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December 29, 2013

Philippines Relief Fund Update for Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan By Barbara McGuire


CPSP Relief Fund for the Philippines 12/29/2013 Update:

Over the Christmas break, several volunteers have flown into the devastated areas to deliver Christmas dinner to some of the survivors of typhoon Haiyan. Volunteers and CPSP trainees traveled with a military escort who provided security. Sleeping in tents as the areas where they are working have been reduced to ground zero. There is no running water, so they bring water to last the amount of days they are staying. As reported by Joyce Gray, CPSP Philippines National Coordinator, they are ‘basically working in jungle conditions’. She tells the volunteers and her trainees to ‘prepare for the worst’ as there is still no power or electricity.

Their goals have been to provide psychosocial intervention to the troops stationed in Tacloban City Airport, provide gifts for the children, cook, prepare, and serve food in evacuation areas as well as for the troops stationed in Tacloban City Airport.
Your generous donations, to date $2,235.00, have assisted these volunteers and trainees in their work. Thank you for your generosity, and for those who have not yet donated PLEASE consider sending in a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference.

A special thanks to:

The Springdale Arkansas Chapter, Kansas City Metro Chapter, Karen Gallo, Anthony Testaverde, Donna & Larry Rooney, Robert Ricciardi, Frances Porter, Patti Berlinquette, Joan Shapiro, Harold Knox, Perry Miller, Sandy Baranello, Robert Rose, Peter Triolo, Nancy Marsh, Susan Annable, Maureen McGuire, Anne & Donald Mischke, Anawim Training Center & Trainees, Emeka Nwigwe, Charles Kirby, Susan James, and Middletown Society of Friends.

The New Amsterdam Chapter, New York (Barbara A. McGuire, John Jeffery, Geof Tio, Susan McDougal, Sergio Manna and Cesar Espineda) with the Philippines team stay committed to bringing help and healing to the survivors of typhoon Haiyan.

Please send donations to:
Barbara A. McGuire C/O – CPSP Relief Fund for The Philippines
3207 William Street
Wantagh, NY 11793

Thank you for your support!

Barbara A. McGuire C/O – CPSP Relief Fund for The Philippines

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 3:52 PM

December 24, 2013

Finding Chaplain Santa By Domenic A. Fuccillo


Growing a beard last Fall never felt so odd as when in shorts I walked along a beach. After all, one expects Santa at the North Pole, not on a Pacific beach. It then struck me
that I was not only growing a beard, but thinking like the old fellow.

Actors report getting into the characters they play, but I'm not an actor, just a retired editor and volunteer hospital chaplain. So I looked back on why had taken on the role.

I started growing my third beard after an off-duty Santa caught me sketching him in an Arizona restaurant. He pointed to my white hair and said that I could look good as Santa if I grew a beard like his. So I quit shaving, as I had done on two earlier occasions -- in my 20s to enter a cowboy beard contest and in my 40s when beards were in style as they again seem to be.

During its growth in Sterling, Colorado, a Santa named Larry asked support from the ministerial association of which I was secretary. Larry raised money for sick kids who wrote Christmas wish letters as well as for others needing help in our rural area. I joined him and other Santas at a summer parade and a sugar beet festival. It was jolly fun tossing candy from the back of an antique fire engine and meeting up with kids, friends, and neighbors on the courthouse square.

When my wife Pat and I moved to the Denver area Larry booked jobs for me at a nearby mall, and I visit patients at two hospitals, beard and all, including two Santas. Other patients, especially this time of year, ask me why the Santa beard? I now reply that finding Chaplain Santa in a hospital is no odder than finding him in walking shorts along a beach.

Domenic A. Fuccillo is a CPSP Clinical Chaplain in Littleton, Colorado.

Domenic A. Fuccillo

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:40 AM

December 17, 2013

Certification Process Update by Jonathan Freeman, Certification Team Convener


A few months ago new Certification Process Outline was posted on the CPSP website. It appears some entering into the certification track are just becoming aware of the changes. I encourage those who plan to seek seek certification as well as training supervisors to be mindful of the changes.

Below are highlights of the more important changes:

Outside Reviewer: Previously referenced as the “Outside Consultant”, the Outside Reviewer is now appointed by the Certification Committee Representative, is NOT compensated for professional time, and is reimbursed for transportation costs by the CPSP Treasurer.

Review Fee: The 250.00 review fee was implemented at the 2013 Plenary to offset travel costs for Outside Reviewers. Previously, these costs were reimbursed by the candidate or the chapter and not the CPSP Treasurer. The former process had placed a higher burden on chapters in the west and in isolated areas.

Certification Documents: Certification documents are submitted prior to scheduling the formal review: Previously the Certification Committee received certification documents after the certification review. This had created several problems. First, A chapter representative’s failure to submit the facesheet and other supporting documents would often lead to candidates arriving at the Plenary expecting to receive a certificate having been told by the chapter and Outside Reviewer that they were recommended for ratification. Having no record of the review, an opportunity to review the documents, and prepare the certificates, these candidates would not receive their expected certificate. This change eliminates that problem. It also allows for a preliminary review by the Certification Committee and the Outside Reviewer and will prevent the scheduling of formal reviews in cases where the certification documents are not completed, the Standards for certification are not met, etc. Certification documents are to be submitted 60 days prior to the date of the anticipated certification review

Reciprocity: The new process includes language on the process of those who hold certifications with other cognate groups and who wish to be certified by CPSP via reciprocity.

In order to have sufficient time to prepare certificates, Certification reviews and Outside Reviewer reports must be submitted By March 1, 2014 for candidates who wish to receive a certification certificate at the 2014 Plenary.

It is the Certification's Team hope that these changes will enhance the certification process. Please contact your Chapter’s Certification Team Representative with any questions you may have concerning the Certification Process Outline.

Jonathan Freeman
Certification Team Convener

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:42 PM

December 4, 2013

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Has New Executive Director


The Reverend Dr. Trace Haythorn is now The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education's new Executive Director.

The CPSP leadership Team send Dr. Haythorn and the ACPE CPSP's best wishes and congratulations in the letter repainted below:

December 4, 2013

Trace Haythorn
Executive Director
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
1549 Clairmont Rd
Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30035

Dear Dr. Haythorn:

On behalf of the membership of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy we offer you our congratulations as you fulfill your calling as the Executive Director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. We welcome you and your leadership as you join with us in our common mission of advancing clinical pastoral education and training in a world of travail and spiritual flux but also with joy in fulfilling our mutual vocations.

Warm regards,

CPSP Leadership Team:

Brian H. Childs, President
Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary
Perry Miller
Francine Hernandez
Charles Kirby
Jonathan Freeman


Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:49 PM

December 3, 2013

Governance Task Force Report By John Jeffery, Chair

In the Fall of 2012, the Executive Committee appointed a task force to formulate new models for the future structure and governance of CPSP. Recently, after 12 months of work, the Governance Task Force completed its work and submitted its Report to the CPSP Executive Committee.

The Task Force was composed of both pastoral clinicians and diplomates who worked separately and together to produce this Report.

The Report offers three models of governance for the Executive Committee to consider:

Divisional Model: This model emphasizes the different roles, responsibilities and needs of diplomates and pastoral clinicians in CPSP. The Divisional model seeks to support the members in each of these professional groups and provides the structure to design specific programs to improve professional standards, ongoing training, chapter development, institutional accountability and certification process.

Regional Model: This integrated model shifts most of the daily operations of CPSP to regional operational and governance systems with the overall legal, and fiduciary functions of the organization as well as professional standards handled by an International Board of Directors. The Regional Model is designed to expand the capacity of the organization to manage growth while maintaining international standards of practice and our historic covenantal commitment to a relational philosophy.

Existing-Revised: This model keeps our historic CPSP structure while adding components which provide for elected representation, systems of accountability, and delineation of roles and responsibilities for diplomates and clinicians within the organization.

The Report also strongly recommends that the Executive Committee engage in a “Community/ Regional Listening” process to share information about governance and to receive feedback from CPSP members.

All Chapter Conveners have received an email from the CPSP Governance Task Force which contains a link to the full Report. Please ask your Convener for a copy of this link. All comments and feedback on this Report should be sent directly to members of the CPSP Executive Committee.

The members of the Governance Task Force have invested serious thought and an inspiring level of passion into this project. The members are to be commended for their determination, breadth of inquiry, and commitment to CPSP. We hope you will join us in appreciation of their efforts.

John Jeffery, Chair (April 2013 – October 2013)
Dallas Speight, Chair (October 2012 – March 2013)

Task Force Members:
Dee Jacquet
Beverly Jessup
Julien Olivier
Ed Outlaw
Ruth Zollinger
Henry Huffernan (chair of Pastoral Clinician Task Force)

John Jeffery, Chair

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 11:52 AM