About Alive to Thrive
Why Alive to Thrive?
Alive to Thrive’s preventive training teaches these influential adults to proactively address issues that can lead to teen suicide. Additionally, the training discusses the spiritual aspects of suicide and offers Christian adults information that is clinically sound and grounded in the Bible.
From positive family relationships and connections to health and wellness tactics, a variety of factors can help today’s youth successfully cope with problems and crises.
In developing Alive to Thrive, we utilized theories of normal and abnormal child development — as well as scriptural teachings — to support and augment the clinical information.
The prevention of suicide — with its assorted spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological, and social causes and effects — falls squarely in line with Focus on the Family’s vision to redeem families, communities, and societies worldwide through Christ.
In order to reduce barriers to access, we offer Alive to Thrive’s collection of resources free of charge.
Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW
Joannie Debrito, Ph.D, LCSW, LMFT
Steve Johnson, former President of the Alliance for the Unreached, has served in international ministry for more than 30 years. His ministry work has included service with Compassion International, International Bible Society and HCJB Global (now Reach Beyond). He currently serves at Focus on the Family as the Vice President of Content Development. Steve provided content expertise as one of the designers and developers of Alive to Thrive.
Timothy L. Sanford, MA, LPC
Tim Sanford is a licensed professional counselor and the clinical director of Focus on the Family’s Counseling department. He also manages his own private practice. A pastor and public speaker, Tim is the author of two books: Losing Control and Liking It and I Have to Be Perfect.
is the Clinical Director of Counseling Services at Focus on the Family and is a licensed professional counselor with over 27 years professional experience working with marriages, parenting, trauma, anxiety, and attachment. He is an ordained minister, a national speaker, and published author. Tim is married and has two adult daughters.
has worked at Focus on The Family for 15 years as a pastoral counselor in the areas of crisis intervention, marriage, parenting, church relations, conflict resolution, burnout, depression, sexual misconduct, internet pornography, trauma, and grief. George is the founder and director of Renewal Ministries of Colorado Springs; a private counseling practice.
has a PhD in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has over 30 years’ experience working with adults, couples, and adolescents. Her private practice specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, chronic mental illness, and divorce recovery. Lori is married, has two adult children, one grandson and calls Monument, CO home.