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School of Ministry Adds New Faculty

Richmont Graduate University is proud to announce the addition of three new professors to the School of Ministry faculty.  Dr. Wesley Scott Biddy, Dr. Chris Green, and Dr. Jeff Horner will be joining the Richmont faculty this fall. These new hires are in response to the growth of the School of Ministry both in the number of new students and the new programs that are in development.

Dr. Wesley Scott Biddy

Wesley Scott Biddy earned a B.A. and an M.A. at Lee University, a Th.M. at Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. at Marquette University. Dr. Biddy has presented papers at conferences organized by the American Academy of Religion, the Conference on Christianity and Literature, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the Society for Pentecostal Studies, among others. His articles have appeared in Pneuma and Ars Disputandi. He joins Richmont having most recently taught at Mount Paran Christian School.

Dr. Chris Green

Chris Green earned a B.S. and an M.M. at Southwestern Christian University, an M.S.T.S at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, a D.Min. at Oral Roberts University, and a Ph.D. at Bangor University. Dr. Green has served as faculty at Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Southwestern Christian University, Mid-American University, and Oral Roberts University. His research and writing focus on the relationship of vocation, holiness, and scriptural hermeneutics.

Dr. Jeff Horner

Jeff Horner earned a B.A. at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), an M.A. and an Ed.D. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.Litt. degree at the University of Bristol in England. Dr. Horner has spent 17 years working in independent Christian schools in North Carolina, California, and Georgia.  He has worked as a contractor for the College Board and served on SAIS Accreditation and SAIS Reading teams. Dr. Horner has served as adjunct faculty at Southern Baptist Theological University and Point University. He has published articles in The Journal of Church and State, Religious Education, Christian Education Journal, and has a forthcoming article in Perichoresis.

 

Richmont Achieves Gold Standard in Counseling Education

Richmont Graduate University, a leader in training counselors, has again proven its excellence by extending its accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered by Richmont is now accredited through 2024. CACREP is the highest form of accreditation to counseling programs, denoting excellence in academic and clinical performance.

I am immensely proud of our faculty and staff. Clearly, it was a sustained, collective effort which led to this success. When you couple this news with a very positive accreditation site visit by SACSOC earlier this spring, it strongly suggests Richmont will continue to grow and thrive well into the future.”

– Dr. Timothy Quinnan, President of Richmont Graduate University

CACREP is specialized within the world of accreditation to assess graduate programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, signaling that the program’s content and quality have been evaluated to meet strict standards set by the profession. Choosing a CACREP-accredited program assures students they will gain the knowledge and experience necessary for licensure and clinical success in most states. Degrees granted by universities with CACREP accreditation lead to a smoother path toward licensure for new therapists all over the country.

Richmont Graduate University is a private, Christian institution committed to preparing graduates to function at the highest levels of professional clinical counseling or vocational ministry. The University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers graduate-level Master’s degree programs from its School of Counseling and School of Ministry. The University operates two physical campuses in Atlanta and Chattanooga, and a virtual campus online. Richmont is renowned for its distinguished faculty as well as its unparalleled field training, which guarantees all students on-site internships. Through Richmont’s ten University-operated counseling centers near its campuses, over 25,000 clients are served annually.

Richmont is the oldest faith-integrated counseling program in the eastern United States, and its graduates consistently score above the average for other CACREP accredited programs. Established in 1933, Richmont enjoys a rich heritage and has over 1,400 distinguished alumni making a profound and positive difference in the lives of others. Richmont alumni serve their communities through careers at mental health clinics, non-profits, private practices, and churches, and more.

New RGU Commons at the Atlanta Campus

Dr. Quinnan builds the RGU Commons at the Atlanta Campus for students, faculty, and staff.

The RGU Commons is an outdoor seating area that was made possible through a gift from the President and the Student Annual Fund. The RGU Commons is located on the west side of the Atlanta Campus and is ready and open for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy.  It features a permanent weatherproof outdoor table and seating. The new RGU Commons is in response to student requests for outdoor seating areas.

There is plenty of room for expansion of the RGU Commons. If you would like to donate to help expand the RGU Commons, you can do so by going to richmont.edu/give and making a tax-deductible donation.

Alumni Profile: Liz Norris

Richmont Alumni are making a positive impact in our local communities and throughout the world. The average Richmont graduate will impact some 10,000 lives during the course of their career. At Richmont we take the responsibility of that impact to heart as we prepare students and support alumni in their careers.

Meet Liz Norris, she is a Richmont alum, Licensed Professional Counselor (as of June 2018 – congratulations!) and also works as an Admissions Counselor at Richmont. Liz has the unique perspective of guiding counselors who are starting their careers, managing her own clinical practice, and serving as part of the Richmont Trauma Team. Listen to her thoughts on why she chose Richmont and the impact the University is making throughout the world.

Thank you, Liz, for the impact you are making on the world.

We would love to hear updates from Richmont alumni and from people impacted by our alumni. Contact us with your stories and updates:

Scottie Blackburn, Director of Communications, sblackburn@richmont.edu

Martha Busby, Director of Alumni and Career Services, mbusby@richmont.edu

Latest Edition of Connecting Magazine Available Online

Connecting Spring 2018

Connecting Magazine is a publication for Richmont alumni and constituents. The latest issue features an interview with President Timothy Quinnan, campus updates, information on the new Richmont app, alumni profiles, and a recap of the 2017 Alumni Reunion. Enjoy the latest edition by clicking below. In an effort to be good stewards of our resources, Richmont will be printing less hard copies and will be making publications available online through our website and monthly newsletters. Connecting will also be available under the Alumni section of the Richmont website.

 

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.

 

Students and Faculty Present at CAPS Conference

CAPS Conference 2018

The Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) encourages in-depth consideration of therapeutic, research, theoretical, and theological issues. The association is a forum for creative new ideas.  CAPS members serve as psychologists, counselors, educators, marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, professional and lay counselors, researchers, pastoral counselors, and students.   https://www.caps.net/about/

Each year at the CAPS Annual Conference, hundreds of professionals gather to share ideas, present research, and learn from each other.  This year’s conference was held in Norfolk, Virginia April 12th – 14th.

Richmont was proud to be well represented by faculty members and students at this year’s conference.  The following is a list of Richmont presenters along with their research topics:

Kelsie Bowman McGlothin (student)

Promoting Healthy Spiritual Development in Children Through Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Sonja Sutherland, Ph.D. (faculty)

Cultural Competence Development in Christian Counselors-In-Training

Daimi Shirck (student) *3rd Place Winner, Student Category

Clergy’s Perceptions of Their Training and Competence in Regards to Pastoral Counseling Compared to Professional Counselors

Amy Kenney (student) and Amanda Blackburn, Psy.D. (faculty)

Perception, Value, & Practice of Wellness in CACREP-Accredited Counseling Programs

Amanda Hindson (student) and Mary Plisco, Ph.D. (faculty)

Mental Health Treatment for Refugees: Exploring Ways to Address Barriers and Enhance Therapeutic Care

Dan Sartor, Ph.D. (faculty) and Jama White, Psy.D. (faculty)

Beyond Bracketing: Exploring Alternative Paradigms in Values Conflicts

Amanda Blackburn, Psy.D. (faculty), Jama White, Psy.D. (faculty), and Mary Plisco, Ph.D. (faculty)

Promoting Wellness in Graduate Students: Evidence-Based Interactive Activities to Engage Students

The New Richmont App

The new Richmont App is available today on both Apple and Andriod app stores (search for Richmont).
You can also text “rgu app” to 77977 to download.

The new Richmont App has the following capabilities:
  • Sections for Admissions, Alumni, Current Students and Continuing Education
  • Make a donation to Richmont Graduate University
  • Prospective students can complete the application process and register for Preview Day
  • Current students can access forms, current schedules, and the student portal
  • Alumni and Professionals can register for continuing education courses (discount rates available)

Download the Richmont App today to stay connected with all of the great things going on at Richmont Graduate University.

New Scholarship Program: Gateway Scholar Initiative

A new initiative launches this month for prospective Richmont Graduate University students.  Dr. Timothy Quinnan (Richmont President) along with his leadership team developed the Gateway Scholar Initiative to create opportunities for more students to be able to attend Richmont.  The Gateway Scholar Initiative includes two new scholarship programs that will award a total of 15 new scholarship for new students.

Presidential Honors Scholarship

This new scholarship is for students who excelled academically in their undergraduate degree.  To qualify applicants must have achieved to cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.85 or above.  Applicants must be accepted into Richmont’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and be starting classes fall of 2018.  Recipients of this scholarship will receive $3000 toward their first year at Richmont.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is May 1st, 2018.

Gateway Scholarship

The Gateway Scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.  To qualify students must submit proof of financial need along with their scholarship application.  Applicants must be accepted into Richmont’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and be starting classes fall of 2018.  Recipients of this scholarship will receive $1500 toward their first year at Richmont.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is May 1st, 2018.

The Gateway Initiative includes an easy application process for these new scholarships.  You can apply online here:  richmont.edu/admissions/scholarships

To qualify for these scholarships you must have completed the application process and have been accepted into the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  For more information on the admissions process visit: richmont.edu/admissions

Grand Opening of the new Richmont Store

Today we are excited to announce the launch of the Richmont Store!  At the new online Richmont Store, you will be able to purchase high-quality Richmont apparel and accessories.  Currently, there are ten items available and we will continue to add new items each semester.  Credit cards are accepted and free pickup is available on campus.  Items may also be shipped for an additional fee.

Check out the new store by following this link:  https://www.richmont.edu/store