1. Grief and Loss, Crisis Response, and Disaster Recovery
Track Leaders: Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., Kevin Ellers, D.Min.
Track Coordinators: Jamie Aten, Ph.D., H. Norman Wright, M.A., D.Min., Michele Louviere, M.Div.
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
2. Abuse, Violence, Trauma, and Terrorism
Track Leader: Kathie T. Erwin, Ed.D.
Track Coordinators: Heather Gingrich, Ph.D., Fredrica Brooks-Davis, M.A., Psy.D., June Hunt, M.A.
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
3. Love, Sex, and Relationships
Track Leaders: Sharon May, Ph.D., Dan Seaborn, M.A.
Track Coordinators: W. Jesse Gill, Psy.D., Sherri Keffer, Ph.D., Molly Catherine Goodson, M.A., Esq.
Possible Topics: Differing Sexual Expectations; Lifelong Love; Emotional Closeness and Connection; Developing Sexual Communication Skills; Impact of Past Abuse and Sexual History; Gender and Sexual Responses; Sexual Dysfunction; Pregnancy and Infertility
4. Biblical Counseling, Theological Foundations, and Pastoral Care
Track Leaders: Ian Jones, Ph.D., Ph.D., Ron Hawkins, D.Min., Ed.D.
Track Coordinators: Jared Pingleton, Psy.D., Ed Welch, 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
5. Spiritual Formation, Interventions, and Care
Track Leader: Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Fernando Garzon, Psy.D., David Jenkins, Psy.D., Margaret Nagib, Psy.D.
Possible Topics: Spiritual Doubt and Questioning; Hypocrisy and Legalism; Caring for Ministry Leaders; Preventing Burnout; Caring for Couples in Crisis; Spiritual Intimacy; 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
6. New! Sexuality, Sexual Interventions, and Sexual Health
Track Leaders: Doug Rosenau, Ed.D., Clifford Penner, Ph.D., Joyce Penner, M.N., R.N.
Track Coordinators: Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D., Nancy Houston, M.A.
Possible Topics: Sex Therapy; Pornography; Sexual Desire; Sexual Addiction; Impact of Past Abuse; Gender and Sexual Response; Teens and Single Sexuality; Theology of Sex; Same-sex Attraction; HIV/STIs
7. Addictions, Relapse, and Life Recovery
Track Leaders: Steve Arterburn, M.Ed., David Stoop, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Jim Cress, M.A., Mark Laaser, M.Div., Ph.D., Debbie Laaser, M.A.
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
8. Updated! Family Health, Step and Blended Families, Millennials, and Generation Z
Track Leader: Jim Burns, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Ron Deal, M.MFT., Daniel Sweeney, 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 Gen Z; Millennials as Parents
9. Updated! Child and Adolescent Developmental Issues, Interventions, and School Counseling
Track Leader: Chap Clark, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Garry Landreth, Ed.D., Alvia Baldwin, 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
10. Mental Health, the Brain, and Neuroscience
Track Leaders: Curt Thompson, M.D., Daniel Amen, M.D.
Track Coordinators: Gary Sibcy, Ph.D., Caroline Leaf, Ph.D.
Possible Topics: Applications of Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Brain Plasticity; Cutting-edge Research; Interpersonal Neurobiology
11. Updated! Christian Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine, and Collaborative Care
Track Leader: Michael Lyles, M.D.
Track Coordinators: Paul Meier, M.D., Tim Jennings, M.D., Karl Benzio, 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
12. Updated! Counseling Skills, Techniques, Empirically Supported Treatments
Track Leader: John Thomas, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Steve Warren, Ph.D., Clark Campbell, Ph.D., Laurel Shaler, Ph.D., Stephen Greggo, Psy.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
13. Clinical Assessment, Research, and Evidence-based Practices
Track Leader: Everett Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Harold Koenig, M.D., Todd Vance, Ph.D., Shannae Anderson, 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
14. Premarital Counseling and Marriage Enrichment
Track Leaders: Ted Cunningham, M.A.C.E., Les Parrott, Ph.D., Leslie Parrott, Ed.D.
Track Coordinators: Greg Smalley, M.A., Psy.D., Erin Smalley, M.A.
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
15. Couples in Crisis, Relationship Conflict, and Marital Recovery
Track Leaders: Leslie Vernick, M.S.W., Jim Sells, Ph.D.,
Track Coordinators: Lynette Hoy, M.A., Dave Carder, M.A., Marnie Ferree, M.A.
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
16. Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Healthcare, Advocacy and Public Policy, and Counselor Education
Track Leader: Jeanneane Maxon, J.D., Esq.
Track Coordinators: John Sandy, Esq., Jenna Ellis, Esq., Kenyon Knapp, Ph.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)
17. Multicultural Counseling, Special Populations, and Global Competency
Track Leader: Wei-Jen Huang, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Elias Moitinho, Ph.D., Mark Crear, Ph.D., Fred Gingrich, D.Min.
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
18. Updated! Mental Health, Suicide, and the Mission of the Church
Track Leaders: Matthew Stanford, Ph.D., Gary Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Amy Simpson, M.B.A., Jeremiah Johnston, 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; Epigenetics
19. New! Sports Psychology, Performance, Exercise, Diet and Nutrition
Track Leader: Scott Hawkins, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Rhona Epstein, Psy.D., Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
Possible Topics: Mental Toughness; Energy Management; Focus; Goal-setting; Imagery, Visualization, and Mental Practice; Motivation and Grit; Green Environments, Diets, and Exercise; Nutritional Counseling
20. Christian Psychology: Theory and Techniques
Track Leader: Shannon Wolf, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Eric Johnson, Ph.D., Warren Kinghorn, M.D., Joshua Knabb, Psy.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
21. Updated! Personality Disorders, Treatment Resistant Disorders, and Complex Cases
Track Leader: Fred DiBlasio, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Amy Feigel, M.A., Marian Eberly, Ph.D., Barry Lord, Psy.D.
Possible Topics: Evidence-based Practices; Recent Research; Diagnostic Tools; Borderline Personality Disorder; Narcissism; Bipolar Disorder; Treatment Resistant Depression; Counselor Skills and Techniques; Working with Difficult Clients; Therapeutic Models; Treatment Efficacy
22. Professional Life Coaching, Mediation, and Consultation
Track Leaders: Shannon Ethridge, M.A., Georgia Shaffer, M.A.
Track Coordinators: Ben Allison, M.B.A., Esq., Katie Brazelton, Ph.D., Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.
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
23. Executive and Leadership Coaching and Organizational Psychology
Track Leaders: William Hathaway, Ph.D., John Townsend, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Eric Scalise, Ph.D., Johnny Parker, DSL
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
24. Updated! Men and Women, Aging, and Family Lifespan Development
Track Leaders: Shaunti Feldhahn, MPP, John Trent, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: John Spode, Ph.D.
Possible Topics: Race; Gender; Age; Nationality; Education; Mental or Physical Ability; Gender Differences and Culture; How Men and Women Think; Understanding and Celebrating Differences; Gerontology and Aging; Spiritual Formation; Men and Women in Leadership; Body Image and Eating Disorders; Anger Management; Worry and Loneliness; Importance of Same-sex Friendships and Accountability
25. New! Technology, Digital Wellness, Telehealth, and Innovative Care and Practice
Track Leader: Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.
Track Coordinators: Sylvia Frejd, D.Min., Bob Shaw, D.Min., Dallas Speight, D.Min., Ed.D.
Possible Topics: Online Therapy; Utilizing Technology in Counseling; Digital Wellness; Device Addiction; Counseling in the 21st Century; Cutting-edge Techniques; Ethics and Technology