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Monthly archive: September 2013

Dr. Doug Rosenau to Present at 2013 Alumni Reunion & Workshop

On Friday, November 1, Dr. Doug Rosenau will present, “The Colors of Intimacy: A Model for Enriching and Restoring Marital Lovemaking,” for Richmont’s alumni reunion and workshop. The event will be held in the Great Hall at Mt. Paran Church of God which is across the street from Richmont’s Atlanta campus. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a Hors d’oeuvres reception and will end at 9:00 p.m. Participants will be eligible to receive three hours of continuing education credit.

Presenter: Dr. Douglas Rosenau, Th.M., Ed.D.

D. Rosenau picDoug 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.

Workshop Information: “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.

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 Total Intimacy and healthy sexuality within marriage.
  • Discuss the “Colors” model as an effective intervention for restoring sexual intimacy in traumatized marriages.

Fees & Registration:

Click here to register online.

  • 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
  • Non-members/Friends of Alumni: $50.00

Please contact Autumn Stephenson at for questions regarding the event or your membership status. To request a refund, please contact Autumn Stephenson at Refunds will only be issued if requested prior to October 30.

Continuing Education:

Three NBCC-approved clock hours awarded. Three approved clock hours for psychologists awarded. Seeking approval for Three GAMFT-approved core hours.

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.


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.

Richmont Student’s Thesis Accepted for Publication

ATLANTA, GA – (September 13, 2013)

Current Licensed Professional Counseling student Katie Rider’s thesis has been accepted for publication by Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Titled: “Religious Coping Style as a Predictor of the Severity of Anorectic Symptomology,” Rider’s thesis was also accepted for presentation in March 2013 by the Southeastern Psychological Association’s (SEPA) annual conference, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Preparing to graduate in May 2014, Rider has pursued Richmont’s Licensed Professional Counseling track with a specialization in addictions. Her impressive senior thesis, in particular, offers empirical data regarding anorexic patients’ views of God’s grace and religious coping styles.

Reflecting on her thesis research Rider said, “I’m excited about this research because it empirically demonstrates the importance and value of incorporating religion, and Christian religious themes in particular, into the anorexia treatment process.” 

Richmont faculty Drs. DeAnne Terrell and Timothy Sisemore supported Rider in her thesis efforts and serve as second and third authors on the accepted article. Additionally, Dr. Janet Hecht of Talent by Design Consulting provided valuable statistical assistance.

 “As Director of Research, I am most proud of Katie’s work.  She is a role model for researchers in her diligence, time management, clarity of thought, use of resources, and writing style,” said CBI Director and Richmont Faculty member, Dr. Tim Sisemore. “I am delighted for her to publish her thesis, though frankly I am not in the least surprised.”

Henegar/CBI Counseling Center Welcomes New Counselors to Clinical Staff

CHATTANOOGA, TN – (September 12, 2013)

The Henegar/CBI Counseling Center, a part of Richmont Graduate University, is pleased to announce the additions of two new counselors to its clinical staff.

  • Jane Neall, recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and brings a wealth of life experience to her work as a counselor. Her personal journey as a nurse, wife, mother, and cancer survivor uniquely equips her to serve clients throughout Chattanooga. Jane summarizes her approach to counseling saying, “I use an interpersonal process approach to therapy which means I understand current problems through the lens of personal history, patterns of thinking and relational style, but focus the therapy on current behavior and relationships. I use some cognitive behavioral therapy approaches and solution-focused approaches when appropriate.”
  • Ryan Thompson, began his training at Richmont in Atlanta before going to George Fox University where he completed a Psy.D. He is now a licensed psychologist and joins the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center from Hatch’s House of Hope in Chattanooga. He is a well-trained and experienced in psychological assessment, particularly cognitive functioning, and will provide counseling services to adults and children. He is also near certification as a trainer in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and will provide this important service to families as well as teaching other clinicians and interns the skills of PCIT. Dr. Thompson is also an adjunct professor at Richmont and will now serve as a member of the Clinical Faculty.

“Henegar/CBI Counseling Center continues to be blessed by God’s “parade of providence” in bringing such wonderful counselors to our staff,” said CBI Director and Richmont faculty member, Dr. Tim Sisemore. “I am very thankful for the superior quality of clinicians we have gathered here.”

About the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center: 

For more than 30 years, CBI has offered a broad range of counseling and psychological services to the Chattanooga community. Pursuing the highest professional standards, CBI remains true to the Christian tradition of faith and caring. On average, licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, and insured student interns provide approximately 1,400 client sessions per month.

As CBI’s fiscal agent, Richmont Graduate University has campuses in Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Richmont offers master’s-level training in counseling to help individuals, families and groups successfully confront life’s challenges. Presently, students pursue master’s degrees in: Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Ministry, and Psychological Studies as well as specializations in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, and trauma counseling.

Currently, these two new Henegar/CBI counselors are currently taking new clients. Scheduling information can be obtained by calling 423-756-2894 or by visiting: Open five days a week, the counseling center’s physical address is: 1815 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404.

Richmont Graduate University and Emmanuel College Offer Joint Master’s and Bachelor’s Option

ATLANTA, GA and CHATTANOOGA, TN – (August 21, 2013)

On Friday, August 9, Richmont Graduate University and Emmanuel College officially entered into a strategic partnership to offer Richmont’s “3+2” program on Emmanuel’s Franklin Springs, Georgia campus. The 3+2 program will offer Emmanuel students the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Emmanuel in three years and their Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree from Richmont in two years, resulting in five years of undergraduate and graduate coursework.

“We are honored to partner with Dr. Stewart and the incredibly talented faculty, staff and students at Emmanuel College,” said Richmont President Bob Rodgers. “The 3+2 program is a fantastic way for students to accomplish two degrees and reduce the amount of time and expense that is traditionally required to complete a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. We look forward to welcoming the first class of Emmanuel students into this partnership this fall.”

Ultimately, by participating in the 3+2 program, students are typically able to significantly reduce their overall tuition costs and the amount of time they spend in graduate school. After spending three years at a partner institution, 3+2 participants may pursue their master’s degree in Richmont’s School of Counseling or School of Psychology.

“Richmont and Emmanuel share a common purpose and framework for teaching quality academics in a Christ-centered environment,” said Emmanuel President, Dr. Michael Stewart. “Our collaboration will strengthen both institutions and provide students a unique opportunity to prepare themselves for the future. We truly excited about the possibilities.”