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Alumni Advisory Council $10k Match Fulfilled

On Tuesday, December 31, the $10,000 dollar for dollar matching gift challenge given by Richmont’s Alumni Advisory Council was officially fulfilled thanks to generous gifts from alumni and friends of the university.

“This matching challenge was an extraordinarily generous way to encourage and enhance end of the year giving,” said Richmont’s president, Bob Rodgers. “The Alumni Advisory Council has been incredibly generous and creative in their pursuit of Richmont’s mission. It was a blessing to watch so many committed individuals and families give sacrificially in order for Richmont to flourish.”

This year, based on current alumni association enrollment, the university is anticipating the highest level of alumni engagement in the history of the institution. Additionally, the university is preparing to graduate the second largest classes in Richmont’s 81 year history.

“”These gifts demonstrate a wonderful outpouring of generosity and commitment by the alumni,” said Alumni Advisory Council Chair, Lavinia Myers. “I am so pleased to see this initiative be fully realized.”

Clinical Professor, Dr. Dan Sartor and Richmont’s President, Bob Rodgers, Pen Advent Devotional

Atlanta, GA and Chattanooga, TN – (January 23, 2014)

This winter, clinical faculty member, Dr. Dan Sartor, and Richmont’s president, Bob Rodgers, co-authored a new book titled God is With Us. Offering daily reflections from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, God is With Us seeks to help individuals and families scripturally prepare their minds and hearts during the advent season as the church awaits the celebration of Christ’s birth.

“Nothing is as gripping as the majesty of God’s love for us—He longs to be with us and has chosen to be with us in the common and broken aspects of being human,” said Dr. Sartor. “It was a deeply rewarding experience to join Bob in reflecting on the profound ways that God came to be with us and continues to be present with us today. We pray this simple little book will stir each reader’s awareness of the comfort and joy of Emmanuel: God is with us!”

“It was an incredible privilege to work with Dan in order to compile this booklet,” said Richmont’s President, Bob Rodgers. “We hope this book will help friends and alumni of Richmont find peace and grow closer to Christ during the holiday season for many years to come.”

To receive a free copy of God is With Us, please connect with Christianna Luy in the Office of the President via email: or phone: 404-835-6118.



Professor Dan Sartor to Provide Training on Attending to Sexual Crises

Atlanta, GA – (January 21, 2014)

On Saturday, January 25, Dr. Dan Sartor, licensed clinical psychologist, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Associate Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University, will provide a one-day training called: “Attending to Sexual Crises: Triage 101 for First Responders.” Hosted by Cedartown Congregational Holiness Church, the event will help pastors, youth leaders, church staff and volunteers, lay leaders, counseling professionals, therapists, school teachers, caregivers and social workers to understand pornography and sexual addiction. It will also help them develop the ability to know what to say, what not to say, and what to do with individuals and families facing sexual crises.

“I’m honored to join forces with the True Intimacy Project in this event,” said Dr. Sartor. “The True Intimacy Project is a non-profit organization that works ardently to comprehensively address the issues of human trafficking in Atlanta and in Northwest Georgia. Their work has revealed under-addressed issues of sexual addiction and brokenness in our suburban communities and churches. We hope to provide information, resources, support, and encouragement to our pastors, ministers, and ministry leaders in our community as they labor toward the spiritual and relational well-being of our community with regard to human sexuality.”

Dr. Sartor will be joined by DeVon Mills as he currently serves as a pastor in northern Gwinnet County while also pursuing his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Richmont. Throughout the one-day conference, Sartor and Mills will focus on the following: 

  • What is sexual and/or pornographic addiction?

  • How does sexual and/or pornographic addiction develop

  • How can the Church best address sexual addiction?

  • How does healing happen?

In order to register for this event, interested parties can visit The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude around 3 p.m. The cost of attendance is $20 and lunch will be provided. This workshop is made possible in large part thanks to the True Intimacy Project.

Richmont Alumna Publishes Book on Counseling for “Third Culture” Children and Adults

ATLANTA, GA – (January 13, 2014)

At the end of 2013, Lois Bushong, a 1990 graduate of the Psychological Studies Institute (now Richmont Graduate University), published her first book on counseling titled: Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Bushong’s book focuses on counseling the “globally mobile” or Third Culture Kids (TCK) and Third Culture Adults (TCA). Her book is the first of its kind on how to effectively counsel clients raised outside of their parents’ home culture. Additionally, with the rapid growth amidst the expat community, Bushong’s book provides incredibly helpful and timely insights for counselors who are working with the unique circumstances faced by TCK and TCA populations. Readers will discover the basic characteristics and counseling skills effective with Third Culture populations as well as practical examples, interesting stories, tips, charts, resources, theories, techniques and discussion questions for further study.

For more than 20 years, Bushong has worked with and presented to many mission agencies, military, diplomatic and corporate organizations. Several universities are also considering ways to incorporate her subject matter into current curriculum. Her book, which retails for approximately $17, is for purchase here on When not writing, Bushong is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Counseling Department at Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, Indiana). Fluent in Spanish, Bushong also serves counseling clients through her private practice, Quiet Streams Counseling, in Fishers, Indiana.


                                                                               Bushong Book Cover


Unite. Wear White on January 10 to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

CHATTANOOGA, TN – (January 7, 2014)

Richmont Graduate University, in partnership with the Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Second Life of Chattanooga, will present the 3rd annual “Unite. Wear White” event on Friday, January 10, 2014. Serving as the local expression of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the event will educate, inspire and mobilize organizations and individuals to partner together against human trafficking in Hamilton County.

“The Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking exits to create a community that is truly unified in the response to and prevention of human trafficking in all its forms,” said Jerry Redman, Managing Senior Partner of Second Life of Chattanooga, a co-founding member of the Coalition. “Unite. Wear White” is one of the ways that we highlight that unified response, as well as strengthen and grow the Coalition.”

This year’s free and public event will be held at the Chattanooga Choo Choo’s Imperial Ballroom. Doors will open at 9am and the program will begin at 9:45am. Additionally, the keynote speaker for the event is Ed Stanton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

“Hearing from Ed Stanton this year will be an incredible honor as his office is a national leader in addressing human trafficking crimes,” said Richmont’s President, Bob Rodgers.  “Those of us at Richmont look forward to partnering with the Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Second Life of Chattanooga as they are valuable voices calling for justice in our communities.”

For more information on this Friday’s event, please visit or email

Richmont Student’s Thesis Published

ATLANTA, GA – (December 30, 2013)

Current Licensed Professional Counseling student Katie Rider’s thesis was published on December 30, 2013 by Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Titled: “Religious Coping Style as a Predictor of the Severity of Anorectic Symptomology,” Rider’s thesis was also accepted for presentation in March 2013 by the Southeastern Psychological Association’s (SEPA) annual conference, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Preparing to graduate in May 2014, Rider has pursued Richmont’s Licensed Professional Counseling track with a specialization in addictions. Her impressive senior thesis, in particular, offers empirical data regarding anorexic patients’ views of God’s grace and religious coping styles.

Reflecting on her thesis research Rider said, “I’m excited about this research because it empirically demonstrates the importance and value of incorporating religion, and Christian religious themes in particular, into the anorexia treatment process.” 

Richmont faculty Drs. DeAnne Terrell and Timothy Sisemore supported Rider in her thesis efforts and serve as second and third authors on the accepted article. Additionally, Dr. Janet Hecht of Talent by Design Consulting provided valuable statistical assistance.

 “As Director of Research, I am most proud of Katie’s work.  She is a role model for researchers in her diligence, time management, clarity of thought, use of resources, and writing style,” said CBI Director and Richmont Faculty member, Dr. Tim Sisemore. “I am delighted for her to publish her thesis, though frankly I am not in the least surprised.”

DSM-5 for Counselors

On Friday, January 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Richmont Graduate University will offer DSM-5 as a continuing education opportunity for counselors. The seminar will consist of:

  • An overview of empirical research and organizing principles that contributed to the development of the DSM-5.
  • A general discussion of major changes in the organizational structure of the DSM-5.
  • A focus on some of the new disorders as well as changes to some existing disorders.
  • A commentary on the relationships, including contrasts and comparisons, between the DSM-5, ICD-10, and ICD-11.
  • Information on the National Counselor Examination (NCE).
  • A review and discussion of multiple choice questions designed to assess knowledge and application of the DSM-5.

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

  • Describe the relationships among DSM-5, ICD-10, and ICD-11 (Draft).
  • Outline major differences between organization of DSM-IV and DSM-5.
  • List disorders that have been added to, removed from, or changed in DSM-5.
  • Summarize changes in conceptual and operational definitions in DSM-5.
  • Answer questions related to general organization and specific application.

Presenter: Dr. William F. Doverspike has published articles and presented workshops on various DSM and ICD classification systems. He is the author of the Multiaxial Diagnostic Inventory, a criterion-referenced diagnostic screening instrument that evolved out of his work with differential diagnostic assessment. He holds board certification Diplomates in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and Neuropsychology (ABPN). He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Emory University and at Richmont Graduate University.

Workshop Information: The DSM-5 workshop will be held On Friday, January 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The event will occur in the Great Hall at Mt. Paran Church of God which is across the street from Richmont’s Atlanta campus. Please use the follow address with GPS devices: 2055 Mt. Paran Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327.


  • Richmont Graduate University Founding Alumni Association Members, Clinical Supervisors, Faculty, and Staff receive FREE admission.
  • Basic Alumni Association Members: $20.00
  • Non-members/Friends of Alumni: $50.00

Please contact Autumn Stephenson at for questions regarding the event or your membership status. Registration is online by clicking here. To request a refund, please contact Autumn Stephenson at Refunds will only be issued if requested prior to the event.

Continuing Education: Three NBCC-approved clock hours awarded. Three approved clock hours for psychologists awarded.

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.

Disclaimer: DSM and DSM-5™ are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this seminar. ICD-10 and ICD-11 are copyrighted by the World Health Organization, which neither affiliated with nor endorses this seminar. The National Counselor is copyrighted by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), which is neither affiliated with nor endorses this seminar.

Continuing Education Events at Richmont

As an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and therapists. In February and March of 2014, the University is looking forward to hosting two Continuing Education events for Richmont alumni and the surrounding community. See below for a brief description of each event that will be offered.

Trauma & Biology:

The University is opening a portion of this course in the Trauma Specialization to Richmont alumni and the surrounding community for Continuing Education (CE) Credit. 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.

For more information click here or contact Autumn Stephenson at: or 423-648-2679.

Child Trauma Intervention:

The University is opening a portion of this course in the Trauma Specialization to Richmont alumni and the surrounding community for Continuing Education (CE) Credit. 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.

For more information click here or contact Autumn Stephenson at: or 423-648-2679.

Alumni Advisory Council Announces $10k Match at Fall Reunion

ATLANTA, GA – (November 6, 2013)

 On Friday, November 1, Richmont’s Alumni Advisory Council announced a dollar for dollar matching gift up to $10,000 in order to encourage end-of-year giving.

 “This matching challenge is an extraordinarily generous gift to the university,” said Richmont’s president, Bob Rodgers. “Engaged alumni are critical to the health and well-being of Richmont. I am extremely grateful that we have a group of thankful givers who are encouraging others to join them in the process. The margin that they help us create allows us to tenaciously pursue Richmont’s mission.”

Inaugural Alumni Advisory Council Chair, Dr. David Aycock, of A New Start Counseling Center, announced the match before officially passing his leadership responsibilities to the incoming chair, Mrs. Lavinia Myers.

“I am a 1979 graduate of Richmont and I received the best integrative psychology and theology education available then, and it has only improved since my matriculation,” said Dr. Aycock. “I have served Richmont as an adjunct professor, clinical supervisor, and chair of the re-branding committee. In every instance I received far more from Richmont than I contributed. We hail from a wonderful university.”

An alumna of Richmont, Myers will lead the university’s Alumni Advisory Council for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Based on current alumni association enrollment, the university is predicting the highest level of alumni engagement in the history of the institution.

“I am both humbled and delighted to serve the Richmont community in this role,” said incoming Chair, Lavinia Myers. “I look forward to collaborating with students, faculty, and alumni during this exciting time of growth for the university.”

The matching gift and transition in Alumni Advisory Council leadership were presented during the fall alumni reunion and continuing education event. Partnering with the Institute for Sexual Wholeness, Richmont welcomed Dr. Doug Rosenau to present, “The Colors of Intimacy: A Model for Enriching and Restoring Marital Lovemaking.” With more than 220 individuals registered, the reunion was the third largest Richmont event to date. This registration number was particularly impressive because continuing education credit in this event’s subject matter is not required for all clinicians.

“Dr. Doug is a brilliant man with a tender and humble heart for advancing the Kingdom of God,” said Richmont alumna, Karisa Kaye. “To glean from his wisdom and his experience was a rich blessing for me. Dr. Doug is a man whose heart is sold out for God and the redemption of relationships and intimacy. He’s one of the best in the world and Richmont is wonderfully blessed to have a connection with him.”

Richmont is grateful to partner with high-quality thought leaders such as Dr. Rosenau; therefore, the next continuing education event is expected to occur on Richmont’s Chattanooga, Tennessee campus in the spring of 2014.

In order to full-fill the $10k match by the end of the year, individuals interested in contributing may connect in the following ways:

Richmont to Grow Research Department and Henegar/CBI Counseling Center in Chattanooga, TN

CHATTANOOGA, TN – (October 18, 2013)

Effective November 1, 2013, Dr. Tim Sisemore, current director of Henegar/CBI Counseling Center, will transition to directing and enhancing Richmont’s research efforts full-time and Dr. Jeff Eckert will assume the directorship of the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center.

“I am delighted that, based on Richmont’s strategic goals, Tim and Jeff are assuming these new roles at this point in the life of the university,” said Richmont’s president, Bob Rodgers. “It is a privilege to have such qualified, capable and experienced individuals already serving on the faculty and staff. I am especially grateful that both Tim and Jeff are so committed to doing and being what Richmont needs in this next season.

Dr. Tim Sisemore is a seasoned clinician and well-respected member of mental health service community. For more than 18years, Sisemore has served Richmont in a variety of administrative roles. Most recently, he has directed the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center since 2002. An author of multiple scholarly and popular books and highly-regarded articles, his current research efforts include the Richmont Grace Project which is an effort to demonstrate the clinical utility and empirical validity of using explicitly Christian concepts in counseling.  He is also authoring a Psychology of Religion textbook for John Wiley and Sons Publisher. Transitioning out of his role at Henegar/CBI Counseling Center, Sisemore looks forward to intentionally engaging students, faculty and staff in research projects on a national and international scale.

“It has been a great honor to serve as Director of Henegar/CBI Counseling Center for 11 years, and I am most grateful for the development of one of the finest counseling staffs anywhere during that time,” said Sisemore. “However, growing opportunities for writing and research have come my way, and I am grateful that Richmont values such scholarly work and is willing to give me opportunity to develop the scholarly productivity of the university. This move is a providential one as I have the privilege of handing the counseling center directorship to Jeff Eckert and am thus confident in the continued quality and growth of Henegar/CBI.”

Dr. Jeff Eckert is a licensed psychologist and clinical social worker specializing in sexual addiction and abuse, trauma, marriage and family therapy, conduct and affective disorders, and oppositional adolescents. Joining the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center in 2002, Eckert has served the Chattanooga community for nearly 12 years and his wife, Kim, is also a psychologist and author.

“I look forward to serving The Lord in a new capacity, surrounded by a gifted group of therapists and support staff,” said Eckert. “I pray that The Lord uses the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center to impact the hurting and the searching for his kingdom.”

The clinical team at Henegar/CBI is looking forward to supporting Sisemore in his enhanced research efforts and working under Eckert’s direction.

“Dr. Sisemore has demonstrated a relationship-based and participatory leadership style in which each clinician felt valued.  His openness, honesty, sincerity and integrity have allowed the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center to develop as it has into one of the premier counseling centers in this region,” said Bill McGee, counselor at the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center. “The staff operates in the same healthy manner that we hope to help families achieve, which is the result and legacy of Dr. Sisemore’s leadership style.  We will miss him in that role, but celebrate with him in his new role just as we celebrate Dr. Eckert moving into that position. Dr. Eckert has been with the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center for many years, and is a trusted and respected colleague.  We know him to be caring and competent, and we look forward to the same kind of healthy leadership style and sense of collegiality that we have come to value over the years.”

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 Rodgers.

As CBI’s fiscal agent, Richmont Graduate University has campuses in Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Richmont offers master’s-level training in 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 Psychological Studies as well as specializations in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, and trauma counseling.

Currently, several CBI counselors are accepting new clients. Scheduling information can be obtained by calling 423-756-2894 or by visiting the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center’s web site. Open five days a week, the counseling center’s physical address is: 1815 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404.