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Townsend Institute Mission and Vision for the Counseling Program

The Townsend Institute is committed to educating thousands of best-in-class counselors impacting the world for Christ and trained by a Competence & Character model, which is biblically-informed, research supported, and skills oriented. The adult learner and the Institute are a partnership. The Institute’s tasks are to provide top-tier content, which is experientially learned, faculty who are scholar-practitioners, and personal and administrative support to train you to become a high-level professional counselor. Your tasks are to diligently learn the content, to interact with faculty and your classmates, and to grow your competence and your character.

Counseling Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate the following:

Scholarly Research (SR)

Master relevant aspects of conducting research, statistical procedures, methods, assessment, program evaluation and their utilization to improve counseling effectiveness.

Systems Thinking (ST)

Analyze and apply the concepts necessary to utilize their skills in individual/small group counseling, couples counseling, family systems, organizational consultation/collaboration, and community partnerships.

Ethical Leadership (EL)

Assess and apply standards of ethical leadership, informed by Christian principles and values to the counseling setting in which they practice and in accordance with the ACA Code of Ethics, legal precedence, and other appropriate licensure standards.

Effective Communication (EC)

Communicate clearly through effective problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution to support individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations through the skilled use of applicable methods while adjusting for diverse settings and context.

Reflective Clinical Practice (RCP)

Engage in reflective clinical practice through the balancing of diagnostic decision making, appropriate assessment, informed research-based best practices, and theoretical frameworks of human dynamics.

Clinical Judgment and Assessment (CJA)

Develop clinical judgment by interpreting assessment tools used in clinical practice and gaining mastery of clinical tools necessary for treatment planning. Learn to work with diverse behaviors found in individuals, groups, couples, and families across the lifespan.

Global and Community Commitment (GCC)

Interact with local, regional, national, and international communities by contributing to the body of research, participating in professional development and working with community agencies to provide counseling services to their local and global society.

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