Conferences 2018-04-04T03:25:20+00:00





Join us for three days packed full of training, stimulating dialogue, inspiring spiritual direction, and professional networking. We have expert mental health professionals from all over North America presenting plenary sessions, invited lectures and workshops.

Plenary Addresses

Anne Grizzle, LCSW
Thursday Evening – APRIL 12
Anne Grizzle has been a member of CAPS for forty years. She received a B.S. in psychology and social relations from Harvard University, Phi Beta Kappa, and masters in social work from Columbia University. She completed post masters studies in marriage and family therapy at Hunter College. She has worked in Harlem with families at high risk of foster placement, in a church counseling practice, as a consultant to a homeless mission and in private practice with a focus on marriage therapy and grief work. She is also a spiritual director, retreat leader, and author of three books and numerous articles, including Going Home Grown Up and Reminders of God. She is adjunct faculty with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Guidance, chairs the mentoring ministry of Leighton Ford Ministries, serves on the Younger Leaders Generation mentoring group for Lausanne, and is leadership development chair of the Sojourners board. She leads many Strength for the Journey retreats for those in hard times, begun initially in conjunction with her twin, Beth Brokaw. She and her husband are co-chairs of the Every Last One Campaign by World Vision aimed at ending extreme poverty. They have three sons and seven grandchildren and live in Washington, D.C. Silent retreats, wandering in the woods and writing poetry keep her soul filled.
Steven J. Sandage Steven J. Sandage, PhD, LP
Friday Luncheon – April 13
Steven J. Sandage, Ph.D., LP, is the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology at Boston University and Research Director and Senior Staff Psychologist at the Danielsen Institute. He has faculty appointments at Boston University in the School of Theology, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and the Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Sandage is also Visiting Faculty in the Psychology of Religion at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway. His co-authored/coedited books include To Forgive is Human, The Faces of Forgiveness, Transforming Spirituality, The Skillful Soul of the Psychotherapist, and Forgiveness and Spirituality: A Relational Approach. He has also published articles and chapters on forgiveness, humility, spirituality in psychotherapy, psychology of religion, intercultural competence and social justice, narcissism, borderline personality disorder, and suicide, among other areas. Sandage’s research has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the Fetzer Institute. Currently, he practices as a Licensed Psychologist at the Danielsen Institute with clinical specializations including couple and family therapy, multicultural therapy, and spiritually-integrative therapy. He also provides diversity training for mental health, educational, ministry, and business settings.
James N. Sells James N. Sells, PhD
Saturday Morning – April 14
James N. Sells (M.A. Educational Ministries, M.S.Ed. Counseling, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology) is a professor and assistant dean in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. He has co-authored four books including Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal and Counseling Couples in Conflict (IVP: with Mark Yarhouse) and Grace and Hope for Marriage and Grace and Hope for Marriage: A Couples Workbook (ZDL Publishing: with Jennifer Ripley). His scholarly efforts focus on international counseling/psychology education; engaging cultural themes with old ideas that are forever new and marriage and family reconciliation. Jim is a Licensed Psychologist and has a practice in Chesapeake/Virginia Beach, VA.

Invited Distinguished Scholars & Master Therapists

Marriage, Family, Sexuality & Child Track
Mark Yarhouse, PsyD is the Rosemarie Scotti Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice and Professor of Psychology, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Regent University.  His address deals with ” Spirituality & Religion in LGBTQ+ Studies”
Julie J. Exline, PhD Academic/Research Track
Julie J. Exline, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University; she recently served as President of Division 36, the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, of the American Psychological Association. She will speak on “Religious and Spiritual Struggles: An Overview”
Nick Ogle, PhD Clinical Practice Track
Nick Ogle, PhD is the Executive Director of the Center for Collaborative Care and the Director of Mental/Behavioral Health at Mercy Clinic in NW Arkansas; he is also the founder of Executive Therapist. His topic is ” Connecting the Disconnected: Collaboration, Communication, and Integration in Clinical Practice”
Gerard Lawson PhD Counseling & Counselor Educators Track
Gerard Lawson PhD, LPC, NCC is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Virginia Tech University and the current President of the American Counseling Association. His lecture deals with “Faith Based Institutions and the American Counseling Association”
Steven J. Sandage, PhD Cross-Cultural & International Track
Steven J. Sandage, PhD is the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology at Boston University and Research Director and Senior Staff Psychologist at the Danielsen Institute. He will speak on “Intercultural Competence as the Best Index of Spiritual Maturity”
John Hayes, PhD Psychoanalysis Track
John Hayes, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology at the Ecumenical Institute, St. Mary’s Seminary and University and is on faculty at the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalytic and Christian Theology; he is also Associate Priest Missioner at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. He will address the topic of “Psychoanalysis of Trauma: Ordeal and Initiation to the Holy”
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Thursday, Apr 12

8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops
(separate fee and registration)

2:00 – 5:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

5:45 –10:30 pm
Conference Kickoff Event

5:45 – 7:00 pm
(cost covered in registration fee)

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Praise & Worship/Opening Plenary

9:00 –10:00 pm
Dessert Reception

Friday, Apr 13

8:00 – 9:00 am
Breakout Sessions

9:00 – 10:15 am
Posters Sessions

10:15 – 11:15 am
Breakout Sessions

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Plenary Luncheon
(cost covered in registration fee)
Student paper awards

2:00 – 4:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

4:30 – 5:45 pm
Posters Session

6:00 – 9:00 pm
Receptions, alumni dinners, free time/night on the town

Saturday, APR 14

8:00 – 10:15 am
Breakout Sessions

10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Plenary Session

2:00 – 5:00 pm
Post-Conference Workshops
(separate fee and registration)

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Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Workshops require registration and additional costs; they are not included in the general conference registration fee.

Roy Barsness, PhD
Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis
WA1 Thursday | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm // 5 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
Summary: This workshop focuses on the recently released text: Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis: A Guide to Practice Study and Research. The competencies will be presented with as clear a frame as evidenced-based models, advancing the settings in which the model can be applied and facilitating integration with other therapeutic orientations.
Learning Objective 1: Attendees will identify common disciplines inherent in the Relational Psychoanalytic paradigm that are useful in conducting a coherent and purposeful treatment.
Learning Objective 2: Apply, practice and integrate primary analytic disciplines within their own practices.
Learning Objective 3: Offer analytic practices with as clear a frame and purpose as evidenced-based models.
Heather Gingrich, PhD
Restoring the Shattered Self: Phase II Treatment of Complex Trauma Survivors
WA2 Thursday | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
Summary: Phase II treatment of complex trauma survivors (e.g., adult survivors of child abuse, intimate partner violence, torture, kidnapping, sex trafficking victims), which involves processing of the trauma memories, requires special care. Attendees will examine one of the key challenges in trauma processing, which is adequately pacing the work to allow for maximum client functioning, minimizing the risk of suicidality, avoiding hospitalizations, and reducing the risk of premature termination of therapy. The audience will increase their knowledge of and ability to implement grounding techniques within the session is vital to keeping clients in touch with the here-and-now rather than getting lost in the traumatic memory, as well as address the challenge of preventing vicarious traumatization in therapists.
Learning Objective 1: Participants will be able to distinguish among the three phases of complex trauma treatment.
Learning Objective 2: Appropriately pace trauma processing for complex trauma survivors.
Learning Objective 3: Implement grounding techniques within session.
Randolph Sanders, PhD
Ethics & Values in Psychotherapy: Essential Updates
WA3 Thursday | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
Summary: While the presence of values in psychotherapy is more widely acknowledged today, there remains disagreement over how to respond ethically to these value issues, whether they be moral or spiritual in nature. This workshop addresses different methods for doing so. In addition, the workshop provides updates on several other current and critical ethical issues of which every clinician should be aware. These include recognizing the importance of cultural variables when dealing with multiple relationships, and current rules regarding the duty to warn. Case examples will be used to illustrate concepts.
Learning Objective 1: Audience members will identify different methods for responding ethically when spiritual or moral value issues arise in psychotherapy.
Learning Objective 2: Assess multiple relationship situations in therapy in the cultural context in which they take place.
Learning Objective 3: Be able to explain your responsibilities as a clinician when your client may be a danger to someone else.

Mark Yarhouse, PsyD, Julia Sadusky, MA & Joshua Matlack, MA
Navigating Gender Identity Concerns with Christian Families
WA4 Thursday | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: Intro-Intermediate
Summary: Workshop attendees will gain conceptual and practical tools for understanding Gender Dysphoria and emerging gender identities in the context of consultations and therapy with Christian families who report a conflict between gender identity and religious identity.
Learning Objective 1: Attendees will investigate the current research and theory regarding gender identity and the provision of services to children, adolescents, and adults.
Learning Objective 2: Distinguish three contrasting frameworks for how stakeholders approach Gender Dysphoria, transgender experiences, and diverse gender identities.
Learning Objective 3: Apply an integrative model of consultation and ongoing therapy to several distinct clinical presentations among Christian individuals and families who present with questions or concerns regarding gender identity.

Post-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Workshops require registration and additional costs; they are not included in the general conference registration fee.

Stephen Fowler, MD, Psychoanalyst & James M. Siwy, PhD, Psychologist
Psychoanalytic Explorations of Shame, Guilt, Conscience and Spiritual Maturity
WB5 Saturday | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Summary: This workshop will be presented in three parts: (1) Superego and conscience: defined and their different origins delineated; elaborated in their typical functions in mental activity; defined roles in causing dysfunction and in promoting health; (2) Exploration of clinical therapeutic interventions toward superego transformation and conscience enhancement; (3) Discussion of theological dimensions of growth of the mind.
Learning Objective 1: Audience members will recognize manifestations of superego destructive activity as distinct from conscience life-building activity.
Learning Objective 2: Utilize interpretive interventions in relation to common psychological problems that stem from superego/conscience dysfunction in the psychoanalytic therapy context.
Learning Objective 3: Observe change as it occurs, in the mental activities of your patient, as result of these interventions.

Jennifer Ripley, PhD, Regent University & Everett Worthington, Jr., PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Couple Therapy: A Hope-Focused Approach
WB6 Saturday | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
Summary: Workshop attenders will gain tools to implement the empirically supported treatment modality of Hope-Focused couples therapy with couple assessment, key change interventions and case examples. Improving and repairing relational bonds is accomplished by using memorable communication and conflict resolution methods, and FREE (Forgiveness and Reconciliation through Experiencing Empathy), which trains couples in REACH Forgiveness—one of the two most­ investigated forgiveness interventions in psychology. This workshop will highlight the revised approach, focusing on hope through a strategy of building love, work, and faith and repairing emotional bonds through forgiveness and reconciliation.
Learning Objective 1: Participants will investigate the key tenants of hope and attachment theory as they apply to the intimate partner relationship.
Learning Objective 2: Distinguish several areas to consider in beginning stages of couple counseling, including best practices and an evidence­based intervention for intakes and feedback.
Learning Objective 3: Apply the Hope­Focused Couples Therapy strategy, an evidence­based treatment for couple therapy and enrichment—to diverse couple cases.
Terri Watson, PsyD, Wheaton College
Fostering Faith, Hope, and Love through Clinical Supervision: A Christian Integrative Model
WB7 Thursday | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
Summary: How do we help the next generation of clinicians develop the character strengths necessary for long-term professional effectiveness and flourishing? This workshop will bring together best practices in clinical supervision with the interdisciplinary scholarship on virtue development and introduce an integrative framework for clinical supervision using clinical demonstration and experiential learning.
Learning Objective 1: Participants will describe seven character strengths and their importance for long-term ethical commitment and professional flourishing.
Learning Objective 2: Describe five supervision best practices that foster the development of supervisee professional and personal character.
Learning Objective 3: Demonstrate competence in the utilization of supervision forms and templates including informed consent, learning contracts, record keeping tools, and assessment measures.

Continuing Education

Psychologists and counselors at the CAPS 2018 International Conference may receive up to 20 hours of continuing education if they attend the entire conference, plenaries, breakout sessions and pre- and post-conference workshops.

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 20 hours.

Social Workers: Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Social workers participating in this course may receive up to 20 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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Conference Fees

Full conference fees include all plenary and breakout sessions, conference materials, Thursday Evening Kickoff Dinner and Welcome Reception, Friday Plenary Luncheon, and refreshment breaks.

Early Bird After 3/15/18
CAPS Member $340 $395
Non-CAPS Member $420 $480
Student CAPS Member $220 $275
Student Non-CAPS Member $265 $320
New Member Package* $425 $485
New Student Member Package* $255 $310

Thursday/Friday One Day Only Rates

Thursday-only includes one ticket for the Thursday Evening Kickoff Dinner and Welcome Reception.  Friday-only includes one ticket for the Friday Plenary Luncheon.

Early Bird After 3/15/18
Per diem CAPS Member $250 $280
Per diem Non-CAPS Member $295 $325
Per diem Student CAPS Member $195 $215
Per diem Student Non-CAPS Member $205 $230

Saturday One Day Only Rates

Early Bird After 3/15/18
Per diem CAPS Member $120 $120
Per diem Non-CAPS Member $145 $145
Per diem Student CAPS Member $100 $100
Per diem Student Non-CAPS Member $110 $110

Thursday Preconference

Attendee Student
Workshop A1:  Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis $135 $70
Workshop A2: Restoring the Shattered Self $85 $50
Workshop A3: Ethics & Values in Psychotherapy $85 $50
Workshop A4: Navigating Gender Identity Concerns within Christian Families $85 $50

Saturday Postconference

Attendee Student
Workshop B5: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Shame $85 $50
Workshop B6: Couple Therapy: Hope-Focused Approach $85 $50
Workshop B7: Fostering Faith, Hope & Love through Clinical Supervision $85 $50

Continuing Education Fee:

All seeking continuing education credit, or certificate of attendance must also pay the Continuing Education fee of $60.

Cancellation Policy:

You will receive a full refund minus a $75 processing fee if your written cancellation notice to CAPS, PO Box 365, Batavia, IL, 60510 is postmarked, or emailed to by March 15, 2018.

Marriott Norfolk Waterside

Norfolk, VA is a great location with more than 10 walkable attractions and over 40 chef-owned restaurants, easily accessible by car, train and 200+ direct and non-direct daily flights. Norfolk is the center of the Coastal Virginia area where you will experience a home-town feel from our beautiful city surrounded by water.

Norfolk International Airport is centrally located in the Hampton Roads area. Norfolk Waterside Marriott is just 9 miles from the Airport (ORF).

Reservations:  Book your group rate online for Christian Association for Psychological Studies 2018 (CAPS)  or Call Marriott International at 800-228-9290 or contact our conference hotel directly at 757-627-4200. Ask for the CAPS rate of $139 per night.  Rooms will be available at this rate until our block of contracted rooms is sold out or March 15, 2018.

Airport Transportation

Orange Peel Transportation Call 757-463-7500 ($35 single, $36 double, $39 triple, $48 quad)
James River Transportation Call 866-823-4626 or 757-963-0433 ($36 for 1-3 people, includes tip)
Black & White Taxi Service Call 757-855-4444 (Starting at $22 + Tip) *ADA Transportation, call ahead
UBER Car Service Use Smart Phone App (Starting at $15 and up)

Parking Procedures for the Norfolk Waterside Marriott:
There is no longer an attendant at the Main Street Parking Garage for the Marriott:
The parking deck for the Marriott is located on the corner of Atlantic and Main Street across from the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. You will receive a parking ticket upon entry.
This ticket must be taken to the front desk of the Marriott to be stamped for you to charge to your Guest room. When you exit the garage, you will put this ticket into the parking meter. If you plan on exiting multiple times out of the garage during your stay, insert the stamped ticket in the machine, and take it back. The garage will give you a new ticket upon your return; however still use the stamped ticket during your stay. Your charge for parking will be automatically billed to your Guest room at a parking rate of $10.00 per car/per night.
Valet Parking thru the Hotel is $26.00 per day.