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  • 06 Oct 2016 3:27 PM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    The Governing Council thanks Michael Eselun for his role of Chaplain for the Fall 2016 cyber-meeting. The guidance and meditation that Michael brought to the meeting helped to set the tone for a productive six hours of time together. 

  • 06 Oct 2016 3:22 PM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    CPSP President Bill Scar (center) talks with a Plenary Attendee, Chicago, 2015

    The Governing Council is truly growing into its responsibilities according to our new governance," stated CPSP President Bill Scar, a week after the close of the bi-annual meeting. He continued to say, "We want each of the governing chapters [Chapter of Chapters, Chapter of Diplomates, Executive Chapter] to courageously do their work, knowing that it requires all of us to get the work done.  Yes, there are boundaries between the tasks and authority of each of the governing chapters, and it is sometimes a challenge to keep those boundaries clear while affirming the energy of all of our leaders.  But that is precisely what our CPSP ethic, and our belief in consensus, makes possible.  This most recent GC meeting certainly demonstrated that.  There was debate, strong expressions of feeling, disagreements that will take more time to resolve, and kindness in true measure.  We embraced the best of who we are in the CPSP, and I am resolved to do all I can to keep us moving forward in that spirit."

    When asked his thoughts on the governance of CPSP, President Scar stated, "Governance is a challenge, but its sole purpose is to make us more accountable and more effective as a guild of professionals who care for the human spirit.  In my entire career, I have never seen a model that worked better than what we are developing, and I have never seen a model that was more efficient, materially and emotionally.  I want all of our members to remember that we are a “College of” and not an “Association for”.  How we govern should indeed reflect who we are, and if you had been in attendance, you would have seen our integrity of purpose and action, as well as our passion for one another and seeking the best ways to move forward.  These things can look messy, but they are integral experiences, and we can be proud of that.”

  • 06 Oct 2016 3:17 PM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    A few members of the Chapter of Chapters, 2015 Plenary

    The Chapter of Chapters discussed the development of building stronger relationships with members and Chapters, succession planning for the members of the Chapter of Chapters, and the management of membership with expired credentials. The Governing Council acknowledged and agreed that the Chapter of Chapters possessed the authority to implement their proposals. 

  • 06 Oct 2016 3:15 PM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    Several other items on the agenda were also reviewed, such as the time-line for preparation for upcoming Governing Council meetings, agreement for CPSP to open discussion with any group, such as SCA, and others. The Governing Council also discussed the need for a working group to be appointed to discuss cyber-supervision by Diplomates in distant learning situation, and how the process should be accomplished, and related to that request, a need for consultation as to when a CPSP site rises to the level such that a site visit is needed for a Commission on Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT) accreditation in that process. 

  • 06 Oct 2016 9:35 AM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    Roberta Winn, Finance Committee Member

    Roberta Winn, Finance Committee Member, presented the report and requests of her committee. The Governing Council approved by consensus the request for an increase in the proposed fees for CPSP Accredited Training Centers and the implementation of annual dues for CPSP members with emeritus-status. Emeritus members who were certified Diplomate, will be invoiced at $125.00 per year for their annual dues, and emeritus clinicians will be invoiced at $50.00 per year for their annual dues. Independent training centers will be invoiced at $500.00 for their annual fee, and institutional centers will pay $1,000.00 annually for their fee. 

  • 06 Oct 2016 9:20 AM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    Jonathan Freeman, Certification Committee Chair

    Jonathan Freeman, Certification Committee Chair, announced that there were updated certification forms now available online and The CPSP Certification Manual, the first of its kind, published last week. He announced that the Certification Committee would be holding an online video-teleconference form, like a town meeting, for people interested in knowing more about the certification process. 

    The following members have been recommended for certification: Gary Kohl, BCCC; Beth Lawn; BCCC; Mark Smith, BCCC, Alexandra Ulrich, BCCC; Walter DeGunya, BCCC; and Peter Allen, BCCC. 

    The Governing Council approved by consensus the Certification Committee's request for review fees for candidates seeking certification through reciprocity, as well as for the approval of Training Supervisors and Supervisors-in-Training, that a $100.00 review fee is charged for those three categories. 

  • 06 Oct 2016 9:13 AM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    Ed Luckett, Standards Committee Chair

    As the Standards Committee Chair, Ed Luckett, presented his report and a list of recommended amendments to the CPSP Standards, the Governing Council deliberated over the proposed changes to the CPSP Standards that were presented, and discussed the version of the CPSP Standards that were approved at the Governing Council meeting last March in Salt Lake City. The group agreed, by consensus, that proposed revisions to the CPSP Standards would be reviewed by a committee and brought back to the Governing Council for acceptance. 

    The committee members for this review are: Ed Luckett, Asnel Valcin, Al Henager, Perry Miller, and Charles Hicks. 

  • 06 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    Perry Miller, Chair, Communication Committee

    Communications Committee Chair, Perry Miller, reported on several projects. Chaplaincy Alive!, a vodcast (video podcast) and podcast (audio only) kicked off earlier in the month and was well-received. The committee continues to develop communication strategies, reviewing internal and external communication. 

    Perry reported that our website, CPSP.ORG, is in the process of being over-hauled and a new certification portal will be implemented to track the certification progress and support certification candidates. The first edition of the CPSP Certification Manual was also released earlier in the month, and a video version of the manual is in production now with help from committee members, working closely with the Certification Committee. 

    The Communications Committee is also working on marketing and communication materials for conferences and events. 

  • 06 Oct 2016 8:50 AM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    CPSP President Bill Scar spoke about the General Secretary's Report, "Raymond was expressive and assertive and creative, and even confessional.  That is Raymond’s contribution, not to mention all of the other ministering and leading that he demonstrates again and again.  His work with Eric Hall is part of Raymond’s creativity and determination to leave no stone unturned on our behalf.  The CPSP is not going to give up its own identity as we explore what is possible with any group that seeks to strengthen the ministries we value, and the millions of people whose lives are impacted by those who care for the human spirit.  We assert the role of such care in the overall wellbeing of patients, inmates, the military, veterans, and people in settings of dependency.  The HCCN, the SCA, the ACPE, the APC, and other cognate groups do need to talk to one another and build the future of our ministry to people in need.”

  • 06 Oct 2016 8:44 AM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary

    CPSP leadership will continue meeting with Eric Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, which had announced earlier this year that they had created a subsidiary organization, Spiritual Care Association. The objective of SCA is to bring together the various groups in the field of pastoral care and counseling.Ata recent conference this spring, in San Diego, Eric Hall approached David Roth and requested a meeting with members of CPSP leadership. Appointed to the work of meeting with Eric Hall are Raymond Lawrence, Perry Miller, Brian Childs, and Charles Hicks.

    Raymond Lawrence, General Secretary, remarks on the CPSP Conversations with Spiritual Care Association

    "The introduction of a new player in the larger clinical pastoral movements seems to me to bode well. I have hopes that it will result in more serious conversation and debate in the movement at large, and that this initiative will open more candid and generous conversation in the wider clinical pastoral world," stated CPSP General Secretary, Raymond Lawrence. "I think I speak for my colleagues who have been in conversation with Erick when I say that. Furthermore, we understand that his principal objective is to create a multi-organizational association. And that seems to us to be a promising direction. While it is not entirely clear what shape all this might take, his vision of a big tent is commendable." 

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