Bryan Hosts Symposium To Examine Counseling Options

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Psychologists, counselors, social workers and those in related fields will have the opportunity to hear and observe various models of integrating counseling and Christian faith when the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought and Practice and Richmont Graduate University co-host “Into the Counseling Room: Five Approaches to Counseling and Christianity” on Nov. 2-3. 

In addition to snapshots of these five models, counselors will offer a clinical demonstration of their method. All sessions will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center. 

Bryan Institute Director Dr. Daryl Charles said, “The goal of the symposium is to explore the diverse ways and tensions of relating Christian faith and counseling to people in a clinical setting. How does our approach work with clients who have a wide range of mental, emotional and spiritual challenges? From a Christian standpoint, is there a ‘best’ or ‘most effective’ method, and what should be the goal of the clinical moment?” Select topics scheduled for discussion include “When Pornography Persists: Sin, Addiction, or Psychopathology?” “Reimbursement and Counseling Fees: Who Pays?” and “How is God Active in Christian Counseling?” 

The event will be moderated by Dr. Timothy A. Sisemore, director of research and professor of psychology and counseling at Richmont Graduate University, and Dr. Stephen P. Greggo, professor of counseling at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Sisemore and Greggo are co-editors of the recently-released InterVarsity Press volume Counseling and Christianity: Five Approaches. 

Speakers include Dr. Diane Langberg, a faculty member at Westminster Theological Seminary and director of Langberg and Associates, a group practice in suburban Philadelphia; Dr. Mark R. McMinn, professor of psychology at George Fox University; Dr. Gary W. Moon, executive director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College; Dr. Thomas G. Plante, professor of psychology at Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine; and Dr. Stuart W. Scott,  who teaches biblical counseling at The Southern Baptist Seminary. 

Registration is open online. Psychologists also may register for 10 continuing education credits.


Graves Installed As 7th GPS Head

"My name is Autumn Joy Adkins Graves, and I am the seventh head of Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I proudly proclaim – I will lead like a girl!"  With those words at the conclusion of her installation as GPS’s Head of School, the audience of friends, family, faculty, trustees, parents, alumnae, and students rose to their feet and offered their heartfelt ... (click for more)

Dalton State Magazine: A Glimpse Into Campus Life

Jacob Southern turned to two things to help him cope with struggles growing up: fishing and God. After becoming a student at Dalton State, he added conservation biology to that list.    Set to graduate in December, mr. Southern is making great strides in undergraduate research, all while finding himself as a young adult. His story is told in the latest edition of the ... (click for more)

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)