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Some of our Local Professors
LaRhonda Flowers earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015 from Grace University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a LIMHP and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). LaRhonda is Founder and CEO of Restore, Rebuild, Reconnect Counseling Center (R3CC). Her brand was founded on the idea that recovery is possible if you are willing to put in the work to create new pathways and live a new life no matter where you come from. Flowers has experience working in private practice, inpatient residential treatment, and group agency. Her expertise and clinical interest areas include drug and alcohol addiction, formerly incarcerated individuals, and marginalized communities. LaRhonda was awarded the Award of Achievement at Grace University in 2015.
Dr. Troy Backhuus
Dr. Backhuus earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, in 2012. He has been a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) in the state of Nebraska since 2002. Dr. Backhuus is designated as the Internship Coordinator for Crown’s Master’s in Counseling (MAC) program and has taught counseling education since 2011. Dr. Backhuus has experience working in a psychiatric hospital, where he counseled troubled adolescents and their families. He specializes in areas that involve emotional dysfunction. In the past, he has counseled many couples with a focus on forgiveness and reconciliation. He is currently interested in how married couples who are international workers manage a crisis. Another area of interest is in learning the effects of emotion coaching on adolescence. He has done several presentations, including team strategies for conflict resolution, managing marriage in an international field, recognizing task markers in Emotion Focused Therapy, and many more. He maintains membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Dr. Deb Hoffman
Dr. Hoffman earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California in 1996. She has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in Nebraska since 1997. She has taught in counselor education since 1998 and most recently served on the pastoral staff at a multi-site church in Omaha. Dr. Hoffman has travelled to over 25 countries, providing consultation and counseling to missionaries, organizations, and churches. Her professional background includes experiences in a state psychiatric hospital, community mental health center, and private practice. She is interested in crisis and trauma response and began a new role in the fall 2022 as the Wellness Coordinator/Psychologist with the Nebraska State Patrol, assisting Law Enforcement personnel and their families. She maintains membership in the AACC and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).
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Students attend one onsite class each week. Classes are held at the Porch from 6-9 pm on Monday’s, Tuesday’s or Thursday’s. Coursework has weekly deadlines. Students are given the flexibility to complete their coursework anytime prior to the deadlines. Onsite classes are limited to 18 students, maximizing interaction between students and professors.