Jennifer Van Gorp

Jennifer Van Gorp

I am a psychiatric doctoral nurse practitioner student (DNP) with the University of Utah College of Nursing. I am pleased to join UCEBT for clinical placement starting summer 2021!

I have experience as a behavioral specialist working with school-age children in the school setting and adults with severe behavioral and intellectual disabilities. My clinical interests include trauma, children, teens/adolescents, families, and behavioral problems. However, I look forward to broadening my experience and knowledge base to help individuals and their families improve their quality of life.

I am originally from Logan, Utah, where I completed my LPN from BATC before receiving my Bachelor's in Nursing from Weber State University in 2016. I moved to Salt Lake City in 2018 to work at the University of Utah Hospital in the Burn Trauma ICU, where I am privileged to care for patients of all ages. My passion for burn care was immediate. I love every moment of helping my patients overcome the tremendous difficulties and trauma associated with a burn injury. They teach me every day about the moments that matter in life, resiliency, and the beauty of the human experience.

I am honored and thrilled to learn from everyone at UCEBT for the next year!


UCEBT's incoming DBT clinician, Jordan Kugler, will be presenting on Thursday, June 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at the 2021 Addictions Update Conference hosted by the University of Utah:


"Building a Life Worth Living" will discuss the key components of full-model Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and review the research supporting treatment outcomes of DBT.

In this presentation we will review the core components of DBT and discuss the function of each as they relate to treatment targets at each stage of treatment and the core philosophy of dialectics which guides the course of therapy.

We will be using case examples to illustrate these points and help participants understand how a person who is in “hell”, characterized by emotional misery and chronic suicidal behavior, can create a “Life Worth Living” that is characterized by the pursuit of values and wisdom.

Participants will be provided with handouts and other resources that summarize the presentation and will allow for further pursuit of DBT-related research.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role and function of the core components of treatment adherent DBT; and,
  • Explore the treatment targets of each stage of treatment within DBT and explain the philosophy of dialectics and key dialectical dilemmas that guide decision making in DBT.
May 19, 2021


Information and Research about Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research and Advocacy Groups

The Asperger/Autism Network ( helps people with autism spectrum and neurodiverse profiles build meaningful, connected lives by providing individuals, families, and professionals with information, education, community, support, and advocacy

Spectrum ( provides news about the latest autism research

Autism Speaks ( Helps individuals with autism and families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network ( ASAN works to empower autistic people across the world to take control of their own lives and the future of their common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure their voices are heard in the national conversation about Autism.

Autism Council of Utah ( Advocacy group in Utah. Their page outlines several resources for families and professionals. They also link to community events aligned with their mission.

International Society for Autism Research ( Scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism. Their website includes past posters and presentations from events outlining the latest research

Organization for Autism Research ( organization founded and led by parents and grandparents of children with autism with a focus on awareness and advocacy

Synapse ( A website with fact sheets complied by mental health professionals about life skills, education, parent support, and resources for adults

SPARK ( landmark autism research project connecting researchers with autistic individuals and creating a community for autistic individuals and their families.

Lived Experiences

Hendrickx, S. (2015). Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age

Attwood, T., Grandin, T., et al. (2006). Asperger’s and Girls: World-Renowned Experts Join Those with Asperger’s Syndrome to Resolve Issues That Girls and Women Face Every Day!

Grandin, T. (2013). The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed.

Finding Mikey podcast ( Describes one family’s journey with autism, sensory processing disorder (SPD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Asperger’s syndrome. They share their experiences as a platform for inspiring others and providing helpful strategies for coping with these disorders. Episodes contain personal accounts and expert advice from doctors, lawyers, advocates, and other influential members of the community.

ASD and Intersectionality

Twainbow ( education and peer support for autistic individuals who also identify as LGBTQA+

Autism Speaks LGBTQ guide:

AANE information for gender diverse individuals and gender identity support groups

Autism in Black ( Autism in Black aims to provide support to black parents who have a child on the spectrum, through educational and advocacy services. Also a podcast.

Information for Spanish-speaking families:

Indian Health Service: Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives- autism resources

Services and Resources for Autistic Individuals and Families

National Resources

The Asperger/Autism Network ( Provides online support groups for individuals across age ranges, parents of young children and teens, parents of adults and more.

ADDitude -- Focus on ADHD, but also good information on ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders because they often present together.

 Autistic Self Advocacy Network -- ASAN works to empower autistic people across the world to take control of their own lives and the future of their common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure their voices are heard in the national conversation about Autism.

Utah Resources

Namasté Center for Healing - Neurofeedback for Autistic, ADHD Individuals with Sensory Issues, Emotional Dysregulation, and more. Neurofeedback helps to rewire your brain. There is a lot of research that this amazing holistic treatment can reduce depression, anxiety, help with communication and sensory issues.

Autism Council of Utah -- Advocacy group in Utah. Their page outlines several resources for families and professionals. They also link to community events aligned with their mission.

Brigham Young University Autism Connect -- Provides ASD testing, resources for families, and conducts ongoing research. They have a current research participation opportunity for adolescents and women who may be on the spectrum. (

University of Utah Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic -- Provide ASD assessment, social skill and recreational groups for kids, individual/family therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Behavior intervention, school consultations, Early Intervention, research participation, and parent training

Spectrum Academy -- Spectrum Academy is the premier charter school in Utah for students with high functioning autism and others who would benefit from our unique learning environment. They provide small class sizes, with individualized instruction and innovative social skills curriculum. They help students reach their fullest potential academically, socially, and emotionally, leading to productive and successful futures.

Scenic View Academy -- A non-profit school in Provo for people with Autism

Matt’s Place -- Matt’s Place is a non-profit center focused on helping families and individuals with social and behavioral struggles, and those on the Autism Spectrum.

The Adult Autism Center ( Gives resources for socialization, recreation, development, and involvement. Provides supports for daily living skills and vocational training.

Utah Parent Center ( Special education and advocacy service that provides information on how to access services for individuals with disabilities and can help families navigate the school system

Books & Media

Overcoming Autism: Finding Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life, by Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik

A Parent's Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive, Edition 2 by Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, and James McPartland

Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults: Improving Diagnosis and Quality of Life by Theresa Rega

Simone, R. (2010). Aspergirls: Empowering Females With Asperger Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley.

The Autism Show podcast:

Autism Quality of Life podcast:

Girls Growing Up on The Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years by Shana Nichols

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.

Resources & Trainings for Professionals

Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD, and Behavioral Health -- Provides online workshops on ASD assessment tools like the ADOS-2 and ADI-R, as well as trainings on topics related to intervention, such as ASD and sexuality, and supporting adolescents with ASD transition to adulthood.

Vanderbilt Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders -- Provides online workshops on ASD assessment tools like the ADOS-2, as well as trainings/resources for educators, community professionals, and pediatric care providers. They have a series dedicated to delivering services via telemedicine for parents, educators, and clinical professionals (

Autistic Self Advocacy Network -- Engage with autistic voices to be effective allies.

International Society for Autism Research ( Scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism

ADDitude Provides free online webinars on topics related to ASD and neurodivergence. Professionals can register to attend live or receive links to the presentations. for information on autism in black communities and the intersection of autism and culture. Opportunities for professional talks.

Recent Q&A from one of our psychologists

This is the full presentation from Dr. Laura Rowley regarding the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

December 01, 2018

Best of Utah 2018

Thank you, Utah! We are thrilled to be voted runner-up for Best of Utah 2018 Mind & Body!

Best of Utah

May 04, 2021


Curly Me!

Curly Me! is a Utah-based nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for families with child of color, specifically black girls between the ages of 5-14 years. Through fun and interactive events and mentoring opportunities, they educate, empower, and encourage girls to be their best selves. This incredible organization began in 2015 and has grown to fill a hugely important need in Utah ever since. Stay up-to-date on the latest events by following their Facebook page or get involved by becoming a volunteer. To learn more about Curly Me! CLICK HERE.

Outdoor Afro

Outdoor Afro is a nationwide nonprofit organization that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. Outdoor Afro has more than 80 leaders in 42 cities across the United States including Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Meetup group is led by Ashley Cleveland and has a Facebook group that organizes events and promotes outdoor recreation for Utah's Black community.


Resilience Among Latinx Immigrant Families, COVID-19 Challenges, and Clinical Recommendations presented by Shelle Welty, Psy.D. & Cristina Chévere-Rivera, Psy.D.

Navigating Race and Racism: Future Frontiers of Evidence-Based Cultural Competence in Clinical Care presented by Kimberly Applewhite, Psy.D.


UCEBT is taking new clients for Autism evaluations to examine whether an individual meets criteria for ASD using evidence-based procedures, and also examines common rule-outs/co-occurring disorders such as ADHD, social anxiety, and/or OCD. For individuals age 6 through adulthood.

Our autism testing is not exclusively for children.

ADHD and ASD can be diagnosed in adulthood. Many adults may be experiencing chronic difficulties with meeting job expectations, organizing tasks, completing household chores, engaging in daily living activities, remembering obligations, and forming/maintaining healthy relationships. Often adult clients come to us with prior diagnoses of mood, anxiety, or personality problems, and are frustrated that previous treatments have been unsuccessful in helping them meet their goals.

Through assessment, we can determine whether there may be evidence for a missed ADHD or Autism diagnosis that accounts for pervasive lifelong problems.

Read more about Autism Testing for children and adults at UCEBT.

We are excited to announce Laura Rowley, PhD as UCEBT's new Assessment and Testing Coordinator! Check out this Q&A with Laura to learn more about her and her goals for the A&T Program.

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Originally presented on February 14, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence based treatment designed to reduce self-injurious behaviors, decrease suicide risk, and enhance skillful behavior. This lecture will present the latest thinking of DBT experts, brought back to Utah by Dr. Crowell following the November 2019 National ISITDBT conference. Dr. Crowell will also present select segments from Dr. Linehan’s recent memoir, with an emphasis on how Marsha’s personal journey can be used to enhance client motivation and improve treatment outcomes.    

About the presenter: Sheila E. Crowell, Ph.D. is the director of the dialectical behavior therapy program at the Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Utah. Dr. Crowell was previously a doctoral student at the University of Washington and she received training and supervision directly from Dr. Marsha Linehan, the creator of DBT. Dr. Crowell now specializes in dialectical behavior therapy, suicide prevention, and psychopathology.  

Originally presented on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dr. Turley recently attended a comprehensive grief & loss conference sponsored by the Association for Death Education & Counseling and will present select segments from that conference, with an emphasis on death acceptance. As with all clinical interventions, attendees should be thoughtful about their own limits and personal willingness with workshop activities.

Sarah E. Turley, Ph.D. Counseling Psychologist, having received graduate training from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Turley is a health psychologist having provided 20 years of psychotherapy, including grief, bereavement, and non-body losses.

Three of our clinicians will be presenting in the Post-Conference Master Workshops at this year’s Generations Conference in the afternoon on May 5th, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (4 Hours CE Credit).

Registration is only $135 for this 4-Hour CE event. Participants can attend virtually or in-person.

Shelle Welty, PsyD, Sheila E. Crowell, PhD, and Laura Rowley, PhD, LP will be presenting on “Freedom from Survival Mode: Using Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention to Identify Posttraumatic Stress and Free Clients from Unrelenting Crisis”.

This presentation will provide guidance for the assessment and treatment of traumatized adults. Evidence-based assessments and treatment modalities will be reviewed with case study material to illustrate applications. Special attention will be given to cultural considerations in trauma treatment. In addition, there will be training in suicide prevention as applicable to this population.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Present the practices of EMDR and Non-EMDR for trauma; and,
  • Demonstrate both types of practices for trauma.