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Pre-conference Workshops

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Morning Workshops (8:30 – 11:45 AM) Wednesday, September 13th

001: Mental Health, Faith, and Ethics: Current Challenges and Issues 

David Jenkins Psy.D., and Rachel Rouleau, Esq.

002: PTSD and Complex Trauma: Differential Diagnosis and Evidenced-based Treatment Models  

Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D.  

003: When Loving Him is Hurting You: Hope and Help for Women Caught in the Cycle of Narcissism and Emotional Abuse 

David Hawkins, M.B.A., M.S.W., M.A., Ph.D., and Sharmen Kimbrough, M.A.   

004: The Faith Factor: Spiritual Interventions in Therapy 

Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min., and Ian Jones, Ph.D., Ph.D. 

005: Sandtray Therapy for Traumatized Adolescents 

Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D. 

006: Practical, Evidence-based Interventions to Thrive Against Anxiety and Stress in Challenging Times 

Linda Mintle, Ph.D.   

007: Zippers and Wallets: Helping Couples Navigate the Power Issues in Marriage 

Michael Sytsma, Ph.D., Shaunti Feldhahn, MPP, and Jeff Feldhahn, J.D.   

008: Grace for the Children: Post COVID-19 Mental Health Disorders and Interventions 

Matthew Stanford, Ph.D.   

009: Creating Stability in the Chaos: D.B.T. for Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma 

Shannae Anderson, Ph.D.

010: Research on Faith-based Therapies: What You Need to Know to Have an Evidence-based Practice or Ministry 

Harold Koenig, M.D. 

011: Shame Interrupted: God’s Beautiful Words to the Disgraced 

Ed Welch, Ph.D.  

012: Pornography, Compulsivity, and Bondage: Helping Individuals and Couples Get Set Free from the Sexual Strongholds  

Jim Cress, M.A., and Sheri Keffer, Ph.D.   

013: “I’ve Survived, but Now What?”: Grief Coaching to Navigate Beyond Trauma and Loss

Georgia Shaffer, M.A.   

014: Christ-Centered Internal Family Systems Therapy: How to Develop Healthy Boundaries for Your Soul 

Kimberly June Miller, M.Th., M.MFT and Alison Cook, M.A., Ph.D.

015: “KISS” – Keeping Intimacy Sweet and Simple: Coaching Couples to Marital Bliss  

Johnny Parker, D.S.L., and Lezlyn Parker, B.A. 

016: Rethinking Depression and Neurobiology: The Serotonin Debate and Drug-free Treatments  

Timothy R. Jennings, M.D.   

017: Lifeline for Families Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease 

Kathie Erwin, Ed.D.  

018: Unable to Stop: When Food Addiction and Trauma Collide 

Rhona Epstein, Psy.D.   

019: Understanding Implicit Bias and Applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Improve Multicultural Competence in Mental Healthcare

Fredrica Brooks-Davis, Psy.D., and Fernando Garzon, Psy.D.

020: The Fentanyl and Opioid Crises: Trends, Issues, and New Horizons in Treatment and Recovery  

John Eklund, M.S.W. 

021: From Fixing to Attending: A Biblical, Christian Framework for the Use of Psychiatric Medications 

Warren Kinghorn, M.D. 

022: Spiritual Abuse: A Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Working with Those Hurt by the Church 

Terra Mattson, M.A., and Jeff Mattson, M.A. 

023: Gender Identity & Religious Faith in Clinical Practice

Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D., and Julia Sadusky, Psy.D. 

024: Military Strong: Resilience in the Midst of PTSD, Suicide, and Reintegration 

Dallas Speight, D.Min., and Scott D. Speight, M.Div., M.MFT. 

025: The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope 

Curt Thompson, M.D. 

Afternoon Workshops (1:45 – 5:00 PM) Wednesday, September 13th 

026: Change Your Brain Every Day: Developing Elite Mental Performance

Daniel Amen, M.D.   

027: Story-informed Trauma Therapy: A New Approach to Recovery 

Michele, Louviere, M.A., and Byron Kehler, M.S.  

028: Abuse, Trauma, and the Emotionally Destructive Relationship 

Leslie Vernick, M.S.W.  

029: Race, Justice, and Diversity: Using Emotional Intelligence, Relational Wisdom, and Worldview Assessment to Improve Practice

David King, D.S.W., M.A., M.S.W., and James Long, Th.D. 

030: Attachment-based Intervention for Clinically Resistant Depression 

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.   

031: The Anxiety Reset: Effective Collaborative Treatments and Strategies for Anxiety Disorders 

Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.   

032: For Such a Time as This: A Dynamic Christian Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy 

Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D. 

033: Marriage and Family: Dealing with Difficult Relationships at Home

Sharon May, Ph.D. 

034: Coaching for Emotional Intelligence and Healthy Spirituality 

Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D., Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min., and Chris Adams, Ph.D. 

035: Promoting Forgiveness in People Experiencing Trauma 

Everett Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.  

036: Mental Health Healing After the Trauma of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Fred DiBlasio, Ph.D.  

037: Teen Loneliness, Loss, and Suicide: Healing a Lost Generation 

Mark Mayfield, Ph.D., and Chap Clark, Ph.D.   

038: Acceptance and Commitment Theory and Practice: Introduction and Faith-based Applications for Christian Clients 

Joshua Knabb, Psy.D.   

039: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Full Disclosure for Couples Navigating Relational Betrayal 

Debbie Laaser, M.A., Elizabeth Griffin, M.A., and Jim Farm, M.A. 

040: Holy Passion: Sex Therapy Trends and Insights from Over 50 Years of Clinical Practice 

Cliff Penner, Ph.D., and Joyce Penner, M.N., R.N. 

041: When the Pressure is Too Much: Kids, Performance, and Perfectionism in Sports, Academics, and Everyday Life 

Zach Clinton, M.A., and Mark Crear, Ph.D.   

042: Deconstructing Negative Self Talk: Practical Tools to Escape a Toxic Mindset 

Charles Elliott, M.A., and Ashley Elliott, M.S. 

043: The Role of Emotional and Relational Intelligence (E.R.I.) in Treating Anxiety, Depression, and Social Isolation 

Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D.  

044: The Epidemic Behind the Pandemic: Assessment and Treatment of Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Vicarious Trauma 

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., and Kevin Ellers, D.Min.  

045: Human Trafficking and the Sex Industry: How to Identify and Help Those Who are Trapped  

Shannon Wolf, Ph.D., and Sabrina Black, Ph.D.  

046: The New SYMBIS Project: Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts 

Les Parrott, Ph.D., and Leslie Parrott, Ed.D.  

047: Healthy People, Healthy Relationships: How Conflict in Relationships Can be the Catalyst for Deeper Healing 

Debra Fileta, M.A.  

048: Incorporating Christian Faith into EMDR Therapy*  

*Attendees must have completed an EMDRIA-approved EMDR Basic Training to participate. 

Elizabeth Weinhold, M.A., and Kathleen Fitzgerald, M.A. 

049: A Good Blend: Effective Stepfamily Therapy for Couples and Children 

Ron L. Deal, M.MFT. 

050: Grace Together and Loyal Love: Marital Renewal for Couples’ Counseling and Group Ministry

Jim Sells, Ph.D., and Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.