The Smart StepFamily

Join Us and Become Blended Family Smart

Get ready to embark on a great journey for the new year and unite your blended family with Ron Deal and Laura Petherbridge.  The first of it's kind, we're joining two of the nation's leading experts, speakers and authors on the modern blended family into a single conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This seminar is for anyone that believes family comes first.  Learn fresh techniques and helpful tools from blended family experts to better understand your second marriage and to gain better perspective.  You will leave with more purposeful direction ready to sail forward with confidence as you learn to guide your step family through the storms that often arise in the unique family dynamic of blending a step family.


The Salt Palace

100 S W Temple

Salt Lake City, UT

Date & Time

Friday, January 24

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Saturday, January 25

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Conference schedule


12:00 PM

Registration and Check-In

1:00 PM

Stepfamily Dynamics:  Why and How They Differ

2:00 PM

The Ex-Spouse-In-Law:  The Good, Bad, and Ugly

3:00 PM


3:15 PM

Setting Stepfamily Boundaries

4:00 PM

Things I Wish My Stepparent Knew: Kids and Adults Share

5:00 PM

Dinner Break

6:30 PM

Building a Successful Stepfamily with Ron Deal

7:00 PM

Becoming Stepfamily Smart

8:00 PM

How to "Cook" a Stepfamily

8:30 PM

Dismiss and Rest Up for Saturday


7:30 AM

Registration and Check In

8:30 AM

Your Marriage - Priority One

10:10 AM


10:30 AM

Attachment, Loss & Loyalty

11:30 AM

Refreshments & Stretch Break

11:45 AM

Pillars of Stepparent Success

12:45 PM

Q&A with Laura and Ron


Ron Deal

Husband, Father, Author, and Marriage and Family Therapist

Ron Deal is husband to Nan (since 1986) and proud father of Braden, Connor, and Brennan. Everything else is just details.

Ron is a marriage and family author, conference speaker, and therapist. He is author of the Amazon bestselling books The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), The Smart Stepfamily Marriage (with Dr. David Olson), Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, and his latest The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning (with Greg Pettys and David Edwards). In addition, in February 2020 Ron's highly anticipated book with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman will be released entitled Building Love Together in Blended Families. A highly sought after recognized expert in marriage and blended families, Ron is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with close to 30 years experience in local church ministry and family training.

Ron served as a member of the Couple Checkup Research Team (headed by Dr. David Olson, PREPARE-ENRICH) which conducted the two largest studies of marital strength ever accomplished. They surveyed over 100,000 marriages and remarriages (over 200,000 people) and examined the qualitative differences between highly satisfied marriages and low-quality marriages. The results of their groundbreaking research for couples are published in the books The Couple Checkup (Olson, Larson, & Olson-Sigg, 2008) and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage (Deal & Olson, 2015), and are featured in Ron’s seminar for dating, engaged, married, and remarried couples called the Couple Checkup Conference.

Learn more about Ron Deal

Laura Petherbridge

Speaker, Teacher, Author

Laura Petherbridge serves couples and single adults with topics on spiritual growth, relationships, stepfamilies, co-parenting, single parenting, divorce prevention, and divorce recovery.

She is an international speaker and author of four books including, When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”—Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and The Smart Stepmom, co-authored with stepfamily expert Ron Deal and endorsed by Gary Chapman (Five Love Languages), 101Tips for The Smart Stepmom—Expert Advice from One Stepmom to Another and Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul-a devotional.

Laura has spoken at the Billy Graham Training Center, and for Lifeway, Family Life, Hearts at Home, and Iron Sharpens Iron conferences.

Learn more about Laura Petherbridge

Join us January 24 & 25, 2020

The Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT  84101

Contact Us

Phone: (801) 901-6640

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