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Family Mental Health Track

The family unit is a complex system and it plays a significant part in shaping our personal development. Come learn what it means to be “good enough” whether you are a spouse, parent, or child/teenager. These classes will integrate biblical insight along with clinical expertise. Participants will learn important principles for healthy family relationships. Classes will provide practical knowledge and tools in order to heal, change and grow. If you are a pastor or minister, enhance your effectiveness in helping families. Clinicians and mental health professionals will receive training in the area of family work while obtaining CEU’s.   

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Professional/Clinician
(CE/CEU Eligible)

Pastoral/Ministry

Church Members/
Group Facilitators

PLEASE NOTE: All times listed are PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME.
Please adjust for your own time zone accordingly.

Schema Therapy - Part 1

SESSION 1: Saturday 10/2, 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

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Dr. John Louis, PhD, Singapore Registered Counsellor and Supervisor (SAC)
Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor/Trainer (ISST)

Research in Schema Therapy has identified 18 negative and 14 positive schemas (“long lasting patterns of emotions, cognitions and memories”). The association between unhealthy parenting patterns leading to exasperation
(Ephesians 6:4), and problematic behavior / schemas in adulthood will be highlighted.

Good Enough Parenting: Core Emotional Need-Connection & Acceptance

SESSION 1: Saturday 10/2, 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

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Karen Louis

When parents practice biblical principles of Good Enough Parenting, they learn more about themselvesand are then able to treat their children in a more Christlike way which in turn helps the whole family. SPANISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE.

Schema Therapy - Part 2

SESSION 2: Saturday 10/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Dr. John Louis, PhD, Singapore Registered Counsellor and Supervisor (SAC)
Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor/Trainer (ISST)

Ephesians 6:4 calls for parents to nurture their children in the training and instruction of the Lord; this class will highlight the links between healthy parenting patterns in childhood and positive schemas as well as healthy behavior in adulthood.

One Body, Many Parts: Understanding the Family as a System

SESSION 2: Saturday 10/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Claudia Kidd

1 Corinthians 12:12 teaches that many parts make up the body, but it is still only one body. We will apply these same principles to the family and view individual and family strengths and needs through a systemic lens.

The Marriage Gap: Knowing and Being Known

SESSION 2: Saturday 10/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Larry Wong, LMFT

What began with saying “I do” and feeling like “endless love'' may now reside in a stuck place: distant, taken for granted, misunderstood. This class will focus on building intimacy in your marriage. Grasp the importance of sacred respect and develop practical skills in order to deepen your connection with one another. The format for the class will alternate between teaching and question and answer. SPANISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE.

Social Media & Teens: When You Can't Live With It and Can't Live Without It

SESSION 3: Saturday 10/2, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

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Cathy Marutzky, MEd, LPCC, NCC

Today, teens are saturated with the information they receive from social media. Their worldview is filtered through the lens of the social media platforms they view. Teens look to social media to provide social connection, meaning, and a remedy for boredom, therefore removing teens entirely from these connections can be harmful. At the same time, teens are susceptible to depression and/or a sense of meaninglessness due to what they are watching.

This class will describe the benefits and dangers of social media, including the heightened risks due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
Participants will learn how to converse with teens about their experiences with social media and will learn techniques to help them define healthy boundaries.

Communication For Conflict Resolution and Transformation

SESSION 3: Saturday 10/2, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

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David Jung, RPC; Registered Professional Counsellor (Canada)

There are unique pressures that ministry couples face while serving the Lord and shepherding His people. There are times when we need some support and shepherding for our lives to guide and guard the second most important relationship we have… our marriage. This very practical class will provide tools (not rules) to help with communication in order to facilitate conflict resolution and transformation in our marriage. Conflict transformation places greater emphasis on addressing the epicentre of the conflict rather than the episodes of the conflict and thus, ensuring a more sustainable peace.

Great Expectations: Helping Our Kids Come to Faith

SESSION 3: Saturday 10/2, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

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David Bruce, LMFT

Parents raise and train their children to a degree. Yet at some mysterious point in the journey, kids begin to detach and find their own identity, their own opinions, their own relationships, and their own spiritual walk. How to support this natural process successfully and maintain healthy connection. Relational and spiritual differentiation.