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Orlando, FL 32816
Counselor Education Program
Rated as one of the top 10 programs in the nation by US News and World Report (2016)

Welcome to the 9th Annual
UCF Counseling Conference
Leaning into Loss: Developing Strategies for Hope and Thriving
January 20-21, 2017

Experiencing loss and learning to live with the unimaginable is a burden that many of us have and will face. On the spectrum of loss, how do we maintain and hold onto hope? How do we continue to care for ourselves while also providing needed support and guidance to others? This year’s conference theme: Leaning into Loss: Developing Strategies for Hope and Thriving explores these questions and more as we support and serve our communities.

Keynote:  Dr. Jeremy Richman

Dr. Richman has extensive research experience, from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology, and inflammation. He has worked in the research and drug discovery arena for more than two decades and is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives. Most importantly, Dr. Richman believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses. He and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation in honor of their 6-year-old daughter who was killed in the Newtown, Connecticut shootings of 2012. The foundation is dedicated to supporting research into the forces that increase a person's risk of violence and aggression, as well as building compassion through brain health research, community education, and engagement.


Register August 20, 2016 - January 13, 2017

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Late registration will be available onsite.

Questions?  Contact Yvette Saliba at

December 8, 2016
Orlando Museum of Art
Lucy Kalanithi

Lucy Kalanithi, the wife of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, will be speaking about her husband's memoir, When Breath Becomes Air.
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January 4 - February 5, 2017
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Blackberry Winter
This play chronicles a mother's slide into the grip of dementia. Her daughter, Vivienne, recounts memories of her aging mother and difficult decisions regarding her care. Blackberry Winter is a moving, occasionally humorous, and deeply human new work.
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April 6, 2017
Florida Hospital Church
The Question that Never Goes Away with Phillip Yancey

Philip Yancey, author of over twenty-five books, revisits our cry of 'Why, God'. At some point all of us will face the challenges to faith Yancey writes about and look for the comfort and hope he describes. There are reasons to ask, once again, the question that never goes away: Where is God when we suffer? And Yancey, once again, leads us to find faith when it is most severely put to the test.
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