Conference Schedule

 This year, Caring Connections offers several new and exciting features.  First, Dr. Alan Godwin, Licensed Pschologist and author, will be our plenary speaker.  His topic,  Helping Others Deal with Difficult People, has been a favorite with those who have attended his workshops across the country.  Both professional therapists and those in pastoral care roles will find this presentation practical and enjoyable.  New for this year, Caring Connections is offering several specialty tracks comprised of related topics and practical techniques.  For therapists who work with children and adolescents, programs are offered on topics such as attachment, ethics, co-parenting, and autism spectrum disorders. For counselors, the couples track offers attendees programs that include the newest research and techniques on neurobiology as it relates to relationships; brief marital therapy; Emotion Focused Therapy; and others.  We are also excited to have two programs designed for clinical supervisors addressing the myriad challenges that come with supervision.  For attendees who work in the pastoral world, we have multiple programs addressing topics such as adolescents and technology; helping others through suffering; addictions; ethics in pastoral care; conflict resolution; and more.  Attendees may stay within one track or pick and choose.  (Note: Programs that may be eligible for continuing education credit are marked as such.)

For a detailed description of each session including learning objectives and speaker bios click on the link below.  

7:30-8:00
Exhibit Hall Open
Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:30
Plenary Session
Helping Others Deal with Difficult People
Alan Godwin, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Track: Clinical and Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5

9:45–11:15AM
Breakout Session 1

11:15-12:30 PM 
Optional Networking Lunch (pre-registration required)

12:30-2:00PM
Breakout Session 2

 2:15-3:45 PM
Breakout Session 3

Breakout Session 1

Suffering: Psychological and Theological Explanations
Frank Scott, Ph.D., LPC/MHSP
Track: Clinical and Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5

Creatively Connecting:  Attachment-Focused Intervention
Allison Clanton, MSSW, LCSW
Track: Clinical and Child
CEU Hours: 1.5

Emotionally Focused Therapy: Created to Connect
Kelly Bourque, MMFT, LMFT
Track: Clinical and Couples
CEU Hours: 1.5

A GPS Faith:  Helping adolescents navigate technology successfully
Walter Surdacki, D.Min.
Track: Child and Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5

Called to Ministry, Caught in Conflict
John York, Ph.D.
Track: Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5 ***

Stolen laptops: How can a supervisor balance the ethical & legal responsibilities for protection of client information with the training needs of students and universities?
Melanie Morris, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist
Track: Clinical and Supervision
CEU Hours: 1.5

 

 

Breakout Session 2

Facilitating Groups that Change Lives (Part 1)
Stephen James, M.A., LPC/MHSP
Track: Clinical
CEU Hours: 3 (2 part class)

Listening theologically: Training supervisors and clinicians how to integrate faith narratives into the counseling process (Part 1)
Joy Samuels, D.Min., LPC/MHSP
Track: Clinical and Supervision
CEU Hours: 3 (2 part class)

Ethics and Minors: Skill-building for Therapists  (Part 1)
Jake Morris, Ph.D., LPC/MHSP &
Terry Casey, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Track: Clinical and Child
CEU Hours: 3 (2 part class)

Helping the Hurting: Practical Applications for Church Leaders
Mike Runcie, M.A.R., LMFT
Track: Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5 ***

Freedom Prayer: Praying With Clients and Others
Andy Reese, M.S., M.B.A.
Track: Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5 ***

One Heart, Two Homes
Co-parenting Resources for Therapists to Use with Clients
Tammy Bennett-Daughtry, MMFT
Track: Child, Clinical and Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5

Making the Most of Brief Marital Counseling
Steve Gillespie, M.Div., LMFT, LCPT
Track: Clinical and Couples
CEU Hours 1.5

 

 

 

*** This program may not meet continuing education requirements for all license types.  Conference registrants should check their appropriate licensing rules for clarification. 

Breakout Session 3

Facilitating Groups that Change Lives (Part 2)
Stephen James, M.A., LPC/MHSP
Track: Clinical
CEU Hours: 3 (2 part class)

Listening theologically: Training supervisors and clinicians how to integrate faith narratives into the counseling process
Joy Samuels, D.Min., LPC/MHSP
Track: Clinical and Supervision
CEU Hours: 3 (2 part class)

Ethics and Minors: Skill-building for Therapists  (Part 2)
Jake Morris, Ph.D., LPC/MHSP &
Terry Casey, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Track: Clinical and Child
CEU Hours: 3 (2 part class)

Goodbye Asperger’s; Hello Autism Spectrum Disorder
R. Christopher Qualls, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Track: Clinical and Child
CEU Hours: 1.5

Ethical Considerations in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Chris O’Rear, M.MFT., M.Div., LCPC
Track: Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5

Teaching Couples to Love with The Brain in Mind
Stan Clark, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Track: Clinical and Couples
CEU Hours: 1.5

Daring to Love: The place and purpose of emotion in loving well.
Chip Dodd, Ph.D., LPC
Track: Pastoral
CEU Hours: 1.5