Jennifer Van Gorp

Jennifer Van Gorp

September 29, 2021

ADHD

Getting to know ADHD

The more we can understand what ADHD really looks like, the less likely we will be to propagate stereotypes that can be harmful to those with ADHD. For this year's ADHD Awareness Month, we want to share the facts on what ADHD is and what it is not. 

From the ADDitude Directory, this graphic (below) discusses some of the most common myths about ADHD. For more fantastic resources available to download, check out ADDitude's Free Downloads page. ADDitude is a wonderful, evidence-based ADHD resource and UCEBT is also a proudly a member.

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Recent ADHD Statistics

Also from the ADDitude website, learn about some of the most recent statistics regarding ADHD.

For example, did you know that 9.4% of children in the United States between ages the 2 to 17 are estimated to have been diagnosed with ADHD?

Check out the ADDitude Statistics page for more statistics regarding ADHD and:

  • Prevalence in adults
  • Treatments
  • Related conditions
  • Demographics, race & ethnicity

Common strengths and difficulties of those with ADHD

This chart was acquired from a webinar by Dr. Liz Angoff, attended by UCEBT's Assessment & Testing Program Director, Laura Rowley Ph.D., who specializes in working with people who have ADHD and Autism.

Regarding processing speed, Dr. Rowley clarifies that "processing speed is a complex ability that encompasses multiple components. Individuals with ADHD can react quickly to things, but sometimes they aren't accurate. They can also process quickly when the information is relatively simple compared to neurotypicals. So they are fast thinkers but fast isn't always better, depending on the situation". Here is a related research study, "Which components of processing speed are affected in ADHD subtypes?"  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30558479/

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Neurodiversity in the Workplace

UCEBT's Assessment and Testing Program Director, Laura Rowley, Ph.D.recently presented this lecture on Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Strategies to Support Inclusivity. This presentation discusses ADHD and Autism, the strengths and barriers of each in the workplace, and how to facilitate enhanced inclusion and communication.

ADHD Evaluations

UCEBT provides comprehensive ADHD evaluations for both children and adults. Additionally, if ADHD is present and affecting academic performance, UCEBT also provides psycho-educational evaluations and works with schools on any corresponding recommendations. 

An evaluation can also be helpful to rule out ADHD and determine a more accurate diagnosis. That way, individuals can receive the most appropriate treatment for their needs. 

You do not need to be a client here in order to receive an evaluation. In fact, you can already be receiving treatment elsewhere and bring the results of the evaluation back to your current therapist for more fine-tuned treatment. However, if you would like to receive treatment at UCEBT, we provide that, too.

CLICK HERE to get started with an evaluation and/or treatment at UCEBT.

GAS Evaluations & Referral Letters

UCEBT provides psychosocial evaluations for those seeking gender affirmation procedures and requiring an additional mental health provider to provide a referral letter. The UCEBT Assessment and Testing Program adheres to the guidelines for assessment as described in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care, 7th Version. These evaluations consist of a single 90 minute appointment with our assessment clinicians. They are billed for the face-to-face (in-person or virtual) assessment time and letter writing time.

In terms of what to expect for these evaluations, our primary goals are to ascertain 1) how mental health symptoms can potentially impact recovery from surgery and being emotionally prepared for potential complications or less than satisfactory outcomes, 2) whether there are any high risk behaviors that may benefit from treatment prior to surgery, 3) what types of supports exists pre- and post-surgery, such as having someone transport the individual to and from surgery, assist with recovery needs, and what financial supports they have planned.

We understand that by the time you meet with us, you have been through a journey of recognizing, understanding, disclosing, and living your gender identity and your need for having gender affirming surgeries. In all, our goal is to get you to surgery, with a minimum of barriers or gatekeeping, and support a positive and satisfactory surgical outcome.

The most recent round of this group began in November 2021, facilitated by Stephanie Taylor, Ph.D. and Robby Vlisides-Henry, M.S. The next round of this group is anticipated to begin Spring 2022. If you would like to be notified when the next round of this group is open for applications, please complete this form and a member of our team will reach out to you at that time:

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    At the end of the 6 weeks, participants will have learned skills for:

    • Managing nightmares;
    • Changing the content of nightmares; and
    • Managing sleep disturbance.

    The evidence-based skills taught in this program include:

    To get started, complete this application to see if you're a good fit for this group. Application deadline is Friday, October 29, 2021.

    This is an exciting time of year for us! We are thrilled to be welcoming some amazing new psychologists to our team. 

    Cristina Chévere-Rivera, Psy.D. and Carl Sallee, Psy.D. are our two newest postdoctoral residents.

    Dr. Chévere-Rivera specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Multicultural Therapy, and Feminist Therapy with a particular passion for working with the Latinx immigrant population. Dr. Chévere-Rivera is primarily working with our Trauma, Stress, & Resilience program.

    Dr. Sallee specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has a passion for de-stigmatizing the use of mental health services. Dr. Sallee is primarily working with our Anxiety & Mood program.

    Both Dr. Chévere-Rivera and Dr. Sallee are taking clients at a sliding scale rate.

    Sloan Strike, Ph.D. and Jordan Kugler, Ph.D. are our two newest clinical psychologists.

    Dr. Strike specializes in evidenced-based therapies with adolescents, young adults, and their families. Over her 12 years in New York City, Sloan specialized in providing family therapy and parenting support. She values working with youth and their families to create opportunities for improved communication and healthier relationships. Dr. Sloan is primarily working with our Anxiety & Mood program.

    Dr. Kugler specializes in specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (PTSD) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Jordan’s therapeutic style is upbeat, collaborative and emphasizes identifying, developing and actualizing his client’s values. He is currently taking referrals for adolescents (14 and up) as well as adults and couples/parents. Jordan is also available for professional consultation and trainings. Dr. Kugler is primarily working with our Dialectical Behavior Therapy program.

    Kalee Gross, Psy.D. will be joining us in October as a licensed clinical psychologist.

     Dr. Gross will be a primary member of UCEBT’s Anxiety and Mood team, providing individual, family, and group intervention through evidence-based modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), for individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. Dr. Gross also has experience in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral problems.

    All of these wonderful psychologists are currently taking new clients.

    We are so excited to welcome two new postdoctoral clinicians to our team! 

    Cristina Chévere-Rivera, Psy.D. and Carl Sallee, Psy.D. are highly trained in evidence-based treatments and we are so excited to announce that they will also be available to see clients at sliding scale rates.

    Our post-doctoral sliding scale rates for postdoctoral residents are as follows:

    For household incomes:
    $40,999.99 or less: $95/hr.
    $41,000.00 - $60,999.99: $115/hr.
    $61,000.00 - $80,999.99: $135/hr.
    $81,000.00+: $155/hr. (not eligible for sliding scale, full rate only)

    To get started with either Dr. Chévere-Rivera or Dr. Sallee, please CLICK HERE.

    Instructions for Using Microsoft Teams  

    • You will receive an invitation via email from . Sometimes the invitation is sent to your Junk inbox, please check here as well.  
    • At the bottom of this email it will say “Join Microsoft Teams Meeting”. Click this when it is time for your appointment.  
    • If you are on an Apple device, it is recommended that you download the app to either your phone or computer.  
      • If you are on your phone, you can find the Microsoft Teams App in the App Store 
      • If you are on a computer, it is not available in the app store. You can get to the download by clicking “Join Microsoft Teams Meeting” in your email, this will guide you to downloading the app.  
    • If you are not on an Apple device, the link should lead you directly to your Microsoft Calendar. This is where you will see your appointment.  
    • If it asks for a login, this should just be the login you regularly use for your email. 

    For your first appointment, please be sure to join your Microsoft Teams Meeting at least 5 minutes prior to the start time to avoid delaying or shortening your session.

    If find that you need technical support, please call the office at (801) 419-0139 during normal business hours.

    July 28, 2021

    Now in Idaho!

    We are excited to announce that our Assessment & Testing Program Director, Laura Rowley, Psy.D., is now licensed in the state of Idaho!

    Dr. Rowley can now provide both telehealth and in-person psychological assessments and diagnostics for residents of both Utah and Idaho.

    Dr. Rowley is also PsyPact approved and can provide telehealth services in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia , Georgia , Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia. 

    Learn more about Dr. Rowley's Assessment & Testing Services, Psycho-Educational Evaluations, and Autism Evaluations.

    And check out her recent Q&A video about autism: 

    Podcast

    "Unlocking Us" with Brené Brown -- Podcast episode with Brené with Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce D. Perry on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

    "Ten Sessions" -- "What if someone told you about a type of therapy that could help you work through unhealed trauma in just ten sessions? Some people knock through it in two weeks. Jaime Lowe tried the therapy—and recorded it."

    Videos

    Books

    The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. -  In "The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk M.D. uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity." 

    What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry -- This audiobook discusses a "subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future - opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way."

    UCEBT's YouTube Videos

    Understanding the Risks of Trauma Exposure and Increasing Resilience in Graduate Students presented by Shelle Welty, Psy.D.

    Vicarious Resilience: Learning from and Growing with our Clients presented by Shelle Welty, Psy.D.

     

    Learn more about UCEBT's Trauma, Stress, and Resilience (TSR) Program and Program Director, Dr. Shelle Welty.

    July 15, 2021

    Parenting

    Classes

    Jordan Family Education Center: https://guidance.jordandistrict.org/jfec/

    Utah State University: https://extension.usu.edu/hru/

    Online Videos & Resources

    Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/

    PCIT International: http://www.pcit.org/for-parents.html

    Early Childhood Service

    The Children’s Center https://childrenscenterutah.org/

    Books

    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown 

    How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King

    How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

    How To Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

    Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change by Valerie Porr

    The Incredible Years: A Trouble‑shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 Years by Carolyn Webster-Stratton

    The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

    Your Defiant Child, First Edition: Eight Steps to Better Behavior by Christine M. Benton and Russell Barkley

    Your Defiant Teen, Second Edition: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship by Arthur L. Robin and Russell Barkley

    The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills by Alan E. Kazdin

    The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction by Christine Carter

    Parenting Teens With Love And Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood, Updated and Expanded Edition by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

    Podcasts

    The Parents Survival Kit- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFAYWYRR5XYgJBuYYFESokg

    TILT Parenting- https://tiltparenting.com/

    Parent Footprint- https://parentfootprint.com/podcast/

    Your Parenting Mojo- https://yourparentingmojo.com

    UCEBT's YouTube Videos

    Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Factors Contributing to the Changing Relationship and Ways Parents Can Improve the Relationship presented by Kalee Gross, Psy.D.

    Social Media: Risks and Benefits for Mental Health presented by Katie Flanagan, Psy.D.

    ACT Mindfully: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Children & Adolescents presented by Rachel Hopkins, Psy.D.

    Missed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis? Population Considerations and Clinical Comorbidities Contributing to Delayed Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder presented by Laura Rowley, Ph.D.

    Working with Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth presented by Sloan Strike, Ph.D.

    The term ‘social media’ refers to websites and applications that enable users to create and share content with others, verbally or visually. According to current research, 72% of the public uses some type of social media and at least 92% of teenagers are active on social media. This lecture will present the latest research on the impact of social media on mental health, factors to consider when thinking about our own and others' social media usage, and possible treatment interventions to target the negative effects that can arise from social media use.

    Friday, August 6, 2021
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST)
    1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT) -- pending

    Register here: https://form.jotform.com/211876399215162


    Katie Flanagan, Psy.D., clinical psychology. Dr. Flanagan has her PsyD from PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at UCEBT. She has expertise in working with teens and young adults and serves on both the Anxiety & Mood, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) teams at UCEBT. She specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and higher risk behaviors including self-harm and chronic suicidal thoughts. 

    NOTE: Even if you cannot attend the live event, complete the registration to receive presentation recording, slides, and evaluation form for CE credit.