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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

Don’t miss this one….our team is working feverishly and it is shaping up to be one of our best events ever!

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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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Distinguished Plenary Speakers

Pre-Conference Workshops

Clinical/Biblical Workshops


Keynote Speakers

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

Josh McDowell

M.Div. Author, Speaker

    Michael R. Sytsma, Ph.D.

    Building Intimate Marriages

      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: Grace Together and Loyal Love: Marital Renewal Models for Counseling and Ministry 
                Jim Sells, Ph.D., and Jennifer Ripley, 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 Thrive: Best Practices to Help Women Grow and be Resilient in Stressful Times
                Mercy Connors, Ph.D., and Dina Jones, M.A.

                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., and Tim Suave

                032: Beyond Seeing Red: Working Together to Mitigate Anger, Hatred, and Violence 
                Richard Hoffman, Ph.D.

                033: Christian Counseling Ethics and the Law: 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.

                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., and Greg Hasek, M.A.

                042: Compatible or Combatable? Creating Couple Connection through Constructive Conflict
                Jared Pingleton, Psy.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
                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., and 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 review all Continuing Education information for Pre-Conference by clicking here.

                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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