Hope Rising Conference 2020

NOW 100% VIRTUAL: Third Annual Conference for Betrayed Spouses

Take a brave step out of the turmoil and do something just for you. Join us for the one-day Virtual Hope Rising conference. We've planned an event only for betrayed spouses filled with hope, practical strategies and resources.

  • Date: Saturday, October 10th, 2020
  • Time: 9:00AM - 4:30PM CST
  • Location: Live Stream Only
  • Live Stream Price: $79 $68*

  • *Discounted for limited time only.

For this year only, your 2020 Live Stream purchase will also include access to the 2020 On Demand recording when it is released!

You are not alone. We remember the sleepless nights, the agony, and loneliness. We understand that life after betrayal is a jumble of emotions - anger, dejection, fear, and a tremendous sense of loss, to name a few. Fortunately, we know how to navigate the swirling chaos that surrounds a betrayed spouse because we've walked through it ourselves, and we've walked alongside thousands of others. Regardless of whether the unfaithful spouse is supportive, unsupportive, or gone, we want you to feel hope again. Whole again.

At Hope Rising, you will:

  • Receive a new sense of self-worth and honor,
  • Experience belonging in this momentous gathering,
  • Learn how pain can be transformed and overcome,
  • Redefine your identity with new freedom,
  • Be equipped with healing strategies and next steps, and
  • Receive encouragement from survivors who are thriving.


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What's Included With a 2020 Live Stream Ticket?

This was already mentioned above, and it's worth mentioning again because it's never been offered before. Purchasing a 2020 Live Stream ticket NOW includes access to the 2020 On Demand recording when it's released!

Small Group Lunch Sessions

For the first time ever at Hope Rising, we are offering a chance for Live Stream participants to participate in small group discussions. You'll get a chance to talk to other people who are on a similar path as you. Don't miss your chance to connect with other hurt spouses and purchase the Live Stream option today!
*Please note that these sessions will be separated by gender.

Breakout Sessions with Experts John Haney and Leslie Hardie

John Haney will lead a breakout session for men, and Leslie Hardie will lead a breakout session for women. For the first time, our Live Stream and On-Demand options will include access to the men's breakout session. This will be your chance to listen live to the experts and relate to other participants about the nuances of betrayal from a gender perspective.

Couples Q&A

Our couple's panel is made up of couples that have walked through infidelity and come out on the other side. With your Live Stream purchase, you will have the opportunity to submit questions for the couples prior to Hope Rising. This is a session that you won't want to miss!


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Who's Taking the Stage?

Melody Lovvorn

Opening Keynote: Hope in the Darkness

Opening Keynote Speaker - Melody Lovvorn

Eight years into marriage while raising four happy children, enjoying a career as a fitness instructor and serving in her local church and community, Melody was blind-sided by her husband's infidelity. Today, Melody brings us into the chaos, confusion and heartbreak while revealing her courageous discovery that going into and through the pain is the only way out of the pain. You will be equipped to embark on your own personal journey of healing and self-discovery as Melody illuminates a path to restoration and gives hope to the hopeless.

John Mark Haney

PhD, LPCMember, Affair Recovery Specialist Panel

Closing Keynote: Look Back but Don't Stare

Closing Keynote Speaker - Dr. John Haney

Love and life are brutal sometimes. In the face of the pain and rejection of infidelity, it is easy to believe that our life will always be damaged and diminished because of betrayal. However, we have a real choice to not be used, but rather to use what has happened to us as a springboard to a more extraordinary life. Pain can break us, or it can serve as the crucible that reforms us as stronger and more self-loving human beings. If we're ever to come to a fully awake NOW, we must do something with the problem of our past hurts and losses.

Rick Reynolds

LCSW President and Founder, Affair Recovery

The Ten Most Common Mistakes Parents Make when Dealing with Infidelity

Rick Reynolds - Founder and President-AffairRecovery

Infidelity's shockwaves not only threaten the very survival of the partners and their relationship but they place children, both young and old, in the path of a destructive tsunami. It's the responsibility of both parents to protect their children from the fallout of the devastation. Rick's session will cover both the do's and don'ts of parenting after betrayal.

Leslie Hardie

LCSW Member, Affair Recovery Specialist Panel

Glory from Brokenness

Leslie Hardie - Author-Harboring Hope

Anyone who has had the excruciatingly painful experience that comes from a spouse's infidelity knows that the recovery, whether the marriage is reconciled or not, takes time, energy and gut wrenching labor. In the beginning, it can seem like it's an all consuming journey of agony and frustration. However, with time and concerted effort, genuine and even surprising good can come from the devastation and traumatic events. The heart, however, requires its own special attention. Leslie will guide you as you move your heart from brokenness to a newfound glory.

Wayne Baker

MA LPC- Member, Affair Recovery Specialist Panel

Healing from the Inside Out

Wayne Baker - Affair Recovery Specialist Panel

Couples grappling with the distress of infidelity enter therapy with two goals in mind which oftentimes can feel mutually exclusive: to feel loved and to be understood. Wayne will provide a broad overview of Internal Family Systems, a conceptual framework for achieving both goals while also generating momentum to sustain each partner through recovery. Wayne will further expand on attachment stability in the relationship affected by infidelity.

Leigh Ashley

M.A., LMFT-S, CCTP - Member, EMS Weekend Retreat team

Infidelity and Codependency: Understanding the Dynamic and How to Heal

Leigh Ashley - Member EMS Weekend Retreat Team

The trauma of betrayal alters us in ways we never see coming. Our perceptions of what is true, real and safe become distorted leaving us with overwhelming feelings of fear, ambiguity and terrifying vulnerability. Our loss of identity and emotional footing compel us to find safety at all costs. Cautious yet vigilant coping strategies begin to be employed as we desperately try to gain a sense of control of the new reality we're dropped into. Leigh's session will address illusions of safety in the healing process and provide genuine guardrails for both short and long term recovery.

Lynn Marie Cherry

You Want Me To What?

Lynn Chair - Hope Rising Conference Chair

Some people have a lot of nerve. They bypass the need for comfort and care of a betrayed spouse and lead with the need to forgive too soon. If you've ever wanted to scream at a well-intended person touting the necessity of forgiveness, you will find solidarity in Lynn's session. She will define what forgiveness is and what it isn't and then guide you through a process for finding true freedom from the pain of the most intimate injury.

Alejandro Cornejo

Developing a Mindset for Recovery and Healing

Alejandro Cornejo

Infidelity is debilitating. The disorientation and uncertainty associated with discovery leads to distress, loss of rational thinking, and subsequent poor choices that derail recovery. In Alejandro's session, you will learn how to effectively engage with the pain of intrusive thoughts and emotional shifts. You will learn how to create a mindset that will aid you in taking actions that lead to a sustainable recovery process. Whether you are only a few days removed from discovery, months or even years from it, these practical tools will help you realize the hope and confidence that are essential for moving forward.

All ticket sales will be donated to the Affair Recovery Scholarship Program!

At the Hope Rising conference, we want to restore those in crisis to extraordinary lives of meaning and purpose. You may not be able to see it at this very moment, but through the despair and pain, hope can rise.



Hope Rising event tickets are non-refundable upon purchase, but fully transferable to a substitute registrant up to, and including, the day(s) of the event.

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