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.

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THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM OUR 2019 CONFERENCE.  AS WE PUT TOGETHER THE 2020 CONFERENCE, THIS IS A SAMPLE OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT.

2019 Plenary Addresses

Richard Beck, PHD
Thursday Evening – March 21
Beyond Self-Esteem: From Evaluation to Transcendence
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Richard Beck, PHD is the Professor & Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. He holds the PhD in Experimental Psychology from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Beck has one of the most popular Christian blogs in the country. He is the author of five books, including Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality, The Authenticity of Faith: The Varieties and Illusions of Religious Experience, and The Slavery of Death. He teaches a weekly Bible study at a men’s prison in West Texas and is an elder at the Highland Church in Abilene, Texas. He and his wife, Jana, have two sons.
Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD
Friday Luncheon – March 22
Addressing and Integrating Faith with Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse
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Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education & Psychology and the Director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. She has been awarded the California Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Award (2015) and the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (2013). She resides with her husband and two children in Encino, California.
Scott Symington, PhDMelissa Symington, PhD Scott Symington, PhD & Melissa Symington, PhD
Saturday Morning – March 23
The Emergence of 
Mindfulness in Sex Therapy
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Scott Symington, PhD & Melissa Symington, PhD are clinical psychologists who met and married in graduate school. They live in Pasadena, California with their two children, where they have a group practice with Cliff and Joyce Penner. In their private practices, they specialize in marital and sex therapy; treating anxiety disorders; and integrating spirituality into the change process. In addition to their clinical work, Scott has recently published his book, Freedom from Anxious Thoughts & Feelings: A Two-Step Mindfulness Approach for Moving Beyond Fear & Worry , which outlines the Two-Screen Method. Melissa has been publishing blogs on relational intimacy and enjoying teaching human sexuality at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology as an adjunct professor.

2019 Invited Distinguished Scholars & Master Therapists

Marriage, Family, Sexuality & Child Track
Solution-Focused Narrative Therapy
Linda Metcalf, PhD is a Professor and Director of all Graduate Counseling programs at Texas Wesleyan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Texas. She is the author of eleven books. She has served as president of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the president of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Cristine Legare, PhD Academic/Research Track
The Coexistence of Natural and Supernatural Explanations Across Cultures and Development
Cristine Legare, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Evolution, Variation, and Ontogeny of Learning Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research program reflects her commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to the study of human cognition and behavior. She studies our capacities to learn, create, and transmit culture in order to increase our understanding of cognitive and cultural evolution.
Ken Wilgus, PhD Clinical Practice Track
The Infantilization Of American Adolescents: 
Implications For Christian Psychology Practice
Ken Wilgus, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Dallas. He specializes in the treatment of adolescents and their families. He is the author of the book, “Feeding The Mouth That Bites You,” a guide for parents of adolescents, and is the co-founder of “RingLeaders,” a men’s ministry focused on strengthening the role of husbands in Christian marriage.
Elizabeth R. O'Brien, PhD, LPC Counseling & Counselor Education
Bracketing & Harmonious Disagreement: Engaging with 
Clients and Each Other to Move the Helping Mission Forward
Elizabeth R. O’Brien, PhD, LPC is a Professional Counselor and Counselor Educator in Chattanooga. She is a Past-President for the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. She is the Director of the Counselor Education program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she is also a UC Foundation Associate Professor. She recently completed a co-edited text book entitled “Supervision and Agency Management for Counselors”.
Thomas Idiculla, PhD Cross-Cultural & International Track
Cross Cultural Mental Health Assessment and Training: 
Experiences in the US, South Asia & the Middle East
Thomas Idiculla, PhD is the Director of Mental Health Services Evaluation Department at McLean Hospital. He is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Idiculla directs a nonprofit organization, Agape Partners International, which supports counseling and charitable services in Asian communities in the US and around the world. He has spoken at national and international conferences in the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, and India.
Myrna Little, PhD Psychoanalysis Track
A Case History – Processes of Transformation
Myrna Little, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice as a member of The Group Analytic Practice of Dallas. She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Southwestern Medical School, and serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Analytical Psychology.

Schedule

Thursday, March 21

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops*
(separate fee and registration)

*WA4: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

2:00 – 5:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

5:45 –10:30 pm
Conference Kickoff Event

5:45 – 6:30 pm
Dinner
(cost covered in registration fee)

7:00 – 8:30 pm
Praise & Worship/Opening Plenary

8:30 –10:00 pm
Welcome Desserts Reception and Special Interest Groups Meetings

Friday, March 22

8:00 – 9:00 am
Breakout Sessions

9:00 – 10:30 am
Poster Sessions

10:30 – 11:30 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 – 6:00 pm
Poster Sessions

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

Saturday, March 23

8:00 – 10:15 am
Breakout Sessions

10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Plenary Session
Student Poster Awards

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

2019 Pre-Conference Workshops

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

Justin Smith, LCSW, PsyD, Phoenix Seminary
Child Abuse & Neglect: Ethics, Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment for Mental 
Health Professionals
WA1 Thursday | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
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Summary: Dealing with child abuse and neglect, especially the reporting of abuse, can be distressing for clinicians but it does not have to be. Like any population or topic, best practices and comfort with one’s abilities result from a foundation of knowledge and practiced skills.


Learning Objective 1: Describe the etiology and risk factors of child abuse and neglect.

Learning Objective 2: Explain and rehearse legal and ethical decision-making processes and core techniques for intervening and treating child abuse and neglect.

Learning Objective 3: Discuss best practices in the treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Scott Symington, PhD & 
Melissa Symington, PhD, 
Private Practice Psychologists, Pasadena, CA
The Six Building Blocks of 
Healthy Sexual Intimacy
WA2 Thursday | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
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Summary: In this workshop, we will examine the six building blocks of healthy sexual intimacy: the ability to relax and attune to sexual pleasure; having accurate information; ability to discuss sexual issues; relational mutuality; emotional connection; and integration. These building blocks are then applied clinically to the most common issues addressed in sex therapy.
Learning Objective 1: Explain the common barriers to healthy sexual intimacy.
Learning Objective 2: Describe and discuss the six building blocks to healthy sexual relating.
Learning Objective 3: Apply the six pillars of healthy physical intimacy in clinical work with couples.
Mark McMinn, PhD & Megan Anna Neff, MDiv, PsyD-candidate, 
George Fox University
Rethinking Integration: A Fresh 
Look at Psychology and Christianity
WA3 Thursday | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
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Summary: Many dimensions of religion and spirituality contribute to psychological health, including coping with adversity, positive emotions, and decreased rates of depression and anxiety (e.g., Koenig, 2012). But as the research progresses in this area it is important to consider more nuanced perspectives of religion and spirituality, especially those experienced by the next generation of those integrating psychology and Christianity. In this workshop we address some of the most challenging quandaries and complexities of integration, seek to embody a conversational and contextual process, and consider implications for evidence-based training (Sorenson, Derflinger, Bufford & McMinn, 2004) and psychotherapy, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy.Learning Objective 1:  Rethink some longstanding assumptions regarding the integration of psychology and Christianity by pondering how these assumptions may be perceived and critiqued by younger professionals entering the workforce.
Learning Objective 2:  Engage in a conversational approach to integration that involves a fresh look at several pressing quandaries and questions.
Learning Objective 3:  Consider how this conversational approach to integration may transform research, training, and evidence-based practice.

2019 Post-Conference Workshops

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

Martha Stark, MD,  Harvard Medical School
The Transformative Power of Optimal Stress: Precipitating Disruption to Trigger Repair

WB5 Saturday | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
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Summary: The therapeutic provision of optimal stress against the backdrop of an empathically attuned and authentically engaged therapy relationship is sometimes the magic ingredient needed to overcome the inherent resistance to change so frequently encountered in patients with longstanding emotional injuries. Challenges to destabilization and support to prompt restabilization at a higher level of resilience and adaptive capacity will be addressed.

Learning Objective 1: Elaborate upon the therapeutic use of optimal stress to provoke recovery
Learning Objective 2: Construct four anxiety-provoking but ultimately growth-promoting interventions specifically designed first to challenge and then to support
Learning Objective 3: Expound upon the cycles of disruption and repair that are generated as a result of
the therapeutic provision of optimal stress

Ted Witzig, PhD,  Private Practice Psychologist, IL
Kathleen Norris, MA,  Private Practice Counselor, TX
Mary Norris, PsyD-candidate,  Student, Regent

Christian-Accommodative Treatment 
of OCD in Children and Adults
WB6 Saturday | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
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Summary: When OCD afflicts Christian children and adults, the symptoms (and treatments) are frequently misunderstood by the sufferers as well as their family, clergy, and other health professionals. This workshop will provide clinicians with practical skills to support and integrate the client’s spiritual beliefs into empirically-supported treatments for OCD.

Learning Objective 1: Discuss how to implement Christian-accommodative techniques to create synergy between the client`s religious values and empirically-supported treatments for OCD.

Learning Objective 2: Distinguish between effective, appropriate exposures for OCD symptoms in Christian clients and exposures which lack sensitivity to the client’s religious worldview and will lead to poorer outcomes.

Learning Objective 3: Discuss ways to effectively coordination of care between the client, family members, clergy, and medical professionals who may have widely varying perspectives and worldviews on the nature and treatment of OCD.

Randolph Sanders, PhD 
Private Practice Psychologist, TX
Ethics, Values and Risks: Emerging 
and Evolving Issues in Psychotherapy
WB7 Thursday | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
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Summary: This workshop focuses on several important ethical concerns, with major emphasis on values in therapy. Participants will explore the ethical balance between compassionate, sacrificial care for our patients and care for ourselves. They will take a fresh look at what may be a clinician’s best tool for managing the risk of doing psychotherapy, ie., prudent documentation. We will discuss latest protocols for Duty to Warn, and examine ethics related to racism in the therapy office.

Learning Objective 1: Describe ways to respond to moral and value issues that arise in therapy.

Learning Objective 2: Recognize the risks involved when the practitioner doesn’t balance care for patients with appropriate care for self.

Learning Objective 3: Explain their responsibilities when their patient is a danger to someone else.

Naji Abi-Hashem, PhD,  
Private Practice Psychologist, Seattle and Lebanon
Understanding and Working with People 
from Arab and Middle Eastern Backgrounds: 
A Guide for Clinicians
WB8 Thursday | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm // 3 APA & ASWB CEU // Audience Level: All Levels
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Summary: Migration and influx of refugees are increasing. Mental health practitioners must improve our cultural insights and skills, in order to effectively work with such people. Participants will discuss the diversity within the Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern populations in North America, and will learn how to address their clinical needs and struggles. Attendees will learn about the challenges inherent in working with these cultural and ethnic groups.

Learning Objective 1: List a few Arab Middle Eastern subcultures, nationalities, religious faiths, lifestyles, and traditions; discuss positive and negative stereotypes/generalizations about Arabs, Muslims, and Middle Easterners common in the West.

Learning Objective 2: Describe some of the struggles, needs, challenges, and functioning of Arab Americans; discuss their coping styles in the larger North American society, and causes of fundamentalism and radicalization.

Learning Objective 3: Review three differences between Assimilation-Integration and Fragmentation-Isolation and list 3 characteristics of the Arab-Americans & Middle Easterners. Describe best therapeutic modalities in working with them and two ways to help them navigate through the North American life and social systems.

2019 CHRISTIANS IN SOCIAL WORK

Mini-Conference

Thursday March 21

9:00am–12:00pm
Child Abuse & Neglect
Justin Smith, PsyD, LCSW
Phoenix Seminary

2:00–3:00pm
Homelessness
James Petrovich, MSW, PhD
Texas Christian University

3:15–4:15pm
Racial Collaboration
Stephanie Hamm MSW,,PhD
Abilene Christian University

4:30–5:30pm
Spirituality in Social Work Practice
Holly Oxlandler, PhD, LMSW
Baylor University

5:45–7:00pm
Dinner

7:00–8:30pm
Beyond Self Esteem
Richard Beck, PhD
Abilene Christian University

8:30–10:00pm
Welcome Desserts Reception

There will be a special interest group meeting from 9:00-10:00pm for social workers interested in knowing more about CAPS and working with us to develop a Social Work track for the 2020 program.

Christians in Social Work Thursday mini-conference (includes Thursday Preconference Workshop A1, Thursday evening dinner and Welcome Desserts reception…CE certificate is an additional fee)…cost is $350 (early bird) or $380 (after 2/18/19)

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) www.aswb.org, 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.

2019 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 2/18/19
CAPS Member $345 $400
Non-CAPS Member $425 $485
Student CAPS Member $225 $280
Student Non-CAPS Member $270 $325
New Member Package* $430 $490
New Student Member Package* $260 $315

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 2/18/19
Per diem CAPS Member $255 $285
Per diem Non-CAPS Member $300 $330
Per diem Student CAPS Member $200 $220
Per diem Student Non-CAPS Member $210 $235

Saturday One Day Only Rates

Early Bird After 2/18/19
Per diem CAPS Member $125 $125
Per diem Non-CAPS Member $150 $150
Per diem Student CAPS Member $105 $105
Per diem Student Non-CAPS Member $115 $115

2019 Thursday Preconference

Attendee Student
Workshop A1:  Child Abuse & Neglect: Ethics, Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment for Mental 
Health Professionals $90 $55
Workshop A2: The Six Building Blocks of 
Healthy Sexual Intimacy $90 $55
Workshop A3: Rethinking Integration: A Fresh 
Look at Psychology and Christianity $90 $55

2019 Saturday Postconference

Attendee Student
Workshop B5: The Transformative Power of Optimal Stress: Precipitating Disruption to Trigger Repair $90 $55
Workshop B6: Christian-Accommodative Treatment 
of OCD in Children and Adults $90 $55
Workshop B7: Ethics, Values and Risks: Emerging 
and Evolving Issues in Psychotherapy $90 $55
Workshop B8: Understanding and Working with People 
from Arab and Middle Eastern Backgrounds: 
A Guide for Clinicians $90 $55

Continuing Education Fee:

All seeking continuing education credit, or certificate of attendance must also pay the Continuing Education fee of $65.

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 info@caps.net by February 18, 2019.