Family Therapy Conference

Friday, April 10, 2015

Family Therapy Conference


Schedule of Events

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration (no walk-in registrations permitted)

9:00 am - 11:30 am Rites of Passage in Modern Culture
Carey Lampton, Ph.D.

11:30 am - 12:15 pm Lunch – Sponsored by Mercy NWA

12:15 am - 1:45 pm The Spirit of a Child: From Rejection to Connection to Direction
Derek Clark

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Taking the Flight Attendant's Advice: An Ethical Mandate
John Carmack, Ph.D.

Conference Speakers

Derek Clark


Derek Clark’s life is one of resilience and redemption. As a child he suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress before being turned over to the psychiatric hospital at age five. His 13 years in the San Francisco bay area foster care system reflected an early life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, overwhelming anxiety and being wrongfully labeled.

Psychiatric reports stated that at the age of five years old, Derek had severe behavioral problems. Neurological reports stated that at six years old, he had the IQ of a two year old and diagnosed him with erratic psychosis. Having also been misdiagnosed as mentally handicapped and having numerous emotional and language difficulties, Derek never gave up.

With the help of his foster parents, a great social worker and mentors, he has defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him. This has never held Derek back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to. Derek knows first hand how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past has never held him back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to.From owning a very successful corporation to having a family, his maxim is to make no excuses.

Derek is an inspiring speaker/trainer, featured on CNN Headline News, the Ricki Lake Show and the Steve Harvey TV show. Google has ranked Derek #1 “inspiring motivational speaker” out of 3 million listings and is also ranked #1 for “stories about never giving up” out of 170  million listings. He is the author of six books including, “Never Limit Your Life” and the “I
Will Never Give Up” book series, and has over 100 tracks available on iTunes and Amazon.

As a speaker, author and singer/songwriter, Derek has spoken and performedhis music from Australia to Canada including a President of the United States. His true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations with his message of hope and unwavering perseverance.

His maxim is to make no excuses. He has turned his situation from a victim to a victor, equipping him with the wisdom and the will to never give up.

Carey Lampton


Dr. Carey Lampton is an Associate Professor of Graduate Counseling at John Brown University.

Lampton received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arkansas, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University and completed his doctoral residency training at the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. He is licensed as a psychologist in Arkansas and is a member of the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology. Lampton is also a diplomate in the American Psychotherapy Association. 

Prior to joining the CARE Clinic, Dr. Lampton was on staff with Napa Valley Counseling Center and the Rice-Lewis Clinic in Little Rock. Lampton specializes in treating children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior and evaluating children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and learning disabilities. He has extensive experience in marriage and family therapy, individual counseling, and parent training.  Lampton enjoys conducting workshops for parents on issues such as managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, dealing more effectively with teenagers, and increasing self-reliance in children.

Dr. Lampton has been married to Stacey for 25 years. They have five children: Christopher, Caleb, Luke, Lin, and Ellie and live in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.


Dr. John Carmack is a licensed therapist in both Texas and Arkansas. He is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor as well as an approved supervisor in the state of Arkansas for Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Carmack has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received an M.Div. from Trinity International University (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

For over 30 years, Dr. Carmack has worked in a variety of settings including churches, Young Life, Christian Counseling Centers, full service psychiatric hospitals, med/surg psychiatric units and private practice. He has also been in private practice since 1981 and he owned and directed the Solution-Focused Counseling Center located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for 10 of those years.

In 1997, Dr. Carmack joined the faculty of John Brown University as a Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. He accepted an appointment as Program Director of the Graduate Counseling Program at JBU in 2001 and he also received his Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training in 2001. He has served in two major disaster relief efforts as the mental health coordinator for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita evacuees at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas, in 2005 and he has provided critical incident responses to various schools, organizations and companies over the past 10 years. The most recent critical incident he led was for mental and medical first responders' debriefings during the Joplin Tornado disaster in 2011.

Dr. Carmack was appointed by the governor to the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling (1997-2000) and he recently completed serving a second term on the Arkansas Board of Examiners (2010-2013). He was awarded the Clinicians Award through the Arkansas Marriage & Family Therapy Association. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He served as the Associate Editor (2000-2007) for all clinical articles submitted for publication to the Marriage & Family: A Christian Journal.

Dr. Carmack is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and this year he celebrates his 37th wedding anniversary with Lynn. They have three daughters, six grandsons, one granddaughter, and one more grandson on the way. All three of Dr. Carmack’s children are in the mental health field. 


Continuing Education

6 clock hours of continuing education will be available. 2.0 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. John Brown University's Graduate Counseling Program, through the John Brown University Play Therapy Institute, is also an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for the Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider 13-350).

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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