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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

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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

Pre-Conference Workshops

Clinical/Biblical Workshops


Keynote Speakers

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

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 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., 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., 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., 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
              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 review all Continuing Education information for Pre-Conference by clicking here.

              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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