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April 28, 2015

Caring for the Human Spirit


Health Care Chaplaincy of New York City sponsored a conference on April 20-22 in Orlando entitled Caring for the Human Spirit. A number of CPSP persons attended, including General Secretary Raymond Lawrence, and three Orlando clinicians who organized and managed the CPSP display table. They did a superb job of constructing a very informative, interesting, and professional display. The three clinicians were: Missouri McFee, Scott Fleming and Richard Smith.

CPSP received considerable interest from attendees to the conference. The majority of the speakers and workshop leaders for the conference were physicians, psychologists, and sociologists. It was therefore quite interesting to get their take on the role of chaplains in the current medical setting.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 5:02 PM

April 19, 2015

Miran E. Ukaegbu, Ph.D. Joins CAPPT Board


Brian H. Childs, Ph.D. Chair of the Board of the Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training announces the appointment of Miran E. Ukeabbu, Ph.D. to the Board of Trustees.

In his public announcement Dr. Childs stated:

Dr. Ukaegbu will make a significant contribution to our board and our work. She has an extensive background in founding CPE training centers and has a particular interest in global CPE. In addition to being an outstanding trainer and educator Miran is a skilled clinician. Her expertise in clinical work will be important to our work of accrediting psychotherapy training programs.

Dr. Ukaegbu’s biography is posted at the CAPPT website.

The Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy training (CAPPT) is an independent agency that oversees the proper accreditation of training sites offering CPE/T as well as psychotherapy training. While incorporated as a stand along organization it is related to CPSP and works closely with the CPSP accreditation process. With CAPPT recognition of accreditation a training organization can assure all of its stakeholders, including trainees, the public, and employers, that the training is of the highest quality and follows best practices.

Please visit the CAPPT website by clicking here.

Brian Childs, PhD

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:24 PM

April 15, 2015

A HISTORICAL NOTE By Raymond Lawrence


A joint meeting of the Council for Clinical Training (CCT) and the Institute of Pastoral Care (IPC) was held in Miami, Florida, October 18-22, 1965. Anton Boisen had recently died, on October 1. Princeton Seminary professor Seward Hiltner gave the keynote address, entitled "The Debt of Clinical Pastoral Education to Anton T. Boisen." In that address Hiltner made the following comment:

" will be a few years hence when a meeting like this will find no one who ever shook hands with Anton Boisen."

Hiltner was in many respects prescient. He did not miss much. But he missed this one. Those 'few years' have now become fifty years.

At the previous year's joint meeting of the CCT and IPC, in 1964, our own George Buck was certified as a Clinical Pastoral Supervisor by the CCT. The meeting was held at the Playboy Mansion in Chicago. This was three years prior to the creation of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in 1967. Boisen was rather frail by that point, with less than a year to live. He was living gratis at Elgin State Hospital nearby, in a hovel off the hospital kitchen, with no door, and he appeared on at least one day of the Council's meeting. That seems to have been his last appearance at any gathering of his many hundreds of protégées.

At that meeting George Buck was standing in conversation with Tom Klink, his training supervisor, when Boisen came over to greet Klink, who in turn introduced George to Boisen. After shaking hands Boisen turned and left, and Klink, according to George, said, "That's the way he is." Boisen with his flat affect was known to be not much given to socializing, which illustrates the fact that one does not have to be 'a hail fellow well met' to have a major impact on history.

It seems unlikely that anyone else is now alive who attended that Chicago meeting and might have shaken the hand of Boisen. If there is, please pass on to us that information.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:14 PM

April 8, 2015



The spring gathering of the National Clinical Training Seminar - East will occur May 4-5, 2015 at the Loyola Retreat Center, Morristown, New Jersey.

Dr. Francine Hernandez, Director of NCTS, announced the conference theme:

New Procedures in Certification and Accreditation for Members and Those Interested in The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy Credentials.

She continues:

Register now to become aware of the new procedures. As you prepare for certification and seek to have your CPE program accredited there are required actions. Team members of both committee will be at NCTS to discuss these new procedures and to answer your questions and/or concerns. As always we will have the small group experience which is the crux of NCTS! Please bring clinical work!

Hope to see you there!

Francine Hernandez

The deadline for registration is April 30, 2015.


Email Francine Hernandez

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:43 PM