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A Quick Q&A with Trent Gilbert

A Quick Q&A with Trent Gilbert

Trent Gilbert was recently named the new Vice President of Enrollment at Richmont. He is a fantastic individual, a hard worker, and he loves to talk about all things Richmont. Recently Trent took time out of his day to answer a few questions about Richmont, Atlanta, and what he likes to do in his free time.

What are you most excited about for Richmont’s future?

Growing enrollment and name recognition at Richmont. This is a place that is making an impact not only on our students lives, but also on the lives of those they touch through their work.  As a part of this enrollment growth, we will be able to gain more name recognition for Richmont within both the Chattanooga and Atlanta communities, which will lead to increased interest from students, donors and community involvement.  I view it as a cycle that keeps feeding itself.

Why do you love living in Atlanta?

Atlanta is a city of little neighborhoods.  I love exploring each neighborhood, finding the local restaurants and hanging out with each different people. I also love all the trees (except during the spring pollen season).  Most major cities don’t have nearly as much green space as Atlanta and it makes me feel like I’m not living in a big city.

How do you spend your time when you’re not at Richmont?

I love to spend time with my wife Adrienne and our two rescue dogs, Sara and Hunter.  We enjoy hitting the trails for a hike, and we love exploring new restaurants (especially if they have a outdoor seating).  My wife and I also love to travel and explore different parts of the country. Our former lives had us on the road quite a bit, so it is in our blood.

Richmont’s Community Counseling Center in Tennessee Receives $10k Grant

Chattanooga, Tennessee – The Richmont Community Counseling Center (RCCC), a subsidiary of Richmont Graduate University, received a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Chattanooga on Friday, December 14, 2012. This generous grant will provide Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (C.A.R.E.) training for caretakers of at-risk children throughout Chattanooga.

Building on the evidence-based principles found in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, the skills taught in C.A.R.E. are found to be highly effective in improving interactions between children and adults. Presently, C.A.R.E. has been approved by the Department of Human Services Child Licensing and can be easily conducted in three hour group sessions. During the trainings, RCCC’s therapists will teach and individually coach participants using probable real-life situations. Utilizing the grant from the Community Foundation and sponsoring free C.A.R.E. training throughout the city will allow service providers to be better equipped to connect with children and give more effective directions that children are more likely to obey. The C.A.R.E. training will also help caretakers increase positive appropriate behaviors, and manage problematic behaviors more efficiently.

“This grant is an incredible opportunity to offer highly effective and practical training to individuals who are directly influencing and shaping the next generation of Chattanooga residents,” said Christianna Luy, Richmont Graduate University’s Director of Grants. “We look forward to collaborating with service providers and increasing positive behaviors in children.”

Established in 2005, the RCCC, led Michelle Shelley, provides access to counseling and mental health services for uninsured or underinsured individuals, families and groups. Today, the RCCC has a permanent facility, two masters’ level counseling staff members, and five counseling interns. The staff members are highly educated, bilingual and ethnically diverse allowing for a greater breadth of populations served. Thus far, the Center’s services have been in such demand that all seven team members hold full client caseloads and yet there remains a lengthy waiting list of clients who desire to begin the counseling process.

As a subsidiary of Richmont Graduate University, the RCCC offers services to all of Chattanooga’s residents regardless of religion, age, race, gender or lifestyle. Presently, the most requested services include: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), child and adolescent therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), depression/anxiety counseling, grief/loss counseling, marital counseling, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling, and self-esteem/body image counseling. With a full-time Latina therapist, the RCCC also remains closely connected with Chattanooga’s Latino community.

To receive more information about the Richmont Community Counseling Center or to schedule an appointment, please contact Michelle Shelley at: or 423-648-2436.

Richmont’s Director of Grants Named as AFP Greater Atlanta Chamberlain Scholar

Atlanta, Georgia – On November 16, 2012, Richmont Graduate University’s Director of Grants, Christianna Luy, was named as the 2013 Chamberlain Scholar for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Atlanta. As this year’s scholar, Luy will receive free admission to the Association of Fundraising Professionals International conference in San Diego, California in April 2013 as well as $1,000 in chapter support to be used toward conference travel and lodging expenses.

As a current Executive Master’s student in the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University, Luy is looking forward to expanding her knowledge base, skill sets and professional affiliations and relationships at the 2013 AFP Conference.

“As a young professional who is committed to the nonprofit sector, I am confident that, by attending the AFP conference in April and conversing with numerous fundraising professionals from around the globe, academic concepts will be solidified in my mind and I will grow in my understanding of how financial development trends and styles are actually put into practice,” said Luy.

Luy joined Richmont’s advancement team last spring after spending several years serving in development roles at Operation Mobilization and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.  A graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, Ms. Luy is currently pursuing an Executive Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies while also serving as a Giving USA 2013 author.

Lorien Magnus, MFT

Katie Setterberg, Counselor

Dawn Richa, Certi. Spirituality & Counseling

Ben Merrill, MFT

Dr. Gary Collins

Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.

Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.

“I have found the students to be very receptive and deeply committed to Christ and the integration of Christian faith and counseling. Richmont is a wonderful place to teach at.”

Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California