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.
Robert Powell, MD, PhD is the preeminent historian of the clinical pastoral movement. His thinking and writing as a historian of the clinical pastoral movement is always influenced by the wisdom gained as a practicing psychirist providing care for the "living human document" in his clinical practice.
Powell's wisdom and profetic voice sounded a clarian note directed to the CPSP commmunity when he accepted the First Annual Helen Flanders Dunbar Award for Significant Contributions to the Field of Clinical Pastoral Training at the 2002 CPSP Plenary.
The Continued Ability to Create and Invent: Going for One Hundred Years of Clinical Pastoral Transformation
The Continued Ability to Create and Invent: Going for One Hundred Years of Clinical Pastoral Transformation is best read in its entirity.
Below are two paragraphs that deserves our attention. This is especially true in light of CPSP's drift towards standardization, rule keeping and a cooperate mentality. This drift, if unchallenged, will cripple and kill the spirit of creativity and new life within the CPSP community and its mission. CPSP can not, as you will see from Powell's words, fall in to the hands of who will use rules and standards over the spirit of creativity and boldness to risk being different and out of the mainstream.
Posted by Perry Miller at March 27, 2005 1:43 PM