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Special Event on June 14th: Introduction to DSM-5: An Overview

William F. Doverspike, Ph.D. has published articles and presented workshops on various DSM classifications systems. He is the author of the Multiaxial Diagnostic Inventory-Revised Version, a criterion-referenced diagnostic screening instrument that evolved out of his work with differential diagnostic assessment. He holds board certification Diplomats in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and Neuropsychology (ABPN). He maintains a practice at the Atlanta Counseling Center.

He teaches Psychopathology as an Adjuct Professor at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, and he teaches Professional Ethics as an Adjunct Professor at Emory University.

The workshop will consist of an overview of empirical research and organizing principles that have contributed to the development of the DSM-5. There will be some discussion of changes in organization and content that have been announced by the American Psychiatric Association. DSM and DSM-5 are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this seminar.

Participants in the workshop will be able to:
·  Explain some of the controversies surrounding development of the DSM-5.
·  Distinguish between categorical and dimensional models of mental disorders.
·  List some disorders that have been added to or removed from the DSM-5.
·  Identify DSM-5 disorders that are commonly encountered in clinical practice.
·  Differentiate between personality trait domains and personality trait facets.

Where: Richmont Graduate University – Atlanta Campus
When: 1:00-4:00 PM Friday June 14, 2013

Follow the link to sign up: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/richmontgrad/event/20560/

Christie Simons to Present Thesis in Honolulu

Atlanta, Georgia – (March 5, 2013)

This August, master’s student, Christie Simons, will represent Richmont Graduate University at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. Simons plans to present her thesis, “CARM and Social Support for Pediatric Oncology Patients,” which discusses correlations between completion of Cognitive Adaptation Remediation and Management (CARM) therapy (among other types of social support) and the health related quality of life for pediatric oncology patients.

Working alongside Dr. Robert Butler, the creator of CARM, Simons conducted studies with cancer patients (ages 8-17) to ‘determine if those patients who have completed CARM report higher health related quality of life as determined by the Pediatric Quality of Life InventoryTM Measurement Model (PedsQL). While Simons is currently in the process of finalizing her research, she anticipates that the data will show that patients who have completed CARM express increased quality of life.

Ever since childhood, when a neighbor was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Simons has been interested in work amongst pediatric oncology patients. As she explored this patient population, she noticed a distinct lack of research and written material regarding therapy and pediatric oncology patients. Joining forces with Hatch’s House of Hope in Chattanooga, TN, Simons was thrilled to find a non-profit organization offering free therapy to pediatric oncology patients.

“I think this topic is timely because there’s a lack of research and available therapy for pediatric oncology patients,” said Simons. “Even though HATCH’s is giving this therapy for free they’re never fully booked. I’d like to bring greater awareness to the need and the growing availability of resources.”

Having previously presented research at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s (SEPA) conference, Simons is now looking forward to presenting and representing Richmont on a national level at this year’s APA conference.

Richmont Dean, Dr. Keny Felix, Featured at Counseling & Pastoral Care Symposium at Mercer University

Atlanta, Georgia – (February 8, 2013)

Dean of the School of Counseling and Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Keny Felix, represented Richmont Graduate University at this year’s Counseling and Pastoral Care Symposium at Mercer University.

Dr. Felix, alongside Rabbi Scott Sekulow of Temple Beth Adonai, served as a keynote speaker at the event, hosted by Charles O’Connor, M.S., LPC, Mercer Ph.D. Counseling Student, and Dr. Kenyon Knapp, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Counseling.  Dr. Felix presented on addressing spirituality and religion in counseling. Rabbi Sekulow spoke on diversity and pastoral care. Mercer graduate Jumie Duduyemi, LAPC, and Yvette Gates, LPC and doctoral student at Mercer, also presented, speaking on issues related to providing church-based professional counseling services.

 “Religion and spirituality are an integral part of our society today, so it behooves us as professional counselors to be adequately prepared to address issues related to spirituality and religion when working with clients who are so inclined.” said Dr. Felix.

Dr. Felix noted, according to research, the majority of adults in the U.S. express some sort of religious beliefs. Furthermore, many individuals turn to their communities of faith in times of distress or use spiritual styles of coping. Research has shown a relationship between spirituality and wellness.

“To not address issues related to spirituality and religion when they are an integral part of a client’s life is being insensitive as a counselor and fails to reflect competence,” said Dr. Felix. “A client’s spirituality and religious beliefs and practices must be considered when assessing, diagnosing, and selecting appropriate treatments. This was a wonderful symposium as it provided a forum to address these issues and more.”

CBI Counseling Center Welcomes Three New Counselors to its Clinical Staff

Chattanooga, Tennessee – (February 19, 2013)

 

The CBI Counseling Center, a part of Richmont Graduate University, is pleased to announce the additions of three new counselors to its clinical staff.

  • Ed Doreau, MA, joins the staff after moving to Chattanooga only a couple of years ago from Massachusetts. His professional work focuses on the needs of teenage males as well as helping individuals struggling with addictions. He also has training in Motivational Interviewing, a mode of therapy seen as particularly helpful with addictions.
  •  Willie “Bo” Walker, LCSW, has worked in mental health in Chattanooga for about 30 years, and brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to his counseling practice at CBI.  He is competent to work with a variety of counseling issues and with a variety of populations, working primarily from a cognitive-behavioral model of counseling.
  • Yohunnah Woods-Moton, M.A., is a native Chattanoogan and graduate of Richmont Graduate University. She is trained in several forms of therapy, including Motivational Enhancement Therapy. She works with children and parents, but also sees adults and focuses on issues of domestic violence, addiction, and emotional disorders.

“We are thrilled to add more outstanding people to our staff to meet the growing need for quality clinicians at CBI Counseling Center,” said CBI Director, Dr. Tim Sisemore. “These three broaden and deepen our staff to meet this need.  Bo is a seasoned clinician and well-respected member of mental health service community, Ed brings expertise and sensitivity to underserved populations in adolescents and addictions, and Yohunnah offers clients a warm, caring approach to a variety of problems, particularly regarding children where she has specialized training. I am most grateful for the superior quality of clinicians we have gathered here.”

For more than 30 years, CBI has offered a broad range of counseling and psychological services to the Chattanooga community. Pursuing the highest professional standards, CBI remains true to the Christian tradition of faith and caring. On average, licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, and insured student interns provide approximately 1,400 client sessions per month.

“Based on the number of monthly client sessions, it is apparent that each CBI counselor seeks to serve all persons with compassion and sensitivity to their uniqueness while assisting them in meeting life’s challenges,” said Richmont President, Bob Rodgers. “We are glad to have these three highly-qualified individuals serving on the CBI team.”

All three counselors are currently taking new clients. Scheduling information can be obtained by calling 423-756-2894 or by visiting: www.cbicounseling.com. Open five days a week, the counseling center’s physical address is: 1815 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404.

Faculty Member and Student to Present Research at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies 2013 International Conference

Atlanta, Georgia – (February 22, 2013)

Associate Professor of Counseling and Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Dan Sartor, and master’s student, Beth Leonard, will represent Richmont Graduate University at this year’s Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) annual conference in Portland, Oregon.

Under Sartor’s direction, Leonard has pursued thesis work regarding the attachments people have with God and how this influences their attachments with other people. Where some world religions believe wellbeing is acquired through mindfulness and meditation, Leonard’s work is uncovering how the group practice of a meditative reading of the Scriptures, historically known as the “Lectio Divina,”  might form significantly healthier relational attachments among individuals and within the participants’ sense of attachment to God.

“There’s a growing body of research that has linked certain meditative practices to personal and relational well-being,” said Sartor. “We are examining whether or not the Christian-specific practices of the Lectio Divina and centering prayer contribute in the same manner to personal well-being and relational well-being as perceived through the lense of attachment theory.”

While research is still underway, Leonard’s work is broadly applicable to the process of psychology as she is using both church populations and clinical populations to determine the ways in which people experience God and how their personal wellbeing and interpersonal relationships are affected.

“The manualized group process we are employing is designed to help people more fully connect how they perceive God implicitly, or in their heart and emotions, with their head or Biblical knowledge of God,” said Leonard. “When that happens they can experience Him in more positive, intimate and securely-attached ways as opposed to negative, shame-based ways. A fascinating aspect of this study is examining the correlation between healing in attachments to people and to God, and investigating what role Christian meditative practices play in that process.”

Therefore, the CAPS conference is an exciting opportunity for both Sartor and Leonard to present the study’s preliminary findings.

“We are excited to contribute to the dialogue in academic and clinical circles regarding healthy spiritual practices that contribute to the well-being of individuals and society at large,” said Sartor.