Thrive Family Conference 2020

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About Thrive 2020

Licensed Counselors will equip Christians with powerful tools and Biblical principles to help in overcoming some of life's major challenges.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 6, 2020

6:30 pm: Check-In & Late On-Site Registration

7:00 pm: Praise & Worship

7:15 pm: Welcome & Announcements

7:20-7:45 pm: Overview: Marion Pietz, M.S., LPC-S, LMFT, CCDS, PLLC

7:45-8:00 pm: Break & Transition

8:00-8:45 pm: General Session:

Thriving in a Digital Age

Maintaining purity and accountability in the world of social media and the internet.

Speaker: Chad Parker MSSW, LMSW, LPC

8:45-9:00 pm: Closing Remarks: Pastor Tim Szumanski

Saturday, March 7, 2020

9:00-9:30 am: Check-In, Late Registration & Refreshments

9:30 am: Praise & Worship

9:45 am: Emcee-Welcome & Dismiss to breakout sessions

10:00-10:45 am

Session A: Thriving Pastors

For Pastors Only: When to refer and the benefits of outside counselors

(Chad Parker MSSW, LMSW, LPC)

Session B: Thriving, Not Hurting

Healing and thriving after church hurt. (Esmerelda Delgadillo, M.A., CCSAS, LPC)

10:45-11:00 am: Break & Transition

11:00-11:45 am:

Session A: Couples Thriving

Safeguarding your marriage. (Esmerelda Delgadillo, M.A., CCSAS, LPC)

Session B: Thriving Solo

Breakthroughs in being whole alone. (Christen Sistrunk, M.A., LPC-S)

11:45 am-12:45 pm: Lunch Break

12:45-1:30 pm:

Session A: Thriving in the Midst of Depression & Anxiety

Real Talk about depression and anxiety. There is hope for those who suffer or who have loved ones that fight this battle.

(Marion Pietz, M.S., LPC-S, LMFT, CCDS, PLLC)

Session B: More Thriving... Less Worrying

How much worry is too much?

(Christen Sistrunk, M.A., LPC-S)

1:30-1:45 pm: Break & Transition

1:45-2:30 pm: General Session: Thriving Thoughts & Wellness

Self-care tips to keep your mind healthy.

(Marion Pietz, M.S., LPC-S, LMFT, CCDS, PLLC)

2:30-3:00 pm: Q&A Panel with Clinicians

3:00 pm: Closing remarks- Pastor Tim Szumanski

thrive 2020 Clinicians

All of the clinicians are licensed in the State of Texas and are a part of the Center for Apostolic Counseling.  This team is highly versed and ready to bring their teachings to this relevant conference for people of all ages.


    Marion E. Pietz, MS, LPC-S, LMFT, CCDS is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Center for Apostolic Counseling. As a professional counselor and chemical dependency specialist, Marion has helped countless individuals find freedom and live richer, more rewarding lives. She has been in private practice since 1991.

    Marion is a well sought after motivational speaker and humorist providing training and education in a fun and easily understood way.


    Chad is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Chad is also a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider. He has over 15 years experience in medical social work and child welfare. He specializes in working with parents, children/adolescents, families/adoptive families, couples (premarital/marital), and grief/loss.

    Chad is a public speaker and enjoys conducting seminars and trainings on various issues, including: marriage, parenting, and leadership.


    Esmeralda holds certifications in Healthy Sexuality, Emotional Manipulation Studies, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, and is a Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialist. Esmeralda specializes in marriage and relationship counseling with a focus on therapy for couples experiencing infidelity, pornography, sexual addictions, and intimacy disorders.

    She has successfully helped those dealing with ADHD, addictions, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, mood/anxiety disorders, and pornography.

    Esmeralda has spoken at multiple conferences, regional meetings, and family/marriage seminars both locally and out of state. She has also coordinated seminars in a variety of formats and facilitated training sessions in addition to specialized support groups. Esmeralda is bilingual (Spanish-speaking),

  • Christen Sistrunk
    M.A, LPC

    Christen worked as a behavioral therapist at the Houston OCD Program treating OCD and anxiety disorders in a residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient setting. Christen has completed intensive training with the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and has been BTTI certified since 2015.

    Christen has served on the board of OCD Texas since 2010 and the current active president.

    Christen’s training and current practice involve utilizing evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure-Response Prevention combined with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, tic disorders and depression. Christen works with tweens, teens and all adult populations.


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