Institute for Church and Family sponsors nationally recognized speaker

Institute for Church and Family sponsors nationally recognized speaker

SEARCY, Ark.– Licensed marriage and family therapist Hal Runkel will come to Harding University Feb. 20-21 to talk about ScreamFree Parenting.

The College of Education will co-sponsor a presentation about ScreamFree Teaching on Friday, Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Runkel’s ScreamFree Parenting presentation will be sponsored by the Institute for Church and Family on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Runkel founded ScreamFree Living, Inc. after studying relationship theory and gaining experience in family therapy, organizational consulting, and professional coaching in schools, churches and businesses.

The Today Show has hosted Runkel five times, and he has also appeared on NBC’s iVillage Live and CW’s nationally syndicated The Daily Buzz. He travels across the nation to share his relationship program with audiences by teleconference, web seminar, newsletters, training classes and the ScreamFree Living book series.

Runkel believes that emotional reactivity is behind every poorly made decision and dysfunctional relationship. According to Runkel’s theory, reactive people lose control, begin to operate out of anxiety and create the very outcome they wanted to avoid. ScreamFree Living takes this reactivity very seriously and stresses that learning to calm down is the first step to forming healthy relationships.

Runkel’s message has been received enthusiastically across the country. Don McLaughlin, senior minister at the North Atlanta Church of Christ, said, “ScreamFree Parenting changes lives. It is the absolute best material on practical parenting I have found in more than 20 years of ministry. My wife and I are sold on the wonderful impact of the principles taught in ScreamFree. The program material is revolutionary and the delivery is unsurpassed.”

Runkel’s presentation will take place in the Benson auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 279-4316.