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Spiritual Care Collaborative Unable to Deliver on Collaboration

The Spiritual Care Collaborative sounds all the right notes when it comes to promoting and advertising the SCC as new breakthrough in collaboration between pastoral care and counseling organizations. High ideals expressed on paper sound good and make a good sales pitch but unless accompanied by serious results on the ground amount to nothing more than lofty words blowing in the wind. Rather than creating harmony in the midst of the pastoral care and counseling movement the SCC sound a jarring note of discord tainted by an exclusive elitism. The SCC recently admitted(1) that it has no developed mechanism for including other participating organizations in the partnership of collaboration. So much then for lofty ideals and claims of Collaboration mere code words used as cover for darker motives of control and monopoly.

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September 3, 2008

Notice to Members of the College of Pastoral Supervision &…

The Sine Qua Non of the Clinical Pastoral Care & Training Movement

No pastoral care and certifying organization can be compelled to adopt a posture of critical self-reflection. However, one would expect that one of the marks of an organization standing within the historical clinical pastoral care and training movement would be a posture of critical self-reflection. Given this tradition of self-critical reflection this would not negate the critique of one cognate group by another rather it would promote it. The self-critical faculty is the sine qua non of the pastoral care and training movement. The movement is best safeguarded when all the serious voices of critique are validated and none are censored. In contrast to movements seeking to speak with one voice the clinical pastoral care and training movement speaks with many voices and is best represented by the voice of many.

Theology And Ethics in Conversation

Mid-South Fall Pastoral Care Institute
October 30-31, 2008
Little Rock, Arkansas

Gather this Fall in Little Rock with chaplains, pastoral counselors, pastoral psychotherapists, and pastoral care givers from across the South for this educational event, beginning at Noon Thursday October 30th with workshops followed by a dinner and speaker that evening. The Institute continues with a day of educational seminars on Friday. Mark your calendars.

More information coming soon!


Thursday evening, October 30

James D. Hester, Ph. D. ,is the Crawford Professor of Religion, Emeritus, from the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, where he taught for 31 years. He holds a doctorate in theology (DTheol) from the University of Basel (Switzerland), where he studied with Oscar Cullman, Bo Reicke, and Karl Barth.

He is a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and of the Society of Biblical Literature. He was a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar and for 12 years directed the Rhetorical New Testament Pr…

Spiritual Care Collaborative Falls at the First Hurdle

The Spiritual Care Collaborative has recently had to acknowledge to the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy that the SCC has failed to develop a means of including other clinical pastoral training and certifying bodies as members of the SCC. Sadly the admission of the SCC to CPSP that the SCC does not know how to revise its founding documents or whether it should reveals the SCC is more of a political power block than a truly collaborative organization.

George Hankins Hull
CPSP Diplomate in Clinical Pastoral Education

FROM THE CPSP GENERAL SECRETARY: SCC Unable to Act On Question of Whether to Invite CPSP

We applaud the Board of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) that last month unanimously voted in the affirmative to invite CPSP to join the Spiritual Care Collaborative.

We also applaud the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) for taking the same action.

However, neither CPSP nor any other organization should hold its breath waiting for an invi…

Rev. Francine Angel Installed the 8th President of the College of Pastoral Supervision And Psychotherapy

The Rev. Francine Angel was installed as the Eighth President of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy at the 2008 CPSP Plenary held in Little Rock, AR this April.

She is an honor graduate of Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center, 1996. She received her M.Div in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care. In 1995 she was listed on the National Dean List and in Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

In addition to her academic accomplishment, she spent years being clinically trained that culminated in significant accomplishments in the clinical pastoral field: Board Certified Chaplain, Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor.

For many years she has been the creative force as the Coordinator of the National Clinical Seminar (NCTS) for the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. This seminar is scheduled twice a year (Spring and Fall). NCTS is geared toward offerin…

Raymond J. Lawrence, General Secretary CPSP



I report to you that our professional community is prospering. We are seeing steady growth. In numbers of certified members, we are now the third largest organization in our field in this hemisphere. We have problems too. Some of our Chapters need more attention than they are receiving. We need not be embarrassed about our failure to be a perfect community. But we need to be more assertive in approaching under functioning Chapters, because those with problems tend not to ask for consultation as we expect them to do. And we need to do more in the public relations arena, informing persons and institutions about our uniqueness and what we have to offer.

The Changing Character of CPSP

18 years ago this month 15 persons met in Virginia and decided unanimously that we should create a new certifying community, that the then functioning organi…

Carolyn Cassin, A 2008 CPSP Plenary Keynote Speaker, Provides Power Point Presentation for Download

The 2008 Plenary of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy was held March 31 through April 2, 2008, at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock Arkansas.

During the Plenary many of the CPSP community enjoyed meeting and having conversation with this warm, engaging and compelling person. Her creative, insightful and deep understanding of Hospice was not only informative but contagious as she captured the sprit of care that is at the core of Hospice movement.

Carolyn Cassin has graciously granted permission for the Pastoral Report to publish the Power Point presentation, Open Access Hospice: America's Challenge, she use during her address to the CPSP community.

Download: Open Acess Hospice By Carolyn Cassin

Carolyn Cassin, an internationally recognized expert in end of life care, organizational management, and the efficient, effective delivery of healthcare services was one of the Keynote speakers for the 2008 CPSP Plenary.

Year Long CPE Residency Position Fall 2008

The CPE program focuses on the development of self-awareness, formation of pastoral identity, professional functioning, and the ability to address issues from a competent clinical and pastoral perspective.

The residency program is designed for the ordained person with a seminary degree and at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. On occasion, a lay person may qualify for admission. CPE residents and interns serve as ecumenical chaplains, under supervision, to assigned areas throughout the UAMS Medical Center and clinics. The setting provides a rich base for clinical experience and opportunities for continued personal, professional and pastoral development.

The UAMS Clinical Pastoral Training programs follow the standards set by the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP), the accrediting organization. A typical unit of CPE requires a minimum of 400 hours of supervised ministry in a clinical setting.

Stipend: 24,600 plus medical benefits: This training opportun…

College Of Pastoral Supervision And Psychotherapy

The College of Pastoral Supervision And Psychotherapy In Conversation with Professor Arthur W. Frank

We are pleased to announce that Professor Arthur W. Frank will be the Keynote speaker at the at the 2008 Plenary Gathering of The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy.
Arthur W. Frank is professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Calgary, Alberta Canada. Dr. Frank received his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University (High Honours, 1968), his M.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University (1975). He has taught at the University of Calgary since 1975. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of The Hastings Center, the preeminent U.S. bioethics institute, and also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, which is the highest honor that Canadian academics can receive.
He is the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness (Houghton Mifflin, 1991), the story of his 1985 heart attack and subsequent testicular cancer. The book has been translated into four languag…

College Of Pastoral Supervision And Psychotherapy 2008 Plenary Update

Workshop III – 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, March 30 – “Chapter Life Workshop”
Presenter: Perry Miller, Chair of the Chapter Life Committee of CPSP.
Description: There will be an open forum, a time for the group to share vignettes of their life in Chapters, ask questions, impart info, etc. Also, Mary Davis will give a presentation of new Conveners Manual. In addition, part of the workshop will be devoted to helping Chapters access competence. Download the CPSP Plenary Brochure Here

College Of Pastoral Supervision And Psychotherapy 2008 Plenary Update

Workshop II – 10:45 a.m. to Noon Sunday, March 30 – “There is No Suffering in the Hospital!”

Presenter: Rev. Ken Blank, CPSP Diplomate, ACPE Supervisor,Executive Director, Oklahoma Health Center Clinical Pastoral Education Institute. Past President of CPSP. Recipient: Professional Service Award, Association of Professional Chaplains. Description: One of the primary goals of medicine is to alleviate or eliminate suffering for hospitalized patients. And it is not unusual to have Certified Chaplains join in this admirable effort, even if it means we make the burden “a little lighter” by sharing it with the patient. But what if there is no suffering in the hospital? Would this change our theology of pastoral care? Would this have an impact on our style of ministry as Chaplains and pastors? Come and find out in this challenging and provocative seminar!

College Of Pastoral Supervisioin And Psychotherapy 2008 Plenary Update

Workshop I – 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 30 – “Community Based CPE.”

Presenter: Foy Richey, CPSP Diplomate, ACPE Supervisor; Thirty Five Years as a CPE Supervisor; Disciples of Christ Clergy; President of Rocky Mountain Center for Education and Training and Founder and Pioneer of Community Based CPE in Colorado. Description: This workshop will describe the evolution and development of the successful Community Based CPSP CPE program in Colorado developed by Rocky Mountain Center for Education and Training over the past twelve years. Workshop participants will learn about: organizational components, financial support, innovative clinical community placement issues, management of long distance and Internet CPE supervision, core demographic targets for the success of this model of doing CPE. Participants will receive a “how-to-get-started” packet for doing indigenous community based CPE.

College of Pastoral Supervision And Psychotherapy Keeping the Cost of Clinical Pastoral Education Affordable

An organizations philosophy of how it organizes itself can cost a community when it comes to conference time in terms of dollars. Organizations with a top down corporate structure have higher over head costs for staff and buildings. In contrast to the corporate model the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy is a grass roots organization bound together by its covenant to travel light.

CPSP's commitment to traveling light, having no paid professional staff and owning no buildings allows us to keep the costs of membership and conferences at a minimum. The cost of registration for the 2008 CPSP Plenary is $195.00 inclusive of meals and banquet and the hotel room will cost you $79.00 with $10.00 for each additional person. As part of the CPSP covenant of traveling light CPSP does not solicit any corporate sponsorship or endowments.

For more information about the CPSP Plenary visit the link below:

Pastoral Report