Third Sun

Third Sun

August 07, 2019

Consulting Services

The advancement of high quality, evidence-based treatments is central to UCEBT’s mission. We are committed to helping agencies find creative solutions for the delivery of these interventions in complex, healthcare settings. UCEBT Program Directors offer clinical and organizational consultation, development of staff and administrator trainings, as well as invited talks.

UCEBT has provided consultation and professional training for:

Huntsman Cancer Institute
Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital
International Rescue Committee
Jordan School District
Salt Lake City Public Library
University of Utah Hospital
Utah Department of Child and Family Services
Utah Psychological Association
Utah Women in Law Enforcement
Veterans Health Administration

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Growing up in rural Nevada on a cattle ranch, I am familiar with the benefits and downsides of rural living. I credit many of my core values as an adult to being raised in this environment. As I went through the process of becoming a psychologist, I began to realize the disconnect between the services available in urban areas, where I trained, and the services available to the community in which I was raised. The values I was taught as a child of equity and compassion have made it hard for me to see the disparities in what is available and what is actually accessible in mental health care.

Access to mental health services is limited across our country. Those living in rural areas have an even harder time accessing health services. While rates of mental health concerns are similar in urban and rural areas (McCall-Hosenfeld, Mukherjee, & Lehman, 2014), the availability of mental health services in rural areas is significantly less. There are 39 psychologists for every 100,000 residents in urban areas, while only 16 for the same amount of residents in rural areas (Bolin, Bellamy, Ferdinand, Kash, & Helduser, 2015). Additional barriers are present for rural residents to seek mental health care. For example, they have further to travel, it takes more time/money/work leave to attend appointments, and it is more difficult to maintain confidentiality. For example, if your truck is parked in front of a building that says “Psychological Services” in a small town, your community may know that you are receiving services. 

There are outreach efforts to increase awareness of identification and treatment options for mental health concerns, however, these efforts are not reaching the far corners of our country equally. This leaves rural residents with less information about signs of mental health concerns and available treatments. You know that healthy eating and physical activity are core components of weight loss. Do you know what to do if you have persistent fear or sadness? People in urban areas are more likely to know the answer than those in rural areas. If you have a physical health concern that you do not know how to address, you go to a doctor to get clarification and treatment. The same goes for mental health. However, the same values that make rural cultures beautiful and strong, can keep rural residents from reaching out for help when needed – independence, self-reliance, strong work ethic, putting others first, and close connections to the community.

 Solutions have been proposed to address these concerns. These include integrating mental health providers into already established rural medical clinics, allowing patients to see both medical and mental health providers in the same location. Training rural teachers, religious leaders, bartenders, volunteer emergency staff, and other community members in the signs of mental health concerns and the how to respond appropriately and get community members connected with appropriate care. Incentives are offered for mental health providers that work in areas that are designated as mental health professional shortage areas as another way to increase access to care in rural areas.

One growing area is the provision of services through video-conferencing, or telemental health. This allows residents in rural areas to connect with providers that are geographically distant. Telemental health allows patients to meet with their provider from established medical and mental health clinics, their home, a library, their work, and parked in their car! As long as the patient is located in a private area, there are many options to connect with specialists in mental health care.

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References & Resources: 

Bolin JN, Bellamy G, Ferdinand AO, KashBA, HelduserJW. (Eds.) (2015). Rural Healthy People 2020.Vol. 1. College Station, Texas: The Texas A&M University School of Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center. ISBN#978-1-4951-5242-9

 McCall-Hosenfeld, J. S., Mukherjee, S., & Lehman, E. B. (2014). The prevalence and correlates of lifetime psychiatric disorders and trauma exposures in urban and rural settings: Results from the national comorbidity survey replication (NCS-R). PLoSONE,9(11).

Zero Suicide Summit 7/19/2019

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

pdfClick here for slides

UCEBT relies on well-validated assessment tools that together provide a comprehensive picture of the psychological distress, reasons and sources of that distress, and ability to function and work.  Our reports are thorough, concise and based on scientific evidence. We believe that the expert's role is to provide solid scientific evidence, and not be an advocate.  

We work closely with attorneys and employers, helping guide them through the psychological evaluation process for adults and older adolescents.  We share our expertise and work collaboratively in an effort to support our clients’ needs, help them meet the requirements of their case or issue, and aid their strategy and efforts.

We have experience in evaluations for: 

  • Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs)
  • Fitness for Duty Evaluations
  • Impact of Medical Malpractice
  • Impact of sexual harassment and hostile workplace behavior
  • Stress disorders (PTSD) and job related issues
  • Executive and physician performanceand coaching interventions
  • Personal Injury

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

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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.

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