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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 U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. CUI serves over 4,000 students annually.