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CALL FOR PAPERS: JANUARY 22, 2021
SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS: MARCH 31, 2021
SELL-OUT CROWD OF NEARLY 7,000 EXPECTED!
The World's Premier Christian Counseling Event
Don’t miss this one….our team is working feverishly and it is shaping up to be one of our best events ever!
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.
- Experience a landmark event that honors Christ and represents the best in counseling and spiritual care for living in today’s world
- Hear from some of the world’s leading experts in professional, pastoral, and lay counseling
- Discover practical tips and strategies to more effectively minister to others
- Meet fellow laborers in the people-helping field who share your desire to reach out to those who are hurting and restore hope
- Earn Continuing Education credits
- Develop professional relationships with Christian counselors, coaches, pastors, and Christian leaders from across the nation and around the world
- Set your own agenda and tailor your conference experience to meet your needs
- Choose from over 160 program sessions that appeal most specifically to your areas of interest
- Check out over 200 exhibits and enjoy tremendous music, entertainment and meaningful worship throughout the week
- Visit sunny Florida and explore all that Orlando has to offer
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
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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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Distinguished Plenary Speakers
The World’s leading experts in professional, pastoral, and lay counseling
And we are just getting started!
Call for Papers Now Open!!
Submission Deadline: January 22, 2021
See “Proposal Submission Guidelines” below.
Proposal Submission Guidelines
AACC members and others are encouraged to submit proposals for presentation at the 2021 World COnference by January 1, 2021.
A Presentation Proposal Application must be completed by every individual who would like to be considered to present a workshop Applications must be completed and submitted online at speaker.aacc.net. Simply click on the Presenation Proposal Application button.
Shortly after the January 8, 2021 deadline, proposals will be distributed to the appropriate Track Leaders/Coordinators for selection. Their judgements will be based on the following criteria:
- Does the proposal follow wording guidelines for abstracts and learning objectives as outlined by the APA? (Refer to the detailed document included in the online Proposal Application.)
- Does the submission include a high-resolution (300 dpi or higher .jpg or .tif file only), color headshot photo?
- Is the proposal clear and psychologically sound?
- What makes the proposal appropriate for a conference on Christian counseling?
- Is the proposal of interest to a wide group of participants? (Proposals that are too narrow are less likely to be accepted.)
- How does the proposal fit the Conference theme?
- In view of other proposals, is the proposal of sufficient impact to be included in the track to which it has been submitted?
If selected, you will be required to:
- Give your presentation at the time selected by the Program Director. Morning and afternoon track workshops will take place on Thursday, September 16, Friday, September 17, and Saturday, September 18. A specific day/time request will be considered, if necessary, but cannot be guaranteed. Once the track workshop schedule has been determined, no changes will be made.
- Check in upon your arrival at the Conference and pick up your badge, “Speaker” ribbon and conference information packet at the World Conference registration booth.
All selections will be made by March 15, 2021. Notifications via email informing applicants of their acceptance status will be sent by March 31, 2021.
Don’t forget to register now for the World Conference and take advantage of the special savings. Registration for the Conference is limited by the size of the hotel facilities and is sure to fill up early. Contact the Orlando World Center Marriott (800-621-0638) now to reserve your hotel room on-site.
|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.
|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 Drug-free Treatments*
Tim Jennings, M.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.
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
Track Coordinator: 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
Track Coordinators: Kathie T. Erwin, Ed.D., Barbara Lowe, Ph.D.
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
Track Coordinators: Dan Seaborn, M.A., Sheri Keffer, Ph.D., Shaunti Feldhahn, MPP, Michael Sytsma, Ph.D.
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
Track Coordinators: Ed Welch, Ph.D., Neil Anderson, D.Min., Ed.D., Ken Nichols, Psy.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
Track Coordinators: Fernando Garzon, Psy.D., Margaret Nagib, Psy.D., Gary Moon, Ph.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
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
Track Coordinators: Debbie Laaser, M.A., David Stoop, Ph.D., Marnie Ferree, 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
Track Coordinators: Jim Burns, Ph.D., Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D., Michele Watson, Ph.D.
Possible Topics: Parenting Styles; Communication and Conflict Resolution; Generation Gap; Gender Roles; Uniqueness of Each Child; Remarriage and Blended Families; Children with Developmental Disorders; 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
Track Coordinators: Jacqueline L. Wirth, Ph.D., Mark Mayfield, Ph.D., Stephanie Holmes, Ed.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
Track Coordinators: Gary Sibcy, Ph.D., Timothy Jennings, MD.
Possible Topics: Applications of Neuroscience, Psychotherapy, and Brain Plasticity; Cutting-edge Research; Interpersonal Neurobiology
Track Coordinators: Paul Meier, 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
Track Coordinators: Joshua Knabb, Psy.D., Clark Campbell, Ph.D., Laurel Shaler, Ph.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
Track Coordinators: Everett Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., Shannae Anderson, Ph.D., William Hathaway, Ph.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
Track Coordinators: Greg Smalley, M.A., Psy.D., Erin Smalley, M.A., Elias Moitinho, Ph.D.
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
Track Coordinators: Lynette Hoy, M.A., Dave Carder, M.A., W. Jesse Gill, Psy.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
Track Coordinators: Kenyon Knapp, Ph.D., Jeanneane Maxon, J.D., Esq., Jenna Ellis, Esq., Molly Catherine Goodson, M.A., Esq.
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)
Track Coordinators: Fredrica Brooks Davis, M.A., Psy.D., Wei-Jen Huang, 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
Track Coordinators: Amy Simpson, M.B.A., Rick Amato, M.A., Matthew Stanford, Ph.D., Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., Rita Schulte, M.A.
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
Track Coordinators: Rhona Epstein, Psy.D., Scott Hawkins, Ph.D., Zach Clinton, B.A.
Possible Topics: Mental Toughness; Energy Management; Focus; Goal setting; Imagery, Visualization, and Mental Practice; Motivation and Grit; Green Environments, Diets, and Exercise; Nutritional Counseling
Track Coordinators: Eric Johnson, Ph.D., Jared Pingleton, Psy.D., Warren Kinghorn, M.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
Track Coordinators: Amy Feigel, M.A., Barry Lord, Psy.D., Siegel Bartley, Ph.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
Track Coordinators: Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D., Dina Jones, M.A., Shannon Ethridge, M.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; Health/Wellness Coaching; Spiritual Formation Coaching; Financial Coaching
Track Coordinator: 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
Track Coordinators: Sylvia Frejd, D.Min., Dallas Speight, D.Min., Ed.D.
Possible Topics: Telehealth; Utilizing Technology in Counseling; Digital Wellness; Device Addiction; Counseling in the 21st Century; Cutting-edge Techniques; Ethics and Technology
Track Coordinators: Kay Lyn Carlson, M.S.W., David Hawkins, Ph.D.
Possible Topics: Case Management; Policy and Advocacy; Welfare; Human Services; Recidivism; Evidence-based Interventions; Social Environment; Community Outreach and Development; Cultural Identity; Racial Trauma and Reconciliation; Foster Care and Adoption; Intervention Programs; Education; Family Violence; Social Isolation; Trauma-informed Care
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In the unlikely event that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely affect large gatherings and state or federal governments significantly limit the number of people who can gather together at the time of our conferences, the American Association of Christian Counselors will provide each of our attendees a LIVE STREAM event on the days of that conference. This alternative will ensure that everyone receives World Conference experience for which they have registered and expect! To maintain a high standard throughout our conferences and events, AACC has instituted a NO REFUND POLICY effective immediately and enforceable for all AACC events. In certain circumstances, credit for a future conference registation or a store credit may be issued in lieu of a refund. AACC reserves the right to cancel exhibitors, speakers, presenters or registrations on any person and without cause.
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