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The Riverside Regional CPE Program helps prepare seminarians, spiritual care providers and clergy for careers in health care settings. Over the past decade, we have educated and shaped hundreds of spiritual care professionals from all over the country. Our graduates make a real difference in the lives of patients and families through their work as chaplains and clergy functioning across a multitude of settings, including hospitals, prisons, home health, hospice and long-term care, along with various outreach opportunities.

Our programs are accredited by the ACPE and the Department of Veterans Affairs for CPE. Learn more by exploring the information below. If you have questions, review the ACPE website or contact us.

Our CPE Program is offered through the Department of Spiritual Care and Education at Riverside Regional Medical Center, 500 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA. 23601. Riverside Regional is a 450-bed facility in Newport News, Virginia. RRMC is part of Riverside Health System, which has been a driving force in shaping life and health in Coastal Virginia for more than 100 years. As we head into our second century, our integrated network now serves five distinct regions. Each is a beautiful place to live and work.

This 27-week, extended program offers verbatim presentations, didactic material, guest speakers and unstructured/interpersonal relations seminars (IPR). Each participant receives individual supervision. Graduates will receive a full unit of CPE comprised of at least 400 hours (at least 100 educational, 300 clinical). We accept a maximum of 6 interns for each program. Clinical hours are set up with the student, the ACPE Educator and the facility.

When: October through May, with most educational on Tuesdays. Schedule is set by the ACPE Educator of record. Classes typically are spread out over 28 weeks. A typical educational day may be from 830 am – 230 pm. Typical clinicals expectation is 10 hours per week. Each unit of CPE covers a minimum of 400 combined clinical and education time of which at least 100 hours must be educational

Where: Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

  1. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is a 67-bed hospital located just off Main Street in Gloucester court house. With a recently renovated and expanded Emergency Department with both Certified Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center designations we are here to care for your most emergent medical needs. The 12,000 square foot Intensive Care Unit, state-of-the-art Surgical Services Department and all private inpatient rooms provide the best in care, comfort and safety right here in the community. The hospital also features a complete range of outpatient services including bloodwork, bone density testing, CT, mammography, MRI, PFT, ultrasound, stress testing and more. We have a highly professional, caring team and more than 50 exceptional area physicians. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital recently completed portions of its largest renovation and expansion project in its 40-year history, creating a better place to heal for patients, families, visitors and team members. From concept to completion, these renovations offer state-of-the-art care and comfort. In every facet of the construction, from furnishings, to computer systems, to room set-up, the facility was designed to provide healing safe, comfortable healing environment helping to ensure privacy for patients, their families and visitors. The complete renovation and expansion project at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital also includes the expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department which services nearly 22,000 patients a year. The new Emergency Department is 18,000 square feet and includes 18 beds, three major treatment rooms, a trauma room and a dedicated Family Care Room. 

    Address:
     7547 Medical Drive, Gloucester, VA  23061
    Phone Number(s):

    General Information — (804) 693-8800
    Patient Information — (804) 693-8800
    Emergency Room — (804) 693-8899 

    For more information, please visit Riverside Walter Reed Hospital

  2. Sanders’ Retirement Village has a commitment to superior 55-bed skilled nursing care has been recognized with a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest designation available based on unannounced inspections by the CMS.  As part of our skilled nursing community, guests at the Riverside Rehabilitation Center at Sanders feel a true sense of belonging, allowing them to focus on recovery and a safe return home. The rehabilitation center assists individuals recovering from an injury, illness or surgery using therapy programs developed and overseen by Riverside Therapy Group. Our protocols are modeled after Riverside Rehabilitation Institute’s highly regarded programs and offer. 

    Address: 7547 Medical Drive, Gloucester, VA  23061
    Phone Number: (804) 693-2000

    For more information, please visit Riverside Sanders Retirement Village.


  3. Riverside Convalescent Center - Saluda is nestled on a beautifully landscaped campus, this 60-bed Center serves the Middle Peninsula community with the very best in long term care. Nutritious homelike meals are designed to meet every dietary need. Physical, occupational, and speech therapies are also provided in a bright and sunny rehabilitation area. At Riverside Convalescent Center Saluda, comprehensive nursing care, a wide variety of social programs and therapy services are provided in a delightful homelike environment. Spacious private and semi-private rooms are richly appointed with close proximity to the central nursing station. A scenic patio area is the perfect spot for cookouts and socialization with family and friends. In addition, therapy services are available to ensure that residents function at their highest levels. With a dedicated team of nurses, nursing aides, therapists, dietary, and environment staff, our reputation sets the standard for long term care in the Saluda area. Levels of care: Respite, intermediate. Rehabilitation services: Physical, speech, occupational, recreational. 

    Address: 672 Gloucester Road, Saluda, VA 23149. 
    Phone: 804-758-2363 

    For more information, please visit Riverside Convalescent Center - Saluda

  4. Riverside Convalescent Center - Mathews is an intimate, sought-after 60-bed center is located just past the quaint shops in downtown Mathews. Its attractive decor, sunroom, meticulous landscaping, and combination of private and semi-private rooms make it the ideal choice for long term care. Of course, the full rehabilitation team is available to further enhance the quality of life for our residents. From the moment you drive past flowering trees and walk into our comfortable living room, you'll find a warm and inviting setting. Whether it's a private or shared accommodation, each room features distinctive furniture and pleasant views of the countryside. With comprehensive nursing care, a wide variety of social programs, and therapy services, residents are encouraged to maintain the highest level of independence possible. A bright dining area provides the perfect setting for nutritious meals as well as socialization as does our beautiful sunroom. When you visit, you'll see for yourself why Riverside Convalescent Center - Mathews is the ideal choice for long term care. Levels of care: Respite, intermediate, hospice. Rehabilitation services: Physical, speech, occupational, recreational. 

    Address: 603 Main Street, Mathews, VA 23109. 
    Phone: 804-725-9443

    For more information, please visit Riverside Convalescent Center - Mathews

 

Tuition: Covered by grant from the Robert B. Lantz Foundation, $400 value.

Stipend: $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.

Apply: Download our application form. If selected to proceed with this process, an interview will be required, in person or through zoom video conferencing.

This 12-week, full-time program offers verbatim presentations, didactic material, guest speakers and unstructured/interpersonal relations seminars (IPR). Each participant receives individual supervision. Graduates will receive a full unit of CPE credit comprised of at least 400 hours (at least 100 educational, 300 clinical). We accept a maximum of 6 interns for each program. Clinical hours are set up with the student, the ACPE Educator and the facility.

Requirements: Preference is given to students with a Master of Divinity or equivalent. 

When:  Late May to early August, with seminars every on most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. The program is full time. 

Where: Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The seminars and supervision location will be determined. Some education classes may be by Zoom. Some education classes may be in person at Riverside Reginal Medical Center, 500 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, Virginia. 

  1. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is a 67-bed hospital located just off Main Street in Gloucester court house. With a recently renovated and expanded Emergency Department with both Certified Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center designations we are here to care for your most emergent medical needs. The 12,000 square foot Intensive Care Unit, state-of-the-art Surgical Services Department and all private inpatient rooms provide the best in care, comfort and safety right here in the community. The hospital also features a complete range of outpatient services including bloodwork, bone density testing, CT, mammography, MRI, PFT, ultrasound, stress testing and more. We have a highly professional, caring team and more than 50 exceptional area physicians. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital recently completed portions of its largest renovation and expansion project in its 40-year history, creating a better place to heal for patients, families, visitors and team members. From concept to completion, these renovations offer state-of-the-art care and comfort. In every facet of the construction, from furnishings, to computer systems, to room set-up, the facility was designed to provide healing safe, comfortable healing environment helping to ensure privacy for patients, their families and visitors. The complete renovation and expansion project at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital also includes the expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department which services nearly 22,000 patients a year. The new Emergency Department is 18,000 square feet and includes 18 beds, three major treatment rooms, a trauma room and a dedicated Family Care Room. 

    Address:
     7547 Medical Drive, Gloucester, VA  23061
    Phone Number(s):

    General Information — (804) 693-8800
    Patient Information — (804) 693-8800
    Emergency Room — (804) 693-8899 

    For more information, please visit Riverside Walter Reed Hospital


  2. Sanders’ Retirement Village has a commitment to superior 55-bed skilled nursing care has been recognized with a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest designation available based on unannounced inspections by the CMS.  As part of our skilled nursing community, guests at the Riverside Rehabilitation Center at Sanders feel a true sense of belonging, allowing them to focus on recovery and a safe return home. The rehabilitation center assists individuals recovering from an injury, illness or surgery using therapy programs developed and overseen by Riverside Therapy Group. Our protocols are modeled after Riverside Rehabilitation Institute’s highly regarded programs and offer. 

    Address: 7547 Medical Drive, Gloucester, VA  23061
    Phone Number: (804) 693-2000

    For more information, please visit Riverside Sanders Retirement Village.


  3. Riverside Convalescent Center - Saluda is nestled on a beautifully landscaped campus, this 60-bed Center serves the Middle Peninsula community with the very best in long term care. Nutritious homelike meals are designed to meet every dietary need. Physical, occupational, and speech therapies are also provided in a bright and sunny rehabilitation area. At Riverside Convalescent Center Saluda, comprehensive nursing care, a wide variety of social programs and therapy services are provided in a delightful homelike environment. Spacious private and semi-private rooms are richly appointed with close proximity to the central nursing station. A scenic patio area is the perfect spot for cookouts and socialization with family and friends. In addition, therapy services are available to ensure that residents function at their highest levels. With a dedicated team of nurses, nursing aides, therapists, dietary, and environment staff, our reputation sets the standard for long term care in the Saluda area. Levels of care: Respite, intermediate. Rehabilitation services: Physical, speech, occupational, recreational. 

    Address: 672 Gloucester Road, Saluda, VA 23149. 
    Phone: 804-758-2363 

    For more information, please visit Riverside Convalescent Center - Saluda


  4. Riverside Convalescent Center - Mathews is an intimate, sought-after 60-bed center is located just past the quaint shops in downtown Mathews. Its attractive decor, sunroom, meticulous landscaping, and combination of private and semi-private rooms make it the ideal choice for long term care. Of course, the full rehabilitation team is available to further enhance the quality of life for our residents. From the moment you drive past flowering trees and walk into our comfortable living room, you'll find a warm and inviting setting. Whether it's a private or shared accommodation, each room features distinctive furniture and pleasant views of the countryside. With comprehensive nursing care, a wide variety of social programs, and therapy services, residents are encouraged to maintain the highest level of independence possible. A bright dining area provides the perfect setting for nutritious meals as well as socialization as does our beautiful sunroom. When you visit, you'll see for yourself why Riverside Convalescent Center - Mathews is the ideal choice for long term care. Levels of care: Respite, intermediate, hospice. Rehabilitation services: Physical, speech, occupational, recreational. 

    Address: 603 Main Street, Mathews, VA 23109. 
    Phone: 804-725-9443

    For more information, please visit Riverside Convalescent Center - Mathews

Tuition: Covered by grant from the Robert B. Lantz Foundation, $400 value.

Stipend: $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.

Apply: Download our application form. If selected to proceed with this process, an interview will be required, in person or through zoom video conferencing.

This 12-month, full-time program offers verbatim presentations, didactic material, guest speakers and unstructured/interpersonal relations seminars (IPR). Each participant receives individual supervision. Graduates will receive three units of CPE credit along with 1,200 hours of supervision (300 hours of direct supervision and 900 hours of clinical work and indirect supervision). We accept 5 residents for each program.  Residency hours 830am to 5pm for 5 days (6am to 430pm or 830am to 7 pm if approved by the ACPE Educator. 10 hour days Mon-Thur. or Tues-Fri)

Requirements: To be considered, you must have one unit of CPE and a Bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to students with a Master of Divinity or equivalent. 

When: For 12 months starting the second week of June.

Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia.

Tuition: There is no tuition fee.

Stipend: $35,583 for the year. Insurance benefits are available. Benefits for Residency are health, dental and vision insurance.

Apply: Download our application form. If selected to proceed with this process, an interview will be required, in person or through Zoom video conferencing.

Download our application form. This PDF is an electronic document. You can type in responses and save it to your computer. Then the document can be attached to an email. It must be completed in its entirety and submitted to Riverside.Regional.CPE.Application@rivhs.com. If you are selected to proceed with this process, an interview will be required, in person or through Zoom video conferencing.

All essays should be 5-8 pages single spaced (If you are applying for residency, you are expected to send a recent verbatim. The verbatim is not included in the 5-8 pages. You are expected to integrate your learning from internship into your essays. Human resources contacts all references and education verification. There is no need to send the reference letters now.)

There is no application fee for any program.

We accept students on a rolling basis (as they apply). We may take a waiting list. 

Interviews for Residency and Internship will be set up mid-late February. The process is competitive. There are more applicants than available positions. Interviews may be by zoom. Accepted Residents will be invited for a tour of RRMC. Interviews for Internship are generally set up on a rolling basis in February for the Summer program and in July for the October program.

Please reach out if you have questions:

  • Direct internship or residency questions to Wendi Steinberg, Director of Spiritual Care and Education, at wendi.steinberg@rivhs.com or 757-532-7873 between 8am and 430pm Monday through Friday.
  • Direct application questions to Riverside.Regional.CPE.Application@rivhs.com. (Important Note: Do not to send a copy of your application directly to Wendi Steinberg. If you send it to the address above, she will be notified that it was received.)

Internship Spring 2021 is May – August 2021  
Internship Fall 2021 is Oct 2021 — May 2022 (the education days are not yet set)
Residency 2021 begins the second week of June for 12 months. 

 

Our coastal setting offers a mild climate, access to beaches and a wealth of historic charm. Our working locations for the CPE Program include the Peninsula region, which offers the bustling city settings of Newport News and Hampton. A short distance away, you can enjoy the historic charm of Williamsburg. We also extend our reach into the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions, which are known for small-town warmth. Learn more about these locations below: 

 

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