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CPSP Changing the Face of The Clinical Pastoral Training Movement

It was to be my first conference with my new found colleagues and mentors. I was shifting into a new role and looked forward to being with same minded people who truly believed in the integrity and grace of the human spirit. Though anticipation was undeniable, I consciously shifted into my Buddhist self so as to be comfortable in the place of “not knowing”. To read more visit the Pastoral Report the online journal of the College Of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy: Pastoral Report CPSP Diversity and Opportunity as a Living Experience

Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Position


Stipend $40,000. Rural Parish with Recreation Ministry; Contracted with the South Carolina Department of Corrections and the Midlands Area Pastoral Counseling Services, Inc.
Program Accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (January 4 – December 31, 2010).

Inquire at Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, Box 170, Liberty Hill, SC 29074

Telephone: 803-273-9191 Gene Rollins, Supervisor.For more information about CPSP visit the link below:

The Uniqueness of the CPSP Plenary

Many meetings and conferences fail because they follow an agenda which places the conference speaker at the heart of the event and the attendee as observer. The structure of the CPSP plenary stands in sharp contrast to the linear model of many conferences which place an exclusive emphasis on an individual speaker.

We avoid this in CPSP by placing the emphasis on the small group process in which the plenary presenters take part in the consultative process of the small group experience. CPSP is unique in our field in how we structure our gathering in a way that wisdom is shared, consultation is sought and community is fostered in terms of accountability.

The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy Task Force Report

College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy


Delivered at the 2009 CPSP Plenary By Luise Weinrich

The late writer David Foster Wallace, a man of great soul who I believe would have loved a community like CPSP, told this story at Kenyon College's commencement: in 2005:

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and says "What is water?" (David Foster Wallace, Kenyon College commencement address, 2005).

For over a year now, the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy's Task Force for the Future has been at work, talking with our members about your vision for CPSP. We've been seeking your views about where we are, and where we're headed in the future, finding out what the water is l…

Association of Professional Chaplains Facing Significant Financial Challenges

The Association of Professional Chaplains recently informed its membership that the organization is experiencing “significant financial challenges.” The APC president, Sue Wintz, related in a letter to the APC membership that the association has made some $80,000 cuts to its budget. The president’s letter requested that APC members consider making a donation of at least $25, 00 to help off set any additional cuts which might have to be made to the organization’s budget. APC Board Certified Chaplains pay annual dues of $265.00 representing some of the highest fees in the profession.

CPSP Plenary 2009-The Tavistock Group

CPSP Plenary 2009

“Tavistock” is the label commonly given to a particular type of group seminar that follows the tradition of Wilfred Bion and his colleagues who were geographically based in a section of London called Tavistock.

The basic premise of the Tavistock approach to group work is that ownership of the group belongs to the membership, and that the consultant(s) will take a posture “outside the group” and will make consultative contributions to the group as a whole, not to particular individuals. A consultant in the Tavistock model does not take a leadership role in the specific work of a Tavistock group, but does provide consultation as well as protecting the boundaries of the group with regard to time and space. A Tavistock group relations seminar has the character of a laboratory in that a specific time and place is set apart to do a specific kind of disciplined task.

The traditional Tavistock group (so-called) is the closest thing to a sacrament that the Plenary has---an actio…

CPSP Clinical Pastoral Education Training Programs


ARKANSAS AR – Little Rock (CPE)  George Hankins-Hull,  M.Div   University Arkansas fo Medical Sciences Medical Center  Little Rock,  AR (501) 686-6888 
AR – Springdale (CPE)  C. J. Malone,  M.Div   Northwest Health System  Springdale,  AR72764  (479) 957-8782 

CALIFORNIA CA - Long Beach (CPE)  Karyn Reddick,  M.Div   Long Beach Memorial Medical Center / Miller Children's Hospital  Long Beach,  CA90806  (562) 933-1452 

COLORADO CO – Lakewood (CPE)  Foy Richey,  M.Div   Rocky Mountain Center for Education and Training  Lakewood,  CO 80235  (303) 797-8255 

DELWARE DE – Wilmington (CPE) Bryan Bass-Riley Nemours-Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803 (302) 651-5063

MASSACHUSETTES MA – Boston (CPE/PPS)  William E. Alberts,  Ph.D.,   Boston Medical Center  Boston,  MA 02118  (617) 638-6850 

MARYLAND MD – Easton (CPE/PPS)  Benjamin P. Bogia,  Ph.D.   Shore Health System of Maryland  Easton,  MD21601  (410) 822-1000 
MD – Hagerstown, MD (CPE) David C. …

Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor George Buck

George Buck, Ph.D., is a Diplomate in the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy and is dually certified as a pastoral psychotherapist and as a CPE supervisor. Chaplain Buck supervises the part-time and extended units of CPE at UAMS Medical Center Little Rock, Arkansas.

Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor George Hankins Hull

George Hankins-Hull, Dip. Th., Th.M., is the director of pastoral care and clinical pastoral education at UAMS Medical Center. He is a Diplomate in the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy and a board-certified clinical chaplain.

Clinical Pastoral Education Program UAMS Medical Center Little Rock, Arkansas

The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at UAMS Medical Center engages in an action reflection model of learning, central to the CPE experience. The chaplain interns are involved in direct patient care, and it is that experience and reflection on the actual pastoral encounter that fosters the chaplain's learning. At UAMS Medical Center, trainees are involved with people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Trainees are assigned to specific areas, function as ecumenical chaplains, and are responsible for providing pastoral care to patients, families and staff. Trainees attend interdisciplinary meetings and participate with other professionals in providing patient care. Chaplain interns also share on-call responsibilities, which provide learning opportunities in the midst of a developing health care crisis.

Key concepts in the action reflection learning process include:

Learning from experience, both personal and professional, through case study reflection, peer feed…

Clinical Pastoral Education Objectives

College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy

CPSP CPE Objectives:

CPSP Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs provide an opportunity for ministers, seminarians and lay people to develop pastoral competency within a particular pastoral setting (usually a hospital, parish, hospice, or retirement home). The CPE approach to training is based upon an "action-reflection" model of learning. Pastoral trainees function as ecumenical chaplains providing pastoral care in assigned areas and use their experience in pastoral encounters as a basis for their learning.

CPSP CPE focuses on the development of personal and pastoral identity and the growth of professional competence as a minister. Specific objectives of CPE are:

To become aware of one's self as a minister and of the ways one's ministry affects people.
To become a competent pastor of people and groups in various life situations and crisis circumstances and to develop the maturity to provide intensive and extensive p…

Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Openings

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: 25,000 plus medical benefits: This training opportun…

Getting to Know Yourself

Getting to Know Yourself by George Hankins Hull, Dip.Th., Th.M

Self-awareness as a pastoral care giver is essential to good pastoral care. Issues of transference and counter-transference loom large in pastoral encounters. Therefore, it’s of vital importance for the pastoral care giver to understand the use of the Self in the pastoral role.

In her book, When Helping You is Hurting Me, Carmen Berry addresses the detrimental aspects of a lack of self-awareness in the person of the care giver in what she calls the “Messiah trap.” The “Messiah trap”, is defined as continued circumstances in which individuals are persistently putting their own needs aside in order to help others.

Berry offers an important caution to all in the helping professions against becoming addicted to helping and then, like an addict, seeking out supplies for their fix. Further complicating the issue is what Berry calls the double-sided trap of helping: ‘If I don’t do it, it won’t get done’ and ‘Every one else’s needs c…

College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy

2009 Plenary of The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy

CPSP Commited to continuing accountability, standards of excellence, and diversity of opportunity.


Come join us in Virginia Beach, Virginia
at the Gathering of the Community for the
Nineteenth Plenary Meeting

March 29th-April 1, 2009
Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hotel Registration...
Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, 36th Street and Atlantic Avenue,
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Tel: 800.521.5635 -or- 757.425.9000
Registrants must contact the hotel, at the telephone numbers
listed above, to reserve sleeping rooms.

Special Conference Rate: $109-$119 +tax. This rate is guaranteed
only though February 26, 2009, and for a limited number of rooms,
on a first-come basis. The price of the room will vary according to
the view. The hotel rooms are quite spacious and will accommodate
three or four persons comfortably. You are urged to register as early
as possible if you intend to stay at the Sheraton.

Please Note:
Registration Rate after February 26, 2009: $245. Meals/Refreshments for Non-…