12:30 – 1:25 “EQ and the Family” Neil Nedley, MD

  • Learn the difference between a functional and a dysfunctional family
  • Learn how functional families can deteriorate into dysfunctional families
  • Understand how a family can change from dysfunctional to functional
  • Learn the emotional benefits/risks of functional/dysfunctional families
  • Understand the importance of expressions of self-sacrificing love with expressions of objective truth in producing healthy family environments

1:30 – 2:25 “Depression & Its Impact on Families” Don Mackintosh,

  • Learn what causes depression within families
  • Know the impact clinical depression has on the marriage / family
  • Understand what can be done to stop and reverse depression and it’s family impac
  • Understand an instructional case study related to reversing clinical depression and it’s impact on the family

3:00 – 3:55 The ABC’s of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children” Krystin Henley, MS, LMFT

  • Learn how to introduce key CBT concepts for children
  • Know how to help children to identify distorted thinking and misbeliefs
  • Understand the formula to rational and accurate thinking
  • Learn how to increase children’s frustration tolerance and implement de-escalation techniques

4:00 – 4:55 The Role of Family Nutrition in Stabilizing Emotions” Eddie Ramirez, MD

  • Learn the importance of prenatal nutrition on the future emotional stability of the developing fetus
  • Learn the importance of anti-inflammatory foods on future mental health
  • Understand the epigenetic effect of meals and timing on mental health and present and future emotional stability
  • Understand the importance of family togetherness during meals
  • Know how an entire family can change their diet from unhealthy to healthy, and still enjoy eating

6:30 – 7:30 The Meaning of Sex: A New Christian Ethos” Christopher Doyle, MA, LPC, LCPC

  • Understand how attachment, bonding, and intimacy contribute to healthy sexual and relational and development
  • Learn how the synthesis of science and Christian theology contributes to a better understanding of human sexuality
  • Realize how emotional and relational healing through psychotherapy can help those struggling with sexual/gender identity and relational problems
  • Develop a new Christian ethos in order to journey with members of their faith community that are struggling with sexual and/or gender identity
8:30 – 9:25 “Sex and Emotional Intelligence” Neil Nedley, MD

  • Know the effects of sex and brain chemistry
  • Learn the effects of excessive/supernormal sex on brain chemistry
  • Learn strategies to improve emotional health by changing sexual practices

9:30 – 10:25 “Benefits of Delaying Sexual DebutChristopher Doyle, MA, LPC, LCPC

  • Discuss early sexual debut in the context of identity formation and intimacy
  • Provide an overview of the scientific benefits that delaying sexual debut has on healthy relationship formation
  • Compare the outcome research of sexual risk avoidance/abstinence education with condom-based sexual education
  • Describe the “what is” and why it is” of teen sex

10:45 – 11:40 Alternatives to Medication for Mental Illness” Daniel Binus, MD

  • Understand the benefits/risks of pharmaceuticals for mental illness
  • Know why healthy and beneficial alternatives to medication for mental illness are desirable
  • Learn multiple evidence based alternatives that are beneficial for mental illness and how to use them

11:45 – 12:40 “How to Deal with the Troubled/Challenging Teenager” Amanda Anguish, MS, LMFT

  • Understand how the teenage brain works
  • Learn how the teenager becomes troubled and challenged
  • Know how to lovingly bring the difficult teenager to accountability and improve the teenager’s emotional intelligence
  • Understand how the above principles are applied by reviewing two case reports of extremely trouble teenagers

Breakout Times

  • 3:00 – 4:00
  • 4:15 – 5:15

Breakout 1: Don Mackintosh-Phil Mills

“The Case For Being Single and Satisfied” Don, Mackintosh, MSN, MDiv

  • Know the health benefits of being single versus being married
  • Understand both the secular and spiritual case for choosing to be single
  • Learn how to be part of and experience the benefits of family as a single person
  • Understand a case study of transforming an unhappy single into a happy single person

“Finding the Perfect Mate” Phil Mills, MD

  • Understand if marriage is for you or not
  • Know the advantages of singleness versus marriage
  • Learn multiple evidence-based secrets to finding the perfect mate
  • Understand evidence-based principles of compatibility
  • Learn how these principles can be applied via at least one case report

Breakout 2: Amanda Anguish-Krystin Henley

“Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and Emotional Intelligence” Amanda Anguish, MS, LMFT

  • Learn how trauma in childhood affects us emotionally and physically in adulthood
  • Understand effective principles in counseling those with ACE’s to improve emotional intelligence
  • Learn through case reports how counseling those with ACE’s can help improve emotional intelligence

“Practical applications for teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to children” Krystin Henley, MS, LMFT

  • Decipher the 11 common misbeliefs and learn how to assist children in combating them
  • Learn how to use psycho-educational tools and resources to assist children in understanding distorted thinking
  • Know how to engage children’s frontal lobe and reduce “helicopter parenting”
  • Learn how CBT can be put into practice with role-playing

Breakout 3: Christopher Doyle-Neil Nedley

“Family Systems Therapy with Families of Sexual Minority Youth” Christopher Doyle, MA, LPC, LCPC

  • The experiences of sexual minority youth raised in religious families and what research shows about their mental health treatment
  • Outcomes of children and adolescents in mental health treatment: what research shows and does not show
  • A new approach to ethically and safely work with families that are struggling with teenagers experiencing sexual and/or gender identity conflicts
  • One video case study of a family undergoing family systems therapy

“Hate, Hate accusations and Emotional Intelligence” Neil Nedley, MD

  • Know the definition of hate
  • Learn how what is labeled hate can actually be love
  • Learn how to tell the difference between a true hate group and a true love group
  • Understand how to respond to true and false hate groups without adversely effecting emotional intelligence
  • Understand the modern examples of hate and hate accusations in homosexuality and transgenderism

Breakout 4: Daniel Binus-Erica Nedley, Tami Bivens

“Strengthening Family Dynamics to Improve Adolescent Mental Health” Daniel Binus, MD

  • Know how the break-up of healthy family dynamics can lead to adolescent mental illness
  • Learn effective evidence-based parenting approaches
  • Understand how you as a parent can stay connected with your adolescent

“Cooking for the Family” Erica Nedley, PT; Tami Bivens, RD

  • Know what constitutes a healthy meal for children, and adolescents
  • Understand how to cook healthy meals that are highly desirable for children
  • Learn cooking techniques that are quick, efficient and fun

7:00 – 7:55 “Levitical Laws on Sexual Behavior: Cultural Artifacts or Relevant Moral Instruction” Stephen Baurer, PhD

  • Learn core Levitical Laws on Sexual Behavior
  • Learn how these laws influence New Testament sexual ethics
  • Learn basic contemporary research data on sexual abuse victims
  • Discover how contemporary data reveals the relevance of Lev 18/20 for the present time
  • Discover why Lev 18 and 20 are morally binding in 2018
8:30 – 9:25 “Shame and Its Impact on Marriage & Family” Don Mackintosh, BSN, MDiv

  • Learn what shame is
  • Understand how shame impacts relationships
  • Know some typical approaches to dealing with shame
  • Learn the relevance of these Biblical principles in what we know about how the brain changes today
  • Understand at least one instructional case study in transforming shame to emotional success and fulfillment

9:30 – 10:30 “The Government of God” Phil Mills, MD

  • Learn the biblical heavenly government model
  • Understand the biblical angelic government and the challenge to it
  • Learn the patriarchal family government model—and the challenge to it
  • Understand the Christian government model
  • Learn how all of the models relate to evidence-based successful models of family government
  • Learn how modern coverture versus egalitarian systems of family government relate to the above

11:30 – 12:30 “Biblical Case Reports of Marriage/Sex/Family Relations” Neil Nedley, MD

  • Understand ancient biblical case studies and principles demonstrating evidence-based principles in emotional intelligence and marriage/divorce
  • Understand ancient biblical case studies and principles in demonstrating evidence-based principles in emotional intelligence in sexual relations
  • Understand ancient biblical case studies and principles in demonstrating evidence-based principles in successful and unsuccessful raising of children

3:30 – 4:30 “Enhancing Emotional Intelligence and Family Bonding Through Music” Erwin Nanasi

  • Know historical examples of healthy music and its association with enhanced emotional intelligence
  • Learn the principles of emotionally healthy music
  • Understand how emotionally healthy music can be enjoyed by all generations
  • Hear practical examples of enjoyable emotionally healthy music for all family members

4:30 – 5:30 Modern Case Reports of Turning Challenging Dysfunctional Families Around” Neil Nedley, MD

  • Learn through live cases, the principles that adversely affect marriages, families, and children
  • Learn, through live cases, how marriages and families can change by addressing physical/mental/spiritual issues affecting one or more family members
  • Learn how failed family relationships can turn around by addressing the underlying physical/mental/spiritual causes of depression and anxiety

7:00 – 7:55 What to do about the Rapid Rise in Emotional Disorders in Generation Y/Z, Millenniums and Boomlets” Neil Nedley, MD

  • Know the recent statistics of mental disorders in college students and young adults
  • Understand reasons behind the epidemic of mental disorders in young adults
  • Learn some effective strategies of preventing mental disorders in high school and college
  • Know how to address and eradicate mental disorders in affected high school and college youth
8:30 – 9:20 Studies on marriage, sex, and the family from the Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program” Eddie Ramirez, MD

  • Understand how the Depression and Anxiety Recovery Database is formed and accumulated
  • Learn the studies from the database on marriage, sex, and the family that have been accepted for peer review publication and scientific meeting presentations
  • Understand why these studies are foundational for understanding the importance of marriage, healthy sex, and healthy family relationships in improving emotional intelligence

9:30 – 10:15 “How to Have a Happy Marriage” Phil Mills, MD

  • Learn the 4 stages of a typical marriage
  • Know the definition of a happy, healthy, and successful marriage
  • Learn ten evidence-based principles of the happiest and most successful marriages
  • Understand how these principles translate into happy and successful families

10:30 – 11:15 “Saving A Failing Marriage” Don Mackintosh,BSN, MDiv

  • Know the most common reasons marriages fail
  • Understand the advantages of saving marriages that were failing
  • Learn counseling principles in turning unhappy marriages into happy marriages
  • Learn common counseling mistakes in challenging marriage situations
  • Understand case reports of marriages that would have failed but instead counseling saved and revived them
  • Learn about at least one recent case study of demonstrating the principles of number 4

11:15 – 12:00 “When Families Divide” Randy Biven, MD

  • Know why divorce should be avoided
  • Understand when it is best for separation or divorce to occur
  • Learn evidence-based principles on how to weather an unwanted to divorce
  • Understand the principles of turning bitter disappointments into improving emotional intelligence and leads to happy appointments