Hope Rising Conference 2021

Fourth 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 2nd, 2021.
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST.
  • Location: Livestream
  • Price: $79

This year, if you purchase the 2021 livestream, you also get access to the 2021 on-demand recording!

You are not alone. Healing from infidelity can feel isolating, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Hope Rising, you can gain momentum, strength and community on your journey to wholeness. We've walked through this pain ourselves, and we've walked alongside thousands of others on this journey. You may not see it at this very moment, but in this dark chapter hope can rise.

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.
  • Receive encouragement from survivors who are thriving.


Who's Taking the Stage

Shauna Shanks

Keynote Speaker

Shauna Shanks is a wife, mom of three boys, entrepreneur and author of A Fierce Love, an inspirational story of how she transformed herself, first and foremost, as well as her marriage after a betrayal. In October 2013, her husband asked for a divorce out of the blue. In the weeks that followed, she found out that he was having an affair and that he had, at that moment, completely and mentally checked out of their marriage. In the months that followed, Shauna didn't have much hope that they’d be able to salvage their relationship. During her keynote session, you will learn the encouragements she used to weather this difficult season and, ultimately, become happier, freer and whole once again.

Rick Reynolds

LCSW, President and Founder of Affair Recovery

Rick Reynolds - Founder and President-AffairRecovery

As one of America’s foremost authorities helping individuals and couples struggling with affairs and compulsive sexual behaviors, Rick Reynolds brings over 30 years of experience and insight to his role as president and founder of Affair Recovery. After his own personal experience with the recovery process early in his marriage, Rick was driven to build out courses that are the foundation for Affair Recovery clients today.

John Mark Haney

Ph.D., LPC, Co-Author of Harboring Hope, and EMS Weekend counselor

Speaker Dr. John Mark Haney

Dr. John Mark Haney is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has the ability to deeply connect to those in crisis. During his Expert Q&A Sessions, he provides insights and answers to betrayed spouses participating in Harboring Hope. John helps clients cope with pain and find new life and meaning beyond their suffering and confusion. John has been trained and certified in sex therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing as well as Emotional Transformation Therapy. He knows that pain can either break us or serve as the catalyst for us to live better, brighter lives.

Leslie Hardie

LCSW, Co-Author of Harboring Hope, and EMS Weekend counselor

Leslie Hardie - Author-Harboring Hope

Leslie Hardie is a licensed therapist who shares her vast experience with Harboring Hope participants through her Expert Q&A videos. She specializes in trauma-related issues and communication challenges, but she is best known for her work in recovery from infidelity. Leslie utilizes her own personal experience with infidelity to expertly guide individuals and couples through their own devastating circumstances in the aftermath of an affair. She is trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Emotional Transformation Therapy and as a trauma specialist. Leslie knows that with time and concerted effort, genuine and even surprising good can come from the devastation and traumatic events of betrayal.

Wayne Baker

M.A, LPC, and EMS Weekend counselor

Wayne Baker - Affair Recovery Specialist Panel

Wayne Baker is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with high-conflict couples and adults impacted by traumatic events, including infidelity. He is passionate about providing hope for individuals, families and couples as they heal from betrayal. Wayne is the co-author of a chapter for the graduate school textbook Positive Couple Relationships: The Evidence for Long-Lasting Relationship Satisfaction and Happiness.

Jessica McDaniel

LPC, EMS Weekend Retreat Team

Jessica McDaniel

Jessica McDaniel is a wife, the mother of three amazing daughters and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is passionate about working with clients who have experienced betrayal trauma, identity and sexual brokenness, pregnancy grief/loss and postpartum depression. Jessica enjoys helping women and couples work toward deeper authenticity and invite the healing love of Christ into all parts of their story. As someone who has personally walked through betrayal, Jessica has seen firsthand how hope and healing are possible for anyone willing to work through the pain.

Andrea Rogers

Board-Certified Life Coach

Andrea Rogers

Andrea Rogers is a Bible teacher, ministry leader and proud home-school mom of four beautiful children. She is also a board-certified life coach with a master’s degree in training and development. Andrea is trained by APSATS using the multidimensional partner trauma model, a model that was incredibly instrumental in her own healing from betrayal trauma. For more than 20 years, she has walked alongside others as they’ve journeyed from hurting to healing to wholeness.


Infidelity Survivor

After experiencing betrayal, Jeremy felt lost, broken and stuck. He had no idea what to do with the pile of emotions that were building up inside him. During this difficult season, he turned to Rick Reynolds for help. Armed with Rick's guidance and a five-part model for forgiveness, Jeremy was able to turn the corner on his trauma and write a different story for himself and his wife.

Donate to the Affair Recovery Scholarship Program!

All Hope Rising sales go to the Affair Recovery Scholarship Program! This program provides financial assistance to those in need, allowing them to participate in our restorative online courses. Any size gift can make a world of difference in someone else’s life. Can't attend Hope Rising but would like to give back? Click the button below to donate directly to our scholarship program.

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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.