Pastoral Report Articles 

  • 25 Oct 2015 1:16 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy warmly invites you to join us to gather together for the 26th Plenary, March 13–16, 2016 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Meet Our Facilitator, Dr. Richard Morgan-Jones
    Our facilitator this year will be Dr. Richard Morgan-Jones, a trained theologian, psychoanalytical psychotherapist and an Organizational consultant, offering training and supervision in all three arenas.  Dr. Morgan-Jones has worked as a chaplain, as well as support staff in various pastoral roles and in offering therapeutic services for many decades.  He works with a group relations framework in engaging with team, organizational and societal issues.  Dr. Morgan-Jones is an author of two published books on psycho/analytic psychotherapy training, and resides in the United Kingdom.  He brings a wealth of experience on group relations training using the A. K. Rice Tavistock-model.

    This is a Working Conference
    This is a working conference with the goal to provide frameworks and a vision for chaplains, pastors, and therapists in engaging with three levels of the social system, the individual, the organization, and society.  The design of this year’s event aims to stretch the vision of CPSP’s constitution and Chapter structure into both wider and deeper arenas of engagement. This event invites attendees to the exploration of relatedness as individuals exploring the boundary between the conscious and unconscious aspect of the mind.  Opportunities will be provided to apply new thinking in reflecting on existing experiences of professional practice. 

    The Heart of our Gathering – Small Groups
    The heart of the CPSP gathering is the mutual sharing of our work and our lives with each other.  Each participant is expected to bring work experiences or personal experiences from their engagement with individuals, teams and organizations to reflect upon in these groups. The small groups will work with experienced consultants.

    The Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
    Perfectly located in the heart of the downtown business and entertainment district, the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel is equipped with every amenity to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The hotel’s amenities feature:

    • Free standard internet access
    • Free airport transportation (5AM to Midnight)
    • Free shuttle service within surrounding area
    • Free shuttle service within surrounding area
    • Self-parking & valet parking available
    • Business center
    • Fitness center
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Car rental service
    • Barber/beauty salon
    • Restaurants in hotel: Extra Innings Lounge, 5thStreet Grill, and Starbucks
    • Free light rail to downtown area only (public transportation) – one block from hotel

    For a more information, including the schedule, hotel reservations and  event registration, please visit our Events page. 

  • 16 Oct 2015 7:41 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    The Family Justice Center of Manhattan, regional chaplains of CPSP and invited chaplains, and associated personnel from local pastoral care organizations in the city, will gather to participate in a Domestic Violence Training from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, Oct. 17. This three hour interactive training is hosted by The Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence in NYC and The L.O.V.E. Task Force on Non-Violent Living.... (i.e. "Liberate Ourselves, Value Everyone.")  The last hour will be spent sharing experiences, faith and fellowship over a shared potluck lunch, hosted by members of the Ellis Island CPSP Chapter. It is hoped this will spark interest for chapters in all regions if not meeting already to consider hosting future gatherings for CPSP and beyond with both personal and professional opportunities of interest to learn, share, develop and appreciate one another's pastoral work and soul journeys.

    Another invitation is on offer for our CPSP regional chaplains: On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7 P.M.,  L.O.V.E. Task Force on Non-Violent Living will be presenting a keynote presentation and panel discussion: "Every Life is Sacred: Ending Gun Violence - It's Possible!" Ms. Leah Barrett, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, keynote speaker, will be joined with community leaders representing faith traditions, law enforcement, and governmental representatives. Panelists include the Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Assembly Member, for our New York State District; The Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Ordained Buddhist Priest and President of the Buddhist Council of New York; The Rev. Karyn Carlo, PhD., American Baptist Pastor and retired New York City Police Captain; with the Rev. Dr. Victoria Jeanne Rollins, BCCC, BCPC, CFHPC, Moderator. Refreshments will be served following a discussion opened up to our guests with the presenters. 

    Contact Victoria: (Founder and Facilitator, L.O.V.E. Task Force on Non-Violent Living.) Now in its fourth season of its series: "Non-Violent Living: Made in the Image of G-d," L.O.V.E. Task Force on Non-Violent Living is a vital program reaching within and beyond religious, spiritual and secular dimensions and agencies towards an embracing, interdisciplinary community approach through shared insights, determination and cooperation in the common purpose of safe and abundant living for all. Its mission statement says: "We are a caring community standing together to promote peace and healing justice. We strive for a world free of all interpersonal violence."





    Dr. Victoria Jeanne Rollins, BCCC, BCPC, CFHPC

  • 14 Oct 2015 5:00 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    In his recent piece here, our dear colleague Belen Gonzalez y Perez offers a truism: “All politically charged circumstances have a historical antecedent.” That is of course undoubteIdly true. It is not entirely clear, however, whether he is referring to circumstances today or those at the time of the publication of the famous (infamous?) 2001 White Paper on professional chaplaincy.

    If his intended reference is to a decade and a half ago, back when the White Paper was written and the College of Pastoral Supervision was barely a decade old, not even an adolescent in the life cycle of an organization, and our membership was very small, the politically charged circumstances were quite different from ones today.  Distrust and acrimony was still fresh in the pastoral care world ten years after the founding of this reform movement of ours.  Many believed and more than a few hoped that CPSP would not survive. Very few imagined it would thrive. The fact that some ignored CPSP and others shunned and made every effort to marginalize it – as some still do – was combined with the the fact that CPSP did not (and rightly still does not) see itself as an organization with promoting spiritual care in healthcare as its main focus.  

    If Belen was referring to circumstances now rather than nearly 15 years ago, well, these are indeed very different times. The White Paper is in many ways out of date, an artifact of a times past. Those who hold onto it like a sort of manifesto or sheaf of identity papers risk looking and sounding anachronistic. The document is there, but does anyone really treat it with reverence like a sacred text or set it out as a master plan? Only those very few who are unable to move into the present. Since it was written, CPSP membership has tripled. While remaining true to our Covenant and to the original vision of the founders we have demonstrated that both our standards and the quality of our training are on par with that of our cognate group colleagues, while remaining philosophically distinctly different. CPSP sits at the same table as ACPE, APC, NACC and what was formerly known as NAJC in HealthCare chaplaincy meetings. Our leadership and the leaders of other cognate groups respectfully communicate and occasionally collaborate. We have come a long way.

    The fact is that we are different and intentionally so. We in CPSP approach the work of pastoral care differently from those who 15 years ago decided to marshal their combined energies and resources to advance a professional chaplaincy agenda in healthcare. There is a history to this that is tied to Boisen (and Cabot), to the Council (and the Institute), to New York (and New England). Sadly, most of that history is entirely unknown or mostly misunderstood today.  It is important for all of us, and especially those of us in CPSP, to be who we are and not try to conflate our identity with that of others for the sake of a hoped-for legitimacy and indispensible role in healthcare institutions. 

    I’m afraid that in Belen’s eagerness to improve the status of CPSP by including us in a diverse array of professional chaplaincy organizations – including military, police, prison, veterans, and others – who he would like to see recognized by those who crafted the White Paper he inadvertently does a disservice to all. “Chaplain” can refer to anyone doing ministry outside the setting of a faith community. A “professional chaplain” can be anyone who makes a living doing such ministry or even someone who ministers in a specialized setting whether they get paid for it or not. By background, training and particular qualifications, professional chaplains are a very diverse bunch. 

    Those who have been trained and certified as chaplains by CPSP are professionals but that is not what distinguishes or defines us. Our distinctive is that we are clinical chaplains, and ones of a particular sort in the tradition of Anton Boisen who founded the clinical pastoral movement.  We are trained and certified in a particular way, using an engaged, action-reflection model of learning, in hopes of helping others to find meaning and purpose in the midst of their crisis, distress, loss or grief.  We do share the same form, if not always the same substance and aims, as the professional organizations that a decade and a half ago were signatories to the White Paper.  

    Instead of advocating for a broader definition and more inclusive recognition of professional chaplains, we should foster a greater understanding and mutual appreciation of our distinct differences, especially among others who claim to be sharers in the clinical pastoral tradition. Today and moving forward it will be on the basis of our uniqueness, nurtured and expressed, that CPSP’s rightful claim to acceptance and legitimacy will lie – among those in healthcare chaplaincy but most importantly among those persons who are in need of a chaplain.

    David Roth, PhD

  • 12 Oct 2015 12:00 AM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    All politically charged circumstances have a historical antecedent. Two decades ago, many of you might remember a document called  A White Paper: Professional Chaplaincy—Its Role and Importance in Health Care  by Larry VandeCreek and Laurel Burton, eds., (The Journal of Pastoral Care, Spring 2001, Vol. 55, No. 1).  An extraordinary political statement was made that set the tempo for years to come within professional chaplaincy in North America.  The document states: 

    In North America Chaplains are certified by at least one of the national organizations that sponsored this paper and are recognized by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Pastoral Care.  (p. 85)

    • Association of Professional Chaplains
    • Association for Clinical pastoral Education
    • Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education
    • National Association of Catholic Chaplains 
    • National Association of Jewish Chaplains

    Not only is the statement politically charged because it clearly draws a line in the sand, declaring those that remain part of their associations’ membership to be professional chaplains; they also pretend themselves to be the only accreditors that matter in professional chaplaincy in North America. The organizations that authored A White Paper are categorically mistaken and on its face it is a political grab for influence in the chaplaincy profession, whether done consciously or not by the represented collaborators.

    Besides the simple fact that there were other organizations in North American professional chaplaincy that remained nameless in the document and were glossed over and treated as invisible to non-existent, those “invisible” organizations are real and credible and train, certify, endorse, and appoint professional chaplains and pastoral counselors throughout the country and abroad. The following are samples of unnamed organizations with professional chaplains and pastoral counselors:

    • Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplains
    • Veterans Affairs National Black Chaplains Association
    • The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy
    • American Association of Pastoral Counselors
    • Civil Air Patrol Chaplaincy  Corp
    • Department of Defense Military Chaplains 
    • Federal Bureau of Prison Chaplains
    • International Conference of Police Chaplains

    To presume that these other organizations do not have a professional chaplaincy is to be misinformed at the least and in denial at the most. Unfortunately, the dated mass circulation of A White Paper: Professional Chaplaincy (2001) throughout the U.S. hospital system and denominational landscapes gave the impression that the document`s statements were accurate and true. Nevertheless, the politicized statements remain untrue and mistaken to the thinking reader that takes the time to check the facts.

    As with all half-truths, they can take on a life of their own and spin-off to create bias against professional chaplains and pastoral counselors unrepresented by the collaborating organizations listed in A White Paper.

    It is certainly true that a response to A White Paper was circulated soon after its publication.  Unfortunately, the challenge presented could not compete with the mass circulation of A White Paper that was funded by a financial grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. As with political campaign propaganda, if you have more money, you can buy more time and reach a greater audience with your message. There is no difference here. Financially backed propaganda always gets their message out the loudest to shape the public opinion.

    It remains incumbent on the rest of the professional chaplains and pastoral counselors to continue to challenge the goliath coalitions that would spread mistaken and untruthful statements and “studies” to maintain their political agendas throughout the professional chaplaincy landscape. 

    To the outsiders such as hospital and other institutional administrators that hire chaplains, studies like A White Paper might appear innocuous to them; but to the livelihood of many professional chaplains who work throughout the country they are far from harmless.

    The political ramifications of A White Paper and the goliath coalitions that sponsored it has resulted in the establishment of a presumptive gatekeeping coalition as the authoritative arbitrators of what and who constitutes the professional chaplaincy. This posture remains ethically untenable, grossly arbitrary, and unfaithful to the religious tenets that encourage practitioners to behave and act with decency and justice toward others.  

    I, for one, do not desire to remain silent in light of the professional assault that continues against our honorable profession. I encourage you to continue being prophetic for justice and bring to light what is hidden, and not to become complicit as silent collaborators in our silently politicized profession.


    The Rev. Dr. Belen Gonzalez y Perez, CPSP Diplomate

  • 08 Oct 2015 5:00 AM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    The Reverend Doctor Willard W.C. Ashley, Sr.

    The Board of Trustees of the Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training announces the addition of a member to the board. The Reverend Doctor Willard W.C. Ashley, Sr., Dean of the faculty and Professor of Pastoral Care at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, N.J. was elected to the board at its meeting on September 30, 2015. The CAPPT website, at, has Dr. Ashley's complete biography.

  • 04 Oct 2015 3:00 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    East and West National Clinical Training Seminars this fall will offer two different Group Relations Events:

    “Roles, Boundaries, and Vulnerability in Care-Providing Institutions” and

    “Leadership and Membership in Diverse Organizations”

    In our ongoing program to expose CPSP members to the Group Relations methodology -- a foundational resource for all pastoral caregivers -- we are offering two Group Relations events this Fall, one at the National Clinical Training Seminar (NCTS)-West and one at NCTS-East. 

    Jack Lampl

    The West Coast event in Sacramento, CA, October 18-20, is a full residential conference which is the basic method of learning and experiencing group relations work in a deeply transformational way. Of great value to all pastoral caregivers, participating in such a conference is a requirement for all supervisors-in-training.

    ("Conference" as used in Group Relations describes an intensive experiential workshop of three or more days in length. It is not a conference as typically understood that would feature topical speakers and panel discussions.)

    Howard Friedman

    The East Coast event in Morristown, NJ, November 2-3, will provide four hours of the experiential events included in a group relations conferences and some didactic elements.  The program is a learning opportunity, and may serve as an introduction to aspects of group relations work.  

    Both events are staffed by experienced group relations consultants affiliated with the A. K. Rice Institute.

    See the links below for more information about the two different events.

    West Coast Conference “Roles, Boundaries, and Vulnerability in Care-Providing Institutions”

    East Coast Program “Leadership and Membership in Diverse Organizations”



    Jack Lampl, past president of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and GREX, the West Coast AK Rice affiliate

    Howard Friedman, president, New York Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, the New York AK Rice affiliate

  • 01 Oct 2015 11:30 AM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Today, October 1st, 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the death of Anton T. Boisen (1876-1965), founder of the clinical pastoral movement. 

    Without Boisen, no one would be doing clinical chaplaincy today. 

    Because of him, we who are clinically trained in pastoral care, counseling and psychotherapy are able to help others to find meaning and purpose in the midst of crisis, distress, loss and grief.

    --David Roth

    NB: The photo of Boisen's grave at Chicago Theological Seminary was taken at the time of the CPSP Plenary in March this year.

  • 28 Sep 2015 8:37 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    A Group Relations Program at the NCTS Conference

    The National Clinical Training Seminar - East will meet November 2 - 3, 2015 at the Loyola Retreat Center, Morristown, New Jersey. The Theme is: Leadership and Membership in Diverse Organizations.

    This program provides opportunities for experiential, didactic and reflective learning. A  group relations lens is the starting point for our work together.  The program will move through several types of group meetings.  

    Program Events

    Opening gathering & presentation:  As the initial event of the program, the Opening involves all members and staff.  The Program Director will introduce the task, provide a brief theoretical framework for our work, and review the events.  Consulting staff will introduce themselves.   

    Preview and Review Application Groups: These smaller discussion groups have two tasks. The first task (Preview Group) is to begin working toward an understanding of the program as a whole, while locating oneself within the program system. The second task (Review Group) is to begin the process of applying program learning to back-home situations.  Each group will work with one consultant. 

    The Large Study Group: All members and staff of the program will meet together in a here and now format. The primary task is for members to study their own behavior as it occurs and evolves.  The Large Study Group meets in a configuration where face-to-face contact is difficult, if not impossible. The formation includes inner, middle and outer rings of participants. Members are free to explore questions about leadership and authority, membership and participation, sub-group formation, issues of social identity, as they emerge.  

    Program Discussion: This brief event, following the second Large Study Group, provides members and staff an opportunity to reflect together on our experience.  A goal of the Program Discussion is to construct a group as a whole picture of our learning, from the full program.  


    Howard A. Friedman, PhD, Program Director. Psychologist, clinical practice and organizational consultation; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University; President, New York Center, A.K. Rice Institute; Fellow, A.K. Rice Institute.

    Frank Marrocco, PhD, Consultant. Clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, and organizational consultant. Faculty and co-chair LGBT Study Group & Clinical Service, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology.  Vice President, New York Center, A. K. Rice Institute; Board Member, A. K. Rice Institute.

     Kimberley A. Turner, PhD, M.Div., Consultant.  Associate Minister, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, DC; Program Manager, D.C. Department of Health; Past President, the Washington-Baltimore Center for the Study of Group Relations, and Associate, A.K. Rice Institute. 

    Download: NCTS-East Registration Form

    NCTS-East Fall Schedule_2015.pdf

    See previous announcement for details.

  • 23 Sep 2015 6:57 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    William Alberts, Phd published an article in CounterPunch.ORG: A Lesson From Animals About Being Humane: 

    Boots, a Katrina Hurricane survivor, is an almost 13-year-old male Golden Retriever-Chow mix, who socializes 5 to 8 weeks-old motherless kittens at the Arizona Humane Society. Boots’ canineness invites the kittens to rub noses with him, snuggle up to him, and lay beside– and even on top of– him. His inborn, tail-wagging friendliness helps the kittens to overcome their fear and guardedness that comes from abandonment and isolation. (See “Boots, a Hurricane Katrina Survivor, Gives Back as a Kitten Nanny,” By Heather Marcoux, Dogster, Aug. 26, 2015)

    These animals have a lot to show us human beings about being humane. Boots does not teach the kittens how to be cats; they already know that! And their adoption of him as their nanny does not make him any less a male dog; he already knows that. It is not about one being required to become like the other to reinforce the other’s rightness, dominance and security.   It is about the other’s emotional security that enables one to be—and to become—all that the one is. The greatly needed lesson for us human beings: Boots does not teach the kittens how to bark, but to regain their inborn naturalness to purr. Caring is about honoring and protecting other people’s right to be who they are, rather than requiring them to be like us. It is about The Golden Rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew7: 12, NIV)

    Dr. Alberts applies the reality about the accepting nature of a a beloved dog to the issue of same sex marriage. I agree with him on both counts. For sure, our animals have a lot to teach us, especially about grace. Listen and watch our animals.  We might become more humane, especially in the face of differences. 

    William Alberts, a CPSP Diplomate, really seems to know his biblical scripture. 

    Read the Article

    Perry Miller, Editor


    Rev. William E. Alberts, Ph.D., a former hospital chaplain at Boston Medical Center, is both a Unitarian Universalist and United Methodist minister. His new book, The Counterpunching Minister (who couldn’t be “preyed” away) is now published and available on The book’s Foreword, Drawing the Line, is written by Counterpunch editor, Jeffrey St. Clair. Alberts is also author of A Hospital Chaplain at the Crossroads of Humanity, which “demonstrates what top-notch pastoral care looks like, feels like, maybe even smells like,” states the review in the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling. His e-mail address is

  • 21 Sep 2015 10:00 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Pastoral Institute Names New CEO

    The Ledger-Inquirer recent published an article featuring Thomas Waynick, a member of the  Fort Belvoir CPSP Chapter and a Diplomate in Pastoral Psychotherapy and Clinical Pastoral Supervision. He was named chief executive officer of the Pastoral Institute in  Columbus, Georgia.

    Marie Moshell, chair of the institute’s board of trustees stated:

    Tom’s unique experience in supervising counselors and working with clergy makes him an ideal match for the Pastoral Institute,” she said in the news release. “We are excited about his immense skill set and expertise shaping a very bright future for the Pastoral Institute.

    The artice continues:

    Waynick also holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Central Texas University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Louisiana, a diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a diplomate in the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, and a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

    It looks like a great match for both the Institute and Thomas Waynick.

    Perry Miller, Editor