My Own Chaplain Certification Process


I haven’t been updating this nearly as much as I would’ve liked. One reason for that has been my own process of becoming a Board Certified Counselor through CPSP has taken many twists and turns. 

Quite a lot of paperwork was involved, including some pretty lengthy papers on my own theology of care and several verbatims. I’m finishing up the last verbatim now and hope to include it after I’m done. If you think that certification through CPSP would be preferable to BCCI because you think less work is involved, think again!

So far though the biggest hurdle has been getting a review committee together. Because my group, as all others are I assume, is volunteer-led finding the time and personnel to get a committee together has been hard. Getting the outside reviewer was difficult as well, as the regional person I was supposed to reach out to was extremely hard to reach. Eventually someone from the national body stepped in and got that ball rolling.

Doing the paperwork was time consuming but thankfully I found that I had already described my theology of care through several blog posts (like this one) and could stitch them together into one coherent piece.

My board review is next Monday – thanks for your continued readership, support and prayers!

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8 thoughts on “My Own Chaplain Certification Process

  1. Great to hear! I am working on my BCC paper works via Association of Professional Chaplaincy.
    Good luck on yours! I have gone through the process of ACPE Certification on supervisory process and writing 3 theory papers are the most challenging part of the process. Primarily you have to integrate those three theory papers and apply into supervision. Good luck on your review!

      • Thank you for posting. I think I must tell you in addition to my previous comment was that my ACPE Supervisory process is now in the past tense. I was given the chance to be a Candidate for an Associate Supervisor but did not given the extension to get to the full supervisory level. At any rate, the amazing experience was to enrich my supervisory skills for those amazing 4 years. It was the most challenging part of my life and somewhat painful in the process. The positive and vital part, is to learn to “celebrate life” and the reality that “life goes on”. It also resonates to what Francis De Sales wrote: “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them–every day begin the task anew.” Thank you again!

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