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Richmont Hosts Trauma Informed Care Conference Series

Conference Educates Attendees on Trauma Experienced by Human Trafficking Victims

ATLANTA — JUNE 2015 — On June 14-17, 2015, approximately 100 people gathered in Atlanta for Trauma Informed Care, a series of conference workshops addressing trauma concerns as presented with victims of human trafficking. The event was hosted by Richmont Graduate University, who partnered with the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP) and NightLight to put on the event.

“Part of our mission at Richmont is to advance God’s work of healing and restoration in communities,” said Bob Rodgers, the president of Richmont. “That’s why we are honored to have the opportunity to host events like this one. It allows us to shed light on issues like human trafficking that often seem far away — but are actually happening in our own city.”

Throughout the three-day conference, attendees heard from Dr. Dan Sartor, whom Richmont brought in to present at the event. Dr. Sartor currently serves as the Director of Trinity Counseling Services and Associate Professor of Psychology at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, and as an adjunct faculty member at Richmont in Atlanta.

“The need for awareness [of human trafficking] at all levels of our society, from grassroots intervention to wisdom-infused political policy, has never been greater,” said Dr. Sartor. “I’m so grateful for organizations like ICAP and Richmont Graduate University that seek to equip and serve those in front line positions, stemming the tide of modern day slavery and sex trafficking through informed, strategic partnerships.”

Richmont also provided attendees with the opportunity to gain up to 7.5 Continuing Education credit hours by participating in specified portions of the conference. Richmont Graduate University is approved by National Board for Certified Counselors as an Approved Continuing Education Provider and by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

Through the lens of working with human trafficking victims, attendees of the conference learned many aspects of the treatment of trauma, including the impact it has on health, spirituality and worldview. Attendees also left the conference with skills like how to recognize the signs of trauma, address the various aspects of recovery, describe biopsychosocial dimensions of health according to Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory, and more.

Richmont partnered with ICAP and NightLight to bring the Trauma Informed Care conference series to Atlanta. NightLight Atlanta is a movement that works through prevention, intervention, restoration and education to address the issues of sex tourism and trafficking. ICAP is a network of Christian practitioners who offer freedom and bring healing to those who have been sexually exploited through prostitution and sex trafficking.

“I’m honored to partner with ICAP and Richmont Graduate University in their proactive, compassionate and holistic approach to understanding and caring for the victims of sex trafficking,” said Dr. Sarter. “In so doing, they are lights shining in the darkness, embodying the healing love of Christ within a world of trauma and brokenness.”

The Trauma Informed Care conference took place at Grace Midtown, 1095 State Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. More information about the conference can be found at http://richmont.edu/trauma-informed-care/.

Richmont Graduate University Named a Top Graduate School by Charisma’s Best

ATLANTA — JUNE 2015 — Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, was featured in the May 2015 edition of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries, a publication that aims to educate potential students about opportunities to continue their education at a Christian institution. Out of the 200-plus schools featured, Richmont was one of the few to be highlighted as “Charisma’s Best.”

“Through providing excellent, Christ-centered education, we aim to pave a way to for our students to follow their passions and find their paths to successful careers,” said Bob Rodgers, Richmont’s president. “For Richmont to be named one of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools is an honor and further evidence that we are reaching that goal. We will continue to strive to provide our students with guidance and the tools to become all they are called to be.”

Richmont Graduate University offers master’s degrees in Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Psychological Studies and Ministry. Charisma’s Best specifically highlighted the Professional Counseling program as the third-oldest fully accredited integrated program in the nation.

Charisma’s Best featured Richmont’s degree specialization options as a testament to the uniqueness of the school’s academic programming. Students are able to specialize in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, spiritual formation and trauma counseling. The publication also highlighted that unlike most other schools, Richmont’s large, 37-year-old network of Community Counseling Centers and partnerships with more than 60 nonprofit organizations are tools to help students transition from the classroom into a real-world setting where they learn to see clients under licensed supervision.

Rodgers wrote an article for the online version of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries, where he discussed “why advancing your education isn’t just about traditional ROI.” In the piece, Rodgers cites that while time and money are highly important variables to weigh when considering graduate school, one should use a “comprehensive, wisdom-based formula that factors in the Spirit’s discernment, unique skills and support you need to answer God’s call for your life.” Read more here.

Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries is published under its flagship magazine Charisma. Both publications aim to reach their primary audience of the Pentecostal/charismatic community, but also serve the wider evangelical community. Charisma’s Best is published annually to serve as a comprehensive database for potential students to help them determine which graduate program would be the best fit for them.

To read the May 2015 issue of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries, check out the digital edition here. Richmont is featured on pages 17-18, 28, 38, and in an advertisement on page 19.

Richmont Appoints New Dean of Clinical Affairs

ATLANTA, GA – (April 27, 2015)

Earlier this year, Dr. Evalin Rhodes Hanshew announced her plans to retire at the end of this fiscal year. This week it was announced at Richmont that a decision has been made regarding the Dean of Clinical Affairs position moving forward.

“After considering candidates and referrals one name in particular kept coming up. We were asked several times, what about Vanessa Snyder, have you thought about her? Well, yes, we had” – President Bob Rodgers. After much prayer, and meeting with Dr. Snyder on several occasions to talk more and learn about her interests, desires and vision for the role, the Administrative Council met and had unanimous consent.

Vanessa Snyder (2)Richmont is pleased to announce that Dr. Snyder has accepted the offer and effective July 1, 2015 will be the new Dean of Clinical Affairs for Richmont Graduate University! We could not be more pleased with this transition and we hope that you will take the time to congratulate both Dr. Hanshew and Dr. Snyder on this significant accomplishment. A couple of faculty had great words to say about this transition:

“I am very pleased that Vanessa Snyder has been selected to be my successor. She is, in my opinion, a wonderful fit for the position. Licensed as a professional counselor and as a marriage and family therapist, she is knowledgeable about both fields, and having obtained a doctorate in counselor education and supervision, she brings that expertise to academia, which is timely for Richmont. She is a warm, friendly person who will connect well with students and supervisors. I welcome her!” – Dr. Evalin Rhodes Hanshew

“We are all thrilled Dr. Snyder has agreed to take on this responsibility for Richmont. Vanessa is the perfect fit for this job and will do brilliant things for the betterment of Richmont. We have the utmost confidence in her and her ability.” – Dr. Keny Felix

Please join Richmont in celebrating this milestone and wholeheartedly thanking Evalin for her deep commitment and excellent service to Richmont and also Vanessa on this exciting step in her journey with Richmont!

Dr. Evalin Rhodes Hanshew to Retire after Three Decades at Richmont

For nearly three decades, we have been blessed to have Dr. Evalin Rhodes Hanshew directing the university’s clinical affairs, encouraging students, managing professional supervisors, leading the Hope Center initiatives, and so much more. After prayerful thought, she has decided it is time to leave behind her 45 mile (one way) commute and transition into retirement.

Evalin - Save the Date

Some of the words and phrases that several of her colleagues and various alumni used to describe Evalin recently include:

  •  She is an integral part of Richmont’s fiber.
  • She has epitomized the ideals that have made RGU a leader in training and equipping clinical therapists.
  • She is passionate about building the whole person.
  • She personifies our deepest desire for excellence.
  • She carries with her a quiet and steady peace everywhere she goes, regardless of surrounding circumstances.
  • She has inspired us to be all that we are in Christ.
  • Her patience is calming, her dedication is encouraging, and her trust is inspiring.
  • Without saying a word she makes us want to be better people.
  • She will greatly be missed, but her legacy will certainly remain.

Please join Richmont’s faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends on April 19 for a reception celebrating this milestone and wholeheartedly thanking Evalin for her deep commitment and excellent service to Richmont. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. we will have a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception and a time of thanks and celebration at 6:00 p.m.

Thank you in advance for sending your RSVP to Zach Brooks: zbrooks@richmont.edu / 404-835-6138. We look forward to having you with us!

 

Dr. Keny Felix, Dean of the Schools of Counseling & Psychology, Serves as a Panelist on Behalf of the National Black MBA

ATLANTA, GA – (March 4, 2015)

On Tuesday, February 17, Dr. Keny Felix, Dean of Richmont’s Schools of Counseling & Psychology, served as a panelist with the National Black MBA (NBMBAA) Atlanta Chapter. The topic for February’s gathering, “The Business of Relationships,” offered tools for balancing growing business lives with personal life commitments. Held at the Georgia Power Auditorium, Dr. Felix joined three other panelists who serve a wide variety of clients around the world.

“It was a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to meet black professionals serving in various capacities throughout the city of Atlanta” said Dr. Felix. “Relationships are central to our personal and professional lives, so I was delighted to share my knowledge and experience along with my fellow panelists. I am grateful to have had the opportunity.”

The panel was moderated by Dr. Alduan Tartt, a clinical psychologist, professional speaker and parent/relationship consultant. This year’s panelists included: Dr. Sherry L. Blake, therapist to television stars, mental health expert, and keynote speaker; Mr. Jack A. Daniels, psychotherapist, best-selling author, syndicated columnist and international speaker; and, Dr. Pamela Thompson, psychologist, professional life coach, author, and inspirational speaker.

Since inception in 1980, the NBMBAA has grown from 20 charter members to having more than 2,000 members today. Current members hold MBA (or similar) degrees and the association focuses on Education, Career/Professional Development and Entrepreneurship. This was Dr. Felix’s first opportunity to serve as a panelist with the NBMBAA. He looks forward to future opportunities to collaborate with the NBMBAA and other organizations serving the greater Atlanta community.

Richmont Students CPCE Scores Once Again Soar Past National Mean

ATLANTA, GA and CHATTANOOGA, TN – (February 13, 2015)

In January, 60 of Richmont’s graduating students took the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and, when scores were released this week, Richmont’s students substantially exceeded the national mean of 90.2 for the third year in a row. On the university’s Chattanooga campus, students garnered a mean score of 100.96 with students on the Atlanta campus scoring an equally impressive mean score of 103.6.

“The Board of Trustees and I are extremely proud of the quality of Richmont’s faculty and the performance of each of our students on the CPCE exam,” said President Bob Rodgers. “Their mean scores are nationally impressive and they reflect each person’s dedication to academic excellence.”

 According to the Center for Credentialing & Education, the CPCE is used by more than 370 universities across the United States and is “…designed to assess counseling students’ knowledge of counseling information viewed as important by counselor preparation programs.” The 160 question exam evaluates students on eight subject areas and allows universities to receive an objective view of student’s level of knowledge.

Performance on the CPCE is also typically an indicator of how students will perform on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) which is required for licensure as a professional counselor in most states. Richmont’s 2015 CPCE scores are in line with students’ most recent performance on the NCE where they garnered a 98% passing rate and earned scores in the 90th percentile. These NCE scores outperformed the scores of students at CACREP accredited and non-CACREP accredited institutions in every CACREP and Counselor Work Behavior subject area.

“We are tremendously proud of our students and their commitment to becoming excellent clinicians,” said Dr. Keny Felix, Dean of the Schools of Counseling and Psychology. “Their outstanding performance on the CPCE reflects the exceptional quality of the counseling program at Richmont. We look forward to sharing feedback with each student and walking alongside them as they complete their coursework and prepare to pursue licensure.”

Richmont to Host Open House and Building Dedication

Richmont Graduate University welcomes our alumni, current students, friends, and the greater Southeastern community to join us as we dedicate and celebrate our new Atlanta campus on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Beginning at 2:00 p.m., the university will join with the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce for our official ribbon cutting ceremony. Later that afternoon at 5:30 p.m., we look forward to hosting our open house with a building dedication ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and door prizes will be awarded to guests.

Each of these events are open to all and we look forward to having many friends gather at our new location: 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339. As we prepare for this wonderful evening, please consider sending your RSVP to Zach Brooks at zbrooks@richmont.edu, 404-835-6138.

Spring 2015 Continuing Education Opportunities

Richmont is excited to offer the following Continuing Education opportunities this spring:

Child Trauma Intervention

When: February 27-28, 2015

Where: Richmont Graduate University, 1815 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404

Presenter: Jon S. Ebert, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry.

Topic: This seminar will provide an overview of clinical assessment and treatment of children who have experienced traumatic stress. The process of clinical evaluation of this population will be discussed, with review of the most commonly used evaluation tools. Treatment will be conceptualized in a core components manner, with identification of key goals of intervention with children who have experienced trauma, as well as the range of alternative interventions (i.e., expressive, body-based, sensory) which show promise for this population.

Learning Objectives:

Define common core components of childhood trauma treatment.

Apply a repertoire of skills for addressing relational safety for caregivers and children who have experienced trauma.

– Apply a repertoire of skills for building self-regulation in traumatized children.

– Explain the role of Self-Care and Regulation as essential in the work with complex trauma & adverse childhood experiences.

– Utilize a repertoire of skills for building developmental competencies.

– Discuss how to engage the Attachment System in the ARC Framework.

– Describe how to engage Self-Regulation in the ARC Framework.

– Describe how to engage Competence in the ARC Framework.

– Discuss how to engage Trauma Integration in the ARC Framework.

– Explain Case Formulation: through the ARC Framework.

– Demonstrate how to identify and prioritize Treatment Planning and Intervention: Using the ARC Framework.

– Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role and process of trauma experience integration.

CE Credit: 15 NBCC CE clock hours awarded.15 approved CE clock hours awarded to Psychologists.

Fees: $225 – This event is not sponsored by the alumni association and does not fall under the benefits of founding membership status.

 

Trauma and Biology

Richmont is opening a portion of this course in the Trauma Specialization to Richmont alumni and the surrounding community for Continuing Education Credit. This event is not sponsored by the alumni association and does not fall under the benefits of founding membership status.

When: March 6-7, 2015

Where: Richmont Graduate University, 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

Presenter: Wendy D’Andrea, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research.

Topic: This seminar will review physiological impacts of traumatic experiences, including psychobiology of the acute trauma response; impact of chronic traumatic stress on a functional and anatomical neurological level; and physiological markers of the chronic stress response and their behavioral manifestations. The course will review current research regarding the intersection between trauma and the body, and implications for treatment will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

-Summarize a basic understanding of the links between brain systems and behavior.

– Describe the biological systems implicated in the traumatic response.

-Identify ways self-regulatory capacity is impacted in trauma survivors.

-Identify at least three ways that physiological changes linked to trauma may manifest as emotional or behavioral symptoms.

-Apply at least three techniques used to stabilize physiological responses to trauma and return a client’s arousal level to their window of tolerance.

-Discuss the psychophysiology of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma and begin to identify self care methods for the therapist to minimize vicarious trauma in their work with the traumatized clients.

CE Credit: 16 NBCC CE clock hours awarded. 16 approved CE clock hours awarded to Psychologists.

Fees: $225.00 This event is not sponsored by the alumni association and does not fall under the benefits of founding membership status.

Note: Attendees are required to attend both days to receive CE credit for this event. Space is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot. Attendees will be admitted to this seminar on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Trauma Informed Care

The International Christian Alliance on Prostitution is partnering with Richmont Graduate University and NightLight Atlanta to present this four day workshop.

When: June 14-17, 2015

Where: Richmont Graduate University, 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

Presenter: Dan Sartor, Ph.D., NCC

Dr. Dan Sartor is the Director of Trinity Counseling Services and Associate Professor of Psychology at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist (IL, GA, & TN), Clinical Professional Counselor (IL), and a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. Dan received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Biola University (Rosemead School of Psychology), and he holds an M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Dan trained as a generalist in Clinical Psychology; his clinical specializations include addiction recovery, sexuality issues, trauma recovery, couples’ counseling, and crisis of faith/spiritual issues.

Conference Description:

This series of conference workshops will address Trauma concerns as presented with individuals who have experienced human trafficking. The workshops will begin by describing the biopsychosocial and spiritual dimensions of health according to Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory, identifying five characteristics of adaptive resilience in secure attachment. Next, the disruption of secure attachment through neglect, extreme stress, complex loss, and interpersonal trauma will be described, as the workshop defines the resulting anxious, dismissive, and disorganized styles of attachment. Classifications of post trauma disorders from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual—5 and the literature on Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (i.e., complex trauma) will be applied for understanding the unique impact of interpersonal trauma on the individual. Thereafter, Judith Herman’s three stages of trauma recovery will be applied to describe and guide the healing process, concluding with implications for coordination of psychiatric (i.e., medication), psychotherapeutic, spiritual, and social services for comprehensive and effective efforts to facilitate resilience and the recovery from interpersonal trauma. This content is suited for beginner to intermediate practitioner levels.

*To view the conference schedule click here.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

-Describe biopsychosocial dimensions of health according to Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and Attachment Theory.

-Identify five characteristics of health and adaptive resilience according to IPNB.

-Define the four styles of attachment according to Attachment Theory: Secure, Preoccupied, Dismissive, and Disorganized.

-Recognize the disruption to health often caused by neglect, extreme stress, complex loss/grief, and interpersonal trauma.

-Apply Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5 (DSM-5) framework for Posttraumatic Disorders.

-Describe the impact of trauma on an individual’s spirituality and world-view.

-Recognize the signs of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

-Articulate the connection between chemical and process (i.e., behavioral) addictions and prior history of trauma.

-Identify six areas of disturbance caused by interpersonal trauma according to the literature on complex trauma (Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified; DESNOS).

-Apply Judith Herman’s (1992) three stages of trauma recovery as descriptive of the process to establish or restore the five characteristics of health and adaptive resilience according to IPNB.

-Explain the role of psychotropic, psychotherapeutic, spiritual, and social service interventions in trauma recovery, emphasizing the import of coordinated multi-disciplinary interventions to address the spiritual and biopsychosocial aspects of trauma recovery.

CE Credit: 7.5 CE clock hours will be awarded. Full conference attendance required for CE credit. No partial credit will be awarded. Participants must attend all CE sessions to receive CE clock hours.

Fees: Prior to March 31, 2015, the Early Bird rate for the full conference (including lunch and dinner) is $185.00. After the March deadline the rate is $200. For those who are unable to attend the full conference, the rate per session prior to March 31, 2015 is $35. After the deadline the rate is $40. The fees for continuing education credit are $30.

Questions on any of these events? Contact Autumn Stephenson at astephenson@richmont.edu or 423-648-2679.

 

Richmont Moves onto New Atlanta Campus

ATLANTA, GA – (January 9, 2015)

This week, Richmont officially transitioned their Atlanta campus to their newly renovated building on the Northwest side of the city. After 6 months of renovations, classes and administrative functions are now fully operating out of the university’s newest space.

“We could not be more excited to call this new building “home” as we prepare to welcome a brand new semester of students on Thursday,” said President Bob Rodgers. “The amount of ministry and service that will come as a result of this new space is truly unfathomable. We are incredibly grateful to have a new place to train students, conduct research, and serve area residents.”

For nearly 20 years, the university previously occupied a building on the campus of Mount Paran Church of God. After considering more than 80 properties, Richmont was able to purchase the property in July 2014. Thanks to generous gifts from alumni, friends of the university, and local foundation’s, Richmont was able to customize the space to serve as the next site for the nation’s third oldest full accredited counseling school educating students from a biblical perspective.

Right away the building began serving at capacity as students flooded the campus for orientation and their professional seminar course. The university was also pleased to host the Leader 2 Leader peer group including a variety of nonprofit Presidents and CEO’s for their monthly focus group. This month’s guest speaker was Mr. Horst Schulze, former President of The Ritz Carlton hotels.

The university looks forward to hosting an official open house on March 3, 2015 at the new Atlanta Campus (1900 The Exchange, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339). Please join the Richmont’s trustees, faculty and staff for this exciting event.

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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