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2020 UMHCA Summer Series

  • 3 Aug 2020
  • 31 Aug 2020
  • 5 sessions
  • 3 Aug 2020, 12:00 PM 1:50 PM (MDT)
  • 10 Aug 2020, 12:00 PM 1:50 PM (MDT)
  • 17 Aug 2020, 12:00 PM 1:50 PM (MDT)
  • 24 Aug 2020, 12:00 PM 1:50 PM (MDT)
  • 31 Aug 2020, 12:00 PM 1:50 PM (MDT)
  • Webinars


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Entry is not free. As an add-on feature, please select which of the series you plan to attend.

    This registration is for the live webinar. A recorded session will be available within a few working days after the live session. DO NOT register here if you plan to opt in to the recording.

Each Monday in August 2020
12:00-1:50 PM

Welcome to our Summer Series! This is a live event hosted by UMHCA in response to the pandemic requirements. We will hold five sessions that will enable you to earn all of the suicide and ethics CE credits that are required for September's license renewal.

Pick one ($20), pick them all ($70), it is your choice. Each session will award you 2 CE credits. 

How does it work?  We will email registrants a link to the live webinar.  During our live, online sessions, you will be able to ask questions, view slides, and interact with the presenter and participants, all from the comfort of your home or office. We will email slide decks and CE certificates to participants within 2 weeks of a session.  

Here's a bonus!   If you attend any of the live sessions, you will be able to register for the free bonus session on August 31 conducted by our very own Gray Otis, who is a past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and an author of the newly released book, Essentials of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession.

Can't make it on Mondays?  No worries. You will have the opportunity to earn CEs by watching recordings of live sessions, on your own time, and successfully completing a quiz.  Registration for the recorded sessions will be available within a few working days after a live session.  Check this website in August to register for recorded sessions. As with the live sessions, we will email powerpoint slide decks and certificates within 2 weeks of completing a recorded session (and the required quiz). 

If you have any questions, please contact us!

August 3, 2020

Ethical Challenges in Remote Supervision
Presenter: Janine Wanlass, Ph.D.

In response to COVID-19, many clinical supervisors unexpectedly find themselves practicing remotely with the assistance of technology.  While many aspects of supervision remain familiar, a Telehealth platform poses new ethical challenges, such as a co-constructed frame for supervision sessions, technology-induced confidentiality concerns, worries about competence to practice via technology, safety risks for supervisees practicing in-person, and crisis management quandaries.  Join us to discuss ethical issues associated with Telehealth supervision and upcoming dilemmas about returning to in-office work.


Janine Wanlass, Ph.D. is a professor of Mental Health Counseling at Westminster College, where she has taught for nearly 30 years.  She practices as a psychologist and psychoanalyst, treating children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She frequently presents, teaches, and consults on ethical issues and has a research grant from the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) to study Telehealth practice.

August 10

Treating the Hidden Agenda with Chronically Suicidal Teens
Co-Presenters:  Amber Willis, Ph.D. &  Talysha Tingey, CMHC

Many teens who are chronically suicidal do not to respond well to typical suicidal prevention techniques due to a hidden agenda that is rooted in their fears of what they would lose if they got better.  This workshop addresses the development of hidden agendas and how to clinically intervene.


Talysha Tingey, CMHC has worked with chronically suicidal adolescents in a variety of settings for the last decade. Understanding the underlying functions and secondary gains/losses of suicidal behavior has assisted Talysha in therapeutically addressing clients needs, helping clients meet their needs in more effective, healthy ways. Talysha enjoys shooting archery, roller-skating, and spending time with family and fur babies.

Amber Willis, PhD, LMFT is the Clinical Director at Feller Behavioral Health.  Dr. Willis has over 20 years of clinical experience working with children and adolescents.  She has presented in multiple local and national conferences and has authored peer-reviewed articles on creative therapeutic interventions with youth.

August 17

The AMHCA Ethics Code: Recent Changes and Vision for the Future
Presenter:  Ken Roach, Ph.D.

Ken will review recent changes to the AMHCA Ethics Code and the Ethics Committee's vision to respond rapidly to changes in the profession. The significance of The Essentials of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession will also be discussed. Finally, Ken will summarize recent changes and ongoing initiatives by the CMHC Licensing Board to strengthen our profession.

Bio: Ken Roach, Ph.D. was recently named the program chair at the University of Phoenix CMHC training program. For the past six years, he served as the clinic director for the CMHC training program Counseling Skills Center. Ken has been a licensed counselor for more than 20 years, and maintains private practices in Millcreek and Pleasant Grove. Ken worked as a hospital response victim advocate for the Rape Recovery Center for 10 years, and occasionally testifies as an expert witness in sexual violence cases. He has served on the Utah CMHC licensing board for 5 years, the LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapist Guild of Utah board for 8 years, and the AMHCA Ethics Committee for 2 years.

August 24

Ask the Expert: Ethical Clinical Work with LGBTQ+ Clients
Presenter:  Robin Tracy, CMHC

This open forum is a place to ask all your questions about the ethical practice of therapy with LGBTQ+ clients. Staff your most challenging cases, ask your most sensitive questions, and increase your cultural competency.


Robin Tracy is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who practices Feminist Multicultural Therapy. She specializes in helping LGBTQ clients, teens, people with depression, anxiety, trauma, and difficulty identifying emotions/connecting head and heart. She has been a Mental Health Counselor since 2007 and has worked in social services since 1993. Robin is a founding member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah and is currently serving in the role of Coordinator for the Guild. She is an animal lover who enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling.

August 31

Added Bonus (FREE):

Calling all CMHCs!  Learn how to earn certifications and build your professional identity. Come for a preview of all of the exciting new career options for CMHCs.

AMHCA's "Essentials of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession" (2020) is the single source guide for your career. Learn how the "Essentials" includes the specifics of career development, new credentialing certifications, the standards of ethical practice, professional knowledge and skills, and so much more.


Gray Otis, Ph.D. specializes in trauma resolution, addiction recovery, and couples counseling. His model of care resolves the core causes of distress while promoting integrated health, individual strengths and empathetic relationships. He also offers consulting in program analysis and strategic planning resulting in innovative solutions and evidence-based practices. Gray is the primary author of Key Core Beliefs, Unlocking the HEART of Happiness and Health. He is a past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and currently serves on the AMHCA staff as the Director of Programs Coordination.

Utah Mental Health Counselors Association is Utah's hub for enhancing the profession of mental health counselors. 
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