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Agenda

THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 12, 2024

7:00 – 8:00       REGISTRATION, EXHIBITS & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 – 9:15       WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
(1.0 Hrs)           Thomas Conover, MD

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  SOCIAL MEDIA, GANGS & THE FUTURE OF OUR YOUTH  [.25 Ethics/.25 Suicide Prevention Credits]
John Leverso, PhD

After hearing from this expert with ‘lived experience’ you will be able to:

  1. Show the connections between behavioral health issues and gang involvement and be able to question and assess youth for potential risk for or involvement in, gangs and the justice system; and,
  2. Portray the common paths of youth leaving gangs and what clinicians and others can do to help them transition out and actions which should be avoided in these circumstances and the boundaries that should be set.

9:15 – 9:30       EXHIBITS & BREAK

9:30 – 10:45      CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1.25 Hrs/Ea)

SOCIAL MEDIA IN TODAY’S SOCIETY & IT’S IMPACT ON YOUTH   [.25 Ethics/.25 Suicide Prevention Credits]
John Loverso, PhD  (Supported in part by the Utah Criminal Justice Center)

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  1. Overview the latest research around the impact of social media on today’s youth; and,
  2. Outline safe social media practices for parents/caregivers and youth.

REDEFINING FAMILY: HELPING KIDS NAVIGATE SEPARATION AND DIVORCE
Douglas F. Goldsmith, PhD

As a result of attending this presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Assess the behavioral health impact of parental separation and/or divorce on youth of various ages and design a treatment plan to assist them with the transitions and educate the parents regarding sequela on their children and ways they can also provide the support needed to transition to new family structure, living arrangements, and other daily changes; and,
  2. Explain how documentation should be done in these cases and the boundaries clinicians should have in place to avoid ethical and legal consequences in these cases.

LEGISLATIVE & LICENSING CHANGES YOU SHOULD KNOW TO STAY IN GOOD STANDING
Jana Johansen

Once you have attended this session, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the most recent legislative and licensing changes affecting behavioral health providers in Utah, how those changes may impact practitioners and clients, the rationale behind them, and their current status; and,
  2. Plan appropriate practice changes to stay in compliance with these new laws and regulatory directions.

STRENGTHENING THE CIRCLE: FAMILY SYSTEMS FOR MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH  [.25 Suicide Prevention Credit]
Karen W. Tao, PhD

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss some common maternal mental health issues present at different developmental stages of the family and be able to recognize the ‘red flags’ for such issues and then provide an effective assessment; and,
  2. Implement early interventions for the presenting issues which include and support all family members as may be indicated.

CURRENT PERSPECTIVES ON TRAUMA-BASED DISSOCIATION IN CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS: AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT IT IS, WHAT TO LOOK FOR, AND WHAT TO DO  [.25 Suicide Prevention Credit]
Pamela Fuller, PhD

This presentation will provide an overview of trauma-based dissociation, including what to look for in children and adolescents, the neurobiology and psychology of why it occurs, and key strategies for reducing dissociation. Because trauma-based dissociation can interfere with trauma recovery and trauma treatment, your ability to recognize and treat dissociation is an essential part of providing effective, comprehensive care for youth. This presentation includes information based on empirical and clinical findings with use of case examples and is appropriate for any professional, from beginner to advanced, who wants to learn more about trauma-based dissociation.

After joining this presenter, you will be able to:

  1. Provide an overview of neurobiology and psychology of trauma-based dissociation; and,
  2. Recognize signs of potential trauma-based dissociation and apply key, current intervention strategies.

TBA
Utah Criminal Justice Center

As a result of participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. TBA
  2. TBA

A TIMELY MOSAIC: EXPLORING THE LANDSCAPE OF HEALTHCARE DISPARITIES IN UTAH  [.5 Ethics Credit]
Jessica Makin

After exploring these issues, you will be able to:

  1. Trace some of the health disparities recently identified in a statewide report conducted by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services and the corresponding gaps in service; and,
  2. Report on the strengths and weaknesses of Utah’s healthcare system with an emphasis on the behavioral health arena and show what they can do in their own practice settings to help support and grow the strengths while also advocating for change of the weaknesses or gaps.

EXPERIENTIAL ESCAPE: MOVE TO THE BEAT: UNLEASH CREATIVITY & CONFIDENCE WITH RHYTHM WORK DANCE
Alicia Anderson, CSW

Once you join this experiential escape, you will be able to:

  1. Cite the evidence behind Rhythm Works Dance and the mechanisms of how it helps kids with neurodiversity, mental health issues, and/or physical conditions; and,
  2. Incorporate some Rhythm Dance practices into their own clinical settings as may be indicated by the science/evidence.

10:45 – 11:00    EXHIBITS & BREAK

11:00 – 12:15    CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1.25 Hrs/Ea)

INTEGRATING DBT INTO FAMILY THERAPY
Mona Yaptangco, PhD

Once you join this expert, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of dialectics and how the ‘Walking The Middle Path Skill’ balances the dialectic of acceptance and change; and,
  2. Demonstrate strategies for DBT in family therapy using both change and acceptance strategies.

AN ETHICS REBOOT: STAYING SAFE WHEN IN GRAY AREAS  [1.25 Ethics Credit]
Daniel Rich, LMHC

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the latest laws impacting clinicians when they interface with DCFS, courts, and others; and,
  2. Translate these laws into best, ethical practices around documenting, reporting, testifying, and supporting clients.

POWER-UP; GOING BEYOND BARRIERS TO PROMOTE WELL-BEING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (ID/DD)  [.25 Ethics/.25 Suicide Prevention Credits]
Matthew Wappett, PhD

As a result of joining this expert, you will leave able to:

  1. Present the findings of a recent study on mental health in individuals with ID/DD and the ethical challenges it presents for treatment communities; and,
  2. Outline how treatment paths need to be adapted for these individuals to reach maximum effectiveness and apply these techniques in their own practices.

IS THIS AUTISM OR NOT?
Chuck Edgington, PhD;  Natalie Roth, PhD

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  1. Identify key considerations involved in ruling in or out an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) within complex symptom presentations; and,
  2. Conduct diagnostic interviews and select test batteries that enhance the ability to identify ASD.

THIRD WAVE PARENT COACHING STRATEGIES FOR CHILDREN OF THE DIGITAL AGE
Kimberly Applewhite, PsyD

After you hear from this presenter, you will be able to:

  1. Review ways to engage and support parents using skills-based models and assess parents and families to identify the modalities most likely to be effective; and,
  2. Apply skills-based approaches from DBT, CBT, and MI to coach parents to best work with their children.

TBA
Utah Criminal Justice Center

As a result of participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. TBA
  2. TBA

MORE THAN SHELTER: SUPPORTING THE NEEDS OF FAMILIES EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS  [.25 Ethics Credit]
Chad Harris, MFT

After viewing this presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the current state of homelessness among families and provide education that debunks the myths, reduces stigma, and prompts advocacy for policy changes that support individuals and families experiencing homelessness; and,
  2. Present behavior change strategies that can help fill gaps and improve individual and family support and long-term outcomes.

EXPERIENTIAL ESCAPE:  THE EMBODIMENT OF JOY
 Anna Beck, MA, RDT

After completing this session, you will be able to:

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12:15 – 1:15      LUNCHEON

1:15 – 2:15       CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1.0 Hr/Ea)

BRIEF INTERVENTIONS IN SCHOOLS & CLINICAL SETTINGS
Aaron J. Fischer, PhD, BCBA-D

As a result of listening to this school expert, you will be able to:

  1. Identify appropriate and effective evidence-based interventions for youth with various clinical presentations and diagnoses; and,
  2. Demonstrate the application of these brief interventions in school environments as well as in clinical settings to positively impact the youth and their family while in treatment or even when on wait lists.

HEALTHY SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE AGES & STAGES  [.25 Suicide Prevention Credit]
The Children’s Center

After learning about the concepts of sexual development, you will be able to:

  1. Trace the markers and common scenarios indicating healthy sexual development in youth of various ages and developmental stages; and,
  2. Assess individuals to determine if they are on this trajectory or if ‘red flags’ indicate potential problem areas that should be addressed and be able to apply these initial interventions or make appropriate referrals for such care.

MEDICAID CHANGES FOR YOUTH – STEPS 1-2-3 FOR SUCCESS 
Jennifer Strohecker, PharmD

After hearing and discussing Medicaid, you will be able to:

  1. Present the most recent changes in Medicaid that impact youth and families; and,
  2. Adapt their current practices to comply with these laws and related ethical areas.

ABA ISN’T JUST FOR AUTISM! APPLICATIONS OUTSIDE THE SPECTRUM
Casey Gressman, MBA, MEd, BCBA, LBA

Applied Behavior Analysis has been well-documented as the standard of care for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Although state legislation has mandated insurance coverage of ABA for individuals with Autism, the applications of ABA have been found to be effective in treating symptoms of a wide variety of conditions and diagnoses including severe destructive behavior, substance abuse, pediatric feeding disorders, sleep disorders, traumatic brain injury, and conduct disorders among many others. Furthermore, principles of ABA can be found in effective classroom management and school-wide systems of support, levels systems, inpatient, residential, and day-treatment programming, and the justice system.

This workshop will focus on the utilization of applied behavior analysis with individuals, organizations, and systems of different compositions from determining why a behavior is occurring, identifying necessary skill deficits, and planning appropriate service delivery to increase independence, dignity, and safety for individuals and efficiency, organization, and success of an organization.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  1. Identify evidence-based, practical applications of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a variety of individuals and systems; and,
  2. Create a functional behavior plan to address identified skills deficits, gather data to measure progress, and make informed decisions on changes to these interventions.

CONFRONTING ANXIETY DISORDERS WITH BRIEF INTERVENTIONS
Todd Pehrson, LCSW

As a result of hearing insights from this presenter, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize and assess youth presenting with various anxiety disorders and/or stressors from grades, parents, school avoidance, bedtime issues, parental divorce, or other phenomena; and,
  2. Apply specific and appropriate brief interventions to assist these youth and their caregivers.

TBA
Utah Criminal Justice Center

As a result of participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. TBA
  2. TBA

RESPITE CARE FOR THRIVING – NOT JUST SURVIVING
Leah Colburn, CMHC;  Kristen Soto

After you join these speakers, you will be able to:

  1. Outline access routes and processes of respite care and how this tie back to the community for the support of youth and families; and,
  2. Explain the current research around caregiving and respite care, recognize the need for this service, and help clients navigate systems to secure appropriate respite care.

EXPERIENTIAL ESCAPE: SIMPLE STRETCHING & BREATHING FOR EVERYONE: SHORT BREAKS TO SELF-REGULATE & TO BUILD RESILIENCY SKILLS
Yael Calhoun, E-RTY

All abilities are welcome. Give yourself some time to practice short, simple stretching and breathing breaks for all ages and abilities. These tools for self-regulation are for use with clients, with families, and self-care. Support materials are provided for your use. 

As a result of participating in this ‘experiential escape’, you will be able to:

  1. Explore the neurobiology of trauma and emotional/behavioral issues as a reason to use body-based modalities to build self-regulation and resiliency skills; and,
  2. Practice short, simple techniques to use in sessions for clients and families and for your self-care.

2:15 – 2:30       EXHIBITS & BREAK

2:30 – 3:30       CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1.0 Hr/Ea)

THE INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE: HEALING & HOPE FOR YOUTH & TRAUMATIZED PARENTS  [.25 Suicide Prevention Credit]
The Children’s Center

As a result of focusing on this session, you will be able to:

  1. Identify parents of clients who are experiencing their own trauma and approach them to seek assessment and treatment for their own sequela; and,
  2. Diagram how parental trauma has impacted their children then design and implement a treatment plan which addresses these issues in both generations while maintaining healthy and ethical boundaries.

UNBREAKABLE YOU: PRACTICING RESILIENCE TO THRIVE
Matthew Wappett, PhD

Once this session if over, you will be able to:

  1. Outline some of the common personal mental health challenges faced by clinicians who work with youth and families and recognize potential ‘red flags’ in themselves colleagues; and,
  2. Practice techniques to prevent burnout and build personal resistance and design a plan to up these and other interventions when early signs of burnout or compassion fatigue may appear.

BEYOND THE BINARY: A JOURNEY FOR PROFESSIONALS TO HELP LGBTQ+ WITH SELF-DISCOVERY  [.25 Ethics/.25 Suicide Prevention Credits]
Lisa Diamond, PhD

After this professionals’ presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Assist LGBTQ+ youth with gender expression and life skills amidst some of their common challenges such as bullying, cyberbullying, familial relationship changes, housing complexities in residential treatment, and more; and,
  2. Apply ethical behavioral health treatment for these youth and families at various development points and family acceptance.

ADOPTIONS – BENEATH THE SURFACE 
Tara Romney Barber, LCSW

As a result of hearing this presenter’s insights, experience, and clinical expertise, you will be able to:

  1. Explore some of the common adoption scenarios such as out-of-country, limbic trauma, FAS and other in-utero issues, brain injuries and the special challenges of these as well as the common reasons behavioral health professionals are brought into these cases; and,
  2. Outline and describe how clinicians can adapt and direct therapeutic courses to best address these needs – from assessment to tertiary treatment for the youth and their families.

PEDIATRIC SEIZURE DISORDERS
Brain Injury Alliance of Utah

Once you have heard this lecture, you will leave with the ability to:

  1. Discuss different kinds of seizure disorders including etiology, connections, and symptomology; and,
  2. Explore the overlap of these disorders with behavioral health issues in youth and how clinicians can best adapt clinical environments and courses to support these youth and their families/caregivers.

EXPOSURE THERAPY FOR YOUTH
Todd Pehrson, LCSW

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  1. Identify youth with anxiety disorders who are most likely to benefit from exposure therapy; and,
  2. Apply this evidence-based practice as indicated and evaluate its effectiveness to adjust treatment for maximum results.

TBA
Utah Criminal Justice Center

As a result of participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. TBA
  2. TBA

UNLEASHING FOCUS: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR KIDS WITH ADD/ADHD
Magenta Silberman, PhD

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  1. Assess youth with various presentations of ADD/ADHD and design a treatment plan to address this diagnosis whether by itself or with a co-occurring disorder; and,
  2. Apply evidence-based interventions currently believed to be most effective with these youth and support their families via education around adaptations that can be made in the home environment to decrease stress and improve relationships and daily routines.

EXPERIENTIAL ESCAPE:  BEYOND THE NOTES: EXPLORING THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC
Jeff Whyte, RMT

After enjoying this musical experiential, you will be able to:

  1. Cite the evidence behind music’s effects on the brain and how it can be used as an adjunct to many behavioral health treatment milieus; and,
  2. Experience and teach techniques that can be incorporated into their current practices and evaluate their effectiveness on expected outcomes.

3:30 – 3:45       BREAK & EXHIBITS

3:45 – 5:00       CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1.25 Hrs/Ea)

CLINICAL SUPERVISION AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW & DO
 Jennifer Morgan-Smith, LMFT, MBA;   John M. Robbins, PhD, LMFT

As a result of joining these experts, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the latest law and licensure requirements around clinical supervision; and,
  2. Apply some current ‘best practices’ in clinical supervision.

UNDERSTANDING THE WHY: WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO SELF-HARM  [.5 Suicide Prevention Credit]
Marcy Porritt, PhD

You will learn how to implement ongoing collaborative assessment of the function of self-harm behaviors including various replacement behaviors such as harm reduction, distress tolerance skills, and interpersonal effectiveness.

As a result of attending this program, you will be able to:

  1. Assess youth who have self-harmed and work with them to identify the etiology and behavioral function; and,
  2. Author and implement a treatment plan that addresses the obvious and hidden etiologic factors and provides more effective behaviors moving forward.

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR MULTICULTURAL POPULATIONS IN TREATMENT  [1.25 Ethics Credit]
Siope Lee Kinikini, CMHC

Once you have attended this session you will be able to:

  1. Explain how to approach cultures that do not align with western cultural norms, especially when using specific modalities like CBT and DBT to better help their clients engage in treatment; and,
  2. Improve mental health treatment for these clients, their families and for the provider by decreasing frustration and judgment when engaging with clients that appear non-compliant and even defiant.

TRAUMA INFORMED CARE FOR KIDS WITH COMPLEX BEHAVIOR PRESENTATIONS                                 
April Graham, LCSW

After hearing from this specialist, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the lessons learned when ‘treatment as normal’ has not worked with youth who have complex behavioral issues and,
  2. Apply techniques currently believed to be most effective with youth of various ages who present with complex behavioral issues in clinical and judicial settings.

TBA

Utah Criminal Justice Center

As a result of participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. TBA
  2. TBA

TAMING THE TINY TITANS: EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN CHILDREN UP TO 6 YEARS OF AGE
The Children’s Center

After joining this speaker, you will be able to:

  1. Assess young children who present with difficult behaviors diagram the etiology of their behaviors and the rationale behind them; and,
  2. Apply interventions currently believed to be most effective in dealing with these behaviors and the underlying issues and educate parents/caregivers so they may also provide consistent interventions in the home and school environment.

SUICIDE PREVENTION   [1.25 Suicide Prevention Credit]
Rachael Anne Jasperson, LCSW, PhD, MBA

As a result of participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. TBA
  2. TBA

MOOD DISORDERS & DIFFERENTIAL DX & TX 
Huntsman Mental Health Institute

After learning from and brainstorming with this expert, you will be able to:

  1. Show how varied the presentation of mood disorders can be able be able to provide a differential diagnoses of these clinical cases; and,
  2. Author and apply a treatment plan for individuals with various mood disorder diagnoses – singularly or in combination with other issues.

FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 13, 2024

7:30 – 8:00       CHECK-IN, EXHIBITS & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 – 9:15       CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1.25 Hrs/Ea)

MAKE SKILLS GROUP FUN AGAIN: STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING DBT SKILLS TO CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
Kimberly Applewhite, PsyD

After this session, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate three strategies of DBT skills application while incorporating developmentally appropriate perspectives for children and adolescents; and,
  2. Make group material more interactive and engaging for youth populations.

ATTACHMENT & BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS & ITS ROLE
Gabriella Campbell, CMHC, CCTP-II

Following this presentation, your participation will allow you to:

  1. Identify how both secure and insecure attachment styles are formed and how they ultimately create an internal working model for all relationships; and,
  2. Explain how attachment ruptures become internalized and affect individuals in visceral ways and how they present clinically. This shall include the most effective interventions for these challenges.

UNRAVELING THE MAZE: EXPLORING THE RISE OF PSYCHOSIS IN YOUTH
Jessica Carpenter

After following this speaker through their breakout session, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the signs of psychotic illness, including prodromal, first episode psychosis, in the young and provide a differential diagnosis including the differentiation with psychotic symptoms from substance use; and,
  2. Explore the current early interventions that are showing great promise and either incorporate them into their treatment settings or be able to make appropriate and supportive referrals.

THE MISSED KILLER: EARLY ALCOHOL USE & WHERE IT CAN LEAD
B. Todd Thatcher, MD

As a result of participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. Discuss the health risks of alcohol use and demonstrate how the common dismissal of any risks associated with alcohol use in the young can often pave the way to future health and substance misuse/abuse issues; and,
  2. Translate this information into education for youth and parents/caregivers and heightened awareness and screening of this and other substance use/abuse behaviors in youth.

NAVIGATING & NAILING THE TREATMENT TRANSITION CONUNDRUMS VIA COORDINATION, COLLABORATION & MORE  [.25 Ethics Credit]
PNG and Kimball DeLaMare, LCSW

When clients and their families access care they often encounter segmented, time-limited, and services-restricted solutions that leave them puzzled and without the leverage of treatment gains made in different therapeutic settings. The disconnects clients experience are bi-directional – with those needing more intensive services and those no longer requiring higher levels of support losing crucial momentum as they move along the care continuum. This workshop will discuss solutions, and propose a suite of essential transition elements that span the continuum while engaging the audience in real case problem-solving.   

After considering your observations and others, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the levels of care and five crucial elements needed for successful treatment placements and transitions as may be needed per individual assessments; and,
  2. Develop and follow transition plans for clients including, but not limited to warm hand-offs between providers and/or other necessary transitions through the course of treatment.

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR THOSE WITH NEURODIVERSITY
Melisa Genaux, MEd

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss some of the common behavior challenges which present in youth with neurodiverse brains; and,
  2. Apply proven techniques in homes, schools, and clinical settings to positively intervene with these behaviors and teach skills for positive behavior management to these youth an their caregivers.

TBA
UCJC

After joining these professionals, you will be able to:

  1. TBA
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FOUNDATIONS & WAYS TO IMPROVE HEALTH
Carol Stipelman (Pending final confirmation)

After participating in this experiential area, you will be able to:

  1. Talk about functional medicine and holistic views of health and mental health; and,
  2. Educate youth and parents/caregivers to practice healthy lifestyles for all aspects of these approached – especially those related to gut health.

9:15 – 9:30       BREAK & EXHIBITS

9:30 – 10:45      CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1.25 Hrs/Ea)

GETTING KIDS & PARENTS ENGAGED
Catheryn M. Hockaday

After joining this specialist, you will be able to:

  1. Trace the development of apathy in kids and show how that presents in school/work refusal, truancy, and other negative behaviors and discuss how a lack of resources and other system gaps as well as parental ‘excuses’ have led to an opposing decrease in referrals to appropriate resources; and,
  2. Demonstrate interventions with youth and their parents/caregivers designed to increase motivation for school, therapy, and/or family involvement and assess the impact of these interventions to adjust as needed for maximum efficacy.

TEACHING EMOTION REGULATION EVEN AMIDST COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES
Allison Phillips, LCSW

After joining this presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the core features of youth at various ages including those with autism that may impact emotion regulation; and,
  2. Teach emotion identification and regulation skills to clients and their caregivers.

PEDIATRIC HEAD INJURIES 
Brain Injury Alliance of Utah

Once this session is over, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss different kinds of brain injuries in youth including etiology, connections, and clinical presentation; and,
  2. Explore the overlap of these disorders with behavioral health issues in youth and how clinicians can best adapt clinical environments and courses to support these youth and their families / caregivers.

BIPOLAR DISORDERS IN TEENS & DILEMMAS THAT FOLLOW
Pending Final Confirmation

Once this session is over, you will be able to:

  1. Show how bipolar disorder can present in youth of various ages and how this disorder can impact each member of the family; and,
  2. Evaluate these youth and then provide or connect them with medical and psychological resources to treat the disorder with the treatments believed to be most effective.

ROUNDTABLE: UNVEILING THE ROADMAP: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN THE CONTINUUM OF CARE & PAYMENT SYSTEMS  [.75 Ethics Credit]
Brianne Wolfgramm Hardy, DBD (Panel Coordinator)

After joining this roundtable discussion, you will leave able to:

  1. Continue the discussion around roadblocks through the continuum of care including, but not limited to, public perceptions and stigma, lack of knowledge, negative media coverage, insurance stipulations, an d reimbursement rates, lack of resources; and,
  2. Explore and navigate ways around these common roadblocks and system gaps for their current practices and collaborate with others to advocate for systemwide improvements.

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR YOUTH
Melisa Genaux, MEd

After joining this specialist, you will be able to:

  1. Outline some commonly seen behaviors in youth from age 7 to 21 who may have experienced trauma, been diagnosed with a behavioral health diagnosis, or dealing with hormonal changes; and,
  2. Apply proven techniques in homes, schools, and clinical settings to positively intervene with problem behaviors and teach said youth skills to keep their emotions and related behaviors in check.

TBA
Utah Criminal Justice Center

This presentation will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to:

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MOVIE AND RAP: TBA
Summit Community Counseling

The insights of this speaker tying the movie to clinical practice will facilitate your abilities to:

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EXPERIENTIAL- UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF SOUND HEALING: SCIENCE & SENSORY EXPLORATION
McKinley Merchant, LCSW

After attending this presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Present the science behind ‘sound therapy’ and identify clients who may best benefit from this complimentary practice; and,
  2. Incorporate some sound practices into their own clinical settings as may be indicated by the science/evidence.

10:45 – 11:00    BREAK & EXHIBITS

11:00 – 12:00   KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  TURNING PAIN INTO PURPOSE: SURVIVING A SON’S

DEPRESSION, ADDICTION & SUICIDE – LESSONS LEARNED TO GUIDE CLINICIANS    [.25 Suicide Prevention]
AnneMoss Rogers

After hearing personal and professional insights from this renowned speaker, you will be able to:

  1. Empathize with the familial aftermath of substance use, mental illness, and/or suicide; and,
  2. Outline ‘lessons learned’ on how clinicians can best support individuals and families on these paths.

12:00 – 1:10      LUNCHEON – ON YOUR OWN

1:10 – 2:15       CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1 Hr/Ea)

SPECIFIC THERAPEUTIC IDEAS FOR YOUTH VICTIMS OF SEX ABUSE
Amy Miner, LCMHC;  Kelly Shaneen, LCSW

As a result of attending this session, you will leave able to:

  1. Review the myths and truths behind survivors of sex abuse, recognize and assess the sequela of these youth; and,
  2. Design and implement a treatment plan which addresses the specific needs of these individuals while also providing support and direction for their families/caregivers.

MOTIVATING THE UNMOTIVATED: MI SKILLS IN ACTION
Marc Gardner, LCSW

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Trace some of the common phenomena that have led to greater apathy in youth; and,
  2. Apply proven ‘motivational interviewing’ skills as indicated and appropriate for re-engaging youth in the treatment course and increasing treatment compliance.

THE POETICS OF TRAUMATIC GRIEF  [.25 Ethics/.25 Suicide Prevention Credits]
Matthew Draper, PhD

The depth of our feelings exceeds the capacity of words to contain. This is particularly true when we are feeling acute grief and trauma. The purpose of this presentation is to share the poetry of trauma and grief, and present how it informs some of the “dos” and “do nots” when working with traumatic grief survivors.

As a result of participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. Provide a trauma-informed environment and support individuals in ways which will help them articulate their traumatic event(s) to begin the therapeutic course; and,
  2. Outline some ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ when working with those suffering from traumatic grief and avoid some of the common ‘pitfalls’ of clinicians working with this population.

UNMASKING THE MASKS: RECOGNIZING & ASSESSING EATING DISORDERS IN YOUNG PEOPLE 
Kristin Francis, MD

After joining this presentation, you will leave able to:

  1. Describe how various eating disorders present in youth of various ages and developmental stages; and,
  2. Provide an assessment and differential diagnosis for these youth and demonstrate ways to positively provide this information to the youth and family/caregivers.

OCD – THE LATEST TREATMENT MODALITIES TO IMPROVE LIVES
Huntsman Mental Health Institute

As a result of hearing from this expert, you will be able to:

  1. Paint a picture of a typical day for youth with OCD symptoms/diagnosis; and,
  2. Design a treatment plan incorporating the techniques currently believed to be most effective in reversing and/or facilitating life/coping skills to increase a positive life course with little to no sequela from this disorder.

TBA
Utah Criminal Justice Center

Once you have joined this speaker, you will be able to:

  1. TBA
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TBRI – A TRAUMA-INFORMED INTERVENTION THAT MEETS ENVIRONMENTAL & PHYSICAL NEEDS 
Brandie Naylor, CSW

The information this speaker will provide will allow you to:

  1. Quickly review the results of poor attachment and be able to identify and fill the voids of unfulfilled attachment needs via the TBRI model/skills and its premises; and,
  2. Incorporate activities used in ‘nurture groups’ in clinical settings to facilitate treatment progression and teach caregivers such skills to implement in home environments.

EXPERIENTIAL ESCAPE:  MUSIC/ART
Pending Final Confirmation

These two speakers will provide you with information which will allow you to:

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2:15 – 2:30       BREAK & EXHIBITS

2:30 – 3:40       CONCURRENT SESSION
(1.25 Hrs/Ea)

WHEN DID SCHOOL BECOME A CHOICE? WORKING WITH YOUTH WHO ARE IN & OUT OF SCHOOLS
Iesha Bailey, LCSW

After hearing this presenter, you will be able to:

  1. Chart how truancy and related issues have changed since COVID-19; and,
  2. Work with adolescents who choose not to attend traditional schools, move in and out of online schools, and lose motivation.

NURTURING HOPE: STRATEGIES FOR HEALING CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
The Children’s Center ++

After participating in this session, you will leave able to:

  1. Identify and assess the impact of trauma on small children and take the appropriate legal and ethical steps which may be required; and,
  2. Design and implement a treatment plan with proven, evidence-based interventions currently believed to be most effective in treating this trauma and reducing sequela. This shall include but not be limited to the teaching of skills and interventions for the clinical setting as well as the home environment.

BEYOND THE LABEL: PERSONALIZED TREATMENT FOR EATING DISORDERS
Kristin Francis, MD

After hearing from this speaker, you will be able to:

  1. Outline some of the evidence-based treatment approaches currently believed to be most effective for youth with eating disorders and match the treatment approaches believed to be most effective for youth with eating disorders and match the treatment most indicated for various cases along with any co-occurring treatment which may be or need to be, in place; and,
  2. Apply these treatments and/or refer to appropriate treatment resources and assess the progress to make adjustments as indicated along the treatment course.

ETHICS IN SUPERVISION PRACTICES  [1 Ethics Credit]
Steven Pahir, LCSW;  Gregory S. Porter, LCSW

Once you have heard from these two clinicians and ‘favorite’ speakers, you will be able to:

  1. Define what ethically qualifies as ‘clinical supervision’ and show how this will change with the newly passed legal and licensing changes and how some individuals have not been in compliance; and,
  2. Discuss and demonstrate ethical clinical supervision practices in various settings and with various disciplines.

MOVING BEYOND ‘NO’ TO UNLOCK POTENTIAL: STRATEGIES FOR OVERCOMING DEMAND AVOIDANCE
Julia Connelly, PhD

As a result of attending this presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Trace the etiology of pathological demand avoidance (PDA) and diagnose co-occurring issues such as anxiety disorders, ADHD, or autism to then design a treatment plan which addresses all presenting issues; and,
  2. Apply interventions currently believed to be most effective in treating PDA and any co-occurring disorders and teach the family skills they can use outside the clinical setting.

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Utah Criminal Justice Center

In exploring this critical topic, you will be able to:

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Utah Criminal Justice Center

After participating in this session, you will be able to:

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EXPERIENTIAL ESCAPE: CREATING A NURTURE GROUP
Brandie Naylor, CSW

After participating in this experiential, you will be able to:

  1. Experience and demonstrate TBRI principles and skills and identify the clients from ages 9-21 years of age who may best benefit from this modality and,
  2. Incorporate activities used in ‘nurture groups’ in clinical settings to facilitate treatment progression and teach caregivers such skills to implement in home environments.

3:40 – 3:50       BREAK & EXHIBITS

3:50 – 5:00       CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(1.25 Hrs/Ea)

WHAT THE FORK AM I GONNA DO? NAVIGATING EATING DISORDER RECOVERY THROUGH THE USE OF FAMILY THERAPY
Sydney Williams, LCSW;  Kathy Spencer, LCSW

Strap in for a wild ride as we explore Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Family Based Therapy (FBT). This course will arm you with tools for emotion coaching, mastering therapeutic repair, decoding family dynamics, and knowing exactly when to whip out FBT or EFFT strategies when working with clients with Eating Disorders (Psst…EFFT works with ALL diagnoses, so if you have a difficult teen on your caseload this if for you!). Get ready to level up your family therapy game and navigate those tangled family webs like a pro!

By the end of this course, you’ll be strutting around like a therapist extraordinaire, ready to tackle any family therapy challenge that comes your way. So, grab your utensils and get ready to dig in – because with our course, you’ll never have to wonder “What the fork am I gonna do?” again! 

Once you have joined these speakers, you will be able to:

  1. Provide a comprehensive explanation of the impact of familial dynamics on the development and maintenance of eating disorders in adolescents, and demonstrate strategies to assess and address these dynamics effectively; and,
  2. Explain practical strategies from two evidence-based family therapy modalities, Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Family Based Therapy (FBT) to meet the specific needs of families supporting adolescents with eating disorders, enhancing their ability to foster a supportive and conducive environment for recovery.

TOPIC TBD
Brain Injury Alliance of Utah

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

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SUICIDE EPIDEMIC  [1.25 Suicide Prevention Credit]
Pending Final Confirmation

After attending this program, you will be able to:

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TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS & HOW TO USE THEM
Amanda Rapacz, PsyD;   Thad Lloyd, PhD

After listening to these speakers and comparing notes with your own practice, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the various psychological and neuro-psychological testing available and identify the type of assessment needed for various clinical presentations; and,
  2. Outline what the results of each test can provide and how this information can be translated into clinical courses.

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Utah Criminal Justice Center

After attending this session, you will be able to walk away and:

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MOVIE AND RAP: TBA
Summit Community Counseling

After participating in an open discussion with this clinician after the movie presentation, you will be able to:

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LEGISLATION, ETHICAL PRACTICES, AND THE REAL NEEDS OF TRANS YOUTH   [.75 Ethics Credit]
Pending Final Confirmation

After participating in this session, you will leave able to:

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