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Counseling and Testing Center gets assistant director

April 8, 2002

A Maryville native has been named assistant director of the Counseling and Testing Center at Austin Peay.

Dr. Lowell G. Roddy received a bachelor's degree in English from Bethel College. He earned three master's degrees: in family therapy from the University of Louisville, in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and in pastoral care and counseling from Memphis Theological Seminary. He also earned a doctor of ministry degree from Memphis Theological Seminary.

Roddy is a Tennessee licensed marital and family therapist, a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, which sets the standard for counselors to follow.

Before retiring in January 2002, Roddy spent 26 years in the U.S. Army where he served as a chaplain.

As assistant director, Roddy is responsible for counseling students and supervising the counseling program and office graduate assistants.

His experience as a marriage and family therapist and as an instructor, in addition to his training in the U.S. Army, allows him to provide service for a broad range of relationship issues including family stress and coping with military deployment.

"I hope to introduce marriage counseling as another facet of the services offered by our office and to make this a place where students with a variety of issues can come. I'm also a strong believer in workshops as a way to help people," said Roddy.

"I want to continue to strengthen our bonds with other agencies, such as Student Health Services, and to make sure students know we're here."

Roddy has a wealth of counseling experience both as a pastoral counselor and as a marriage and family counselor.

He organized and facilitated the first chaplain-led HIV/AIDS support groups in the Army and advocated successfully for Department of the Army recognition of the lay ministry role of chaplain assistants.

Roddy has provided individual and couple counseling for young adults since 1976 and a broad spectrum of family therapy since 1985.

He has supervised various multiple-staff ministry teams, culminating in leadership of a staff of 16 clergy and 18 lay assistants that provided multidenominational ministry to a community of 24,000 people. He also coordinated and supervised religious support for the 19-country United Nations forces in Haiti.

Roddy developed a family ministry training program for military clergy focusing on special military ministry concerns including family separations, combat stress and trauma ministry.

He also provided consultation and case review for 25 chaplains on an as-needed basis and conducted clergy training in the areas of death and grief, stress management, self-talk, crisis ministry, human sexuality, empowering the laity, care for the caregiver,
family systems theory and brief solution-focused family therapy.

Roddy has a variety of classroom teaching experience including five years in pastoral care and counseling at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, as a teaching fellow in the department of pastoral theology at Princeton Seminary and as a visiting instructor in pastoral counseling at Memphis Theological Seminary.

In addition, he served as a staff member for the human sexuality seminar at the Medical College of New Jersey and as an instructor for the sociology course "Death and Dying" at Los Angeles Community College's campus in Seoul, Korea.

Roddy's family enrichment experience includes developing and teaching monthly premarital seminars, seminars on family faith development and parents as sex educators and conducting retreats and family support classes focusing on communication, conflict management and decision-making.

He also has taught courses addressing parent effectiveness, active parenting, systematic training for effective parenting, couple communication, training in marriage enrichment, building family strengths and listening and loving.

Roddy and his wife, Sondra, have three grown children.