Friday Field Notes


Happy Friday! Another week has come to a close. As you recover from a busy week, you may want to enjoy a new book or find out what has been going on in AACC news and the world of Christian Counseling. Here are the highlights from this week:



Books on our Shelf

Here are some recently published books now sitting on the shelves at the AACC headquarters. You may want to add these to your professional library:

The Real Life Mom by Christine Strittmatter

Christine Strittmatter, a “real life mom” in her own right, has written The Real Life Mom to encourage other women in their spiritual journeys. A series of 96 devotionals, Strittmatter’s book provides hope, inspiration, and encouragement as she challenges readers to strengthen their relationship with God. Her devotionals cover subjects such as trust, freedom, love, grace, and advice. Aubrey Coy Statti writes in her endorsement of the book, “Chris’s devotionals speak not only to the Real Life Mom, but also to the real life wives, daughters, and women pursuing Biblical truths in today’s busy and confused culture.” These uplifting devotionals are written from one mom to another and will enrich women through inspirational thoughts and stories.

One More Try: What to do when your Marriage is Falling Apart by Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman, author, speaker, pastor, and counselor, offers help and encouragement for people whose marriages are falling apart. In One More Try, Chapman challenges men and women to evaluate themselves and their marriages, encouraging them to give their marriage another chance even when everything seems to be falling apart. Each chapter concludes with growth assignments, practical applications that give specific steps to help rebuild a marriage. In this scripturally based book, Chapman provides relevant, down-to-earth information to help solve problems. This is a great resource for individuals looking to save their own marriages or for counselors who help others through these hard times.



AACC Blog Roundup

Here is what we published on our blog this week:

“Maintaining Holiday Joy for the Memory Impaired” Kathie Erwin offered practical tips on how to help memory impaired loved ones during the holiday seasons.

“You are free!” An encouraging devotional from AACC intern Katie Jefferies about freedom in Christ.

“Anxiety Disorders and Worry: An Important Distinction” Amy Simpson’s article summarized the difference between two important topics.

Stay tuned to the AACC blog… We will be featuring in-depth and enlightening excerpts from Dr. Tim Clinton’s and Dr. Ron Hawkins’ book, The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling in the near future!



Around the AACC

Call for Papers-

The deadline for submissions has been extended from December 15th to December 30th!

The call for papers is underway and we are thrilled with the quality submissions that are rolling in! The 2015 World Conference is gearing up to be one of our best yet. Don’t miss out on the chance to enhance your resume, share your expertise, and meet thousands of likeminded professionals. The call for papers is live at and there are 23 specialized tracks to apply to. Whether you’re a psychologist, psychiatrist, mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, professor, student, coach, lay counselor, or pastor, we want you! Full workshop and poster presentation options are available.

Call for papers

Submit Your Proposal with a Few Easy Steps:

  1. Review our 23 World Conference specialty tracks and the submission guidelines listed below.
  2. Choose from two presentation formats:
  • Lecture Workshop/Clinical Presentation (75 minutes on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday)
  • New! Interactive Poster Presentation (90 minute symposium on Thursday or Friday)

About our Poster Presentation Symposiums: Due to the limited number of workshop slots available and the many excellent submissions we receive, we are excited to expand our format to allow for greater attendee participation in a brand-new interactive atmosphere!

  1. Submit your proposal online! Our brand new Call for Papers Form is quick and easy to navigate. Don’t wait! Nearly 500 professional, pastoral and academic proposals were submitted for the 2013 World Conference! Deadline is December 30, 2014!
  2. Register now to get the best conference price by calling 1-800-526-8673! Contact the Gaylord Opryland Hotel (1-888-777-6779) to reserve your hotel room on-site.
  3. Mark your calendar for September 23-26, 2015 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee to join a sold-out crowd of nearly 7,000 Christian caregivers from around the world for a life-changing time of encouragement and growth!




News Updates for Christian Counselors

Youth Pastors Feel Ill-Equipped to Help Young People Cope with Mental Health Issues, Baylor Study Finds 

New Jersey Assembly approves death with dignity bill

Study: 1 in 4 Churches Spend Over Their Budget

Good News for Pastors: Court Overturns Atheist Victory on Housing Allowance



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