Join Dr. Christopher M. Layne as he challenges and enhances your knowledge of trauma in youth. Dr. Layne is the Director of Education in Evidence-Based Practice of the UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, which oversees the NCTSN. His professional activities share the common aim of developing clinically useful theory, assessment tools, interventions, and training curricula relating to psychological, environmental, and biological factors that contribute to the origin, course, consequences, and treatment of post-traumatic and post-bereavement adjustment.

NCTSN was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S..

A “Critical Issues” phenomena is Dr. Ray Kotwicki, the first keynote speaker to ever be invited for an encore! Dr. Kotwicki received such high acclaim and so many requests to ‘bring him back’ from last year’s attendees, the committee broke 23-years of tradition and asked this Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, a nationally acclaimed private, nonprofit residential and day treatment organization in Atlanta, Georgia, to return as a featured speaker!

Dr. Kotwicki often appears on television, radio and in newspaper articles discussing mental health and integrated medical care. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians’ Association. Kotwicki was a member of several professional organizations and boards. He was a Department of Energy Fellow and trained in medicine at the Universities of Wisconsin, Boston, Harvard, and Emory. He remains on the adjunctive faculty at both Emory and the University of Miami.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kotwicki has received numerous distinctions, including Emory’s prestigious Dean’s Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, “Heroes in Fight”, ’Exemplary Psychiatrist Award’ and “Distinguished Achievement Alumnus Award”.

Mackenzie Phillips – Actress and author of the courageous New York Times bestseller High on Arrival, and her equally successful book, Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction, is also currently enjoying her role as ‘Barb’ in, Orange Is The New Black and the revival of One Day At A Time which originally, together with 1973’s American Graffiti, shot her to fame. Now, Mackenzie is making a different impact as a director at the Breathe Life Healing Center in Los Angeles where she specializes in trauma, drug, and alcohol treatment and recovery.

Daughter of The Mamas and The Papas lead singer John Phillips, Mackenzie is a survivor of substance abuse and an advocate for addiction awareness and education who shares her knowledge and voice about recovery and her experiences with those who are trying to overcome addiction. After growing up in a dysfunctional environment and subsequently battling a near-fatal drug addiction, Mackenzie now presents the wisdom she gained from her own journey and her understanding of practical treatment from her work as a rehab counselor. Using her life experiences as examples, she shares the tools and holistic approaches that are available to help those on their way to recovery. Ms. Phillips’ appearance is possible due to the support of Breathe Life Healing Center.


AUTISM TRACK – designed specifically for individuals with experience working with youth on the Spectrum.

EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH TRACK coordinated by The Children’s Center in partnership with organizations specializing in specific areas of early childhood.

SCHOOL TRACK – offered via a partnership with the Utah Board of Education and the Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health for all levels of school personnel.

INTEGRATION OF PSYCHIATRY IN PRIMARY / PEDIATRIC CARE – following the format of this well-received track at “Generations” designed for prescribers and high level practitioners in these fields.

In the early 80’s Mary Ainsworth and Mary Main, well-known in the world of attachment, wrapped up a presentation titled, “Clinical applications of attachment theory” by saying, “We really don’t know how to use this to inform clinical practice. But we encourage clinicians not to attempt to use the strange situation to assess children in their offices.” Over the past 30 years we’ve come a long way. In this workshop you will discuss the tenets of attachment theory that are critical in addressing parent-child concerns. Two trauma cases will be explored in order to help clinicians understand how to assess attachment issues impacting the relationship, the juxtaposition with child trauma, and how to gently help children and parents learn how to create a nurturing dance as they heal.

This master workshop and its leader – Dr. Douglas Goldsmith, have been popularly requested by attendees at both this conference and its spin-off “Generations”. Dr. Goldsmith, has provided therapy to families for over 35 years. His expertise in attachment has helped countless children learn to bond with their parents. He has lectured nationally on the application of attachment theory to clinical practice. He is a recognized expert in childhood trauma and has helped children with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and those struggling with divorce to lead more successful and happy lives. You may remember Dr. Goldsmith as the Executive Director of The Children’s Center in Utah for 23 years. WEDNESDAY: 8:00 – 12:3 (4 credit hours)

CAMS – MORE THAN JUST A TRAINING (for suicide prevention credit & skill)
The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) is a therapeutic framework for suicide assessment and treatment. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients in various treatment settings and modalities wherein the clinician and patient engage in a highly interactive process. Every session of CAMS utilizes the patient’s input about what is and is not working. All assessment work is collaborative, and the patient can ‘co-author’ their own treatment plan. In CAMS philosophy, the clinician’s honesty and forthrightness are key. For any patient teetering between life and death, there can be no more important component of care than direct and respectful candor when suicidal risk is present. With CAMS, the clinician endeavors to understand their patient’s suffering from an empathetic, non-judgmental, and intra-subjective perspective.

In this exceptional workshop, you will have the opportunity to engage in all of the four training components including access to the CAMS Book (Managing Suicidal Risk, A Collaborative Approach), an online training prior to the full day training, this full day interactive training, and ongoing case consultation. WEDNESDAY: 8:00 – 4:30 (8 credit hours – suicide prevention)

Nationally-renowned expert, Carol Falender, PhD, to gain tools for clinical supervision which track and monitor clinical and professional growth and competence! No need to pay travel costs. Now you can meet and experience nationally-renowned expert, Carol Falender, Ph.D. – (author, co-author and co-editor of books and articles on supervision as well as a trainer across the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.)

With the recognition that clinical supervision is a distinct professional practice comes the necessity for formal training for competency for supervisors. Competencies are available for all mental health professions. Competency-based clinical supervision is evolving quickly and provides an intentional, systematic approach to supervision practice. A reflective, mindful approach, competency-based clinical supervision is strength-based, focused on upholding values and ethics of the profession, and devoted to enhancing supervisee competence, professionalism, and development while monitoring and gatekeeping for the protection of the client and the profession. This approach is metatheoretical which means it is applicable with every supervision model.

Dr. Falender directed APA approved internship programs at child and family guidance clinics for over twenty years and was a delegate to the 2002 Competencies Conference. She has presented plenary sessions to the Associations of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, and more. Dr. Falender is a Fellow of American Psychological Association (APA), former President of Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, and is currently APA Council Representative. She is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine, Clinical Professor at UCLA, former Chair of California Psychological Association (CPA) Education and Training, and APA Division, and Chair-elect of Supervision and Training.

Dr. Falender’s appearance is supported by a partnership with NASW, Utah Chapter and the Utah Psychological Association. WEDNESDAY: 8:30 – 3:30 (6 credit hours, including 3 ethics hours)

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a top-research-validated prevention program targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Botvin LifeSkills Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model / Exemplary program by an array of agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Rather than merely teaching about dangers, Botvin LifeSkills promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to:

  • Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs
  • Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety
  • Increase knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
  • Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent health risk behaviors

Proven to cut DRUG USE by up to 75%

Proven to cut ALCOHOL USE by up to 60%

Proven to cut TOBACCO USE by up to 87%

Proven to cut Verbal/Physical AGGRESSION, FIGHTING, & DELINQUENCY by up to 50%

Craig Zettle has presented at national and international conferences over the last 20 years. He has been active in prevention education with Botvin LifeSkills Training for the last 15 years and regularly consults with schools, districts, federal and state agencies, as well as community organizations on the implementation of this LifeSkills Training program. WEDNESDAY: 9:00 – 4:30 (6 credit hours)

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