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Monthly archive: May 2018

Choosing the Right School

Maybe choosing a graduate school is a no-brainer for you. Maybe the ordeal of choosing your undergraduate school taught you what to look for. Perhaps you know exactly what you want, or you at least have an idea or two. Or maybe you don’t. And that’s okay because there are a lot of factors that go into choosing not just the right school, but the school that is best for you and your specific needs.

But before you dive into research, the best first step is to perform a personal inventory: take time to think about who you are and why you have decided to pursue a graduate degree. You might not reach definitive answers, but evaluating your personal reasons for graduate school will better help you navigate decision making. Here are four key elements to get you started thinking through graduate school options.

Faith and Integration

How much do you want your faith to coalesce with your learning experience? There are varying models of how Christians approach counseling: some view psychology apart from a biblical critique, and some strongly critique modern psychological insights. And still, other schools have “integrated” programs of Christian theology and psychology, such as Richmont Graduate University. Dr. Dan Sartor, Richmont’s Vice President of Integration, says,  “. . . while many other institutions teach from a Christian worldview, very few actually incorporate integrative studies in Christian theology and spiritual formation,” which is precisely Richmont’s nuanced model. More than teach from a Christian perspective, Richmont integrates theology with science in the classroom. When choosing a school, reflect on its approach to counseling in relation to your understanding of faith and learning.                        

Training Opportunities 

Most if not all graduate schools will require practicum experience or internships upon graduating. At Richmont, however, students are guaranteed internship experience from the very beginning of their educational experience. Richmont’s clinical training sequence was designed for students to build their set of specialized counseling skills, culminating with an internship in their final year. Beyond simply offering internships, determine how strong the school’s connections are to the surrounding community. Does the school, like Richmont, have strong relationships and positive reputations with local hospitals and counseling centers? Is the school likely to help you secure an internship placement if it is not guaranteed? Lastly, what is the school’s view on the relationship between biblical knowledge and scientific data, and how does it affect its training model?                             

Faculty

Because graduate school is a smaller, more concentrated and specialized experience than undergrad, it is important to evaluate the school’s faculty. How many professors are there to students? How experienced are they in their fields, and do they still practice? Depending on the availability of the faculty, the amount of time you spend with them will vary. In graduate school, it is important to find a faculty that has the time and passion and experience to properly mentor you in your field. One-on-one time with professors is priceless. Do your research into the school’s faculty and try to find professors who not only specialize in your preferred study but who also will know and care for you individually. 

Accreditation

A school’s most recent accreditation is like a dental hygiene report card: it gives you a good idea of the institution’s current health. Accreditations are either institutional or specialized. Specialized accreditation, such as CACREP, reviews a professional preparation program within institutions, which is important for graduate schools. It gives you insights into a program’s fulfillment of its “institutional settings, mission and objectives, content, practicum experiences, student selection and advising, faculty qualifications and workload, program governance, instructional support, and self-evaluation,” according to CACREP’s website. A specialized accreditation score goes beyond spotlighted and flashy factors like school rankings, ratings, and brands—they prove the financial and professional stability of a specific program. Richmont currently holds a CACREP specialized accreditation, which is the highest form of accreditation given to counseling degree-specific programs in the U.S.

After you have done the research, the most important next step is to talk to people on the ground. Once you have narrowed down a few schools, ask the admissions office for the contact information of a few current students or alumni. Talk to the students about their experience, ask them questions and learn from their stories. And remember you do not have to be alone in choosing a school—ask for advice and prayer from trusted friends and family.

ACA of Georgia Ethics Event at Richmont

June 22nd the American Counseling Association of Georgia will host an event at Richmont’s Atlanta campus titled: “Raising the Bar: Critical Concepts in the ACA Code of Ethics.”

Knowing the ACA Code of Ethics inside and out is more important than ever. Recent events in Tennessee have shown that we must all be prepared to define, protect, and defend it at a moment’s notice. Moving forward as one strong, unified community is by far the best way to preserve the integrity of the counseling profession. We must speak with one clear voice.

Event Details:

June 22, 2018
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta Campus

Discussion points will include:
  • Securing a strong foundation of general knowledge around content areas in the ACA Code of Ethics
  • Understanding critical ethical updates in such areas as professional values; social media; the imposition of counselor personal values; defining the moment ethical responsibilities begin; and fee splitting
  • Protecting against malpractice lawsuits by keeping up with new ethical imperatives
Presenter:

David Kaplan, Ph.D.David M. Kaplan, Ph.D., NCC
ACA Cheif Professional Officer

Regarding this event, Richmont Faculty and ACA of Georgia Executive Board Member, Keith Myers, Ph.D. commented:

“We are honored to have David Kaplan join us at Richmont Graduate University as we go for a deep dive into the ethical issues that are specific to our profession. Being ethical is about doing what is best for our clients and communities, and I’m glad that he will be here to facilitate that discussion.”

Richmont is honored to host this event and proud to support the great work of the ACA of Georgia.  Concerning the ACA of Georgia Dr. Myers added:

“Being a member of the ACA of Georgia Executive Board and this work of revitalizing the state branch has been a great privilege of mine during the past couple of years. We look forward to offering education and networking events in the coming months and years to all counselors of various disciplines within our profession. Those events will be free to those who reside and practice in our great state and are already an ACA member.”

Registration:

Registration is free for ACA of Georgia members.  Click here to register.  5 ethics CE hours available.

 

Eating Disorders in Adults & Adolescents: An introduction to Assessment, Diagnosis, and Intervention

Eating Disorders in Adults & Adolescents: An introduction to Assessment, Diagnosis, and Intervention

June 1, 2018

9:00AM-4:30PM

Richmont Graduate University

1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

Presented by

Crystal Marie Burwell, PhD, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and owner of Enchanted Therapeutic Counseling Services (ETCS). Crystal is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, where she received her doctorate from North Carolina State University (NCSU). Crystal is a member of the original NBCC MFP fellowship. She has a passion for helping people live authentic lives and focuses on wellness and positive psychology. Her clinical specialties include eating disorders, substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders. She has a new focus on bariatric care and will be launching binge eating and bariatric groups beginning November 2018. Lastly, Crystal teaches graduate counselor education courses at Messiah College and Richmont Graduate University and is a member of the editorial review board for The Professional Counselor (TPC).

Topic

This presentation will focus on understanding the basis of eating disorder behavior in adolescents and adults. Learn more about the DSM V changes in eating disorder diagnosis and treatment. Also, learn about medical complications and effects of disordered eating. Stay up to date with trending Eating Disorder treatment and resources for providers and educators.

Level of Audience: Beginner

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss recent changes to the DSM-V
  • Critique issues surrounding feeding and eating disorders via case studies/evidenced based research
  • Utilize knowledge regarding medical complications in adults and adolescents via problem solving treatment planning to provide comprehensive care
  • Discuss insurance challenges with treating eating disorders and brainstorm action goals via lobbying power
  • Apply knowledge of cultural diversity using the ADDRESSING model to determine cultural implications when working with eating disorder clients

Registration Information: Register HERE!

Fees

Regular Rate (Alumni/Community): $135

Reduced Rate (Alumni/Community): $125 when you register through Richmont’s NEW App! Search for “Richmont” on both Android and Apple app stores.

Continuing Education

6 NBCC CE Clock Hours Awarded

6 CE Hours Awarded to Psychologists

Partial attendance is not awarded.

For questions concerning registration or Continuing Education, please contact Martha Busby at mbusby@richmont.edu.

Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to May 28.

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.