Dr. Renee Certified as a Pastoral Counselor

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Sullivan University’s Wellness Director and Chaplain, Dr. Renee Rust-Yarmuth, recently achieved her certification in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a fee-based pastoral counselor. She took the state board exam on December 20 but received news about her certification late January. This development unites both the wellness and chaplaincy (non-denominational) aspects of her role.

To assess eligibility for her to take the exam, the state board reviewed and recognized her readiness and background. With a doctorate in ministry in the field of group dynamics, she has been licensed in Indiana for 20 years as a marriage and family therapist, social worker and mental health counselor. Additionally, she is a registered domestic mediator.

Dr. Renee,

as she is most often called, brings mental health expertise and ministry skills, including clinical pastoral education, to her job to help students, faculty and staff manage personal and interpersonal stress more effectively. She is qualified to administer Reiss Profiles to help people understand and use their motivations in personality, business, academics and relationships. She is also certified in using the Strenth Deployment Inventory to promote individual and interpersonal styles of conflict behaviors.

Besides being an authorized administrator of the PREPARE-ENRICH tests for marriage preparation and marriage enhancement, Dr. Renee is commissioned by the Federation of Christian Ministries to officiate at weddings and to serve as a chaplain. Her first wedding was at Yew Dell Gardens in Oldham County. Despite the phrase “fee-based,” there is still no fee charged to students using their seven free consultations with her over the span of two quarters. Dr. Renee brings many qualities and certifications to her work at Sullivan and beyond.

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