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Learn Counseling & Leadership Skills from World-Class Christian Practitioners

Experience transformational education that operates at the crossroads of competence, character, and connection through the Townsend Institute’s life-changing counseling and leadership programs.

About the Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling

The Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine offers fully accredited online graduate degrees, professional certificates, and bachelor's degrees in three content areas: Organizational Leadership, Executive Coaching and Consultation, and Counseling. Masterful psychologist and relationship expert Dr. John Townsend founded the Institute to address both the head and the heart, incorporating scriptural truths with current neuroscience. Discover how the Institute’s approach goes deeper than behavioral change and moves us to growth.

Dr. John Townsend Dr. Townsend and students in front of Grimm Hall

About our founder

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, leadership consultant, psychologist, and relationship expert. He has written 35 books, selling 10 million copies, including the bestselling Boundaries series. His depth of experience and research result in practical counsel that has been sought-after by scores of listeners through his live broadcasts. Built from the foundation of his teachings, Dr. Townsend established the Townsend Institute in 2015 and still plays an active role with leading the way we learn about counseling and leadership.

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Join us LIVE!

Experience a new kind of relational education. Join us online LIVE and hear from our faculty, academic advisors, current students, and alumni about their experience in the Townsend Institute.

  • Ask Dr. John Townsend your questions about the Institute and our offerings
  • Learn how our counseling and leadership programs can advance your career
  • Connect with other prospective students exploring our programs
  • Become eligible for scholarships and other prizes by participating in our info session


Kaylie Housewright Kaylie Housewright and her family
This program not only gets into your mind, it gets into your heart. I feel like the Townsend Institute is behind me in my endeavor to supply restorative support to others.

Kaylie Housewright

Jon Acuff - Bestselling Author
Sue Johnson, Ph.D. - Therapist, Research Professor
Miles McPherson - Senior Pastor, the Rock Church
Henry Cloud, Ph.D. - Bestselling Author
Gabe Lyons - Founder of Q
Donald Miller - Bestselling Author

About our fellows

Learn from world-class Christian thought leaders. From New York Times best-selling authors to noteworthy organization leaders, researchers, and clinicians, the Townsend Institute’s Fellows provide students with unparalleled access to inspirational and influential Christian leaders from around the world. When paired with The Townsend Institute’s academic faculty, the result is a cross functional and collaborative Christian learning environment that broadens your leadership skill set.

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About Concordia University Irvine

The Townsend Institute is housed within Concordia University Irvine, a private, Lutheran university. Located in Southern California, Concordia serves over 4,000 students annually, on campus and online. Centered by a Christian worldview, and guided by the Great Commission, Concordia is home to a thoughtful and caring community of learners.

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