Family Therapy Conference

Friday, April 15, 2016 in the Simmons Great Hall, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR

Family Therapy Conference

Registration is closed for the 2016 JBU Family Therapy Conference.

Schedule of Events

8:00 am - 9:00 am


Registration (no walk-in registrations permitted)

9:00 am - 10:15 am


Dr. Paul White - Applying the Five Languages of Appreciation to Your Workplace

10:15 am - 10:30 am



10:30 am - 11:45 am


Dr. Nick Ogle - Options are Good: Discovering Your Professional Possibilities & Potential

11:45 am - 12:30 pm


Lunch sponsored by Mercy NWA

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm


Dr. Paul White - How to Avoid Becoming a Toxic Workplace (or survive one)

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm



2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Dr. Barry Wingfield - Digital Ethics: Clinical Practice Ethics in the Digital Counseling World

Conference Speakers


Paul WhiteDr. Paul White is a psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant who makes work relationships work. For the past 20 years, he’s improved numerous businesses, wealthy family estates, and non-profit organizations by helping them:

  • Create positive workplace relationships and environments.
  • Eliminate the cynicism, sarcasm and lack of trust that often is associated with employee recognition programs.
  • Reduce staff burnout and turnover (without spending a lot of money!)
  • Successfully address tensions inherent in family-businesses and business succession planning.

His speaking style has been described as “world-class expertise grounded in Midwestern practicality, with the right touch of warmth and humor.”

Dr. White is coauthor of the books, Sync or SwimRising Above a Toxic Workplace and The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, written with Dr. Gary Chapman (author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages) which was released in August 2011. Based on their extensive research and expertise, Dr. White and Dr. Chapman have developed a unique way for organizations to motivate employees that lead to increased job satisfaction, higher employee performance, and enhanced levels of trust.

Dr. White has given lectures around the world, including North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean. His expertise has been requested by Microsoft, Princeton University, the Milken Institute, Napa Valley Community Foundation, Dartmouth College, Houston Community Foundation, and numerous national organizations.

Dr. White has served many multimillionaire and high profile business families to help develop wealth transfer plans and diminish tension around business succession issues, and facilitate involving the next generation(s) in the family’s philanthropy. He also is engaged by national organizations and top universities to consult with their high net worth donors.

Additionally, for over 20 years, one of Dr. White’s core competencies has been evaluating individuals for possible learning difficulties.  Having individually tested over 4,000 students, ranging in age from five years old to senior adults, Dr. White is able to identify a student’s strengths and clarify the issues contributing to struggles in school.

Dr. White  graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wheaton College with a major in Christian Education, earned his Master of Counseling from Arizona State University, and received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. He has been married for over 30 years and is the father of four adult children.


Nick OgleNICK OGLE, PH.D. 

Dr. Nick Ogle is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Mercy NWA. He serves as an active liaison in tying together behavioral health with related programs, including but not limited to: weight management, sleep disorders, pain management, and Mercy primary care and geriatrics. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Emergency Medical Technician, in addition to being a National Certified Counselor and a Wilderness First Responder. 

Dr. Ogle has been on the faculty of John Brown University the last eight years and is also one of the founders of the Joshua Center in northwest Arkansas.



BARRY WINGFIELDDr. Barry Wingfield is an Arkansas Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, holding the Supervision and Technology-Assisted Specializations for both licenses. He has presented at state and national professional conferences and for churches and community organizations. He is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at JBU in Little Rock, where he also serves as the Little Rock Care Clinic Director.

Dr. Wingfield was the second licensee in Arkansas to obtain the Technology-Assisted Specialty License, and he has been using it with supervision since 2007. He has been in private practice either part-time or full-time for the past 15 years and has assisted in the establishment of several growing private practice groups in Central Arkansas.

Dr. Wingfield is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, his master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Counseling, and his doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe with a major in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has served in ministry full-time in Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana and most recently as a Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in Sherwood, Arkansas.  He is the organizer of the Arkansas Christian Counselors and Therapists state-wide network and conference and host of the Arkansas Mental and Relational Health Professions Podcast.

Barry has been married to Alicia for 26 years, and they have 3 great kids, one wonderful daughter in law, and a grandson who melts the hearts of them all.

Continuing Education

Licensed professionals will earn credit for attending the conference! 5.75 clock hours of continuing education are available. 2 clock hours are approved for Ethics.

John Brown University's Graduate Counseling Program is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) (NBCC Approved Provider #4474) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Grad Counseling

The Family Therapy Conference is presented by JBU's Graduate Counseling Department. John Brown University offers master's degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (LPC), Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling – as well as post-master's certificates in play therapy – at its locations in Fort Smith, Little Rock, Rogers and Siloam Springs.

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