Kickoff Conference

Townsend Institute of Leadership and Counseling at Concordia University Irvine

Transformation Begins Here

March 1-4, 2020

Kaylie Housewright

Hear from students describing their experience at the Townsend Institute Kickoff Conference

You will begin your term with a 4-day kick-off conference with your community of fellow students where Dr. Townsend, Townsend Institute Faculty, and Fellows will conduct a series of trainings to jump-start your graduate program.

Graduate Students enrolled in COUN 600, EXCC 600, or ORGL 600 will 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.

Returning Student Registration

Registration deadline (for returning students only): January 31st

For questions about event registration please contact Aubrey Redinger at or by phone at 949-214-3925.

Kaylie Housewright

Kaylie Housewright

I’ve learned the vitality of being a forever student...comprehending that we are perfectly imperfect. Those things that have happened to us, or to our clients, are the things they can use to fuel their passions and make them better.

Brandon Cordon

Brandon Cordon

How do you encapsulate knowledge, wisdom, healing, and inspiration into an deeply spiritual experience and put it into a word? This is life changing. This is horizontal and vertical. This is three dimensional. You will grow from the first week and your relationships will change if you go in. This is where you want to be…

Courtney Wilson

Courtney Wilson

I feel very confident as I go forward in this program that I have so much support. I have exactly what I need to be successful.

C Harvey Norman

C Harvey Norman

The deepest experience that I have had in my life. Vulnerability + Love & Safety = Growth, Healing & Deep Connection!

Cheryl Todd

Cheryl Todd

I would absolutely recommend this program. It is so rich. It is scripturally based, it is business driven, but it’s got this undergirding of the psychological principles. I feel like it uses all the areas of your brain and will just make you better at relationships.


For questions about event registration please contact Sarah Martini at or by phone at 714-795-0124.

Where will the Kickoff Conference be held?

The Kickoff Conference will be held at Concordia University Irvine, Grimm Hall. See our campus map for details.

What is the schedule?

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Where do I park for the event?

You will enter from one of two gates. At the security booth, indicate you are attending the Townsend Institute Kickoff Conference. You will receive a map indicating the two lots that are available to park in.

Is food included?

Snacks are provided. Meals are available for purchase at our Dining Commons for those who register for the event.

Where can I stay?

There are several lodging options nearby in Irvine, California. We have negotiated special pricing for several hotels.

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