Counseling + Coaching + Recovery + Marriage and Family

You don’t want to miss this one!

What you will learn

Dear Colleague:

Built around the four streams of: Counseling, Recovery, Marriage and Family, and Professional Coaching, the 2020 Mega National Christian Counseling Conference will feature our signature “Specialization” Counselor Training and Coaching Intensives, along with engaging keynote addresses from “world-class” leaders, powerful praise and worship, cutting-edge professional workshops, fellowship, and networking. It is shaping up to be one of our best ever events! The best news, you can tailor the 2020 National Conference to meet your personal and professional needs!

Conference Option 1: Specialization Counselor Training and Coaching Intensives
Want more advanced training? Drawing on the latest research, each intensive will feature 12 full hours of in-depth training throughout the conference from national experts—all in an interactive, experiential environment. Connect with colleagues… learn and grow together… and best of all, walk away with a Professional Certificate of Completion that will better equip you to provide competent counsel and care. These intensives will run from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon, breaking for plenary sessions.

Conference Option 2: Pre-conference and Conference Workshops
Pick and choose. Create your own conference schedule and make sure to come early for one of our full or half-day pre-conference workshops. In addition, you can choose from eight diverse professional conference tracks, including Child, Adolescent and Family Issues and Interventions, Love, Sexuality and Relationships, Couples in Crisis, Relationship Conflict and Marital Recovery, Grief, Crisis, Trauma and Disaster, Addiction, Relapse and Recovery, Clinical Assessment, Research and Evidence-based Practices, Professional Life Coaching and Consultation, The Faith Factor and Spiritual Interventions … and much more!

Whether it’s attending an Intensive or creating your own conference schedule, we promise you won’t be disappointed. Join counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, pastors, ministry leaders, and coaches from around the world!

Our Mission:
To educate, empower and equip today’s Christian counselors, leaders, churches and parachurch organizations by creating a reservoir of knowledge, resources, support and networking opportunities for marriage and family issues.

My prayer is that you will join us to be better encouraged, trained and equipped in the work God is calling you to. Mark your calendar now for September 17-19, 2020!

Blessings,
Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT
President, AACC

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SPEAKERS

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AACC National Conference

Keynote speakers

Leslie Vernick

Christ-centered Counseling and Coaching

    Matthew Stanford

    Hope and Healing Center

      John Townsend

      Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling

        Steve Arterburn

        New Life Ministries

          Joni Eareckson Tada

          Joni and Friends

          Harold Koenig

          Duke University

            Curt Thompson

            Being Known

              Daniel Amen

              Amen Clinics

              Caroline Leaf

              Switch on Your Brain International, LLC

              Michael Lyles

              Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting

              Gary Chapman

              5 Love Languages

              Tim Clinton

              American Association of Christian Counselors

              Two Options to Tailor the National to Your Needs

              We’ve created the AACC National with YOU in mind…

              Choose Your Pre-Conference and Conference Workhops

              Pick and choose. Create your own conference schedule and make sure to come early for one of our full or half-day pre-conference workshops. In addition, you can choose from eight diverse professional conference tracks, including Child, Adolescent and Family Issues and Interventions, Love, Sexuality and Relationships, Couples in Crisis, Relationship Conflict and Marital Recovery, Grief, Crisis, Trauma and Disaster, Addiction, Relapse and Recovery, Clinical Assessment, Research and Evidence-based Practices, Professional Life Coaching and Consultation, The Faith Factor and Spiritual Interventions … and much more!

              Full Pre-Conference and Workshop Listing below!

              Option 1 Intensive Pricing:

              Hurry up and get the  Early Bird Savings discount while it lasts!

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              Member Early Bird Price:
              $389
              • Badge to All Workshops and Keynotes
              • Save $140
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              Non-Member Early Bird Price:
              $429
              • Badge to All Workshops and Keynotes
              • Save $100
              • Member Discount
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              At the Door
              $509
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              Option 2 Pricing:

              Hurry up and get the Early Bird Savings discount while it lasts!

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              Member Early Bird Price:
              $239
              • Badge to All Workshops and Keynotes
              • Save $150
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              Non Member
              $269
              • Badge to All Workshops and Keynotes
              • Save $120
              • Member Discount
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              At the Door
              $369
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              International/Student/Spouse
              $129
              • Badge to All Workshops and Keynotes
              • Must Be a Full Time US-Based or International Student or Spouse of Registered Attendee
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              Schedule

              We’ve created the AACC National with YOU in mind…

              AACC recommends that attendees watch their chosen Pre-conference Workshops and/or Intensives before the Opening Plenary Session on Thursday, September 17th. Attendees will have 30 days from September 17th to view all purchased Pre-conference Workshops, Intensives, Track Workshops, and/or Plenary Sessions.

              9:00 AM ET
              Intensives and Pre-conference Workshops will be online
              9:00 AM ET
              Track Workshops Will be online
              6:15 - 8:30 PM ET
              Opening Virtual Plenary Session
              10:00 - 11:45 AM ET
              Virtual Plenary Session
              1:30 - 3:15 PM ET
              Virtual Plenary Session
              10:00 - 11:45 AM ET
              Virtual Plenary Session

              AACC recommends that attendees watch their chosen Pre-conference Workshops and/or Intensives before the Opening Plenary Session on Thursday, September 17th. Attendees will have 30 days from September 17th to view all purchased Pre-conference Workshops, Intensives, Track Workshops, and/or Plenary Sessions.

              Pre-Conference Workshops

              Pre-Con Pricing: Members – $49 / Non-Members – $69 / Student or Spouse – $29
              8:30 – 11:45 AM
              Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A. & Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

              005. Youth Suicide: The Increasing Threat to Children, Teens, and Young Adults

              Summary
              Suicide is a growing threat to our youth. It is the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10-24 in the U.S. The suicide rate for youth has nearly tripled since the 1940s and continues to increase and impact younger and younger kids. Anyone who works with a young person, children, or teens needs to be trained to understand the threat of suicide and the best ways to protect those in their care. Our culture and the rapidly changing impact of social media are leveling new threats at young people daily. This workshop will seek to increase awareness of the most recent developments and statistics for youth suicide and highlight factors most highly correlated with suicide risk in children and teens.

              Learning Objectives
              Participants will:
              Review current data about suicide in the U.S. among children and teens
              Explore child and teen suicide cases to gain a better understanding of the factors involved, including bullying, alcohol and drugs, sexual violence, and LGBTQ issues
              Discuss media and social media factors impacting the youth culture and suicide

              Eric Johnson, Ph.D., Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min., and Lan F. Jones, M.Div., Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, BCPCC,

              006. ***God, Soul Care, and 21st Century Professional Counseling

              Barry Lord, Psy.D.

              007. When Love Hurts: Domestic Violence, Trauma Care, and Intervention

              David Jenkins, Psy.D. and John Sandy, J.D.

              008. ***Christian Counseling Ethics and the Law: 21st Century Developments and Hot Potato Issues

              Lynette Hoy, M.A. & Seigel Bartley, Ph.D.

              009. Control Freaks, Toxic Anger, and Violence

              Nancy Houston, Ph.D.

              010. His Brain, Her Brain: Maximizing Meaningful Connection and Intimacy in Love and Marriage

              Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

              011. ***Problematic Internet Use and Mental Health Implications

              1:45 – 5:00 PM
              Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.

              016. ***Developing and Maintaining a Thriving Lay Counseling Ministry

              E. John Kuhnley, M.D. & Anita Knight Kuhnley, Ph.D.

              017. Childhood Oppositional Defiance and Rage: Diagnosis Treatment for Severe Mood Regulation

              Sheri Keffer, Ph.D.

              018. Intimate Deception: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Betrayal

              Michele Louivere, M.A., M.Div. & Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D.

              019. Childhood Trauma, Epigenetics, and Mental Health

              H. Norman Wright, M.A., D.Min., Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D. & Robert DeVries, Ph.D.

              020. Complicated Grief and Loss: Finding Hope Beyond the Pain and Suffering

              Leslie Vernick, M.S.W.

              021. Abuse, Trauma, and the Emotionally Destructive Marriage

              Linda Mintle, Ph.D.

              022. ***Living Beyond Pain: A Holistic Approach to Manage Pain and Get Your Life Back

              Michael Lyles, M.D.

              023. Neuroscience, Mental Health, Addiction, and the Church: What You Need to Know

              Track Workshops

              John Trent, Ph.D., Gary Sibcy, Ph.D., and Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D.

               

              Possible Topics: Media and Culture; Birth Order Influence; 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; Parenting Styles; Communication and Conflict Resolution; Generation Gap; Remarriage and Blended Families; Special Needs Children; Attachment-based Parenting; Biblical Discipline; Balancing Marriage and Parenting

              Tim Jennings, M.D., Daniel Amen, M.D., and Michael Lyles, M.D.

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

              Leslie Vernick, M.S.W., Sharon May, Ph.D., Jesse Gill, Psy.D., and David Hawkins, 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 Strengthening Marriage; Cultivating Love and Intimacy; Spiritual Oneness; Disaffection; Rebuilding Trust; Rekindling Romance; Marriage as a Safe Haven; Anger and Intimacy; Reconciliation and Forgiveness; Selflessness

              Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., Michele Louviere, M.A., M.Div., Gary Oliver, Ph.D., and Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

              Possible Topics: Styles of Grieving; Loss of a Child, Spouse or Parent; 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; 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

              Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed., David Jenkins, Psy.D., David Stoop, Ph.D., and Rick Amato, M.A.

              Possible Topics: Styles of Addictive Disorders; Disease Model vs. Psychosocial Disorder vs. Moral Responsibility; Relapse Issues; Cutting-edge Detox Treatments; Poly-Drug 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

              Eric Johnson, Ph.D., Matthew Stanford, Ph.D., and Ev Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.

              Possible Topics: Models and Assessment of Christian Counseling; 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; Brief vs. Longer-term Therapy

              Shannon Ethridge, M.A., Georgia Shaffer, M.A., Mark Crear, Ph.D., and Ben Allison, J.D., M.B.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; Online Assessments/Survey Tools; Health/Wellness Coaching; Spiritual Formation Coaching; Financial Coaching; Developing an Online Presence; Marketing Yourself

              Ian Jones, Ph.D., Ph.D., Ron Hawkins, D.Min., Ed.D., and Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.

              Possible Topics: 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

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