Townsend Competence & Character
Growth Model Certificate

Enhance your people-helping skills in the context of any occupation, ministry, or volunteer work to which you find yourself called. You will learn how to understand the heart of a person by identifying the different capabilities they have internally in what Dr. Townsend calls character structure. The abilities of attachment, separation, integration, and adulthood give the person the strength to meet the demands of reality. Acquire the skills to engage with individuals in a way that builds strength into their character structure. Guided by Dr. John Townsend, the Institute Fellows, and our hand-picked faculty, you will gain competency in over 20 skills that use the transformative power of relationship, emotions, and cognition to create lasting change. You will acquire a marketable skill set that can give you an advantage in your current or future job or ministry.

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times best-selling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert. For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals offering life-changing solutions to common challenges. He brings this depth of experience to the courses offered in the Townsend Competence & Character Growth Model Certificate program.

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Cultivate life-changing transformation.

You will study directly with Dr. John Townsend and faculty who have years of experience and know how to bring healing, hope, and restoration - a life that flourishes! The Townsend Institute has earned a reputation for its relational approach to begin with character growth as a building block for positive change.

Through the Townsend Competence & Character Growth Model program you will:

  • Understand how to help individuals in profound and lasting ways that are transformative.
  • Access the transforming power of relationship, emotions and cognition by creating experiences that build new character structure.
  • Discover how to “crack the code” for growth in individuals.
  • Apply the latest neurological research on the healing process through a biblical lens.
  • How to partner with other professionals and when to refer.
  • Experience personal growth that increases your effectiveness with others.

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Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend on the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

  • Begin with a 4-day Kick-off Conference with your community of fellow students, faculty, and Institute Fellows. Dr. Townsend will conduct a series of trainings to jump-start your Certificate program.
  • Connect with your cohort in a guided-process group experience to earn your first three credits, where you will learn to unpack key moments in your life story and grow your character.
  • Join a 3-hour virtual classroom bi-monthly where Dr. Townsend and one of the Institute Fellows personally give a training. The last hour is all Q&A for students.
  • Engage with Dr. Townsend’s exclusive training videos and podcasts created for each course.
  • Gain access to white papers written by Dr. Townsend for topic areas that draw on his decades of experience in helping people grow.

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The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

Proverbs 20:5

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Term Start Date
Summer 2020 August 3, 2020

You can choose to earn a Professional Townsend Competence & Character Growth Model Certificate (4 courses) in 5 months or the Advanced Townsend Competence & Character Growth Model Certificate (6 courses) in 9 months starting in the Fall or Spring semesters. Students will take one 7-week course at a time. Learning activities will involve approximately 10 to 14 hours of your time invested each week.


A deep bench of experience.

When you make a choice to invest in your future by continuing your education, you want to be sure your time is well spent. That’s where the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine offers a distinct advantage. In addition to top-tier Faculty, Dr. Townsend has assembled a world-class team of influencers, the Institute Fellows - author-teachers and practitioners with broad platforms who are widely recognized. John offers his students personal access to NYT bestselling authors and thought leaders, the heads of great organizations, leaders of leaders, and top researchers and clinicians. You will connect to these influencers and practitioners in the monthly virtual symposia.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to have all documentation in early because there are a limited number of spaces available. If you have any questions about the admissions process or need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Application Requirements

  • An application with nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • One official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university that shows your confirmed bachelor’s degree. Official college transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope.
  • Must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Written essay (2 pages, 500 words) addressing the following items:
    • Personal, professional, and educational goals
    • In your experience, what is the best way that a person grows or changes?
    • What interested you in applying to the Townsend Institute as opposed to other programs?
  • Minimum of 1 professional reference required. Personal reference optional.
  • A current professional resume
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