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Missed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis? Population Considerations and Clinical Comorbidities Contributing to Delayed Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Friday, June 11, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MST
1.5 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT) 

Register* here: https://form.jotform.com/211016371639148

*If you cannot attend the live event, you can still receive the video recording, presentation slides, and CE credit so long as you register beforehand.

About the presentation:

With Utah having one of the highest rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States, the community relies on clinicians to provide early identification and intervention for this pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder. Although the last several decades have witnessed an increase in awareness and support for individuals on the spectrum and their families, many people with ASD are not receiving diagnoses and subsequent services until they are older children, adolescents, or even adults.

As research continues to grow, the field is discovering complexities that alter our recognition and understanding of ASD. This presentation will discuss demographic characteristics impacting identification, such as the “female autism phenotype,” autism in racial and ethnic minorities, and the intersection of ASD and LGBTQA+ identities. Furthermore, this talk will present evidence-based guidelines for differential diagnosis and present specific disorders that mimic or mask underlying ASD, including ADHD, OCD, and personality disorders.

Following the hour-long presentation, there will be a 30-minute Question and Answer period.

About the presenter:

Laura Rowley, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist. Laura obtained her doctorate from Wayne State University. She completed her APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital. Laura is currently the Program Coordinator for the Assessment and Testing Team and Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment, where she provides testing services for children and adults.

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Past Events

ACT Mindfully: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Children & Adolescents

Originally presented: Friday, March 12, 2021

1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT)
To receive presentation recording, slides, and evaluation form for CE credit, register herehttps://form.jotform.com/210403657446150

About the presentation:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence based therapy designed to increase psychological flexibility through the use of acceptance skills, mindfulness strategies, and commitment and behavioral change planning.  This presentation is designed to give therapists and counselors practical skills and strategies to help young people increase overall psychological flexibility and live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling to them.  Dr. Hopkins will emphasize developmental considerations to the core components of ACT.  

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees should be able to describe Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its core components using age appropriate language to kids and their families, adapt ACT metaphors and tools to a younger population, and increase openness to experiential exercises.

About the presenter:

Rachel Hopkins, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist with broad interests in providing therapy and assessment for anxiety and mood disorders, trauma and bereavement, behavioral dysregulation, and family systems issues across the lifespan.  Dr. Hopkins is presently the Program Director for UCEBT's Anxiety and Mood Team and enjoys providing supervision and consultation to trainees and other therapists, particularly in further developing ACT expertise.  

 

Understanding the Risks of Trauma Exposure and Increasing Resilience in Graduate Students

Originally presented: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
NOTE: This is a non-CE event.
To receive the link to the live presentation, register here: 

https://form.jotform.com/202996653710158

About the presentation:

Therapists in training experience frequent exposure to traumatic material during both coursework and clinical work. This exposure, especially when combined with the many other stressors of graduate school, can result in emotional, health, and relational problems. Both students and their supervisors in training would benefit from incorporating safeguards for students based on the most recent research findings.

This presentation will provide a review of the most recent research on psychology/social work graduate student responses to trauma exposure, bring greater awareness to graduate students' vulnerabilities to vicarious traumatization and provide direction for building resilience as a novice psychotherapist.

While no traumatic material will be presented, attendees may experience some discomfort at recognizing, in their own lives, current effects of trauma exposure.

About the presenter:

Shelle Welty, PsyD specializes in trauma therapy and works as the Director of the Trauma, Stress, and Resilience program at UCEBT. Prior to her work at UCEBT, she spent a decade working in college mental health, where she was invested in improving the lives of students through multiple roles--as a therapist, a consultant to university faculty and staff, and a professor. 

 

Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents: Practice Guidelines for Telehealth Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally presented: Friday, October 30, 2020
1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT)
To receive presentation recording, slides, and evaluation form for CE credit, register here: 

https://form.jotform.com/202726500319145

About the presentation:

Suicide rates in youth have been steadily increasing in the United States, with Utah having one of the highest incidences of youth suicides. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a collective stress on the community and healthcare system.

In a time when hospitals are overburdened, and the risk of exposure is high in healthcare settings, inpatient hospitalization and Emergency Department visits for suicidal patients should be minimized. However, the rapid shift to practicing psychotherapy via telehealth encompasses unique challenges for providers treating youth at risk for suicide.

Dr. Rowley will present research-based practice guidelines on assessing and treating suicidality in youth via telehealth, with a focus on safety planning and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills. Ethical concerns will be discussed, as well as special considerations for treating diverse populations that are at risk for suicide, including LGBTQA+ and black adolescents.

About the presenter:

Laura Rowley, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist. Laura obtained her doctorate from Wayne State University. She completed her APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital as a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team for adolescents and families. She is currently on the DBT team at the Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment providing services for adolescents and adults.

 

Navigating Race and Racism: Future Frontiers of Evidence-Based Cultural Competence in Clinical Care

Originally presented: Friday, June 26, 2020
1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT)
To receive presentation recording, slides, and evaluation form for CE credit, register here: 
https://form.jotform.com/201625563955157

Here are the two articles referenced in this presentation: (pdfCarter, 2007; pdfJones, et al., 2020)

About the presentation:

With the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Black and African-American communities, the need to address race and racism in the context of clinical care, including case conceptualization, intervention, consultation, and supervision. This presentation will present a review of race and racial identity from a developmental lifespan perspective, and highlight promising directions in research and clinical care related to providing care for Black American communities in response to racially charged media events. 

About the presenter:

Kimberly Applewhite, PsyD, School-Clinical Child Psychology. Dr. Applewhite is a primary member of the dialectical behavioral team at UCEBT, and has clinical and research interests in cultural adaptations for evidence-based treatments in Black/African-American communities. 


 

Psychopharmacology for Non-Prescribers: The Role of Therapists & Psychologists in Medication Management

Originally presented: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT)
To receive presentation recording, slides, and evaluation form for CE credit, register here: 
https://form.jotform.com/201528274844155

About the presentation:

The purpose of the presentation is to (1) examine the main structures and function of the brain and neurotransmitters and how the affect our mental health; (2) to review the main types of psychiatric disorders, their presentations/symptoms, neurotransmitters and how they can be treated/managed with psychiatric medications; (3) explain the effect of psychotropic medications on the brain and how they can be therapeutic to the patient/client; (4) and to explain the potential side effects and signs/symptoms that may be observed by other mental health professionals working with the patient.

About the presenter:

Darin Principe, APRN. Darin is a psychiatric/addiction nurse practitioner who trained with the SLC VA prior to joining UCEBT. He is also part of the medical staff at Recovery Ways Treatment Center in Murray, UT for dual diagnosis treatment.

 

ADHD Refocused: Loving and Treating an Underestimated Disorder

Originally presented: Friday, May 29, 2020
1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT)
To receive presentation recording, slides, and evaluation form for CE credit, register here: 
 https://form.jotform.com/201205940165143

About the presentation: ADHD is a complicated disorder with a fairly high degree of individual variation.  This lecture will present a broader conceptualization of ADHD across the lifespan and the role it plays in everyday life with this population, raising questions of its frequent placement as a secondary diagnosis. Dr. Pflieger will also discuss evaluation for ADHD and introduce some therapeutic strategies and resources for working with this population.

About the presenter: Dr. Pflieger is a neurodivergent practitioner who follows the social model of disability and is radically open about her neurodivergent identity and experience. She frames ADHD as less of a disorder and more of a dialectic and way of being. This lecture will present the beauty and diversity of ADHD, breaking from the traditional deficit model. Courtney Pflieger, Ph.D. NCSP, school psychology. Dr. Pflieger was a graduate student at the University of Utah and completed her internship training in public school settings with an emphasis on evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities. Dr. Pflieger now works with people of all ages, many with ADHD, and is continuing her postdoctoral training at UCEBT.

 

Current Issues in Ethical Trauma Treatment: From Psychedelics to Self-Harm

Originally presented: Friday, April 10, 2020
1.0 CE hour (UPA & NASW-UT)
To receive presentation recording, slides, and evaluation form for CE credit, register here: 
https://form.jotform.com/200574631299156

About: Trauma Processing Treatments have advanced significantly in recent years, and this type of psychological care carries a unique set of ethical issues. This talk will provide an overview of current topics, ethical pitfalls, and resources for navigating the often complicated terrain of helping trauma survivors heal. Given the brevity of the talk, it will not provide an in-depth analysis, but rather increase awareness and provide useful follow-up resources. It is intended that the application of content will help providers avoid entering into ethically problematic situations as well as increase consultation seeking. There are no known risks to attendees beyond mild psychological distress related to exposure to trauma case examples. It is expected that this exposure is consistent with existing types of occupational stress

About the presenter:  Ashley Greenwell, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, has worked in the field of trauma for 15 years and is the Clinical Director of UCEBT. She also previously served as a core Ethics Team member, consulting for Veterans Affairs on issues of Bioethics.