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Master of Arts in Counseling Program Overview

Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but a person of understanding draws them out.

In the Townsend Counseling program, we help you draw out the deep waters of a person’s heart. Scripture and the latest neuroscience findings affirm that God created us with social-emotional brains that need deep, attachment relationships to grow and heal. The Townsend Institute will help you grow your character and to develop the skills to facilitate transformational relationships with clients.

From the opening orientation weekend to graduation, you will be in an active process of personal, spiritual and professional growth with your fellow students and the Institute’s faculty. Each student will be involved in a process group experience with 7 to 9 other students. These process groups are led by faculty and follow the format developed by Dr. Townsend in his unique counseling and leadership programs.

Students also will be involved in 40 hours of personal counseling during their time in the program. Students will have one practicum and three internships where you learn to apply your skills with the supervision of faculty and the on site supervisor.

The classroom experience at the Townsend Institute is very different than what you experienced in undergraduate education. It will involve the experiential delivery of concepts and skills, not just a lecture. There will be different “experientials” you will participate in, movie vignettes and songs that demonstrate concepts, live role plays, video taped counseling sessions of master therapists and personal application for your journey as a therapist.

You will learn:

  • The theological foundations, scientific research, theoretical principles and neuroscience findings underlying Dr. Townsend’s model
  • How to use differential diagnostics to identify character issues driving psychological symptoms and disorders 
  • How to use the power of relationship to repair and build the internal structure necessary to resolve personal, relational and leadership issues
  • How to solve treatment-resistant issues

Dr. John Townsend’s Involvement in Your Personal and Professional Growth

Most months on a Friday, the entire Townsend Institute gathers to hear Dr. Townsend teach and demonstrate the different modules to his character growth model. Dr. Townsend will lead two 90 minute classes in the morning for the counseling program and two 90 minute classes in the afternoon for the organizational leadership program.

Students will complete assigned reading and character based homework for each of these modules to intensify the learning outcomes.

Residential students will meet in their process groups either in the morning or afternoon (depending on which program they are in) or the night before. This all-day, experiential focused learning on these Fridays, create a strong community and personal growth at a very deep level.

Each student will have a character development plan during your time in the program. Dr. Townsend and the faculty review and make suggestions on ways to accelerate your character growth process.


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