Hal Runkel Bio

Hal Runkel is quickly becoming America's new expert on human relationships. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with two ministry degrees, a relationship coach and a highly sought after keynote speaker, Hal is the visionary Founder and President of ScreamFree Living Inc., the organization that is calming the world, one relationship at a time. Hal's newest book, ScreamFree Parenting: Raising Your Kids By Keeping Your Cool, will be re-released in Christian format worldwide by Waterbrook Press in September 2007.

Married for 13 years, Hal and his wife have two children, ages 9 and 7. As both a husband and a father, Hal practices at home what he's preached to many thousands of families everywhere: the ScreamFree approach to relationships.

Hal, with an impressive academic and social science background, including two seminary degrees, has taken the most advanced approaches to relationship theory and, through thousands of hours of family therapy, organizational consulting and professional coaching in churches, schools, family businesses and companies, has developed the revolutionary ScreamFree Living methodology to truly revolutionize relationships. Hal now presents the ScreamFree relationship programs including ScreamFree Parenting, ScreamFree Marriage, ScreamFree Leadership and others to audiences nationwide through live presentations, teleconferences, Web seminars, newsletters and training classes.

He has presented workshops and talks on various subjects at regional, national and international conferences, as well as a variety of church and community settings. Subjects particularly suited to churches include hundreds of presentations of ScreamFree Parenting, ScreamFree Marriage, ScreamFree Relationships and ScreamFree Living. Other topics include church and organizational dynamics, addictive behaviors, generalized parenting & marriage, anger management, psychological and human systems assessment, and small group and team processes. He's spoken to all denominations of churches and often customizes the program to synchronize with existing church programs and approaches. Hal also speaks in large corporate settings such as RJ Griffin, Medical Doctor's Associates and at the Chick-fil-A national convention to nearly 5,000 people. Hal has presented on various topics to professional clinical organizations such as the Association for Marriage & Family Therapy annual conferences and ministerial and pediatrician groups. He has spoken to PTA groups, church and community groups, bookstores and other leading organizations, and is now represented by Premiere Speakers Bureau.

Hal has also taught the ScreamFree message via hundreds of media appearances, appearing in large market newspapers like the Atlanta Journal and Houston Chronicle, top market television and radio stations everywhere, including the nationally syndicated "The Bob and Sheri Show." Hal has been on numerous Christian radio programs including "The Fish"--format radio stations in several markets, Truth Talk Radio and nationally on the Homewood Radio Network. Hal is also the Relationship Expert on The Daily Buzz, a nationally syndicated morning show on the WB and UPN networks.

Hal is a member of the Family Firm Institute, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy adn the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Before starting ScreamFree Living, Inc., Hal had a thriving therapy practice and also served as director of education for Covenant Counseling Institute in Snellville, Georgia.

The Houston native and Greater Atlanta resident earned his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) in August 2000 from Abilene Christian University. His M.S. in Theological Studies was awarded in 1998.