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Cultivate Life-Changing Transformation

Explore the Online Master’s in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health from the Townsend Institute

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Bring Healing, Hope, and Restoration to Those in Need

  • Flexible online learning. Our CACREP-accredited M.A. in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health is a fully online program that can be completed in 24-36 months with seven-week courses.
  • Foster healing and growth. Develop the skills needed to engage with a person struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, relational problems, or addictions on a deeply attuned level.
  • Learn counseling skills integrated with biblical principles. Gain competency in over 20 skills that use the transformative power of relationship, emotions, and cognitions to create profound and lasting change.
  • Engage with world-class Christian thought leaders. Personally learn from Dr. John Townsend and master teachers who have decades of real-world experience.

Why Choose the Townsend Institute?

  • A different approach to learning. We focus on relational learning, addressing the head and the heart through competence, character, and connection.
  • Founded on experience and research. Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times best-selling author, leadership consultant, psychologist and relationship expert. He has written 35 books, selling 10 million copies, including the top-selling "Boundaries" series.
  • A strong partnership. The Townsend Institute is housed within Concordia University Irvine. Centered on a Lutheran Christian worldview, Concordia is home to a thoughtful and caring community of learners.
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"God transformed me through the Townsend Institute’s counseling program."

Anthony Johnson
M.A. Counseling, 2019

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Concordia University Irvine is a private, Christian university that is ranked nationally among the "Top Performers on Social Mobility" universities by U.S. News & World Report. Concordia is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and serves over 5,000 students annually.