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Pre/Post Conference Sessions

WSA1 Workshop One:   PREPARE-ENRICH Certification Training

Invited Workshop 9 am – 2 pm; (5 CE);
Audience Level:
All Levels

Summary: The PREPARE-ENRICH relationship inventory aids clinicians and pastoral counselors in assessing and enriching couples at all points of the relationship lifecycle. The instrument has strong psychometric properties and is used by over 70,000 clinicians, educators, and clergy. Participants will leave this workshop certified to use this important tool.

Learning Objective 1: This workshop is designed to help you aid couples in exploring relationship strengths and growth areas;
Learning Objective 2: Utilize assertiveness and active listening skills;
Learning Objective 3: Identify the role of stress in relationships and provide practical ways to itigate its effects;
Learning Objective 4: Assess family-of-origin issues and personality differences to enhance understanding and teamwork in a relationship.

Presenters: Matthew Turvey, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota. As Vice President of Outreach for PREPARE-ENRICH, he works closely with mental health organizations, churches, ministries, and others on the local and national level to help them leverage the power of relationship assessment and enrichment to build stronger marriages, organizations, and communities.
Gary Barnes, PhD, ThM is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Dallas, Texas. He is also a professor of biblical counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Barnes is the pastoral care representative on the CAPS International board.

WSA2 Workshop Two: Sliding vs. Deciding: The Challenges of New Paradigms in Partnering

Invited Workshop 9 am – Noon; (3 CE);
Audience Level:
Introductory – Intermediate

Summary: From hooking up, to living together or bearing children out of wedlock, the landscape of how relationships form has undergone dramatic change. Life-altering relationship transitions now happen before commitment develops. This workshop covers themes such as the nature of commitment, the dynamics of cohabitation, and the implications of the emerging hook-up culture.

Presenter: Scott Stanley, PhD is a Research Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Denver Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. He serves as the President of Christian PREP, Inc. and is the senior advisor to the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. Dr. Stanley is widely published and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Smart Marriages Impact Award for research on marriage education, the 2005 Gary Collins Award of Excellence from the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the 2002 Colorado Book Award for Fighting for Your Marriage.

Learning Objective 1: This workshop is designed to help you assess how new patterns of relationship development increase risks for relationship problems, break up, and divorce.
Learning Objective 2: Apply a powerful set of conceptual tools to interact with this generation of younger people in order to help them understand why behaviors such as hooking up and cohabiting outside of marriage can interfere with their own aspirations to develop secure, life-long love in marriage.
Learning Objective 3: Explain how and why commitment develops, and what types of behaviors and beliefs are associated with following through on one’s goals in life.
Learning Objective 4: Use commitment theory and principles of cognitive dissonance to assess the ways that commitment has developed for couples seeking help, in order to identify and ameliorate weaknesses that create vulnerabilities regarding commitment, motivation, and follow-through.

WSA3 Workshop Three: Positive Psychology and Clinical Practice

Invited Workshop 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; (3CE);
Audience Level:
Introductory – Intermediate

Summary: This workshop presents a framework for integrating positive psychology within a broader Christian worldview (including areas of convergence and divergence between positive psychology and Christian spirituality), an overview of key developments in positive psychology theory and research, and ten principles/strategies for applying positive psychology in clinical practice.

Presenter: Rod Hetzel, PhD is a counseling psychologist on staff at the Baylor University Counseling Center and adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology. He is the chair of the positive psychology section of APA division 17. Dr. Hetzel serves as the CAPS Southwest Regional Director.

Learning Objective 1: Participants will be able to articulate a framework for integrating positive psychology within a broader Christian worldview,
Learning Objective 2: Discuss areas of convergence and divergence between positive psychology an Christian spirituality,
Learning Objective 3: Discuss key developments in positive psychology theory and research,
Learning Objective 4: Apply ten principles/ strategies of positive psychology in their clinical practice.

WSA4 Workshop Four: The Treatment of Complex Trauma

9:00 am – 12:00 pm; (3 CE);
Audience Level:
All Levels

Summary: Treatment of complex trauma, particularly adult survivors of child abuse, and those with dissociative disorders will be discussed. Specific treatment challenges will be outlined including safety, symptom management, trauma memories, spiritual issues, and working with the local church. Case study material, videotape, live demonstration, discussion, and powerpoint presentation will be utilized.

Presenter: Heather Gingrich, PhD is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. She is also an Instructor in the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Quezon City, Philippines in the EdD Counseling program. Dr. Gingrich received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Philippines and her dissertation topic was “Dissociation in a Student Sample in the Philippines”.

Learning Objective 1: This workshop is designed to help you identify the similarities and differences between simple and complex posttraumatic stress disorders;
Learning Objective 2: Discuss how to create safety and establish appropriate therapeutic boundaries in your work with multiple trauma survivors;
Learning Objective 3: Observe demonstrations of techniques used to help traumatized individuals better manage posttraumatic and dissociative symptoms and work through traumatic memories;
Learning Objective 4: Describe the spiritual issues faced by complex trauma survivors;
Learning Objective 5: Plan how to partner with the local church in treatment.

WSA5 Workshop Five: Christian Coaching: The Practical Side of Positive Psychology

9:00 am – 12:00 pm; (3CE)
Audience Level:
Introductory – Intermediate

Summary: Positive psychology and coaching have grown significantly within the past decade. Coaching’s methodology and futuristic perspectives align with positive psychology’s focus on optimism, hope, strength building, and goal attainment. This workshop demonstrates how Christian coaching can be applied in a variety of traditional therapeutic and non-traditional settings.

Presenter: Gary Collins, PhD is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Counseling, Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been an invited speaker and workshop leader in 45+ countries, and is an internationally-known author; among his 55 books are: Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide, Christian Coaching, and The Christian Counseling Casebook. Dr. Collins is a contributing editor to the Journal of Psychology & Theology.

Learning Objective 1: This workshop is designed to help you explain and summarize the core methods of positive psychology;
Learning Objective 2: Describe and utilize basic coaching skills in clinical and other practical situations;
Learning Objective 3: Develop, describe and use guidelines for applying coaching to less-traditional settings including church, parachurch, mission, and cross-cultural settings.

WSB6 Workshop Six: Regent Trauma Model and Compassion Fatigue Educator Certification Course

Invited Workshop 2:00 – 5:00 pm;
(3 CE); Audience Level:
All Levels

Summary: This workshop was developed specifically for the Counselor Educators interest group. The workshop will inform participants regarding Regent University’s First Response Trauma Team and the developmental model used in the establishment of the program. Participants will be encouraged to utilize both the model and the handouts in establishing their own program on campuses throughout the United States. This workshop will also offer an initial training course in Compassion Stress Management. This experientially based course is designed to ensur that participants learn by first applying the strategies for compassion fatigue to themselves in a safe classroom setting. Participation in all activities is required, although sharing personal information is not. All information shared during the course by participants shall be held in the strictest confidence. Compassion fatigue is a term originally coined by Dr. Charles Figley (1995) which describes secondary post-traumatic stress disorder incurred by those who work with trauma survivors. This workshop will focus on techniques to alleviate levels of stress and secondary trauma received in the function of care giving and working with those who have been traumatized.

Presenters: Benjamin Keyes, PhD, EdD is a Professor and Program Director of the MA Counseling Program at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “Well-educated” hardly describes the accomplishments of this scholar, as he possesses four earned (and one honorary) doctorates, in Rehabilitative Counseling, Theology, Christian Counseling, Counseling Psychology, and Divinity.
Merrill Reese, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the MA Counseling Program at Regent University. His PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision is from Regent University.

Learning Objective 1: This workshop is designed to help you utilize strategies in the development of a First Response Trauma Team, specifically in graduate mental health/psychology college or university programs.
Learning Objective 2:
Recognize signs or symptoms of compassion stress.
Learning Objective 3: Utilize strategies forminimizing/mitigating compassion stress/fatigue and recovering from it.
Learning Objective 4: Educate and prepare others to recognize and assess symptoms, and utilize strategies to mitigate/recover from compassion stress.

WSB7 Workshop Seven: Introduction to Motivational  Interviewing for the Christian Therapist and Pastor

Invited Workshop 2:00 – 5:00 pm;
(3 CE); Audience Level:
Introductory

Summary: The workshop will present the principles and methods of brief motivational interviewing and counseling, focusing on directive listening and reflection, discrepancy building, effectively addressing resistance and ambivalence, providing motivational feedback and prayer, creating change talk and supporting self-efficacy for change. Didactic presentation, handout materials, video illustrations, smallgroup exercises and role plays will all be used to illustrate and teach the principles and skills, including applications in Christian therapy and pastoral ministry.

Presenter: John Martin, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. He is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Society. For the past decade, he has conducted numerous workshops around the world on Motivational Interviewing in the area of health risk intervention, addictions, and HIV counseling.

Learning Objective 1: Participants will recall, list and describe briefly the definition, key principles and component steps and methods of Motivational Interviewing;
Learning Objective 2: Demonstrate basic reflective listening skills;
Learning Objective 3: Demonstrate a motivational prayer;
Learning Objective 4: Write a brief case study showing the use of motivational interviewing with either a Christian therapy client or within a Christian church ministry.

WSB8 Workshop Eight:  “Please Take Us Deeper”: A Workshop on Core Psychoanalytic Understandings of Group Process and Facilitation

Invited Workshop, 2:00 – 5:00;
(3 CE); Audience Level:
All Levels

Summary: This workshop will include an overview of psychoanalytic theory of group psychotherapy/group processes. Topics will include group dynamics, unconscious group defenses such as basic assumption life as explicated by Wilfred Bion, the role of leader, anti-group forces and group-as-a-whole concepts which will then be applied to therapy groups. Clinical examples will be presented.

Presenter: Bonnie Buchele, PhD is a certified psychoanalyst and psychologist in independent practice in Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, she is a past Director and currently a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute. She holds Diplomate status in Group Psychotherapy and Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Buchele was the recipient of the 2007 Alonso Award for Excellence in Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy and was a 2002 Distinguished Fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Earl Bland, PsyD, Professor of Psychology at Mid-America Nazarene University, will moderate this session.

Learning Objective 1: Participants will be able to identify what factors within the psychotherapy group facilitate change.
Learning Objective 2: Participants will begin to recognize or expand upon their ability to recognize unconscious forces in groups as well as the behaviors manifesting them.
Learning Objective 3: Participants will be able to compare/contrast the role of a leader of a psychoanalytic group with the role of leaders of other orientations of psychotherapy groups.
Learning Objective 4: Participants will become familiar with group psychotherapy practice guidelines.

WSB9 Workshop Nine: Cyber Porn: The Secret Epidemic in the Church

2:00 – 5:00 pm; (3CE);
Audience Level:
Introductory

Summary: The explosive growth of the internet and cyber technology has spawned a veritable “porndemic” with the Church under siege. Even though many suffer, this toxic secret remains virtually unaddressed. The resultant impact on relationships robs many people of the abundant life. This workshop will address the porn conspiracy---providing skills and tools for counselors to redeem these imprisoned individuals and marriages.

Presenters: James Childerston, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in independent practice in Hagerstown, Maryland; he is also a Board Certified Medical Psychologist (and former President) through the Academy of Medical Psychology. Dr. Childerston teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Sexual Wholeness in Atlanta, Georgia.
Douglas Rosenau, EdD is a licensed Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and certified Sex Therapist in Georgia. He is the cofounder of Intimacy Counseling Center in Duluth, Georgia and has authored many articles and books on human sexuality.
Kim Genger, MS received her graduate training at Richmont Graduate University and is currently a Marriage & Family therapy/Sex therapy intern at Building Intimate Marriages in Suwanee, Georgia.

Learning Objective 1: This workshop is designed to help you describe and assess the prevalence of cyber pornography and its impact on relationships and the Church;
Learning Objective 2: Analyze gender differences related to cyber pornography and the resultant effect on relationship;
Learning Objective 3: Evaluate the continuum of use, abuse and addiction with regard to cyber pornography and the impact on a person’s personal and spiritual life;
Learning Objective 4: Discuss the negative consequences of cyber pornography for individuals and relationships;
Learning Objective 5: Develop your ability to help individuals and couples address the porn trap by utilizing skill building, applying exercises for healing, and practicing relapse prevention strategies.

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