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January 27, 2014

Moral Injury Returning Veterans and What We Can Do for Soul Repair By CJ Malone


Moral Injury Returning Veterans and What We Can Do for Soul Repair October 15, 2013 Schmieding Center 9AM - 3:30 PM Featuring Brite Divinity School’s Soul Repair Center Co-Directors Rita Brock, Ph.D. & Chaplain (Col) Herman Keizer, Jr. U.S. Army (retired)

This symposium was well attended by over 100 chaplains, CPE student interns, social workers, physicians, clergy and other interested individuals. It was a free symposium made possible by a a grant from the Auxiliary at Northwest Medical Center – Springdale, Arkansas. CPSP Pastoral Care contact hours were provided by the Kansas City Diplomate Chapter. CJ Malone is the Executive Director and CPE Supervisor of the Institute. To review the symposium in its entirety and learn more about Brite’s Soul Repair Center visit and

Video Part I: "Moral Injury and Soul Repair" and Video Part II: "Work of Soul Repair" can be viewed by going to:

Chaplain CJ Malone
CPSP Diplomate

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:00 PM

UPDATE: Philippines Relief Fund for Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan--- By Barbara McGuire


The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) continues to support Survivors of Haiyan.

Relief efforts continue in the Philippines and donations are coming in a bit slower but none the less continue to arrive in the mail! A huge thanks to the Williamsburg Chapter ($400), Kansas City Chapter ($70), Feleti & Folola Ngan-Woo ($50), and Donald & Nancy Harris ($30). Your generosity will assist the survivors in gaining back some normalcy in their lives.

The hundreds of survivors that were moved to Manila are trying to find jobs, homes and simply to survive. Our CPSP colleagues continue to provide support in a multitude of areas especially in providing emotional support for survivors as well as those who are assisting the survivors.

We will continue to ask for your support as several of the CPSP – Philippines members are researching a long term project to assist in starting gardens for the survivors to plant and tend. (Give a man a fish he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for life)

Please consider sending a donation today. Any amount you can afford will make a BIG difference. All donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the people via our CPSP Philippines colleagues.

The New Amsterdam Chapter, New York with the Philippines team continues to be committed to bringing help and healing to our typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors.

All checks need to be made out to:
CPSP (Philippines Relief Fund)

Mail checks to:

Barbara McGuire
C/O CPSP - Philippines Relief Fund
3207 William Street
Wantagh, NY 11793

Thank you!

The New Amsterdam Chapter
Barbara A. McGuire, LCSW, DPPsy

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:15 AM

January 16, 2014

Chaplaincy in the Clinical Setting by George Hankins Hull

<imgA questioner asked: We want our patients to receive chaplain services and want to ensure that our patients are not proselytized. How can we do this?

Concerning Proselytization:
The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP) accredits Clinical Pastoral Education Training programs and certifies Board Certified Clinical Chaplains. We trust that the following would address some of the concerns about proselytization:

From the CPSP Code of Professional Ethics:


Colleagues, students, clients, parishioners, and patients deserve our respect. Therefore, members will not proselytize nor impose their own theologies on others. CPSP members will refrain from exploiting relationships or using them to their own advantage. Exploitation includes emotional, financial, sexual, and/or social gain. Records, evaluations, personal notes, and informational conversations will be kept confidential.

Competency in Pastoral Care/Counseling:

The basic requirements in CPSP for certification as Board Certified Clinical Chaplain:

1. The characterological make-up for ministry, including an ability to bond with others, an ability to give attention to others, and a tolerance for diverse religious traditions and values.

2. Basic self-understanding, so as to limit unconscious imposition of one’s own agenda on others.

3. Endorsement by a faith-group community to perform ministry.

4. 1600 hours of clinically supervised ministry or a year of Clinical Pastoral Training.

5. Continuing education and annual recertification.

6. A Master of Divinity degree or equivalent, which means three years of post-graduate academic study.

Access to Pastoral Care/Counseling:

CPSP affirms the right of the of patients and their loved ones to have access to pastoral care/counseling that is directed in accordance with the patient's and their family's faith tradition.

CPSP affirms the right of the hospice patient to have that care provided by a religious professional from the patient's own faith tradition.

CPSP advocates that religious professionals employed by hospitals or hospice programs work cooperatively with parish clergy so as to facilitate ongoing pastoral support by community clergy.

CPSP acknowledges the patient's right to refuse the provision of pastoral services.

Pastoral Evaluation in the Clinical Pastoral Tradition:

CPSP affirms that pastoral care/counseling, in the clinical pastoral tradition, must include personal evaluation with the specific purpose of bringing the appropriate pastoral resources to bear. CPSP advocates for a dynamic process of pastoral assessment over against the use of a written instrument that requires nothing more than the recording of a patient’s answer to a predetermined set of questions. CPSP affirms the communication of the pastoral evaluation of the patient’s and family’s pastoral needs to the interdisciplinary team.

CPSP supports the patient’s right to be a partner in their treatment plan so
as to determine the goals of the care.

George Hankins Hull, Dip.Th., Th.M.
CPSP Diplomate in Clinical Pastoral Supervision

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:20 PM

January 8, 2014

A New Accreditation Team Launched by Ted Taylor


A new Accreditation Team has been convened following a request by the CPSP Leadership Team at their recent October 2013 meeting. CPSP past-president Francine Hernandez (New York, NY Chapter) was given the task of recruiting members of the reorganized committee, and Ted Taylor (Princeton, NJ Chapter) has accepted the role of Convener.

The Accreditation Team consists of the following individuals: David C. Baker (Baltimore, MD Chapter), David Berg (Chesapeake, MD Chapter), Cynthia Olson (Sacramento, CA Chapter), and Dwight Sweezy (Princeton, NJ Chapter).

Participating in the work of this new team is the Accreditation Manual Work Group, who were assigned the task of drafting a new accreditation document by the Leadership team prior to its October meeting in 2013. The work group is comprised of Al Carden (Jackson, MS Chapter), Roy Sanders (Kansas City, KS Chapter), and Dallas Speight (Ft. Belvoir, VA Chapter).

Together, the Accreditation Team and the Accreditation Work Group are organizing a more unified process for holding our Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Psychotherapy training programs accountable to the highest standards of professionalism as we plan for neutral third-party recognition.

In early January 2014 members of the Accreditation Team will be contacting every chapter convener and/or supervisory diplomate to appraise current clinical training and supervisory training programs. The surveyors will be engaging the following issues:

• Verifying each diplomate’s basic contact information on record.

• Determining the names of training centers under the diplomate’s direction.

• Assessing the date(s) of each center’s last accreditation review.

• Documenting the names and training centers of any supervisors in training (SITs)under the care of each diplomate.

All supervisory diplomates are encouraged to assist our team by promptly replying to these brief survey questions.

A pre-conference workshop on this topic will precede this year’s CPSP Plenary. The workshop, held on Sunday, March 30, will be led by members of the m and the Accreditation Work Group. In the workshop we will review the results of the survey and engage our community in a discussion of a proposed accreditation process based on the appraised needs.

Thanks to all in the CPSP community for their support in this initiative. If there are any questions about the work of the accreditation team or manual work group please contact Ted Taylor, Accreditation Team Convener. .

Ted Taylor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:21 AM