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Masters In Coaching Episode Episode LXX: Chris Acker

By Tim Cates
Posted on 5/10/2024 - 0 minute read

Tim Cates talks with new Long Beach State Basketball Coach Chris Acker about getting his dream job in college hoops. After serving as an assistant coach at San Diego State the last five seasons, Coach Acker is excited about building the Beach program and taking it to new levels in the Big West Conference. He talks about the importance of mental health with coaches and players. Coach Acker is a graduate of the MCAA program at Concordia University Irvine and talks about his experience in the program and how it helped him in his growth as a coach.

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Adulting: How a Christian, Residential Campus Heals the Soul and Impacts a Hurting World

Posted on 4/3/2024 - 10 minute read

Concordia University Irvine addresses the heightened levels of loneliness, anxiety, and safety concerns among young adults aged 12 to 27, exacerbated by societal disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a Christian residential environment, students find support, guidance, and opportunities for holistic formation facilitated by dedicated faculty, mental health experts, and spiritual leaders.

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Life in God’s Vineyard

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 6/25/2022 - 10 minute read

Cindy Steinbeck, MA ’02 and Steve Schedler ’84 both walked through seasons of great personal hardship. Now, as spouses and partners in the Voice in the Vineyard Ministry, they are supporting ministers with teaching, renewal retreats, and the healing power of relationship. 

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Alumni Brew Up Success in Coffee Industry: A Higher Brew

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 6/25/2022 - 3 minute read

Joshua McArthur, MA ‘22, wanted to refocus his career as the Director of Culture at High Brew Coffee and chose to attend Concordia’s Townsend Institute to pursue his master's in organizational leadership and culture because of the program’s faith element.

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Faculty Publications - Mark Newmeyer

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 3/14/2022 - 1 minute read

Mark Newmeyer, an associate professor in the Townsend Institute, served as guest editor of a recent issue of Journal of Psychology and Christianity, the flagship publication of the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS). CAPS is a group of Christian psychologists, social workers, and counselors. The special issue focused on “Innovations in Christian Mental Health Care and Training.”

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Spiritual Coach and Counselor: Anthony Johnson, MA '19

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 11/22/2021 - 10 minute read

The former pro athlete reflects on the role God has played in his life through the Townsend Institute.

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Coaching Degree Gains Major Accreditation and New Leader

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 11/22/2021 - 3 minute read

Michelle Thompson explains her background in coaching and how she found her place in higher education.

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CUI's First PhD Builds on Popular Master’s Degree

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 3/22/2021 - 2 minute read

In fall 2021, CUI will enroll students in its first PhD program, a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision through the Townsend Institute. Interest is strong, and one of the program’s architects, Dr. Margaret Christmas Thomas, is confident that it “will change the face of counseling in twenty years.”

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Trafficking in Restoration

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 7/1/2019 - 6 minute read

Kaylie Housewright joined the first Townsend Institute cohort while starting an international nonprofit to support women who are victims of sex trafficking. That meant waking up at 6 a.m. Thailand time for her “evening” class, and persevering through daily thunderstorms and iffy Internet connections.

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Leadership Through Character

By Magazine Editorial Team
Posted on 11/1/2018 - 6 minute read

John Townsend, founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling at CUI, brings to CUI a wealth of experience, credibility and stature as one of the nation’s leading business consultants, leadership coaches and psychologists. He has written 35 books which have sold over 10 million copies, including the New York Times best-selling Boundaries series, as well as Leading from Your Gut, and Handling Difficult People. He co-hosts the nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live” with 3 million listeners.

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