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Generations has been rewritten every year to bring behavioral health professionals the most current news on all beats – from research to practice skills, from prevention to tertiary interventions / treatment modalities. The program has composed different themes and angles and it has never missed a year of circulation in the he last 21.


Now is not the time for you to miss out on one of the most revered and diverse professional education programs available in the west. Now is the time for you to take advantage of incredible opportunities which have developed from changes ignited during the past two


founded by the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, formerly the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute
partnering with the Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Hybrid Choices

HYBRID CHOICES offer you the option of getting back in touch with your friends, colleagues, and eminent faculty IN-PERSON at the Marriott City Creek. If you prefer to still participate in the program but from a distance, you can enjoy the line-up of varied topics and speakers and even join the conversation via a live chat during the LIVESTREAM. Either way, you will have on-demand access for three months thereafter!

Ever been forced to choose between two sessions you really want to attend

Why not have it all? Whether you register to attend in-person or virtually, you will have access the full two-day program at your leisure, ON-DEMAND, for three months. Rewatch your favorite sessions or expand into new areas.

Timely Topics

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

While these times are paramount in the minds of all our generations, life is going on and professionals still need to be present to educate, screen, assess, diagnose and treat individuals facing all behavioral health and addiction disorders. The expanse of topics is wide and this program will bring many of them to the forefront for you to explore. (See conference agenda)

Experimental Escapes

Jump from traditional educational sessions to ‘experiential escape areas’ to enjoy firsthand experiences with alternative, complimentary and indigenous practices. This fairly new feature of Generations has been an attendee favorite wherein you can learn how to bring new dimensions to your practice as well as to your personal life. Escape into native practices, yoga, reiki, music and art therapy, foot zoning, Pilates, meditation and the like. (To afford participants the most personal and interactive experiences, these programs will only be available to in-person attendees.)

Follow Your Interests

No need to sign-up for a ‘track’ or be limited to a line of sessions. Attend what you want, when you want. If you traditionally get caught up in a specialty line (i.e. neuropsych, addiction) now is your chance to jump lanes and learn about other areas of interest or curiosity.

Extra Credit

Why not?! With this hybrid mix, you can sign-up for almost 100 hours of continuing education credit in most fields. Don’t need that much credit but still want to take in extra knowledge by expert faculty. Do it! Gain the knowledge and take back new tools and skills to improve your own practice and the lives of your clients. Learn ways to enhance your professional and personal life. (Gain special credits in ethics, cultural competency, and suicide prevention.)

Professional Development for an economical rate

In addition to connecting with resources and building your referral base, you will enjoy the all-star program quality which has remained unshaken in the 21-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 and nearly unparalleled per credit hour rates available today!

Networking Connections

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.

Exceptional Workshop Options

Explore the unique histories & paths of different societies to learn new paradigms which can enhance your practice and your life

Have you ever wondered why some treatments, steeped with scientific support just don’t work? Join the post-conference workshop to explore healing paradigms of other cultures and walk through old beliefs and practices that are now being revived. See how ‘science’ is coming full circle and researching how people of indigenous populations have dealt with issues long before scientific evidence guided us. Look at today’s hype around psychedelics. Find out what you may be missing with your clients and how you may be able to reach those whom you thought were ‘unreachable’.

Phenomenal Keynote Speakers

Joe Tafur, MD

Dr. Joe Tafur has been an Integrative Medicine activist throughout his medical career. With colleagues, he started Modern Spirit, a non-profit organization dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare. In addition to education and community-building projects, Modern Spirit is currently focused on supporting the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project, a groundbreaking substudy of the MAPS MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy research trial.

Dr. Tafur attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, then completed a Family Medicine Residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After residency, Dr. Tafur did a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry then continued on as a family physician and eventually worked in the Peruvian Amazon. In 2011, he helped find Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center in the Peruvian Upper Amazon. At Nihue Rao, Dr. Tafur underwent traditional apprenticeship in Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and Shipibo curanderismo.

After years of work in the forest, Dr. Tafur stepped down as a business partner at Nihue Rao, in 2017 to focus on new projects. In March of 2017, he published his book The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine about his unique journey into spiritual healing work.

In 2019, Dr. Tafur and his colleagues opened the Ocotillo Center for Integrative Medicine, an integrative clinic in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The Ocotillo Center offers naturopathic medical services, integrative medical consulting, counseling, health education and hands-on-healing.
Dr. Tafur continues to lead Journeys to Latin America to experience Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and Ayahuasca curanderismo. He leads groups to Nihue Rao in Peru and elsewhere, guiding individuals through the process of spiritual healing and traditional education.
Very interested in education, Dr. Tafur has supervised traditional learning opportunities for a number of U.S. medical students and therapists. Working to bridge the worlds of modern science and traditional healing, he has presented across the globe as well as at a number of medical schools, including the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSD, Yale, Southwestern College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Tafur has been the primary host of the Modern Spirit Podcast, exploring the intersection between biology, emotion and spirituality.

Generations is pleased to welcome Dr. Tafur to Utah to share the current state of psychedelics – from research to legalities of its use, epigenetics, integrated medicine, and paradigms that may shake-up your practice as well as the future of health practices in the U.S. and beyond.

Albert Zweig

From heroin addiction to helping others rehabilitate: Judge Albert Zweig will share his insightful story of recovery and hope that will challenge your beliefs, and possibly our “systems”.
(More details will be released soon)

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