Events Calendar

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Upcoming events

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Oakland, CA

    CPSP Certification Review Panel
    Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Oakland, CA


    The CPSP Certification Committee will conduct reviews for members seeking certification on Saturday, October 13, 2018. 

    The deadline for submitting forms and documents is 
    Monday, July 16, 2018. 

    7/19/18: The deadline has for submitting forms and documents for certification has been extended by 30 days.

    Candidates are encouraged to register for the review panel on this page, after they have submitted their form and supporting documents. 

    Certified member of CPSP who are local to the Oakland area or who are planning to attend the NCTS-West event, and who are interested in volunteering to serve on the review panel, are also encouraged to sign up. 

    After the deadline on July 16, candidates will be notified with their a scheduled appointment with the review panel. Reviews take about 90 minutes, total - the rest of the day is the candidate's to do as they please. The cost of the review panel is $250 per candidate, along with the fees for the certificate(s) the candidate is seeking - a list of the costs are on our Dues page

    The address for the review panel will be announced soon - we will be at a hotel near the Oakland International Airport. 

    The certification process is outlined in the CPSP Certification Manual. Candidates are asked to work closely with their Chapter in the process. 

    if you have any questions about this event, please contact

    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 16 Oct 2018
    • San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville, CA


    San Damiano Retreat Center
    Danville, California
    14—16 October 2018

    The Ever-Present Others:  
    Applying Group Relations Learning
    to improve Clinical Pastoral Care

    The meeting of a chaplain and a patient or client traditionally has been viewed as a one-on-one encounter. In this seminar we will see the work of chaplains in a larger frame – in the group context where clinical pastoral care actually take place. Groups include, for example, family members and loved ones of patients or clients (who may be physically present or absent) and various others (for example, other staff members such as doctors, nurses, and social workers).

    This seminar will include presentations and exercises by group relations leaders from Grex, the West Coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. Participants are encouraged to bring cases as is the custom at NCTS. Some of these cases will be reviewed in small groups from a group relations perspective.

    Sunday, 10/14/18
    Registration 2:00—3:30 p.m.
    Welcome and Introduction of Staff 3:30 p.m.—3:45 p.m.
    Presentations/Exercises (to-be-decided by Grex) 3:30—6 p.m., 7—8:30 p.m. 
    with dinner 6—6:45 p.m.

    Monday, 10/15/18
    Latecomers Registration 8:30—9 a.m.
    breakfast 8—8:45 a.m. 
    Presentations/Exercises (to-be-decided by Grex) 9 a.m.—12 p.m.
    lunch 12—12:45 p.m. 
    Presentations/Exercises (to-be-decided by Grex) 1—6 p.m.
    dinner 6—6:45 p.m.
    Evening free OR...(to-be-decided by Grex)?

    Tuesday, 10/16/18 (Actual content to-be-decided by Grex)
    breakfast 8—8:45 a.m.
    Large “Here and Now” Group 9—10 a.m.
    Application Groups 10:15—11:30 a.m.
    Application Group Sharing with Large Group 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m.
    lunch 12—12:45 p.m.

    San Damiano Retreat Center Danville, California

    Payment must be made when you register for this event.
    If you need extra time to pay because your company is processing the invoice, please contact Krista Argiropolis, Administrative Coordinator at for an extension.
    Attendees are not considered registered for events until the event registration invoice is paid. 

    • 29 Oct 2018
    • 30 Oct 2018
    • Atlanta, GA

    National Clinical Training Seminar
    29 - 30 October, 2018
    Atlanta, GA

    Registration will open soon!
    Please check back for schedule information
    and other exciting news!

    • 11 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Morristown, NJ

    A certification review panel will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Hyatt House, 194 Park Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960.

    Information for candidates

    • The deadline for fees, documents and forms is now SEPTEMBER 13.   This is a 30-day extension from the first announced deadline of Aug. 13. 
    • The review panel schedule will be emailed to candidates around Sept. 30. 
    • Review panels begin around 8:00 AM and usually go no later than 4 PM. 
    • Plan on the review panel taking about an hour-and-a-half. The rest of the day is yours - there are no other meetings to attend. 
    • Candidates are responsible for their travel arrangements and expenses. The review panel fees do not cover travel expenses or event registration.
    • Candidates are encouraged to attend the NCTS-East event.
    • If a candidate needs overnight accommodations for Sat., Nov. 10, the Hyatt House in Morristown has given us a rate of $119/night for a single-bed suite or $169/night for a two-bed suite - and that is one option - if you wish to book a room, please contact the hotel. There are no rooms available at Loyola on Saturday night. 
    • If a candidate needs overnight accommodations for Sun., Nov. 11, and they are planning to attend the NCTS event, there is an "early arrival" option on the NCTS registration page. The cost is $65 without supper or $75 with supper. Please select that option when you register for NCTS
    • For more information about the certification process or to view our videos about certification, please visit our webpage: Certification Manual
    • To register for the review panel, please login - you must be a member (in the Directory) of CPSP to login. 
    Information for volunteers
    • We are also accepting registration for volunteers who wish to serve on a review panel - we will be in touch right after the deadline on Sept. 13 to discuss your availability.
    • If you haven't volunteered to serve on a review panel before, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the process and to bring your experience back to your Chapter.
    • To register to volunteer for the review panel, please login - you must be a member (in the Directory) of CPSP to login and already certified, to serve on the panel. 

    If you have any questions please contact Krista Argiropolis, Administrative Coordinator (

    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Loyola Retreat Center, Morristown, NJ


    Authority, Leadership and Spirituality
    In A Culture of Exclusion

    A Group Relations Program 
    at the 
    National Clinical Training Seminars (NCTS) Conference

    College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy
    Loyola Retreat Center
    Morristown, New Jersey
    November 12—13, 2018

    This program provides members with opportunities to experience and study the nature of authority and the interpersonal and intergroup problems encountered in its exercise. The ability of individuals to work effectively in groups and organizations is influenced by the way in which authority is vested, and how responsibilities for leadership and followership are assumed. The forces which influence this process can best be understood when they are seen in actual operation. Therefore, this program offers the opportunity to study what happens in and among groups at the same time it is happening. Consequently, the learning which takes place occurs from the direct experience of the individual. The aim is to bring together experience and thought, emotion and intellect, without neglecting one for the other.

    Since the exercise of authority is dependent upon the presence of others, the program’s focus of study is upon groups rather than individual personalities. Although the individual is important, it is our experience that the complexities of group life are best examined and understood when the attention shifts from the narrower perspectives of the individual to the group as a whole. This broadened perspective, shifting the emphasis from the individual to the group, distinguishes this program from sensitivity training or encounter groups.

    The program is open-ended in that that there is no attempt to prescribe what anyone shall learn. The intent, rather, is to provide an institutional structure within which program participants can experience and examine the many dimensions and aspects of authority in a variety of contexts. Participants will have opportunities to:

    • Examine the nature of leadership, authority and spirituality in diverse groups and organizations; 
    • Explore the development of collective dynamics, overt and covert, in group settings, and examine the influence of such dynamics on the life of the group-as-a-whole and on individual group members; 
    • Explore questions about leadership, authority and spirituality, membership and participation, sub-group formation, issues of social identity, as they emerge; and 
    • Examine the concepts of boundary, authority, role and task as they relate to the work of diverse groups and organizations.


    Program Opening: 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.  

    The Large Group: All members and staff of the program will comprise the Large Group in a here and now format. The task of the Large Group is to study the group’s behavior as it occurs, with the assistance of the Program Director. While the Large Group also provides opportunities to explore both the overt and covert factors influencing behavior in groups and how members take up personal authority, it highlights dynamics that may occur in large assemblies or in crowds or mobs, where face-to-face interactions are limited. The formation includes a spiral of participants in the center of the room who will actively participate as they are encircled by an outer ring of participants who will serve as silent observers. All members will take up both roles. In these dual roles members and staff will have the opportunity to experience and examine aspects of the system as they occur in the “here-and-now.” 

    Program Discussion: Following the fourth Large Group which is the last “here-and-now” event, this event provides an opportunity for everyone to speak and reflect on the program experience together. 


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


    The Loyola Retreat House is at 161 James Street, Morristown, NJ 07960, and can be reached by calling (973) 539-0740. 


    The registration deadline is November 2, 2018. 

    CPSP Members must login to the website to register at the member rate. 

    Payment is due immediately upon registration - if you need extra time because you are paying by check, please contact Krista Argiropolis, Administrative Coordinator, at

    We do not accept cash payments at events. 

    Early Arrival Option
    If you need to arrive early at Loyola (Nov. 11), you may register for an extra night. Early arrivals have the option of having meals at Loyola or opting out of meals on Nov. 11. See the registration page on this website for details. 

    There is a non-refundable $50 fee for cancellations. 

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • San Antonio, TX

    The CPSP Plenary Planning Committee warmly invites you to join us for

    The 29th Plenary
    The College of Pastoral Supervision
    and Psychotherapy

    San Antonio, Texas
    March 24 - 27, 2019

    Workshops &
    Certification Review Panel

    March 23, 2019

    We will gather together at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk.  Looking forward to sharing the warmth of Texas hospitality, and the richness of its culture. 

    We are working on the schedule for this event, so check back here soon for more information. 

    • Sat., 23 March - Workshops & Certification Review Panel
    • Sun., 24 March - Opening of the 29th Plenary - day #1
    • Mon., 25 March - Plenary day #2 
    • Tues., 26 March - Plenary day #3, with the recognition of our newly certified members, banquet dinner, entertainment and event closing.
    • Wed. 27 March - CPSP Governing Council meeting 

    We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk, located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, and near major attractions including The Alamo, Sea World, San Antonio Museum of Art, Six Flags, and the AT&T Center. 

    The hotel's amenities include free WiFi, on-site restaurants and lounges, a fitness center, hot tub and pool, as well as meeting rooms, a business centers, and other amenities will make for a wonderful stay for you at this 4-star hotel.

    The hotel also has convenient access to the local bus line VIA from the San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio Taxi, and Uber are some of the ground transportation options available. 

    We have a special rate for this event of 
    $139/per night - single rate or double rate. Check-in is at 4 PM and check-out is 12 PM. 

    These rates are available until Friday, March 1.
    For reservations, call:
    1-800-HOLIDAY (465-4329)

    and ask for the
    "CPSP Plenary 2019 Group"

    Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk
    217 North St Mary's Street
    San Antonio, TX 78205

    Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk
    217 North St Mary's Street
    San Antonio, TX, 78205

    Register early for special rates. Members will need to log-in to the website for the special member rates.

    Please note that payment is due at registration. If you need an invoice for your employer to pay your registration, please register and contact Krista Argiropolis, Plenary Registrar, at, so that your registration will be held open.

    Full refund available, minus the electronic fees, until Jan. 1.
    After Jan. 1, $150 non-refundable. After Mar. 1, no refunds.