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Living Purposely in Culture

FirstCapital Bank of Texas has joined the Institute for Strong Families in sponsoring this year's Healthy Families Conference and benefit dinner. Living Purposely in Culture is the theme of the 2014 Healthy Families Conference.  It is our goal to focus attentions on how our clients and families are impacted by the world around them, as well as how they can deliberately engage this current culture in healthy ways. 

In 2011, the Institute for Strong Families was established with the mission of partnering with professionals and organizations who are working toward strengthening families. The goal of this year's conference will be to join in with healthcare practitioners who are trying to make sense of popular culture and the lives of those they serve. The Institute for Strong Families believes that families can enter into today's culture with an awareness and wisdom that would allow them to have profound effects on the systems surrounding them.


It is our hope that, by exploring topics related to popular culture, we will be able to make a difference for both individuals and the community. Living Purposely in Culture will include topics such as the human trafficking, ethics of online counseling and digital file storage, overcoming affairs, extended adolescences, and much more. Our keynote speaker this year is a well-known author and expert in the field of technology and relationships, Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd.  Dr. Frejd has a master's degree specializing in Christian counseling and earned a doctorate of ministry in leadership specializing in spiritual formation. She is also certified in Internet addiction. She will be discussing the digital invasion into our homes, relationships, and society and how we can become good stewards of technology. Dr. Frejd and the rest of our speakers will provide beneficial and practical approaches to sustaining health in our relationship while living as a part of our world. 

October 30th, 2014 Events


11:00-11:30 - Chapel in the McDonald Moody Auditorium: Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min. - "The Digital Invasion and You" 

11:45-12:45 - Networking with Organizations in the Baker Conference Center

1:00-1:15 - Welcome by Michael Hardin. Opening prayer by Owen Carr.

1:15-2:15 - Keynote session by Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min. - "The Digital Invasion and Your Family" 


Breakout Sessions:


  • Bozeman Room: LaNell Harrison, RN, Ph.D. - Early Sexualization in Adolescences 
  • KLT in American Heritage Building: Timothy W. Hayes, M.A.M. - Working with Clients with Unwanted Same Sex Attraction (Ethics) 
  • Baker Conference Center: Carlos Perez, Ph.D., MFT - Overcoming Affairs: Restoring Trust and Forgiveness
  • Cardwell Lecture Hall: Cpl. Billingsley, Ofc. Fish & Andy Young, Ed.D., LPC-S - Human Trafficking 


  • Bozeman Room: Michael Hardin, Ph.D., LMFT - Counseling via Skype & Changes to the Digital World (Ethics)
  • KLT in American Heritage Building: Dale Mannon, Ed.D. LPC - Calling Good, Evil and Evil, Good 
  • Baker Conference Center: Jason Cohen, BCBA - Families with Autism Spectrum
  • Cardwell Lecture Hall: Steve Bonner, D.Min. & Tonya Bonner, M.Ed., LPC - A Culture of Neglect: Effects on the Timing and Duration of Adolescence


  • Bozeman Room: Robin Wood, MS, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC - Children in Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Bullying 
  • KLT in American Heritage Building: Nicole Springer, Ph.D., LMFT - Good Grief: Preserving Stories and Legacies in Today's Mobile Society 
  • Baker Conference Center: Pattie Patterson, M.D., MPH - The Impact of Child Abuse and Toxic Stress on Children's Development 
  • Cardwell Lecture Hall: Jeana Culbert, Ph.D., LMSW-IPR - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5: Updates for a Changing Culture

7pm - Baker Conference Center: Benefit Dinner - Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min. - Reclaiming Conversations

Last Updated: May 07, 2015