Counseling Certificate | Townsend Institute | Concordia University Irvine

Counseling Certificate

Move beyond coping to restoration. Discover how to map the internal wiring of a person’s mind and heart, to address struggles like isolation, lack of boundaries, shame, and feeling as though they have no voice. Acquire the skills to engage with individuals who are struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, relational roadblocks, or addictions, being deeply attuned to their needs. Guided by Dr. John Townsend, the Institute Fellows, and our hand-picked faculty, students will gain competency in over 20 skills that use the transformative power of relationship, emotions, and cognitions to create profound and lasting change. CUI’s graduate certificate program will offer you marketable skill sets that can give you a professional 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 Institute's Counseling Certificate program.

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Cultivate life-changing transformation.

The Townsend Institute counseling certification at Concordia invites you to study directly with Dr. John Townsend and master clinicians who have decades 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 Institute’s online Counseling Certificate program you will:

  • Understand how treatment goes beyond symptom removal to reshaping the individual, couple, or family, in profound and lasting ways that are transformative.
  • Access the transforming power of relationship, emotions and cognitions by creating experiences that build new character structure.
  • Discover the therapeutic skills that “crack the code” for growth and healing in clients.
  • Gain diagnostic skills to determine which therapeutic approach will be most effective based on a person’s internal character structure.
  • Apply the latest neurological research on the healing process through a biblical lens.
  • Master treatment modalities such as depth psychology, family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment therapy, psychopharmacology, and positive psychology.

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  • 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 leadership development and consulting.

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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
Spring 2019 February 25, 2019

You can choose to earn Professional Certificate or Advanced Certificate for Counseling and begin in the Fall and Spring semesters. The entire program is 30 weeks for a Professional Certificate (12 credits) or 11 months for an Advanced Certificate (18 credits). 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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