The Center for Clinical Pastoral Education and Social Services(CECPES)
The Center for Clinical Pastoral Education and Social Services (CECPES) is to the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services chaplaincy and Social Services Departments what the CBC School for Health Personnel (Formerly Private Training School for Health Personnel) is to CBCHS Nursing Department. This program was officially launched in 2008 with funds from the American Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. The program came to help train those who were functioning as “chaplains” at the time with no professional training. Before this program came, there were many men and women of God who were so kind, honest and sincere in what they were doing but very incompetent in the face of human needs.
This program seeks to train Christian chaplains, professional Christian counsellors and church pastors for effective Pastoral Care and Social ministries of the church. This Center also acts as an ideal hands-on practicum site for social workers as well as mentoring program for young seminarians who desire to form a solid Pastoral and ministerial identities as well as receiving seminary credit for their degrees.
The uniqueness of the CECPES is its contextual and interdenominational nature to meet the needs of the Cameroonian church and para-church institutions.
The program has also begun the process of training national supervisors, though the process has halted some logistic and professional reasons.
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Basic and Advanced
- Summer CPE (Mostly reserved for Seminarians) though everyone is welcomed to apply. Usually starts first Monday in June and ends second Friday in August.
- CPE Extended (Day and Night) – Meets once a month for ten months
- Social work training – For now, only candidates selected through recruitment by the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services as social workers are trained through CECPES for 12 weeks of 400 hours with intensive clinical supervision at the clinical sites.
- Counseling Psychology – 36-hour course consisting of 11 compulsory courses, a practicum, an elective and a 30-page integrative paper for those with at least a BA in a related field.
- Residency – A one year Residency program that begins from September to August the following year. Stipends are offered to CBCHS candidates only. Sponsoring organizations may offer stipends to their students.
Community Counseling Clinic (CCC)
- Statement Of Purpose
- When To Seek Counseling
- Capacity Building
- Appointment And Fees
The community Counseling Clinic (CCC) is a service of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, which provides counseling to people who need guidance on how to deal with personal difficulties, or who want to grow further and live wholly. Through the counseling relationship, the counselor attempts to assist the counselee in his/her effort to live a more productive life.
In this clinic, our staffs, in the course of carrying out this specialized counseling ministry, draw their insights from both psychological and healthy spiritual perspectives. Since our counselors are persons with clear religious stands, we affirm the importance of personal faith in Christ Jesus. Nevertheless, our staffs do not, in any way, seek to impose a particular religious orientation on clients.
Our clinic offers relationship counseling, personal growth and self-discovery counseling and counseling on issues surrounding the meaning of life. In all cases, counselors attempt to be emotionally and spiritually sensitive to the client’s situation. The means that each client is considered unique and valued in their own right, and thus entitled to full acceptance and understanding of their life situation.
Opposite Mbingo Annex
Baptist Centre, Nkwen, Bamenda
North West Region
CBC Health Services
P.O. Box 1, Bamenda
North West Region, Cameroon
Tel: (+237) 674110862 (Director, CCC)
(+237) 674817067 (Amin. Ass. CCC)
(+237) 677764781 (CBC Director of Health Services)