Our conference website is currently under construction. We can't wait to welcome you to Concordia University Irvine in the Spring! For more general information, please see below.
Here at the Townsend Institute, we hope you feel right at home. This is where you begin to catapult into your new future as you hear inspiring speakers, start bonding with your cohort, and begin learning new skills you'll use for your career.
Develop your competency through trainings with Dr. John Townsend and our world class Institute fellows.
Grow in your capacity to meet the demands of reality through personal growth in process groups.
Connect with faculty and fellow students as you continue your educational journey in community.
You are not required to bring anything with you. However, if you enjoy taking notes, we would recommend that you bring something to take notes with. Please also keep in mind that you will have homework each night and will therefore need to access blackboard.
Graduate education is a professional and relational environment. We recommend maintaining respectable standards of dress. Most attendees, staff, and faculty are in the “nicer casual” description of clothing.
This is a two week course, which includes our 4-Day Kickoff Conference. The 600 course will also be your first introduction to what the Townsend Institute is about - Character, Competency, and Connection.
Be prepared to meet for a virtual class the first week of the course. You will have assignments leading up to the conference that help prepare you mentally, emotionally, and relationally for the conference, time with your process group, and your overall program. There will be some wrap up items after the conference.
Process groups are a growth group experience that is built into our conference. This is where you will begin to experience the Townsend Model so that you are able to have a full understanding before being trained on utilizing this model with your respective clientele.
First off, know that any nerves you have are normal. We all can get uneasy with new experiences, new people, and forced interactions. The best advice we can give is...
Since the conference experience is a part of your 600 course and foundational for your time in the program, we do ask that you make arrangements to be present at all meetings (whether the conference is virtual or in person). This helps set you up well for time in the program and helps to set the tone for your cohort that you’re willing to be present to them during your time together. Part of your grade in the course is dependent on your attendance at the conference. If you absolutely cannot attend a piece, you can submit an Absence Request Form to be considered by your program director.
We are looking forward to safely welcoming you back to campus this August as we continue to follow federal and local guidelines.
Staying Safe While On Campus
We are working hard to make our campus and conference facilities clean and safe for you. In addition to the extra cleaning on campus and in the classrooms, the following protocols will be in place for the duration of the conference:
If you become ill while at the conference, the Wellness Center will offer a rapid antigen and viral PCR test at no charge. The rapid antigen test will let you know if you are positive for SARS-COV-2. Although these tests are extremely helpful for identifying if you are actively infected, a negative test still needs to be confirmed with a viral PCR test. The results of the PCR test can take 2 to 3 days.
If the antigen test is positive, you will need to quarantine/isolate in your room off campus and engage in the conference remotely. Do not come back to campus unless cleared to do so by the Wellness Center staff.
If the antigen test is negative, you will need to quarantine in your hotel room and engage in the conference remotely while you wait for the confirming negative result from a PCR test. We understand that this is not an ideal situation but have prepared options for you should this case arise.