2015 Live Life Conference

2015 Live Life Conference
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10:00 am Workshops


For Everyone

1. Addiction Recovery, Nathan Foster, LCSW, Certified Addictions Counselor, Professor of Social Work and Theology, Spring Arbor University 

In our culture it’s nearly impossible to not be directly affected by addictions, whether in our personal, family or professional lives. In this workshop we’ll explore practical strategies for recovery, the role of suffering, relationships, and the spiritual disciplines with special attention to chemical and sexual addictions for both women and men.  

 2. ADHD: The State of the Brain,   Gregory Sowles, PhD, Neuropsychologist, HSPP, LMHC, Founder and Director of CornerstoneVision Counseling and Psychological Services, Fort Wayne 

 Today’s science has further revealed the dynamics at work in the Brain of those with AD/HD. We will explore these discoveries and integrated strategies to enhance the Brain’s health and functioning.”

 3. Christ-Centered Self-Esteem,  Charles Gerber LMHC, Director of Christian Counseling Services, Muncie 

How does a Christian develop a Godly self-esteem while living on planet earth?  This seminar will identify four major building blocks that people build their esteem on.  This seminar will address several things self-esteem affects.  It will also look at many reasons why low esteem develops.  This seminar will also address many ways in building and maintaining a Godly self-esteem.

 4. Don't Ask Me about My Hair: Trichotillomania hair-pulling and skin-picking disorders, Tina Goodpaster, Indiana Advocate, Trichotillomania Learning Center  

Do you or does someone you love chronically pull their hair or pick their skin?  Is it causing health, relationship, and/or emotional distress?  Tina Goodpaster, after 25 years of suffering alone with Trichotillomania, discovered and joined with internationally-recognized Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc. (www.trich.org) to begin her own journey of recovery. Since that time, she has partnered with various agencies and educational institutions to raise awareness and increase support for Trichotillomania and Chronic Skin-Picking sufferers in her home state of Indiana.  In this workshop, Tina shares some of her own personal journey and offers hope through information about the disorder – what it is and what it isn’t –various strategies for coping with the urge to pick/pull, and resources for finding appropriate support and treatment. 

 5. Expressing Anger Appropriately, Lee Griffith, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Anderson University and the Anderson University Interpersonal Trainers 

You will learn to express anger in a way that you can be heard and still protect the rights of the person who hears you. Participants will role-play in small groups problem situations that are individually relevant

 6.  The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Chris Curless, LMHC, Counselor, Wabash Friends Counseling Center;  Dr. Patrick Schonbachler,      PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

The Adverse Childhood Assessment tool will be explained and how it pertains to all age groups. Traumatic stressors and their impact will be discussed.  Interventions for interrupting the cycle of trauma and de-escalating retraumatization will be presented.  


 7. Marital Conflict & Communication, Wayne Priest, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, HSPP, Professor of Psychology, Anderson University 

Conflict is common in most relationships and especially in marital relationships.  After the birth of children, we tend to get too busy with "life" and not make time to properly deal with conflict in our relationships.  It is usually only when a 'crisis' happens (i.e. children leave for college; someone comes down with a major illness, etc.) that we see the need to deal with this conflict.  This workshop will examine conflict and communication within marriage and suggest several biblical and psychological interventions that can be explored

For Leaders

8. Vantage Point: Take your team to new heights, Brenda Jank, Director and Founder of Run Hard. Rest Well. 
As Christian leaders, we're called to create a culture of work and rest that is biblical, transformative and sustainable, but we're not prepared for the task at hand. Our understanding of “work and rest” must be defined by God, but a lack of biblical teaching has allowed the world’s definitions to dominate. Embracing a new paradigm sets the stage for transformation for ourselves and those we lead, love and serve.

For Mental Health Professionals
9. An Introduction to Emotionally-focused Approaches to Therapy,   Jerry Davis, PhD, Director of Graduate Counseling Program, Huntington University 

This workshop will help participants better understand how to work with the affect (emotions) of their clients.  We will explore the research on the importance of affect, how to include affect-focused work with their existing approaches, and how to use attunement, heightening, and containment to make lasting changes in their clients.

 10. Working with Resistant Clients, Teresa Johnson, LCSW, Counselor, Wabash Friends Counseling Center and Elizabeth Dyson, LSW, Counselor, Wabash Friends Counseling Center

We all have experienced clients who deny and minimize their responsibility and actions.  So how to get these clients to progress in treatment?  We will focus on motivational interviewing techniques to use with these clients.


12:30 PM Workshops


For Everyone

1. Addiction Treatment: An open dialogue of how to rid Wabash of the drug culture,   Joel Makin, MA, Counselor, Wabash Friends Counseling Center and Ben Makin, Philosophy of Care Coach, Compass Rose Academy 

This workshop will feature an open forum to work together and brainstorm the areas that are working and not working in Wabash County.  You will be part of both creation and developing ideas as well as responsible to carry out specific functions to get things right in the area of addiction recovery in Wabash County.


 2. Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: Making good nutrition easy, Dr. Jamie Lyndsay, D.O., Co-founder of NuStart; Bryce Lyndsay, Chief Operating Officer of NuStart  

Dr. Jamie Lindsay and the NuStart team will discuss practical and effective strategies that can help you consistently make better choices for better health and wellbeing.  As Americans we live in a hostile environment that often promotes unhealthy lifestyles.  For many we find ourselves overweight and malnourished which is creating a health crisis.  Today more than ever there is a greater prevalence of disease within our society and we are spending more than ever on healthcare with no end to rising costs in sight.  What can be done about this?  If the answer to this question interests you and you want to be a part of your own solution then please attend this workshop.  We look forward to seeing you there.

3. Using the Creative Process to Enhance Well-being through art,   Chris Curless, LMHC, Counselor, Wabash Friends Counseling Center *must pre-register; limited to 25 participants

Art therapy techniques can be used to relieve stress, to unleash feelings that are difficult to verbalize, and as a mode of self-discovery.  This hands-on workshop will walk attendees through several exercises, provide the questions to process the art created and offer multiple examples and resources that you can incorporate with clients or in your own well-being. 

 4. Good Grief!,  Wayne Priest, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, HSPP, Professor of Psychology, Anderson University 

 Charlie Brown often said this phrase out of frustration.  This workshop will instead examine what it means to grieve in healthy (or "good") ways.  The session will start with a participatory metaphor where we will learn from each other about grief.  Then we will summarize what we have learned about healthy grieving from this exercise and compare that to unhealthy grieving.  We will end with an examination of the types of loss, the modes of grieving, factors influencing grieving, and the stages of grief. 

 5. Helping Your Child Find their Design,   Paige Clingenpeel, LMHC, Licensed Teen Therapist & On Air Personality, RemedyLive 

From birth we have all been designed with unique strengths and weaknesses. And although our differences should be celebrated they are often minimized in order to fit in, especially as a tween and teen. Helping our children to recognize their abilities and to embrace their unique identity has shown to bring confidence and perseverance to their lives. This workshop helps parents identify and encourage develop of the unique design of their kids. Lets teach our kids to celebrate their uniqueness!


 6. Identifying and Responding to Others Feelings,   Lee Griffith, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Anderson University and the Anderson University Interpersonal Trainers 

Using 3 different interactive exercises, participants will learn to identify feelings from both verbal and non-verbal cues and practice responding to the feelings they see in others. 


 7. Marriage in a Genesis 3 World: Tools to thrive in marriage when faced with ‘painful toil’ and desires, Gregory Sowles, PhD, Neuropsychologist, HSPP, LMHC, Founder and Director of CornerstoneVision Counseling and Psychological Services, Fort Wayne

There are strategies to heal old wounds, foster intimacy and maintain hope in marriage. We will discover and practice effective Conflict Resolution tools for emotional intimacy so that husbands and wives can build trust and their ‘hoped-for-peace’ can thrive.”


 8. Run Hard. Rest Well,   Brenda Jank, Director and Founder of Run Hard. Rest Well. 

Learning how to rest well reacquaints us with the peace and quiet our souls have tried to live without. Choosing to realign our lives to the motto Run hard. Rest well. is a sacred act of defiance, devotion and deliverance. It prepares us to heal, to grow, to impact our world with a power not our own.


For Mental Health Professionals

 9. The Gift and Wound of Offering our Presence to One Another,   Nathan Foster, LCSW, Certified Addictions Counselor, Professor of Social Work and Theology, Spring Arbor University 

Being fully present to another human being is possibly the greatest gift we can offer one another, but it is not without a cost.  In this workshop we will explore the damage of secondary trauma and the importance of self-care not as a selfishly centered pursuit, but a movement of necessity and wisdom. 


For Leaders

 10. Character-based Leadership - Oaks of righteousness,    Alex Falder, MA, Lead Pastor, Wabash Friends Church 

Character is the ability to meet the demands of reality. As broken and fallen people in a broken and fallen world, demands require more than we have to give. This workshop will explore our need for Christ and His body to be men and women of unwavering character. 




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