Pastoral Report Articles 

  • 09 Feb 2014 9:15 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Have you made arrangements for the 2014 CPSP Plenary starting March 30 - April 2, 2014? If not, it is not too late.

    The gathering of the CPSP Community for its 24th Annual Plenary will occur March 30 through April 2 at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    Rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $119, single or double, per night. Reserve your room online by clicking on this link: Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, or call 800-325-3535 or go to the Sheraton Oceanfront website.

    Please contact Krista Argiropolls if you have questions.

  • 27 Jan 2014 9:23 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) continues to support Survivors of Haiyan.

    Relief efforts continue in the Philippines and donations are coming in a bit slower but none the less continue to arrive in the mail! A huge thanks to the Williamsburg Chapter ($400), Kansas City Chapter ($70), Feleti & Folola Ngan-Woo ($50), and Donald & Nancy Harris ($30). Your generosity will assist the survivors in gaining back some normalcy in their lives.

    The hundreds of survivors that were moved to Manila are trying to find jobs, homes and simply to survive. Our CPSP colleagues continue to provide support in a multitude of areas especially in providing emotional support for survivors as well as those who are assisting the survivors.

    We will continue to ask for your support as several of the CPSP – Philippines members are researching a long term project to assist in starting gardens for the survivors to plant and tend. (Give a man a fish he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for life)

    Please consider sending a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference. All donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the people via our CPSP Philippines colleagues.

    The New Amsterdam Chapter, New York with the Philippines team continues to be committed to bringing help and healing to our typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors.

    All checks need to be made out to: 

    CPSP (Philippines Relief Fund)

    Mail checks to:

    Barbara McGuire
    C/O CPSP - Philippines Relief Fund
    3207 William Street 
    Wantagh, NY 11793

    Thank you!

    The New Amsterdam Chapter 


    Barbara A. McGuire, LCSW, DPPsy

  • 27 Jan 2014 9:19 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Moral Injury Returning Veterans and What We Can Do for Soul Repair October 15, 2013 Schmieding Center 9AM - 3:30 PM Featuring Brite Divinity School’s Soul Repair Center Co-Directors Rita Brock, Ph.D. & Chaplain (Col) Herman Keizer, Jr. U.S. Army (retired)

    This symposium was well attended by over 100 chaplains, CPE student interns, social workers, physicians, clergy and other interested individuals. It was a free symposium made possible by a a grant from the Auxiliary at Northwest Medical Center – Springdale, Arkansas. CPSP Pastoral Care contact hours were provided by the Kansas City Diplomate Chapter. CJ Malone is the Executive Director and CPE Supervisor of the Institute. To review the symposium in its entirety and learn more about Brite’s Soul Repair Center visit and

    Video Part I: "Moral Injury and Soul Repair" and Video Part II: "Work of Soul Repair" can be viewed by going to:


    Chaplain CJ Malone
    CPSP Diplomate

  • 16 Jan 2014 9:26 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    A questioner asked: We want our patients to receive chaplain services and want to ensure that our patients are not proselytized. How can we do this?

    Concerning Proselytization:

    The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) accredits Clinical Pastoral Education Training programs and certifies Board Certified Clinical Chaplains. We trust that the following would address some of the concerns about proselytization:

    From the CPSP Code of Professional Ethics:


    Colleagues, students, clients, parishioners, and patients deserve our respect. Therefore, members will not proselytize nor impose their own theologies on others. CPSP members will refrain from exploiting relationships or using them to their own advantage. Exploitation includes emotional, financial, sexual, and/or social gain. Records, evaluations, personal notes, and informational conversations will be kept confidential.

    Competency in Pastoral Care/Counseling:

    The basic requirements in CPSP for certification as Board Certified Clinical Chaplain:

    1. The characterological make-up for ministry, including an ability to bond with others, an ability to give attention to others, and a tolerance for diverse religious traditions and values.

    2. Basic self-understanding, so as to limit unconscious imposition of one’s own agenda on others.

    3. Endorsement by a faith-group community to perform ministry.

    4. 1600 hours of clinically supervised ministry or a year of Clinical Pastoral Training.

    5. Continuing education and annual recertification.

    6. A Master of Divinity degree or equivalent, which means three years of post-graduate academic study.

    Access to Pastoral Care/Counseling:

    CPSP affirms the right of the of patients and their loved ones to have access to pastoral care/counseling that is directed in accordance with the patient's and their family's faith tradition.

    CPSP affirms the right of the hospice patient to have that care provided by a religious professional from the patient's own faith tradition.

    CPSP advocates that religious professionals employed by hospitals or hospice programs work cooperatively with parish clergy so as to facilitate ongoing pastoral support by community clergy.

    CPSP acknowledges the patient's right to refuse the provision of pastoral services.

    Pastoral Evaluation in the Clinical Pastoral Tradition:

    CPSP affirms that pastoral care/counseling, in the clinical pastoral tradition, must include personal evaluation with the specific purpose of bringing the appropriate pastoral resources to bear. CPSP advocates for a dynamic process of pastoral assessment over against the use of a written instrument that requires nothing more than the recording of a patient’s answer to a predetermined set of questions. CPSP affirms the communication of the pastoral evaluation of the patient’s and family’s pastoral needs to the interdisciplinary team.

    CPSP supports the patient’s right to be a partner in their treatment plan so as to determine the goals of the care.


    George Hankins Hull, Dip.Th., Th.M.
    CPSP Diplomate in Clinical Pastoral Supervision

  • 08 Jan 2014 9:30 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    A new Accreditation Team has been convened following a request by the CPSP Leadership Team at their recent October 2013 meeting. CPSP past-president Francine Hernandez (New York, NY Chapter) was given the task of recruiting members of the reorganized committee, and Ted Taylor (Princeton, NJ Chapter) has accepted the role of Convener.

    The Accreditation Team consists of the following individuals: David C. Baker (Baltimore, MD Chapter), David Berg (Chesapeake, MD Chapter), Cynthia Olson (Sacramento, CA Chapter), and Dwight Sweezy (Princeton, NJ Chapter). 

    Participating in the work of this new team is the Accreditation Manual Work Group, who were assigned the task of drafting a new accreditation document by the Leadership team prior to its October meeting in 2013. The work group is comprised of Al Carden (Jackson, MS Chapter), Roy Sanders (Kansas City, KS Chapter), and Dallas Speight (Ft. Belvoir, VA Chapter).

    Together, the Accreditation Team and the Accreditation Work Group are organizing a more unified process for holding our Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Psychotherapy training programs accountable to the highest standards of professionalism as we plan for neutral third-party recognition.

    In early January 2014 members of the Accreditation Team will be contacting every chapter convener and/or supervisory diplomate to appraise current clinical training and supervisory training programs. The surveyors will be engaging the following issues:

    • Verifying each diplomate’s basic contact information on record.
    • Determining the names of training centers under the diplomate’s direction.
    • Assessing the date(s) of each center’s last accreditation review.
    • Documenting the names and training centers of any supervisors in training (SITs)under the care of each diplomate.

    All supervisory diplomates are encouraged to assist our team by promptly replying to these brief survey questions.

    A pre-conference workshop on this topic will precede this year’s CPSP Plenary. The workshop, held on Sunday, March 30, will be led by members of the m and the Accreditation Work Group. In the workshop we will review the results of the survey and engage our community in a discussion of a proposed accreditation process based on the appraised needs.

    Thanks to all in the CPSP community for their support in this initiative. If there are any questions about the work of the accreditation team or manual work group please contact Ted Taylor, Accreditation Team Convener. . 

    Ted Taylor

  • 29 Dec 2013 9:33 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Over the Christmas break, several volunteers have flown into the devastated areas to deliver Christmas dinner to some of the survivors of typhoon Haiyan. Volunteers and CPSP trainees traveled with a military escort who provided security. Sleeping in tents as the areas where they are working have been reduced to ground zero. There is no running water, so they bring water to last the amount of days they are staying. As reported by Joyce Gray, CPSP Philippines National Coordinator, they are ‘basically working in jungle conditions’. She tells the volunteers and her trainees to ‘prepare for the worst’ as there is still no power or electricity. 

    Their goals have been to provide psychosocial intervention to the troops stationed in Tacloban City Airport, provide gifts for the children, cook, prepare, and serve food in evacuation areas as well as for the troops stationed in Tacloban City Airport. 

    Your generous donations, to date $2,235.00, have assisted these volunteers and trainees in their work. Thank you for your generosity, and for those who have not yet donated PLEASE consider sending in a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference.

    A special thanks to:

    The Springdale Arkansas Chapter, Kansas City Metro Chapter, Karen Gallo, Anthony Testaverde, Donna & Larry Rooney, Robert Ricciardi, Frances Porter, Patti Berlinquette, Joan Shapiro, Harold Knox, Perry Miller, Sandy Baranello, Robert Rose, Peter Triolo, Nancy Marsh, Susan Annable, Maureen McGuire, Anne & Donald Mischke, Anawim Training Center & Trainees, Emeka Nwigwe, Charles Kirby, Susan James, and Middletown Society of Friends.

    The New Amsterdam Chapter, New York (Barbara A. McGuire, John Jeffery, Geof Tio, Susan McDougal, Sergio Manna and Cesar Espineda) with the Philippines team stay committed to bringing help and healing to the survivors of typhoon Haiyan.

    Please send donations to: 

    Barbara A. McGuire C/O – CPSP Relief Fund for The Philippines
    3207 William Street
    Wantagh, NY 11793

    Thank you for your support!

    Barbara A. McGuire 
    C/O – CPSP Relief Fund for The Philippines

  • 24 Dec 2013 9:39 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Growing a beard last Fall never felt so odd as when in shorts I walked along a beach. After all, one expects Santa at the North Pole, not on a Pacific beach. It then struck me that I was not only growing a beard, but thinking like the old fellow.

    Actors report getting into the characters they play, but I'm not an actor, just a retired editor and volunteer hospital chaplain. So I looked back on why had taken on the role.

    I started growing my third beard after an off-duty Santa caught me sketching him in an Arizona restaurant. He pointed to my white hair and said that I could look good as Santa if I grew a beard like his. So I quit shaving, as I had done on two earlier occasions -- in my 20s to enter a cowboy beard contest and in my 40s when beards were in style as they again seem to be.

    During its growth in Sterling, Colorado, a Santa named Larry asked support from the ministerial association of which I was secretary. Larry raised money for sick kids who wrote Christmas wish letters as well as for others needing help in our rural area. I joined him and other Santas at a summer parade and a sugar beet festival. It was jolly fun tossing candy from the back of an antique fire engine and meeting up with kids, friends, and neighbors on the courthouse square.

    When my wife Pat and I moved to the Denver area Larry booked jobs for me at a nearby mall, and I visit patients at two hospitals, beard and all, including two Santas. Other patients, especially this time of year, ask me why the Santa beard? I now reply that finding Chaplain Santa in a hospital is no odder than finding him in walking shorts along a beach.

    Domenic A. Fuccillo is a CPSP Clinical Chaplain in Littleton, Colorado.

    Domenic A. Fuccillo

  • 17 Dec 2013 9:43 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    A few months ago the new Certification Process Outline was posted on the CPSP website. It appears some entering into the certification track are just becoming aware of the changes. I encourage those who plan to seek seek certification as well as training supervisors to be mindful of the changes.

    Below are highlights of the more important changes:

    Outside Reviewer: Previously referenced as the “Outside Consultant”, the Outside Reviewer is now appointed by the Certification Committee Representative, is NOT compensated for professional time, and is reimbursed for transportation costs by the CPSP Treasurer.

    Review Fee: The 250.00 review fee was implemented at the 2013 Plenary to offset travel costs for Outside Reviewers. Previously, these costs were reimbursed by the candidate or the chapter and not the CPSP Treasurer. The former process had placed a higher burden on chapters in the west and in isolated areas.

    Certification Documents: Certification documents are submitted prior to scheduling the formal review: Previously the Certification Committee received certification documents after the certification review. This had created several problems. First, A chapter representative’s failure to submit the facesheet and other supporting documents would often lead to candidates arriving at the Plenary expecting to receive a certificate having been told by the chapter and Outside Reviewer that they were recommended for ratification. Having no record of the review, an opportunity to review the documents, and prepare the certificates, these candidates would not receive their expected certificate. This change eliminates that problem. It also allows for a preliminary review by the Certification Committee and the Outside Reviewer and will prevent the scheduling of formal reviews in cases where the certification documents are not completed, the Standards for certification are not met, etc. Certification documents are to be submitted 60 days prior to the date of the anticipated certification review

    Reciprocity: The new process includes language on the process of those who hold certifications with other cognate groups and who wish to be certified by CPSP via reciprocity.

    In order to have sufficient time to prepare certificates, Certification reviews and Outside Reviewer reports must be submitted By March 1, 2014 for candidates who wish to receive a certification certificate at the 2014 Plenary.

    It is the Certification's Team hope that these changes will enhance the certification process. Please contact your Chapter’s Certification Team Representative with any questions you may have concerning the Certification Process Outline. 

    Jonathan Freeman
    Certification Team Convener

  • 04 Dec 2013 9:47 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    The Reverend Dr. Trace Haythorn is now The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education's new Executive Director.

    The CPSP leadership Team send Dr. Haythorn and the ACPE CPSP's best wishes and congratulations in the letter repainted below:

    December 4, 2013

    Trace Haythorn
    Executive Director
    Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
    1549 Clairmont Rd
    Suite 103
    Decatur, GA 30035

    Dear Dr. Haythorn:

    On behalf of the membership of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy we offer you our congratulations as you fulfill your calling as the Executive Director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. We welcome you and your leadership as you join with us in our common mission of advancing clinical pastoral education and training in a world of travail and spiritual flux but also with joy in fulfilling our mutual vocations.

    Warm regards,

    CPSP Leadership Team:

    Brian H. Childs, President
    Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary
    Perry Miller
    Francine Hernandez
    Charles Kirby
    Jonathan Freeman

  • 03 Dec 2013 9:53 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    In the Fall of 2012, the Executive Committee appointed a task force to formulate new models for the future structure and governance of CPSP. Recently, after 12 months of work, the Governance Task Force completed its work and submitted its Report to the CPSP Executive Committee.

    The Task Force was composed of both pastoral clinicians and diplomates who worked separately and together to produce this Report.

    The Report offers three models of governance for the Executive Committee to consider:

    Divisional Model: This model emphasizes the different roles, responsibilities and needs of diplomates and pastoral clinicians in CPSP. The Divisional model seeks to support the members in each of these professional groups and provides the structure to design specific programs to improve professional standards, ongoing training, chapter development, institutional accountability and certification process.

    Regional Model: This integrated model shifts most of the daily operations of CPSP to regional operational and governance systems with the overall legal, and fiduciary functions of the organization as well as professional standards handled by an International Board of Directors. The Regional Model is designed to expand the capacity of the organization to manage growth while maintaining international standards of practice and our historic covenantal commitment to a relational philosophy.

    Existing-Revised: This model keeps our historic CPSP structure while adding components which provide for elected representation, systems of accountability, and delineation of roles and responsibilities for diplomates and clinicians within the organization.

    The Report also strongly recommends that the Executive Committee engage in a “Community/ Regional Listening” process to share information about governance and to receive feedback from CPSP members.

    All Chapter Conveners have received an email from the CPSP Governance Task Force which contains a link to the full Report. Please ask your Convener for a copy of this link. All comments and feedback on this Report should be sent directly to members of the CPSP Executive Committee.

    The members of the Governance Task Force have invested serious thought and an inspiring level of passion into this project. The members are to be commended for their determination, breadth of inquiry, and commitment to CPSP. We hope you will join us in appreciation of their efforts.

    John Jeffery, Chair (April 2013 – October 2013)
    Dallas Speight, Chair (October 2012 – March 2013)

    Task Force Members:

    Dee Jacquet

    Beverly Jessup

    Julien Olivier

    Ed Outlaw

    Ruth Zollinger

    Henry Heffernan (chair of Pastoral Clinician Task Force)

    John Jeffery, Chair