Thank you for partnering with Birds on a Wire this year.

We are so thankful for your support and hope you enjoy the BreakOut Speaker content from Soar 2018 as our gift to you.

Speakers

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Owner of Arbor Cove Therapy, LLC, an outpatient counseling practice north of Atlanta, Georgia, focused on the needs of individuals and families involved in foster care and adoption, as well as children, adolescents, and adult women healing from anxiety, depression, and trauma.

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David Thomas, LMSW

David Thomas, LMSW

Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling in Nashville, TN, the co-author of eight books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, a frequent guest on national television and podcasts, has been featured in publications like USA Today, and speaks across the country.  

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Dr. Emily Shupert LPC, PhD

Dr. Emily Shupert LPC, PhD

Licensed professional counselor and founder of a boutique counseling and coaching company in Atlanta, Simplify Life Counseling + Coaching.

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Anne Kerr

Anne Kerr

Founder of TrueNorth Freedom Project which promotes sexual honesty and integrity that leads to authentic relationships and spiritual growth. 

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Lauren Espy

Lauren Espy

Lauren and her husband, Stuart, have been married for 10 years and have two adopted boys, Corban and Riley. Shortly after graduating seminary, Lauren returned to work at her home church, North Point Community Church.

Dr. Michael Sytsma

Dr. Michael Sytsma

Michael Sytsma, PhD, LPC, CST, CSAS, CPCS, is a pastor at heart with a clear gift for teaching. He is passionate about marriage and helping couples grow in their marriage.

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Tom Shefchunas

Tom Shefchunas

Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. 

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Moms On Call

Moms On Call

Two pediatric nurse-moms (Left – Jennifer Walker, Right – Laura Hunter) make up Moms on Call with over 20 years of pediatric experience – not to mention eight children between them – including 2 sets of twin boys!

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Breakouts

THE RESTED MIND

Lauren Espy

Mom Life is never restful. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Amid the never ending list of to do’s, our minds remain in constant motion from processing the day to day to grappling with the more pressing areas of life. Is it possible as moms for our minds to experience rest and real peace? In this breakout, we will discover the power and impact a rested mind can provide for us, as restless moms.

Many thoughts rattle in the minds of moms. Those thoughts actually have the power to effect how we feel and what we do. With everything else we have to juggle, is it possible for us to manage our thoughts? And if so, where do we even begin to help quiet our minds so we can experience the rest and peace we need?

NAVIGATING THE EMOTIONAL WORLD OF KIDS

David Thomas, LMSW

According to the statistics, we are the most addicted, in-debt, depressed, obese population in U.S. history.  We go to great lengths to avoid, deny, medicate or suppress emotions. What would it look like to raise a generation of emotionally and spiritually healthy children?  This workshop will focus on understanding the emotional development of children. We’ll identify three important emotional milestones for kids to hit as they develop, and the ingredients for helping them reach them.   

MOMS AND SEX… TO DO, OR TA DA?

Dr. Michael Sytsma

You know sex can be good, but after kids, home, work, soccer practice, and all you do, how can you find energy to be intimate with your spouse? Join us as we explore how to take care of you and your marriage and be a bit selfish in the area of sex. (Yes, selfish can be good in sex.)

MORE THAN A “TALK”: TEACHING BIBLICAL SEXUALITY TO TODDLERS THROUGH TEENS

Anne Kerr

Our sexuality is sacred, purposeful, and powerful, yet one of the hardest topics to discuss. It is shaped over the whole of our lives, and our children’s sexuality is being shaped right now. Learn how to become a trusted ally to your loved ones, someone they turn to rather than hide from as they become more aware of their own sexuality and begin to face their own challenges in the current culture.

PARENTING IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Tom Shefchunas

Parents have a thousand things run through their mind when the topic of technology comes up.”I don’t want my kid to be addicted to their phone.” “What should I do if/when I find something on their phone?” “How old should they be before…” The stakes are high and we want to get it right but we don’t know where to start. Join us in this breakout to learn some foundational ideas to get you started as you equip your child for a digital world and, hopefully, leverage this tension to strengthening your relationship at the same time.

PARENTING OUT OF FREEDOM VS FEAR

Emily Shupert

Today’s moms are bombarded with messages on how to be the perfect parents.  Many times, this puts them in a position of powerlessness where their own happiness rises and falls on their kids’ successes, their moods, and how they appear on social media streams.  Parenting this way can feel like sprinting a marathon, with no end in sight. It’s time to take back your life and learn how to parent out of freedom, not fear.

NAVIGATING YOUR FAMILY POST ADOPTION

Katie Smith

Her workshop will explore some of the challenging questions mothers wrestle with, but may be hesitant to share with friends and family, when parenting children who have joined the family through foster care or the various forms of adoption.

FIND OUT WHY YOUR CHILD BEHAVES THE WAY THEY DO

Moms On Call

Toddlers can be weird and wonderful.  Find out why yours acts the way they do, and get realistic and helpful advice on how to speak into their specific design. Sometimes, the challenges we face are not a result of parenting style, but a result of design.

Because of people like you, we can have an even greater impact!

Birds on a Wire is grateful for the continued support of the Jeff Gore Scholarship Fund which allows Moms to attend Birds on a Wire events at reduced cost.