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Richmont CPCE Scores Outshine National Mean Fourth Year in a Row

ATLANTA, GA AND CHATTANOOGA, TN – FEBRUARY 2016 – In January, Richmont’s 68 graduating students took the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and substantially exceeded the national mean of 83.86 for the fourth year in a row. On Richmont’s Chattanooga campus, students garnered a mean score of 98.73, while Richmont’s Atlanta students achieved an equally impressive mean score of 92.55.

“The Board of Trustees and I simply could not be prouder of Richmont’s faculty and students; the scores of the CPCE exam give a clear picture why. These nationally impressive numbers reflect each person’s dedication to excellence in the field of helping others,” said President Bob Rodgers.

According to the website for the Center for Credentialing & Education, the CPCE is used by more than 400 universities across the United States and “provides a…comprehensive exam that meets high psychometric standards” that “compare a program’s results to national data” and “gives students comparative strength and weakness feedback” (www.cce-global.org). The 160-question exam evaluates students on eight subject areas and allows universities to receive an objective view of student’s level of knowledge.

“We are tremendously proud of our students and their commitment to becoming excellent clinicians,” said Dr. Stephen Bradshaw, Dean of the Schools of Counseling and Psychology. “Their strong performance on the CPCE reveals both their personal diligence and the exceptional quality of the counseling program at Richmont. We are exceptionally proud that as outstanding as these scores are, they don’t even address the integrative part of the curriculum – that aspect of a Richmont education that highlights sensitivity to the work of faith-based issues in the counseling room.”

Performance on the CPCE is considered 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 2016 CPCE scores match students’ most recent performance on the NCE. Our students pursuing a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling attained a 100% passing rate with a mean score of 118.5, compared to the national mean score of 109.71 for students in CACREP-accredited programs.

Richmont Introduces the Institute of Traumatology

ATLANTA, GA AND CHATTANOOGA, TN – FEBRUARY 2016 – Richmont is partnering with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) to offer certification through the Richmont Institute of Traumatology (RIT). Individuals completing the course of study are granted Green Cross recognition as Field and Certified Traumatologists. Growing out of a desire to bring hope and healing to those who suffer from trauma, RIT operates in a three-tiered approach: (1) Educate students in trauma treatment through theory and clinical work, (2) Treat those who have suffered trauma through the establishment of trauma centers, and (3) Train professionals to help people in crisis following traumatic events.

President Bob Rodgers says, “The focus of the Gospel is to reach out to those who are hurting. The Richmont Institute of Traumatology will allow us to do this more effectively as an organization and to train others to do so as well.”

The next opportunity available from the Richmont Institute of Traumatology is a training in Disaster, Stress, and Field Traumatology, which will occur on the Atlanta campus (1900 The Exchange SE, Atlanta) on April 29 and 30. This event fulfills a partial training requirement for the Green Cross as a Field and Certified Traumatologist.

Dr. Vanessa Snyder, a professor of counseling and traumatology at Richmont, says, “We are proud to be a university that is connected to the organizations doing this kind of work. We are bringing holistic help to traumatized individuals. Clothes and money alone are not enough.”

The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) is an international organization that provides humanitarian relief in the form of trained service providers and traumatologists, most of whom are licensed mental health caregivers. When traumatic events occur anywhere in the world, GCAT is pleased to respond to requests for assistance from individuals and organizations. Richmont is excited to be a part of such a vital mission.

For more information, contact Vanessa Snyder (vsnyder@richmont.edu) or visit www.greencross.org.

Richmont to Participate in National Research Project

ATLANTA, GA AND CHATTANOOGA, TN – FEBRUARY 2016 – Richmont has been invited to participate in Project Amazing Grace, a prestigious national research project jointly spearheaded by Biola University and the University of California at Davis, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The research initiative will investigate the nature, impact, and influence of understanding God’s grace. To that end, the project’s foundational question states, “How and in what ways is grace fundamental to human existence and wellbeing?”

Dr. Timothy Sisemore, Director of Research, says, “Richmont is pleased to see its research initiatives noticed and enhanced by participation in these important meetings.”

In January, Sisemore presented to Project Amazing Grace’s Core Research Team the story of the Richmont Grace Scale and its evolution into the Dimensions of Grace Scale, which is to be published shortly in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Future directions of the scale include planned theses for two Richmont students.

Sisemore was further invited to participate in Biola University/Rosemead School of Psychology’s annual Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality, a select gathering of top researchers in the field in which participants learn of others’ research projects and exchange ideas. Sisemore presented Richmont’s Psychotherapy Outcomes Project (RPOP) to the group as a model for training and data gathering.

President Bob Rodgers says, “Richmont is honored to be included in this important research project. Understanding the grace offered to us by God transforms the way we live. As such, Richmont is committed to studying the application of grace in the field of psychology to reshape clients’ lives for years to come.”

Project Amazing Grace’s primary empirical goal as stated on the project’s website is, “to investigate how humanly experienced divine grace has the capacity to profoundly enhance and elevate human flourishing.” For more information, please consult Project Amazing Grace’s online presence at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Amazing-Grace/696913600428471?hc_location=ufi.

Seven Richmont Faculty Chosen to Present at CAPS National Conference

ATLANTA, GA AND CHATTANOOGA, TN – JANUARY 2016 – Seven core faculty members from Richmont Graduate University have been selected to present at the national conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). Proposals are chosen via blind review of several readers. Out of the thousands of submissions from scholars across the world undergoing scrutiny from multiple leaders in the field, seven Richmont proposals received acceptance letters.

“Richmont is excited to pursue its goal of being a contributor to new knowledge in Christian counseling, not just a distributor of knowledge. To that end, we are blessed to have seven of our core faculty presenting at the premier Christian counseling and psychology conference in the world. This shows that the research being done here is having a national and international impact,” says Dr. Timothy Sisemore, Director of Research at Richmont.

The national conference will be held March 10-12 at the Hilton Pasadena Hotel in Pasadena, California. Several hundred attendees will experience workshops, trainings, and presentations within the framework of the 2016 theme: “Connect: The Healing Power of Relationship.” Sessions by Richmont faculty include Facing Death: Faith, Coping, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, by Dr. Timothy Sisemore; Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: Critical Levels of Community Intervention and Treatment, by Dr. Sonja Sutherland and Dr. Lorrie Slater; Encouraging Self-Care in Counselor Training: Advancing Healthy Practices of Student Interns, by Dr. Jama White, Dr. Mary Plisco, and Dr. Amanda Blackburn; Sexual Trauma Therapy and Sex Therapy: Complement or Conundrum?, by Dr. Vanessa Snyder and Dr. Debra Taylor; and Facing the Ethical Challenges of Being a Person of Faith in the Mental Health Professions: A Roundtable, featuring Dr. Timothy Sisemore and three colleagues.

President Bob Rodgers says, “We are thrilled for the work of our faculty members to receive recognition at this prestigious conference. Scholarship at Richmont is an aspect of stewardship; we use the intellectual capabilities the Lord has given us to discover how better to serve those in need and then share what we learn with others in our field.”

The mission of CAPS is to further psychological research in a Christian lens, always keeping the focus on those who are served and how to best reach them with the hope and love of Christ. CAPS members include a wide spectrum of professionals, including psychologists, counselor educators, psychiatrists, physicians, marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, researchers, pastors, chaplains, theologians, and students in related fields. The ideas shared at the national conference often become catalysts for new projects, thus creating an ever-increasing reach for Christians in the helping professions.

For a full schedule of events at the CAPS conference, visit CAPS.net.

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.”