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2022 UMHCA Annual Conference

  • 29 Apr 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


UMHCA Annual Conference 2022

(NASW-UT and UAMFT approved CE hours)

Doors open and registration begins at 8:30am. 

Breakfast snack, afternoon snack, and lunch are offered for those attending on-campus. Virtual attendees will have a discounted price.


Two tracks are available: one general and one supervision. UMCHA and NASW-UT have partnered to provide a 6-hour certification training program for supervisors of mental health therapists.  The training will be presented by experienced supervisors from both professional associations and will include the following topics:  introduction to Supervision, Ethical Issues in Supervision, Models of Supervision, and Best Practices in Supervision.  Therapists who complete the training will receive a Certification in Clinical Supervision from UMHCA and NASW-UT.  (Note: Utah DOPL has experience requirements for supervisors which this certification does not address).


We will comply with Westminster mask policies. Restrictions have recently been relax but that may change. Please come prepared; bring your own mask that covers both your mouth and your nose. 

Please note:

This broadcast will be available in a hybrid format: in-person and over Zoom. Registration will require you to choose in-person or virtual attendance. Both the regular and supervision tracks will be broadcast over zoom. Technical support will NOT be offered to help you with your zoom connection. It is recommended that you ensure the latest version of Zoom is downloaded and test your local connection and appropriate bandwidth speeds prior to the conference.


The red circled building is where we will be attending conference. Parking will be available on-campus. Building #4 on the map is the "Gore" building.

We will have registration in this lobby and enter the main hall below. Please be aware that we expect a large registration this year (our conferences appear to be well-attended), so every seat may need to be occupied.

Breakout rooms will be available for main hall overflow, regular, and supervisory tracks.

We are excited to offer these sessions to you. Some time slots may change and some speakers are pending. Attendees are welcome to attend some or all of the sessions in the supervision track, but the supervision certification will only be awarded to those who attend each of the 3 sessions.

ASL INTERPRETATION WILL BE PROVIDED. If you need ADA-protected accommodations, please contact execdir@umhca.org


10:10 AM - 12:00 PM

General Track #1

Stacy Gibbons, LCMHC
Title: The “What’s” of Trauma-Informed Care: Response, Relationship and Repair. 

Presentation Summary:

Often in therapy we focus on behaviors or "why" things happen, "why" we act the way we act, do what we do, etc.  In addition to the "why", it is important with trauma-informed care, to track and help the client understand the "what".  

For Example:

  • "What is happening in my body?"
  • "What is my response (mental/physical) in this moment?"
  • "What happened that created this neurological response?"  
  • "What do I do to change that?
  • "What is happening in the room with the therapist?" 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the neurological responses and brain function that impact trauma-survivors
  • Identify interventions to track and use this knowledge within a session
  • Exercise tools and techniques to help the client moderate these neurological responses. 

General Track #2

Paul Callister, Ph.D. LCMHC  
Title:  Latter-day Saint Theocentricism and Worldview: Multicultural Implications for Mental Health Professionals

Presentation Summary: 

Understanding the spiritual worldview of clients is a core element of multicultural competency for mental health professionals. One spiritual and religious population is members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and related Latter-day Saint communities. A recent corpus linguistic examination of the Book of Mormon, an important sacred text of this population, provides mental health professionals with an understanding of the worldview of members of this community, and this understanding can inform competent counseling practices. This presentation will have two parts. The first part will review key findings of the presenter’s dissertation, The Book of Mormon Topic Structure, Keyness Distinctions, and Collocates of Deity: Implications for Mental Health Professionals. In the second part participants will implement multicultural counseling practices by working with a client with a Latter-day Saint background. This will be done by roleplay in triadic group work, following which the activity will be debriefed in overall group discussion.

Learning objectives:

  • Analyze how understanding Latter-day Saint worldview may inform multicultural competence.
  • Apply principles of multicultural competence by working with a client with a Latter-day Saint background

Supervision Track #1

Naomi Spencer, LCMHC (pending)
Introduction to Clinical Supervision

Presentation Summary:  This presentation will provide an overview of Utah's DOPL rules related to clinical supervision, supervisor liability, structure of supervision, diversity-centric supervision, and roles and responsibilities of clinical supervisors.  

Doran Williams, LCSW (pending)
Ethical issues in supervision:  Part 1

Presentation Summary:  This presentation will provide an overview of the ethical codes related to social work and clinical mental health counseling practice.  And, it will present a ethical decision making model that will be illustrated with a supervision case.  

1:00-2:50 PM

Graduate Student Panel and Networking Event

The UMHCA Graduate Student & Emerging Student committee will host a graduate student panel and networking event.  Students and recent graduates from CMHC master's programs will serve as a panel to address discussion questions.  

General Track #3

Gray Otis, PhD, LCMHC and Jim Macedone, MS, LACMHC
Title:  Core Focused Treatment, A Comprehensive Care Modality for Co-occurring Disorders

Presentation Summary:  This presentation explains “Core Focused Treatment, A Comprehensive Care Modality.” It offers an overall framework to comprehensively assess, diagnose, and treat co-occurring disorders as well as the increasing complexities of integrated behavioral healthcare. Most significantly, it resolves the underlying causes of disorders. Thorough client diagnosis commonly identifies two or more disorders such as substance use and trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, couples’ problems with behavioral compulsions, etc. In addition, clients also present with physiological health concerns, problematic relationships, ineffective coping mechanisms, perceptual distortions, and other issues that impair mental and emotional well-being. Mental health professionals can be overwhelmed in treating multiple co-morbid disorders that relate to the client’s health, relations, the lack of meaning in their lives, and many other stressors.

Core Focused Treatment integrates with CBT or any other theoretical model. This modality offers the following benefits to both clinicians and clients:

  • An inclusive approach to address all of the client’s concerns
  • A targeted treatment focus to attend to the fundamental causes of disorders
  • A systematic method to develop greater client emotional regulation and enhanced mental health resilience
  • A defined process to enrich client relationships
  • An easily administered means to assess counselor effectiveness and client outcomes

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn a comprehensive treatment model to enhance integrated behavioral healthcare
  • Gain added abilities to address co-occurring disorders as well as other related disorders
  • Learn how to measure client outcomes and their own effectiveness
  • Understand how to resolve the underlying causes of disorders

General Track #4

Panel of Mental Health Therapists representing The Guild
Title:  Clients who identify as LGBTQ+:  Ethical and Clinical Practices

Presentation Summary:  Each panel member will provide a brief overview of an ethical and/or practice issue that is important to consider for clients in the LGBTQ+ community.  Following that, there will be a question and answer panel discussion.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify ethical issues that pertain to treatment for clients who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Identify clinical issues and best practices for clients in the LGBTQ+ community.

Supervision Track #2

Ellen Behrens, Ph.D., L.P., LCMHC
Ethical Issues in Supervision:  Part 2

Presentation Summary:  The presentation will focus on ethical "hot topics" in clinical supervision such as confidentiality of supervision, multiple relationships, assessing competence, gatekeeping, and informed consent for supervision.  

David Derezotes, Ph.D., LCSW
Models of Supervision 

Presentation Summary:   This presentation will discuss the leading models of clinical supervision such as Integrated Developmental (Stoltenberg et al., 1998), Discrimination (Bernard & Goodyear, 1992), Reflective Supervision (Ward, C., & House, R.,1998), and Person of the Therapist Training (Aponte, 2016).  Attendees will be encouraged to select a model to shape their practice of supervision.  

3:00-4:50 PM

General Track #5

Karen Tao, Ph.D.
Title:  A Multicultural Orientation Approach to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Presentation Summary:  Research indicates mental health therapy clients who choose to disclose and meaningfully discuss experiences related to their marginalized identities with their therapists have better outcomes than clients who consciously conceal salient aspects of who they are. Counselors, however, sometimes miss opportunities to invite or engage in these types of cultural conversations or are unsure of how to bring up topics related to identity. This presentation will begin with a basic assumption, “Every interaction is a cultural interaction," followed by a description of the three pillars of the Multicultural Orientation (MCO) framework -cultural humility, cultural comfort, and cultural opportunity - and conclude with experiential activities to integrate these pillars into practice. This interactive presentation will also invite attendees to (re)consider the ways in which they can leverage cultural fortitude and create space for clients and counselors to bring their whole cultural selves into the therapy room.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the three pillars of the Multicultural Orientation (MCO) framework 
  • Identify ways to apply the MCO framework to clinical practice 
  • Understand how the MCO framework can help clients and counselors build cultural fortitude 

General Track #6

Michael Gerald, Ph.D.
Title:  Clinical Mental Health Counseling for Persons with Chronic Illness and Disability

Presentation Summary:  Whether someone acquires a Chronic Illness or Disability (CID) later in life or is born with a CID, they will inevitably need to engage in some degree of coping in order to mitigate the varying psychological, physical, and social consequences of their CID. Previously termed adjustment to CID, the manner in which people cope with their CID is currently referred to as response to CID. Response to CID can be broadly understood as a dynamic process of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral changes in response to CID that gradually approach adaptive functioning. The question becomes, how do family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals support persons with CID and their responses? The current presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the research regarding responses to disability as well as ways in which to support persons with CID in their adjustment process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways that family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals support persons with CID.
  • Understand the research regarding responses to disability.

Supervision Track # 3

Anna Lieber, LCMHC
Best practices in supervision

Presentation Summary:  This presentation will focus on a wide variety of best practices in clinical supervision such as supervision contracts and disclosure statements, summative and formative feedback, crisis/risk management, as well a guidelines for  initiating, maintaining and monitoring supervision. 


Our conference is sponsored by these fantastic friends of mental health in Utah!

NBFE training the following day

This is a separate event with a separate registration and ONLY ONLINE

In partnership with the Utah Mental Health Counselors Association (UMHCA), the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. (NBFE) announces our exclusive forensic mental health evaluator certification training event on Saturday, 4/30/22, live (in-person) and online via Zoom, enabling mental health professionals across the country to attend remotely.  NBFE is the only forensic certification organization officially endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).

Forensic mental health evaluation is an impactful and lucrative area of specialization for licensed mental health professionals, yet few counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists are exposed to this unique specialty in their graduate training.  Whether you plan on working full time in forensics or just wish to supplement your practice with an additional funding stream, this credential can help you establish yourself as a forensic expert.  If you already work in the forensic field, this credential can boost your resume, sharpen your evaluation skills, and enhance your reputation as an expert.

In partnership with UMHCA, NBFE is offering an 8-hour forensic mental health certification training workshop for licensed mental health professionals.  Participants can attend in-person and online via Zoom.

Attendees who complete the entire certification process and are awarded the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) credential can use the credential to better establish themselves as experts in the forensic arena.

Learn more about this separate event.

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