healing begins with understanding…

Chris’ Bio

Chris is a certified addictions counselor working with chemically dependent ‘emerging adults’ and is the founder of Conversations on the Fringe, an organization seeking creative and innovative ways to bridge the gap between the mental health community and those entities (particularly schools and churches) that serve youth in contemporary society.

He’s been working with children and teens for over 20 years.  He has worked with teens who struggle with addiction, sufferers from abuse, self injury, depression and suicide.  He has spoken nationally at the UYWI Conference and Reload Training, Simply Youth Ministry Conference, Operation Snowball events, Chicago HOPES, CCDA Annual Conference, OtraOnda Dimension Juvenil Conference, provides professional consultation, assists with program development, teaches parenting, anger management, and domestic violence classes, as well a teaching a series he calls ‘Coping With…” that equips adolescent with life management skills.   Chris also writes youth ministry curriculum for Simply Youth Ministry and coordinates a ministry of SoulCare to those serving in ministry.  If you are interested in having Chris speak at your event/organization you can contact him at the following:





Chris Schaffner

P.O. Box 74

Delavan, Illinois 61734


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