The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy is a theologically based covenant community, dedicated to "recovery of the soul" and promoting competency in the clinical pastoral field.
The 2005 CPSP Plenary Brochure(Brochure) provides the following description of the Plenary's theme:
Telling the Story of Pastoral Care Who We Were. Who We Are. What We Shall Be. ...
We, the people of pastoral care, share a unique heritage. We also live in a challenging time of change and face a possibly transformational future. The conference is designed to challenge CPSP to claim its place in the long pastoral care movement and to invite pastoral leaders outside of our community to interface with us. The Gathering of the Community Called CPSP
Robert Powell's two articles posted below, Whatever Happened to "CPE" -- Clinical Pastoral Education? and “The Continued Ability to Create and Invent”: Going for One Hundred Years of Clinical Pastoral Transformation, will be informative and serve as excellent preparation for the Plenary. I hope you will take the time to savor these two well written articles by Dr. Powell who is the preeminent historian in the clinical pastoral movement. -Perry Miller, Editor
Posted by Perry Miller at 08:02 PM
Entire draft manuscript: copyright, 1999, Robert Charles Powell.
Whatever Happened to "CPE" -- Clinical Pastoral Education?
Robert Charles Powell, MD, PhD
keynote address honoring
Anton Theophilus Boisen
3/18/99, Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the Ninth Plenary Meeting, of the
College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy
Whatever happened to CPE? Good question. Let me enunciate several other good questions up front. Whatever possessed you, such that the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy decided to invite an MD-psychiatrist/PhD-historian to address a room full of theologues? Were you out of your minds? Whatever possessed me, such that I decided to accept? Surely you've handed me an impossible task with which I am doomed to fail. That being the case, in the manner of the Rev.Mr. Anton Theophilus Boisen (1876-1965), the spiritual progenitor of CPE, I have opted to embrace failure, to fail openly with, as he would say, "hope and courage."1 I do not, however, want to fail alone. Nor would he. [Please -- if you will -- please find a pencil or pen and some paper, to jot down notes -- not about what I say, but about what thoughts and associations you have about what I say. The CPSP "Covenant" asks you to "make a space for one another and stand ready to midwife one another. . . ." Please hear me out -- but not passively. Stand ready to expand my presentation.] I accept responsibility for tossing out "half-baked" ideas, but, as I lead you "down the garden path" in this essay, I ask you to commit yourselves to helping me get these ideas "more fully-baked."
Posted by Perry Miller at 09:46 AM
Robert Charles Powell, MD, PhD
The First Annual Helen Flanders Dunbar (1902-1959) Award
for Significant Contributions to the Field of Clinical Pastoral Training
3/21/02, Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the Plenary Meeting, of the
College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years….”1 Actually, while many have made the collegial, spiritual pilgrimage back to Virginia Beach year after year, this is only the tenth – not the ten thousandth – plenary session of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. The organizing meeting of what was to become CPSP occurred on St. Patrick’s Day 1990, with the first plenary session – the first full “gathering of the community” – occurring from March 12th to the 15th, 1992.
Posted by Perry Miller at 09:49 AM
Although writing as a clinical psychologist to clinical psychologists, Phyllis Watts, Ph.D. gives voice to the provocative question: "Are we Becoming A Soulless Profession" in her article forwarded from SocialWorkPractice Listserve.
Many of us who earn our living as a psychotherapists have long ago walked away from managed care as a source of reimbursement for services rendered. It is too invasive, and it's an unethical way to treat people who live with the awareness that managed care might pull the plug on the therapeutic relationship and treatment without thought or care for the patient and the treatment process. Managed care is counter productive to the creation and the nurturing of the therapeutic alliance upon which substantive care and healing of soul is grounded. Without the formation of a deep and profound relationship that becomes sacred and beyond what words could even attempt to convey, not much happens in the psychotherapy journey. Managed Care is a theological corruption that will poison the integrity of the therapeutic relationship and enterprise.
Posted by Perry Miller at 11:48 AM
This is a reminder that each registrant to the CPSP Plenary will be
assigned to a small group, and will be allocated at least 45 minutes in
which to present a clinical case or something of their life or work for
consultation. There is no restriction on what individuals may present. -Jim Gebhart and Plenary Planing Group
Posted by Perry Miller at 08:01 PM
Barbara McGuire, CPSP Registrar announces the completion of the 2005 CPSP Directory and that it is now published on CPSP's website, CPSP.ORG. The document is a downloadable PDF file. It will require you have an up-to-date free copy of Adobe Reader on your computer to view the Directory.
Posted by Perry Miller at 09:53 PM
Dr. Robert C. Dykstra, associate professor of pastoral theology at
Princeton Theological Seminary will be awarded the CPSP Helen Flanders
Dunbar Award for Contributions to the Field of Clinical Pastoral
Training. The award will be given on the basis of Dyskstra's new book,
Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings.This award will be presented
at the 2005 Plenary in Columbus, Ohio. This announcement was made today
by James Gebhart, chair of the host committee and Richard Liew,
Posted by Perry Miller at 09:03 AM
Spring has already begun to bud in its own joyous way. Despite the gray snow lining our curbs, there are signs of new life and growth peeking up between the concrete slabs of the city sidewalk.
Our National Clinical Training Seminar this March 3-4 held at Carmel Retreat House in Mahwah, New Jersey was an opportunity to witness signs of spring within our CPSP community as well as reflect on our personal growth as pastoral caregivers.
Posted by Perry Miller at 04:13 PM
Persons attending the Gathering of the Community in Columbus on April 6-9 can make advance ticket reservations for four major events scheduled in Columbus on those days. These events are:
The Columbus Symphony at The Ohio Theatre: Hayden’s The Creation.
Peter Pan at The Palace Theatre.
John Hancock Champions on Ice at The Nationwide Arena (Friday only).
These three events are all within 2-6 blocks of our conference setting.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 09:13 PM
We regret this denigration of COMISS. Stapleford's views will undoubtedly carry weight, especially since he is in the inner circle of leadership of the ACPE. COMISS is the only existing forum where all interested parties in the clinical pastoral field can be heard, and we believe COMISS should be strengthened, not subverted.
For the record, Stapleford repeats two already discredited claims. He claims that Lerrill White, in announcing that ACPE is the only accrediting organization authorized to receive Medicare pass-through funds, speaks only for himself, and not the ACPE. White's misinformation was in fact published in the ACPE News in June 2003. The same false claim was earlier published in the ACPE News by then ACPE President, William Baugh.
Stapleford also repeats the false information that eligibility for Medicare pass-through funds now depends on recognition of the U.S. Department of Education. That is not the case, nor has it ever been the case in the past.
Misinformation of this sort is a continuing tradition in the ACPE. The purpose seems to be to position itself as the only legitimate player in the clinical pastoral training field.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 05:57 PM
Letter to the Editor of the Pastoral Report:
I'm glad you spoke up about SBTS's new found unappreciation of what
the human sciences can bring to bear upon the pastoral enterprise.
Perhaps my next manuscript will need to be titled, "Whatever Happened
to Wayne Oates?" For about 25 years the Rev. Dr. Oates lived out his
role as pastor to hundreds of grateful students at Southern Baptist.
He nurtured them, toward their becoming more insightful about
themselves, those to whom they ministered, and the multilayered
relationship between pastor and flock. For another 25 years he carried
out the same task down the road from SBTS at the medical school. His
first major book, of many, is a classic I still recommend: "The
Significance of the Work of Sigmund Freud for the Christian Faith".
Dr. Oakes knew his Bible inside and out. He knew equally well the
writings of Freud and of any other author whose insights could help in
his teaching and pastoral ministry. Perhaps one useful gesture could
be for CPSP to provide a copy of Dr. Oates' first book to any of the
SBTS biblical counseling students who wish to augment their studies.
Robert C. Powell, MD, PhD
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 07:25 AM
If you have not yet registered for a room for the April 6-9 Gathering of the Community in Columbus, do so at this time!
Here is the problem. In addition to some smaller conventions at that time, two major events are scheduled concurrent with CPSP. The first is national Equistrian convention bringing people from all over. Most of them are already booked, taking up a lot of rooms. The second is the NCAA Final Four in Hockey ("The Frozen Four") at Ohio State. Many of their rooms are booked but the minute the selection is made for the final four universities we expect alumni and students of those universities to grab any rooms they can.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 07:15 AM
Many who provide clinical pastoral training programs are often discouraged by their awareness that seminary graduates applying to their CPE programs do not have an awareness of and appreciation for the social sciences as a valuable resource to integrate into their clinical practice of ministry. The Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY has moved to further compound the problem and to add its support to trainees who resist the employment of the social sciences as a necessary component of their being a clinically trained clergy. The Southern Baptist Seminary has now dumped the inclusion of the social sciences in their pastoral care and counseling curriculum. In its place will be a curriculum "... built upon the sufficiency of Scripture and designed to train pastors to deal biblically with the needs of hurting people...a wholesale change of emphasis built upon the view that Scripture is sufficient to answer comprehensively the deepest needs of the human heart..."
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 02:02 PM
The PR was informed that a few of the links on the recent post about CPSP Bloggers did not work. Sorry. I think I've got them all up and running at this writing. -Perry Miller, Editor
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:34 PM
CPSP is a happening community. We have bloggers!
A "blog" is shorthand for a "weblog". "Bloggers" are those who publish on their "blogs". "Blogging" is what they do.
There is no need to mention the names of CPSP blogger. They will be known by their blog.
Interested in weblogging? Take a look at Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) and LiveJournal (http://www.sixapart.com/livejournal/). If you can follow a recipe to cook a fried egg, then you are fully prepared to create your own blog with either of these two blog resources. If you wish for more eloquence, however, takeTypePad (http://www.typepad.com) up on their free 30 day free trial.
Bloggers love to hear from you, especially if you use their interactive "comment" feature found on their blogs. This is located at the end of each blog post. –Perry Miller, Editor
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:41 PM
The Rev./Dr. James Stapleford, Past President of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education writes the following comments in response to Raymond Lawrence's article A MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY (http://www.pastoralreport.com/archives/000376.shtml#more) posted on the Pastoral Report February 8, 2005
Dr. Stapleford writes:
I read with interest the article written by Raymond Lawrence about COMISS being driven out of business by ACPE. It is interesting to me that Raymond picks on ACPE when my experience is that it is the Association of Professional Chaplains that was the driving force for not only this project, but the White Paper on Pastoral Care.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 12:06 AM
Please be advised that the provided room reservation number in a previous post was incorrect. To make a reservation call 614-237-6360. Please inform the hotel that you are with CPSP, group code CP5.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 04:23 PM
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 04:07 PM
To all registrants to the CPSP Gathering at Columbus on April 6-9.
We need your immediate attention. In planning the Columbus meeting we reserved the same number of rooms utilized in previous years at Virginia Beach. We are now beginning to worry if there will be enough. We are having more early registrants than usual, and also many persons desiring an individual room (no roommate) than we anticipated. In addition, there are several conventions and events in Columbus on these days so that immediate "overflow backup" is very limited.
There are currently around half of he rooms left to be reserved at the Hampton. Will you please do the following:
*** Make your room reservation immediately so we will know who is coming. And note that hotel deadline for conference rates is March 6.
***Consider accepting a roommate so as to free up rooms.
***If you have already reserved an individual room (no roommate) could you reconsider and contact someone to room with you. Then call the Hampton and ask for this change.
To make a reservation call 614-237-6360. Say you are with CPSP, group code CP5. -Jim Geghart
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:37 PM
It's that time again! The Spring 2005 National Clinical Training Seminar will be held March 3-4, 2005 (Thursday and Friday). The venue will be at Carmel Retreat, Mahwah, NJ. Registration time is between 10.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.
This event is open to supervisory and psychotherapy trainees and pastoral counselors. Clinical Supervisors and Pastoral Counselor Conveners are urged to inform and encourage your supervisory/ psychotherapy candidates and pastoral counselors to attend.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:58 PM
A movement is underway to subvert the COMISS Network. It requires your attention.
COMISS has for more than a decade been the effective roundtable for the diverse clinical pastoral organizations, along with the many religious endorsing body representatives.
The motivation for subverting COMISS is the wish by the largest groups in the field, principally the ACPE, to create a monopoly for themselves. The desire for a monopoly in the field has increased as CPSP has flourished, and especially since the CPSP is the only competition ACPE has.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 04:17 PM
We have received permission from the Joint Commission on Accreditation
of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) to distribute the document,
"Evaluating your Spiritual Assessment Process", which was orginally
published in the JCAHO's journal The Source. This is a very important
document because it defines the parameters of spiritual assessment for
healthcare institutions. I encourage you to study this document and
where appropriate enter into dialogue with us about the substance of the
Our special thanks to George Hull, CPSP representative to the JCAHO, who
acquired the permission to circulate this document on our web site.
-Raymond J. Lawrence
Document: "Evaluating your Spiritual Assessment Process"-Download file
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 04:16 PM
The 2005 CPSP Plenary will meet in Columbus, Ohio April 6-9, 2005 at the Hampton Inn and Hyatt Regency.
Posted below as a PDF document is a web-based copy of the Plenary brochure. It contains all needed information related to the Plenary, including hotel information as well as the agenda for the meeting.
Make your plans now to gather in Ohio as we celebrate our continued success and growth as a vibrant and dynamic community dedicated to the "Recovery of Soul" in the clinical pastoral movement. -Perry Miller, Editor
CPSP PLENARY BROCHURE: Download file
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 08:59 AM
The annual Anton T. Boisen Award was presented in 2004 to Myron Madden at the annual meeting of COMISS in Alexandria, Virginia, December 5. The following text is Myron's response on receipt of the award.
My Journey in Clinical Training by Myron C. Madden, PhD
It was in June of ’45 that Dr. Wayne Oates took a handful of his graduate students from the Baptist Seminary in Louisville to a state mental hospital in Danville, Kentucky to do twelve weeks of clinical training. I was home from the big WWII experience and had the tough experience of the Battle of the Bulge. But I was as frightened of the mental hospital as I had been of the battle field. At that point I wasn’t sure that mental illness wasn’t contagious.
At the end of this unit of training, the hospital C.E.O. asked me to accept the job of being the chaplain of the hospital. I was able to work out an agreement with Wayne Oates to do an extended program to complete my graduate work at the seminary. This required a commute twice weekly to Louisville, ninety miles distant. After the graduate degree three years later, there was no job! Baptists at that time were not aware of their need for clinically trained clergy.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 09:41 PM
As a hospital chaplain, George Hankins-Hull, Spiritual Care Coordinator and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor for LRGHealthcare in Laconia, NH has assisted many patients in the preparation of their Advance Directives. In addition to assisting new patients he has provided orientation to new nursing staff on Advance Directives at LRGHealcare.
He has prepared an informative document (Word: Download file PDF: Download file)on Advance Directives which I think you will find helpful with patients and staff. He generously provides this in the spirt of also wishing to hear what other health care chaplains are doing and the resources that are being used for Advance Directives. -Perry Miller, Editor
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 09:40 PM
Jane Babin, who lives in Laconia, NH and has been teaching at Plymouth State
University, not very long ago was diagnosised with ALS.
she gave a presentation which follows below, at Williams College, to the Williams pre-med students. Jane has encouraged me to share her talk, with anyone that might find it of value.
What helps Jane to cope with this horrible diagnosis is discovering that she
has a valuable contribution to make through sharing her experience with
others... -Rev. Dr. Bill Zeckhausen, Pastoral Psychotherapist
I am the face of disease. I am the voice of disease. I am one of millions of faces and voices that need to be heard, hat wants to be known. I am one of many, and yet, like others, I am unique. My story is different from theirs and yet the same. Listen to my story and see the faces, hear the voices of the many, and remember………
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 09:18 PM
The Annual National Plenary of CPSP will meet in Columbus, Ohio rather than in Virginia Beach. In order to assist many who would like to attend, the S.I.T's at Episcopal Health Services and St. John's Hospital Far Rockaway have taken on the responsibility of arranging for bus transportation.
David Henry, one of the organizers states, "We have tried to make it as convenient as possible for those who may be traveling with us by making three pick up stations. It is important for you to indicate your intentions for seat reservation on the bus as soon as possible. We will be traveling from the New York area over night and will arrive in Columbus well ahead of the afternoon session which begins at 3.00 P.M."
Barbara A. McGuire, CPSP Registrar has provided a flyer (BUS FLYER:Download file) you can download and return to Henry in order to reserve a seat on the bus traveling from New York to Ohio. If you have additional questions please email David Henry.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 09:54 PM
The Executive Committee has appointed George Hankins-Hull to be CPSP
representative to the Liaison Network of the Joint Commission on
Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). This appointment is
made following an invitation from the President of the JCAHO for CPSP to
sent a representative to the network. (1-25-05)
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 05:32 PM
Roger Mace, CPSP Accreditation Chairperson, wishes to bring to the attention of all CPSP Clinical Supervisors the necessity that they provide the Accreditation Commission a completed Annual Report and the Accreditation fees by the February 17, 2005 deadline. This applies to all accredited CPSP training center. No longer is a training center considered "accredited" by virtue of its being under the direction of a CPSP Diplomate. If a Diplomate's training center is not accredited but wishes to become an accredited center, a site review can be established.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:45 PM
John deVelder's 97 year-old father, Walter deVelder, died January 22, in
Saratoga. He was a life-long missionary to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and
the Philippines. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 19, at
1:00 p.m. in Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl Street,
Schuylerville, NY 12871
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 09:56 PM
If you were on 42nd and 8th Street in New York City you would see a huge 1300 foot screen projecting images of Martin Luther King, Jr. capturing his times and his extraordinary legacy as he fought for justice, equality and freedom for all.
We who are not in NYC can see the same stunning sideshow of MLK on our computers.
If you have trouble viewing the this pictorial, you simply need to install the free Flash Player Software from Macromedia. -Perry Miller, Editor
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:42 PM
The 2005 CPSP Plenary will meet in Columbus, Ohio on April 6-9 with Pre-conference seminars beginning 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6. The Plenary will convene the following day on April 7th.
The Governing Council meets Wednesday evening. All Chapters are encouraged to make plans insuring their Chapter will be represented at the Governing Council meeting.
The Plenary Brochures will be posted on the PR shortly as well as mailed out.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 12:54 PM
Please note that the next deadline for submitting ratification requests to the CPSP Ratification Review Committee (CRRC) is February 15, 2005.
Any Chapter which has certification candidates to present for ratification at the next meeting of the CPSP Council in April 2005 should submit the request to the CRRC on the appropriate face sheet by February 15.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 08:21 PM
The circle is a prominent symbol in our life. It is the reality of our physical environment. If we toss a stone into the pond, the ripples flow out from the center in growing circles. If you watch a leaf fall from a tree, very often it spins in circles before it lands. Not only are the sun and moon circular but they too move in circles. Life itself moves in cycles. The four seasons are a continuous circle, and the life cycle itself begins at birth, goes to childhood, adulthood and then old age.
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 08:05 PM