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RESILIENCE: Weathering the Storms of Life - Symposium

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2001 W. Plano Parkway

Plano, Texas 75075

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RESILIENCE: Weathering the Storms of Life

Two-day Symposium featuring Maj. Gen. Bob Dees (Ret.)

JUNE 26 & 27, 2020

Registration includes a BONUS Reception & Concert with musical guest Michael O'Brien - please RSVP

Join Hope For The Heart's June Hunt and Dr. Eric Scalise as they share together with featured speaker Maj. Gen. Bob Dees (Ret.) for a time of personal and professional growth as we learn how to apply God's principles and encourage one another to be Resilient. Worship will be led by Michael O’Brien, Christian musician and 20-year music veteran. Learn more about each presenter below.

What You'll Learn at the Resilience Symposium:

You’ll receive biblical insights on recovery factors that can help Christians bounce back from trauma and stress. This is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of resilience as a powerful and critical life skill.

Grief and loss, trauma, anxiousness, loneliness and isolation, depression, suicidal thoughts and actions . . . these are some of the devastating conditions that follow many of life’s “body slams.” How people weather these storms, will often determine their ability to successfully bounce back.


  • One out of four children will experience a significant traumatic event, before the age of 16, which will result in an psychological injury in some form.

  • We have been at war longer than at any other time in our history. Combat trauma and its related aftermath (e.g. post-traumatic stress, complicated grief reactions, etc.) are now widely recognized problems.

  • Our long-held values of faith, religious liberty, and Judeo-Christian principles are also increasingly coming under fire.

[Sources: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), American Medical Association (AMA), and the National Trauma Institute]

Is the church ready to step forward with compassion to effectively address what is becoming a national crisis?

This symposium is designed especially for mental health practitioners, ministry leaders, coaches and lay caregivers! Continuing Education (CE)* hours are available for licensed professionals needing to fulfill an annual requirement.

*It is solely the responsibility of the licensee to know and understand the rules and qualifications of what is considered acceptable CE credit for their specific practice or field of study.

Space is limited, so register TODAY to save your seat!


Friday, June 26 Session 1 begins at 6:30pm, followed by Session 2 ending at 9:30pm
Saturday, June 27 Sessions 3 - 5 to begin at 9:00am, ending at 3:30pm, dismissed to Reception

Post Event Reception begins at 3:30pm followed by Michael O'Brien Concert 4:30, ending at 5:45pm


Early Bird Registration (ends Apr 30) - $89.99 per Individual

General Admission (May 1 - June 26) - $139.99 per Individual

Post Event Reception & Michael O'Brien Concert (3:30-5:45pm) - Included with event registration

Additional Tickets to the Michael O'Brien Concert are only $10 & Available for Purchase HERE

The Location

2001 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75075
Directions to The Hope Center

About Us

The Living Beyond Symposiums are presented by Hope For The Heart.

The Speakers:

Maj. Gen Robert F. “Bob” Dees, M.S., served for 31 years in the U.S. Army in a wide variety of command and staff positions culminating in his last three assignments as Assistant Division Commander for Operations, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Commander, Second Infantry Division, United States Forces Korea; and as Deputy Commanding General, V (US/GE) Corps in Europe, concurrently serving as Commander, US-Israeli Combined Task Force for Missile Defense. Commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduating from West Point in 1972, he is also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Royal College of Defense Studies in London, England. Following military retirement in January 2003, Bob served as Executive Director, Defense Strategies, with the Microsoft Corporation; followed by leadership of a non-profit outreach to the military. While authoring The Resilience Trilogy (Resilient Warriors, Resilient Leaders, and Resilient Nations), he pioneered resilience programs for the military and beyond as Associate Vice President for Military Outreach, Adjunct Professor, and Director of the nation’s first Institute for Military Resilience at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Bob also served as National Security Advisor and Campaign Chairman for Ben Carson. He is now President of Resilience Consulting, LLC, serving a variety of constituents in the arenas of resilience consulting, business, cyber defense, counterterrorism, and care for military troops and families. As well, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Lindell Foundation, bringing help, hope, and healing to addicts, downtrodden veterans, and other needy populations in America and beyond. Bob frequently provides leadership and resilience talks at a variety of seminars and conferences, as well as commentary on current military and resilience issues for the Huckabee Show, FOX Business, Council for National Policy, Focus on the Family, Christian Broadcasting Network, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Family Radio, New Canaan Society, Pinnacle Forum, Wallbuilders Live, and numerous churches across America. He was featured as one of 30 “Master Leaders” by George Barna, and was presented the 2018 George Washington Military Leadership Award by the Council for National Policy. Bob is married to the former Kathleen Robinson of Houston, TX. They have two children and seven grandchildren, and currently reside in Round Rock, TX.

Founder & Chief Servant Officer

June Hunt, M.A., is the founder of Hope For The Heart, a worldwide biblical counseling ministry with resources translated in 36 languages on 6 continents.

June is an author, singer, speaker and host of two national radio programs, Hope For The Heart and Hope In The Night, featuring live call-in counseling. Her 100-topic Biblical Counseling Library provides biblical hope and practical help for today’s problems.

Sr. VP & Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. Eric Scalise is a seasoned organizational leader with extensive professional and ministry expertise. He has consulted and worked with numerous groups as diverse as the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the American Association of Christian Counselors, Regent University and many others. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Dr. Scalise has nearly 40 years of clinical and professional experience. Additionally, he is a published author and national/international speaker, frequently working with organizations, clinicians, ministry leaders and churches on a variety of issues.

Worship Leader and 20-year Music Veteran

Michael O’Brien, is an American Christian musician, worship leader and 20-year music veteran. He has released eight solo albums since 1990. Prior to his solo career, Michael was a touring member of the Heritage Singers, as well as the lead singer for 12-time Dove Award nominated Christian music group, New Song. Michael is a highly sought after musician and praise and worship leader. Along with his wife, Heidi, he launched his own marriage enrichment date night and weekend events called Tour De Romance, to encourage and inspire couples through music and the transparency of their own marital journey. He has been a featured artist for Chick Fil A, Focus on the Family, Billy Graham Ministries, TBN and Daystar networks, Nascar, the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, and more. Michael has written and performed on made-for-TV movies such as The Christmas Blessing, Coffee Shop, Sweet Sweet Summertime, and the Christmas Shoes, for which he received a Grammy nomination. He has also toured with numerous Christian artists such as Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Tobymac, Rebecca St. James, Natalie Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Point of Grace. In his own words, Michael says, “There are so many things I’m passionate about—my wife and our kids and how they love the Lord and might use their talents for Him—but I understand it all falls under the sovereignty of God . . . I am so thankful for His grace and redemption.”

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