World Conference 2013
Join our ministry at the 2013 "Our Time is Now" World Conference. Come and be encouraged and affirmed in your faith and calling. Don’t miss this one!
  • 23 Dynamic Tracks
  • Over 160 Professional Workshops
  • Up to 24.5 CEs
  • 54 Pre-Conference Workshops
  • 200+ Exhibitors and Sponsors
  • Incredible Music and Entertainment
Early Bird Registration Deadline:
August 19, 2013
Register now and save up to $120!
World Conference Workshops Announced!
*Partial listing
This year's "Plenary" Speakers are not only among the best in the world – they are motivated by a sincere desire to know Christ and the passion of His cross. You'll recognize many of these names, and we've invited a number of relative newcomers as well. These speakers will challenge and encourage you on a personal, professional, and spiritual level.

  James Dobson Max Lucado Congressman Randy Forbes  
  Dr. James Dobson

Family Talk
Colorado Springs, CO
Max Lucado

Oak Hills Church
San Antonio, Texas
Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Congressional Prayer Caucus
  Ravi Zacharias John Eldredge Eric Metaxas  
  Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries
Atlanta, GA
John Eldredge

Ransomed Heart Ministries
Colorado Springs, CO
Eric Metaxas

Socrates in the City
New York City, New York
  Margaret Feinberg David Jeremiah Tullian Tchividjian  
  Margaret Feinberg

Transparent Faith, Inc.
Morrison, CO
Gabe Lyons

Q and Catalyst
Manhattan, NY
David Jeremiah

Shadow Mountain
Community Church
Turning Point
El Cajon, CA
  Gabe Lyons Diane Langberg Mark Driscoll  
  Tullian Tchividjian

Coral Ridge
Presbyterian Church
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Diane Langberg

Diane Langberg &
Jenkintown, PA
Mark Driscoll

Mars Hill Church
Seattle, WA
  Rick Rigsby Harold Koenig George Barna  
  Rick Rigsby

Rick Rigsby
Allen, TX
Harold Koenig

Duke Center for
Spirituality, Theology
and Health
Durham, NC
George Barna

The Barna Group
Ventura, CA
  Tim Clinton John Ortberg Emerson Eggerichs  
  Tim Clinton

Forest, VA
John Ortberg

Menlo Park
Presbyterian Church
Menlo Park, CA
Emerson Eggerichs

Love and Respect Ministries
Grand Rapids, MI
This year's World Conference music and comedy schedule promises to be our BEST EVER, with a lineup of award-winning entertainers that includes:

Mandisa Mandisa
Since becoming a household name on American Idol, Mandisa created history when she was named the best-selling debut artist in the life of Sparrow Records. Her 2007 GRAMMY® nominated release, "True Beauty," was the only female debut to hit No. 1 in the history of Billboard's Christian Retail Chart. Mandisa is currently touring in support of her sophomore release, the pop-flavored, "Freedom."
MercyMe MercyMe
MercyMe is a down-to-earth, Texas-based band with more than 5 million records sold, three gold albums, and 19 No. 1 singles. Their first hit song, "I Can Only Imagine," remains a favorite on radio playlists nationwide as it serves to comfort hurting people around the world.
Tim Hawkins Tim Hawkins
Tim Hawkins is both a successful stand-up comedian and self-taught guitarist who can perform flawless vocal impersonations of popular artists. His ability to show the brokenness of human nature and still draw attention to its hilarity makes Tim a truly unique artist. Tim is the proud father of four children and husband to his beautiful wife who is currently winning her battle with breast cancer.
Matthew West Matthew West
Matthew West, CCM artist, grew up in the Chicago suburbs with dreams of a baseball career. However, music ultimately became his calling. He released his newest CD, Into the Light, in 2012. Matthew currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Emily, and their two daughters.
Michael O'Brien Michael O'Brien
Michael has been in the music ministry for more than 20 years and has built a reputation as an incredibly gifted singer/songwriter with a heart for ministering to the body of Christ, first during his seven-year tenure with NewSong, and now as a successful solo artist. Michael's most recent project, "Something About Us," has been described by him as a musical love letter to his wife, Heidi.
Charles Billingsley Charles Billingsley
In early 1996, Charles left the group NewSong to pursue a solo career and currently serves as the Praise and Worship Minister at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Blessed with a remarkable voice and genuine charisma, Charles' undeniable passion and honest, disarming charm have made him a favorite of audiences everywhere.
Early Bird Registration Deadline:
August 19, 2013
Register now and save up to $120!
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, Kevin Ellers, H. Norman Wright, Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Robert DeVries

Diane Langberg, Leslie Vernick, Phil Monroe, Barry Lord, Heather Gingrich

Ian Jones, Mark McMinn, Gary Thomas, Gary Moon, Ryan Carboneau

Ron Hawkins, Siang-Yang Tan, Ted Cunningham, Dave Carder, Ken Nichols

Chap Clark, Dan Sweeney, Garry Landreth, Edward John Kuhnley, Gary Sibcy

Jim Burns, Scott Hawkins, Ron Deal, Stephanie Holmes, Ken Canfield

Greg Smalley, Erin Smalley, Gary Oliver, Jim Sells, David Hawkins

Dan Seaborn, Gary Smalley, David Stoop, Jan Stoop, Les Parrott, Leslie Parrott

Doug Rosenau, Cliff Penner, Joyce Penner, Marnie Ferree, Mark Yarhouse

Arch Hart, Bradford Smith, Margaret Weaver, Wei-Jen Huang, Elias Moitinho

Ev Worthington, Jr., Harold Koenig, Fred DiBlasio, Curt Thompson, Marian Eberly

Linda Mintle, Sharon May, Stephen Greggo, Fernando Garzon, Sherod Miller

Michael Lyles, Frank Minirth, Paul Meier, Tim Jennings, William Struthers
Mark Laaser, Debbie Laaser, Jim Cress, Karl Benzio, Paul Hardy, Darv Smith

Mat Staver, Jeanneane Maxon, John Sandy, George Ohlschlager, Miriam Parent

Dwight Bain, Georgia Shaffer, Christopher McCluskey, Katie Brazelton, Kevin McCarthy

Eric Johnson, Richard Winter, David Jenkins, Matthew Elliott, Shannon Wolf

Henry Cloud, John Townsend, Eric Scalise, Rolfe Carawan, Lea Carawan

John Trent, Tom Whiteman, Trina Young, Kevin Corsini, Joshua Straub

Steve Arterburn, June Hunt, Mark Crear, Amy Feigel, Shaunti Feldhahn

Bob Dees, LuAnn Callaway, Dave Mikkelson, Suzanne Mikkelson, Dave Sanders

Kathie Erwin, Rick Caracciolo, James Childerston, L. Susan Townsend, Dave Arp, Claudia Arp, Jacqueline Gatewood

Catherine Hart Weber, Gregg Jantz, Robert Emmons, Margaret Nagib, Warren Kinghorn

Morning Workshops / 9 AM - 12 PM
  Stabilizing Marriages after Disclosure of Infidelity
David Carder, M.A.

Don't Call it Love: Breaking through Relationship Enmeshment and Codependency
Tim Clinton, Ed.D., Pat Springle, M.A., and Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Building Smart Stepfamilies: Preventing Re-divorce through Ministry and Counseling
Ron Deal, M.MFT.

Treating High-risk Behavior in Youth: What Matters Most
Marian Eberly, Ph.D. (candidate) and Amy Feigel, M.A.

The ABC's of Addiction and Recovery: Signs, Symptoms and Sobriety
David Jenkins, Psy.D. and Karl Benzio, M.D.

The Digital Invasion: How Technology is Shaping You and Your Relationships
Arch Hart, Ph.D. and Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min.

The God-shaped Brain: How Your View of God Transforms Your Life
Timothy Jennings, M.D.

Narcissistic Systems: Assessment and Intervention
Diane Langberg, Ph.D. and Philip Monroe, Psy.D.

Domestic Violence: The Church as a Safe Harbor, Agent of Restoration, Foundation of Healing and Equipper of New Beginnings
Barry Lord, Psy.D. and Ramona Garretson, Psy.D.

A Practical Overview of Psychopharmacology: From Theory to Practice
Michael Lyles, M.D.

Advanced Emotion Focused Therapy: Core Elements for Effective Relationship Interventions
Sharon May, Ph.D.

Moving from Theory to Intervention: A Christian Approach to Counseling
Mark McMinn, Ph.D.

Stress and Anxiety Disorders: Leading Edge Interventions for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Paul Meier, M.S., M.A., M.D. and Margaret Nagib, Psy.D.

The Gottman Method of Couple Therapy: Empirically-based Interventions that Work
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
  Seeing with New Eyes: The Life-changing Power of an Eternal Perspective
Ken Nichols, Psy.D.

Emotional and Relational Intelligence (ERQ) and Brief Therapy
Gary Oliver, Ph.D.

Coaching UP! Secrets to a Lasting Love and Marriage
Gary Rosberg, Ed.D. and Barb Rosberg, B.F.A.

When Helping You is Hurting Me: Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

Core Marriage Fundamentals: Four Must-have Strategies to Change Culture and Honor Marriage
Gary Smalley, M.Div., Ed.D. and Michael Smalley, M.A.

Developmentally Appropriate Treatment of Childhood Trauma: The Evidence-based Use of Play Therapy
Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D. and Garry Landreth, Ed.D.

Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More than to Make Us Happy?
Gary Thomas, M.C.S.

iPromise/Devoted: An Innovative Approach to Pre-marital Preparation and Marriage Mentoring
John Trent, Ph.D. and Dewey Wilson, M.A.

Death, Dying and Bereavement: Helping Individuals and Families Navigate the Challenges of Loss
H. Norman Wright, M.A., MRE

Sexual Identity and the Christian Counselor: Navigating Clinical, Cultural and Professional/Ethical Developments
Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D.

International Christian Coaching Association – New Strategies to find Unlimited Clients for your Coaching Business
Dwight Bain, M.A., Georgia Shaffer, M.A. and Christopher McCluskey, MSW, PCC

Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Formation Network – The New Christian Counselor: A Fresh Biblical and Transformational Approach
Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min. and Ian Jones, Ph.D., Ph.D.

Crisis Pregnancy and Abortion Recovery Network – When a Woman Discloses a Past Abortion: Issues, Challenges, Ethics and Therapeutic Interventions
Linda Cochrane, R.N., Julie Woodley, M.A. and Allan Parker, J.D.

Afternoon Workshops / 2 - 5 PM
  Smart Churches, Healthy Marriages: Helping Couples Re-connect
David Arp, MSW, Claudia Arp, B.S., Peter Larson, Ph.D. and Heather Larson, M.S.

Transformed Living: Integrating God’s Design for Authentic Change and Growth
Rolfe Carawan, M.Ed. and Lea Carawan, M.A.

Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses and Relationships that All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward
Henry Cloud, Ph.D.

Hurt 2.0: Understanding and Developing Best Practices for Today's Teens
Chap Clark, Ph.D.

Resilient Responses to Trauma: Leadingedge Military Care for Our Troops and Their Families
MG (Ret.) Bob Dees, M.S.

A Time to Weep: Clinical and Spiritual Foundations for Effective Grief Counseling
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A. and Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

Boomers to Elders: The Expanding Market for Mental Health in Aging
Kathie Erwin, Ph.D.

Reaching out to Families Impacted by ASD/Asperger's Syndrome: Understanding Today's Fastest Growing Developmental Disability
Stephanie Holmes, M.A. and Emily Colson, B.F.A.

When Marriage Counseling Fails: Getting Better at What We Do
David Hawkins, Ph.D.

The Healing Cycle: A Process Approach for Leading Small Groups
Jan Paul Hook, Ed.D. and Joshua Hook, Ph.D.

The Answer to Anger: The Healing Journey to Process Pain and Produce Freedom
June Hunt, M.A.

Spiritual Direction and Soul Care: Embracing God's Presence in Your Practice
Gary Moon, Ph.D.

Marriage Mentoring 2.0: Launching and Sustaining a Successful Ministry
Les Parrott, Ph.D. and Leslie Parrott, Ed.D.

Low Sex/No Sex Marriages: Effective Treatment for Inhibited Sexual Desire and Intimacy Challenges
Clifford Penner, Ph.D. and Joyce Penner, M.N., R.N.

  Integrity and Values: A Review of Licensure Trends and the AACC 2013 Revised Christian Code of Ethics
Jeanneane Maxon, J.D. and John Sandy, J.D.; moderated by Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

Attachments and Neurobiology: Helping Children with Anxiety Disorders and Severe Mood Dysregulation
Gary Sibcy, Ph.D. and Edward John Kuhnley, M.D.

The Wholehearted Marriage: Fully Engaging Your Most Important Relationship
Greg Smalley, Psy.D.

Prioritizing Marriage in the Church: Ministering With the Family in Mind
Ted Cunningham, MACE and Joshua Straub, Ph.D.

BEST Practices: Developing Biblically-based Empirically-supported Treatments
Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.

The Therapist as Coach: Using Your Present Skills and Learning Necessary New Ones
John Townsend, Ph.D.

Christian Positive Psychology and Spiritual Formation: Effective Practices for Flourishing and Lasting Change
Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.

Forgiving Yourself and Others: Evidencebased Methods for Decision-based and Emotional Forgiveness
Everett Worthington, Jr., Ph.D. and Fred DiBlasio, Ph.D.

Counseling Strategies that Work for the Emotionally Destructive Marriage
Leslie Vernick, MSW

Addictions Division – Wired for Intimacy: Sex, Cyberporn and the Male Brain
Mark Laaser, Ph.D., William Struthers, Ph.D. and Jim Cress, M.A.

Marriage and Family Division – Love on the Rocks: Effective Marital Therapy with Difficult Couples
Dan Seaborn, M.A.

Society for Christian Psychology – The Treatment of Shame and Guilt: A Christian Psychology Perspective
Eric Johnson, Ph.D., Richard Winter, M.D. and David Jenkins, Psy.D.

Cultural Competency in Working with Multicultural Populations: Applications for African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian Clients
Mark Crear, Ph.D., Elias Moitinho, Ph.D., and Wei-Jen Huang, Ph.D.

  International Mixer
Thursday, September 12 at 8:45 p.m. Join Executive Directors of the International Association of Christian Counselors, Drs. Archibald Hart and Eric Scalise, in a time of networking with AACC friends and colleagues from around the world.

Friday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Join the leaders of the Black African-American Christian Counselors division of AACC for an information and networking session for those who have a heart to minister to the African-American community.

Extraordinary Women Mixer
Friday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Meet personally with Julie Clinton, President; Margaret Feinberg, Speaker/Author; and Amy Queen, Director of Extraordinary Women as they host an information and networking session for all those interested in America's explosive women's movement, Extraordinary Women.

Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Formation Networking Mixer
Friday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. If you hunger for spiritual maturity and care about making God's Word and spiritual life prevalent in the counseling process, then join Drs. Ron Hawkins and Ian Jones, Directors of the Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Formation Network of the AACC, for a time to network and gather information about how you can be a part of this important movement.

Grief, Crisis and Disaster Division
Friday, September 13 from 6:00-7:00 pm If you work in grief counseling, crisis response, or disaster services, don't miss this opportunity to hear about AACC's new division and find out how you can get involved. Divisional director Jennifer Cisney Ellers will be sharing her vision and answering questions about training and certification.

Addiction and Recovery Division Mixer
Friday, September 13 from 6:00-7:00 pm Join director Mark Laaser to learn more about AACC's new division the area of Addiction and Recovery. Network with other like-minded professionals, get your questions answered, and find out how you can get involved!

Society for Christian Psychology Mixer
Friday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Eric Johnson, Director of the Society for Christian Psychology division of AACC, will host a networking and information session for all professionals interested in joining a division of AACC that promotes the development of a distinctly Christian psychology (including theory, research and practice) that is based on a Christian understanding of human race.

International Christian Coaching Association Mixer
Friday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. If you desire to learn more about coaching or are coaching now and want to be a part of the fastest growing coaching organization in the world, then you will want to join Dwight Bain, Director of the International Christian Coaching Association of the AACC, for an informative and networking session of this explosive new movement.

Crisis Pregnancy and Abortion Recovery Network Mixer
Friday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. The wounds caused by abortion are far-reaching and devastating. This network exists to equip and train counselors and caregivers on these important issues. Many clients are affected by such heartache, and it is essential that counselors and lay leaders understand their deep soul wounds and are equipped to offer effective healing interventions that lead to forgiveness, freedom and wholeness. Don't miss this opportunity to meet co-directors, Julie Woodley and Linda Cochrane, and learn how you can make a difference and offer hope!

Military Counseling Initiative Panel
Friday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Join Major General (Ret.) Bob Dees, AACC Military Director, for a special Military Counseling Panel with expert military chaplains and counselors. If you're interested or involved in counseling troops, veterans and their families, don't miss this important event. Get the latest on providing expert care and counsel for our nation's military servants and their families, and learn how you can make a huge difference in your practice, church and community.

NEW Poster Presentation Symposiums Featuring 90 Posters!
Thursday, September 12 from 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Friday, September 13 from 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Interact with fellow professionals and learn about the latest, cutting-edge research! Due to the limited number of workshops slots available, AACC is expanding our format to allow for greater attendee participation in a brand-new, interactive atmosphere. Each presenter will be sharing his/her topic visually through a poster and will be present to discuss findings and answer questions.
AACC Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament
Tuesday, September 10
The World Conference Golf Tournament will support the AACC Foundation’s efforts training Christian counselors in Rwanda through Project Tuza. The tournament will be held at the Opryland’s Gaylord Springs Golf Course with prizes for competing, hole sponsors, longest drive, closest to the pin, and more. If you’re a golfer attending the World Conference, plan on coming in a day early for a time of competition, fun and relaxation!
"Let's Get It Started" Celebration Event
Wednesday, September 11 at 9:00 p.m.
There's no better way to kick off the World Conference than with the "Let's Get It Started" Celebration event! Join us for a special concert with MercyMe and a World Conference celebration for everyone.
AACC "Rock the Block" Celebration Sold Out
Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Sit back, relax, have a good belly laugh, and enjoy some good food! The "Rock the Block" Celebration features comedian, Tim Hawkins, and award-winning artist Mandisa. This year's celebration is one you will not want to miss! It's a World Conference favorite!
ConnectU Dessert Reception
Thursday, September 12 at 8:45 p.m.
If you are a student or recent graduate, don't miss this event! Network with other young professionals... get your questions answered by a panel of Christian counseling experts... and enjoy a roundtable discussion with experts in your field of interest. There will be giveaways, prizes, and more... and it's all FREE!
Christian Ministry Leaders’ Luncheon
Friday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m.
CEs are available
Ministering to the needs of people today can be difficult and, at times, overwhelming. Don't miss this encouraging and enlightening luncheon with guest speaker Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA). Forbes is a seven-term congressman and is the founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.
The Marriage Rendezvous
Friday, September 13 from 5:45-7:15pm
For the first time, AACC and Dan Seaborn, Director of the Marriage & Family Network and founder of Winning At Home, are excited to announce the Marriage Rendezvous as part of this year's World Conference. It's a unique date night for couples that will feature a presentation by Dan along with a live musical performance by Michael O'Brien singing popular love songs. It's an opportunity to celebrate, refresh, and revitalize your marriage relationship using both humor and fun along with a "maliday" of practical ideas uniquely created by Dan.
"Our Time Is Now" Dinner Theater Sold Out
Friday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Plan to attend AACC’s “Our Time is Now” Dinner Theater. This exceptional evening of elegance will feature dinner, our special guest speaker, Dr. James Dobson, and music by award-winning Christian artist Matthew West. Truly a night to remember!
The Faith Factor Luncheon
Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m.
CEs are available
Do spirituality and religious values make a difference in emotional and psychological wellbeing? Come join us for a special luncheon with renowned faith-based researcher Dr. Harold Koenig, Director of Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health. Dr. Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health and religion, with nearly 400 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 40 books in print.
Light University Graduation
Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Light University will be hosting its seventh Commencement exercises! Full cap and gown regalia will be used for the ceremony. All students who successfully complete their studies and register for the ceremony by June 14, 2013 are eligible to participate.
Special Student Price of Only $129!
Early Bird Deadline: August 19, 2013
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