12-Hour Training Curriculum

  • Introduction to Hope Coaching
  • by Dwight Bain, M.A. and Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

    Professional Christian coaches, Dwight Bain and Georgia Shaffer, introduce key principles for offering hope to people facing difficult times. From “learning to hope” and “sources of hope” to “patterns of hope” and “activities of hope,” this session offers practical knowledge and tools for potential coaches.

  • The Power of Perspective: Always Living in View of Eternity
  • by Ken Nichols, Psy.D., BCCC
    Biblical hope is not “wishful thinking” or a good emotional feeling. Many times painful circumstances cannot be changed and biblical hope is surgically packaged in the life-changing power of an eternal perspective. Pastor Kenneth Nichols teaches coaches how God’s Word influences perspective, perspective influences response, and response influences outcome—100% of the time—whether circumstances change or not!

  • Understanding Our Differences: Personalities and Coping
  • by Georgia Shaffer, M.A.*
    Understanding how different personalities confront and cope with difficult situations is extremely helpful when communications can be strained under the overwhelming weight of challenges. Issues such as helping our children and the topic of forgiveness will be addressed (i.e., when our loved ones “pull away” or “aren’t there for us”).

  • Grieving the Loss of the Way Things Were
  • by Norm Wright, M.A., MRE, LMFT*

    Grief is a part of life, and learning to grieve is learning to live. Grief expert, Norm Wright, takes coaches through helping people identify their losses and grieve them effectively. This session discusses how to grow through the changes we did not choose.

  • Creating Intimacy with God and Others through Difficult Times
  • by Beth Fletcher Brokaw, Ph.D.*

    Life is so difficult; how can we prevent the even greater tragedy of suffering alone? In the midst of troubles, how can we “hold onto” God and other people and possibly create a deeper level of intimacy? Cancer survivor, Beth Fletcher Brokaw, discusses this journey and how to have greater intimacy with God and others in the midst of suffering and sadness.

  • Good Days, Bad Days and Better Days
  • by Gary Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D.*

    After we accept (on some level) the painful circumstances in our lives, how do we adjust (physically, emotionally and spiritually) to this time of transition not knowing what the future holds? Cancer survivor, Gary Oliver, helps show you how to coach people through their “bad days” and help them “redefine normal” in this desert experience.

  • Taking Care of Business
  • by Georgia Shaffer, M.A.*

    How do I make all these decisions when my head is still spinning and I’m emotionally drained? When a crisis hits your life, how do you deal with all the information and choices you have to make? Cancer survivor, Georgia Shaffer, walks you through the process of making those tough decisions without getting overwhelmed. Choosing your team (medical and other), treatments, managing the information, legal issues (durable power of attorney, wills, living wills) and more are discussed.

  • The Power of Encouragement: A Key to Hope Coaching
  • by Eric Scalise, Ph.D. and Jennifer Cisney, M.A.

    Taking the biblical character of Barnabas as an example, this session looks at keys to being an encourager and the power of encouragement in coaching others through difficult and challenging times.

  • Living with Uncertainty
  • Interviews – primary interview with Larry Crabb, Ph.D., and Rachel Crabb, M.A.*

    How do you help people live with a future that is uncertain? Dr. Larry Crabb and his wife, Rachel, tell their personal story of their ongoing journey with Larry’s cancer and how to life abundantly with God even in the midst of uncertainty about what the future holds.

  • Caregivers Caring for Themselves: Preventing Compassion Fatigue
  • by Norm Wright, M.A., MRE, LMFT*

    Caregiving can take a huge toll on individuals and families. Psychologist and marriage and family expert, Norm Wright, discusses topics such as the importance of cultivating a caring relationship for yourself, preventing burnout by maintaining realistic expectations, and taking time to renew your depleted resources.

  • A Theology of Suffering and Hope: Bringing Balance
  • by Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min.

    Bible scholar, Ron Hawkins, discusses the importance of hope coaches having a clear and biblically sound theology for suffering and hope. They must answer the tough questions for themselves of why God allows bad things to happen to good people and how a God of love and grace can allow suffering like cancer. He also discusses how to encourage people with a solid theology of hope.

  • Celebrating Life
  • by Tim Clinton, Ed.D, LPC, LMFT, NBCC

    President of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Tim Clinton, sums up the importance of celebrating life and how to coach others through challenging life events with gratitude for life and a celebration of its gifts.

Our Faculty

Beth Fletcher Brokaw, Ph.D.

Dwight Bain, M.A.

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

Gary Oliver, Ph.D.

Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

Jenifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.

Ken Nichols, Psy.D., BCCC

Larry Crabb, Ph.D.

Rachael Crabb, M.A.

Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT

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