The Pre-Conference | PTSD

Ministering to PTSD

The horrors of war, traumatic events, and the evil in this world produce fear, anxiety, and a desire to fight or flight. These God-given responses are designed to help protect us from danger or harm. Yet occasionally, when the danger subsides and the threat no longer exists, some people continue to relive the devastation. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect men and women who have served in the military, but it may also touch the life of anyone who has endured a shocking or frightening experience.

How does the Bible speak to this overwhelming condition? Join us June 21, 2018 at the Summer Institute to hear Curtis Solomon and Greg Gifford discuss how God’s Word graciously ministers to those who suffer with PTSD.


Curtis Solomon & Greg Gifford


Demystifying PTSD  |  Curtis Solomon

PTSD as an Interpretive Phenomenon  |  Greg Gifford

Helping the Individual Through PTSD  |  Curtis Solomon

Helping the Family Through PTSD  |  Greg Gifford

Curtis Solomon

Curtis serves as Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is a certified member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from The Master’s University and an M.Div. in Christian Ministries from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling. As an Air Force veteran Curtis is passionate about his dissertation topic which applies the truth of God’s Word to help those struggling with PTSD.

Greg Gifford

Greg is Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University. He is a PhD candidate in Biblical Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University. He has worked as both a full-time biblical counselor and associate pastor before joining the TMU faculty. Greg also served as a Captain in the United States Army from 2008-2012 after which he transitioned to counseling ministry.  His book, “Helping Your Family through PTSD”, was released in August of 2017.

The 2018 Institute

Loving Wayward Souls

What do you do when someone you love leaves? And how do you pursue someone who has hurt you, who has sinned against you?

Whether you are dealing with an unfaithful marriage partner, a rebellious child, or a wayward friend, the counsel you offer needs to be pursued in a gospel-rooted approach, grounded in truth and practiced in the midst of Christian community.

While each situation is unique, our stories often deal with common themes of shame, guilt, confusion, uncertainty, and struggle.   You will learn how to practice “redemptive release” through confrontation and discipline as well as how to forgive the person who has hurt you through a process of reconciliation. You will also be equipped to help others struggle to find their way in dealing with their own wayward souls and reminded of the hope of the gospel and the necessity of depending upon the Holy Spirit through prayer for yourself and those whom you are counseling.


Come join us and learn about the spiritual dynamics at work in the heart of the prodigal and how you as a family member, spouse, friend, or church leader can best relate to them in love.

Keynote Speakers

Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey is president of Sojourn Network, teaching pastor at Summit Church in Fort Myers/Naples, Florida, and founder of

He has also authored several books, including When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage (Shepherd’s Press, 2007), and Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls (Zondervan, 2016) with Paul Gilbert.

Tim Challies

Tim is a Christian, a husband to Aileen and a father to three children. He worships and serves as one of the pastors at Grace Fellowship Church, where he primarily gives attention to mentoring and discipleship. He is a blogger at, book reviewer for WORLD magazine, co-founder of Cruciform Press, and he has written five books including Sexual Detox: A Guide For Guys Who Are Sick of Porn (Cruciform Press, 2010), Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth about God (Zondervan, 2016).

Zack Eswine

Dr. Zack Eswine serves as Lead Pastor at Riverside Church and serves as Director of Homiletics for Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis Missouri.

His award-winning writings about honest questions and ministry, human sorrows, and hope, flow out of his local life following Jesus as a pastor, husband, and father.

Jim Newheiser

Dr. James (Jim) Newheiser, Jr., is the Director of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD) and the Director of the Christian Counseling Program at RTS Charlotte.

He is also the Associate Professor of Christian Counseling and Practical Theology at RTS Charlotte and an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College.

With Additional Workshops By

Ann Maree Goudzwaard, Caroline Newheiser, Curtis Solomon, Eileen Scipione, Elyse Fitzpatrick, George Scipione, Greg Gifford, Scott Mehl, Tom Maxham

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Rates & Dates

Early Bird
Until 11/7/17
11/8/17 – 5/8/18
5/9/18 – 6/19/18
Main Conference$150$185$225
Combo Ticket$185$225$295
Day Passes$25$25$25


Group Discounts

Six or more people receive a $25 discount per person. There are two ways to receive group discounts:

1.  Either one person registers the whole group (the discount is automatically applied at checkout). Simply select the number of attendees that wish to attend as a group and proceed.

2. Or email to be manually registered

Student/Military Discounts

Are you a student or have you served in the military? Apply Now!

Important Information

  • A La Carte Options – after clicking ‘Register Now’ you will be able to choose the number of sessions you wish to attend. Additional sessions can be purchased on site during the conference.
  • Group discounts may not be combined with the Student/Military Discount.
  • Group discounts are available to individuals who have not yet registered.
  • Group discounts not valid with Day Pass Options
  • Registration prices are available through 11:59pm PST of the deadline date.
  • Refunds will be processed (less a $20 admin fee) through June 9th, 2018, after which no refunds will be processed. Contact

Ticket TypeCurrent Price
The 2018 Pre-Conference

$65.00Register Now

The 2018 Institute

$185.00Register Now

The 2018 Institute
Combo Ticket: Pre-Con & Main

$225.00Register Now

The 2018 Institute
A La Carte Options

$25.00$250.00Register Now

Schedule & More Info

Thursday 6/21

The 2018 Pre-Conference

8:30 am — Pre-Conference Registration Begins

9:00 am — Demystifying PTSD – Curtis Solomon

10:15 am — Break

10:45 am — PTSD as an Interpretive Phenomenon – Greg Gifford

11:30 am — Lunch

1:00 pm — Helping the Individual Through PTSD – Curtis Solomon

2:00 pm — Break

2:15 pm — Helping the Family Through PTSD – Greg Gifford

3:30 pm — Pre-Conference Ends

The 2018 Institute

5:00 pm — Conference Registration Begins

6:00 pm — General Session 1

7:35 pm — Break

8:00 pm — Workshop 1

9:00 pm — Dismiss

Friday 6/22

8:30am Refreshments available

9:00am General Session 2

10:20am Break

10:45am Workshop 2

11:45am Lunch

1:30pm General Session 3

2:45pm Break

3:00pm Workshop 3

4:00pm Break

4:30pm Workshop 4

5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm General Session 4

8:45pm Dismiss

Saturday 6/23

8:30am Refreshments available

9:00am General Session 5

10:15am Break

10:45am General Session 6

12:00pm Conference ends

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Thursday 6/21 | 8:00pm — Workshop 1

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Friday 6/22 | 10:45am — Workshop 2

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Friday 6/22 | 3:00pm — Workshop 3

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Friday 6/22 | 4:30pm — Workshop 4

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