“Residents and chaplain interns learn to cultivate spiritual friendships with one other. Everyone feels relevant and connected in mutuality. We are a faith-based organization. While we have an historical connection with the Episcopal Church, we also welcome people of all and no religious traditions in our community. Faith is not limited to one religion; it is a faithful, hopeful stance towards the possibilities for growth and discovery on our shared spiritual journeys.”
– Liz Pomerleau, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Spiritual Journeys
Throughout history, pastors have served as spiritual guides, crisis counselors, unwavering supporters and teachers. That tradition is central to Goodwin House and our faith-based roots. We are among a small number of senior living communities nationwide that offer a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. A professional theological training program, CPE is an educational process that trains leaders from all faiths in pastoral ministry and chaplaincy.
Our Life Plan Communities are ideal settings in which to teach and practice pastoral skills. More than 1,000 residents and more than 900 team members come together from a wide range of cultural and faith backgrounds to experience the ups and downs along life’s continuum. Goodwin House also has strong connections with chaplains in local hospitals, hospices, other senior-living communities and other CPE programs. This makes us a hub for professional spiritual care in our region. Goodwin House Chaplains and local professional chaplains mentor students in spiritual care with older adults.
With Goodwin House, CPE students benefit from the rare opportunity to develop relationships with older adults, their families and caregivers. These students develop their skills in providing pastoral support, home and hospital visits, leadership, public worship, pastoral administration and crisis intervention.
Our program is the only CPE in Northern Virginia and one of only about 350 accredited centers in the United States, most of which are in hospitals. The Goodwin House CPE is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. We offer three CPE units each year as well as residency positions:
- Fall Session is 15 weeks in September to December with a tuition of $850
- Winter Session is 15 weeks in January to April with a tuition of $850
- Summer Session is 10 weeks in June to August with a tuition of $950
- Two one-year residency positions are available with a tuition of $550
There is an application fee of $45. Please complete this application and submit it along with a check for the fee to Director of CPE Liz Pomerleau at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads | 3440 S Jefferson Street | Falls Church, VA 22041. You can also contact Liz by email or by calling 703.578.7576. Liz is also glad to be in touch with you to discuss the program, any questions you have and to learn more about your own personal spiritual journey. Goodwin House Foundation generously offers scholarships to CPE students who need help with tuition. Liz can talk to you about scholarships as well.
Goodwin House CPE Program does not discriminate against persons because of race, ethnicity, religious/spiritual tradition, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age or disability. We take seriously complaints and ethics violations for which we are in compliance with all ACPE Policies.
Creative Engagement at Goodwin House
Goodwin House supports programs in order to foster a culture of creativity and lifelong learning. We celebrate artistic endeavors for residents and citizens of the larger community with internal art programs, exhibitions and trips to local museums.
Health Programs and Partnerships
We offer state-of-the art health care at Goodwin House, but we also work hard to grow and deepen the pool of management and health care professionals who serve seniors. We offer academic internships, hospital and nursing program partnerships, leadership in state and national associations, and the Goodwin House Emerging Leaders Program.
Programs we are most proud of include our dementia training and support initiatives. Every member of our team has participated in Dementia Friends information sessions. We also hold annual training sessions for all memory care employees to upgrade their skills and increase their knowledge by providing the latest information, training technology and science about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Equally important, Goodwin House takes our knowledge and expertise out into the greater communities of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax to help make them dementia-friendly communities. Why? Because it is our mission to serve and uplift all seniors.
If you’d like to know more about how we live our mission and values through our community efforts, we hope you’ll call or visit us.