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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 Institute unique? I will personally instruct you through a 4-day Kick-off Conference, along with monthly sessions in our virtual classroom. With academic programs spanning from bachelor's degrees in Organizational Psychology to master's degrees in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health, Executive Coaching and Consultation, and Organizational Leadership, along with our certificate programs in Executive Coaching, Townsend Competence & Character Growth Model, and Organizational Leadership, all of our curriculum is 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 on the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

Dr. John Townsend

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

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Dr. John Townsend answers your questions about our degree & certificate programs.

Now CACREP-Accredited

M.A. Counseling


We are pleased to announce that the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has granted accreditation to our Master of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health program.

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Begin with Boundaries

Described as one of "10 Books Everyone Should Read by 25(ish)," Dr. John Townsend's Boundaries has sold to over 4 million people. Following the success of the first Boundaries book, Dr. John Townsend and Dr. Henry Cloud wrote six more titles in the series, dedicated to key chapters in a person’s life.

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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. Read more about Dr. Townsend's journey with the Townsend Institute »

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