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Richmont Graduate University Names Bob Rodgers New President

Effective immediately, Robert G. (Bob) Rodgers, Jr. has been named President by the Richmont Graduate University Board of Trustees.

“Richmont is a highly respected university with excellent academic programs and a strong reputation and legacy,” said Rodgers. “We have incredible students, dedicated and gifted faculty and staff, and we are positioned to grow substantially in both the School of Counseling and the School of Ministry. I look forward to seeing Richmont’s students and staff transform lives and communities in even greater measure going forward.”

A former university trustee and donor, Rodgers joined the staff in 2010 in order to lead the university’s development efforts. He has served as Richmont’s Executive Vice President since 2011. As Executive Vice President, Rodgers has also held the position of COO, overseeing of the day-to-day operations of the university.

Before joining Richmont’s staff, Rodgers’ was the Founder and President of Quantum Search and has more than 24 years in leadership development, consulting and executive search in the not-for-profit, healthcare and general corporate arenas. He also previously served as Vice President of a nationwide restaurant company, with oversight responsibilities for 20,000+ associates in 21states.

“We are so fortunate to have found such a strong leader who already understands and believes in the mission of Richmont,” said Board Chair Jan Linder. “His presence provides exactly what we need at this strategically important time in our history.”

As an academic institution, Richmont currently hosts two campuses in Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), 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 tangibly 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/mental health services to children, adults, families and groups of all walks of life, regardless of their insurance status.

For more information please contact: Jennifer Cooper
President’s Office
(404)835-6117

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WRCB Interviews Richmont Counselor about Boston Marathon Tragedy

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – All eyes have been on Boston. Details continue emerging with each passing hour. For many of us, even hundreds of miles away in the Tennessee Valley, the images are emotional to watch.

From the Colorado movie theater massacre, to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and now bombs exploding at the Boston Marathon, over the last several months, we’ve seen a lot of terrifying scenes unfold in our country.      
     
Local mental health professionals say just because they haven’t happened here, doesn’t mean we’re not affected.

“I think the worst lies we can tell ourselves is just because we weren’t there, that means we shouldn’t feel hurt or we should just get over it. This pain is real,” Mental Health Counselor Edward Doreau said.

Doreau is a Boston native and marathon runner. In 2009, he crossed that same finish line. 

“It’s an incredible feeling to finish and I think that’s why the terrorists probably targeted the finish line. They’re going after an American icon,” he said.

Shortly after the bombings, Doreau’s brother called from Boston to assure him his family and friends were unharmed.

“It was good to hear with the news that my friends who’d run the Boston Marathon were alright,” Doreau said.

But he says it’s likely even those of us with no ties to Boston are shaken.

“Traumatic incidents of national and global scale, they affect everybody,” he said.

He says the first feeling is typically of disbelief, but in the days following, may experience anxiety, nightmares and muscle tension. 

“An excessive alertness. When something traumatic happens, we feel shaken up by it and want to be constantly on your guard against something else happening,” Doreau said.

He says it’s the same reactions he’s treated people for following other recent national tragedies.

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Trent Gilbert to present at SACAC

Atlanta, Georgia – (April 2, 2013)

This April, Trent Gilbert, Vice President for Enrollment at Richmont Graduate University, and Tyler Peterson, Associate Provost of Enrollment Management at Auburn University at Montgomery, will co-present a seminar at the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling’s (SACAC) annual conference.  Their workshop, “Distilling the Campus Visit Experience,” is based on real-world experiences and will help admissions counselors learn how to successfully host visitors on campus.

“Our session at SACAC will be a great opportunity to continue to share the importance of the overall experience that a prospective student has while interacting on their campus visit,” said Peterson. “Trent Gilbert has been one of the frontrunners of this philosophy in higher education, and the schools that are taking his advice are seeing success. It is important that we look outside of higher education for ideas, and a lot of companies are providing great experiences for their customers, and the experience we offer our students should be just as strong.”

As an affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), SACAC represents approximately 1,500 members throughout the Southeast in order to “…to promote high professional standards in the college admission process by exchanging ideas, sharing common goals and preparing counselors to serve students in the transition from high school to college.” This year, Richmont will be one of 95 universities in attendance at the 2013 conference.

“SACAC always provides great opportunities to share successes and failures as well as to learn how other schools are overcoming the challenges facing admission offices today,” said Gilbert. “Tyler and I believe higher education admission departments could use some fresh ideas, so it will be a fun opportunity for us to present on ways that ideas from the “outside world” can be utilized.”

Special Event on June 14th: Introduction to DSM-5: An Overview

William F. Doverspike, Ph.D. has published articles and presented workshops on various DSM classifications systems. He is the author of the Multiaxial Diagnostic Inventory-Revised Version, a criterion-referenced diagnostic screening instrument that evolved out of his work with differential diagnostic assessment. He holds board certification Diplomats in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and Neuropsychology (ABPN). He maintains a practice at the Atlanta Counseling Center.

He teaches Psychopathology as an Adjuct Professor at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, and he teaches Professional Ethics as an Adjunct Professor at Emory University.

The workshop will consist of an overview of empirical research and organizing principles that have contributed to the development of the DSM-5. There will be some discussion of changes in organization and content that have been announced by the American Psychiatric Association. DSM and DSM-5 are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this seminar.

Participants in the workshop will be able to:
·  Explain some of the controversies surrounding development of the DSM-5.
·  Distinguish between categorical and dimensional models of mental disorders.
·  List some disorders that have been added to or removed from the DSM-5.
·  Identify DSM-5 disorders that are commonly encountered in clinical practice.
·  Differentiate between personality trait domains and personality trait facets.

Where: Richmont Graduate University – Atlanta Campus
When: 1:00-4:00 PM Friday June 14, 2013

Follow the link to sign up: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/richmontgrad/event/20560/

Welcome to Richmont’s New Website

We’re proud to announce that our new website is live! We’re hoping that you’ll visit us often to find out more about what is happening in our community. Happy exploring!

Alumni Story: Nick Hersey, LAPC

Alumni Story: Nick Hersey, LAPC

Graduate school was one of the most pivotal decisions in my life.  When I was a teenager I had a miraculous encounter with the Holy Spirit that left me with an unquenchable desire to love on the most broken people of the world.  Throughout my years of ministry I have had a variety of opportunities to work with individuals in very unique ways, but none of the programs and few of the relationships I developed had the impact that I craved.  I realized that I wasn’t equipped to tackle the most challenging obstacles people face: healing from histories of brokenness.  With that, I believed God was calling me to hone my skills in understanding developmental processes, effects of trauma, and how to best recover from them.  I had always been skeptical of the science of psychology and wanted a perspective that was filtered through the lens of Scripture.  After many months of prayer I was sure that God was calling me to pursue my education through Richmont; little did I know just how well He would prepare me!  After being exposed to the world of mental health services I quickly became aware of the quality of education Richmont provides, and how comparable programs left graduates lacking many of the necessary tools to effectively meet clients’ needs.  I couldn’t imagine trying to help UN war refugees work through the horrific tragedies they’ve endured without the caliber of knowledge and depth of experience God blessed me with through my time at Richmont.

Nick Hersey, LAPC
Clinician

Alumni Story: Laura Belli

Alumni Story: Laura Belli

In 2006, I graduated from Richmont and began working with Legacy Strategy, a private practice, under the supervision of Dr. Diane Pearce. Legacy Strategy is a Christian counseling group in Kennesaw, Georgia, that offers specialized individual, family, play, and marital therapy. We provide quality Biblically based counseling that is intentionally integrated into the therapeutic process. One of the reasons why I chose to study at Richmont is the fact that they train students how to integrate Theology and Psychology into the counseling setting.

I treat trauma, self-harm, eating disorders, and dissociative disorders. Young adults and teens are my passion. After graduating I sought advanced training with ISSTD in regards to the treatment of dissociative disorders. Learning and growing never ceases. I have been given the opportunity to speak at schools, churches, lead groups and premarital seminars. Because of the quality education that I received at Richmont, I am able to treat families and individuals in the therapeutic setting and have an influence in the community.

I am in the process of completing the new requirements for LPC supervisors! As of November 2012 I will be supervising students and associates working towards licensure.

Supervising students is my way of giving back to others what was given to me. Encouraging students to meet their potential while giving ethical, quality, professional care is vital for the future of our profession. While at Richmont, I gained the confidence to meet the potential that God put within me. I can honestly say I feel excited every day to be in the field of counseling and to be given the opportunity to be used by God and watch Him intervene daily in the lives of others!