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August 30, 2004



Given the salary and benefit package CPSP provides Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary, the PR was surprised to discover that Rev. Lawrence has been engaged in a secondary employment. The PR is indebted to its crack underground reporter who will remain anonymous for his breaking this terrific story. Take a look for yourself:
-Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:58 PM


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Francine Angel, NCTS Coordinator provided the PR the following announcement:

The National Clinical Training Seminar will be held November 4-5, 2004
at Carmel Retreat, Mahwah, NJ.

This event is open to Supervisory and Psychotherapy Trainees, Associate Clinical Certified Chaplains and Clinical Certified Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors. Clinical Supervisors and Pastoral Psychotherapist are urged to inform and encourage your superviosry/psychotherapy candidates to attend. Every participant is expected to bring clinical material either in video or written form for
presentation. Participants will be assigned a time slot in a peer
group. All participants are expected to participate fully until the end
of the two-day event. Early departures tend to adversely impact the
group experience.

You may visit the website at:

The deadline for submission of registration is Oct. 15th, 2004

Please send a non-refundable deposit of $15.00 to secure your space.

The Rev. Francine Angel
Department of Pastoral Care
New York Presbyterian Hospital (PH-1)
622 W. 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:26 AM

August 25, 2004


William Carr, Chair of the Council's Ratification Review Commmittee, informed the the PR that the committee learned that some Chapter's are distributing the 2004 Standards to their members. The section of the Standards related to Pastoral Counselors is seriously flawed, because of inadvertent omissions.

The Council's Ratification Review Commmittee has issued the following advisory:

ADVISORY TO ALL CPSP CONVENERS AND MEMBERS: Because of unintended omissions in the printing of the 2004 CPSP Standards, "Section 500 - Standards for Pastoral Counselors" are not valid as printed and posted. The Standards are being updated and will be posted soon on the CPSP web site.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:45 AM

August 5, 2004

Raymond Lawrence Updates Community on New Procedures Adopted by Executive Committee

August 2, 2004

To: Chapter Conveners and Members of the Community

From: Raymond J. Lawrence
General Secretary

I write to update you on new procedures that have just been authorized
by the Executive Committee.

We have changed the Certification committee to the “Council’s
Ratification Review Committee (CRRC).”

We have done this in order to communicate that we are not creating a
corporate or pyramidal model of control over Chapter decisions. We are
not giving a gate keeping function to any committee. We are creating a
committee that should make the certification process more orderly and
less costly.

The CRRC will expedite certification in the transition from a Chapter
decision to the Council’s ratification. The CRRC will save the Council
the task of reviewing carefully all new certifications, an impossible
assignment now that we are some 300 certified persons. If the CRRC is
unable to expedite a particular case, the CRRC will refer the matter
back to the respective Chapter Convener for clarification. Chapters may
then resubmit revised certification requests to the CRRC. Or the Chapter
may elect to present its petition directly to the Council. It is very
important that we keep this latter option open. There will always be at
least some idiosyncratic cases that will need to be reviewed by the
Council as a whole. And there will likely be certification requests
about which the CRRC is unable to reach a clear decision. There may be
instances as well where a Chapter does not accept the conclusions of the
CRRC. Council will receive such cases and act on them directly.

The Council may decline to act on cases where the Chapter has declined
to make an effort to use the CRRC.

It is important that Chapters attend to appropriate deadlines. The CRRC
will be unable to act on requests presented to it on short notice. Bill
Carr is the Chair of the CRRC, and he will announce deadlines as

We hope that the work of the CRRC will promote more attention to
discipline in the community without creating undue stress on anyone.

A basic principle in CPSP from the beginning was to take seriously the
process of certification. Our process is unlike any other similar
organization, and we must be diligent to see that the process is taken

We welcome all feedback and suggestions for improving the quality of our
life together as we attempt to maintain the highest professional

Thank you for your attention to this new procedure.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 1:27 PM