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Richmont Team Competes in Chattanooga’s MainX24 Adult Big Wheel Championship

CHATTANOOGA, TN – (December 8, 2014)

 On Saturday, December 6, a group of Richmont Graduate University staff members and Henegar/CBI therapists participated in Chattanooga’s MainX24 Adult Big Wheel Championship. The race, which benefitted the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County (CAHSE), consisted of an adult-sized tricycle race.

 “We loved getting to participate in a fun and unique event that showcases Chattanooga’s Main Street community,” said Richmont Admissions Counselor, Tom Sanders.

 The MAINx24 event runs 24 hours and features a parade, several races, and an open house with small businesses. The event is growing in popularity as funds raised are in support of the Center’s work serving children who have been physically and sexually abused though and helping them therapeutically.

 “The best thing about the big wheel event is that you get to be kids again for the sake of benefiting kids,” said Ed Doreau, a therapist at Richmont’s Henegar/CBI Counseling Center. “You race a goofy and cumbersome big wheel around a track all while laughing and cheering each other on. The best part is that the event helps kids who need to get back in touch with their own childhood because they have lost some of it to trauma. It’s a beautiful and simple example of redemption in action.”

 The team of four Richmont racers and one organizer had a fantastic experience and are already looking forward to competing again next year!

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Jan Johnson, Author, Teacher, Spiritual Director

Jan Johnson, Author, Teacher, Spiritual Director

I can think of no finer leaders of a spiritual direction training program than Sharon Rowland and Tim Harben. They bring to Richmont their deep life with God and hands-on, nuts-and-bolt knowledge of spiritual direction. Because they understand the contours of life with God and also “get” people. This is an ideal program for anyone.

John Ortberg to Present Spiritual Formation Conference at Richmont

ATLANTA, GA – (February 7, 2014)

It is with great pleasure that Richmont Graduate University prepares to welcome  internationally renowned author and speaker, John Ortberg, Jr., to present: “Knowing Christ: Celebrating the Teaching of Dallas Willard for Pastors, Ministry Leaders and Christian Educators.” This two-day conference will be hosted coming May 28 and 29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia and will be open to pastors, parachurch organization leaders, and current students.

“I am thrilled that John has agreed to partner with Richmont this spring to train local ministry leaders in such a critical area as spiritual formation,” said Richmont’s President, Bob Rodgers. “As cultural changes accelerate, we know a new type of leader, one who is prepared to generate ministry strategies that are contextually relevant and theologically sound, is needed more than ever. I am excited for John to join us in equipping students and local ministry leaders to think critically and act creatively to communicate the gospel in our contemporary and diverse world.”

Ortberg has written several notable books on spiritual formation including, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, The Me I Want To Be, and most recently, Who is This Man?. He also currently serves as the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California where he lives with his wife, Nancy.

“Concerning both the process of Christian Spiritual Formation and the role the Church can play, there is not more clear or compelling voice that that of John Ortberg,” said Dr. Gary Moon, Richmont professor and Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation.

“John embodies the hallmarks on the pathway to spiritual transformation such as authenticity, transparency, and centeredness in Christ,” said Richmont’s School of Ministry Dean, Dr. Leland Eliason. “His speaking and writing invite readers to incorporate profound truths from great minds like Dallas Willard, one of his mentors. These remarkable qualities, in addition to his personally transparent approach, challenge readers and listeners to grow in their relationship with Christ.”

In preparation for this exciting event, further details can be found on the conference website.

Event Host:

Richmont Graduate University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOCS) and offers master’s-level training in professional counseling to help individuals, families and groups successfully confront life’s challenges. Presently, students have the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees in: Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Ministry, and Christian Psychological Studies as well as specializations in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, and trauma counseling. Additionally, in order to serve Richmont’s campus communities, the university hosts a network of Hope Counseling Centers throughout metro Atlanta, as well as the Henegar/CBI Counseling and Richmont Community Counseling Centers in Chattanooga, TN. These centers offer counseling and mental health services to children, adults, families and groups of all walks of life, regardless of their insurance status.

For More Information Contact:

Robert G. “Bob” Rodgers

President, Richmont Graduate University

(404) 835-6132 or brodgers@richmont.edu

http://www.richmont.edu

Richmont partners with local Atlanta churches to preview the Master of Arts in Ministry

The School of Ministry at Richmont Graduate University will co-host two Preview Evenings for those interested in learning more about the Masters of Arts in Ministry. Richmont will partner with Mount Paran Church and Trinity Anglican Mission next month to allow church members and the surrounding communities an opportunity to learn more about the degree program that is aimed at preparing and equipping leaders in ministry.

The events will be held:

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Mt. Paran Church 6:15 – 7:00pm (Banquet Room)
  •  Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Trinity Anglican Mission 6:30 – 8:00pm (Youth Room)

For more information about the Masters of Arts in Ministry degree or to RSVP for one of the above events, please contact McCall Garner, Assistant to the Dean, mgarner@richmont.edu or (404)835-6124.

Richmont Clinician Named Finalist for Latino Leadership Award

CHATTANOOGA, TN – (August 20, 2013)

Richmont clinician Anaely (Ani) Hernandez Johnson has been named a finalist for the 2013 Latino Leadership Award  and will be honored at the awards banquet on Monday, September 16, 2013.

“Ani is an extremely valuable member of Richmont’s clinical team and this nomination highlights her contributions to the health and growth of Chattanooga’s residents,” said Richmont Graduate University President Bob Rodgers. “We look forward to celebrating Ani and the other nine finalists with La Paz and the rest of the community.”

Hosted by La Paz Chattanooga, the Latino Leadership Award recognizes and honors Latino leaders who are supporting the Chattanooga community in meaningful ways.  At the upcoming banquet, La Paz will announce the final two distinguished recipients selected from the finalists for the Latino Leader of the Year award (selected by a special committee including La Paz staff and board members) and Chattanooga’s Choice leader of the year (selected through a community-wide vote). During this year’s banquet, opening remarks will be provided by Chattanooga’s mayor, Andy Berke, and the keynote address will be given by Dr. Julia Perilla of Georgia State University and the National Latino Network.

Since 2010, Ani has served the Chattanooga community as a bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist at Richmont Community Counseling Center. By offering bilingual counseling services, Ani has meaningfully addressed the realized deficit in mental health services accessible to the Latino Community. At present, she counsels children, adults, families and couples, and most of her work is trauma-related in some way. Additionally, over the last couple of years, she has built a collaborative relationship with La Paz Chattanooga by offering reduced fee counseling/mental health services to constituents and staff.

“Ani has become a vital part of the Richmont Community Counseling Center team since her days as a Richmont student,” said Richmont Community Counseling Center Director, Michelle Shelley. “Her heart for the underserved community, especially the Latino community is always apparent. She has been a tremendous asset to the center and to the community as one of the only bilingual therapists serving the Latino community in the Chattanooga area on a sliding scale basis. I am so proud to call her apart of the Community Counseling Center team and am grateful for her unfailing commitment to serving the underserved in the Chattanooga area.”

 

Richmont Students Garner 98% Passing Record on National Counselor Examination

ATLANTA, GA and CHATTANOOGA, TN – (August 13, 2013)

In April, 62 of Richmont’s graduating students took the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) and scored and exceptionally high passing rate of 98.39% for the year.

When the NCE results were combined for Richmont’s Atlanta and Chattanooga campuses students’ scores surpassed the scores of other students from both CACREP accredited and Non-CACREP accredited institutions who took the exam in every single category.

“This year’s NCE scores simply confirm what many of us already knew: that the students and faculty at Richmont are incredibly talented,” said President Bob Rodgers. “The Board of Trustees and I are extremely proud of the quality of Richmont’s faculty and the performance of each of our students! This year’s passing rate and individual scores are not only nationally impressive, but they continue a well-established legacy of students score in the 90th percentile on the NCE.”

According to the National Board of Certified Counselors, the NCE is used to “…assess knowledge, skills, and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services… It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.” After completing the four hour, 200 multiple choice question exam, students who satisfactorily perform on the NCE are eligible to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC). A passing score on the NCE is required for licensure as a professional counselor in most states, including Georgia and Tennessee.

“We are tremendously proud of our recent graduates who took the NCE,” said Dr. Keny Felix, Dean of the School of Counseling. “This year’s scores continue to reflect the high degree of academic excellence at Richmont. We look forward to our graduates’ continued success as they enter the mental health field and fulfill their calling as professional counselors.”

Hugh Dayton Huffaker, Jr. Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Chattanooga, TN – (July 25, 2013)

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, President Bob Rodgers and the Board of Trustees at Richmont Graduate University awarded trustee emeritus and friend of the university, Hugh Dayton Huffaker, Jr., with an honorary doctorate in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“Hugh is a remarkable person and has selflessly served the university by investing his time, expertise and treasure for many decades,” said Rodgers. “Awarding Hugh with an honorary doctorate is an honor well deserved as he has devotedly served and stewarded this institution with integrity in ways that continue today.”

Huffaker’s service to Richmont began in 1976 — years before the Chattanooga Bible Institute (CBI) merged with the Psychological Studies Institute (PSI) to create today’s accredited university. Serving through various campaigns — capital (1982), building (1989), and endowment (1993) — the CBI and PSI merger (2000), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACOCS) accreditation process (2003), Huffaker has been a steadfast voice for Christian counselor education. In addition to serving Richmont, Huffaker has also served the greater Chattanooga community through his involvement via the Chattanooga Association of Realtors, McCallie School, , the CARTA transportation board, Huffaker Real Estate, Bryan College, the Electric Power Board, and many more.

During Wednesday’s luncheon on Richmont’s Chattanooga campus, president emeritus Henry Henegar addressed the Huffaker family and friends of the university, sharing the many ways that Huffaker displayed the “steadfastness” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:58.

“Hugh is the surviving link between Richmont and the CBI founder, the late Dr. James Fowle. Dr. Fowle recruited Hugh to the CBI board in 1976,” said Henegar. “Hugh could have honorably retired after numerous achievements in the CBI/PSI story—the joint venture, the merger, the purchase of the Central Presbyterian property, and SACOCS accreditation, for example. He also could have retired after reaching age 65, age 70, age 75, age 80. But he was steadfast, and his work for CBI/PSI/Richmont abounded in strong results. His extended years of service are an example to his children, Kathy and Bill Wilder, Charlotte and Hugh Huffaker III, and Alice and Robert Thatcher—and to the community.”

Awarding honorary doctorates based on individual stewardship, a commitment to the university, and lifelong service, this award was the eighth honorary doctorate to be awarded in the history of the institution.

“We are immensely grateful for all that Hugh and his wife Marion have given in support of Richmont,” said Rodgers. “We could not think of a more worthy recipient for an honorary doctorate.”

As an academic institution, Richmont currently hosts two campuses in Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Richmont offers master’s-level training in professional counseling to help individuals, families and groups successfully confront life’s challenges. The mission of Richmont Graduate University is to provide Christ-centered education and research that advances God’s work of healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, churches and communities. Presently, students have the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees in: Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Ministry, and Christian Psychological Studies as well as specializations in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, and trauma counseling.

Additionally, in order to serve Richmont’s campus communities, the university hosts a network of Hope Counseling Centers throughout metro Atlanta, as well as the Henegar/CBI Counseling and Richmont Community Counseling Centers in Chattanooga. These centers offer counseling and mental health services to children, adults, families and groups of all walks of life, regardless of their insurance status.

For more information please contact:

Christianna Luy
Office of the President
Richmont Graduate University
cluy@richmont.edu
(404)835-6118
richmont.edu

 

2013 Alumni Reunion & Workshop

Atlanta, GA – Join us for our upcoming 2013 Alumni Reunion and Workshop.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mt. Paran Church of God Great Hall | 2055 Mt. Paran Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Hors d’oeuvres reception and registration beginning at 4:30pm
Three-hour continuing education seminar from 6:00pm-9:00pm

 

Presenter:

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Douglas Rosenau, Th.M., Ed.D.

Doug Rosenau, Th.M., Ed.D., has as his passion and calling:  “cultivating a sexually healthy church.” Over the past 35 years as a psychologist, pastor, LMFT and sex therapist, he has listened to over 50,000 hours of stories. Doug enjoys using this practical wisdom in writing (authoring A Celebration of Sex, co-authoring A Celebration of Sex After 50 and Soul Virgins: Redefining Single Sexuality), teaching (adjunct professor at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Dallas Theological Seminary, Reformed Seminary-Jackson, Trevecca Graduate University), and mentoring (co-founder of Sexual Wholeness—the only uniquely Christian graduate training in sex therapy). He loves to be known as a sexual theologian and evangelist.

 

Topic:

“The Colors of Intimacy: A Model for Enriching and Restoring Marital Lovemaking”

This workshop will provide a model for counselors and educators to use for enhancing and restoring healthy sexual intimacy in marriage.  Learning to truly make love differs greatly from just having sex. Three interactive types of intimacy will be developed using color-coding (green, purple, orange). Each color, in and of itself, is crucial to falling deeper in love and creating an exciting sex life. One category focuses on companionship and connecting Green intimacy; one emphasizes romantic, sensuous, bonding Purple intimacy, and another highlights erotic, arousing Orange intimacy. These three categories form an intimate interactive continuum that help couples fall deeper in love and renew their sexual intimacy. This model can be an effective teaching tool for guiding Covenant Lovers into more playful and passionate lovemaking. Therapists who have used “The Colors” find it easy to explain in session and clients apply it readily to their marriages.

 

Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Identify three categories of intimacy using the “Colors” Model
  • Demonstrate the interactive nature of the three categories of intimacy in creating a Total Intimacy and healthy sexuality within marriage.
  • Discuss the “Colors” model as an effective intervention for restoring sexual intimacy in traumatized marriages.

 

Registration Information

Continuing Education:

Three NBCC-approved clock hours awarded. Three approved clock hours for psychologists awarded. Seeking approval for Three GAMFT-approved core hours.

Fees:

  • Richmont Graduate University Founding Alumni Association Members, Clinical Supervisors, Faculty, and Staff receive FREE admission.
  • Basic Alumni Association Members: $20.00
  • RGU Students: $5.00
  • Nonmembers/Friends of Alumni: $50.00

To Reserve Your Space or Ask Questions:

Please contact Autumn Stephenson at astephenson@richmont.edu for questions regarding the event or your membership status. Registration is online by clicking here.

To request a refund, please contact Autumn Stephenson at astephenson@richmont.edu. Refunds will only be issued if requested prior to October 30.

Richmont Graduate University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-Approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 

To send this event information to a friend, use this direct link: http://richmont.edu/2013-alumni-reunion/

Richmont Vice President, Trent Gilbert, Presented at the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals 2013 Summer Institute

Las Vegas, NV – (July 16, 2013)

On Friday, July 12, Trent Gilbert, Vice President for Enrollment at Richmont Graduate University, presented the closing plenary session at this year’s National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP) Summer Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Gilbert’s presentation, “When Generations Collide: What Starbucks, American Girl, Apple and Disney can teach us about recruiting graduate students,” explored how several “all-American” brands have used staged experiences and mass customization to train consumers to want what they want, when they want it and how they want it. Adapting these corporate philosophies to graduate recruitment, Gilbert explored the ways in which today’s prospective students are a different audience compared to previous generations. Understanding today’s students ultimately requires higher education institutions to adjust their recruiting strategies in order to remain relevant.

“Brands have trained the prospective students who are currently considering graduate schools to be different consumers from prior generations. Graduate schools need to understand these generational differences in order to stay competitive,” said Gilbert. “Hopefully this presentation helped current graduate admissions professionals learn how to better connect with “best fit” students and with their co-workers since workplaces span multiple generations.”

As the nation’s “…only professional organization devoted exclusively to the concerns of individuals working in the graduate enrollment management environment,” NAGAP hosts summer institutes for new graduate enrollment professionals (with less than three year’s experience) in order to provide “…discussion, interaction and networking” for both young and seasoned professionals. This year’s Summer Institute for New Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals was held July 11-12, 2013 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Richmont was one of 60+ universities in attendance at this summer’s institute.

“Trent was a great addition to our Professional Development Institute faculty this summer,” said Keith Ramsdell, NAGAP’s Professional Development Chair. “He was engaging and humorous, but most importantly he was extremely knowledgeable with regard to topics important and relevant to graduate enrollment management professionals.

 

Dr. Mary Plisco to Facilitate Support Group for Teens at 20th Annual OCD Conference

Atlanta, Georgia – (July 3, 2013)

Assistant Professor of Counseling and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Mary Plisco, will represent Richmont Graduate University at the 20th Annual Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) conference July 18-21 in Atlanta, GA. Plisco, who was invited to participate on the conference planning committee, specializes in OCD/Anxiety related disorders in child/adolescent populations. This year, she will facilitate a conference support group called “Teens with OCD” in order for young adults to openly discuss topics such as diagnoses, treatments, social lives, school work, and romantic relationships with each other and with a trained mental health professional.

In preparation for the OCD conference Plisco said, “It’s an honor and a privilege to participate in the OCD Conference. The Conference represents an opportunity to raise awareness about OCD, improve the quality of OCD treatment, and promote evidence based research for OCD diagnosis and treatment.”

Hosted by the International OCD Foundation, the conference is the nation’s only gathering “…focused solely on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders,” said the group’s web site. “The unique event allows people with OCD and their loved ones to experience the latest OCD information alongside the mental health professionals who care for them.”

Similarly, the conference is a place for the country’s most knowledgeable and experienced researchers and clinicians to gather and “…learn about cutting edge treatments and research.” Balancing these two diverse audiences, the annual OCD conference offers more than 100 workshops, seminars, and presentations in addition to almost two dozen support groups and miscellaneous evening events.