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Thursday Dinner Plenary Speaker


DR. SALLY CANNING. A community and licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Canning earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has 25 years of clinical experience with children and families living in urban, poor contexts and consultation to faith-based and other community organizations. She is Professor of Psychology in the PsyD (doctoral) faculty at Wheaton College and a Behavioral Health Provider at the Lawndale Christian Health Center, a Christian primary care clinic serving Hispanic and African American patients in poor, medically underserved neighborhoods in Chicago, IL. Dr. Canning has written and spoken extensively in the area of professional self-care for mental health professionals. She currently serves as Chair of the CAPS Board of Directors.

Friday Morning Plenary Speaker


DR. BRYCE HAGEDORN. Dr. Hagedorn has served as the Program Director of Counselor Education & School Psychology in the Department of Educational and Human Services at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL since 2010. His PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education is from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a National Certified Counselor, Qualified Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Master Addiction Counselor. Dr. Hagedorn is the current President of the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), a division of the American Counseling Association. Dr. Hagedorn’s work in the areas of addiction counseling, spirituality and counseling, and clinician self-care has been featured in over 50 articles and book chapters, over 130 presentations at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels, and in his co-authored book, Counseling Addicted Families.

Friday Luncheon Plenary Speakers  




Jackie L. Halstead, PhD, LMFT, is the Director of Education, Programs, and Connections for Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Previous to this position she was Director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality and an Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation at Lipscomb University and Chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She served one term as President of the Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapists.

Dr. Halstead speaks frequently on the topics of contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and spirituality & mental health. Steve Stratton, PhD is a licensed Psychologist and recipient of the Kentucky Psychological Association’s 2010 “Psychologist of the Year” award. He is a tenured Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care in the Department of Counseling and Pastoral Care in the School of Practical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His academic and clinical practice areas of expertise include: counseling process and skills, relational psychodynamic counseling, care of persons, pastoral care and pastoral crisis intervention. Dr. Stratton initiated (with significant input from Dr. Halstead) the development of the “Spiritual Formation, Stress Management & Self-Care” track at our international CAPS conferences.

Saturday Morning Plenary Speaker


DR. STEVE SWEATMAN: Dr. Sweatman has served as the President of Mission Training International (MTI) in Palmer Lake, Colorado since 2002.  Each year, MTI trains and debriefs hundreds of cross-cultural missionaries, Christian relief and development workers and Christian social justice advocates.  Dr. Sweatman received his PhD in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in cross-cultural adaptation, from Biola University’s Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology.  Dr. Sweatman has served in a variety of professional roles during his career, having been a clinical therapist, church pastor, missions leader, organizational consultant, university professor, executive coach, and now as director of MTI and coordinator of the annual international Mental Health & Missions conference.

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