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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 trained and educated 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 FAQs or contact us.

Our CPE Program is offered through the Department of Spiritual Care and Education at Riverside Regional Medical Center, a 450-bed facility in Newport News, Virginia. RRMC is part of Riverside Health System, which has been a driving force 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 30-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).

When: October through May, with most seminars on Tuesdays.

Where: Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

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 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).

When: May to August, with seminars every on most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Where: Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The seminars and supervision location will be in Gloucester.

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 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).

Requirements: To be considered, you must have one unit of CPE.

When: For 12 months starting each 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.

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

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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