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Richmont Partners with Sustainable Faith

Richmont Graduate University has established an exciting partnership with Sustainable Faith, a collective of pastors and spiritual directors working to create spiritually healthy cultures among leaders and their communities. The partnership is aligned with Richmont’s School of Ministry, which prepares men and women to fulfill God’s call to transformational ministry. Together, we are set to continue to equip more Christ-like leaders for God’s Kingdom.

The partnership allows Richmont to provide academic credit to Sustainable Faith students. Specifically, Richmont is providing 12 credits of Advanced Standing in our Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction degree to graduates of the Sustainable Faith program. The relationship between Richmont and Sustainable Faith is especially centered on our innovative cohort model of accredited training in the ministry of Spiritual Direction.

Dr. Joshua Rice, Acting Provost and Dean of the School of Ministry at Richmont states, “We’re very excited to partner with Sustainable Faith. Our shared partnership in the ministry of spiritual direction makes this a natural fit. We expect that this agreement will bear fruit for each institution in the future.”

Students can begin receiving academic credit effective in the fall semester of 2022. Visit the Sustainable Faith at sustainablefaith.com.

For more information, please contact Dr. Joshua Rice at jrice@richmont.edu.

Dr. Doug Rosenau (1947-2022)

Richmont Graduate University extends our sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Doug Rosenau, who went to be with the Lord early on Palm Sunday, April 10th. Dr. Rosenau began teaching at Richmont (then PSI) in 2002, and his work through the Institute for Sexual Wholeness has equipped thousands of counselors to address God’s design for sexuality and to do so with excellence and compassion. Dr. Rosenau’s investment in the lives of Richmont’s students is a lasting legacy. His kindness and gentle demeanor exemplified Christ, and Richmont is the grateful recipient of his work, and of his compassion for others.

Dr. Rosenau’s full obituary can be found here:
Douglas Rosenau Obituary – Atlanta, GA (dignitymemorial.com)

Dr. Preston Hill Delivers Key Note Lecture Series at the St. Benedict Center for Spiritual Formation

The Lectio Series is a semi-annual symposium on spiritual theology hosted by the St Benedict Center in Knoxville, TN. Keynote speakers address varied topics on spiritual formation and the inner life. Dr. Hill’s series was entitled “Encountering Jesus in Darkness.”

The lectures can be accessed here.

Richmont Expands Partnership with Walton Communities Apartments

Richmont Expands Partnership with Walton Communities Apartments

For several years Richmont Trauma Center counseling has been available at specific Walton Communities locations and has had a positive impact on Walton residents. “When Walton Communities approached Richmont about also working with their Adventure Centers afterschool program, we were thrilled to explore the possibility. Walton Communities’ mission to create neighborhoods where people thrive is a natural fit with our mission to advance healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, churches, and communities,” said Richmont President Timothy Quinnan.

For the 2022-2023 school year, Richmont will pilot Child-Centered Play Therapy Groups (CCGPT) as part of the Adventure Center programing at Walton Village, an affordable housing community. The Adventure Centers provide after-school enrichment and summer camp programs for students in K-5th grade in select Walton apartment communities.

The hope is to expand to other Adventure Center locations in future years. According to Renee Holdo, Director of Richmont’s Center for Play Therapy Education, “This program will provide an exceptional internship opportunity for Richmont students pursuing the Child and Adolescent Certificate while offering Richmont an avenue to contribute to the growing body of research on the impact of Child-Centered Play Therapy Groups. CCGPT is designed to be a developmentally responsive, play-based mental health intervention for children utilizing play (the natural language of children) and the therapeutic relationship to learn and practice new social and coping skills enabling children to best navigate the world they live in. It is an exciting opportunity for all involved in the program and I look forward to seeing it grow.” Holdo has started conducting training for Adventure Center/Walton Communities staff ahead of the August start of the school year.

Launching this Fall: Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership

The Southern Association for Colleges and Schools has officially approved Richmont’s newest degree program and first offering at the doctoral level.  The Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership is a 3-year program launching its first cohort this fall.

“Richmont’s Doctor of Ministry program is deeply unique in its combination of practical leadership skills, robust theological application, and in-depth spiritual formation that is integrated throughout the whole curriculum,” comments Dr. Sam Youngs, one of several principal authors of the program. “Church and para-church leaders across many contexts will be empowered to strengthen the impact of their ministries while also growing closer to Christ.”  Dr. Preston Hill highlights the direct connection between the new doctoral degree and institutional mission: “The launch of the new Doctor of Ministry degree signals a monumental step for advancing Richmont’s mission to provide healing, restoration, and transformation in the world today. This level change is a milestone for our University that will pay dividends of positive social change for years to come. I could not be more thrilled for this opportunity!”

For more information and to apply, please visit:  http://academics.richmont.edu

For information on the first cohort retreat, download the Spiritual Formation and Scripture PDF

Cochran and Hill Appointed Co-Chairs of Integration

Richmont Graduate University has appointed Dr. Cara Cochran and Dr. Preston Hill as Co-Chairs of Integration through June of 2022. In this role, they will be leading a process of reviewing integration curriculum and developing resources that highlight the vital intersection of psychology and theology that is at the heart of Richmont’s mission. “I am deeply humbled, overjoyed, and energized to collaborate with Dr. Cochran and all our incredible faculty, staff, and students for advancing Richmont’s legacy of excellence in integrating Christian faith with clinical mental health counseling,” Dr. Hill states. “I truly believe there has never been a more exciting time to reimagine what difference our Christian heritage makes for the theory and practice of mental health and how this can empower a new generation of clinicians today.”

Similarly, Dr. Cochran is focused on the value of collaboration. “I am excited to collaborate with Dr. Hill and the Richmont community, to expand and highlight Richmont’s commitment to the integration of Christian faith with clinical mental health counseling. The heart of both the Christian faith and of mental health counseling includes healing, restoration, and transformation, just as Richmont’s mission states. The integration of faith and practice has always been foundational to Richmont’s identity, and I look forward to more intentional conversations and creative opportunities to equip our students to allow their faith to inform their practice. I am thankful for administration, faculty, and a university community that is committed to excellence in the teaching and practice of integration.”

Dr. Mary Plisco Promoted to Full Professor of Counseling

On Monday, February 14, Dr. Mary Plisco was officially promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Counseling.

“Dr. Plisco’s reputation as a stellar classroom instructor is second to none,” remarks Acting Provost Joshua Rice. “What some may not be aware of, however, is her consistent record of professional presentations which so impressed the Faculty Governance Committee and Administrative Council.” President Quinnan adds, “Dr. Plisco ranks among the finest scholars at the University. Her promotion, unanimously approved, demonstrates the high esteem she is held in by her peers.”

Please join the Administrative Council in congratulating Dr. Plisco on this achievement.

Richmont Hosts CAPS Annual Conference

The Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) has included an on-site portion of its annual conference to be held at regional sites across the country, and Richmont in Chattanooga has been selected.  CAPS is the premier organization for Christian mental health professionals, educators and students to gather and grow.  This event is in person on Saturday,  March 19, 2022, from 11:00am – 4:45pm.  Registration is as little as $20 with lunch provided.

Click Here to Register 

Dr. Jack Underwood Featured on “Mental Healthy” Podcast

Dr. Jack Underwood has recently been featured on the “Mental Healthy” podcast, focusing on his research specialty of “Self Love.”  Moving beyond self-care, Underwood delvers deeper into this important topic.  The episode is available at the link below, and also on Google Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Audible.

Listen to the Podcast

Dr. Preston Hill Featured on Pilgrim Radio

Dr. Preston Hill was recently interviewed on Pilgrim Radio in response to his January article published by Christianity Today: “Have Christians Forgotten How to Fight with God?” The interview focuses on the biblical themes of theodicy and lament.

“Writing this piece for Christianity Today was simply an immense joy,” Dr. Hill comments. “Since my research has focused on the importance of Christ’s trauma for the suffering of the world today, it was a special privilege to articulate in this piece Richmont’s distinctive approach to theodicy, trauma, and Christian integration and how this can empower Christians today to be more honest in their relationship with God about the pain of the world.”

With 9 FM stations across 4 states, Pilgrim Radio reaches a broad array of listeners. You can experience the interview here.