Conference Information

THE FAMILIES IN CRISIS CONFERENCE is a retreat designed to offer help to parents of teen and pre-teens. Teen behavior expert Mark Gregston leads this unique presentation, combining his with and wisdom from working with teens for more than 30 years. He enlightens and encourages parents and provides them with a new sense of courage and hope as them tackle the ever-changing world of teenagers.

The retreat is limited to 35 participants and is structured around group presentations, small group meetings, breakout sessions, and counseling sessions. Parents will be assigned to small groups with others experiencing similar situations with their children. Counseling sessions will also address those issues most relevant to each family. Additionally, everyone will have the opportunity to meet with Heartlight’s experienced staff for guidance and counsel regarding their particular situation. The purpose of the retreat is to give parents biblical and practical advice on how to operate their home, create an atmosphere of respect and develop positive relationships where struggle and crisis now exist.


  • Understanding the World of Today’s Teens
  • Handling Crisis When Your Teen is Spinning Out of Control
  • Getting Control of Your Home
  • Developing a Belief System for Your Home
  • Encouraging Responsibility and Maturity and Setting Rules
  • Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior
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