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Nearly 400 To attend opening training event

The grand opening event of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling will take place on August 29 at Huntington University and the response to the event has been positive.

“We have seen a lot of community and business leaders register and some are bringing their teams,” said Scott Makin, director of the Townsend Institute. “These individuals realize what a bargain it is to be a part of a world-class training event that is free. With New York Times best-selling author, Dr. John Townsend, and Institute Fellows like Dr. Gary Oliver, Dave Lindsey, Wayne Williams, Steve Arterburn, Kenneth Blanchard, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Dr. Henry Cloud and John Ortberg, presenting at the event, this has become a formidable new leadership event for north central Indiana.”

Registration for the event begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Merillat Centre for the Arts, with the welcome starting at 8:30 a.m. The day ends at 5:00 p.m. with a meet and greet with Townsend, faculty and Institute Fellows.

To register for this event, visit

The first of its kind, the Townsend Institute ( offers degree programs based on his Competence-Plus-Character model, which is based on the content from Townsend’s 27 books, writings and teachings. The curriculum is biblically based, addresses the internal world of the leader and client, and uses the latest neuroscience research. It focuses on training the adult learner to help others grow and heal in the personal, relational, behavioral and professional aspects of life. It is designed to be practical and skill-based, allowing the student to become a practitioner who is competent both in theory and technique.

The Institute offers a Master’s in counseling, a Master’s in organizational leadership and credentials in executive coaching, counseling and organizational leadership. More than just learning the Townsend model, students in the programs will also be personally taught by Townsend. He will lead sessions that demonstrate the different modules from his character growth model. The program is offered onsite at the Huntington and Fort Wayne campuses, as well as online.

For the online programs, students from all across the United States and international students from Africa and Holland are enrolled. There is still space in the program, and applications are due immediately. To apply, go to