2019 CCT Annual Conference
Ron L. Deal, LMFT, LPC
Ron L. Deal is president of Smart Stepfamilies™ and director of FamilyLife Blended®, a division of FamilyLife®. He is a family therapist and conference speaker specializing in marriage enrichment, blended family education, and stepfamily therapy. He is one of the most widely read authors on stepfamily living in the country and his one-minute radio feature FamilyLife Blended can be heard daily on over 850 stations nationwide and online.
on is author of the Amazon bestselling book The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepfamily Small Group Resource DVD and Participant Guide, The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage (with Dr. David Olson), which is based on the largest survey of remarriage strengths ever conducted. His newest book, a one-year devotional for couples, is entitled Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily. He is a featured contributor to FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ video curriculum, a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor (Arkansas and Texas).
Ron has extensive experience with the media. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and TV broadcasts in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the US, including The 700 Club, Fox News, ABC Nightline, WGN-TV News, FamilyLife Today®, New Life Live, Family Talk, and Focus on the Family. He has been quoted/referenced by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News.com, Today.com, New York Daily News, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world.
He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys.
A Good Blend: Therapy with Stepfamilies
The stepcouple divorce rate remains alarming. Therapists often feel overwhelmed when treating binuclear families given their complexity and relational dynamics. This seminar will explore the key relational challenges leading to stepfamily distress and how therapists can effectively treat the expanded stepfamily system. Key distinctions between stepfamily therapy and family therapy will be addressed and key interventions that keep in mind the needs of both children and adults within the binuclear system will be presented. In addition, data from the National Survey of Stepfamilies (over 50,000 couples) will be presented and implications for preventing divorce and strengthening stepfamilies discussed.
Ron believes continuing education shouldn’t be boring! This often humorous workshop includes enlightening video clips, interactive learning activities, interesting PowerPoint presentation, a comprehensive handout, and access to web-based educational tools for clients.
Start: 21 Feb 2019
Courtyard by Marriott Austin