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Richmont Faculty Published in the Journal of Psychology & Theology

ATLANTA — AUGUST 2015 — Several Richmont Graduate University faculty members were featured authors in the most recent issue of the Journal of Psychology & Theology, a scholarly publication that focuses on the interrelationships of theological and psychological concepts.

The Summer 2015, Volume 43, Number 2 publication of the Journal of Psychology & Theology was a special issue on Religious Faith and the Virtues. The introduction to the issue was co-written by Richmont’s Dr. Timothy A. Sisemore, Director of Research and Professor of Counseling and Psychology, and Dr. Amanda M. Blackburn, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Counseling.

Richmont faculty members wrote or contributed to two other articles featured in the Journal of Psychology & Theology issue. Blackburn and Sisemore co-authored “Preliminary Analyses of Three Measures of Grace: Can They be Unified?” along with Dr. Rodger K. Bufford from George Fox University and Dr. Rodney L. Bassett from Roberts Wesleyan College. Blackburn also co-wrote “Rest as a Virtue: Theological Foundations and Application to Personal and Professional Life” with Richmont faculty members Dr. Jama L. White, Assistant Professor of Counseling, and Dr. Mary K. Plisco, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

“At Richmont, we say all the time that we are proud to have faculty members of the highest caliber. When their research and work is featured in a publication like the Journal of Psychology & Theology, we can see firsthand how well respected and highly qualified they truly are,” said Bob Rodgers, president of Richmont. “With our students learning from teachers and scholars as impressive as these, we are confident that Richmont graduates will go on to transform our community and make significant contributions to the counseling field, as well.”

The Journal of Psychology & Theology is a quarterly publication by Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. The articles from this issue are available for purchase or download here. Learn more about the Journal of Psychology & Theology or subscribe here.

Richmont Hosts Fundraising Event Featuring Coach Bobby Bowden

ATLANTA — AUGUST 2015 — On August 28, 2015, Richmont Graduate University will host the 2015 fundraising event for student scholarships. This Tailgate Party event will take place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta and will feature Coach Bobby Bowden, one of the winningest coaches in college football history, as the main speaker.

Guests of the Tailgate Party will be supporting students seeking a graduate-level degree in Professional Counseling, Ministry or Psychology at Richmont. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, corporate and private sponsorships, and gifts. Richmont’s goal is to raise funds for five scholarships benefiting students on both the Atlanta and Chattanooga campuses.

Scholarships are an important part of how Richmont supports its students — in fact, more than 10 percent of the school’s students received some level of scholarship assistance during the 2014-2015 school year.

“No one should be prevented from following their passion, especially by financial barriers — that’s what we believe at Richmont, and that’s why this event is so important to us,” said Bob Rodgers, Richmont’s president. “We want to support our students in any way we can. We are so appreciative of our generous donors, partners and sponsors who help us do just that.”

In addition to the dinner and program, event attendees will have a chance to tour the College Football Hall of Fame and participate in the Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience. Additionally, sponsorships and table sales valued at $2,500 and more will include entrance to a meet and greet with Coach Bowden.

For more information, including pricing or purchasing of tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit

Richmont Hosts Trauma Informed Care Conference Series

Conference Educates Attendees on Trauma Experienced by Human Trafficking Victims

ATLANTA — JUNE 2015 — On June 14-17, 2015, approximately 100 people gathered in Atlanta for Trauma Informed Care, a series of conference workshops addressing trauma concerns as presented with victims of human trafficking. The event was hosted by Richmont Graduate University, who partnered with the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP) and NightLight to put on the event.

“Part of our mission at Richmont is to advance God’s work of healing and restoration in communities,” said Bob Rodgers, the president of Richmont. “That’s why we are honored to have the opportunity to host events like this one. It allows us to shed light on issues like human trafficking that often seem far away — but are actually happening in our own city.”

Throughout the three-day conference, attendees heard from Dr. Dan Sartor, whom Richmont brought in to present at the event. Dr. Sartor currently serves as the Director of Trinity Counseling Services and Associate Professor of Psychology at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, and as an adjunct faculty member at Richmont in Atlanta.

“The need for awareness [of human trafficking] at all levels of our society, from grassroots intervention to wisdom-infused political policy, has never been greater,” said Dr. Sartor. “I’m so grateful for organizations like ICAP and Richmont Graduate University that seek to equip and serve those in front line positions, stemming the tide of modern day slavery and sex trafficking through informed, strategic partnerships.”

Richmont also provided attendees with the opportunity to gain up to 7.5 Continuing Education credit hours by participating in specified portions of the conference. Richmont Graduate University is approved by National Board for Certified Counselors as an Approved Continuing Education Provider and by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

Through the lens of working with human trafficking victims, attendees of the conference learned many aspects of the treatment of trauma, including the impact it has on health, spirituality and worldview. Attendees also left the conference with skills like how to recognize the signs of trauma, address the various aspects of recovery, describe biopsychosocial dimensions of health according to Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory, and more.

Richmont partnered with ICAP and NightLight to bring the Trauma Informed Care conference series to Atlanta. NightLight Atlanta is a movement that works through prevention, intervention, restoration and education to address the issues of sex tourism and trafficking. ICAP is a network of Christian practitioners who offer freedom and bring healing to those who have been sexually exploited through prostitution and sex trafficking.

“I’m honored to partner with ICAP and Richmont Graduate University in their proactive, compassionate and holistic approach to understanding and caring for the victims of sex trafficking,” said Dr. Sarter. “In so doing, they are lights shining in the darkness, embodying the healing love of Christ within a world of trauma and brokenness.”

The Trauma Informed Care conference took place at Grace Midtown, 1095 State Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. More information about the conference can be found at

Richmont Graduate University Named a Top Graduate School by Charisma’s Best

ATLANTA — JUNE 2015 — Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, was featured in the May 2015 edition of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries, a publication that aims to educate potential students about opportunities to continue their education at a Christian institution. Out of the 200-plus schools featured, Richmont was one of the few to be highlighted as “Charisma’s Best.”

“Through providing excellent, Christ-centered education, we aim to pave a way to for our students to follow their passions and find their paths to successful careers,” said Bob Rodgers, Richmont’s president. “For Richmont to be named one of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools is an honor and further evidence that we are reaching that goal. We will continue to strive to provide our students with guidance and the tools to become all they are called to be.”

Richmont Graduate University offers master’s degrees in Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Psychological Studies and Ministry. Charisma’s Best specifically highlighted the Professional Counseling program as the third-oldest fully accredited integrated program in the nation.

Charisma’s Best featured Richmont’s degree specialization options as a testament to the uniqueness of the school’s academic programming. Students are able to specialize in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, spiritual formation and trauma counseling. The publication also highlighted that unlike most other schools, Richmont’s large, 37-year-old network of Community Counseling Centers and partnerships with more than 60 nonprofit organizations are tools to help students transition from the classroom into a real-world setting where they learn to see clients under licensed supervision.

Rodgers wrote an article for the online version of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries, where he discussed “why advancing your education isn’t just about traditional ROI.” In the piece, Rodgers cites that while time and money are highly important variables to weigh when considering graduate school, one should use a “comprehensive, wisdom-based formula that factors in the Spirit’s discernment, unique skills and support you need to answer God’s call for your life.” Read more here.

Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries is published under its flagship magazine Charisma. Both publications aim to reach their primary audience of the Pentecostal/charismatic community, but also serve the wider evangelical community. Charisma’s Best is published annually to serve as a comprehensive database for potential students to help them determine which graduate program would be the best fit for them.

To read the May 2015 issue of Charisma’s Best Graduate Schools and Seminaries, check out the digital edition here. Richmont is featured on pages 17-18, 28, 38, and in an advertisement on page 19.