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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.

 

Richmont hosts Dr. Becky Beaton of TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive” and the Chattanooga Area Psychotherapy Association

Chattanooga, Tennessee – (June 6, 2013)

The Chattanooga Area Psychotherapy Association (CAPA) is sponsoring a seminar on hoarding featuring Dr. Becky Beaton from TLC’s hit show “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on Richmont’s Chattanooga campus on Friday, June 14.

Event Link:

http://capaweb.net/Default.aspx?pageId=1178413&eventId=685636&EventViewMode=EventDe tails

Through this one-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to obtain 6 continuing education credits. During the seminar, the following learning objectives will be accomplished:

  1. Explain the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Hoarding Disorder, including the latest research and treatment.

  2. Discuss events throughout history such as war, the Great Depression, and natural disasters that effect multiple generations regarding attachment.

  3. Examine the etiology and progressive nature of this disorder, including the role that trauma, loss, and aging play in its development.

  4. Demonstrate treatment through film clips of Dr. Beaton and other experts treating clients on the television series “Hoarding: Buried Alive.”

  5. Participants will also explore their own attachment patterns regarding belongings.

While serving as one of TLC’s featured psychologists, Dr. Beaton is also the Director of the Anxiety and Stress Management Institute in Atlanta, GA. Her one-day clinic will help Southeastern clinicians better recognize and treat hoarding behaviors in their clients.

Richmont Graduate University is pleased to partner with CAPA by providing the venue for this seminar and hopes to continue collaborating in the future.

Henegar/CBI Counseling Center Clinician Comments on Adoption and Child Adaptability

Chattanooga, Tennessee – (May 17, 2013)

As Centerstone Foster Care is actively looking for more foster parents throughout Southeast Tennessee, Ed Doreau, of the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center, spoke with reporters from WDEF in Chattanooga and offered valuable clinical insights into child adoption and pre-adoption trauma. For WDEF’s full story and video, click here.

During his time with WDEF, Doreau confirmed that, in adoptive situations, children certainly can adapt, and, in some cases, to impressive degrees.

“”Adopted kids often come into the new family with a traumatic background,” said Doreau. “Even children who are adopted early may have been born addicted to drugs and have behavioral problems as a result.  It is important for the adopting families to know that they are not alone, there are resources and people who are willing to walk alongside them in this journey of caring for kids with trauma.”

Doreau, who recently joined the Henegar/CBI team, is a master’s level clinician who has invested much of his career and academic life focusing 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. He is currently accepting new clients.

For more than 30 years, the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center has offered a broad range of counseling and psychological services to the Chattanooga community. Pursuing the highest professional standards, Henegar/CBI’s licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, and insured student interns provide approximately 1,400 client sessions per month for residents throughout Eastern Tennessee. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call: 423-756-2894 or visit: www.cbicounseling.com. Open five days a week, the counseling center’s physical address is: 1815 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404.

Richmont Confers Degrees on 83 Students in the Largest Graduating Class to Date

Atlanta, Georgia – (May 13, 2013)

On Saturday, May 11, the Board of Trustees at Richmont Graduate University conferred Master’s degrees on 83 candidates. As the university’s largest graduating class to date, 46 students received their Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, 31 received their Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, and 4 received a Master of Science in Christian Psychological Studies. An honorary doctorate celebrating Hugh Huffaker’s generous gifts of time, talent and treasure was also awarded. Additionally, one degree was awarded posthumously for Richmont student, Shelley Byers, who passed away earlier this year.

“The day was a beautiful celebration of God’s faithfulness, the devotion of the graduates, and the love and support of all the family and friends who were there,” said Richmont’s Dean of Students, Dr. DeAnne Terrell. “Our goal is always to bring God glory throughout the ceremony and our hearts are full of gratitude for the great things He has done.

In addition to honoring this year’s graduates, Richmont named Elizabeth Dial as 2013’s Distinguished Alumna. A Nationally Certified Licensed Professional Counselor, Dial now uses her Richmont training in private practice at Serenity Counseling & Consulting, as a staff psychotherapist for the North Georgia Health District and as a contracted trainer through Emory University’s SEATEC program.

Similarly, Moose Lutes, Richmont’s Director of Financial Aid, received this year’s Peterson Award for the commitment and service he has shown to the university that has consistently exceeded his job demands and institutional expectations.

The university was also pleased to host Dr. Timothy Irwin as this year’s graduation speaker. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Irwin is an acclaimed author on leadership, a managing partner of IrwinInc., and a trusted consultant for some of the nation’s most successful companies including SunTrust Banks, Chick-fil-A, IBM, Gerber Products Company, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, The Coca-Cola Company, and Turner Broadcasting Systems. His leadership guidance has also been featured on Fox News, via the Catalyst conference, and in publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Investor’s Business Daily.

Speaking to Richmont’s newest graduates, Dr. Irwin encouraged students from Proverbs 4:23 and offered them several practical steps to take in avoiding the pitfalls that could disqualify them from leading, including: adopting a practice of frequent and rigorous self awareness; handling power with great care; speaking the truth of scripture into their lives; and creating a personal board of advisors. Overall, he graciously reminded students that their hearts are the core of their being and, even with all their excellent training, they should not get caught up in self-importance, but rather serve with humility.

Reflecting on the day, Dr. Keny Felix, Dean of the School of Counseling said, “Graduation is one of our most exciting times of the year. It is the culmination of years of diligent work on the part of students as they prepare to enter the field as counselors and marriage and family therapists or serve through various forms of ministry. We are certainly proud of the Class of 2013 and give God the glory for the privilege of witnessing his transformation in their lives during their tenure at Richmont. We are also grateful for the family members and friends who saw them through this season of their lives.”

Henegar/CBI Counseling Center Clinician Comments on Cleveland, Ohio Kidnappings

Chattanooga, Tennessee – (May 10, 2013)

Ed Doreau, of the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center, recently spoke with reporters from WDEF in Chattanooga and offered clinical insights into the 10 year kidnapping of three Cleveland, Ohio women. Like many other counselors, Doreau agreed it is natural for victims of such traumatic life experiences to “Stockholm Syndrome” in which the kidnapped individual feels affection or trust toward their kidnapper as a coping mechanism.

“The victim identifies or even bonds with the abuser and by doing so the abuser seems less threatening in their own minds,” said Doreau.

For full story and video visit WDEF: http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Local-Abuse-Survivor-Speaks-out-on-Cleveland-Ohio/oEe1FtP7002jlbwSTFwNCg.cspx

Doreau, who recently joined the Henegar/CBI team, is a master’s level clinician who has invested much of his career and academic life focusing 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. He is currently accepting new clients.

For more than 30 years, the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center has offered a broad range of counseling and psychological services to the Chattanooga community. Pursuing the highest professional standards, Henegar/CBI’s licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, and insured student interns provide approximately 1,400 client sessions per month for residents in Eastern Tennessee. 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.