The Department of Spiritual Care and Education at Riverside Regional Medical Center offers three programs accredited by ACPE, Inc. and the Department of Veteran Affairs for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). There are two Level 1 programs (extended and summer) and one Level 1/Level 2 residency program.

Level 1 Extended Program
The seminars in this part-time, 30-week program meet one day a week from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The scheduled seminars include verbatim presentations of clinical material, a didactic seminar, guest speakers, and unstructured seminars. Each participant also receives individual supervision by the CPE supervisor. Each participant is expected to visit the patients, residents (patients), families, and staff at the designated settings located in Virginia's Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The seminar location will be at The Orchard, a Riverside Senior Living Community in Warsaw or Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester. The program includes 400 hours of supervision (100 hours of direct supervision and 300 hours of clinical work and indirect supervision). It begins in October and is completed in May. Those who complete the program receive credit for a full unit of CPE and a $1500 stipend. The stipend and the $400 tuition cost of the program are paid by a grant from the Robert B. Lantz Foundation.

Summer Level 1 Program
The seminars in this full-time, 12-week program meet three days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The scheduled seminars include verbatim presentations of clinical material, didactic material, guest speakers, and unstructured seminars. Each participant is expected to visit the patients, residents (patients), families, and staff at the designated settings located in Virginia's Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The seminar location will be at The Orchard, a Riverside Senior Living Community in Warsaw or Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester. The program includes 400 hours of supervision (100 hours of direct supervision and 300 hours of clinical work and indirect supervision). It begins in May and is completed in August. Those who complete the program receive credit for a full unit of CPE and a $1500 stipend. The stipend and the $400 tuition cost of the program are paid by a grant from the Robert B. Lantz Foundation.

Residency Program
The residency program is located at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia and is three units long. The seminars meet on most, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The seminars include the verbatim presentations, didactic material, guest speakers and unstructured seminars. The program is full-time, and runs for 12 months.

Each participant receives individual supervision. The program includes 1200 hours of supervision (300 hours of direct supervision and 900 hours of clinical work and indirect supervision). Those who complete the program receive three units of CPE. The program offers a stipend of approximately $30,000 for the year. There is no tuition fee. Insurance benefits are available. There is no application fee. A prior unit of CPE is required for consideration of the residency. The program runs from June to June each year.

The application process includes the completion of an ACPE application, available through the ACPE website, and an individual interview on site for the residency program. For the level one extended or summer programs, an admissions interview must be completed by an ACPE authorized person and the written report submitted with the application material, however, an individual, on-site interview is preferred. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Riverside Regional Medical Center: Riverside began serving the Virginia Peninsula community in 1916. In 1963 Riverside moved to the present 72-acre location in Newport News on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. A 450-bed facility, Riverside Regional Medical Center is the Virginia Peninsula's most comprehensive medical facility combining the most recent computerized medical technology with a healing environment.

The Peninsula Leader in Emergency Care: The Emergency Department and Level II Trauma Center responds to more than 67,000+ emergencies annually. Riverside's ED/Trauma Center features 42 private rooms and the prompt, efficient care and excellent quality you expect from Riverside.

Heartfelt Care: From interventional cardiology to open-heart surgery to cardiac rehabilitation, the Heart Center puts the newest technologies into action every day. An expanding scope of services, mobile technologies and the progressive thinking of talented cardiac physicians combine to bring unmatched excellence in heart medicine.

Nurturing New Life: Riverside provides progressive birthing options for parents. With more than 2000 babies born here each year, local obstetricians and expectant parents choose Riverside more often than any other area hospital. And our 18-bed Neonatal Intensive care unit and on-site neonatalogists give parents the security of knowing that expert care is just minutes away, should baby need a helping hand.

Intensive Cancer Care: Our nationally accredited regional cancer treatment center provides sophisticated treatment and care. Our Oncology Intensive Care Unit is the only Peninsula facility to provide stem cell and autologous bone marrow transplants.

Location: We are located between the James River and the Chesapeake Bay near Christopher Newport University and the Mariners' Museum. We are minutes from historic Williamsburg and about 30 minutes from Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia.

Please mail completed applications to:  Crystal.Jenkins@rivhs.com

Wendi Steinberg, MPS, BCC, ACPE
Director of Spiritual Care and Education
Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
757-594-2273 
757-532-7873 (mobile)

Doug Watson, DMin, ACPE
Program Supervisor for Summer and Extended programs
757-508-1596

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education, 404-320-1472
ACPE is the premier, Department of Education (DOE-recognized organization) that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting. We do this through a rigorous accreditation and certification process for centers and educators that provide CPE. The depth of our training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves.

The RRMC-Clinical Pastoral Education also accredited nationally by the Department of Veteran Affairs. It is a religious institution exempt from state regulations and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.