Wednesday, September 23, 2009

AACC Conference

My time at the American Association of Christian Counselors Conference was fantastic!
There were many well-known speakers and authors like John Piper, Dr. Cloud, Joni Erickson Tada, Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, Dr. Amen...and so many more! Our worship leaders were Charles Billingsley, Starfield, Mandisa, Amy Grant, and Michael O'Brien> praise the Lord! Our schedule was packed with plenary sessions and workshops.
My favorite plenary session was with Joni Erickson. There she was on stage, in her wheelchair, hardly being able to move, but testifying of God's goodness, faithfulness, and grace. She displayed and encouraged a heart of thankfulness, for every single thing. "I'm in this wheelchair day in and day out, but praise God I can still talk and do ministry." Wow.
The workshops that I most enjoyed were on relationships :) One was called "Trading Places" with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. They talked about how, for real relationships to work, empathy is required. There is even scientific evidence of what a difference empathy makes. Another session with Dr. Sharon May was on what happens in the brain and body when a fight takes place. Wow, talk about interesting!! It is when information gets to our amygdala that makes us either fight back or run away. But if we talk our amygdala out of the "emergency" status, we can handle the conflict/fight/situation much more logically and calmly. So amazing.

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