2017 World Conference Workshop Grid Now Available!

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25 Tracks to Choose From

  1. Grief and Loss, Crisis Response, and Disaster Recovery

Track Leader(s): Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

Track Coordinators: Kevin Ellers, D.Min., Robert DeVries, D.Min., Ph.D., H. Norman Wright, M.A., Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D.

Possible Topics: Styles of Grieving; Loss of a Child, Spouse or Parents; Sudden Death as Loss; Counseling with Cancer Victims/Terminally Ill; Pathological Grieving; Complicated Bereavement; Suicide; Survivor Guilt and Fostering Resiliency; Crisis and First Responder Training; Acute Stress; Natural Disasters; Domestic and Community Crisis Response


  1. Abuse, Violence, Trauma, and Terrorism

Track Leader(s): Diane Langberg, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Heather Gingrich, Ph.D., June Hunt, M.A., Leslie Vernick, M.S.W.

Possible Topics: Physical, Sexual, Verbal, Spousal and Spiritual Abuse; Abuse by Counselors/Ministers; Hiding and Denying Abuse; Neglect; PTSD; Dissociation; Recovered Memories; Secondary/Vicarious Trauma; Disasters and Accidents; Compassion Fatigue; War/Refugee Trauma; Spiritual vs. Secular Trauma Treatment; Critical Incident De-briefing


  1. Love, Sex, and Relationships

Track Leader(s): Doug Rosenau, Ed.D.

Track Coordinators: Gary Chapman, Ph.D., Sharon Hart May, Ph.D., Cliff Penner, Ph.D., Joyce Penner, M.N., R.N.
Possible Topics: Theology of Sex; Differing Sexual Expectations; Developing Sexual Communication Skills; Impact of Past Abuse and Sexual History; Gender and Sexual Responses; Sexual Dysfunction; Pornography and Sex Addiction; Same-sex Attraction; Pregnancy and Infertility; Teens/Single Sexuality; HIV/STIs


  1. Biblical Counseling, Theological Foundations, and Pastoral Care

Track Leader(s): Ian Jones, Ph.D., Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Mark McMinn, Ph.D., Phil Monroe, Psy.D., Ed Welch, M.Div., Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Transformational Psychology; Spiritual Disciplines; Experiencing God; Biblical Mediation; Forgiveness; Theology of Spiritual Transformation; Role of Scripture in Counseling; Confession and Repentance; Biblical Change Processes; Idols of the Heart; Suffering and Faith; Resisting Temptation; Grace and Redemption; Healing Prayer


  1. Spiritual Formation, Interventions, and Care

Track Leader(s): Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: David Jenkins, Psy.D., Margaret Nagib, Psy.D., Gary Moon, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Spiritual Doubt and Questioning; Hypocrisy and Legalism; Caring for Ministry Leaders; Preventing Burnout; Caring for Couples in Crisis; Building Strong Families; Church-based 12-step Study Groups; Discipleship Programs; Spiritual Gifts in Counseling; Bringing People into God’s Presence; Emotional Healing; Spiritual Interventions


  1. Christian Psychology: Theory and Techniques

Track Leader(s): Shannon Wolf, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Robert Emmons, Ph.D., Eric Johnson, Ph.D., Richard Winter, M.D.

Possible Topics: Models and Theories of Christian Psychology; Christian Spiritual Practices; A Biblical Understanding of Emotions; Christian Meditation and Anxiety; Christian Atonement Models; Shame, Guilt and Redemption; The Christian Virtues; Self-revelation of God; Application of Theology in Clinical Practice; A Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness


  1. Addictions, Relapse, and Recovery

Track Leader(s): Mark Laaser, Ph.D., Debbie Laaser, M.MFT.

Track Coordinators: Steve Arterburn, M.Ed., Jim Cress, M.A., David Stoop, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Styles of Addictive Disorders; Disease Model vs. Psychosocial Disorder vs. Moral Responsibility; Relapse Issues; Cutting-edge Detox Treatments; Polydrug Abusers; Ecstasy Abuse; OxyContin and New Drugs of Abuse; Sex Addiction; 12-step Programs and the Church; Role of the Holy Spirit and Accountability in Recovery; Harm-reduction Model


  1. Professional Life Coaching, Mediation, and Consultation

Track Leader(s): Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

Track Coordinators: Dwight Bain, M.A., Katie Brazelton, Ph.D., Shannon Ethridge, M.A.

Possible Topics: Strategies to Reach Clients; Launching and Growing a Successful Coaching Practice; Coaching Assessments and Tools; Career Planning and Vocational Development; Marriage/Relationship Coaching; Leadership/Executive Coaching; Divorce Coaching; Health/Wellness Coaching; Spiritual Formation Coaching; Financial Coaching


  1. Premarital Counseling and Marriage Enrichment

Track Leader(s): Les Parrott, Ph.D., Leslie Parrott, Ed.D.

Track Coordinators: Ted Cunningham, MACE, Peter Newhouse, Ph.D., Dan Seaborn, M.A., Greg Smalley, Psy.D.

Possible Topics: Strengthening Marriage; Cultivating Love and Intimacy; Spiritual Oneness; Pre-marital Counseling; Marriage Mentoring; Conflict and Money Issues; Infidelity and Recovery; Divorce and Remarriage; Disaffection; Rebuilding Trust; Rekindling Romance; Marriage as a Safe Haven; Anger and Intimacy; Reconciliation and Forgiveness; Selflessness


  1. Family Health, Parenting, and Millennials

Track Leader(s): Joshua Straub, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Jim Burns, Ph.D., Ron Deal, M.MFT., Scott Hawkins, Ph.D.

  Possible Topics: Parenting Styles; Communication and Conflict Resolution; Generation Gap; Gender Roles; Uniqueness of Each Child; Remarriage and Blended Families; Special Needs Children; Attachment-based Parenting; Biblical Discipline; Sexual Education; Boundaries and Freedom; Parent and Adult Child Relationships; Balancing Marriage and Parenting; Counseling Millennials; Millennials as Parents


  1. Child and Adolescent Development and Interventions

Track Leader(s): Chap Clark, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Shaw Wendi Fortuchang, M.D., Garry Landreth,Ed.D., Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Obesity; Media and Culture; Birth Order Influence; Peer Pressure; Conduct and Oppositional Disorders; Attachment Disorders; Teen Sexual Behavior (Pregnancy, STDs, Abstinence); Suicidal Ideations; Self-injury; Eating Disorders; Substance Abuse; Impact of Parental Divorce; ADD/ADHD; School Problems; Bullying; Dating; Finding God’s Will; Children and Technology


  1. Mental Health, the Brain, and Neuroscience

Track Leader(s): Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Barry Lord, Psy.D., Curt Thompson, M.D.

Possible Topics: Applications of Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Brain Plasticity; Cutting-edge Research; Interpersonal Neurobiology


  1. Christian Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Track Leader(s): Michael Lyles, M.D.

Track Coordinators: Tim Jennings, M.D., Warren Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D., Paul Meier, M.D.

Possible Topics: Managing Side Effects of Psychotropics; Psychopharmacology; Chronic Pain; Impact of Faith on Medical Healing; Psychosis; Split Treatment; Medical Psychotherapy; Mind/Body Issues; ADD/ADHD; Anxiety Disorders; Dementia; Sleep Disorders; Depression; Bipolar Disorder


  1. Clinical Assessment, Research, and Evidence-based Practices

Track Leader(s): Ev Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Clark Campbell, Ph.D., Fred DiBlasio, Ph.D., Fernando Garzon, Psy.D.

Possible Topics: Empirically Supported Treatments for Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Personality Disorders and Psychotic Disorders; Bio/Psycho/Social/Spiritual Development; Dual and Differential Assessment; Research in Diagnostics and Treatment Planning; Eating Disorders; Addictions; EMDR; Biofeedback; Visualization; Outcomes-based Research; Models and Assessment of Christian Counseling; Brief vs. Longer-term Therapy


  1. Couples in Crisis, Relationship Conflict, and Marital Recovery

Track Leader(s): David Carder, M.A.

Track Coordinators: Lynette Hoy, M.A., Jim Sells, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: From Conflict to Collaboration; How to Build Honesty, Trust and Understanding; Personality Differences; Family of Origin Issues; Characteristics of Lasting Relationships; Dating/Pre-marital Issues; Infatuation vs. Biblical Love; Gender Differences and Communication; Approval-seeking; Friendships; Importance of Christian Community


  1. Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Healthcare, Advocacy and Public  Policy, and Counselor Education

Track Leader(s): Jared Pingleton, Psy.D.

Track Coordinators: Jeanneane Maxon, J.D., Miriam Parent, Ph.D., John Sandy, J.D.

Possible Topics: Clients’ Right to Self-determination; Dual Relationships; Confidentiality; Consent; Managed Care; Credentialing; Consultation-Referral-Termination; Harmful Counselors; Abortion; Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia; Sexual Misconduct; Alternative Therapies; Phone/Internet Counseling (NOTE: INCLUDE AN ETHICS COMPONENT IN BOTH TITLE AND CONTENT IN ALL SUBMISSIONS)


  1. Multicultural Counseling, Special Populations and Global Competency

Track Leader(s): Mark Crear, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Fred Gingrich, D.Min., Wei-Jen Huang, Ph.D., Elias Moitinho, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Cultural Sensitivity and Competency; Ethnicity and Identity Development; Oppression/Discrimination and Racism; Working with Minorities; Counseling African-American, Asian, Latino/a, and Middle Eastern Clients; Counseling those with Disabilities; Counseling Immigrants/Refugees; Social Justice Issues; Post-trauma Care around the World


  1. Mental Health and the Mission of the Church

Track Leader(s): Gary Oliver, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Kathie Erwin, Ed.D., Amy Simpson, M.B.A., Matthew Stanford, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Foundations; Motivations; Core Skills; Treatment Planning; Pitfalls of Caregiving; Pastoral Burnout; Decreasing Stigma; Congregational Counseling; Ministering to Lay Leaders; Pastoral Counseling; Compassion Fatigue in Pastoral and Counseling Ministry


  1. Personality Disorders, Complex Cases, and Suicide

Track Leader(s): Linda Mintle, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Marian Eberly, Ph.D., Amy Feigel, M.A., Beverly Rodgers, Ph.D., Tom Rodgers, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Co-occurring Disorders; Suicide Warning Signs and Prevention; Treatment of Personality Disorders; Eating Disorders, Suicide and Homicide; Special Populations


  1. Counseling Skills and Techniques

Track Leader(s): John Thomas, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Stephen Greggo, Psy.D., Ken Nichols, Psy.D., Steve Warren, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Rapport and Relationship Building; Empathy; Active Listening; Assessment and Goal-setting; Individual and Group Interventions; Emotion Focused Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Narrative Therapy; Existential Therapy; Solution-focused Therapy; Family Systems and Couple Counseling; Expressive/Art Therapies; Suicide Assessment


  1. Counseling Skills and Techniques 2

Track Leader(s): John Thomas, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Stephen Greggo, Psy.D., Ken Nichols, Psy.D., Steve Warren, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Rapport and Relationship Building; Empathy; Active Listening; Assessment and Goal-setting; Individual and Group Interventions; Emotion Focused Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Narrative Therapy; Existential Therapy; Solution-focused Therapy; Family Systems and Couple Counseling; Expressive/Art Therapies; Suicide Assessment


  1. Executive and Leadership Coaching and Organizational Psychology

Track Leader(s): John Townsend, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Lea Carawan, M.A., Rolfe Carawan, M.Ed., Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Organizational Dynamics; Models of Leadership; Developing Leaders; Counterproductive Work Behavior; Training and Motivation; Performance Management and Job Satisfaction; Leadership in the 21st Century; Servant Leadership; Transformational and Authentic Leadership; Biblical Principles in Leadership; Healthy vs. Unhealthy Leadership


  1. Men, Women, and Aging

Track Leader(s): John Trent, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: Shaunti Feldhahn, MPP, Dina Jones, M.A., Marnie Ferree, M.A., Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D.

Possible Topics: Gender Differences and Culture; How Men and Women Think; Understanding and Celebrating Differences; Sex Addiction and Purity; Spiritual Formation; Men and Women in Leadership; Body Image and Eating Disorders; Anger Management; Worry and Loneliness; Importance of Same-sex Friendships and Accountability

  1. Health, Wellness, and Positive Psychology

Track Leader(s): Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.

Track Coordinators: William L. Hathaway, Ph.D., Gregory Jantz, Ph.D., Benjamin Mast, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Christian Positive Psychology; Strengths-based Approaches; Emotional Intelligence; Resiliency; Life Satisfaction and Purpose; Holistic Approaches; Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle; Meditation and Spiritual Formation; Christian Virtues; Emotional Healing; Abundant Life; Faith Integration in Counseling; Technology Management and Mental Health

  1. Childhood Issues, Therapy and School Counseling

Track Leader(s): Lindsay Grutz, M.A.

Track Coordinators: Rita Schellenberg, Ph.D. & Gene Sale, Ph.D.

Possible Topics: Bullying, Educational Environments, Successful Parenting, School Counselors, Body Image, Childhood Stress