B3 2018 Schedule
Friday, March 2
5:30-6:30 PM Registration
6:30-7:30 Daniel Berger
Session 1: “What is Mental Illness?”
Few people today know where the concept of mental illness began in history. Fewer still understand
the philosophical beliefs necessary to sustain the current construct. This session will discuss these
foundational issues, study the key figures responsible for creating today’s mental health system, and
in the process will equip the attendee with discernment to understand how secular theorists and
much of American culture now determine who is normal and who is abnormal.
8-9 PM Daniel Berger
Session 2: “ The Insanity of Madness”
Today’s prominent psychiatrists (who control and sustain the construct of mental illness) insist that
normalcy and mental illness cannot be objectively determined or defined. Yet they assert that their
constructs of human abnormalities contained in the DSM-5 should be believed and applied
dogmatically. But if normal is subjective and imprecise, then how can deviances from a non-existent
standard logically exist objectively? What if an objective definition does exist, however, and
discovering its essential elements simplifies the concept of madness and exposes exactly why
secularists cannot or refuse to objectively define normalcy and mental illness? In order to answer
these questions, the original definition of madness found in Scripture will be compared and
contrasted with the current accepted psychiatric theory. Specifically, the construct of
schizophrenia/psychosis—what is claimed to be the most severe and complex form of
madness—will be examined.
Saturday, March 3
7 AM-8 AM: Registration and continental breakfast
8-9 AM Daniel Berger
Session 3: “The Truth about ADHD” (part 1 of 2)
The number of children being labeled as having ADHD and stigmatized as abnormal continues to
grow rapidly. Controversy and misunderstanding surround the topic of ADHD, and
despite technological advances, leading clinicians and theorists still lack valid answers to explain or
remedy the mindsets and behaviors known as ADHD. No one on any side of the issue denies that
children are struggling and misbehaving, but how those behaviors are perceived, interpreted, and
addressed are regularly disagreed upon. The Bible offers a unique and reliable approach to
interpreting and resolving the behaviors known as ADHD. This session will begin the discussion by
addressing the underlying philosophies and history that have created the construct of ADHD.
Attendees will be able to better biblically discern what is actually taking place with children labeled
as having ADHD and how to best help them, and also will gain general clarity on the psychiatric
9:15-10:15 Daniel Berger
Session 4: “The Truth about ADHD” (part 2 of 2)
This session will examine specific “criteria”/behaviors of the ADHD construct and use Scripture to
discern whether each is a problem of fragility or depravity. It will also look at three common but
false claims: that ADHD is a biological disease supported with empirical evidence, that ADHD is
entirely a moral issue, and that ADHD represents a parent’s failure.
10:30-11:45 Three breakout sessions
Session 1 Pornography*
Session 2 Substance Abuse: Larry Ganschow*
Session 3 Linda Rice
Reactive Attachment Disorder: A Biblical Understanding
This workshop will apply a biblical lens to characteristics of children fitting the psychological labels, Reactive Attachment Disorder and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder. What does the Bible say about the self-esteem needs, inability to trust, and lack of a conscience? It ends with highlighting a couple of vital principles to start parents in the right direction.
11:45- 12:15 Lunch Provided.
12:15-1:15 Daniel Berger
Session 5: “Understanding Autism”
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the most confusing human impairments in modern
culture, yet more and more families are being affected by its reality. While autism is a valid
neurodevelopmental problem, many children who simply have behavioral problems are too often
labeled. In this session, we will examine autism more carefully in order to help those and their
families who are genuinely suffering as well as to help eliminate some of the confusion surrounding
false diagnoses that are occurring more and more. Some of the questions that will be answered are:
what causes autism, how can it be treated effectively, how do we determine if a child genuinely has
autism, how do psychoactive substances help these children, and how can we practically help
families with a child diagnosed as autistic?
1:30-2:30 Three breakout session
Session 1 Parenting Angry Children*
Session 2 Diane Keech*
Session 3 Linda Rice
Reactive Attachment Disorder: How to Parent
Based on understanding the label Reactive Attachment Disorder, we move into practical parenting in light of the fear, anger, and brooding that underlie control battles and other characteristics. When parents are first established in three important principles for themselves they will be better able to lovingly instruct and discipline their child according to Ephesians 6:4 in regard to desires, thoughts, and behaviors. We will make particular application to one characteristic to see how parenting principles can be applied in detail.
2:45-3:45 Daniel Berger
Session 6: “Teaching a Child to Pay Attention”
Many people have falsely come to believe that children naturally pay attention correctly and that
they normally give their attention to the right objects/values. Yet, the Bible reveals in the book of
Proverbs that a child’s paying attention rightly is a difficult task and one of the parents’ most
important responsibilities. Furthermore, Proverbs offers a clear pattern of how parents and teachers
can teach children to pay attention and to what they should give their attention. This session will
provide an overview of how to teach a child to pay attention according to God’s created order.
3:45-4 PM Q & A
4 PM B3 Conference ends
Subject to Change. More details to come!
*More information to come.