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Richmont Trauma Response Team to Aid in Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Richmont’s Trauma Response Team will travel to Corpus Christi today to provide to services to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Hurricane Havey made landfall on Corpus Christi on August 25th as a category 4 hurricane with winds over 130 mph.  Corpus Christi and the neighboring communities of Port Aransas and Rockport saw significant damage as Harvey made landfall and then continued on to Houston.  Richmont is partnering with The Field Innovation Team (FIT) to provide support and recovery to the Corpus Christi community.  The Trauma Response Team will be doing field work in trailer parks, providing compassion fatigue support for first responders, and will be connecting victims with FEMA services.

Richmont’s Trauma Response Team will include faculty members Vanessa Snyder Ph.D. (Team Leader), William McGee Ed.D, and Lorrie Slater Ph.D. as well as Richmont graduate JJ Widener.  The team will be posting updates from Corpus Christi throughout the next week to richmonttrauma.com.

Richmont Graduate University provides Master’s level degree programs and continuing education for Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.  Richmont’s Institute of Traumatology provides advanced training in Trauma Counseling which prepares students to work with clients who have suffered complex trauma or who are victims of traumatic events.

The Richmont Institute of Traumatology works in collaboration with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology to train individuals in the vital work of domestic and international trauma relief. We are proud to partner with Green Cross, the world’s premier certifying body for traumatologists, and all members of the Richmont Team have earned GCAT certification.

For more information about Trauma Training and for updates regarding Trauma Team’s trip, visit:  richmonttrauma.com

New Achievement for Therapist at Henegar

Congratulations to Dr. Lorrie Slater who has completed and passed all requirements for Marriage & Family Therapy licensure in the state of Tennessee. Already practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a doctorate from Regent University in Counselor Education & Supervision, Dr. Slater is a successful therapist at the Henegar Counseling Center and a well-loved professor of counseling. She especially loves to work with children and teens, women in transition, couples, and families. In her academic role, Dr. Slater serves the Chattanooga campus as Assistant Dean of Students and is known to all by her quick smile, compassionate presence, and commitment to clinical excellence. We are so proud of her achievements and excited to see the new ways the Lord will use her at Richmont as an LMFT. Congratulations, Dr. Slater!

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!

Richmont Faculty Member Elected to Serve on National Executive Board

ATLANTA, GA – February 27, 2017 – The hallmark of a Richmont faculty member is the desire to serve the entire field oILT ACA picf counseling, whether through research, collaboration across disciplines, or serving in national organizations. The latter is true for Dr. Keith Myers, who has just been elected Director of the Executive Board of the Military & Government Counseling Association (MGCA), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Dr. Steve Bradshaw, Dean of the School of Counseling, says of Myers’s election, “We are never surprised, although always humbled, when Richmont faculty are granted positions of honor in prestigious organizations, such as the ACA. Dr. Myers’s contribution to the field is an important and impressive one.”

The Military & Government Counseling Association (MGCA) provides therapeutic counseling and educational programming to those associated with the armed services. Myers himself describes it this way: “As a division of the ACA, the MGCA focuses on the growth and development of counselors, counseling students, and counselor educators who work directly with the military population and their families. Given my work with veterans over the last six years in my practice and in the community, this role is a good fit for me, and I look forward to serving in this capacity.” Myers was nominated to the position by a fellow MGCA member and consequently voted in. He will serve a two-year term.

Dr. Vanessa Snyder, Richmont’s interim President, says, “Dr. Myers is an exceptional professional and clinician. His work with veterans’ issues is critical to military individuals as well as our communities and nation as a whole. Servicemen and their families have experienced healing and restoration due to Dr. Myers’s clinical work, and I am excited to see how God will use him in his tenure as Director of the MGCA Executive Board.”

Myers is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Richmont and a licensed professional counselor (LPC). He has worked as a clinical mental health professional for over 13 years, specializing in trauma and veterans’ issues. Having grown up in a military family himself, Myers is well suited to the work and enjoys it. He says, “I get to sit with people within the midst of their darkness, in their pain, and I get to bear witness. There’s something in that bearing witness that I get to see observable changes in their lives.”

Read more about Myers and the MGCA here.

Three Richmont Faculty Members Published

CHATTANOOGA, TN & BROOKLINE, MA – January 23, 2017 – Richmont is nationally known for its quality scholarship and research, with its high acceptance rates of faculty presenters at international conferences, invitations to participate in national research projects, and partnerships with world-renowned organizations like the Green Cross Academy and the Gottman Institute. Just this month, three Richmont faculty members had titles released in two well-received mental health publications.

Jana Pressley, PsyD, Director of Education and Professional Development at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute and adjunct professor at Richmont, conducted qualitative research regarding resilience from trauma exposure in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago for a number of years. The resulting article, “No Ordinary Life: Complex Narratives of Trauma and Resilience in Under-Resourced Communities,” reveals and explores Pressley’s data collection and has been published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. Already online, a print version of the article will be available in the coming months.

Full-time clinical faculty members Lorrie Slater, PhD, and Jama White, PsyD, authored a chapter in Vol. I of Metaphors and Therapy: Enhancing Clinical Supervision and Education. The book resulted from the collaboration of 33 mental health specialists – supervisors, counselors, and educators alike – nationwide. It has already received endorsements from Dr. David Capuzzi, a former President of the American Counseling Association (ACA); Mike Dubi, President/CEO of the International Association of Trauma Professionals; and Dr. Lee Underwood, Director of the Center for Addictive and Offender Research at Regent University.

Richmont is proud of its outstanding faculty and the important work they contribute to the field of mental health counseling. Says interim President Dr. Vanessa Snyder, “Our faculty members are among the most committed, most impactful counselors and psychologists in the nation. Richmont is +grateful for their brilliance and compassion that allows them to excel with students, colleagues, and clients alike.”

Sex Trafficking Awareness Week Honored at Richmont

ATLANTA, GA & CHATTANOOGA, TN – JANUARY 20, 2017 – Seven years ago, recognizing the sex trade as the “fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world,”1 President Obama proclaimed January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In response, Richmont has joined the cause of trafficked individuals by providing subsidized counseling through the Richmont Trauma Center to those rescued from the trade, partnering with community organizations working to end slavery, and inviting a number of speakers to raise awareness of this putrid crime and to provide ways to get involved.

Dr. Vanessa Snyder, interim Richmont President, psychologist, and clinical expert in the field of human trafficking, explains, “Sex trafficking survivors need holistic help, not just clothes and money. We are a university that is committed to bringing healing to this demographic.”

This coming week, January 23 – 27, sex trafficking is particularly on Richmont’s radar with a number of events designed to raise awareness and bring others into the important work of ending slavery. Trainings, lectures, and panel discussions are included in the schedule of events, as well as opportunities to interact with local professionals currently working on behalf of the trafficked. To learn more about the week’s events, please contact Amanda Blackburn (ablackburn@richmont.edu). A full calendar of events is listed below.

What Is Wellspring Living?
Monday, January 23 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus
Jennifer Frisco Bartl, LMFT, CACII, CCS (Director, Wellspring Living)
Learn about Wellspring Living services, internship opportunities, and employment opportunities. Lunch provided.

Operation Liberate
Tuesday, January 24 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus
Victim Outreach Opportunities
Operation Liberate exists to locate and free those victims who can’t reach out. Snacks provided.

Epic Girl
Tuesday, January 24 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Chattanooga Campus
Stacia Freeman, Founder of Epic Girl
Come learn ways to take action against Tennessee’s sex trafficking industry. Lunch provided.

Anti-Trafficking Discussion
Wednesday, January 25 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus
Human Trafficking Awareness Team
Hear about and discuss anti-trafficking efforts with Human Trafficking Awareness Team.

Meet & Greet
Thursday, January 26 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus
Human Trafficking Awareness Team
Come meet the Human Trafficking Awareness Team and learn about their goals. Learn how you can become involved.

Darkness to Light Stewardship of Children Training
Friday, January 27 / 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. / Atlanta Campus / Cost: $15
Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Their programs raise awareness and educate adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Register here.

Second Life Chattanooga
Tuesday, January 31 / 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Chattanooga Campus
Eryn Hawks, Second Life
Come hear from Eryn about the impact the sex trafficking industry has in Tennessee and ways you can get involved to help bring restoration and healing.

Exciting Faculty Changes at Richmont

ATLANTA, GA & CHATTANOOGA, TN – JANUARY 19, 2017 – What an exciting time to be a member of the Richmont family! From CACREP accreditation to a new president, God is leading us forward in his work and bringing us new people to join the cause.

Along these lines, we are pleased to announce Dr. Mary Plisco will be the new Director of Research at Richmont starting in July. She replaces Dr. Tim Sisemore, who is stepping away from teaching responsibilities in order to focus on his practice. The thesis program at Richmont excites Plisco, and she looks forward to engaging with students and faculty who take on research projects to advance Kingdom work in the field of counseling. Says Plisco, “I’m thrilled to accept this role, to work with everyone in the Richmont family who is enthusiastic about research. I aim to serve as an approachable mentor and consultant who can help our students and faculty refine their ideas into effective research that will inform the counseling community.” Plisco invites students to visit or email her with any thoughts or questions that come to mind as they consider the role of research in their academic and professional careers.

Additionally, two prospective faculty members will visit the Richmont’s campuses in the coming days. The first is Paul Swindle, ABD, who will join Dr. Sutherland’s Social and Cultural Issues class on Tuesday, January 24, for a sample lecture. Swindle anticipates graduating from her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision in May 2017, having completed a dissertation on spiritual abuse. The second potential faculty member is Tyler Rogers, PhD. Those in Dr. Slater’s Psychopathology course will hear a sample lecture from Rogers on February 7. His Marriage & Family Therapy degree is from Reformed Theological Seminary, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2013 with a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. We invite everyone to visit these classes and experience the teaching styles of these two candidates.

Finally, it is with deep regret that we announce the resignation of Dr. Ryan Thompson as clinical faculty member and therapist at Henegar Counseling Center. Richmont is a stronger place thanks to Thompson’s investment in the lives of his students and clients. He was instrumental in bringing Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT) to the Richmont community and to the Child and Adolescent Certificate Program. We wish him well in his new teaching venture at Eastern Mennonite University. Thompson states, “Richmont has been foundational for me as a former PSI student and currently as a professor and clinician. The students here are compassionate, hopeful, and diligent, and working with the faculty has been deeply meaningful to me. Henegar also has been an amazing place to learn from gifted colleagues, to serve the local community, and to develop incredible friendships.” Thompson’s resignation from the faculty will take effect after the spring 2017 semester, and his practice at Henegar will conclude on July 28, 2017. “My prayers for Richmont and Henegar will continue, as Richmont is a special place to me. I will always be grateful to have been part of this team.”

Richmont Celebrates Highest Enrollment in University History

On the heels of three giant announcements this summer – our President’s transition, our work with refugees in Greece, and our CACREP accreditation – comes yet another incredible piece of news. Fall 2016 has brought our highest enrollment in Richmont history! At our Orientation Days last week, we welcomed 79 new students into our University’s community. That’s a full 55% increase over the last year!

From a practical standpoint, it’s a wonderful time to join the counseling profession. The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor shows the fields of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy growing by 19% in the next decade. Labeling this as “Much Faster Than Average,” the U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts a particularly swift increase in demand for the services these professionals provide.

Of course, most future counselors engage in degree programs like Richmont’s because they are far more concerned about individuals’ ability to live fulfilling, productive lives than they are about the current job outlook. The same goes for our School of Ministry students. Richmont is a wonderful place to begin a career in either field, offering fully accredited graduate degrees in counseling and ministry, six certificates, and online options for ministry students.

On behalf of all our incoming students, we are praying for the Lord’s wisdom and joy to cover their academic and spiritual journeys at Richmont over the next 2-3 years. We are grateful that He has entrusted them to us for this season of their professional lives and look forward excitedly to what we know He will accomplish through them in the decades to come. From admission to graduation, we love to support our students in every way possible. Please join us in welcoming all the new faces and sending prayers to heaven for their spiritual and professional formation as they become counselors and ministers for Christ!

Richmont Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

drcaracochranATLANTA AND CHATTANOOGA (August 11, 2016) – Marriage and Family Therapy students, it’s time to celebrate! Richmont has hired a new AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor to support your efforts. A familiar face at Richmont, Dr. Cara Cochran, will be returning as a part-time faculty member on the Chattanooga campus during the 2016-2017 academic year. She has been affiliated with the University since January 2004, at which point she became an instructor and Assistant to the Academic Dean. Upon completion of her doctorate the next year, she was promoted to Assistant Professor and Assistant Academic Dean, and four years later she became an Associate Professor. Beginning in 2011, Dr. Cochran focused on building a private practice and working in prestigious posts at Tennessee Temple University, which has since merged with Piedmont International University. We are so pleased to have her back with us as a part-time faculty member this academic year.

ILT ACA picKeith Myers, who has served as a clinical supervisor for Richmont since 2015 and will serve the institution as an adjunct faculty member in the fall, has accepted a full-time faculty position on the Atlanta campus in January 2017. With a targeted dissertation defense date of December 2016, he plans to hold a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with specialized clinical practice in facilitating trauma therapy and advocacy work with veterans. Myers recently served as Co-Chair on the American Counseling Association (ACA) Ethics Committee while serving on that committee from 2013-2016. He currently works as an adjunct faculty member for both Mercer University and Argosy University. His background encompasses extensive work in trauma, ethics, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On a personal note, he is married to one of our own: Richmont alumna Lavinia Myers.

Welcome to both of our new hires! We are excited for you to join our community and look forward to our students’ and faculty’s lives being blessed by your presence on our campuses. All the best in the new academic year!

 

Richmont Graduate University is a Christ-centered education and research institution committed to equipping graduates who function at the highest professional levels of clinical counseling and vocational ministry. The University offers fully accredited graduate degree programs from its School of Counseling and School of Ministry with the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling holding the highest accreditation available in its field (CACREP). With campuses in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and online, Richmont is known for its distinguished faculty and unparalleled in-field training, including serving some 25,000 clients annually through ten community counseling centers near its campuses. Richmont’s is the oldest faith-integrated counseling program in the eastern U.S., and its graduates consistently rank among the top 15% nationwide in licensing test scores. The University enjoys a rich heritage beginning in 1935, with roots in the former Psychological Studies Institute in Atlanta and the former Chattanooga Bible Institute.