Zero Suicide Summit 7/19/2019

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Skills For Reducing Suicidal Distress
By Sheila Crowell

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If you're having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up earlier than normal you might qualify for our insomnia group! CBT-I or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia is the first-line treatment option for insomnia. Approximately 10% of the general U.S. population meet criteria for chronic insomnia and are under-served due to a shortage of CBT-I trained clinicians. Our group provides weekly evidence-based assessment and treatment recommendations to decrease symptoms of insomnia. Individualized assessment and treatment allow group members to attend as few or as many weekly sessions as they desire until their insomnia symptoms are resolved. 

Group will be held on Mondays from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Ages 18+. $50 per session.

To apply for our group, please fill out our online screener here. 
A member of our team will reach out within 1-3 business days and administer questionnaires to assess fit. 


What is first aid? Red Cross describes it as 'care for people in crisis as they wait for medical professionals to arrive'. Normally we associate this with emergencies involving bodily harm, however first aid is just as vital for psychological trauma. Mental health first aid is identifying, understanding and responding to signs of a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. This type of care is especially important in vulnerable and underserved populations. Migration due to war, terror, and disastrous conditions in one's native country is often a traumatic experience and warrants immediate psychological care to mitigate further suffering. In the video below, Essam Doad addresses the global refugee crisis and describes how early intervention and memory re-framing decreases future development of PTSD symptoms.  Such a mental health crisis has implications not only for migratory populations, but societal culture as a whole as we integrate. Awareness is the first stepping stone toward making a difference.

International Rescue Committee, an organization dedicated to serving displaced communities, offers numerous volunteer opportunies for those who want to get involved. 
Click here to view their volunteer page 

UCEBT is collecting donations for a local women's domestic violence shelter. Your donations are essential for keeping shelters in full operation. Any given night there are more than 200 women and children who have found safety there and your generosity can provide needed aid to the women and children served. Items can be dropped off with our front desk or placed in the items basket in our waiting room. We thank you for your contribution! 

Items the shelter is looking for include the following:

  • Size 5 & 6 diapers
  • Socks of all sizes for toddlers and children (NEW only)
  • Size 2 T – 16 girls and boys shorts (NEW only)
  • Size 2 T – 16 girls and boys tops (NEW only)
  • Strollers (NEW only)
  • Infant car carriers with handles (NEW only)
  • Backpack purses for women & teens (NEW only)
  • Sandals all sizes for women, teens & children (NEW only)
  • Athletic Shoes for women, teens & children (all sizes NEW only)
  • Short sleeve and sleeveless women’s tops & blouses (all sizes NEW only)
  • Women’s shorts & capris (all sizes NEW only)
  • Bath towels & bath mat sets (NEW only)
  • Women’s pajamas (NEW only)
  • Pots & pans set (NEW only)
  • Women’s athletic shoes (NEW only)
  • Children’s athletic shoes (NEW only)
  • Suit cases (NEW only or very gently used, all sizes)
  • Twin & full sized sheets and comforter sets (NEW only)
  • Twin & full sized pillows (NEW only)
  • Alarm clocks (NEW only)
  • Vacuums (NEW only)
  • Cell phone chargers (both android and iPhone)
  • Movie gift cards
  • Gift cards to Target, Walmart, and Smith’s
  • Maternity clothing (NEW only)
  • Underwear (all sizes toddler through adult, NEW only)
  • Reusable grocery tote bags
  • Lice treatment kits (NEW only)
  • Baby Bottles & Baby Bottle Products (NEW only)
  • Household goods (NEW only)
  • Toiletries and personal care items (NEW only - toothbrushes, toothpaste, beauty products, deoderant, etc.)

Dissociation from Trauma - Presentation by Ashley Greenwell at Generations 2019



pdfDevelopmental Trauma Questionnaire

pdfIntroduction to Suds

Commuting alone has the potential to eat up a large chunk of your time and your wallet. Throw in some variables like traffic accidents, road construction and unexpected inclement weather and suddenly you’re late, creating a domino effect. Maybe your daycare or doctor charges late fees. Perhaps your doctor is booked out, so your missed appointment pushes you out another two weeks before you can re-schedule. Enter Telehealth. This new-fangled treatment modality can be a godsend for long commuters and bridges the gap between patient’s access to care.

 So, what is telehealth anyway? Telehealth in a nutshell is distribution of medical services and interventions using communication via phone or video conferencing. In a behavioral health setting, telehealth (or teletherapy) happens exactly the way it would in a therapy office except virtually! You go through the same informed consent, sign your intake forms, and connect with your provider from the comfort of your home using a laptop or even your smart phone. This type of therapy offers numerous advantages not only for folks who can’t make the drive, but also for those who are bound by their work schedules or have limited physical mobility. With more businesses turning toward remote work, the environment may enjoy some benefits as well with reduced CO2 emissions. 

 If you feel that therapy is just out of your reach, consider telehealth as an option. UCEBT assesses fitness for telepsychology and offers virtual sessions with licensed providers for the same cost as in-office appointments. Visit our new client page here to get started.

Jeff Thompson, a research scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and 15 year veteran detective, explains why police officers are at greater risk for suicide and how loved ones and colleagues can offer support for indidivuals in this line of work. Read his article here.

A recent spotlight on Senior Patrol Officer Scott Nielsen depicts the added stress and mental health burden that weighs on Law Enforcement. In the article, Nielsen describes a traumatic situation he faced on the job which was followed by significant mental turmoil that he has not yet sought professional help for. Such occurrences are not uncommon in the field. Many barriers such as negative stigma, perceived weakness and lack of funding have prevented officers from seeking the care they need to address ongoing stress responses. Our own Trauma expert, Ashley Greenwell, has provided commentary in this article and highlights the importance of recognizing signs of struggle as well as utilizing stress management programs.

Click here to read the article

Crisis Intervention Training for Police Officers: Recognizing Mental Health Conditions
Ashley Greenwell and Rachel Hopkins
Jan 28th 2019 at 9:00 am
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Building resilience skills for coping with stress & anxiety in a group setting, ACT Mindfully is an 8-week group therapy program to help your child build their ‘toolbox’ with powerful & practical strategies to excel with friends, at school, & at home. This group will also help your child: 

  • Learn fun, evidence based tools to manage thoughts, feelings, & behaviors
  • Explore what is important & valued to them
  • Move towards a rich, healthy, & meaningful life
  • Learn Mindfulness to improve their quality of life

Date and Time: Mondays 3:45 pm - 5pm beginning March 4th
Location: UCEBT Office - 164 S 900 E SLC, UT 84102
Ages: 4th-6th grade (Ages 9-12)
Cost: $25 per group session

If you are interested in signing your child up for this group, please reach out by phone at (801) 419-0139 and mention our ACT Mindfully group to schedule a brief screening. 

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