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New York Times best-selling author, leadership consultant, and one of the country’s top psychologists, Dr. John Townsend has brought his proven counseling and leadership model to Huntington University, forming the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling.

The first of its kind, Huntington University’s Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling provides master’s degree programs in counseling and in organizational leadership, as well as credentials in executive coaching, counseling, and leadership. The program curricula are based on Dr. Townsend’s competence-plus-character model taught in his many books, writings, and teachings. The programs are high quality, affordable, and skills-based. 
 
Dr. Townsend will be personally involved in teaching at the Institute and will engage with students. We have assembled a strong faculty who will be teaching courses, including many of Dr. Townsend’s friends who are renowned experts and bestselling authors in their own fields. Learn more about our Institute Fellows.
 
A primary focus of Dr. Townsend’s model is helping students learn to facilitate transformational relationships, both in counseling and in leading organizations, which help people heal, grow, and achieve their potential in life and career. Through the Townsend Institute, students will learn in several key arenas. Biblical teachings, counseling and leadership theory and research, neuroscience, Dr. Townsend’s writings, and his clinical experience base provide the underpinnings for learning. The program is designed to be practical and specific, allowing students to become practitioners through both theory and technique.

The Townsend Institute builds on the traditional learning structures and engages students in innovative and experientially-based training. More than just learning the model, students in the programs will be personally taught by Dr. Townsend as he leads sessions demonstrating his proven growth model.

 Program  Online  Residential 

 Master's Program in Counseling

 Leads to Licensure in Indiana

 Full Time
 (48 hours)

 Part Time
 (48 hours)

 Full Time
 (60 hours)

 Part Time
 (60 hours)

 Full Time
 (48 hours)

 Part Time
 (48 hours)

 Full Time
 (60 hours)

 Part Time
 (60 hours)

 Master's Program in Organizational Leadership

 Full Time

 Part Time

 
 Credential Program in Leadership

 Full Time

 Part Time

 
 Credential Program in Executive Coaching

 Full Time

 Part Time

 
 Credential Program in Counseling

 Full Time

 Part Time

 Full Time

 Part Time

 Indiana Counseling Licensure Completion Program

 For individuals who have completed a master’s degree
 outside of Indiana and who now need licensing in Indiana.

   Residential
 Only


All Townsend Institute programs have been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Huntington University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.