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Chaplaincy Alive! podcast: A discussion with Kenneth Blank, a responding chaplain to the Oklahoma City Bombing

Twenty years ago, a truck bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds. CPSP Chaplain Kenneth Blank talks with Chaplaincy Alive!podcast host, Susan McDougal, about the day of the bombing and the days following that historic event, and discusses how it impacted his life, and the lives of his fellow-chaplains, and the lives of the people living in Oklahoma City.
In his interview with Susan McDougall, Ken Blank mentions a paper he wrote, "Pastoral Care and Response to Disaster - The Oklahoma City Experience", and readers can download the paper by clicking HERE
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At End of Life, Family Often Too Optimistic on Survival

Educating a family about a poor prognosis has always been difficult. Now a study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals the extent of misunderstanding when patients and physicians both try predict the chance of a loved one's survival. In this 150-second analysis, MedPage Today clinical reviewer F. Perry Wilson MD, MSCE, breaks down the data.

Increasing Trend to Secularize Chaplaincy

There has been an increasing trend in the pastoral care movement to move away from chaplaincy and pastoral care in favor of promoting and providing "spiritual care." Many hospital departments have changed their names to reflect this shift in philosophy and practice.

Spirituality circumvents religion and promotes chaplaincy as a generic practice. Religions are messy. They have rules, doctrines, beliefs, ethics---some of which are flawed to be sure. But religions usually stand for something. Spirituality is an amorphous thing, an oblong blur, with implications of cosmic connection, but with no price tag---no demands no dogmas, and no ethics. Not even a dogma demanding justice and mercy. The only perceptible doctrine promoted by the spirituality movement is that people should feel good about themselves.

At its best the clinical pastoral movement teaches religious professionals to be available to everyone. It also teaches them to be critical of all religion---but dismissive of …

The 13th Conference of the European Council for Pastoral Care and Counselling

Feeling Felt – Challenges for Pastoral Care and Counselling
The 13th Conference of the European Council for Pastoral Care and Counselling It all begins with a look. The paintings by the artist Maria Wolfram challenge the way we look at the world surrounding us. Those faces seem to look back at us, asking: What do you see when you look at me? Can you feel my reality, or are you looking right through me, perceiving only what you wish to see, receiving only what fits in your picture? Feeling felt – two simple words that capture the essence of empathic attunement, which is at the core of all encountering in pastoral care and counselling. How do we approach today’s evermore complex and challenging realities, whose faces do we recognize and encounter? And where do we find strength in our effort to accompany suffering individuals and communities under pressure? What is the essence of being a pastoral caregiver for our present time in the perspective of feeling felt? These questions guide the refl…

Asbury Theological Seminary: How to Receive Credit for CPE Training

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION Asbury Theological Seminary 

Find a certified ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) or CPSP (College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy) training site.  ACPE website has a list of certified training sites by states.  CPSP website has a list of certified training sites.  (NOTE: Your denominational body usually defines which of the above training programs they prefer.) See ACPE or CPSP webpage for more information on each respective program. Apply directly to the ACPE or CPSP sites you are interested in training.  Both ACPE and CPSP website have application forms you can access. Your training site may also provide you with the application as well. ACPE and CPSP training sites may require you to pay a tuition fee to train with them. You are responsible for paying for your CPE training.  The seminary will reimburse you up to $600.00 of your training site tuition fee (only) after you complete your CPE training.  More on this below. Also note …

The Founding of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy

The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy CPSP is an international, theologically based covenant community.

CPSP was formed out of the memories of our own experience in clinical training. It was not formed around the corporate bureaucratic model, that by its very nature smothers criticism with public relations and undermines collegiality by promoting patterns of domination and submission. We remembered the redemptive process of our own clinical training, an experience that was marked by deep criticism and deep respect and care, an experience that we would never demean or trivialize by calling it skill training. We experienced our own clinical pastoral process as transformative. We sought in creating CPSP to rekindle the transformative process that seemed to be diminishing in our professional lives. We constructed the Chapter model out of our memories of the clinical training group as the best hope for fostering continuing transformation, individually and corporately.