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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-Registered Companion or Spouse: $75.

For additional information please go to our web sites;, or email the Registrar, Krista Argiropolis, at:

All Registrants are Requested to Bring a Clinical Paper or Case for Presentation:
This is a working conference. The heart of the program is the mutual sharing of our work and our lives. Thus each registrant is expected to come prepared to share something from his or her life or work in a small group context. There are no ground
rules about what particular individuals may decide to share.

The small consultation groups have become a highly significant part of the Plenary Meeting. They represent this community’s commitment to hearing and responding to each voice in the community. They also have become educational events as we come to give both care and consultation to each other.

George Hankins Hull
Plenary Secretary

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ARKANSAS AR – Little Rock (CPE)  George Hankins-Hull,  M.Div   University Arkansas fo Medical Sciences Medical Center  Little Rock,  AR (501) 686-6888 
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MASSACHUSETTES MA – Boston (CPE/PPS)  William E. Alberts,  Ph.D.,   Boston Medical Center  Boston,  MA 02118  (617) 638-6850 

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