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Monthly archive: January 2017

Three Richmont Faculty Members Published

CHATTANOOGA, TN & BROOKLINE, MA – January 23, 2017 – Richmont is nationally known for its quality scholarship and research, with its high acceptance rates of faculty presenters at international conferences, invitations to participate in national research projects, and partnerships with world-renowned organizations like the Green Cross Academy and the Gottman Institute. Just this month, three Richmont faculty members had titles released in two well-received mental health publications.

Jana Pressley, PsyD, Director of Education and Professional Development at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute and adjunct professor at Richmont, conducted qualitative research regarding resilience from trauma exposure in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago for a number of years. The resulting article, “No Ordinary Life: Complex Narratives of Trauma and Resilience in Under-Resourced Communities,” reveals and explores Pressley’s data collection and has been published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. Already online, a print version of the article will be available in the coming months.

Full-time clinical faculty members Lorrie Slater, PhD, and Jama White, PsyD, authored a chapter in Vol. I of Metaphors and Therapy: Enhancing Clinical Supervision and Education. The book resulted from the collaboration of 33 mental health specialists – supervisors, counselors, and educators alike – nationwide. It has already received endorsements from Dr. David Capuzzi, a former President of the American Counseling Association (ACA); Mike Dubi, President/CEO of the International Association of Trauma Professionals; and Dr. Lee Underwood, Director of the Center for Addictive and Offender Research at Regent University.

Richmont is proud of its outstanding faculty and the important work they contribute to the field of mental health counseling. Says interim President Dr. Vanessa Snyder, “Our faculty members are among the most committed, most impactful counselors and psychologists in the nation. Richmont is +grateful for their brilliance and compassion that allows them to excel with students, colleagues, and clients alike.”

Sex Trafficking Awareness Week Honored at Richmont

ATLANTA, GA & CHATTANOOGA, TN – JANUARY 20, 2017 – Seven years ago, recognizing the sex trade as the “fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world,”1 President Obama proclaimed January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In response, Richmont has joined the cause of trafficked individuals by providing subsidized counseling through the Richmont Trauma Center to those rescued from the trade, partnering with community organizations working to end slavery, and inviting a number of speakers to raise awareness of this putrid crime and to provide ways to get involved.

Dr. Vanessa Snyder, interim Richmont President, psychologist, and clinical expert in the field of human trafficking, explains, “Sex trafficking survivors need holistic help, not just clothes and money. We are a university that is committed to bringing healing to this demographic.”

This coming week, January 23 – 27, sex trafficking is particularly on Richmont’s radar with a number of events designed to raise awareness and bring others into the important work of ending slavery. Trainings, lectures, and panel discussions are included in the schedule of events, as well as opportunities to interact with local professionals currently working on behalf of the trafficked. To learn more about the week’s events, please contact Amanda Blackburn (ablackburn@richmont.edu). A full calendar of events is listed below.

What Is Wellspring Living?
Monday, January 23 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus
Jennifer Frisco Bartl, LMFT, CACII, CCS (Director, Wellspring Living)
Learn about Wellspring Living services, internship opportunities, and employment opportunities. Lunch provided.

Operation Liberate
Tuesday, January 24 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus
Victim Outreach Opportunities
Operation Liberate exists to locate and free those victims who can’t reach out. Snacks provided.

Epic Girl
Tuesday, January 24 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Chattanooga Campus
Stacia Freeman, Founder of Epic Girl
Come learn ways to take action against Tennessee’s sex trafficking industry. Lunch provided.

Anti-Trafficking Discussion
Wednesday, January 25 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus
Human Trafficking Awareness Team
Hear about and discuss anti-trafficking efforts with Human Trafficking Awareness Team.

Meet & Greet
Thursday, January 26 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus
Human Trafficking Awareness Team
Come meet the Human Trafficking Awareness Team and learn about their goals. Learn how you can become involved.

Darkness to Light Stewardship of Children Training
Friday, January 27 / 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus / Cost: $15
Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Their programs raise awareness and educate adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Register here.

Second Life Chattanooga
Tuesday, January 31 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Chattanooga Campus
Eryn Hawks, Second Life
Come hear from Eryn about the impact the sex trafficking industry has in Tennessee and ways you can get involved to help bring restoration and healing.

Exciting Faculty Changes at Richmont

ATLANTA, GA & CHATTANOOGA, TN – JANUARY 19, 2017 – What an exciting time to be a member of the Richmont family! From CACREP accreditation to a new president, God is leading us forward in his work and bringing us new people to join the cause.

Along these lines, we are pleased to announce Dr. Mary Plisco will be the new Director of Research at Richmont starting in July. She replaces Dr. Tim Sisemore, who is stepping away from teaching responsibilities in order to focus on his practice. The thesis program at Richmont excites Plisco, and she looks forward to engaging with students and faculty who take on research projects to advance Kingdom work in the field of counseling. Says Plisco, “I’m thrilled to accept this role, to work with everyone in the Richmont family who is enthusiastic about research. I aim to serve as an approachable mentor and consultant who can help our students and faculty refine their ideas into effective research that will inform the counseling community.” Plisco invites students to visit or email her with any thoughts or questions that come to mind as they consider the role of research in their academic and professional careers.

Additionally, two prospective faculty members will visit the Richmont’s campuses in the coming days. The first is Paul Swindle, ABD, who will join Dr. Sutherland’s Social and Cultural Issues class on Tuesday, January 24, for a sample lecture. Swindle anticipates graduating from her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision in May 2017, having completed a dissertation on spiritual abuse. The second potential faculty member is Tyler Rogers, PhD. Those in Dr. Slater’s Psychopathology course will hear a sample lecture from Rogers on February 7. His Marriage & Family Therapy degree is from Reformed Theological Seminary, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2013 with a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. We invite everyone to visit these classes and experience the teaching styles of these two candidates.

Finally, it is with deep regret that we announce the resignation of Dr. Ryan Thompson as clinical faculty member and therapist at Henegar Counseling Center. Richmont is a stronger place thanks to Thompson’s investment in the lives of his students and clients. He was instrumental in bringing Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT) to the Richmont community and to the Child and Adolescent Certificate Program. We wish him well in his new teaching venture at Eastern Mennonite University. Thompson states, “Richmont has been foundational for me as a former PSI student and currently as a professor and clinician. The students here are compassionate, hopeful, and diligent, and working with the faculty has been deeply meaningful to me. Henegar also has been an amazing place to learn from gifted colleagues, to serve the local community, and to develop incredible friendships.” Thompson’s resignation from the faculty will take effect after the spring 2017 semester, and his practice at Henegar will conclude on July 28, 2017. “My prayers for Richmont and Henegar will continue, as Richmont is a special place to me. I will always be grateful to have been part of this team.”

Compassion Stress Management

Compassion Stress Management

Compassion Stress Management

Registration: Click Here.

This event is not sponsored by the Alumni Association and does not fall under the benefits of a Founding Membership.

When: February 3, 2017

8:30am -5:00pm (lunch on your own)

Where: Richmont Graduate University- Atlanta Campus, 1900 The Exchange SE, Suite 100

Continuing Education: 6 NBCC CE Clock Hours Awarded. 6 approved CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists. Partial attendance is not awarded.

Certification Criteria:  This course satisfies the criteria for Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist.

Target Audience:  This is an intermediate level training for professionals, students, and laypersons working with traumatized populations, including disaster survivors.

Fees:

  • Students= $80.00
  • Professionals= $120.00

Presenter: Vanessa Snyder, PhD

Dr.Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Traumatologist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training.. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: sexual abuse and trauma; trauma effects on the God perception; trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma; secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders. She is currently working with on research and program evaluations of trauma treatment models in sex trafficking shelters.

Topic: This workshop will enable each course participant to effectively build a therapeutic alliance and focus on the professional’s current self-care status, building a commitment to wellness and the motivation to fundamentally transform his or her work life style. This transformation to wellness includes but is not limited to teaching effective compassion stress management methods for both containment/control of unwanted distress and finding and applying effective desensitization methods in therapy.

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

  • Articulates the developmental history of compassion fatigue including countertransference, caregiver stress, burnout, vicarious traumatization, and secondary traumatic stress.
  • Differentiates between compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and vicarious traumatization.
  • Articulates the unique array of symptoms indigenous to compassion fatigue.
  • Assesses and identifies symptoms of compassion fatigue in self and others.
  • Recognizes compassion fatigue triggers and early warning signs
  • Articulates current theoretical models for the etiology and transmission of compassion fatigue.
  • Articulates and teaches others the potential effects of traumatic stress upon systems (marriage, family, workplace, etc).
  • Identifies and utilizes resources and plans for resiliency and prevention for self and ability to facilitate this plan with others.
  • Knowledge of what is required to create and maintain a self-care plan for self and others and familiar with the Academy of Traumatology’s Standards of Self Care for Traumatologists
  • Knowledge of what is required to facilitate a self-care plan for self and others.
  • Knowledge about providing psycho-education on the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of compassion fatigue.
  • Knowledgeable of and abides by the Academy of Traumatology Standards of Practice and Ethics

Agenda:

Part I – Introduction and Overview
Part II – Definitions
Part III – Theory of Compassion Fatigue
Part IV Standards of Care
Part V – Inventories of Self Care
Part VI – Creating a Self-Care Plan
Part VII – Creating a Self-Care Plan

Registration: Click Here.

For questions regarding this course, please contact Dr. Vanessa Snyder at vsndyer@richmont.edu.

For questions about registration or Continuing Education, please contact Martha Busby at mbusby@richmont.edu.

Refunds must be requested prior to the start of the course.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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InterVaristy Press and Richmont Graduate University Partner to Continue Work of Conversations

For more than a decade Richmont Graduate University has published Conversations Journal, providing spiritually thoughtful and intellectually rich content to an audience seeking spiritual formation. As we release the final print edition of Conversations, Richmont is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with InterVarsity Press to continue providing content and connection for Conversations subscribers.

“InterVarsity Press has been involved from the conception of Conversations in providing article content, editorial direction, and support through advertising. The visions of Conversations, Richmont Graduate University, and our spiritual formation publishing in our Formatio line of books are strongly aligned,” said Cindy Bunch, IVP associate publisher, editorial. “We are eager to continue to support the good work of Conversations over the years and to expand the conversation about spiritual formation to a broader group of readers.”

The first free monthly e-newsletter containing content similar to that found in Conversations Journal will go out in January 2017. It will be distributed to Conversations subscribers and to IVP’s Formatio subscribers and will contain original articles as well as excerpts from IVP books. Richmont will continue to maintain the Conversations app and the website, conversationsjournal.com, where former subscribers can purchase back issues and visitors can receive one free issue download, find content, and sign up or unsubscribe for the newsletter.  To register to receive the newsletter, click the Formatio logo below:

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Gary Moon, founding editor of Conversations, said, “The Conversations Journal was born over fifteen years ago out of a number of greatly enjoyable and rawly honest conversations. The dominant theme was authentic transformation and why that condition seemed so difficult to live out. While I am sad that economic realities mean that normal life for this publication has come to an end, I am delighted that two of the journal’s most faithful partners, IVP and Richmont Graduate University, will be keeping the conversation going in the form of a monthly newsletter which will feature new content and reminders from the old.”

Although the social media pages for Conversations will no longer be active, readers can like Formatio on Facebook and follow @Formatio on Twitter for similar content.

Bob Rodgers, president of Richmont Graduate University, said, “We are pleased that Conversations will be able to continue with a newsletter and online presence with two core partners from the life of the journal: Richmont Graduate University and InterVarsity Press. I am thrilled that InterVarsity Press has the vision to continue to provide new content to subscribers that will be consistent with the themes and approach we’ve had all along. Past issues will continue to be archived online and available through the ongoing work of Richmont. We owe a great debt to editors Tara Mansbridge Owens and Joannah Sadler for their work over many years, and I am pleased that their good work will carry on in this new form.”

Bunch said, “I am grateful to Bob Rodgers for this opportunity to continue to serve Conversations subscribers. I will be personally involved in developing newsletter content. I hope that current subscribers will join us on social media by following Formatio on Facebook and Twitter. I look forward to engaging you there.”