Chapter Authorization Committee

Position Member Email Phone
Chair, Annual Chapter Reauthorization Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Schaffer  
Member Rev. Rita-Ann A. Bakr (973) 699-3535
Member Rev. Karen M. Huddelson-Gillespie 231-459-5010
Member Jennifer Hudson (410) 227-5748
Member Rev. Sharon D. Johnson 732-710-0329
Member Rev. Thomas Kircher 207-604-8737
Member Rev. Dr. Denise M. Lawrence 9178604742
Member James A. Tesoriero 9176263613

Chapter Reauthorization

One of the duties of a CPSP Chapter is to submit an Annual Chapter Report. (The Standards of CPSP, §1120.4). The Annual Report Form is available beginning in the fourth quarter of the calendar year – e-mailed to all active members so they can work together in their chapters to prepare their report. Responses are due by January 1.

Each chapter will be reauthorized annually to perform the duties of a chapter by the Governing Council, on the recommendation of the Certification and Promotion of Chapters Committee, based on the following:

  • Submission of a Chapter Annual Report that attests to:
    • Participation in the governance, through the Regional Cluster of Chapters.
    • Documented re-certification review of all certified members.
    • Consultation with an outside consultant within three (3) years, or as needed.
    • Effective oversight of training programs, to include conduct of Program Review(s), as required, for training program accreditation.
    • Report on chapter meetings.
    • Chapter support for members’ professional development.
    • Members’ participation and/or leadership in CPSP-wide events.
    • Self-assessment of chapter life.
    • Plans for continuing professional development.
    • Chapters may be recommended for reauthorization either unconditionally, or with conditions.

Sponsored chapters – that is, chapters that do not have critical mass (four or more members of the same level of certification) – will submit reports as required by the Certification and Promotion of Chapters Committee, but may not conduct certification consultations for their members or annual recertification, except as provided above (§640.2.2). Any recommendations for recertification shall be reviewed in consultation with the sponsoring chapter.
The annual recertification of chapters is managed by the Certification and Promotion of Chapters Committee, and the process is outlined in The Standards of CPSP, §1130. (The By-laws of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, §7.04(c)3.).

As you approach the time for preparing the annual report, please note that "A chapter must have at least four members certified at (or above) any certification level in order to recommend members at that level for annual recertification." (The Standards, §1100.2)

Also, if any members of the chapter are supervising training programs, the chapter is responsible for providing oversight. The supervisor should prepare and the chapter review the Annual Accreditation Compliance Checklist (Accreditation Manual, Appendix A); this report should be submitted with the chapter’s annual  report. A copy of Appendix A can be downloaded HERE

FAQ About Chapter Reauthorization

My chapter is new and just formed this year. Do we need to complete the Annual Chapter Report Form?

If your chapter formed after June 1, your chapter does not need to submit the report. 

My convener is not available to prepare the report. May someone else in the chapter submit the form? 

Yes. While it is important that the chapter works together to complete the form (facilitated by the convener), but any member of the chapter may assist with this annual task. 

The 2022 Annual Chapter Report Form will be available after Oct. 1 

Chapters members are encouraged to work with their conveners to complete and submit the forms. Completed forms are due by February 1, 2023.

If you need more time, have any questions, or need a copy of last year's form, please contact the Annual Chapter Reauthorization Committee at:



2022 Annual Chapter Report Form


The 2022 report form will be available after Oct. 1