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HU Townsend Institute To Host Second Symposium

The second Huntington University Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling symposium will take place on Friday, Sept. 18, at Huntington University in the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the welcome starting at 8:30 a.m. Counseling training segments will take place at 8:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The leadership training segments will be at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The day ends at 4:30 p.m. with a meet and greet with Townsend, as well as Institute faculty and Institute Fellows.

Townsend has assembled a few of his colleagues to be Institute Fellows. These individuals are experts in their respective fields, a few are even bestselling authors. Their involvement adds value to Townsend Institute students. Institute Fellow Richard Halderman will speak at the Sept. 18 event. Daniel Amen, Jim Daly and John Baker have each created a special video to be shown at the event. For a complete list of Institute Fellows, visit

A luncheon with Townsend, Institute Fellows and Institute faculty will take place at Habecker Dining Commons where attendees can take part in a question and answer session. Registration is required due to limited seating.

The training event is free, but reservations are required. Register online at

The first of its kind, the Townsend Institute offers degree programs based on Townsend’s Character-Plus-Competency model, which is based on the content from his 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.

For more information about the Townsend Institute, visit

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).