Psychology majors attend AACC World Conference
September 27, 2009

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Grace & Truth...a more applicable theme for the American Association of Christian Counselor's 2009 World Conference "cannot be imagined," according to senior psychology major Carolyn Candland.  "Simply being in the presence of so many passionate Christians who desire to minister healing to others and to do so in a distinctly God-honoring way was inspiring and encouraging."

During the September 16-19 conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, 25 psychology majors; Dr. Steve Bradshaw, Professor of Psychology; Dr. Clark Rose, Professor of Psychology; and Dr. Liz Moseley, Counselor and Instructor in Psychology, joined 6,000 other attendees to "drink out of a fire hose"—a common descriptor of the AACC conference—for four days.

Top left to right:  John Piper, Newsong, Joni Eareckson Tada.  Bottom: Mandisa,
Michael O'Brian, Amy Grant (
Photos submitted by Bryan students) 

Grace & Truth speakers included such nationally recognized speakers as John Piper, Jim Cymbala, and Chuck Colson.  "Being able to hear from authors of some of their course textbooks," explained Dr. Bradshaw, "such as Larry Crabb, John Ortberg, and Gary Smalley, was a great experience for our students."

Dr. Moseley said that "the conference theme of Grace & Truth was so encouraging. God is the one who has grace on us by giving us truth with which He heals us. As counselors, we can’t change anyone’s heart, God does the heart change. It was good to be able to go to workshops with students and help them process what they were learning."

Some of the senior psychology majors strike a pose during
a break.  Left to right:  Erica Smith, Diane DeGeorge,
Seth Crocker, Carolyn Candland, Pamela Simpson,
John Wang, and (front center) Elizabeth Yates


 
 
In addition to hearing the plenary session speakers and Christian artists, students were able to attend pre-conference workshops and to choose from 20 different track presentations led by psychologists, LPC master level counselors, pastoral counselors, and lay counselors. 

Senior Eliabeth Yates summed up her experience saying that "God is doing so much through the people we came in contact with at the conference, and it was exciting to see what He might have in store for us after graduation.  We all came home with pages and pages of notes that contained everything from detailed academic research to aplicable life lessons."

This was the second AACC World Conference for Carolyn Candland. "Two years go," Carolyn explained," I was completely overwhelmed by what seemed to be a radically different world of people who had given their lives to making known the healing of Christ to both the church and the world. Two years of growth and psychology classes later, my experience at the AACC has served to bolster my assurance that God has called me into counseling."