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.
Leads to Licensure in Indiana
|Master's Program in Organizational Leadership|
|Credential Program in Leadership|
|Credential Program in Executive Coaching|
|Credential Program in Counseling||
For individuals who have completed a master’s degree
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.
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The Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 14, will give an update on HU’s newest venture in professional programs, the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, and its impact on the students and community. Faculty members Scott Makin and Dr. Jerry Davis will speak on behalf of the program. “The University and Foundation are excited to offer our community a chance to hear from the HU Faculty directly involved in the Townsend Institute,”...
Lisa Wanner of Berne, Indiana, is a full-time Master of Arts degree in Counseling student in the Huntington University Graduate School. When she isn’t busy with class, homework, or her internship, Wanner works part-time at Life Matters counseling as a caseworker. There, she works with children and teenagers at South Adams Schools, linking them to services and helping them develop skills such...
Scott Makin is a licensed counselor and business consultant. Before coming to HU, Makin served as the executive director of Wabash Friends Counseling Center in Wabash, Ind., which he founded. He has 13 years of experience in higher education and has known and worked with Dr. Townsend for nearly 20 years. In addition, he has co-facilitated leadership and counseling training in Indianapolis with Dr....