Providing opportunities for global learning and impact are core to the Regent University ethos. Regent students and graduates are trained to be globally competent individuals who will have as part of their general knowledge and academic specialization a comparative understanding of the world's societies and nations. They will also be able to communicate effectively across cultural and linguistic boundaries and understand how their faith transcends these boundaries. Our students and graduates will embrace a Christ-like attitude to positively impact the global community.
Students in the School of Psychology & Counseling will have opportunities frequently to study abroad and extend their experiences to cultures and people groups outside of the US.
Center for Trauma Studies
Regent students who have completed the Trauma Training sequence are eligible to deploy on two week trips each year to train counselors, teachers and social workers on various aspects of trauma. Team members work with abuse victims, treat traumatized families and help local professionals cope with compassion fatigue.
Center for Child Trauma Institute
The CCTI aims to serve as a leading voice in research, training and practice to understand the role of religious and spiritual faith in the prevention of and recovery from various forms of childhood trauma, particularly child abuse. Thanks to a substantial grant from the Equitas Foundation, Regent University's Child Trauma Institute is undertaking a therapy and research project with Restavek children in the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti.
Mental Health & Missions Course
A major component of psychology is the understanding that people in different places and cultures will have different needs and perspectives. Dr. Jim Sells, a professor in Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC), explains that because of this there is a great need for counselors to listen to and interact with people in a variety of cultures.
The SPC offers a 3 credit elective course for masters and doctoral students both distance and campus based, for a two week study abroad trip. Faculty and students focus on training local pastors, teachers and mental health providers with culturally universal principles of counseling. Students also have opportunities for interactions at local orphanages and hospitals providing therapy and services.
Trauma Team trip to Kenya July 2012