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News & Announcements

Regent University's Trauma Team Deploys to Trinidad

In the history of a warm and vibrant Trinidad is the rubble left behind from broken families and a slew of natural disasters. Therein lays a nation of people waiting to emerge with clear minds and healed pasts.

Enter Regent University's Trauma Team, a division of the School of Psychology & Counseling's (SPC) Center for Trauma Studies.

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Psychology & Counseling Professors Promote Healthy Marriages in China

China is a nation "ripe for Christianity, " according to Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) professor Dr. James Sells.

And with this ripeness comes a budding interest in healthy marriages and strong families.

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Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling Team Works in Ukraine

"We didn't sign up for the war when we first started," said Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) assistant professor, Dr. Olya Zaporozhets.

But war is a reality for the people of Ukraine, especially near the Crimean border, where for the last two years, Regent SPC students and faculty have broken into online supervision for trauma and compassion fatigue training.

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Regent Trauma Team Deploys to Trinidad

Despite its strong economy and vibrant culture, the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is not immune to crisis, often hit by hurricanes and other disasters large and small. To help residents become more self-sufficient in recovery from crisis, Regent University's Center for Trauma Studies is onsite providing trauma training and support for establishment of a Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.

About 25 people are on deployment in Trinidad through July 14. The team includes Regent professors and students from the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC), as well as participants from Regent's Green Cross Training. Follow their activities on the Trauma Team blog.

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Professor Appointed by Vatican to the Commission for the Protection of Minors

It's almost 11 p.m. in Quezon City, Philippines. The Skype line jumps and skips. Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling associate professor, Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco, sits in front of his computer, his face reflecting the ethereal, bluish glow from his computer screen.

This is how the remote professor conducts his online classes. Nearly thirteen hours ahead of most of his students in the United States. Dedicated to his craft and his passion for God's primary mandate: to love His children.

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Trauma Team Visits Romania

Students involved in the Center of Trauma Studies through Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC), oftentimes never get to see the changes their efforts have on the people they help.

"I tell our students that even if you don't think you have an impact, you do," said Dr. Benjamin Keyes, SPC professor and director of the Center for Trauma Studies. "Sometimes it's a word, sometimes it's a phrase, and sometimes it's just being with them and being present with them that makes all the difference."

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SPC Alum Serves in Nicaragua

With interests ranging from massage therapy and chiropractic medicine to biblical studies, theology and counseling, Eric Ferguson '98 (School of Psychology & Counseling) received a thorough, though patchwork-quilted education through various degrees and universities.

But what stitches all of his passions together is his simple love for helping people. This desire is the spark that drives forward his international missions organization in Managua, Nicaragua.

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Sexual Identity Institute Celebrates 10 Years

In an academic community where the topic of sexual identity is inclined to spark more questions than answers, Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) professor and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) Dr. Mark Yarhouse is an agent of both research and peace.

On Friday, June 6, Yarhouse and his colleagues celebrated the institute's 10 years of studies dedicated to chipping away at the ever-evolving sex and gender issues that arise in both the secular setting and the Church.

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Professor Selected for APA Scholar Program

With Regent University's core challenge of leading the world in change and scholarship, the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) is paving the way with research conducted by its faculty members. During the spring 2014 semester, Dr. Carissa Dwiwardani, assistant professor for SPC, was selected as a Scholar for the Multicultural Concerns Committee for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 39.

"The way we think about human nature and how people change is very much influenced by our culture and the way we gauge what's 'healthy' and 'not healthy,'" said Dwiwardani. "A lot of psychoanalysis is carrying values on human nature and change that is very culturally explicit."

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SPC Hosts Association for Counselor Supervision

This month, master's and Ph.D. counseling students from Virginia traveled to Regent University to participate in the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's (VACES) 2014 Graduate Counseling Student Conference, hosted by the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC).

The conference called for counseling students around the state to present on a wide variety of counseling topics including school counseling, mental health, direct services, marriage counseling and military counseling.

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SPC Gives Grace and Hope to Marriage

Though pastors often stress the significance of strong marriages as they speak from the pulpit, very seldom do they have the time in their workday to effectively counsel couples experiencing marital struggles.

This problem spurred Dr. Jim Sells and Dr. Jen Ripley, associate professors for Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC), to ask "how are the marriages in the church?"

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Trauma Team Travels to Philippines

Three months after the water rushed away from Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, most of what remains is rubble and a community of hurting people.

Last month, Regent University's Trauma Team, led by School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) professor and director of the Center for Trauma Studies, Dr. Benjamin Keyes, along with SPC alumnae Jennifer Cotton '13 and Nicole DiLella '10, traveled to meet the psychological needs of the impacted residents of Tocloba and other nearby islands.

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Fourth-Year Psy.D. Cohort Granted Internships

Before they can enter the field as professionals, a required step in training for clinical psychology doctoral students is their final year: internship. Although applying for yearlong internship program can become a grueling process for fourth year Psy.D. students, the rewards are sweet.

On Friday, Feb. 21, Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) participating Psy.D. students obtained an unprecedented 100 percent match rate from the National Matching Service (NMS), an organization that pairs students with their internship programs.

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ABPsi Hosts 4th Annual Black America Program

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) continues urging its community to keep moving forward in the pursuit of equality.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, American Black Psychologists (ABPsi) Student Circle hosted the fourth annual Black America program, "Cultural Perceptions: Family Constellations and Societal Implications."

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SPC Dean Appointed to APA Commission on Accreditation

As Regent University continues to lead efforts of improving psychological education, Dr. William Hathaway, dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC), has been appointed to serve on the executive committee for the American Psychological Association's (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA) through the remainder of his three-year term.

"This is an opportunity to work more closely with influential leaders in professional psychology accreditation and to contribute to important initiatives being undertaken by the APA Commission," said Hathaway. "These include a major revision of the standards that govern the accreditation programs in professional psychology."

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SPC Profs Travel to Lebanon

The trauma and terror overwhelming the nation of Syria has created a growing need for professionals trained in providing grief counsel to those suffering loss and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In late October, Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) professor Dr. Benjamin Keyes and associate professor Dr. Merrill Reese traveled to Lebanon to take part in leading a "power-packed" three-day training session for Syrian pastors, youth ministers, social workers and psychologists.

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SPC Prof. Releases Book

For 15 years, Dr. Mark Yarhouse, Hughes Endowed Chair and professor at Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC), has been writing and speaking about a topic that, for some people in the United States and elsewhere, remains challenging: sexual identity.

In his latest book, Understanding Sexual Identity, Yarhouse tackles the subject once again, as his words become a resource for youth ministers who are seeking guidance for how to respond when a young person tells them they are gay.

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Regent Honors Excellent Faculty

During the academic year, Regent University's Office of Academic Affairs acknowledges three faculty members each semester. The Faculty Awards for Excellence Program recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship, teaching and service involvement among the faculty.

The Fall 2013 Faculty Excellence Awards were presented by Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president, at Regent's quarterly facutly-staff meeting earlier in November.

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Trauma Team Aids Kenyan Mall Hostages

A volunteer group of 15 psychologists and professional counselors in Kenya is using trauma training materials developed by Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) professors in their work helping hostage survivors of the Kenyan mall attack and family members of deceased victims to cope with the tragedy.

Over the last two years, Regent's trauma team, led by SPC professor Dr. Benjamin Keyes, has traveled to Kenya each summer to provide counseling to villagers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the perpetual discord and violence in the Rift Valley. As part of these outreaches, the most recent of which took place in August 2013, the group offered a series of training workshops for local mental health professionals, community leaders, pastors, families and school children.

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Trauma Team Travels to the Nation of Kenya

"I find myself being honored that these clients will let me see into the very depths of their souls and allow me to be a part of their healing journey," said Dr. Benjamin Keyes, Regent University's School of Psychology (SPC) professor.

As the director of Regent's Center for Trauma studies, Keyes and 12 other members of the Trauma Team traveled this summer to Kinangop, Kenya—a township nestled within the mountains of the Rift Valley, just 90 minutes northwest of Nairobi.

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Professor Partners with Operation Blessing in South Sudan

Dr. Benjamin Keyes, assistant professor in Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC), is a man who keeps his promises.

When Keyes discovered the state of the nation during his travels to South Sudan in December of 2012, he vowed to return. This summer, he did—bringing $13,000 of food supplies along with him.

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Psy.D. Students Host Community Health Event

On Saturday, July 27, Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) students Reese Holt and Carla Sterling partnered with the Signet Family Life Center in Chesapeake, Va., to provide a free health and wellness fair for the members of the community.

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Program Newsletters

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology Program Newsletter - The Inkblot (PDF)

Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision Program Newsletter (PDF)

Master's in Counseling Programs Newsletter (PDF)

Human Services Counseling Program Newsletter (PDF)

Research Center Newsletters

Institute for Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) Newsletter

HOPE for Couples Newsletter

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School Achievements

Regent was the first university to receive accreditation for an online doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision. Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling has received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs for the Community Counseling Program (M.A. degree), the School Counseling Program (M.A. degree) and the Counselor Education & Supervision Program (Ph.D. degree). Read news article or see other school accreditations.

  • Faculty Appointments

    Dean William Hathaway
    • Past-President, American Psychological Association Division 36 (Psychology of Religion)
    • Appointment to American Psychological Association Appeals Panel, 2010-2012
    • Appointment to first editorial board for APA's new journal, The Psychology of Religion & Spirituality.
    • Appointed to academic planning committee for the Society of Christian Psychology
    Linda Baum
    • Outreach Representative, APA Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology
    Amy Dominguez
    • President Elect, VCA, (VASERVC), 2010
    Gabriel Dy-Liacco
    • Associate Editor, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. American Psychological Association Division 36 (Psychology of Religion), ongoing appointment
    Kathie Erwin
    • Track Coordinator for AACC World Congress on Christian Counseling (Sept 2010)
    Dominick Hankle
    • Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Officer, Diocese of Richmond (April 2010 - Present)
    LaTrelle Jackson
    • Ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Psychology and Religion • Ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Christianity and Psychology
    Judith Johnson
    • Editorial Board: The Qualitative Report
    Benjamin Keyes
    • Editorial Board, Journal of Christian Healing, 2008 - present.
    Glen Moriarty
    • Served as ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Psychology and Theology • Served as ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Christianity and Psychology
    Stephen Parker
    • Reviewer, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 2006 - present. • Reviewer, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 2008-present • Reviewer, Journal of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2009-present
    Jennifer Ripley
    • Associate Editor, Journal of Psychology and Christianity • Editorial Board Member, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
    James Sells
    • Appointed as the Counselor Education and Supervision Track Coordinator, CAPS Conference 2011, Indianapolis, IN
    Mark Yarhouse
    • Founding board member, Society for Christian Psychology • Editorial board member, Journal of Psychology and Theology • Editorial consultant, Christian Counseling Today
  • Faculty Publications

    Hathaway, W.L. (2010). Faithful skepticism/curious faith. In G.L. Moriarty (Ed.). Integrating faith & psychology: Twelve psychologists tell their stories. (pp. 209-229). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.

    Hathaway, W.L. (In press). Ethical Guidelines for Using Spirituality Oriented Interventions. In Spiritually Oriented Interventions for Counseling and Psychotherapy. M. Leach , M. McMinn, & E. Worthington. (Eds). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

    Arveson, K. (2010). How to prepare for the empty nest. New Life Webpage, June, 2010:

    Dickens, A., Suarez, E. C., & Brown, A. L. (2010). Utilizing group play in treating children of substance abusing parents. Virginia Counselors Journal, Volume 31.

    Erwin, K.T. (2010). Taylor Kendall: Evil Inc. Largo, FL: VTI Media Group. (This is an ethical thriller novel about healthcare fraud in corporate mental health.)

    Hankle, D. (2010, August). Psychology's place in priestly formation. The Priest. 10-13

    Hankle, D. (2010, April 11). Right at home at Regent. National Catholic Register

    Johnson, J.L., Kim, L.M., Giovannelli, T., & Cagle, T. (2010). Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory, vengefulness, and forgiveness. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(5), 612-616.

    Johnson, J. (2010). Ebook/CD entitled, "Breakthrough Change: A 40-Day/40-Minute Plan to Reclaim Your Life - One Goal at a Time" which can be downloaded at

    Keyes, B.B., (2010) HEART- Healing Emotional Affective Responses to Trauma - Clinical Applications, Part II. Journal of Christian Healing. Spring/Summer, Vol. 26, Num. 1.

    Yu, J., Ross, C.A., Keyes, B.B., Li, Y., Dai, Y., Zhang, T., Xiao, Z (2010) Dissociative Disorders Among Chinese Psychiatric Inpatients. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. 11, 358-372.

    Coker, A., Meyer, D., Smith, R., & Price, A. (2010). Social Justice Group Work to Empower Pregnant Homeless Women: Perspectives on Developing Multicultural Competencies. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

    Moriarty, G. (2010) (Ed.). Integrating Faith and Psychology: 12 Psychologists Tell Their Stories Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press

    Hoffman, L., Moriarty, G., & Williamson, N. (2010). The dynamics of religious experience and psychological health: An existential-psychodynamic perspective. In J. H. Ellens (Ed.), The healing power of religion (Vol. 3). Westport, CT: Praeger.

    Moriarty, G. (2010). Psychology 2.0: Harnessing social networking, user-generated content, and Crowd sourcing. Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, 1, 29-39.

    Parker, S. (2010). Research in Fowler's faith development theory: A review article. Review of Religious Research, 51, 233-252.

    Stupart, Y., Rehfuss, M., & Parks-Savage, A. (2010). Counselor supervision in Jamaica: An initial exploration. Journal for International Counselor Education, 2, 74-95. Retrieved from

    Yarhouse, M. & Sells, J. N. (2010) Marriage and Family Therapies: A Christian Appraisal. Korean Edition, Translated by J. Jeon, S. Hahn, Y. Kim & Y Bynun. Seoul, Korea: Christian Literature Crusade.

    Byers, A.B., Underwood, L.A., & Hardy, V.L. (2010). Spirituality group with female offenders: Impacting hope. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 16, 2, 16-28

    Wykes, S., Noonan, B. (2010). Addictions from a developmental, experiential and constructivist perspective. In McAuliffe, G., Eriksen, K., (Eds.) Counselor Preparation Handbook. ACES publication, Alexandria, VA.

    Yarhouse, M. A. (2010). Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends. Minneapolis, MN: BethanyHouse.

    Yarhouse, M.A., & Kays, J. L. (2010). The P.A.R.E. model: A framework for counseling mixed orientation couples. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29 (1), 77-81.

    Yarhouse, M. A. (2010). [Review of the book Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community]. Journal of Religious Studies, 36 (1), 62.

    Yarhouse, M. A. (2010, April). Research Digest (issue theme: love, sex, and romance). Christian Counseling Today, 17 (2), 72-74.

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