Townsend Institute | Concordia University Irvine

Townsend Institute

for Leadership & Counseling
at Concordia University Irvine


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

Dr. John Townsend

New York Times bestselling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert

Competence & Character

We’re so glad you’ve stopped by to learn more about the Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling at Concordia University Irvine. What makes our graduate programs unique? I will personally instruct you through a 4-day Kick-off Conference, along with monthly sessions in our virtual classroom. Our Master's programs in Counseling, Executive Coaching and Consultation, and Organizational Leadership, along with our Certificate programs in Counseling, Executive Coaching, and Organizational Leadership, are based on the latest neuroscience, high performance and attachment research, and biblically-based content from my books, writings, and teachings. They’re founded on two principles: your Competence - increasing your skills, strengths and expertise; and your Character - those internal abilities that you'll need to excel at work and in relationships. The Competence & Character model equips you with the ability to optimize your competencies and character along with those you lead and help. We invite you to consider how this program could transform your life & work.

Dr. John Townsend

About Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert. He has written 30 books, selling 10 million copies, including the bestselling Boundaries series and The Entitlement Cure, an ECPA 2015 Book of the Year finalist. John founded a healthcare company which operated for 10 years in 35 cities. During that period, Dr. Townsend learned and produced the principles and strategies for success and change that he now uses in his writing, teaching, speaking, and consulting. Dr. Townsend holds a BA in psychology from North Carolina State University, a Masters in Theology from Dallas Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Biola University. John and his wife Barbi have two sons, Ricky and Benny. Townsend’s hobbies include scuba diving, discovering great restaurants, and playing in a band that performs at pubs and eateries in Southern California.

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Dr. John Townsend speaking in front of an audience

Beyond Boundaries Webcast

We were designed for relationship. “God designed you to be vulnerable, and to be intimate, and to take risks, and there are no great relationships without risks." Dr. John Townsend, offers a simple path to regain the intimacy and fulfilling closeness that every person needs. Watch Video

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Boundaries Books

Described as a “game-changing book to read before you’re 30,” Dr. John Townsend has written or co-written 30 books, selling 10 million copies, including the Boundaries series; Leadership Beyond Reason; and his newest book, The Entitlement Cure. Read More

New Life Live hosts

New Life Live

For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals as co-host of the nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live,” heard in 180 markets by more than 3 million people, offering life-changing solutions to common challenges. Listen Now

Competence and Character in Leadership

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Becoming a Leader Others Want to Follow

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What Do You Mean by Boundaries?

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Your Next Hard Thing

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Info Nights

Join us for our online Townsend Institute Information Night and learn about the counseling and leadership programs while you experience the Concordia difference! You will be able to hear first-hand from Dr. John Townsend and begin to understand the uniqueness of John's approach to leadership, counseling and the learning process. You will also get insight on what class sessions, classrooms, instructors and Institute Fellows are all about. Learn more about the Admissions process and Financial Aid. RSVP today!

If you missed the Information Meeting on October 23rd, you can view the recording. You will hear information directly from Dr. Townsend and staff. If you have questions at all, please fill out an inquiry form and one of our counselors will be in contact with you right away.

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For problems or help registering for this event, please contact Sarah Martini at or call 714-795-0124.

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