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2019 CCT Annual Conference

Keynote Speaker 

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

Keynote Description: 

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
End:   23 Feb 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Austin
16100 Impact Way
Pflugerville, TX 78660

Banquet Speakers

Steven (LPC) and
Holly Crain

Steve is a 1982 graduate of Houston Baptist University where he received his BA in Christianity and Psychology and later received his license by the state of Texas a an LPC. For the past 12 years, Holly has been the Single Parent Ministry leader at Houston’s First Baptist. Steve and Holly’s greatest passion was and still is ministering and being involved in the lives of single adults. They are best known for the work they’ve done in their “Relating, Dating & Marrying” workshops, single parent family ministry and working with blended family couples.

Ethics Speaker

Dr. Scott Floyd

Dr. Scott Floyd is Professor of Psychology and Counseling and Director of Counseling Programs at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute in Arlington. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor and counseling supervisor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Since 1995, he has served as Director of Counseling Ministries at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Ft. Worth. He is the author of Crisis Counseling: A Guide for Pastors and Professionals.

Hotel Information

Courtyard Austin Pflugerville and Pflugerville Conference Center
16100 Impact Way Pflugerville TX 78660

**Please contact the hotel directly if you have any dietary needs/restrictions. They will do their best to accommodate these.

Banquet Menu:

Main Dish:
72 Hour Round of Beef & Pan Seared Salmon

Alternate Salads:
BLT Wedge & Texas Bibb Salad

Dauphinoise Potatoes, Wilted Spinach, Tomato Beurre Blanc and Arugula Mix

Alternate Desserts:
Flourless Chocolate Torte or New York Style Cheesecake – Both served with
Chantilly Cream (Both deserts are gluten free)


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