bio picChris is a certified counselor and is the founder of Conversations on the Fringe. CotF 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 hurting children, teens, and adults for over 20 years.

Chris is a sought-after conference speaker and writer. He blogs at and a contributor to other youth-oriented blogs/websites. Chris is published in journals/magazines and writes curriculum aimed at helping hurting youth and adults.

Here are just some of Chris’ areas of expertise and experience:

  • Adolescent Development
  • Family Systems and Attachment Theory
  • Mental Health and Substance Misuse
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Bullying/Violence
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Counseling/Mentoring/Spiritual Direction

Chris is afraid of snakes and the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz but feels right at home in the dark spaces the hurting dwell in. Through CotF, he hopes to equip others so they can also navigate those dark spaces to rescue the vulnerable among us. If you are interested in having Chris speak at your event/organization/retreat/church you can contact him at the following:

Chris Schaffner

P.O. Box 74

Delavan, Illinois 61734