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March 27, 2007

Dinning Out During the CPSP Plenary


Word usually spreads amongst those in attendance at a CPSP Plenary about good dinning spots. Located in walking distance of the conference center are a considerable number of good restaurants for a variety of pallets. During registration you will be provided a suggested list of restaurants you might want to try during the Plenary.

If you want to get a jump on the whole food scene, take a look at the News & Observer's dining section.

Believe me, the image of the 42ND Street Oyster Bar accompanying this post is a wonderful place to start your dining experience in Raleigh, NC.

Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:19 PM


It's getting very close to when many of you will be leaving for Raleigh, NC in order to attend 2007 CPSP Plenary. If you are like most, you always wonder what the weather will be like. For those of you who are trying to figure out what to pack, go to WRAL.COM

Regardless of the weather, we're going to have a great time as a gathered community.

-Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 7:19 PM

March 24, 2007

CPSP and the U.S. Army Family Life Chaplain Training and Resource Center by Stephen Demien


As the Director of the U.S. Army Family Life Chaplain Training and Resource Center at Fort Hood, I’m excited to share some of the innovative methods we’re incorporating at our facility for the integration of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) into the Chaplain’s Family Life Training Program (CFLTP). The Fort Hood program is one of only two such programs in the military providing training for Army chaplains of many faiths and backgrounds as well as chaplains from other branches of service. Chaplain (LTC) David Scheider and myself integrated CPSP CPE into the class of 2005-2006. The class of 2007 will leave the Chaplain Family Chaplain Training Center with 4 units of CPE and an additional master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. The other program is located at Fort Benning, GA conducted by Chaplain (LTC) Tom Waynick.

The training initiative at the center is to integrate CPE to develop skills in pastoral care and counseling with an emphasis in family therapy, to develop self awareness, a professional identity as a chaplain and to begin the stages of training for family life chaplains to become mentors, pastoral supervisors and trainers to unit chaplains. At the centers we are seeking to incorporating CPE training into the U.S. Army Family Life Chaplain Training Program expands CPE process outside of the hospital setting and into a pastoral counseling and marriage and family counseling setting. This is a nice setting for CPE because the Family Life Students are in a group from 8 am in the morning until 10 pm in the evening all week for 14 months.


The Family Life Chaplain process first began at Fort Riley, Kansas in 2001. Maury Stout, former staff member in the Office of Ministry Initiatives of Army Chief of Chaplain Office, had been participating in CPE training in Topeka, Kansas, and invited Chaplain Peter Gotta, Director of New Life Designs, to come to Fort Riley and lead a community-based program of CPE.

The response was very positive and the wheels were set in motion to begin a community model CPE program. In 2003 a formal CPE pilot program accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) began at Fort Riley, which offered four units of CPE training to 18 different chaplains. Towards the end of the pilot program, Chaplain Carl Rosenberg requested Chaplain Gotta to provide supervisory training.

At this time, the Army Chief of Chaplains decided that CPSP offered a model of CPE training that enables unit chaplains to give pastoral care to soldiers before, during and after deployments. The CPE model will be used at the training centers as a model of education for professional development of the student and model of supervision. The end result is that students leaving the center will conduct Battle Space Pastoral Training on the installation and during deployments.

Chaplain Gotta believes Family Life Chaplains are ideal for this supervisory training because much of what goes on at Fort Hood and Fort Benning has many elements of CPE. Program participants could get credit for AAMFT, AAPC and CPSP, complete four units of CPE, and graduate the program with the credentials to later become CPE supervisors. CPE is the methodology to fulfill something that is already in a chaplain’s job description—mentoring less experienced chaplains. Their mission is to train.

The Chaplain’s Family Life Training Program is a very intense 14 months of 13 hour days and 48 hours of time spent together as a group during the week. Graduates of the program will obtain a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, complete a minimum of 300 practicum hours, and complete the CPE process. The program also includes integrated IPR, didactics, group and individual supervision. Fort Hood’s state of the art technology allows for live monitoring of case studies and instant feedback from observers.

Directing this program has allowed me to work with outstanding participants from different service branches, religious backgrounds, and experiences. Regardless of their backgrounds, participants in the program speak highly of the experience. USAF CH (LTC) Mark Campbell, a 2006 graduate of the CFLTP, shared with me his feelings about the journey of becoming a Family Life Chaplain and his experiences with CPE,
“It’s so incredibly rich. The CPE portion gives you time to interact with peers and reflect on your own life journey. You reflect on your interactions with others. It is extremely energizing and insightful.” When I asked about the benefits of the program, CH (LTC) Campbell replied, “CPE really enables you to understand how you come across to people. People who care about you will respond to you and help you become a more effective caregiver, pastor, and chaplain. I came out of there sensing that my strengths were affirmed and my weaknesses were appropriately noted, but in a polite way. The genius of the model is that it makes CPE available to people that are not in clinical settings, making it accessible to more people.”


After the chaplains complete the training program, they will use the pastoral care and counseling skills, family therapy skills and the group processing skills to develop a Battlefield Pastoral Education Program at their next assignment. This program will help unit chaplain develop pastoral care, pastoral counseling and marriage and family skills. It will also give chaplains a safe place to receive clinical supervision from skilled mentors and peers.

Last year 3 army and 3 air force chaplains were able to complete 4 units of CPE accredited by the College of Supervision and Pastoral Psychotherapy. In August of 2007 5 army chaplains and two Air Force Chaplain will complete the process. In May, 7 army chaplains and 2 air force chaplains will begin the process.

The intent is that these chaplains completing their four units of CPE will have receive new insight, enhanced the development of their professional identity and increase helping and marriage and family therapy skills.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 12:46 PM

March 23, 2007

The Joint Commission Issues White Paper on Risks of Low Health Literacy

As a member of the CPSP community, you are aware that the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy is recognized by the Joint Commission. If you follow the link below, you will see a recent public policy white paper published by the Joint Commission that will be informative for those who serve in the health care systems.

Far too often Patients are placed at risk for unsafe care because important health care information is communicated using medical jargon and unclear language that exceed their literacy skills, according to a call to action released by The Joint Commission in newest public policy white paper. “What Did the Doctor Say?; “Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety.” The paper frames the existing communications gap between patients and care givers as a series of challenges involving literacy, language and culture, and suggests multiple steps that need to be taken to narrow or even close this gap. Failure to provide patients with information about their care in ways they can understand will continue to undermine other efforts to improve patient safety, The Joint Commission the reports warns. A complete copy of the Joint Commission White Paper, “What Did The Doctor Say?; “Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety” is available by clicking on the following Link: Joint Commission

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 5:17 PM

March 16, 2007

Save Some Bucks on Transportation to Downtown Raleigh

For those who will be flying into Raleigh/Durham Airport for the CPSP Plenary, consider coordinating ride sharing from the Airport to downtown Raleigh where the Plenary will be held this spring. One way to do this is to go the the Chapter Life Google group where the topic "Ride Sharing" has been posted. You can post your your flight, arrival time, date of arrival and full name. Hopefully there will be some matches and you can save some bucks.

If you've not registered for the Chapter Life Google group, please send me an email with your first and last name, Chapter name, Convener name and the city where your Chapter is located, and I will send you and invitation to join the group.

Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:26 PM

Steven Voytovich Becomes Department Director

The Rev Steven Voytovich has just been promoted to Director of
Pastoral Care at The Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven where he
had previously been Director of Training. We congratulate Steven on
his advancement.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:07 PM

March 13, 2007

Additional Hotel Rooms Available for 2007 Plenary

John Edgerton, host of the 2007 CPSP Plenary being held in Raleigh, NC March-28-31, reports an extremely positive response to this year's Plenary. That's the good news! The bad new, although it's not really bad, is the fact that the large number of rooms reserved for the Plenary have been filled and the hotel is fully booked.

John has, however, made arrangements with the Velvet Cloak, a very nice hotel next door to the conference center where the Plenary will be held, to provide rooms for CPSP Plenary attendees at the same special room rate as the Brownstone. If you have not secured your room, call the Velvet Cloak (919-828-0333) and identify yourself as a member of the CPSP and request the reduced room rate.

-Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:22 AM

March 6, 2007

Pre-Conference Workshop for Chapters

A Pre-Conference Workshop for Chapter Conveners and other interested members of the community will be offered by the Chapter Life Committee. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 3:00 PM.

The workshop will provide a context where matters relevant to CPSP Chapters will be discussed. It will include such topics as: (1) Functioning as a Chapter Convener, (2) securing and utilizing an outside consultant, (3) conducting certification and accreditation reviews , (4) completing and submitting the Chapter Life Annual Report Form, (5) creating Chapter clusters, (6) discussing essential elements of Chapter meetings and (7) utilizing the computer and Internet to support the work and community making of Chapter life.

Listening and sharing with one another as a community is one of CPSP's strengths. Our time together for this workshop will be built on this gift and our ability to consult with one another.

If you want to prime the pump for this workshop, I suggest you go to the Chapter Life Google group we've created for online discussion for Chapter Conveners and their members. Presently we have over 100 CPSP members who have signed-up for the online discussion group. If you have not joined the online group, please send me an email that contains your first and last name, Chapter, Chapter Convener and the city your Chapter is located.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Plenary held this year in Raleigh, NC.

-Perry Miller, Chair

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:13 PM

March 4, 2007

Amazing Grace the Film

The recently released film, Amazing Grace, is not just another entertaining film. It is a vignette of history, and a particular vignette that will interest anyone committed to religious values. I encourage everyone in our community to see the film. It portrays part of the life of William Wilberforce, specifically his crusade to end the slave trade in Great Britain in the late 18th and early 19th century. Wilberforce was a member of Parliament, a devout Methodist, and a close friend of the Prime Minister, William Pitt, the younger. His undaunted struggle to change British laws on the slave trade met with determined and long-standing resistance. Anyone committed to justice and loving kindness will find the film an inspiring and moving account of one man's heroic and sacrificial struggle to bring a little more justice to the world.

-Raymond Lawrence

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:36 PM