The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), committed to “recovery of soul in the clinical pastoral movement,” is unique among chaplaincy professional organizations. The CPSP vision and organizing principles are expressed in the CPSP Covenant.
CPSP prides itself on being the only fully integrated professional body that includes supervisors of chaplaincy training, board certified clinical chaplains and also ones in training, as well as pastoral counselors and psychotherapists and those who train them and other professionals in ministry.
CPSP both accredits training programs and board certifies fully qualified members according to very rigorous Standards. The other major pastoral and spiritual care professional bodies are organized either according to separate member roles – as CPE educators (ACPE) or professional chaplains (APC), or on the basis of members sharing a particular religious tradition (NACC for Catholics and Neshama/NAJC for Jewish chaplains). Nearly every imaginable faith is represented in CPSP. With this diversity comes a serious commitment to collaboration and mutual support in what can be very challenging work.
Another CPSP distinctive among professional chaplaincy organizations is its requirement that all of its members be continuously active participants in a small group known as a CPSP Chapter. Board certified members as well as those aspiring to be certified receive on-going peer review and peer support in their chapter. The result is mutual accountability and ongoing professional development leading up to annual renewal of board certification. For those who have recently completed their training the chapter provides mentoring toward board certification.
CPSP sponsors an annual international conference, the CPSP Plenary, at which participants bring clinical case studies for peer and supervisor consultation. There are several three-day National Clinical Training Seminars offered each year including one in California every October.
Our Kaiser Permanente-based CPE programs are administered by members of CPSP’s Nautilus Pacific Chapter (NP). NP is the oldest and most respected chapter in the West and home to CPE programs in California and in Italy.