The events of 2020 derailed many things, and the entire world shifted plans and found new ways of living. Generations jumped tracks onto a virtual platform that was so well received that this year’s program will continue on with this option as well as a route for live attendance! The choice is yours!

Whatever option you choose, you will find a marvelous program with more national experts than ever before as well as blocks of many other benefits.

WEIGHTY & SPECIALIZED CE/CME HOURS – Grab your continuing ed hours along with specialized credits in suicide prevention and ethics. In-person, you can secure 14.5 hours for the main two day program with 3 and 4 hour optional post-conference workshops available. Tack on additional hours by watching any and all courses on-demand – from the get-go or after leaving the live event to bring you up to 81.75 hours!

ALL THE COMFORTS – You have the luxurious option of attending live in the Marriott’s roomy, comfortable and open environment meeting spaces or virtually in the comfort of your own space. You can select from a wide gauge of topics and not be held to specific ‘tracks’.

STRONG PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT A LOW ADMISSION TICKET RATE – On top of the resources and referral sources with whom you can connect, you will enjoy the all-star program quality which has remained unshaken in the 20-year history of this event. You’ll gain state-of-the-science knowledge and concrete tools & clinical skills to improve your clinical practices and client outcomes. All of this for one of the most economical registration rates available today!

FEATURED LUNCHTIME SPEAKERS – Learn the very latest information on Inflammatory Depression, Cyberpsychology, Suicide Prevention and Health Disparities from national experts, together in one station.



Come welcome Dr. Mark H. Rapaport, a nationally recognized clinician and researcher known for his interdisciplinary approach to mental health treatment and care, to Utah as the new CEO of Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Rapaport will advance the integrated missions of clinical services, education, research, and community mental health. He will lead a department of nearly 300  and oversee operations of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, a 170-bed inpatient hospital and a network of 10 outpatient clinics, previously known as University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). Dr. Michael L. Good, CEO of U of U Health, reported that Dr. Rapaport’s experience connecting clinical excellence with high-caliber research while training the next generation of mental health care professionals will play a critical role in launching and building the Huntsman Mental Health Institute into a national model for mental health treatment, research, and education.”

Dr. Rapaport recently served as the Reunette W. Harris Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory’s School of Medicine and Chief of Psychiatric Services for Emory Healthcare Systems. He co-created the Emory Brain Health Center, breaking down silos between psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience, allowing a collaborative approach to studying and solving the challenges of brain disorders. He also co-created the Addiction Alliance of Georgia with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, transforming how addiction and recovery services are delivered in Georgia. Before joining Emory University, he was the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and professor of Psychiatry at both Cedars-Sinai and the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. “Generations” is proud to welcome Dr. Rapaport to Utah in one of his first broad-based community programs.

EXPERIENTIAL ESCAPES – Jump tracks from traditional programs and experience firsthand, alternative, complimentary and traditional interventions. Last year, attendees raved about offerings in traditional native practices, yoga, reiki, music and art therapy, foot zoning, Pilates, and more. Based upon your requests, this experiential component is back!

FORMAT TICKET OPTIONS – No more packed days of didactic lectures. Change things up and enjoy learning pods with a variety of formats including Lightening Rounds of Experts; RoundTable presentations; Debates; Skill-Building Workshops; AND, Tiered Sessions on targeted topics; and, optional master workshops.

NETWORKING BLOCKS – Not only will you enjoy learning from, and interacting with, a high caliber faculty, you will also be able to connect with partner organizations and individuals with whom you will have access long after the conference.

SPECIALIZED “MASTER WORKSHOPS” – Interested in specialized areas? Sign-up for a post-conference program for a deeper dive into Cultural Competence, Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R), Suicide Prevention and Trauma Treatment Modalities.

Professionals in behavioral health and addiction treatment have had to face an incredible amount of new knowledge and treatment challenges during the past year. Topics covered by this program will incorporate this knowledge and the most current and pertinent education to assist these professionals dealing with the consequences of our modern day pandemic – past, present and future considerations.



James Densley, PhD

Born and raised in England, Dr. James Densley is Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, part of the Minnesota State system. He is also co-founder and co-president of The Violence Project Research Center. Densley has been an invited or plenary speaker on three continents and has received global media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. He is the author if six books, more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in leading social science journals, and 70 book chapters, essays, and other non-refereed works in outlets such as CNN, LA Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Densley earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Oxford. “Generations” welcomes Dr. Densley as he provides new insights into some of the most perplexing behavioral health issues of our day.


Hector Y. Adames

Dr. Hector Y. Adames has a special interest and expertise in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. He incorporates the unique world views of the individual to inform evidence-based practice and believes that the quality of the relationship between the psychotherapist and the client is the mechanism of change, growth, and healing.

Dr. Adames obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University in Ohio. He completed an internship in neuropsychology and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Adames is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he teaches graduate courses in assessment, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and research.

Specialty areas of research include healthy and diseased memory, implicit cognition/bias, Latino/a Psychology, & multiculturalism. Dr. Adames has published and presented his scholarly work at national and international conferences. Specialty areas of clinical practice include both psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment, focusing on adults with cognitive disorders, learning disorders, attention deficits and hyperactivity, anxiety, and mood disorders, and those adjusting to neurologic injury or diagnosis such as tumor, traumatic brain injury or multiple sclerosis.

Shelby R. Rowe

First and foremost, Chickashsha Saya, iksa inkonihumma. Shelby R. Rowe is Chickasaw, descended from the Red Skunk Clan, descended from Chickasaw healer, midwife, and business owner Mourning Tree Allen Gooding. She was only a 5-year-old orphan at the time of her tribe’s forced removal from the homelands near modern day Tupelo, Mississippi to Chickasaw Territory in Oklahoma.

Shelby is an outspoken suicide prevention expert, inspirational speaker, lived experience advocate, experienced trainer, and suicide attempt survivor. She started her career in public health over 25 years ago and has been a leader in the suicide prevention movement at the local, state and national level since 2007.

Like her ancestors, her purpose is to mend brokenness, and she has built her career doing just that. As a Vietnam War brat born in Las Vegas and growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Shelby lived in many places while raising her three sons and building a career. In 2016, Shelby had the honor of being named the Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year, Shelby creates, strengthens, and rebuilds systems with the goal of mending the brokenness in our society and nurturing healing among those who have been broken, like herself as a trauma survivor. She celebrates healing and is a champion for hope!

Julie R. Ancis, PhD

Dr. Julie R. Ancis is Professor of Psychology and Director of Cyberpsychology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She was previously a professor at Georgia State University for 15 years and Associate Vice President of Diversity at Georgia Institute of Technology. Ancis is an expert in the areas of multicultural competence and diversity. She has authored 4 books and over 50 scholarly publications.

Dr. Ancis holds Fellow Status in the American Psychological Association (APA). She has presented both nationally and internationally at leading conferences such as the APA Conference, the International Congress of Applied Psychology, the International Conference of Psychology, the American Psychological Society, and TTI/Vanguard. She has served on professional committees and has held leadership positions within the APA, and other associations. Dr. Ancis has also conducted many workshops on implicit bias, women’s leadership, and diversity and co-leads a women’s leadership program.

Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM

Dr. Paul H. Earley has been an Addiction Medicine Physician for 36 years who treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment and treatment of health care professionals. As a therapist, he works with patients already in recovery, providing long term therapy for those who suffer from this disease. His professional expertise extends to advocacy for professionals before agencies and licensing boards.

Dr. Earley is a dynamic speaker on topics of addiction, its treatment and addiction among health care professionals. He trains therapists about the neurobiological basis of psychotherapy in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, and Switzerland. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on addiction and its treatment. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Criteria and ASAM Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine. His two most recent books are ‘Recovery Mind Training’ and ‘The Implementation Guide to Recovery Mind Training’.

His work was featured in the documentary series on addiction entitled Close to Home by Bill Moyers. Dr. Earley is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and has been on the board for over 20 years. He is the current president of ASAM and has been the Medical Director of two nationally acclaimed addiction programs specializing in the care of health care professionals who suffer from addiction illnesses. Dr. Earley serves as Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) for the state of Georgia. He is the recipient of the ASAM Annual Award “For outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of our Society”.

George F. Koob, Ph.D.

Dr. George F. Koob is an internationally-recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. He is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where he provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the public health burden associated with alcohol misuse. As NIAAA Director, Dr. Koob oversees a broad portfolio of alcohol research ranging from basic science to epidemiology, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment.

Dr. Koob began his career investigating the neurobiology of emotion, particularly how the brain processes reward and stress. He subsequently applied basic research on emotions, including on the anatomical and neurochemical underpinnings of emotional function, to alcohol and drug addiction, significantly broadening knowledge of the adaptations within reward and stress neurocircuits that lead to addiction. This work has advanced understanding of the physiological effects of substance use and why some people transition from use to misuse to addiction, while others do not. Dr. Koob has authored more than 650 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is a co-author of The Neurobiology of Addiction, a comprehensive textbook reviewing the most critical neurobiology of addiction research conducted over the past 50 years.

Dr. Koob is the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards for his research, mentorship, and international scientific collaboration including the E.M. Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavioral course of addiction. And, in 2016, the government of France awarded Dr. Koob the Knight of the Legion of Honor for developing scientific collaborations between France and the United States.

Colleen Hanlon, PhD

As Professor of Cancer Biology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. Colleen A. Hanlon’s scientific research theme has been to map neural circuit irregularities in substance dependent populations, then modulate these circuits using brain stimulation techniques or neurofeedback. She leads NIH-funded research directed at longitudinal investigations of neural connectivity in cocaine and alcohol dependent individuals undergoing substance abuse treatment, and developing patient-tailored brain stimulation protocols which may either enhance cognitive control or attenuate craving in treatment seeking individuals. She has also received independent funding to pursue research in PTSD, Tourette Syndrome, and Stroke rehabilitation.

Dr. Hanlon’s career is devoted to learning from other scientists and creating new knowledge. She believes it is our obligation to share this knowledge with the next generation of clinicians and scientists, as well as the tax-paying community that makes NIH research possible. Consequently, Dr. Hanlon has always found unique pleasure in training, mentorship, and outreach. Her trainees and collaborators are pioneering non-invasive neuromodulatory strategies for treating addiction, including continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (cTBS) to the medial prefrontal cortex and real-time fMRI biofeedback. Open your mind to the concepts of Neuromodulation she will share at “Generations”.

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