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March 18, 2014

Institute for Psychodynamic Pastoral Supervision To Be On Display at Plenary By Dr. David Franzine

<imgThe faculty of the Institute for Psychodynamic Pastoral Supervision will be available at its display table during the CPSP Annual Plenary in Virginia Beach. Instead of presenting a workshop this year, the faculty will be available for individual and small group consultations about its Psy.D., D.Min. and Certificate program offerings.

We are currently receiving applications for the incoming class which begins in August, 2014. Our deadline for applications is June 10. The new academic year will launch with our third annual Summer Intensive Week of Studies to be held August 17-22 at Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC. As usual, the foci for the Summer Intensive Week of Studies will include group theory and practice, Tavistock theory and intercultural theory.

During the last week of August our fall semester begins with an online course for the new student cohort on the developmental theories of Bowlby, Freud, Mahler and Fonagy. Theory seminars are matched with weekly praxis seminars in which students present cases that demonstrate their current supervisory work.

In other IPPS news, we reluctantly accepted the decision of The Rev. Joel Harvey, Ph.D. to retire from the faculty due to medical issues, although he remains with us as Professor Emeritus. We hope that Plenary attendees will join us in thanking Joel for his many years of scholarly, supervisory and pastoral service.

We wish to announce that Joel’s successor on the faculty is The Rev. Dr. Charles Starr, Director of Pastoral Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He brings a wealth of teaching and supervisory experience to his new faculty position. We are delighted with the energy he contributes to the students’ learning experience, and the wisdom he brings to his work on our faculty.<img
If you are interested in our doctoral program at IPPS, please explore our website at Then bring your questions to us at our display table in Virginia Beach. We look forward to the dialogue.


David M Franzen

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:22 PM

March 11, 2014

A Message to the CPSP Community By Raymond J. Lawrence, General Secretary


The great majority of CPSP members have personal contact with the CPSP community solely through their Chapters. Fewer than twenty percent of the membership attends the Plenary in any given year. Another quite smaller percentage attends the National Clinical Training Seminars. This state of affairs is not likely to change much in the next few years. Travel costs to meetings, and time away from work are typically burdens that many in our community cannot bear. This means that the great majority of our members have minimal to no contact with the wider CPSP community. While this state of affairs is common in most large organizations, the leadership team has been increasingly troubled by this continuing isolation of our membership. We hope to address this problem.

In an effort to begin addressing this problem we have agreed to a temporary contract with Alex Bruton, who will over the coming months attempt to survey the community and to assess current issues of communication in CPSP.

Alex is a graduate Tulane University, with advanced studies at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil, and holds an MA degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He has a decade of work experience with Lopez Negrete Communications, Moroch Partners, and VRTC Inc as account executive for international marketing. He has taught courses in marketing at the University of Houston. Alex grew up in Mexico and is thus Spanish-English bilingual. He currently lives in Houston. He will be in attendance at the Plenary where we hope all those in attendance will get an opportunity to talk with him.

We anticipate that Alex will come up with recommendations on how we can as a community facilitate more effective mutual communication and participation in CPSP.

With the intent of making himself available to all members of the community Alex will be available to CPSP members by phone, at 832-919-1796, and email at .

We encourage all members of the CPSP community to share with Alex your current assessment of the state or our community, and also to share your dreams, wishes, recommendations, or complaints. He will draw from your views, assess the condition of our community, and finally report his data and his recommendations. We anticipate that he will complete this assignment within the coming months.

Raymond Lawrence
General Secretary
Raymond Lawrence

Alex Bruton

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 3:53 PM

March 2, 2014



Breakthrough, a website supporting ALS Therapy Alliance featured Julien Olivier, a CPSP Board Certified Clinical Chaplain.

Dr. Olivier is quoted:

"Palliative care is a service offered to people who have chronic illnesses and who need to focus on symptom and pain control, perhaps forsaking or delaying further curative attempts," said Julien Olivier, DMin, BCCC, Fellow in Hospice & Palliative Care and Chaplain at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH. "PALS could seek palliative care at any time, beginning with their diagnosis. An expert team helps patients and their families address coping skills, anxiety, use of assistive devices, necessary support services, end-of-life issues and more.

It is notable that Julien Olivier provided significant leadership enabling CPSP to launch CPSP's Clinical Fellow in Hospice & Palliative Care providing an advanced certification for those working in the Hospice & Palliative Care field.

To read the full article, click here.

For more information, contact Julien Olivier

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:28 PM

The LDS and Chaplain Board Certification

A small working group comprised of representatives of of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy met at LDS headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 6, 2013.

The purposes of the meeting were: to foster mutual understanding and trust, to discuss CPSP requirements for board certification of chaplains, and to discuss pathways toward fulfilling the customary MDiv certification requirement that is not part of the LDS tradition.

Recognizing that formation, preparation and training for ministry in the LDS faith is a lifelong process, the group also acknowledged the distinction between such ministry and clinical pastoral care and the profession of clinical chaplaincy.

The members of the group affirmed a desire for members of the LDS faith who feel called to pursue chaplaincy as a career path to do so on par with other professionals in this specialized ministry.

To this end, and in pursuit of professional excellence toward board certification for clinical chaplaincy, the working group affirmed by consensus that:

1) An MDiv degree, while of course always an option, should not be the only preferred option for LDS certification candidates. A good masters degree from an accredited institution in the social/behavioral sciences that includes the study of religion, or one related to religion with coursework in the human sciences, should be required as specified in the Standards. An exception might be made for candidates who can demonstrate equivalent graduate-level coursework equivalent to the approved masters degree.

2) Mentoring of LDS candidates, and indeed all those seeking CPSP certification, should be available and used as a means to assure candidates understand and fulfill the Standards and are properly prepared for the certification process.

3) The LDS Military Relations / Priesthood Department is a credible, centralized source of endorsement of professional chaplains. It will review the question of its providing endorsement for healthcare chaplains as it presently does for those serving in the military and the Veterans Administration.

The members of the CPSP-LDS working group are: Blake Boatright (LDS), Alden Brown (LDS/CPSP), Frank Clawson (LDS), Debra Hampton (LDS/CPSP), Richard Roggia (LDS/CPSP), David Roth (CPSP), Gene Slade (CPSP/LDS), Vance Theodore (LDS) and Ruth Zollinger (CPSP).

For more information contact:

David Roth, Gene Slade and Ruth Zollinger.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:03 PM