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.
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In the recent decade, public attention on the work of care for the terminally ill has greatly increased, largely through government funding of such work. The results have been the emergence of a subspecialty for physician, nurses, and now, pastoral care and counseling for such patients. The subspecialty is that of hospice or palliative care chaplain.
In response to the shift in public attention to the terminally ill, the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy is now offering a certification for the specialist in that field. The title of that certification is “Board Certified Clinical Fellow in Hospice and Palliative Care” (FHPC). This will be a subspecialty credential for those first credentialed as Board Certified Clinical Chaplain (BCCC) and/or Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (BCPC). For abbreviated identification purposes, certified persons may use BCCC/FHPC or BCPC/FHPC.
CPSP Chapters will receive requests from candidates for this certification, and will review the request within the purview of the Chapter’s expertise. Some Chapters will obviously have no specific expertise in this field. Nevertheless, the Chapter will of course attest to the clinical pastoral expertise generally of the candidate. No consultant approved by the Certification Committee need be present for this subspecialty Chapter review.
The candidate for FHPC subspecialty certification will forward the application (available on the Documents page of our website at www.cpsp.org for certification, with the Chapter’s endorsement letter, and their fee payment, to the Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Committee for review. The Hospice and Palliative Care Review Committee will establish a review for the candidate, refer the request back to the Chapter for revision, or it may deny certification for stated reasons. Please refer to the CPSP Standards, Section 800. The one-time fee for this certification is $100.
The certifications decided by the Hospice and Palliative Care Review Committee will be forwarded to the Certification Committee, reviewed, and then be forwarded to the Governing Council for ratification.
Barbara A. McGuire, CPSP Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at June 22, 2012 12:56 PM