|Dr. John Townsend|
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Best-selling author, leadership consultant and
world-renowned psychologist, Dr. John Townsend is bringing his acclaimed
counseling and leadership model to Huntington University to form the
Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling.
“I wanted to
partner with a university that, as an organization, is committed to
academic excellence, is biblically-based, has a relational culture, is
very strategic and can make nimble and agile administrative decisions,”
Dr. Townsend said. “Huntington has those qualities and more.”
first of its kind, the Townsend Institute will provide master’s degree
programs in both counseling and organizational leadership. The program
curricula are based on Dr. Townsend’s character-based model discussed in
his many books, writings and teachings. A primary focus of Dr.
Townsend’s model is helping students learn to facilitate
transformational relationships, both in counseling and organizations,
which help people heal, grow and achieve their potential in life and
Through the Townsend Institute, students will be
educated in several key arenas of information, including scriptural
teachings, counseling and leadership theory and research, neuroscience,
and Dr. Townsend’s writings and experience base. The program is designed
to be practical and skilled-based, allowing the student to become a
practitioner through both theory and technique.
The Townsend Institute will launch in fall 2015. The master’s degree program in organizational leadership is under development.
the talent and expertise of Dr. Townsend through the establishment of
the Townsend Institute positions Huntington University as a premier
resource for the intersection of faith and leadership in Christian
higher education,” President Sherilyn Emberton said. “We are blessed
beyond measure to be able to engage with diverging cultures and faith
traditions on issues of transformation and restoration through Jesus
Christ with the creation of the programs and curriculum offered
regionally, as well as globally, through the new Townsend Institute.”
Townsend Institute will build on the traditional classroom structure
and engage students in an innovative, experientially-based training
program. More than just learning the Townsend model, students in the
programs will be personally taught by Dr. Townsend as he leads sessions
to demonstrate the different modules from his character-based model.
vision is that The Institute will produce thousands and thousands of
best-in-class business leaders, ministry leaders and counselors doing
good in the world, trained by a growth model which is character-based,
research-supported, highly practical and thoroughly Christian,” Dr.
Townsend said. “I want to be personally involved with the students, both
on campus and online, in helping them make sense of the material,
develop high-level skills, be inspired and help them solve their
The program will be offered onsite at the
Huntington and Fort Wayne campuses as well as online. The Townsend
Institute also will expand to include certificate programs as well as
opportunities to take stand-alone courses in leadership training and
For more than two decades, Dr. Townsend has
been helping leaders, organizations and individuals grow, heal, make
changes and exceed their goals. His expertise in psychology and
leadership help him provide solutions for people in many venues.
has written or co-written 27 books, totaling six million copies in
sales, including the bestseller “Boundaries,” which sold two million
copies. His award-winning books have earned three Gold Medallions and
the Retailers Choice award for a book and television venture with
Time-Life and Integrity Publishers.
The Townsend Institute will
be directed by Scott Makin, a licensed counselor and business
consultant. Before coming to HU, Makin served as the executive director
of Wabash Friends Counseling Center in Wabash, Ind., which he founded.
He has 13 years of experience in higher education and has known and
worked with Dr. Townsend for nearly 20 years. In addition, he has
co-facilitated leadership and counseling training in Indianapolis with
Dr. Townsend for the past three years.
For more information about the Townsend Institute, visit www.TownsendInstitute.org.