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Dr. Ben Carson

17th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, retired neurosurgeon, author, speaker, and founder of the Carson Scholars Fund.


















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The World's Premier Christian Counseling Event

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Over the last 14 years, The World Conference has sold out with nearly 7,000 Counselors, Coaches, Pastors, Chaplains and more, representing all 50 states and over 40 countries.

You Will:
  1. Experience a landmark event that honors Christ and represents the best in counseling and spiritual care for living in today’s world
  2. Hear from some of the world’s leading experts in professional, pastoral, and lay counseling
  3. Discover practical tips and strategies to more effectively minister to others
  4. Meet fellow laborers in the people-helping field who share your desire to reach out to those who are hurting and restore hope
  5. Earn Continuing Education credits
  6. Develop professional relationships with Christian counselors, coaches, pastors, and Christian leaders from across the nation and around the world
  7. Set your own agenda and tailor your conference experience to meet your needs
  8. Choose from over 160 program sessions that appeal most specifically to your areas of interest
  9. Check out over 200 exhibits and enjoy tremendous music, entertainment and meaningful worship throughout the week
  10. Visit sunny Florida and explore all that Orlando has to offer

Dear Colleague,

The stage is set. Join us next September in Orlando, FL for the 2021 AACC World Conference.

Some of the world’s leading experts will be in attendance, offering more than 220 cutting-edge workshops—including nearly 50 pre-conference workshops and a stellar lineup of dynamic plenary sessions.

From the opening night to our closing session, your time in Orlando at the magnificent Orlando World Center will be over-the-top. If at all possible, don’t miss a single special function like the AACC “Rock the Block” Celebration, the ConnectU Student Event, the Christian Ministry Leaders’ Luncheon, or the “Way Maker” Dinner Theater on Friday night. I know you will be blessed!

If you have not registered yet, get in soon. This one will sell out early! A sellout crowd of nearly 7,000 is expected.

Know that we care about you and the work God is doing in and through you. We love being a part of your life! See you in Orlando.


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

New Location!

Join Us at the Orlando World center Marriott

All Conference events will be held in the Orlando World Center where, you can experience the world of possibilities of Orlando World Center Marriott. Only minutes from the Disney theme parks, our Lake Buena Vista, Florida hotel provides a convenient shuttle service included in the resort fee. Relax and recharge in spacious hotel rooms that feature featherbeds, mini-refrigerators, reading chairs, large desks and Wi-Fi. Many rooms offer balconies with views of the nightly light show or the pools. AACC has secured group rates for registered attendees that are substantially lower than the usual rates.

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Orlando World Center

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Distinguished Plenary Speakers

Pre-Conference Workshops

Clinical/Biblical Workshops


Keynote Speakers

The World’s leading experts in professional, pastoral, and lay counseling

Dr. Ben Carson

17th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

    Jay Strack

    Student Leadership University

      Shaunti Feldhahn

        Samuel Rodriguez

        New Season Christian Worship Center

          John Bevere

          Messenger International

            Darryl Strawberry

            Finding Your Way

            Daniel Amen

            Amen Clinics

            Levi Lusko

            Fresh Life Church

            Lysa TerKeurst

            Proverbs 31 Ministries

            Tom Mullins

            Christ Fellowship Church

            Curt Thompson

            Curt Thompson MD Associates

            Michael Lyles

            Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting

            Tim Clinton

            American Association of Christian Counselors

            Award Winning Entertainment

            And we are just getting started!

            Pre-Conference Workshops

            Pre-Conference Workshops


            Morning Workshops 8:30 – 11:45 AM

            001: Best Practices in Creative Therapies for Trauma Counseling*
            Kathie Erwin, Ed.D

            002: Coaching, Pastoring, and Teaching Couples to Enjoy Life Together: 7 Ways to Experience High Levels of Marital Satisfaction and Avoid Marital Drift***
            Ted Cunningham, MACE

            003: A Guide for Counselors to Address a Client’s Rage at Any Age: Emotional Intelligence and the Development of Self-regulation*
            Anita Knight Kuhnley, Ph.D., and John Kuhnley, M.D.

            004: Sexual Identity and Faith: Helping Clients Find Congruence*
            Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D.

            005: Empowering Assessments: Using Emotional Intelligence, Enneagram, CliftonStrengths, and Personalities
            Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

            006: Building Client Spirituality in Christian Counseling*
            Ron Hawkins, D.Min., Ed.D., and Ian Jones, Ph.D., Ph.D.

            007: Hurt 2.0: Issues and Challenges in Counseling Today’s Teens
            Chap Clark, Ph.D.

            008: Research on Christian Therapies: What is the Evidence-base Supporting Christian Counseling?*
            Harold Koenig, M.D.

            009: Living Beyond Pain: Changing the Brain through Non-pharmacological Treatments*
            Linda Mintle, Ph.D.

            010: Social Media for Counselors: Ethics and Marketing Your Practice
            Laurel Shaler, Ph.D.

            011: Defusing Landmines: Healing the Pathways of Betrayal and Trauma*
            Jesse Gill, Psy.D.

            012: The Loneliness Epidemic: The New Mental Health Crisis*
            Mark Mayfield, Ph.D.

            013: The Integration of Psychology and Theology
            Neil Anderson, D.Min., Ed.D.

            014: Beyond Behavioral Solutions: Transformed by Addiction and Betrayal
            Debbie Laaser, M.A., Greg Miller, M.Div., D.Min., and Beth Miller, M.A.

            015: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Core Skills and Case Studies*
            Sharon May, Ph.D.

            016: Life Inside the World of Today’s Teens: Current Issues and Treatments that Work
            Amy Feigel, M.A., and Molly Catherine Goodson, M.A., Esq.

            017: Our Calling to Care: Mental Health and Christian Community*
            Matthew Stanford, Ph.D., and Amy Simpson, M.B.A.

            018: Beyond Seeing Red: Working Together to Mitigate Anger, Hatred, and Violence*
            Lynette Hoy, M.A., and Seigel Bartley, Ph.D.

            019: Untie the Fear Knots of Your Heart*
            Ken Nichols, Psy.D.

            020: Ministry to Military: The Challenges of Moral Injury, PTSD, and Suicide*
            David Mikkelson, Ph.D., and Suzanne Mikkelson, Ph.D.

            021: The Role of Emotional and Relational Intelligence (E.R.I.) in Treating Anxiety, Depression and Social Isolation*
            Gary Oliver, Ph.D.

            022: How to Create Your Book or Conference to Impact Lives***
            John Trent, Ph.D.

            023: An Overview of Advances in Psychopharmacology for Counselors*
            Michael Lyles, M.D.

            024: Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: An Evidence-based Intervention*
            Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D.

            025: The Soul of Desire: The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Longing, Beauty and Community
            Curt Thompson, M.D.

            Afternoon Workshops 1:45 – 5:00 PM

            026: Brain Health: Transforming Psychiatry to a More Rational Brain-based Approach*
            Daniel Amen, M.D.

            027: Treatment of Borderline and Narcissistic Disorders: The Neuroscience, Depth, Psychology, and Spiritual Aspects of Healing*
            John Townsend, Ph.D., and Scott Makin, M.A.

            028: Complex Trauma: The Healing Gateway to New Life and Real Relationships*
            Heather Gingrich, Ph.D., and Shannon Wolf, Psy.D.

            029: How to Flourish: Best Practices to Help Women Grow and be Resilient in Stressful Times
            Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D., and Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min.

            030: Neurobiology of Depression and Evidence-based Treatments*
            Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.

            031: Group Coaching: Development, Marketing, and Execution Using a Success Path***
            Barbara Lowe, Ph.D.

            032: Evidence-based Treatments for Sexual Dysfunctions*
            John Thomas, Ph.D., Ph.D.

            033: Christian Counseling Ethics and the Law: 10 Hot Button Issues*
            David Jenkins, Psy.D., and Jeanneane Maxon, J.D., Esq.

            034: Establishing an Ethical and Effective Lay Counseling Ministry in the Church***
            Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.

            035: Helping Counselees Forgive Others*
            Everett Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.

            036: Treating Compulsive Sexual Behavioral Disorder and Infidelity
            Jim Cress, M.A.

            037: A Heavy Load: Helping People on a Grief Journey through Multiple Losses
            Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., and Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

            038: Recovery and Reset from Pandemic Anxiety*
            Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.

            039: When Loving Him is Hurting You: Hope and Help for Women Dealing with Narcissism and Emotional Abuse*
            David Hawkins, Ph.D., and Sharmen Kimbrough, M.A.

            040: Marriage on Purpose: Saying “I Do” When We Should Have Said “No Clue!”
            Dan Seaborn, M.A., and Peter Newhouse, Ph.D.

            041: Moral Injury of Abortion: A Framework for Education, Healing, and Grace
            Kay Lyn Carlson, M.S.W.

            042: The NEW Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts: Resource and Assessment
            Les Parrott, Ph.D., and Leslie Parrott, Ed.D.

            043: How Scripture Can Speak in a Counseling Room: When You Think It Should be Left at the Door***
            Ed Welch, M.Div., Ph.D.

            044: The Church, Mental Health, Race, and Diversity: Stepping Forward to New Horizons*
            Fredrica Brooks-Davis, M.A., Psy.D., and Mark Crear, Ph.D.

            045: Sex and Money: The Simple Things that Will Make a Big Difference for Couples
            Michael Sytsma, Ph.D., and Shaunti Feldhahn, MPP

            046: The Impact of Male-Female Differences on Sexual Health, Intimate Relationships, and Sexual Interventions*
            Cliff Penner, Ph.D., Joyce Penner, M.N., R.N., and Douglas Rosenau, Ed.D.

            047: Cancel Cravings: Helping Clients Transform Their Relationships with Food and Weight*
            Rhona Epstein, Psy.D.  

            048: Power, Systemic Abuse and a Redemptive Response*  
            Diane Langberg, Ph.D. 
            Phil Monroe, Psy.D.  

            049: The Angry Brain, Toxic Anger and Domestic Violence*  
            Barry Lord, Psy.D.  

            050: When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People
            Gary Thomas, D.D.

            Please Note: Not all workshops are approved for APA credits—those that are designated with an asterisk* are approved for APA credits.

            Please Note: Not all workshops are approved for Licensed Professional Counselor credits—those that are designated with three asterisks*** are not approved for credits.

            Professional Workshop Tracks

            Conference Schedule

            2021Waymaker” World Conference Schedule 


            Wednesday, September 15th  

            8:30 – 11:45 AM Pre-conference Workshops  

            12:00 – 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open  

            1:45 5:00 PM Pre-conference Workshops 

            6:30 9:00 PM “Let’s Get it Started” Opening Celebration Event and Plenary Session  


            Thursday, September 16th  

            7:30 – 8:15 AM Plenary Session  

            8:45 – 10:00 AM 25 Track Presentations 

            9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open  

            10:30 AM – 12:45 PM Plenary Session

            12:45 – 2:00 PM Poster Presentation Symposium 

            1:00 – 2:00 PM Presidential Luncheon

            2:15 – 3:30 PM PM Plenary Session 

            4:15 – 5:30 PM 25 Track Presentations 

            6:00 – 7:00 PM Mixer Events  

            7:30 – 9:30 PM Night of Joy Dinner Celebration  


            Friday, September 17th  

            7:30 8:15 AM Plenary Session  

            8:45 10:00 AM 25 Track Presentations 

            9:00 AM 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open  

            10:45 AM 12:45 PM Plenary Session  

            1:00 – 2:00 PM Christian Ministry Leaders’ Luncheon  

            12:45 2:00 PM Poster Presentation Symposium  

            2:15 3:30 PM 25 Track Presentations 

            4:00 – 5:15 PM 25 Track Presentations 

            5:30 PM – Enjoy Orlando Night 

            7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Graduation 

            Saturday, September 18th  

            7:30 8:15 AM Plenary Session  

            8:45 10:00 AM 25 Track Presentations 

            9:00 AM 4:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open  

            10:45 AM 12:45 PM Plenary Session  

            12:45 – 2:00 PM Poster Presentation Symposium 

            2:15 3:30 PM 25 Track Presentations 

            4:30 6:00 PM Closing Plenary Session

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