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Restoring the Pleasure

Saturday, June 24, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Richmont Graduate University

1900 The Exchange, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

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

Registration: click here

PRESENTERS

Dr. Clifford and Joyce Penner are sexual therapists, educators and the authors of ten books. They work together as a team:

  • Counseling individuals and couples,
  • Leading sexual enhancement seminars for couples,
  • Teaching sex-education for pre-teens and their parents,
  • Speaking with men’s and women’s groups,
  • Lecturing at universities, and
  • Training fellow professionals throughout the world.  In addition to Canada, Mexico and the U.S., they have taught in Jamaica, Kenya, the Philippines, Singapore, Bali, Jakarta, Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.

Cliff Penner, PhD

Cliff Penner, PhD is a clinical psychologist, received a B.A. from Bethel College, St. Paul, MN; earned a M.A. in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and has his Ph.D. from Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA.

Joyce Penner, MN

Joyce Penner, MN is a clinical nurse specialist has a B.S. in nursing from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in psychosomatic nursing and nursing education from U.C.L.A.

The Penners are best known for their pioneer work in encouraging people of all faiths to connect their sexuality with their belief system ─ helping them embrace sex as good and of God, opening the topic of sexuality within churches of many denominations.You may reach them at 626.449.2525 or penners@attglobal.net and learn more about them and their associates.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Sexual problems do not heal themselves; in fact they perpetuate themselves & fuel tension in marriage. Talk therapy alone rarely reverses these negative sexual patterns. Family of origin factors, which frequently contribute to sexual issues, need to be understood, but understanding does not change negative sexual interactions. Likewise, the person with past trauma or habituated responses must process the impact these have on sexual intimacy and be empowered to overcome those consequences. However, their sexual patterns often do not change as the result of that therapy. Restoring the Pleasure presents a comprehensive, systematic approach in which the couple is retrained to behave and communicate with each other in ways that reduce demand, enhance mutual pleasure and, facilitate the natural physiological sexual responses.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Within the context of this 6-hour workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Assess updated knowledge, principles, information, and tools to be utilized in treating couples presenting with distressing sexual issues.
  • Explain the multiple domains of negative sexual issues.
  • Observe course presenters demonstrate how to apply this knowledge, information, and interventions into clinical practice.
  • Practice applying this knowledge, information, and interventions in dyads.
  • Recognize and practice safe therapeutic boundaries when dealing with sexual issues in the clinical setting.
  • Explain the accuracy and utility of materials presented, limitations of content, and most common risks when practicing sex therapy.

BASIC TOPIC SCHEDULE

Time Lecture Topic
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Restoring the Pleasure Part I
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Round Table Discussion with Cliff and Joyce Penner
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM Restoring the Pleasure Part II
3:00 – 4:30 PM Guided Peer Consultation Groups with Cliff and Joyce Penner


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Continuing Education: 6 CE clock hours available

Workshop Level: Beginner

Course Schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

One 15 minute morning break | One hour lunch break | One 15 minute afternoon break

Fees

$150.00 per registrant.

Or

Register for Restoring the Pleasure and the Sexual Ethics CE (Friday, June 23rd) and receive a $50.00 discount. Attend both CE events and receive 12 CE clock hours for only $250.00 per registrant.

Registration

For registration click here

For CE or registration questions, please contact Martha Busby at

mbusby@richmont.edu

For other questions, please contact Mallory Reynolds or Cory Taylor at

m.reynolds@sexualwholeness.com

c.rodgers@sexualwholeness.com

Also

The Penners are inviting you to email them at penners@attglobal.net with any topics, questions, and client situations related to Sexual Retraining that you would like them to address during this 6 hour work-shop. Please email before the week of June 24th, 2017

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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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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Psychology of Aging

Psychology of Aging

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

Where: Richmont Graduate University

                 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100

                 Atlanta, GA 30339

Continuing Education: 6.5 NBCC-approved CE Clock hours Awarded. 6.5 approved CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists.

Fee: $100.00

Presenter: DeAnne Terrell, Ph.D.

 Registration: Click HERE

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

Refunds must be requested prior to January 3, 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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Grief and Bereavement

Grief and Bereavement

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 6, 2016, 9:00am- 5:30pm (lunch on your own)

Where: Richmont Graduate University

                 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100

                 Atlanta, GA 30339

Continuing Education: 6.5 NBCC-approved CE Clock hours Awarded. 6.5 approved CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists. No Partial Credit will be awarded.

Fee: $100.00

Presenters: Amanda Blackburn, Psy.D. and Vanessa Snyder, Ph.D.

Dr. Amanda Blackburn is Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Licensed Psychologist. Psy.D., M.A.  Wheaton College; B.A., Asbury College. Specializations: Adolescent and Adult Women’s Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Grief, Spiritual Issues, Depression and Anxiety. Member: APA, CAPS.

Dr.Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training. She is a 2008 graduate as well as the Dean of Clinical Affairs at Richmont Graduate University. 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 Hope for Justice (Nashville, TN) on research and program evaluations of trauma treatment models in sex trafficking shelters. Vanessa is also the Academic Dean for the Institute of Sexual Wholeness

 

Topic: 

This introductory course explores the grief and bereavement process from psychological, interpersonal, cultural, historical, developmental, systemic, and integrative perspectives. Those in the course will learn introductory level assessment and treatment of normal, pathological, and traumatic grief by health care professionals. Participants will explore components of a theology of suffering. The signifcance of therapist self-awareness, discernment, and self-care will also be discussed.

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

  • Identify and understand the changes, losses and transitions of bereavement.
  • Describe the biopsychosocial and spiritual components to grief.
  • Assess the effects of grief on the family system.
  • Demonstrate understanding of developmental and cultural differences that shape the bereavement process.
  • Explain the effects of the grief process on the physical and psychological system.
  • Apply strategies for competent grief work.

Registration: Click HERE

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

Refunds must be requested prior to January 5, 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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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Registration: click HERE

Richmont is opening a portion of this course 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: January 5, 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm (lunch on your own 12:00-1:30)

Where: Richmont Graduate University

                 1815 McCallie Avenue

                 Chattanooga, TN 37404

Continuing Education: 6.5 NBCC-approved CE Clock hours Awarded. 6.5 approved CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists.

Fees: $100.00

 Presenter: Erica Skidmore, Psy.D

Topic: The purpose of this introductory course is to develop individuals’ knowledge and skill in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with applications to individual and group mental health counseling. Participants examine theoretical foundations, research findings, basic principles, and the intervention strategies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with emphasis on group skills’ training. Emphasis is also placed on studying Borderline Personality Disorder with particular attention paid to theories of etiology and development. Strategies for applying a Christian theological framework to the theories of this approach and application of skills in counseling will also be discussed.

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

  • Discuss a basic developmental framework for understanding the etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder, along with the DSM-IV-TR criteria and other characteristics of this disorder.
  • Explain the empirically-validated uses of Dialectical Behavior Therapy across a variety of settings and diagnoses.
  • Demonstrate skills in applying the theories and techniques of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the therapeutic setting.
  • Apply the 4 Skills Training Modules of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to their own clinical work.

Registration: Click HERE

 

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

Refunds must be requested prior to January 5, 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 identifited. RGU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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

                                                                                   

Richmont Faculty Published in the Journal of Psychology & Theology

ATLANTA — AUGUST 2015 — Several Richmont Graduate University faculty members were featured authors in the most recent issue of the Journal of Psychology & Theology, a scholarly publication that focuses on the interrelationships of theological and psychological concepts.

The Summer 2015, Volume 43, Number 2 publication of the Journal of Psychology & Theology was a special issue on Religious Faith and the Virtues. The introduction to the issue was co-written by Richmont’s Dr. Timothy A. Sisemore, Director of Research and Professor of Counseling and Psychology, and Dr. Amanda M. Blackburn, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Counseling.

Richmont faculty members wrote or contributed to two other articles featured in the Journal of Psychology & Theology issue. Blackburn and Sisemore co-authored “Preliminary Analyses of Three Measures of Grace: Can They be Unified?” along with Dr. Rodger K. Bufford from George Fox University and Dr. Rodney L. Bassett from Roberts Wesleyan College. Blackburn also co-wrote “Rest as a Virtue: Theological Foundations and Application to Personal and Professional Life” with Richmont faculty members Dr. Jama L. White, Assistant Professor of Counseling, and Dr. Mary K. Plisco, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

“At Richmont, we say all the time that we are proud to have faculty members of the highest caliber. When their research and work is featured in a publication like the Journal of Psychology & Theology, we can see firsthand how well respected and highly qualified they truly are,” said Bob Rodgers, president of Richmont. “With our students learning from teachers and scholars as impressive as these, we are confident that Richmont graduates will go on to transform our community and make significant contributions to the counseling field, as well.”

The Journal of Psychology & Theology is a quarterly publication by Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. The articles from this issue are available for purchase or download here. Learn more about the Journal of Psychology & Theology or subscribe here.

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.