** CEUs Provided
Jill Murray- Love Shouldn't Hurt: Teen Dating Abuse in 2016**
Dr. Jill Murray has become the leading expert on the subject of teen dating abuse in the U.S. and Canada. She has appeared on more than 400 television shows--including twice on Oprah, 20/20 and Montel, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper, and several CNN shows--speaking as the guest expert in the field, as well as more than 450 radio talk shows. She has been interviewed by more than 300 newspapers and national magazines.
Dr. Murray has spoken before Congress in Washington, D.C.. on behalf of a teen dating violence bills as an invited guest expert and has given press conferences on the subject at the National Press Club in the same city.
Dr. Murray is the author of three best-selling books: BUT I LOVE HIM--Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive, Dating Relationships-- which has been used as a textbook in countless high school and college courses, DESTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIPS--A Guide to Changing the Unhealthy Relationships in Your Life, and BUT HE NEVER HIT ME--The Devastating Cost of Non-Physical Abuse to Girls and Women, which won the presitigious Publisher's Choice award. All three books have been on Amazon.com's best-seller list.
Dr. Murray is a guest lecturer at international conferences on domestic violence and ways to build healthy relationships. She is a consultant on several national and international media campaigns targeting teens and college students.
Dr. Murray maintains a private practice in Laguna Niguel, CA.
Morgan Van Epp Cutlip- Helping Millennials Rediscover Dating and Marriage**
Morgan Van Epp Cutlip joined the Love Thinks team officially in 2008, although she developed an interest in romantic relationship health at a young age, and traveled with her father when he first started teaching the How to Avoid Falling for Jerk program over 20 years ago.
Morgan has completed her Bachelor's degree in psychology at Miami University, her Master's in Human Development and Family Science at the Ohio State University, and earned her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. While at Ohio State, Morgan worked on a research project that evaluated the effectiveness of the No Jerk program with single Army soldiers. She was lead author on the research article published about the study, which was awarded the 2008 Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal article of the year. Her dissertation was a qualitative study on the Relationship Attachment Model with married couples and can be downloaded here.
Ron Deal - A Good Blend: What You Must Know About Stepfamilies**
Ron Deal is husband to Nan (since 1986) and proud father of Braden, Connor, and Brennan. Everything else is just details.Ron is a marriage and family author, conference speaker, and therapist. His top selling books, online articles, and daily 60-second radio feature FamilyLife Blended (listen here) make him one of the most widely read and referenced authors on stepfamilies in the world. He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies™ and Director of FamilyLife Blended™, the ministry initiative of FamilyLife® to stepfamilies.
Ron is author of the Amazon bestselling books The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family (with Dr. David Olson). A highly sought after recognized expert in marriage and blended families, Ron is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years experience in local church ministry and family ministry consulting.
Kay S. Hymowitz - "What Working Class Millennial Couples
Believe about Marriage"**
Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She writes extensively on childhood, family issues, poverty, and cultural change in America. Hymowitz is the author of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys (2011), Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age (2006), and Liberation’s Children: Parents and Kids in a Postmodern Age (2004), among others. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, New York Newsday, Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, and Commentary.
Obie Clayton- What Youth Need Most: to Achieve Healthy Marriages & Families in Their Future**
Editor of the acclaimed book An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in a Changing World, Obie Clayton, Jr. is best known for his service and research in examining race relations, urban inequality, demography and the family. From 2011 through 2013 he was the inaugural Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies at the University of Georgia.
Before joining the School of Social Work, Clayton served as the director of sponsored programs and director of the Morehouse Research Institute at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he was chair and professor of the department of sociology at Morehouse College and executive director of the Morehouse Research Institute.
In his role at UGA, Clayton taught courses in justice studies and established the Donald L. Hollowell Lecture, which annually invites individuals noted for their work in civil rights or social and economic sustainability. Clayton also played a key part in the creation of the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights.
Sue Johnson- Marvelous Monogamy – How the Science of Love Makes it Possible**
Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them.
Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.
Clay Olsen- Pornography, The Latest Research, and Resources**
Clay Olsen is a passionate filmmaker, marketer, and entrepreneur born and raised in Northern Utah. He has been a part of starting several successful companies over the years. He finds the most fulfillment in helping others which is why he left a growing company he started to co-found Fight the New Drug with a few likeminded friends. Since then they've been featured on ABC Nightline, ABC News, NPR, CNN, The Dr. Drew Show, and many more. Clay has presented to over 400 schools and tens of thousands of teens all over the country. He passionately feels that education is the most powerful weapon to combat the influence of pornography in our society.
John Townsend- Building Your Team Culture
Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written or co-written 28 books, selling 10 million copies, including the Boundaries series; Leadership Beyond Reason; and his newest book, The Entitlement Cure.
For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems. He is a co-host of the nationally syndicated talk show “New Life Live” which is heard in 180 markets with 3 million listeners.
John is founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, which offers graduate degrees and credentialing in Organizational Leadership, Executive Coaching, and Counseling.Dr. Townsend works with leaders and organizations by providing team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and by giving conference presentations. He coaches families and family businesses.
Dr. Townsend is active on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, a residential program for abused children. A resident of Newport Beach, California, Dr. Townsend and his wife Barbi have two sons. One of John’s passions is playing in a band, which performs at southern California venues!