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In July the CPSP leadership received a communication from Robin C. Brown-Haithco, President of ACPE and Deryck Durston, Interim Executive Director. They wrote to inform us of an action by the ACPE Board of Representatives taken on July 11, 2012, suggesting that the two organizations return to the negotiating table. The letter further indicated that ACPE is willing to engage in new dialogue with the goal of resolving our current differences. We welcome this overture and consider it a promising development. It has been the CPSP intention at all times to remain in dialogue with ACPE and to deal directly with our most pressing issues.

The CPSP Executive Committee has reviewed the ACPE acknowledgement of our impasse and invitation to return to negotiations, and we welcome the opportunity to return to the negotiating table and seek more effective ways to facilitate both organizations’ commitment to a collegial and amicable relationship.  The CPSP Executive Committee agreed to the appointment…

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education USDE Continued Recognition Report

U.S. Department of Education Staff Report to the Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues

Agency: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (1969/2007) (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
Action Item: Petition for Continued Recognition
Current Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of both clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers and Supervisory CPE programs located within the United States and territories.
Requested Scope of Recognition: Same as above
Date of Advisory Committee Meeting: June, 2012
Staff Recommendation:Continue the agency’s current recognition and require the agency to come into compliance within 12 months, and submit a compliance report that demonstrates the agency’s compliance with the issues identified below.
The agency must provide additional information and documentation regarding its training of its Standards Committee and Board members on its a…

The Class of 2011-2012 Clinical Pastoral Education Residents and Summer Interns University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The Class of 2011-2012 Clinical Pastoral Education Residents & Summer Interns
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

CPE Faculty: George Hankins Hull, Dip.Th., Th.M. George Buck, Ph.D
Supervisors in Training: Susan McDougal UAMS Staff Chaplain Bill Briant, Staff Chaplain M.Th.   
For information about CPE Training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Visit: UAMS CPE

Read the Pastoral Report the online newsletter of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy

Communication Near The End OF Life

College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy Annual Meeting 2012 Part 1 from Leonard Chamblee on Vimeo.

CPSP committed to providing free educational resources to the pastoral care and clinical pastoral training movement.

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Communication Near The End OF Life Kimberly Garner, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.F.P. Dr. Kimberly Garner is a staff physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also an assistant professor of Geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Garner is the medical director of the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System which is a specialized intermediate unit which provides an interdisciplinary team approach in an inpatient setting. Dr. Garner received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a master’s of public health from the University of Arka…

Doctor of Ministry in Clinical Pastoral Supervision

The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) and the Graduate Theological Foundation have partnered to offer doctoral programs in Clinical Pastoral Supervision.  The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy is a theologically based covenant community, offering accredited training and credentialing in Pastoral Psychotherapy, Pastoral Supervision, Pastoral Counseling, and Clinical Chaplaincy. The degree programs offered through this PRIME relationship center upon a core body of knowledge and practice in clinical pastoral supervision. These programs are designed for those ministry professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and expertise in the cognate fields of pastoral care and counseling, supervision and psychotherapy. 
Students are responsible for all fees required by The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
Read More: Visit the Pastoral Report the online journal of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy
Course details: Grad…

UAMS Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program

UAMS Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Openings

UAMS Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program
The Clinical Pastoral Education training 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 CPE 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 (CP…

CPSP Offers Clinical Chaplain Sub-Specialty in Hospice & Palliative Care

The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) will now offer a clinical fellow in hospice and palliative care. 

This will be a subspecialty credential for those already credentialed as Board Certified Clinical Chaplains / Board Certified Pastoral Counselors.

More Information please follow the link below to the Pastoral Report:

Pastoral Report the online newsletter of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy

CPSP Consensus Decision Making

CPSP History & Tradition CPSP has maintained a tradition of consensus decision-making since its inception. In making decisions at the Governing Council we do not vote.  When conflicts arise they are resolved through discussion, debate and collaboration.

Voting is Divisive In the main, when groups vote using the majority rule principle or Parliamentary Procedure, a competitive dynamic evolves within the group because it is being asked to select between two or more possibilities. In this dynamic it is as acceptable to attack and diminish an opposing viewpoint as it is to promote and endorse one’s own position on a given issue.  The goal and object of voting is to defeat the opposing viewpoints by a majority and means acting on a 51-49 decision.  Even an 80-20 division can be divisive in a community, especially if those who carry the vote want above all else to carry the day.  This is especially problematic when there are complex or multiple issues involved. Establishing consensus requir…

College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy 2012 Plenary

A Gathering Together…
On behalf of the CPSP Plenary Organizing Committee, we warmly invite you to join us for the 2012 gathering of the CPSP Community.We will meet March 24 through March 28, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel & Suites, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Doubletree Hotel & Suites is situated in a prime location, right in the middle of Pittsburgh’s vibrant downtown. A block of rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $119.00 per night. The rooms will be available until March 4, 2012 or until the room block is sold out. You can reserve your room online by clicking here or by calling (412)281-5800. The hotel has a courtesy shuttle service from Pittsburgh International Airport.
The 2012 Plenary speaker is Kimberly Garner, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.F.P.Dr. Garner will address the Current State of the Art of Assessing an Individual's Readiness to Discuss Advance Care Planning from a Palliative Care Perspective. Advances in medical care and technology can…

Video Post Cards CPSP Voices from Past Plenary Gatherings of the Community

ACPE CPSP Mediation Agreement Broken



The leadership of CPSP regrets to inform you that the mediation process between CPSP and ACPE has broken down. The Mediation Agreement which was signed with high hopes in Philadelphia, November 30, 2010, by the leadership of both organizations, and which created a good spirit and considerable optimism in the larger clinical pastoral field, has been critically breached.

The rupture has come about as a result of a threat from ACPE against the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center's chaplaincy program as it goes for re-accreditation in January. The medical center’s clinical training program is directed by John deVelder has been accredited by ACPE for several decades. DeVelder is a certified CPE Supervisor with both ACPE and CPSP credentials. He is a prominent clinical pastoral supervisor, well-respected, past President of CPSP and former Chair of the COMISS Network.

The hospital was informed by ACPE th…