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Richmont Faculty and Student Present at CAPS Conference

The Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS) is a non-profit professional organization comprised of Psychologists, Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professors, Social Workers, Pastoral Counselors, and Students. CAPS mission is to encourage in-depth consideration of therapeutic, research, theoretical, and theological issues. Each year CAPS holds an annual national conference, and this year’s conference titled “Transformed: Emerging Trends in Training and Practice” was held in Dallas, Texas (March 21-23, 2019).

Richmont Graduate University is proud to have five (5) faculty members and two (2) students presenting at this year’s CAPS conference. The 2020 CAPS annual conference will be held in Atlanta, Georiga and eight (8) Richmont faculty members will be serving on the CAPS administrative team. The involvement of Richmont administration, faculty, and students with CAPS represents Richmont’s continued commitment to research and leadership in the field of counseling and integration.

 

The following is a list of presentations by Richmont faculty and students at the 2019 CAPS conference:

Breakout Sessions

MINDFUL COMMUNICATION IN INTEGRATION EDUCATION – RELATIONSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM

Cara Cochran, PhD, Richmont Graduate University

 

PROMOTING WELLNESS IN GRADUATE STUDENTS: UTILIZING THE ADVISORY RELATIONSHIP TO FOSTER STUDENTS’ ONGOING COMMITMENT TO WELLNESS

Amanda Blackburn, PsyD, Jama White, PsyD & Mary Plisco, PhD, Richmont Graduate University

Richmont faculty: Dr. Dan Sartor, Dr. Amanda Blackburn, Dr. Jama White, Dr. Cara Cochran, and Dr. Mary Plisco

THE ROLE OF ATTACHMENT IN PROMOTING SPIRITUAL FORMATION IN ONE GRADUATE CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

Dan Sartor, PhD, Cara Cochran PhD, Amanda Blackburn, PsyD, Mary Plisco, PhD, & Jama White, PsyD, Richmont Graduate University

 

TO BRACKET OR BROACH: DISCERNING HOW TO ENGAGE VALUE DIFFERENCES

Dan Sartor, PhD, Jama White, PsyD, Richmont Graduate University, Cayla Bland, PhD, Biola Univeristy, & Jill Bruce, PhD, Grace College

 

TO TWEET OR NOT TO TWEET: SOCIAL MEDIA, ONLINE PRESENCE, AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

Cara Cochran, PhD & Meredith Kerley, BS, Richmont Graduate University

 

Poster Session

Richmont student Nicole Vernon and Dr. Mary Plisco

THE EFFECTS OF SELF-COMPASSION AND MINDFULNESS ON FLOW AND PERFORMANCE ANXIETY IN ELITE ATHLETES

Nicole Vernon, B.S. and Mary Plisco, PhD, Richmont Graduate University

 

President Timothy Quinnan featured in “Profiles in Presidential Leadership”

Richmont Graduate University President Timothy Quinnan has been honored by his alma mater, the Union Institue and University, as a notable alumnus. Along with this recognition, Dr. Quinnan is also featured in a Union Institute and University article on leadership.

You can read Dr. Quinnan’s thoughts on leadership on the Union Institute and University website (click here).

After graduating from the Union Institute and University with a Ph.D. in Higher Education, Dr. Quinnan held numerous leadership positions at prestigious universities including Florida State, San Diego State, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Quinnan was named President of Richmont Graduate University in August of 2017. Since taking office, Dr. Quinnan has lead Richmont through a period of growth and expansion and this year launched a new three-year Strategic Plan titled “In Pursuit of Excellence – 2021”. You can learn more about the Strategic Plan including the plan’s five strategic aspirations on the new strategic plan website (click here).

Now Accepting Transfer Students

Several universities have recently faced hardships leaving students with partially completed master’s degrees. Richmont Graduate University is available to assist in the completion of their Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree.

Richmont offers a generous transfer policy including:

  • Free transfer credit evaluation.
  • No transfer credit fees.
  • The ability to transfer up to 1/3 of total program credit (up to 22 credit hours).
  • The ability to apply for financial aid and scholarships.

Students interested in transferring to Richmont should contact the Admissions Team and complete a transfer of credit request form.

Richmont Graduate University has a strong legacy of growth and financial stability. The university is debt-free and recently received 10-year reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Furthermore, Richmont’s Clinical Mental Health program is CACREP accredited and consistently has high NCE scores and job placement rates.

Richmont Trauma Center Open House and Play Therapy Room Grand Opening

Dr. Vanessa Snyder, Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery, welcomes open house guests.

pictured above: Kurt Idler, Suzanne Roski Idler, Patricia Roski, Dr. Timothy Quinnan, Renee Roski-Holdo (class of 2017), and Dominique Holdo (current student).

Saturday, March 2nd, the Richmont Trauma Center hosted an open house and grand opening of the Jeffery Harrison Roski Play Therapy Room. Trauma Center staff and Richmont Graduate University administration including President Timothy Quinnan were on hand for the occasion. The creation of the play therapy room was made possible by a generous contribution from the Roski Family Trust. Several members of the Roski family were honored guests present to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Suzanne Roski Idler, one of Mr. Roski’s daughters, spoke of how her parents always encouraged play while their children were growing up and of how commonplace it was for her parents to play alongside their children. She noted her dad would never have wanted to put his name on something, but the family decided the play therapy room was a fitting memorial for him.

Emme Blackburn cuts the ribbon on the play therapy room doll house.

Those who would like to contribute to the work of the Richmont Trauma Center can make a donation at richmonttraumacenter.com/donate Donors may choose to purchase a building block on the “Build Up a Child” wall at the entrance to the play therapy room to honor or memorialize someone or leave a message of encouragement. Guests at the open house were able to mark their desired block locations on a mockup of the finished wall.

The Richmont Trauma Center was created to provide quality mental health treatment to those impacted by single episode and complex trauma. Trauma Center counselors are honored to walk the journey with individuals and families as they work to heal and grow. The Richmont Trauma Center is located on the Atlanta campus of Richmont Graduate University. Counselors are available by appointment for individuals, couples, families, and children. The Richmont Trauma Center staff offers specialized services including:

The Richmont Trauma Center staff. front row: Ashley Mossy, Renee Holdo, Deanna Davis, and Vanessa Snyder back row: Erica Welsh, Lyresa McGriff, Monique Jones, Madelon Morgan, and Emma Donaldson

 

• Child-Centered Play Therapy
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
• Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
• Bio-Feedback
• Neuro-Feedback
• Somatic Experiencing
• Certified Sex Addiction Therapy (CSAT)
• Art Therapy
• Trauma Sensitive Yoga
• Trauma-Informed Supervision

For more information on the Richmont Trauma Center, visit richmonttraumacenter.com

To schedule an appointment, call (770) 575-9393

Richmont Faculty Featured on WebMD

Richmont Faculty Publish Article on Attachment and Spiritual Formation

Richmont Graduate University faculty members Daniel Sartor, Ph.D.; Cara Cochran, Ph.D.; Amanda Blackburn, Psy.D.; Mary Plisco, Psy.D.; and Jama White, Psy.D. published an article titled “The Role of Attachment in Spiritual Formation at Richmont Graduate University.” The article is featured in the latest edition of The Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, a publication of the Institute of Spiritual Formation at Biola University.

The article describes the model of how Richmont provides spiritual formation training in its counseling programs. “This model of spiritual formation has a dual foundation which includes the centrality of love to the Christian life and the importance of attachment to the development of persons. The training is intentionally designed to invite students to pursue a more secure attachment to God, healthier relationships with others, and a more grace-based self-awareness.”

You can access the article via the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care website: Link to Article

To learn more about Richmont’s CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and how faith is integrated into the program, connect with our Admissions Team or attend an upcoming Preview Day.

Atlanta Area Restaurants Helping to End Human Trafficking

Sadly, Atlanta ranks among the top cities in America for human trafficking. Friday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Marlow’s Tavern is partnering with the Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery the raise awareness and help put an end to trafficking.

Marlow’s Tavern has partnered with several Atlanta-area restaurants to host a fundraiser on January 11th to benefit Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery. The Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery offers expert training to professionals working with trauma survivors as well as help for those who have been victims of trafficking.  You can learn more about the institute at richmonttrauma.com. 

Marlow’s Tavern is joined by Babalu, Johnny’s Hideaway, Gunshow, Revival, Murphy’s, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Stem Wine Bar, and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar to give back a portion of sales to Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery.

Make plans for lunch and dinner at one of these great locations and help bring an end to the tragedy of human trafficking.

Richmont Receives 10-Year Reaccreditation

Richmont Graduate University has received 10-year institutional reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACSCOC). The vote to reaffirm Richmont was held at the SACSCOC annual meeting this past week in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.1

Regional accreditation by SACSCOC is considered the gold standard for higher education institutions and signifies academic and administrative excellence. The Richmont faculty and staff have worked diligently to achieve this important milestone and are committed to a process of continual assessment and improvement. More information on accreditation can be found on the SACSCOC website: www.sacscoc.org

 

1 – College Delegate Assembly. “The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.” Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 2018, www.sacscoc.org.

Milestones 2018

This year’s annual review, newly titled “Milestones” features a letter from President Dr. Timothy Quinnan, a faculty spotlight with Dr. Sonja Sutherland, academic program updates, and new scholarship programs. Click below to read more about the exciting growth and important accomplishments from the 2017-2018 school year at Richmont Graduate University.

Link to Online Version of Milestones

 

Richmont School of Ministry Launches New Program

Richmont Graduate University’s School of Ministry is proud to announce the addition of the Master of Arts in Ministry: Anglican Studies Concentration. This new 36 credit hour program is available online and includes four unique sections:

  • Bible, History, and Theology
  • Ministry Tools
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Anglican Studies

The launch of this program also includes the availability of a Graduate Certificate in Anglican Studies which is 12 credit hours. This new certificate focuses on the specific Anglican Studies courses from the Master of Arts degree.

Roughly 80 million Christians identify with the Anglican tradition, making it one of most dynamic and vital expressions of the Protestant church in the contemporary world. For the vast majority of Anglicans–especially the tens of millions located outside the West–the contemporary tensions and debates within the Christian faith mean the time has come for a renewed commitment to the text of scripture and engagement with our treasured theological traditions. This course of study focuses on these impulses within Anglicanism, seeking to equip future leaders with tools in biblical study, theology, and history, and encouraging their engagement with contemporary ecclesial concerns.

– Sam Youngs, Ph.D., Richmont School of Ministry Faculty, Director of the Mission School of Ministry

This program was developed in partnership with the Mission School of Ministry in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and provides education and skills that are helpful for students who are aspiring deacons or priests in the ACNA. The program is also open to lay Christians seeking to deepen their academic knowledge of Biblical literature, theology, and spiritual formation. Applications are now being accepted for this program with a start date of January 2019.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Ministry: Anglican Studies Concentration (click here).

Start your application for the Master of Arts in Ministry: Anglican Studies Concentration (click here).