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Richmont One Step Closer to CACREP Accreditation

ATLANTA, GA AND CHATTANOOGA, TN – JANUARY 2016 – Richmont Graduate University received word from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) that a site visit will occur in the next 12-15 weeks. This is the final linchpin before a decision can be made regarding CACREP accreditation of Richmont’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

President Bob Rodgers says, “This is wonderful news for our university, and we are excited to continue God’s work in new ways as a result of this opportunity. I am so grateful for everyone that has played a part in this process. We look forward to hosting the CACREP team very soon.”

CACREP accredits universities based on the rigor of their standards, the quality of their content, and their balanced approach to counselor education. Counselors in training who graduate from CACREP-accredited programs routinely experience higher first-time pass rates on the National Counselor Exam (NCE), better brand recognition of their degree, and a streamlined process toward licensure in the field. By choosing a CACREP-accredited graduate program, students are certain they will receive high quality, well regarded content to prepare them for their new career in mental health work.

Dr. Stephen Bradshaw, Dean of the Schools of Counseling and Psychology, said in an announcement to Richmont students, “We anticipate the many ways in which this will strengthen Richmont’s reputation and better serve our students.”

CACREP accreditation is currently being sought for Richmont’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; however, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy will undergo a similar process in the near future with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Richmont Professor Publishes Undergraduate Textbook

CHATTANOOGA – DECEMBER 2015 – This fall, Dr. Timothy A. Sisemore published his eighth book, entitled The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: From the Inside Out. The textbook, destined for undergraduate courses in the ever-expanding field of the psychology of religion, has met with high praise from scholars in the discipline, including Kenneth I. Pargament and Mark R. McMinn.

Sisemore’s text looks at psychological research regarding religious practices worldwide to reflect on the ways in which our belief systems shape our lives in both positive and negative ways. Topics discussed in the book range from the historical roots of the psychology of religion to the biological impact of faith and the psychological character of near-death experiences. The book does not stop with conventional faith systems and practices, however: even serpent-handling is examined. Other topics include conversion experiences, spiritual development across the lifespan, the relationship between religion and culture, and clinical application of the research of psychology of religion.

Sisemore takes a mixed methods approach in the textbook, offering a survey of the empirical literature but also integrating qualitative stories from persons of faith across the globe, including Africa, Lebanon, Iran, and China. This affords the text a unique and effective balance of data presentation and phenomenological experience. The textbook also features practical material, such as healthy and unhealthy ways to pray. For example, Sisemore explores the phenomenon of individuals attempting to use God for wish fulfillment.

While Sisemore’s stance is pro-faith, he refrains from slanting the text to the extent possible, which he considers one of his chief struggles during the text’s composition. “How do you stay neutral in a discussion of religion?” he asks. Responding his own question, Sisemore garnered stories from all major faith traditions, including atheism. While it is the author’s hope that the message of faith shines compellingly through The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, his focus is squarely on his audience and showing respect to each faith system that will inevitably comprise it. Sisemore aims throughout the text to demonstrate the beauty of faith and its positive effect on most lives.

The title will be released on December 21, 2015.

“Up-to-date, comprehensive, informative, engaging, and easy to digest – this is the text of choice for undergraduate psychology of religion courses. Sisemore has done a wonderful job capturing the psychology of religion and spirituality in its richness and complexity. His approach is fair-minded and scholarly, yet always sensitive to the experience of religion and spirituality ‘from the inside out.’ A marvelous contribution to the field.”

Kenneth I. Pargament, Ph.D.

Bowling Green State University

Editor-in-Chief, APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality (Vols. 1 and 2)

“In The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Dr. Sisemore has crafted a remarkable volume that is simultaneously concise, thorough, and accessible. I heartily recommend this book for undergraduate psychology of religion courses and expect it will be used in a number of postgraduate programs as well.”

Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D., ABPP

George Fox University

Former President of American Psychology Association’s Division 36,

Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

“Dr. Sisemore’s book is one of the most interesting I have ever read! He provides a clear survey of psychology of religion and spirituality, addressing a variety of issues – including controversial ones. Dr. Sisemore’s background in both psychology and theology gives him a unique perspective. Therefore, I highly recommend this great book for students in psychology and related disciplines, but also to researchers, colleagues, professionals, and all who have an interest in the topic.”

Mojtaba Dalir, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Lecturer at Islamic Azad University, Tehran Branch

Member Board of Directors, Iranian Association of Social Psychology

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Registration: click HERE

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

When: January 4-5, 2016, 9:00am- 5:30pm (lunch on your own)

Where: Richmont Graduate University

                 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100

                 Atlanta, GA 30339

Continuing Education: 15 NBCC-approved CE Clock hours Awarded. 15 approved CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists. Partial attendance is not awarded.

Fee: $225.00

Presenter: Timothy A. Sisemore, Ph.D.

Timothy A. Sisemore, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga and Atlanta.  He is also adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Dr. Sisemore’s research and practice focuses on anxiety disorders and the relationship of Christian faith and psychology.  His latest book is The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: From the Inside Out. Dr. Sisemore has a forthcoming article on a Christian translation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the journal Christian Psychology.

Topic: This introductory seminar surveys the philosophical and empirical foundations of ACT, introduces the basic ACT hexaflex model, and presents basic techniques for each of the dimensions of the hexaflex: cognitive defusion, acceptance, being present, self-as-context, defining valued directions, and willingness. All which work toward the core skill of psychological flexibility. Some of the empirical support for ACT will be presented, and the model will be interpreted for use with Christian counselees.

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

  • Articulate how an evidence based model of counseling can be “translated” for use with a specifically religious population.
  • Explain the context of the development of ACT as a “third generation” behavioral treatment.
  • Describe the role of relational frame theory in ACT.
  • Explain the role of suffering as understood from an ACT perspective.
  • Discuss with clients how acceptance can be helpful in therapy.
  • Help clients identify and pursue valued directions in life.
  • Explain what defusion is and how it improves psychological functioning.
  • Articulate how mindfulness is used in ACT and translated for use with Christians.
  • Identify how psychological inflexibility is a core problem in many disorders.
  • Utilize the hexaflex model to formulate counseling.
  • Cite sources for which empirical evidence supports utilizing ACT.
  • Utilize at least one therapeutic intervention for each of the 6 points of the hexaflex.

January 5

Tentative outline:

Overview of the core terms of ACT and a Christian Translation of them

Introduction to ACT

What is a Christian translation?

Central terms in its philosophy and methodology, and Christian translation of them

Functional contextualism

Relational Frame Theory

Mindfulness

Psychological Flexibility

Self as Context

Values

Committed Action

Introducing the Hexaflex

 

 

January 6

The therapeutic relationship in ACT

Case formulation in ACT

Introducing ACT to clients

Techniques for each point on the hexaflex

Acceptance

Defusion

Contact with the Present Moment

Self-as-Context

Values

Committed Action

A Case Example

 

 

Registration: Click HERE

Please direct your questions regarding registration to Autumn Stephenson at astephenson@richmont.edu.

Refunds must be requested prior to January 4, 2016

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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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.”

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 Graduate Writes Second Book on Christmas

CLEVELAND, TN – (December 5, 2014)

On November 28, Richmont alumna, Jennifer Hand, published her second e-book, 25 Days to Coming Alive. Featuring 25 story driven devotionals, this book provides an invitation for readers to “come alive” by connecting with the King during advent.

“It was in the early morning hours when I felt the Lord whisper the calling to write this book,” said Hand. “I was in my grandfather’s hospice room, listening to his labored breathing, wondering if it would be his last. Life had stilled and I began to think about the upcoming Christmas season.”

Knowing how busy the holidays can become for many people, Hand hopes her book will serve as an invitation for people to pause and remember the joy and miracles of the story of Christ coming to earth. Currently, the book is available for purchase on Amazon.

In March of this year, Hand released her first book, 31 Days to Coming Alive. It quickly landed on Amazon’s list of bestselling devotionals. The popular devotional helps people easily connect their hearts with Christ in order to come alive in their daily lives. Each daily devotional is written to connect scripture to reader’s hearts using life stories and topics include: coming alive in confidence, coming alive in prayer, coming alive in courage, coming alive in your common, and coming alive in community. These devotions speak to the reader’s soul and the heart at the end of each day and include a few questions or directives to practically apply the concepts.

After graduating from Richmont in 2012, Hand started Coming Alive Ministries to help people come alive in Christ through counseling, conferences and written resources. Today, Coming Alive Ministries provides opportunities for women to come alive in Christ through conferences and retreats, counseling, and written and multimedia resources. In particular, the conferences are designed to encourage attendees to live alive in Christ through worship, the Word, laughter, fellowship and fun. While teaching approximately 40 retreats and conferences a year across the globe, Hand also engages missionary families in counseling as a professional counselor.

Richmont Professor Travels to Moldova to Train Counselors

ATLANTA, GA – (October 28, 2014)

This October, Vanessa Snyder, Assistant Professor of Counseling at Richmont, traveled to Moldova to conduct research and provide training on a trauma treatment model for staff working with victims of sex trafficking. Partnering with Hope for Justice, Snyder has traveled and trained with the organization in the past. This trip, however, focused on teaching the organization’s residential workers in aftercare shelters best practices within the three phase “heart trauma model.” Ideally, aftercare therapists will be better equipped to offer a more holistic approach to their clients who have experienced immense adverse life experiences.

Moldova-1“There is such a strong focus on the rescue of children and women who are being trafficked. While this is a necessity, it can, at times eclipse an equally desperate need for quality aftercare services,” said Snyder. “Having evidence based treatment for survivors of such complex trauma and organizations that are trauma-informed is a passion of mine.”

A 2008 graduate of Richmont, Snyder will be completing her degree in December from Regent University with her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her areas of research interests include: sexual abuse and trauma; trauma effects on the God perception; and complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking. With her teaching experience and specialized research, her relationship with Hope for Justice has grown over the last three years. Later this month, Snyder plans to speak at the organization’s national conference in Nashville, Tennessee to present her research and trip experiences.

A licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, Snyder’s work in Moldova is not only preparing aftercare workers to offer whole-person focused treatment, but the data she collects and studies from the shelters informs future service provision and therapeutic practice across the counseling field. Best practices in aftercare shelters is a passion of Snyder’s and her studies influence individual treatment models, self care for clinicians, and future organizational development.

Richmont Professor Travels to Uganda to Teach Counselors

ATLANTA, GA – (September 30, 2014)

This fall, Sonja Sutherland, one of Richmont’s newest faculty members in the School of Counseling, traveled to Mukono, Uganda in collaboration with Regent University to teach master’s level counselors and therapists. This was Professor Sutherland’s third trip to Africa, and her second to Uganda. Her team conducted classes for about 100 people through Uganda Christian University on assessment, counseling as a science, and counselor supervision.

“Having been to Uganda before on evangelist mission, this trip was different because it was a perfect melding of my personal mission and professional passion for teaching,” said Sutherland. “Being able to serve in this way in a country where there are so few counseling and counselor-training resources was very exciting.”

Preparing to finish her Ph.D. dissertation this fall through Regent, Sutherland taught a lecture series on supervision including models of supervision, developing the supervisory alliance, self supervising skills, evaluation, and more. While the lecture series went exceptionally well, Sutherland was reminded of the patriarchal society that still heavily rules families and dictates behavior in Uganda. Because societal traditions remain that are considered clinically detrimental on the individual level, the team was challenged to work collaboratively with Ugandan counselors and counselors-in-training to create unique interventions that would be effective within their cultural norms.

“At present, there are no systems in place to confront some of the more harmful traditions,” said Sutherland. “While my team and I didn’t anticipate encountering such controversial and challenging clinical dilemmas linked to traditional Ugandan culture, I believe we were still able to provide many effective resources to help Christian counselors, counselors-in-training, and the newly established Uganda Counseling Association. Many indicated they felt better equipped to impact their culture in ways they deemed most important and most critical for the public benefit.”

As a result of this trip, Uganda Christian University has expressed an interest in developing a partnership with Richmont in order to welcome more teaching teams and hopefully even counseling interns.