A talented group of professionals laid the tracks for this year’s special program specially designed for behavioral health and addiction professionals from many public and private settings.

This groups reviewed the literature; identified gaps; examined professional practices, scrutinized abstracts; explored evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence; analyzed surveys; and, evaluated organizational and professional input. Their goal was to create an interactive, evidence-based program all attendees could enjoy and use to strengthen their toolboxes of clinical skills to positively impact clients. They also aimed to challenge beliefs, provide timely insights, and open new ties among and between the disciplines and practices. Special thanks to each of these committee ‘engineers’ –

Jeremy Christensen, LCSW – Assistant Clinical Director, Utah State Hospital

Taylor Cook, CHES – Training Coordinator, Mountain Plains Prevention Technology Transfer Center, University of Utah

Jessica Farrar, PhD – Staff Psychologist, Huntsman Mental Health Institute – formerly, University Neuropsychiatric Institute

Marc B. Gunderson, LCSW – Integration & Care Coordination Specialist, Optum Salt Lake County

Justin Hatch, MHA, LCSW – Director of Behavioral Health Services, Ogden Regional Medical Center (HCA Healthcare)

Jason Hunziker, MD (CME Course Director) – Division Chief, Adult Psychiatry, University of Utah Department of Psychiatry; Associate Clinical Professor / Medical Director, Adult Inpatient & Receiving Center, Huntsman Mental Health Institute – formerly, University Neuropsychiatric Institute

Tia D. Korologos, BSN, RN – (Facilitator) President, ESI Management Group (Event Developers & Coordinators)

Karen W. Malm, PhD – Owner / Executive Director, Summit Community Counseling

Kimberly Myers, MSW – Assistant Director, Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Lynda Perkins, CMHC – Social Services, Geriatric Unit, Lakeview Hospital

Debbie Scovill, MPA, LCSW – Substance Use Disorder Program Manager, Intermountain Health Care

Rylee Williams, MMHC, LVRC, CRC – Utah State Training & Professional Development Coordinator, Division of Rehabilitation, Utah Department of Workforce Services


*No disclosures related to potential conflicts of interest, licensure sanctions/restrictions, or financial relationships with any commercial interests have been disclosed by any committee member. (A commercial interest is defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services, consumed by, or used on patients.)

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