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October 10-12, 2024


$269 AACC Member Price Until June 28th

$309 Non-Member

DaRryl Strawberry

DaRryl Strawberry

Strawberry Ministries

Just Added!

Curt Thompson, M.D.

Curt Thompson, M.D.

The Center for Being Known

Just Added!

Harold Koenig, M.D.

Harold Koenig, M.D.

Duke Univeristy

Kelly Shackelford J.d.

Kelly Shackelford J.d.

First Liberty Institute

Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D

Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D

The Center • A Place of HOPE

Leslie Vernick, M.S.W.

Leslie Vernick, M.S.W.

Leslie Vernick & Co

Samuel Rodriguez

Samuel Rodriguez

Senior Pastor of New Season Church

Jennifer Ellers, M.A.

Jennifer Ellers, M.A.


Shannae Anderson, PH.D.

Shannae Anderson, PH.D.


Zach Clinton, M.A.

Zach Clinton, M.A.


Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min.

Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min.


John Townsend Ph.D

John Townsend Ph.D

Townsend Institute

Daniel Amen M.D.

Daniel Amen M.D.

Amen Clinics

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.


and more to come!

Preconference Workshops Preview

Thursday, October 10th  

Morning workshops // 8:30 – 11:45 AM

005. Ethics and Advocacy in the Christian Counseling Profession

David Jenkins, Psy.D., and Shannae Anderson, Ph.D.

006. Bounce: Faith-based Tools to Address Burnout and Build Resilience in a Stressed, Anxious, and Traumatized World

Donna Gibbs, Ph.D.

007. Christian Faith in Clinical Practice: Implicit and Explicit Integration

Mercy Connors, Ph.D., and Megan Clunan, Ph.D.

008. Neurotheology and Counseling: How Spirituality Shapes the Brain

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

009. Front Stage/Back Stage: External Success Requires Internal Health

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

010. Coaching Techniques for Post-traumatic Growth

Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

011. Shattered No More: Effective and Safe Trauma Processing

Heather Gingrich, Ph.D.

012. Assessment and Treatment of Anger: Helping Clients Make Anger Work for Them, Not Against Them

Gary J. Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D.

013. The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope

Curt Thompson, M.D.

Afternoon Workshops // 1:45 – 5:00 pM

016. When Grief and Trauma Meet: Support and Recovery Strategies for Individuals and Families Facing Sudden Unexpected Death

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


017. Sport and Performance Psychology: Helping Clients Achieve Peak Performance

Zach Clinton, M.A., and Ed Garrett, Psy.D.

018. Recovery Alive: The Faith-based 12-Step Program for Mental, Spiritual, and Addiction Recovery

John Eklund, M.S.W.

019. Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency in Mental Healthcare

Mark Crear, Ph.D., and Elias Moitinho, Ph.D.

020. Best Practices for Mental and Emotional Health Coaching

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

021. Helping Couples Win: Coaching Techniques for Increased Marital Satisfaction

Ted Cunningham, M.A.C.E.

022. Recent Advances on Faith in Therapy: Anchoring Our Mental Healthcare in Christ

Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.

023. Evidenced-Based Treatments to Rewire the Anxious Brain

Linda Mintle, Ph.D.

024. Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder: Assessment and Treatment

Jim Cress, M.A., and Jason VanRuler, M.A.

COmplete workshop grid

coming soon!  

Specialization Counselor Training

and Coaching Intensives

12 Hour in-depth Training from National experts

Thursday – Saturday, October 10-12 

Intensive Sessions

030. Attachment-based Intervention Specialist Training: Level 2

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D., and Sharon May, Ph.D. 

050. Practical Neurotheology: Treating the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Karl Benzio, M.D., and Timothy L. Jennings, M.D. 

040. Coaching the Whole Person: Training in the Townsend Coaching Model

John Townsend, Ph.D., Michelle Thompson, M.S., PCC, Jill Bjorndahl-Jay, Ph.D., PCC, Patti Cotton, M.A., PCC, and Gilbert Fugitt, Ed.D., ACC 

060. Christ-centered Narrative Therapy in Treating Trauma

Eric Johnson, Ph.D., and Nicolene Joubert, Ph.D.

10 conference workshop tracks


Addiction, Relapse, and Recovery

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


Child, Adolescent, and Family Issues and Interventions

Possible Topics: Play Therapy; 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


UPDATED! Clinical Assessment, Counseling Skills, and Evidence-based Practices

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

NEW! Collaborative Care and Empirically-supported Treatments

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


Couples in Crisis, Relationship Conflict, and Marital Relationships

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


UPDATED! Grief, Suicide, and Trauma-informed Care

Possible Topics: Styles of Grieving; Loss of a Child, Spouse or Parents; Sudden Death as Loss; Counseling with Cancer Victims/Terminally Ill; Complicated Bereavement; Suicide; Survivor Guilt and Fostering Resiliency; Acute Stress; Physical, Sexual, Verbal, Spousal, and Spiritual Abuse; Abuse by Counselors/Ministers; Hiding and Denying Abuse; Neglect; PTSD; Dissociation; Recovered Memories; Secondary/Vicarious Trauma; Compassion Fatigue; Spiritual vs. Secular Trauma Treatment

Mental Health, the Brain, and Neuroscience

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

NEW! Mental Health Coaching, Biblical Counseling, and Pastoral Care

Possible Topics: Foundations; First Responder Core Skills; Pitfalls of Caregiving; Pastoral Burnout; Decreasing Stigma; Congregational Counseling; Ministering to Lay Leaders; Pastoral Counseling; Compassion Fatigue in Pastoral and Counseling Ministry; Peer-led Support Groups; Recruiting Volunteers


Professional Life Coaching and Consultation

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


NEW! Spiritual Formation, Interventions, and Discipleship

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


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1 event – 2 options

Built around the four streams of Counseling, Recovery, Marriage and Family, and Professional Coaching, the 2024 Mega National Christian Counseling Conference will feature 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 greatest events ever! The best news—you can tailor the 2024 National Conference to meet your personal and professional needs!

Conference Option 1: Four Specialization Counselor Training and Coaching Intensives
Want more advanced training? Drawing on the latest research, each intensive will feature 12 hour in-depth training throughout the conference from national experts—all in an interactive, experiential environment. Connect with colleagues… learn and grow together. 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 arrive early for one of our full or half-day pre-conference workshops. In addition, you can choose from ten diverse professional conference tracks, including: Addiction, Relapse, and Recovery; Child, Adolescent, and Family Issues and Interventions; Clinical Assessment, Counseling Skills, and Evidence-based Practices; Collaborative Care and Empirically-supported Treatments; Couples in Crisis, Relationship Conflict, and Marital Relationships; Grief, Suicide, and Trauma-informed Care; Mental Health, the Brain, and Neuroscience; Mental Health Coaching, Biblical Counseling, and Pastoral Care; Professional Life Coaching and Consultation; and Spiritual Formation, Interventions, and Discipleship.

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 become better encouraged, trained, and equipped in the work God is calling you to fulfill. Mark your calendar now for October 10-12, 2024! See you in Dallas!

Tim Clinton Ed.D. | President AACC