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Caring for the Caregiver: A Retreat for Professional Counselors

Counselors and therapists need to be cared for, too. This fall, from October 18 – 20, the SoulCare Project is hosting a retreat at Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, Georgia for pastoral caregivers, professional counselors or therapists in private practice. This year, Fil Anderson – author, speaker, Spiritual Care Team member at Samaritan’s Purse, and executive director of Journey Resources - will be joining the retreat to lead reflective exercises. Cost is $325 per person – this includes all lodging, food, facilitation and materials. To learn more, visit SoulCare Project.

“It has been a great privilege to have gotten to know Dan Maclellan and Russell Courtney through their work with The SoulCare Project. I have been on one of their retreats and I have worked with them in a jointly-sponsored retreat for pastors in the Chattanooga area. I believe this important work is run by men who exhibit a rare combination of warm humility and professional competence. I also believe that the work of Christian spiritual formation has been the “great omission” of the Church for centuries. It is very comforting to see new and important efforts toward the end of helping Christians toward authentic transformation into Christlikeness.”  -Dr. Gary W. Moon, faculty, Richmont Graduate University.

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.

 

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 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.