American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Specialized Intensive Trainings

Dear Colleague:

What’s your specialty as a counselor? Your area of expertise?

For years, the Christian counseling movement has been shifting to a specialization focus with counselors leading the way in treating and educating others on specialized topics such as Sex Addiction, Grief and Loss, Eating Disorders, Marital Therapy, Counseling with Adolescents, Mood Disorders, and more….

In step with this trend, the AACC has been working to bring you some of the best counselor specialization training in the world.

  • 12-hour “Specialization” Intensive Training
  • Featuring some of the world’s leading Christian counseling educators and clinicians
  • More time for case discussions, questions and answers, and much more opportunity to network with instructors and colleagues


Attendees will receive:

  • Comprehensive Notebook
  • 12 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
  • Professional Specialization Certificate of Completion suitable for framing
Enroll now and enjoy the best savings, only $349!

God is going to do great things through this Specialization Intensive Training Event! We love being a part of your life.


Timothy E. Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT
President, AACC

Attachment Based Intervention Specialist Level 1
Why We Love, Feel, and Act the Way We Do

January 19-20, 2018
Hyatt Place + Hyatt House Charleston • Historic District
Charleston, South Carolina
Tim Clinton, Ed.D. & Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
Limited Seating

Attachment theory holds tremendous potential in the case of conceptualization and treatment of various forms of psychopathology, including childhood problems, relationship conflicts, chronic depression, anxiety disorders, and more. This intensive will explore the inherent power of the therapeutic relationship to literally change the brain’s chemistry, structure, and function. The role of various neurobiological systems will be identified, including the brainstem and vagal tone, sympathetic-parasympathetic balance, the limbic system (amygdala, hippocampus and septum), the prefrontal cortex, left vs. right hemisphere activation, mirror neurons, neural integration, and relational neuroplasticity. “Secure Base” Psychotherapy offers an attachment-informed system for assessment and treatment through establishing a curative relationship, navigating treatment resistance, and healing attachment wounds. Attendees will learn how to accurately assess attachment, along with powerful, evidenced-based techniques, for processing strong attachment-related emotions, revising core attachment beliefs, developing emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills, breaking chronic patterns of withdrawal, isolation, hostility and addictions, and generalizing treatment results to situations and relationships outside of therapy. Role-plays and case studies will be used throughout. Specific attention will be given to Christian integration,
as well as pertinent multicultural and ethical guidelines.

When you successfully finish this Intensive, you will receive a certificate of completion suitable for framing!

Learning Objectives

  1. Study foundational principles of attachment theory through the lens of the secure base system, including exploration, threat, attachment emotions (intimacy, anger, anxiety, depression and grief), proximity seeking, signaling, and the safe haven experience
  2. Identify the core features of interpersonal neurobiology, including Siegel’s triangle of well-being (mind, brain and relationships), and understand brain basics and how various neurobiological systems are activated and changed in the context of restorative relationships
  3. Be able to articulate each attachment style, their development across the lifespan, and how they influence emotion regulation, self-worth maintenance, resilience, risk, parenting, romantic intimacy, spiritual growth, and risk and resilience to various forms of psychopathology
  4. Name and describe the main tenants of “Secure Base” Psychotherapy, an integrated approach for assessing attachment and linking the assessment results to an integrated, attachment-informed, case-formulation system
  5. Explore and critique core therapeutic relationship techniques for skillfully establishing and maintaining a strong, curative secure-base therapy relationship, and learn the crucial skills needed to detect and manage treatment resistance and potential therapy wounds
  6. Adapt six, core, evidenced-based therapy strategies (including more than a dozen specific techniques) within an attachment-informed perspective to common clinical cases, including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and disruptive mood dysregulation
Attendees Receive

  • 12-hour “Specialization” Intensive Training
  • More time for case discussions, questions and answers, and opportunities to network with instructors and colleagues
  • Opportunity to earn 12 hours of Continuing Education Credit
  • A professional Specialization Certificate of Completion suitable for framing from AACC and Light University
Tim Clinton, Ed.D., is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Dr. Clinton now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored more than 20 books including: Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, he has been married 33 years to his wife, Julie, and together, they have two children, Megan (recently married to Ben Allison) and Zach.

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling and Director of the Ph.D. program in Professional Counseling and Pastoral Counseling at the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University, where he teaches courses in advanced psychopathology and its treatment. He is both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), has been in private clinical practice for more than 20 years, and currently works at Piedmont Psychiatric Center. Dr. Sibcy specializes in anxiety disorders, including OCD and panic disorder, and chronic depression in adults, as well as in the diagnosis and treatment of children with severe mood dysregulation. He is currently developing an empirically supported treatment within the framework of interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory. Dr. Sibcy has co-authored several books with Dr. Tim Clinton, including: Attachments and Why You Do the Things You Do.

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