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 CPSP Mid-South Regional Gathering held in North Little Rock, Arkansas was the first-ever regional meeting of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). Raymond Lawrence, CPSP General Secretary; Jim Gebhart, CPSP President; and Perry Miller, Chair of Chapter Life were invited guests for this historical meeting.
Al Henager, Staff Chaplain at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is to be commended for his planning and implementation of the event. He designed brochures, created mailing and email lists, established CEU's, created meeting space and organized the various components of the meeting. All of his efforts generated a big turnout from all over the state of Arkansas and also attracted participants from two surrounding states.
The gathering was designed not only for CPSP Chapters in the region but also for those who had interest in learning more about the CPSP and its mission.
Photos of the Mid-South CPSP Regional Meeting can be viewed on the Pastoral Report Gallery. The Pastoral Report Podcast contains the post meeting reflections of George Hull, Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; James Gebhart, CPSP President; and Raymond Lawrence, CPSP General Secretary.
Texas, New York City and North Carolina are a few of the areas of the country now considering a regional gathering of the community. Al Henage is willing to provide consultation for those who are planning a similar event. The PR will keep you posted as these plans are further developed.
The creation of regional gatherings of the CPSP community represents CPSP's commitment to its being a grassroots movement within the clinical pastoral field. CPSP wants to continue to create contexts such as regional gatherings where all members of the community have an opportunity to give voice and direction to guide and propel CPSP's continued creation as a certifying and accrediting body in the clinical pastoral field that is designed for the 21st Century.
Perry Miller, Editor
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at September 4, 2007 6:44 AM