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Jim Hurley, Academic Director
Dr. Jim Hurley specializes in teaching the relation of theology and therapy and relationship of diverse therapeutic approaches.  His two PhDs in both Theology and Counseling give him a unique perspective as he teaches a series of five courses designed to help students understand the relation of psychological studies, therapy and Scripture.  Through prodding students to examine their views about General Revelation (i.e., God’s world around us), Special Revelation (i.e., the Scriptures), and how the two relate, he provides an atmosphere where students, upon completion of the program, have a solid foundation for their therapeutic goals as Christians. With specific focus in cutting-edge neuroscience developments and their relevance to the counseling process and therapeutic interventions, he challenges and guides his students as they think through an integrated, biblically-faithful and scientifically-based therapy framework. Dr. Hurley’s therapeutic focus is with highly conflictual couples, individuals with historical trauma/abuse, and pre-marital couples. He is presently working on a biblically-based, neuroscience-informed protocol for couple therapy.

Anyone who meets Dr. Hurley will immediately realize that in addition to his passion for academics, he also loves the outdoors and takes the command to “subdue the earth” quite literally, as he hunts frequently and gardens extensively.  Another passion is his commitment to Africa where he has preached, and where he and his wife help Ugandan women sell craft items through American efforts such as “Friends of Uganda.”

Dr. Hurley frequently conducts marriage seminars with MFTC students assisting as couple interaction facilitators.  Dr. Hurley is a clinical supervisor and teaches: Psychology in Relation to Theology; Family Systems in Cultural Perspective; Neuroscience Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience-Informed Therapies; Sex Therapy and Paul and Personal Relationships.

Special Interests:

  • Relation of theology and therapy
  • Role of religious practitioners in professional psychology
  • Neuroscience and theories of therapy
  • Therapy with highly conflictual couples
  • Therapy with persons who have experienced developmental trauma 

Read more about Dr. Hurley and his credentials here.


Bill Richardson, Clinical Director
In addition to his duties as Clinical Director at RTS Jackson and the Chairman of MAMFT Ethics Committee, Dr. Bill Richardson is a relationship-oriented systems therapist, particularly fond of the here-and-now with focus in psychodynamic and self-psychology principles.  As a recipient of specialized training in Gestalt Therapy, Dr. Richardson naturally gravitated to the Internal Family Systems Therapy approach.  Throughout his training and teaching of IFS, Dr. Richardson has also become personal friends with IFS’ founder Dr. Richard Schwartz and co-led a seminar on Christian integration of IFS theory with him at the National Convention of Christian Therapists. 

In addition to his duties as Clinical Director at RTS Jackson and the Chairman of MAMFT Ethics Committee, Dr. Bill Richardson is a relationship-oriented systems therapist, particularly fond of the here-and-now with focus in psychodynamic and self-psychology principles.  As a recipient of specialized training in Gestalt Therapy, Dr. Richardson naturally gravitated to the Internal Family Systems Therapy approach.  Throughout his training and teaching of IFS, Dr. Richardson has also become personal friends with IFS’ founder Dr. Richard Schwartz and co-led a seminar on Christian integration of IFS theory with him at the National Convention of Christian Therapists. 

Dr. Richardson’s adaptation of a quote by L. C. Marsh, the “Father” of Group Psychotherapy, which states, “We are damaged in relationship; we are healed in relationship” is a thematic goal in his work with clients.  Dr. Richardson likes people and respectfully walks alongside them in the therapy room while professing to continually be “utterly amazed at the beauty and resources still shining through completely fallen men and women.”  Throughout his over twenty years experience in the counseling setting, he is continually reminded anew of what a “profoundly painful experience life is on this fallen planet” and puts action to Romans 12:15 by weeping with those in anguish who, thanks to his gentle pacing in the therapy room, truly do not weep alone.  Providing a tangibly real integration of psychology and theology, Dr. Richardson, by his example and teaching, thematically highlights the importance and ramifications of the fact that human beings are created in the Image of God.

Dr. Richardson spends time out-of-doors cycling, kayaking or sailing. He states the following: “If I don’t regularly imbibe some of our Creator’s blue sky, green grass and brown earth, I become a poster-child for any number of psychological diagnoses. I also love frequent travel to places like Middle Earth and Narnia. I love to learn – from the Holy Scripture, other books and perhaps most of all from my psychotherapy clients.  They have so much to teach if I will listen.” Dr. Richardson is married and has two grown sons and a daughter-in-law.

Dr. Richardson teaches: Helping Relationships: The Proces and Foundational Skills of Counseling; Counseling Theories and Interventions; Professional, Ethical, and Legal Studies; Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling; and Preparation and Presentation of Psychological Concepts in Seminars.

Special Interests:

  • Skills training for parents
  • The nature of the therapeutic relationship
  • Psycho-education in the church
  • Christian ethics in psychotherapy

Read more about Dr. Richardson and his crendentials here.

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