Breakout Topics

FAITH PERSPECTIVES

PRAYER THAT HEALS

Sandra Skinner Young

Founder/CEO of A.C.A.C.I.A., LLC Consulting Ministries

We receive much information in magazines and multimedia about modalities for effective healings which range from exercises and high-tech machinery to herbs and meditation. Stories of different healings at Christian Conferences or even creative miracles are told. Most of us have prayed at some time for ourselves or another to be healed. Was the prayer answered? These experiences can rattle our faith. Our time together will focus upon the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical healing which occurs when a human being connects with the Holy Spirit to discover the roots of repeated problems in their lives. The awareness can flow into the healing process which often results in total healing of that area of the person’s life. 

HOW DO WE FORGIVE THE UNFORGIVABLE?

Josh Stumbo

Senior Manager for DISH Network, Former Licensed Domestic Violence Counselor

Do you take great delight in seeing a reckless, speeding car pulled over a just few miles ahead? I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t mind witnessing justice served to those that have wronged me. What if the atrocity warrants a penalty much greater than a traffic citation? What if justice never comes to those that have inflicted a much deeper pain? In this workshop, we will examine the imprisonment that often comes when we are unable to forgive. We will explore what forgiveness is and what it is not. We will review techniques to help break these bonds and find the freedom to move forward through even the most difficult circumstances. Not only will we discuss techniques to help us forgive others, but we will also investigate often the most challenging area of forgiveness, forgiving ourselves.           

BELIEVING IN GODS GOODNESS WHEN LIFE IS HARD

Mark Morton 

Fatherhood Director – Life Services

Life is hard, then you die. A razor-sharp mantra that is so close to home it sounds cliché and true. But, if I do all the things on my faith checklist, I should get the result I desire. Right? Is it possible to prepare for the future without knowing what it will be? Hey, I do have my magic eight ball! Maybe it is time to drop the mantra, lose the checklist, and yes, leave behind your magic eight ball. Instead let’s have a conversation about breaking through hard times, staying true to who we are, and believing in God’s truth when times are hard.

 

HEALTHY SEXUALITY

 

FINDING INTIMACY: THE SEXUAL COMPLICATIONS OF LETTING SOMEONE INTO OUR HEART

Julie Stevens

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Certified as a Sex Therapist 

 In this workshop, participants will be introduced to methods that bring hope for creating a new and loving bond and methods for tearing down walls around your heart that isolate rather than protect.

THE HEALING POWER OF STORY 

Amy Ebat and Rachel Bren

SAVAnon Director and Development Director at SRT Services

Am I happy and succeeding or extremely broken?  We will talk about the signs and symptoms of sexually related trauma, the lies we believe, and why stories are a crucial step to healing. 

FINALLY FREE!  UNLOCKING THE SHACKLES OF SHAME 

Michelina Cozzetto

Advocate Leader Jonah Project 

An exploration of how to identify signs of sexual shame, what makes us vulnerable, and how we can begin healing ourselves and combat feelings of shame. We can begin to engage the subject from a place of information rather than ignorance about human sexuality and trauma in our world. A hopeful approach to integrating our sexual selves and experiences with our faith and spiritual health.

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH PORN?

Nathaniel Arroyo

Creative Arts Communicator – Project Six16

This will be a workshop discussing the impact of pornography on our souls. There will be a discussion of some best practices to implement when having conversations around pornography and addiction. Included in this session will be a time for Q&A. 

 

 

FAMILY DYNAMICS

 

 

BUILDING TRUST, CONNECTING AND HELPING OUR KIDS HEAL

Melissa Pemberton

Executive Director of A Child’s Hope

In this session, we will discuss the six risk factors for trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and steps we can take to help our kids find healing. Through connecting, mindfulness, and an understanding of our own ACEs, we can raise kids who are resilient even in the face of adversity.  This session is for anyone who plays an important role in the life of a child whether a biological parent, adoptive parent, foster parent, stepparent, grandparent or even teacher or mentor. 

 

RISING UP OUT OF THE PIT

Emily Olson

Director of Volunteer Development at Life Services 

Nobody ever plans to find themselves at the bottom, wondering how they ended up there.  That’s exactly where I landed after twelve years of substance abuse and unhealthy thought patterns that started long before.  I began my journey out of the pit and into freedom with a willingness for change and recognizing that I couldn’t do it alone. During this session, I’ll be using my personal experience to share practical steps in getting yourself or your loved ones out of a pit.  

 

TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS: MOVING BEYOND SURVIVAL

Kim Heidinger

Former Recovery Counselor at Union Gospel Mission-Anna Ogden Hall

Toxic relationships can be stifling to one's personal growth. From what happens in the brain to how we respond to others, interrelationships can be complex with multiple factors involved. Oftentimes people get stuck in relationships they don’t know how to navigate. What determines if a relationship is toxic vs. abusive? How do we change course when conversations are constantly harmful? In this session, we will identify toxic behavior and explore strategies that will stimulate healing and wholeness. In order to move beyond the survival mode of habitual behavior, we must create new patterns of interaction that require vulnerability, willingness, and desire for change. We will explore possible solutions; de-escalate conflict, articulate feelings, and avoid dysfunctional interactions that promote damaging long-term self-esteem.

 

FATHERHOOD IN 2021: THIS ISN’T YOUR FATHER’S FAMILY

Ron Hauenstein

Founder and CEO of the Spokane Fatherhood Initiative

Fewer American fathers are participating in the lives of their children now than at any time since the United States began keeping records.  This workshop will provide you with valuable fathering tips that you can successfully apply to any family situation.  If you want to learn how to be a better dad, this workshop is for you!

 

EQUIPPING INFLUENCERS
THE WOUNDED LEADER: HOW TO STOP AVOIDING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Sharon Hengy

Maternity Home Director - Life Services

How do we stop avoiding the elephant in the room whether the cause is us, a co-worker, a loved one, or a co-laborer in ministry?  How do we safely invite the elephant to leave, and better yet, keep the elephant from crowding into our lives, smashing our relationships and our hard work?

 

WHY CARE ABOUT SEXUAL BROKENNESS IN YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE?

Jim Anderson

Author & Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sexuality Unmasked

Sexual Wholeness: the missing pillar of discipleship and the key component of revival and reformation for society. The leader’s calling is to break the silence around God’s gift of sexuality and restore the missing pillar of discipleship: sexual purity. Three essential revelations that will release to every leader courage to break the silence on sexuality in the church; the call to modern-day Josiah’s and Hezekiah’s to tear down the modern-day “high places’. Seeing the link between revival and breaking the silence in the church on the topic of sexuality. Helping leaders walk in the role of spiritual mother and father to a generation and understand that breaking the silence on sex gives them hope to have a marriage and family that works. Discovering the 5 reasons for silence regarding sexuality in the church today. Four strategies that every leader can implement in his sphere of influence to prepare them to break the silence and establish an atmosphere of sexual wholeness in their sphere of influence.

 

HOW CAN I INSPIRE CHANGE IN OTHERS?

Kelsey Amusavi

Business Owner, Leadership Strategist

Our world is broken, people are broken, and as people of influence, we want to add value to those around us by helping to inspire change. But how do we do that? How can we bring about positive and lasting transformation in others? In this session, not only will you be encouraged to be a catalyst for change, but you will also receive valuable tools to inspire yourself and others to live values that transform. 

 

FALLING FORWARD:  EXPLORING HOW TO WORK THROUGH PERFECTIONISM

Wil Wilhelm

Executive Director - Genesis Institute


We will explore how our personal stories, woundedness, and belief systems impact leadership effectiveness and personal and professional growth opportunities. This topic will help leaders embrace self-awareness and foster a deeper understanding of how their personal stories and experiences impact their leadership development and effectiveness. Pulling from the work of Brene Brown, Dan Allender, and other thought leaders, participants of this topic will be presented with tools and resources to help to emerge and seasoned leaders improve their leadership effectiveness.