Speakers and Topics

Agnes Ip, PhD., LMFT (California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist: MFC #41365)

Dr. Agnes Ip is the Founder and CEO of Presence, Presence Hong Kong, and Presence Canada. She is a California licensed marriage and family therapist and has a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology. In her early years, she was a church minister in Hong Kong, now she is a lecturer at several seminary schools. Dr. Agnes has been passionate about nurturing the next generation to serve in their families, workplaces, and current cultural context. To help people deal with the challenges in a multicultural environment, Dr. Agnes developed the Presence Life Planning Curriculum (PLPC). With creative and systematic guidance, PLPC enables connections between individuals, families, and communities, thus helping people live out their faith with wisdom.

Dr. Agnes graduated from Alliance Bible Seminary and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in multicultural community clinical psychology at Alliant International University (AIU).

Dr. Agnes has more than 20 years of experience in the mental health profession and served as a mental health therapist for government-subsidized outpatient clinics. She interned at local public schools, domestic violence shelters, and drug addiction rehabilitation centers in the U.S. She also performed psychological assessments for abused children at a government hospital. In recent years, Dr. Agnes has provided clinical guidance for marriage & family therapist trainees and interns from various universities. She is now completing her postdoc degree and conducts teletherapy part time. 

Dr. Agnes is a sought-after speaker and trainer for seminars and conferences on parenting, personal growth, professional psychology, and counseling. Additionally, she trains and coaches couples and families, professionals, small businesses, and organizations. She has trained professionals on how to resolve interpersonal conflict and how to work with difficult people and has coached business owners and high-level executives in human resource management. She has coached professionals in the marketplace as well as church and pastoral staff workers. Moreover, her writing, her professional assessment, and her counseling greatly benefit the community. Dr. Agnes founded Presence Possibilities to help parents understand their children’s learning styles and multiple intelligences, and to help young people to choose their college majors and explore career paths. 

After years of academic research and clinical experiments, Dr. Agnes developed an assertive communication training curriculum for parents and children and published three training books on the topic. This curriculum helps to enhance children’s social abilities and deepens family relationships. Dr. Agnes also founded Re:New a Presence movement to help nurture the next generation’s faith and to encourage them to serve with their creativity and talents in their families, workplaces, and multicultural communities. Specially for the northern American parents, youth, and youth workers, Dr. Agnes developed the  Healthy Dialogue-Intergenerational curriculum to provide two-way communication guidance and help connect youth, families, and churches.

Dr. Agnes and her husband Benny have been married for more than 30 years and have two adult children. She loves improvisational theater and always keeps her curiosity to explore new cultures. In her free time, she enjoys deep conversations with friends over an English afternoon tea. She also likes watching TV drama shows occasionally, and she finds herself most relaxed in mother nature.

Lecture Topics:  (click to see full list

Parenting Workshops (P) 親子講座(P)
Pre-parenting Training Course

  1. The four basic principles every Christian parent needs for training up their child
  2. Understanding the iGeneration
  3. Helping Your Teenager Not Lose Their Faith in College/University
  4. Online Gaming Addiction: Exploring the Truth about Video Games – Educational, Recreational or Detrimental?
  5. Understanding gender issues in youth
  6. Two-generation communication / Bridging the Two Generations – Family
  7. How to improve children’s learning interests and abilities: 8 areas of intelligence and learning styles
  8. Essential Concepts of Wise Parenting
  9. Enhancing children’s self-esteem
  10. Motivating children to work effectively
  11. Teaching children about sex
  12. Getting children to listen without yelling or hitting
  13. Psychological and Emotional Needs of Adolescents
  14. Dealing with Rebellious Teens / How to Communicate with Rebellious Youth
  15. How to Talk to Teens About Sex, Emotions and Other Issues
  16. How to Handle Your Children’s Stress
  17. How to Handle Your Children’s anger
  18. Age 0-5 Parenting Skills
  19. Raising Chinese Kids in an American Culture
  20. Enhancing children’s Moral Quotient
  21. Enhancing children’s Adversity Quotient
  22. How to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Emotional Life: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

  1. 基督徒父母為孩子奠定的四大教育基礎
  2. 認識 “i ” 世代 /了解今天的校園文化
  3. 如何預備你的青少年上大學後仍然持守他的信仰
  4. 網絡成癮的原因與治療
  5. 青少年的性別認同
  6. 兩代之間親子溝通
  7. 如何提高孩子的學習興趣與能力/ 八大多元智能和孩子學習風格
  8. 健康家庭須有的基本心理概念
  9. 如何提高孩子的自尊心
  10. 如何培養孩子愛做事
  11. 與孩子談性
  12. 不打不罵使孩子聽話/ 培養有志氣又聽話孩子的六大要訣
  13. 認識青少年的心理需要
  14. 與叛逆的青少年相處
  15. 如何與青少年談性和情感問題
  16. 如何處理孩子的壓力
  17. 如何處理孩子的憤怒
  18. 0-5歲育兒技巧
  19. 在美國文化培育中國孩子
  20. 如何提高孩子的MQ道德商數
  21. 如何提高孩子的 AQ逆境商數
  22. 如何幫助孩子保持情緒健康:處理抑鬱和焦慮
Life Stages and Transitions workshops (L) 人生階段講座 (L)
  1. Living Creatively in the Golden Age
  2. Growing out of the Stagnant Life
  3. How to Live a Life of Contentment / Living the Abundant Life (for singles and mature adults)
  4. Practical Advice for Christian Dating
  5. Spiritual Life in Financial Tsunami
  6. Understanding gender issue
  7. From courtship to marriage
L1. 創意黃金歲月——由中年走進老年
L3.做個滿足快樂人 (給單身和成熟成年人)
L6. 認識性別迷思
Interpersonal Relationships and Leadership (I) 人際關係及領導 (I)
  1. Skills for Comforting People
  2. Unraveling the Knot: Love-Hate Relationships
  3. Understanding Emotions and Effective Listening Skills
  4. Breaking Out of The Clique Mentality/ (Small Group Mentalities)
  5. Male and Female Relationship & Separation
  6. Understanding Differences & Resolving Conflicts
  7. Interpersonal Relationship & Peer Counseling
  8. Prevent Sexual Harassment in Church (Pastors Training)
  9. Understanding Gender and Cultural Issues (Pastors Training)
  10. Personal Bias, Faith, and Interpersonal dynamics (Sunday school 8-12 classes)
  1. 安慰人的技巧
  2. 如何處理好愛與恨的關係
  3. 了解情緒及有效傾聽的技巧
  4. 同聲同氣——小圈子背後的成因和解決 / 群體與偏見 (DVD and CD recorded)
  5. 男女關係與分手處理
  6. 了解人與人之間的差異及衝突處理
  7. 人際關係及朋輩輔導
  8. 教牧訓練:如何防範和面對教會發生性騷擾事件
  9. 教牧訓練:了解性別認同的議題
  10. 個人偏見,信仰,和人際關係動力學(主日學8-12班)
Couples workshops (C) 夫婦講座 (C)
  1. Conflict-Resolution
  2. 16 Personalities in Couple Relationships
  3. Understanding the Differences Between Men and Women
  4. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Couples
  5. The Development of Intimate Relationships
  6. Defense of Marriage
  7. Improving the Marriage Relationship
  8. How to Handle Hard Times
  9. Marriage Camp – Becoming Spiritual Soul Mates in Marriage
  1. 夫婦衝突處理
  2. 16種性格分析與夫婦相處之道
  3. 男女有別與溝通
  4. 認知行為療法與夫婦關係
  5. 親密關係的發展
  6. 婚姻保衛戰
  7. 改善婚姻關係
  8. 如何處理困難時期
  9. 婚姻訓練營 – 在婚姻中成為靈魂伴侶
Mental Health workshops (M) 情緒健康講座 (M)
  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mild Depression and Anxiety (Self-Help Training)
  2. Understanding Depression: Causes and Treatments
  3. Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Causes and Treatments
  4. Helping Family Members Struggling with Personality Disorders
  5. Mental Health Issues in Youth
  6. Coping with Stress
  1. 認知行為療法–給輕度抑鬱和焦慮者的自助訓練
  2. 認識憂鬱症和治療方法
  3. 認識燥鬱性和治療
  4. 認識人格障礙與家人相處之道
  5. 青少年的心理健康
  6. 壓力應對
Self-Growth Training Program (Day Camp) (G) 活現自我成長課程 (日營) (G)
  1. Self-Growth for Caring Ministry Workers
  2. Seven Seasons of Manhood (for couples)
  1. 給關懷事工者的自我成長訓練: 生命成長歷史. 依附的模式. 人際互動界線
  2. 男人的七個成長季節 (給夫婦的訓練)
Sunday Sermons (S) 主日講道 (S)
  1. Become a church that are blessed with healthy families
  2. Blessings from Father
  3. Tips of becoming a devoted mother
  4. Serving in the “i”Generation (Youth Ministry)
  1. 成為健康家庭的教會
  2. 父親的祝福
  3. 虔誠母親的秘訣
  4. i世代的服事 (青少年事工)
For Youth Only (Y) – English
  1. Skills for Comforting People: Understanding Emotions and Effective Listening Skills
  2. Unraveling the Knot: Love-Hate Relationships
  3. Breaking Out of The Clique Mentality
  4. Practical Advice for Christian Dating
  5. Boundaries in Dating
  6. How to Handle Break-Ups
  7. Understanding The Differences Between Genders
  8. Conflict Resolution
  9. Peer Counseling
  10. Coping with Stress
  11. Maintaining a Healthy Emotional Life: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety


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