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CACREP Approves Richmont’s Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) recently approved Richmont Graduate University’s newly launched Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. The online program was determined to be equivalent to the traditional program, which has been fully accredited since 2015. This accomplishment signifies that the online program meets the highest educational and clinical training standards within the counseling profession.

Dr. Stanley Hoover, Associate Professor of Counseling & Online Program Director at Richmont Graduate University, states “This is a significant achievement that affirms the quality and value of our online program. It reflects a great deal of hard work by an outstanding team of faculty and staff who are deeply invested in advancing Richmont’s mission further than ever.”

While the number of online courses offered by the School of Counseling has increased in recent years, students now have the option to complete their entire degrees through distance learning and a series of in-person residencies. This affords students greater flexibility and convenience while also engaging them in the rigorous, highly experiential clinical training for which Richmont is known. Expanding online teaching and learning in these ways reflects the University’s commitment to excellence and innovation. It also creates opportunities for students from all over the world to become part of the Richmont community.

For more information regarding Richmont Graduate University and forthcoming initiatives, please visit richmont.edu.

Richmont’s Office Of Diversity And Inclusion Presents The “Voice To Power” Design Contest

In the spring of 2020, Richmont Graduate University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted several town hall meetings which addressed the nation’s challenges in diversity, racial injustice, and cultural humility. The response across campuses in Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee was heart-warming with support for the meetings in record numbers from Richmont constituents.  As a result, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion decided to launch a contest in the spirit of demonstrating Richmont’s stance on social advocacy.  The contest is aptly titled, “Voice to Power.”

Sonja Sutherland, Richmont’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion Director, states “The Voice to Power contest invites Richmont students, faculty, staff and alumni to put a voice to action by creating a design that speaks to Richmont’s desire to be a voice against social injustice. The design will be used as a sign that will hang outside each of Richmont’s campuses in Atlanta and Chattanooga.  Richmont constituents and supporters can purchase the winning yard sign to place in their yards in support of the University.”

The criterion for the contest design asks that contestants to create a sign that addresses and/or reflects  Racial injustice, as well as multiple other aspects of injustice and marginalization specific to our current time; Richmont’s mission and values as expressed through Richmont’s statement of diversity and inclusion; and must include the words Richmont Graduate University or the website, richmont.edu

The contest will run from October 12 to October 23, 2020.  The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Affairs will vote and decide on the winner by October 30, 2020.

If you are interested in participating, please email your design to odi@richmont.edu

For more information regarding Richmont Graduate University and forthcoming initiatives, please visit richmont.edu.

Richmont Takes Part In GIVE Atlanta Challenge – October 7 – 23

This is the second year Richmont is participating in Atlanta Magazine’s GIVE Atlanta Challenge October 7th through 23rd. The GIVE Atlanta Challenge is a friendly online competition among nonprofits to highlight the importance of philanthropy in the Atlanta-metro community. As one of many competing nonprofits. Richmont plans to invest all GIVE Atlanta donations towards advancing its mission in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and abroad.

Every year, Richmont conducts an Annual Fund campaign to garner resources for the University to help provide programs and services while keeping tuition as low as possible. The GIVE Atlanta Challenge provides us a fun way to generate support and excitement for the Annual Fund.

Amy Estes, Richmont’s Director of Development, states, “We understand the financial commitment to earn a master’s degree is significant. So, we ask students to support the Annual Fund because their participation speaks volumes about the value they place on Richmont and provides us leverage when we seek other funding. Participating in the GIVE Atlanta Challenge for these 17 days is a fun way for students and all donors to participate in our Annual Fund giving.”

This year, our campus hosted several town hall discussions titled, Courageous Conversations. During the meetings, we heard from our community the desire for more diversity at Richmont. Research has shown that scholarship support for minority students is important to achieving diversity, which is why Richmont began awarding Bridge Scholarships in 2018. Working together, Richmont’s Offices of Diversity and Inclusion and Development are launching a campaign with alumni to increase funding for the Bridge Scholarship program. We invite donors to give toward the Bridge Scholarship by participating in the 2020 GIVE Challenge.

The 2020 GIVE Challenge runs from October 7th through October 23rd. All gifts made through the GIVE Challenge during these 17 days count towards Richmont’s leaderboard total, and the University’s philanthropic support for the 2021 fiscal year. A gift of just $10 counts in the GIVE Atlanta Challenge.

To support Richmont in the GIVE Atlanta Challenge, visit https://www.mightycause.com/event/Richmontgive

Richmont Graduate University Announces Dr. Joshua Rice As Acting Provost

Richmont Graduate University is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Joshua Rice as the University’s first-ever Acting Provost. As Acting Provost, Dr. Rice will serve as chief academic officer and be responsible for the vision, planning, creation and delivery of the University’s academic programs. In addition, he will exercise leadership over and operationalize Richmont’s In Pursuit of Excellence 2019-2021 strategic plan to achieve its Five Core Aspirations: Pursue Excellence and Innovation, Enhance the Student Experience, Engage New and Diverse Populations, Articulate the Richmont Difference, and Grow Resources and Learning Infrastructure.

In response to this appointment, Dr. Rice states, “I am humbled to serve our students and our University’s mission in this new capacity. I am especially excited to accelerate the execution of our current Strategic Plan and to spearhead the development of new programs and resource pools, all toward the overall goal of expanding Richmont’s footprint in Atlanta, Chattanooga and online. I expect this to be a work of innovation, collaboration, and joy!”

With nearly twenty years of pastoral ministry experience, seventeen years of higher education teaching experience, ten years of senior leadership experience, fund-raising successes and service as a Trustee on the Board of Mount Paran Christian School, Dr. Rice brings a wealth of experience in areas and functions that only amplify Richmont’s mission, vision, and values. In addition, Dr. Rice’s tireless energy and entrepreneurial drive, macro-level perspective, and clear commitment to our mission will help elevate and catapult Richmont into the upper stratum of faith-based higher education institutions.

Richmont’s President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan, looks forward to working alongside Dr. Rice to advance Richmont towards its destiny of becoming a global leader in faith-based counseling and ministry education and destination of first-choice for the best and brightest.

Dr. Rice began his tenure as Acting Provost Monday, October 5th.

Richmont Graduate University Confronts Injustice With Education, Dialogue, and Encouragement to Compassionate Action

The Richmont Graduate University community, with campuses in both Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN, is addressing head-on social injustice following the death of George Floyd and the protests it fueled across the country. Like many across the nation, the Richmont community is shocked, hurt, anxious, and committed to taking healing action. A specialized, faith-based university focused exclusively on Christian counseling and ministry, events of the last week became a call-to-action for our students, faculty, staff, and all people of conscience.

Dear Richmont Community,

We have collectively struggled through the sobering reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. Difficult as this experience has been, recent tragic events in our nation have tested us even further. As followers of Christ, we must acknowledge the truth of these troubling events. More importantly, we must reaffirm our shared quest for a just, compassionate, and equitable society. Our faith makes this pursuit attainable.

Richmont is committed to being a safe and affirming place where every person matters. As a body of believers, when any part of us is hurting, we all feel the pain. To be part of the cure, we must rely on prayer, education, and action. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to better understand the realities of present-day injustice and take positive action, starting with these steps:

1. Continue to Pray. Pray for true healing, reconciliation, and – most of all – true change in our nation.

2. Educate Yourself. Learn about the history of injustice in the United States and around the world. Do your research. Read books, subscribe to podcasts, and listen to those who continue to experience injustice in their lives.

3. Take Action. Talk with others who desire to be similarly committed, and work to find your unique avenue for social advocacy.

Dr. Timothy Quinnan, President
Dr. Sonja Sutherland, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Amanda Blackburn, Dean of Students

 

Richmont’s 2020 Spring Commencement Postponed

Each year, the Richmont Graduate University community joyfully gathers to celebrate the signature achievement – graduation – of our School of Counseling and School of Ministry students. As we looked toward our annual commencement ceremony, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a source of deep concern for all. Preemptive prevention is the approach we adopted this semester to protect our students, staff, and faculty. It is premature to abandon that strategy now.

All our actions have aligned with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, as well as complied with the city, county, and state-wide shelter-in-place proclamations. With this in mind, then, Richmont will not hold commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Dr. Timothy Quinnan, President of Richmont states, “We understand that this news may disappoint some of you. However, our core aim remains the health of students, as well as their family members who would have attended the ceremony. Like other universities also committed to avoiding large public gatherings, commencement will be postponed to a later date, possibly in the early fall. These are trying times, but with faith in God, prayer, and, of course, continued adherence to public health guidelines, I am certain better days are just ahead.”

For more information regarding Richmont Graduate University, please visit www.Richmont.edu.

RICHMONT CARES: A Letter to our Chattanooga Family, from our President

Dear Richmont Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Although the Richmont Chattanooga campus escaped damage from the April 12th tornado, some members of the Richmont community have been significantly impacted. Following the storm that hit Chattanooga during early morning hours, some have lost their homes or have incurred significant damage, and many remain without power. Our care and concern are with all members of the Richmont family who continue to be affected by Sunday’s devastating storms. Our hearts also go out to our neighbors across Chattanooga who are experiencing the impact of this tragedy.

Richmont classes and programming are proceeding as scheduled this week, but we understand that many students and employees face significant difficulties in attending work and class, and in completing assignments. University officials and professors will be flexible and understanding regarding the challenges faced by employees and students. Students and staff are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor and/or supervisor to let them know individual situations.

Throughout the week, as the extent of storm damage and the associated impact to our students, faculty and staff, and others in our community has been revealed, I’m reminded of how well our community cares for those in need. Thank you to everyone who has been helping or offering to help find ways to meet practical needs within our community in response to this tragedy. University officials continue to reach out to students, faculty, and staff to determine the impact for, and provide assistance to, those who are affected.

Richmont community members who have been impacted should reach out to the emergency student fund for assistance by applying here: https://www.richmont.edu/current-students/student-emergency-fund/.

Best wishes and blessings,

Dr. Timothy Quinnan
President
Richmont Graduate University

Tips for Reducing Coronavirus Anxiety

Whenever there is distressing or concerning news, it is always helpful for us to find ways to manage our anxiety. As many of us are aware the World Health Organization has issued that COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, is now a global pandemic.

While this is understandably frightening for many, it is going to be essential to take care of our mental and physical health throughout this time.

Below you will find several tips on reducing anxiety about Coronavirus:

  • Keep perspective. When you’re too close to something, it looks really big. Take a step back and acknowledge what areas that you have some level of control in the actions that you take.
  • Be careful about how much you focus on this versus the other important things in your life. Try to find a balance so that you are not overwhelming yourself with stress that this might cause.
  • Don’t fear the fear itself. Stay grounded by engaging in meditative/relaxing activities to alleviate any stress that this current climate might cause.
  • Do what you can. Get prepared to a reasonable degree.
  • Stay healthy and make good health choices. This looks like washing your hands for 20 seconds under warm water and staying away from others if you are sick. Communities and states are issuing daily guidelines for how to best distance yourself and keep ourselves and communities healthy.
  • Get help from a doctor if you need it. If you’re worried about your health, take the necessary steps to seek care. Most doctors are utilizing online chats to determine best steps forward.
  • Stay connected. Fears grow in the dark. Staying connected to others helps you stay grounded and calm.
  • Surround yourself with people and resources that help alleviate your fear and not increase it. Don’t hesitate to seek help from a counselor if you can’t keep your fear/anxiety in the “green zone.” GROW Counseling has many options for providing you the best care during these days, so reach out to us to inquire about your options!

Jasmine Tyson

Grow Counseling


Distance Counseling

Through HIPAA compliant platforms, counselors specifically trained in telemental health counseling are ready to provide you with high-quality mental health care and coaching in order to address a variety of issues and concerns. If you’re interested in finding out more about the distance counseling or coaching practice, click here to email Dr. Keith Myers, Dean of Counseling.

Coronavirus Update

Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends,

The swiftly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus has been a cause of serious concern for University leadership. Nothing is more important to us than the health, wellness, and safety of each of you. With that in mind, we have been carefully monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) briefings in real-time, finishing contingency plans, and consulting extensively with public health officials in both Atlanta and Chattanooga.

From the information available and medical expertise shared with us, the best course of action at this stage is a preventative one that minimizes the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on our campus or at our counseling centers. Here is how we will achieve it:

Starting Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th, all in-person, on-campus instruction, counseling, and administrative work activities will be suspended for a two-week period. The University leadership plans to resume in-person activity at both campuses on March 30th. During that time, we will vigilantly monitor further developments and counsel from the CDC.

During this temporary suspension of campus activity, course instruction, learning support, tele-counseling, and administration will move to an online platform and be done remotely from home. Students should experience minimal to no interruption of services. Faculty and staff will be equipped with the capabilities to continue to work effectively. Our Hope, Henegar, and Trauma counseling centers will also continue through tele-counseling outreach.

The Deans of the School of Counseling and the School of Ministry will coordinate communication to students with faculty providing detailed instructions on accessing course material through CAMS and answering any other academic questions. Similarly, you will also receive supporting communications from the Vice-President for Information Technology, as well as a virtual wellness check from our Dean of Students.

For counseling center clinicians, student interns, and support staff, you will receive further instructions on working remotely as well as trainings for tele-counseling from the Dean of Clinical Affairs or the Dean of the Richmont Trauma Center.

In shifting from an interpersonal to an online modality for the next two weeks, we understand there will be questions and some challenges. Feel free to direct them to the Deans, their staff and faculties, or the Dean of Students. For this reason, we will also keep in regular communication to share news and updates.

May God keep you and bless our University,

Dr. Timothy Quinnan
President
Richmont Graduate University

Richmont Graduate University Hosts 66th Annual CAPS Conference

Richmont Graduate University is a host institution set to present the 66th Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference. The CAPS Conference will take place March 12 – March 14, 2020 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

This year’s conference promises to a series filled with training, stimulating dialogue, inspiring spiritual direction, and professional networking. There will be expert mental health professionals from all over North America presenting plenary sessions, invited lectures and workshops.

Richmont’s Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation, Dr. Sonja Sutherland, is featured as a 2020 Invited Distinguished Scholar & Master Therapist. Other distinguished Richmont faculty and students will be present, as well.

For more information regarding the 66th Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, please visit https://www.caps.net/conferences/.