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Restoring the Pleasure

Restoring the Pleasure


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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


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 and learn more about them and their associates.


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.


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.


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


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


$150.00 per registrant.


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.


For registration click here

For CE or registration questions, please contact Martha Busby at

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


The Penners are inviting you to email them at 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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Richmont Scholarship Presented at APA, ACA, and CAPS National Conferences

Thirteen Richmont-affiliated researchers, including faculty and students alike, presented at three prestigious national conferences this spring: the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Research conducted by Richmont faculty and students is already well respected in the mental health field; however, as an increasing number of acceptances are awarded to Richmont researchers, our commitment to making advancements in the discipline is becoming more widely known.

Dr. Timothy Sisemore, Director of Research, delivered the keynote address at the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 36 (Society for Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) National Midyear Conference on April 7-8. His work was entitled, “Having Faith Versus Studying Faith: On Being a Christian in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.”

The 2017 International Conference for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) was held March 30-April 1 in Chicago, Illinois. The theme for the year was “Breaking Barriers: Poverty, Race, Culture, and Ethnicity” and featured a plethora of Richmont research. In a preconference workshop, Dr. Timothy Sisemore led an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training for Christian counselors, entitled “‘I’m Not Broken, Just Stuck’: A Christian Translation and Application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.” During the conference, Lisa Haselwander and Dr. Sisemore presented “The Impact of Parenting Style on an Individual’s Understanding of Grace and Attachment to God.” Dr. Doug Rosenau and Dr. Vanessa Snyder presented “Sexual Intimacy and the Myers-Briggs: 16 Ways to Love Your Lover.” Dr. Jama White and Dr. Amanda Blackburn, working with Dr. Steve Stratton, conducted an experiential workshop on Centering Prayer. Finally, Dr. Sisemore and Dr. Cook, of Huntington University, presented “Current and Future Trends in Clinical Training: Implications and Possibilities for Christian Clinicians.”

At the national conference of the American Counseling Association March 16-19 in San Francisco, Courtney Edwards and Dr. Lorrie Slater presented “Religious Orientation as a Predictor of Comfort with Homosexuality in the Church.” Dr. Mary Plisco gave an educational session on emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, in youth. Two additional posters were presented: “Mindfulness as an Intervention to Excessive Pornography Use” by Natalia Dias, Rebecca Lanier, and Morgan Wilkinson; and “Sexual Compulsivity and Attachment Patterns” by Natalia Dias, Dr. Vanessa Snyder, and Christine Baker.

We are so proud of all of the scholarship that originates within our university. Congratulations to these wonderful researchers and writers!

New Staff and Faculty Join the Richmont Family

We are so grateful for God’s many blessings on our university this year. We are especially pleased to announce the following important staff additions and updates:

  • New Co-Directors of Henegar Counseling Center and the Richmont Trauma Centers: Dr. Bill McGee and Pauline McLemore. We are so grateful for Dr. Jeff Eckert’s leadership in this role the past several years. He has been an insightful and compassionate director with whom staff and clients alike have thoroughly enjoyed working. While we will miss him, we are thrilled with him for his new venture in private practice with his wife, Dr. Kim Eckert. He will remain affiliated with Richmont as an adjunct professor. Upon Jeff’s transition, Bill and Pauline will assume their new roles. The strengths these two clinicians bring to the table are exciting, and we anticipate the centers flourishing under their direction.
  • New Director of Development: Kelly King-Lindstedt. Kelly’s résumé is impressive, including oversight and coordination of fundraising efforts for Adventure in Missions and a United States Congressman. As Director of Development, based in Atlanta, Kelly will figure prominently in expanding Richmont’s donor base and creating opportunities for us to secure the funds we need to strengthen our current programming and take on new challenges for those we serve.
  • New Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of the School of Counseling (MFT): Dr. Cara Cochran. Cara, a familiar face at Richmont, is now overseeing our MFT program from the Chattanooga campus. She is no stranger to Richmont or to administration, having served in prestigious posts both here and at Tennessee Temple University (which has since merged with Piedmont International University). Cara has been with us as a part-time faculty member this year, and we are excited that she will be with us full-time in the fall.
  • New Assistant Professor: Dr. Tyler Rogers. This fall, Tyler will begin full-time work with us as an Assistant Professor on the Chattanooga campus. Tyler’s degree in MFT is from Reformed Theological Seminary, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2013 with a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision.

What a great time in the life of Richmont; we have so much to be thankful for. Thank you for all you do as we continue forward in our mission. We could not be more excited for the future of Richmont!