Wednesday, July 17 / 11:00a - 12:30p

Foster Parents Need Fostering Too (No CE's)

Workshop Number: A-1

Description: Discover the roller coaster journey that foster parents take and why your expertise is just what they need.  In this interactive workshop, you will hear confessions from parents about how fostering impacts their marriages and learn three specific ways you can support foster families in your community.

Presenter: Jeremy Walden, Auburn University and Micah Melnick, BigHouse Foundation


Relationship Goals: Plug-n-play series for PICK & LINKS** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: A-2

Description: Learn about the brand-new video-led discussion group versions of the evidenced-based programs, PICK for singles (youth & adults) and LINKS for couples —research supports effectiveness for adults, HS students with over million users. No certification needed. Community and Christian versions.

Presenter: John Van Epp, Ph.D., Love Thinks 


"What's a Dad to Do?" Tips from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse on Responsible Fatherhood in Blended Families (No CE's)

Workshop Number: A-3

Description: Blended families, those households with a parent, at least one child, and a new partner, often experience some level of difficulty. Discord between parents and children, tension between ex-spouses, and a lack of extended family support are issues commonly experienced. This workshop will introduce interactive tips for encouraging healthy practices and strategies for fathers in blended families such as practicing forgiveness and communication, pre-family counseling, and the important of parenting coordination. 

Presenter: James Worthy, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse 


How Porn is Keeping Men from Marriage (No CE's)

Workshop Number: A-4

Description: What if the hope of a life-giving, life-long marriage were thwarted by one single habit indulged in by the majority of unmarried men; a habit which takes hold before most reach adolescence? In this workshop, you will be equipped to help these men.

Presenter: Michael Johnson, Future Marriage University 


The Rise of the Divided Family: Understanding Its Impact on Youth and Addiction** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: A-5

Description: With the rise of the divided family, young people often get caught in patterns of addiction as an escape from high conflict parents. This happens inside the home and after divorce and in remarriage. This workshop will explore some of the common roots to the issue of kids impacted by divorce who turn to addiction as a way out of the pain. We will also take a look at research and today's pop culture and media with a goal of increasing compassion and understanding for those clients and organizations we serve. This workshop will include digital videos and a chance to review new resources to help with these issues. For those that attend they will be given access to multiple handouts for complimentary use with their clients and audiences. 

Presenter: Tammy Daughtry, MMFT, CoParenting International 


Military OneSource: 24/7 Support At Your Fingertips (No CE's)

Workshop Number: A-6

Description: Join this workshop for a special virtual tour of Military OneSource, the Department of Defense’s 24/7 call center and website that provides information, answers and support on every aspect of military life. Learn how Military OneSource has evolved to meet the needs of the military community, and discover best practices for service delivery. This workshop also features ways participants can connect to Military OneSource’s high-tech and high-touch support to help service members and their families manage stress, strengthen relationships, support children and youth, health and wellness goals, and more.

Presenter: Erika Slaton, DoD, Military Community and Family Policy 


Wednesday, July 17 / 1:45p - 3:15p

Identifying and Testing Program Components Using Case Examples from Two Programs for At-Risk Youth: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education and Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: B-1

Description:  Practitioners want to know more than whether their program works. They want to know what they can do to improve it. To help answers these questions, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is increasingly focused on identifying and studying the components of its grant-funded programs. In this session, participants will learn about this new research perspective and how they can apply it to their programs. After a brief introduction to the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) National Evaluation, the session will identify the range of program components found across the SRAE grantees. Participants will examine a case study of an SRAE program and work to define and identify the components contained in this program. Participants will also learn about ways to test and refine program components using an example from an ACF-funded healthy marriage and relationship education program. 

Presenter: Susan Zief and Jean Knab, Mathematica Policy Research; Rich Batten, Public Strategies


Church Leaders and Counselors! A Plan To Do Less Marriage Crisis Counseling. (FB) (No CE's)

Workshop Number: B-2

Description: Prevention in marriage is three times more effective than intervention. Presently, many churches lack an effective structure to prevent crisis. They have premarital counseling and crisis counseling, but no structure to help couples during their marriage. Couples will be no more intentional with their marriages than churches are with their marriage ministries.  Grace Marriage equips churches and couples to be proactive and strategic to protect and grow marriages.

Presenter: Brad Rhoads, Grace Marriage, Founder & President


Growth Behind Bars: Opportunities for RE to Deepen Our Cultural Impact** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: B-3

Description: Learn the impressive impact on inmates of 5 skills-based curricula offered by Healthy Relationships California. From this impact, HRC sees an important and critical opportunity for RE organizations to transform incarceration so that inmates learn relationship and self-regulation skills that equip them to succeed upon release, and to reduce the intolerable economic and human costs our country pays for incarceration.

Presenter: Patty Howell, Ed.M., A.G.C., Healthy Relationships California and Bento Leal, Healthy Relationships California


Parenting and Stepparenting Grieving Children** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: B-4

Description: After the death or loss of a parent, do the children have time and space to grieve? Many bio parents and stepparents give the "deer-in-the-headlights" look when asked this question. Three different family constituents bio parent,stepparent,and grieving child bring three different sets of needs into the new family dynamic. In this session, learn how to recognize and validate multiple levels of often competing needs in grieving families. Through case study work within the session, join discussions about ways to nudge family members down a more empathetic path, one in which children have the space to grieve.

Presenter: Diane Fromme, Grief and Loss Author and Peer Mentor, Stepparenting the Grieving Child 


Statewide Premarital Preparation: Legislation, Implementation, and Evaluation** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: B-5

Description: The workshop will provide an overview of statewide efforts to increase participation in premarital education.  There will be three sections of the workshop that include: 1) legislative activities to provide incentives and means to participate in premarital education.  2) Policy implementation of premarital education incentives and programming.  3)  Evaluation of premarital education efforts and implications for policy.

Presenter: Paul Schvaneveldt, Ph.D., CFLE,  Weber State University, Alan Hawkins, Ph.D., Brigham Young University, and Ashley Barnum, M.S., Utah Marriage Commission


Prescription Refill #101: It’s time to re-examine our lens through today’s communication among adolescents and adults. Get your lens ready.            (No CE's)

Workshop Number: B-6

Description: It’s not really an eye-opener, but the truth is that modern communication is quite different than how it used to be. During this interactive session, participants will be able to identify their own styles of communication with a magnifying glass, re-focus their lens on daily communication, examine their vision of communication, and walk away with their own communication prescription.

Presenter: Washington Jackson III, M.DIV., AVANCE-Houston


Thursday, July 18 / 11:00a - 12:30p

Enhancing Vulnerability and Trust with Low-Income Couples: Integrating Techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Group Therapy within a Relationship Education Program** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: C-1

Description: Over the past 15 years, Montefiore's Supporting Healthy Relationships Program has delivered healthy marriage and relationship education services to thousands of low-income and underserved couples in the Bronx community. This workshop will summarize our recent research outcomes in order to highlight how SHR successfully stimulates healthy and lasting relationships. We will also demonstrate, using recorded video clips, how we intervene directly with couples within the context of psychoeducational workshops, as well as during individualized “booster” sessions, using process-oriented interventions drawing from Irvin Yalom’s and psychodynamic group therapy and emotionally focused therapy (EFT). 

Presenter: Moshe Moeller, Ph.D., Montefiore Medical Center and Traci Maynigo, Psy.D., Ed.M., Montefiore Medical Center 


Reframing the Conversation from Sex to Love (No CE's)

Workshop Number: C-2

Description: All humans desire to be loved, respected and affirmed. Why are these issues of the heart not included in sex education programs across the country? This workshop will highlight how we can impart healthy relationship development skills to the next generation and increase health and well-being.

Presenter: Joneen Mackenzie, RN, The Center for Relationship Education 


Emotional Regulation for Leaders in the Workplace** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: C-3

Description: Whether leaders are just starting out or have been at it for a while, they have people problems.  Learn a tangible and proven approach for conflict-resolution that restores unity and trust to workplace relationships, as it makes use of the Restoration Therapy model.  In addition to learning this model, you'll find out how to apply it within a preventative, therapeutic, and crisis-based context inside your professional, academic, and mental health community.

Presenter: Meghan Eaken, LMFT, Pepperdine University


It goes both ways: How to communicate effectively in your personal and professional relationships. (No CE's)

Workshop Number: C-4

Description: This presentation is for those working with individuals and couples who want powerful communication tools to accomplish their goals. They are introduced to a new way of thinking about the conversations they have and their communication style. 

Presenter: Daryl Fletcher, Love Logistics Relationship Coaching


Time to Grow Up: Emotional Health and the Family** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: C-5

Description: The breakdown of marriage and family has led to a nation with serious issues of immaturity in adults.  This session focuses on the journey to how we as a nation came to this place and how relationship educators can help people mature emotionally through our skills based programs that teach emotional regulation.

Presenter:  Richard Marks, Ph.D., RelateWell


Parenting with The Happy Kid Toolkit (No CE's)

Workshop Number: C-6

Description: This workshop is designed for youth leaders, caregivers, educators, marriage and family counselors to learn how to use the Happy Kid Toolkit to teach parents the importance of healthy communication, setting boundaries and parenting without the need to blame, shame or collapse into helplessness.

Presenter:  Danielle Alvarez-Greer, CLC, Happy Family Coach 


Friday, July 19 / 9:00a - 10:30a

Our Home Runs: Evidenced-based Family & Parenting Program** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: D-1

Description: Learn how to facilitate the evidenced-based Home Run programs for entire families or just parents/dads. Both are fun and engaging with activities- developing a game plan for parenting goals, individual child stat sheets family motto, and family meetings plan.

Presenter: John Van Epp, Ph.D., Love Thinks 


Helping Couples Who Fall In Love Grow In Love** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: D-2

Description: Falling in love is easy. Growing in love takes work. Learn strategies to help couples cultivate and maintain a passionate, loving relationship that will last a lifetime. 

Presenter: Leslie Griffin, Ph.D., CFLE, Marriage Champs


Using the Power of Story to Initiate Change (No CE's)

Workshop Number: D-3

Description: Use the power of story to educate, spark conversation and initiate change. Learn how you can use edutainment to reach large masses with a powerful message of hope.

Presenter: Sarah Pichardo, Family Bridges and Robert Salazar, Family Bridges 


Marriage as a Feminist Institution (No CE's)

Workshop Number: D-4

Description: This is a myth-busting look at how and why marriage strengthens the relational and social influence of women like no other social institution. No close competitor actually. I demonstrate this by looking at the nature of male and female (sexually, socially and domestically) and the social purpose marriage plays in human experience across all cultures. 

Presenter: Glenn Stanton, Focus on the Family 


Promoting Intergenerational Healing and Community Resilience** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: D-5

Description: The suffering that is not transformed gets transmitted. Based on two powerful programs: Safe, Secure and Loved and Family Wellness, this workshop provides a model on how to strengthen our families and communities from the inside out. Key elements in well being (healthy attachment, mindfulness, compassion, emotional presence) are learned and practiced by mothers of young children and the people who support them. Other benefits of the model: promotes leadership, low-cost implementation, applicable to families from diverse backgrounds.

Presenter: Ana Morante, LMFT, CFLE, Family Wellness Associates


Forging Intimate Relationships that Last** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: D-6

Description: This workshop is designed to equip coaches, counselors and program leaders in guiding men to overcome relational barriers, sexual dependency, and understand the process of developing healthy authentic intimacy. This workshop will provide insight, and proven resources for restoring broken men into blessed men.

Presenter: Randell Turner, Ph.D.,


Friday, July 19 / 11:00a - 12:30p

Radically Restoring Marriages in Your Church (FB) (No CE's)

Workshop Number: E-1

Description: This workshop will present a proven approach for a church to address the breakdown of marriages and families. Participants will receive a book with the same title. This workshop is for pastors, church leaders, and those in marriage and family ministry.

Presenter: Alan and Autumn Ray, MarriageTeam 


Successfully Implementing a Statewide Rollout of an Evidenced-Based Family- Strengthening Curriculum Series** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: E-2

Description: Learn how the evidence-based Creating Lasting Family Connections® (CLFC) Curriculum Series developers successfully conducted a statewide roll out across Ohio as the focal point of the Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP) project. The overarching goal of COIP is to mobilize service systems throughout the state to build resiliency, develop resistance skills for substance use and address trauma in children of incarcerated parents and their families. CLFC developers trained professional and passionate grass roots community members through the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) to fulfill the ambitious goals of the project. Come learn how this can be done!

Presenter: Ted Strader, COPES, Inc.


Connection Centered Couples Coaching** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: E-3

Description:  Learn tools and practices that make your clients relationship connected and satisfying.  Discover key skills that help couples live in a relational partnership  This will give them the freedom and ease to talk about whatever they want in a mood of safety and trust.  Out of this, new possibilities for your relationship emerge that deepens the connection.

Presenter: Jean Griffis, Ph.D., Relationships You Love 


The Hero Husband Project: Inviting Men into Their Marriages** (1.5 CE's)

Workshop Number: E-4

Description: The traditional rules and roles of marriage have been upended, creating confusion and tension for all. Men have increasingly been left out of the discussion, to the detriment of them as well as to their intimate relationships. The Hero Husband Project is a new approach to bring them in from the cold.

Presenter: Lesli Doares, LMFT, Foundations Coaching 


Transforming Fathers with a 24-hour Academy (No CE's)

Workshop Number: E-5

Description: Learn about the R3 Academy, a 24-hour program to help fathers improve their (1) relationship with their kids (2) relationship with their co-parent (3) relationships in the workplace. Hear how Healthy Relationships California launched the R3 Academy as a New Pathways for Fathers and Families federal project, and first-hand accounts of the profound impact this is having with English and Spanish-speaking dads.

Presenter: Patty Howell, Ed.M., A.G.C., Healthy Relationships California and Bento Leal, Healthy Relationships California


Breaking the Cycle of Youth Involvement in the Justice System (No CE's)

Workshop Number: E-6

Description: Understanding the community and family challenges that create conditions that disproportionately subject some youth to the juvenile justice system is critical to developing community-based interventions that offer a holistic approach to both preventing youth justice system involvement and setting justice-system-involved youth on a more positive path. This interactive workshop will discuss these factors and successful strategies for mitigating risks through the integration of healthy relationship education. 

Presenter: Robyn Cenizal, National Resource Center for Healthy Marriages and Families