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Spring Professional Education Series 2015 Workshop Descriptions
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Friday, April 24

Bipolar Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment
Michael Bouck, LCSW

This workshop will cover the diagnosis and treatment of Bipolar Disorders. Information on diagnosis, various psychotherapy treatment models, and integrative/holistic health treatments will be included.
(Complete description coming soon!)

Michael Bouck, LCSW, is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Social Work and has been in private practice since 2002. In addition, he has taught social work courses at the undergraduate level. He currently owns and operates a practice in Davis County.

Assessing and Treating Eating Disorders: What, Why, How and What Now?
Espra Andrus, LCSW

This interactive presentation exposes participants to statistics, contributing factors, and risk factors for eating disorders. Information and experiential practices are used to guide participants through conducting comprehensive eating disorder assessments. Treatment guidelines will be covered, emphasizing and thoroughly exploring numerous interventions to use with individuals suffering with eating disorders and their families

Espra Andrus, LCSW, co authored the book Making Peace with your Plate: Eating Disorder Recovery. She maintains a private practice in St. George, providing therapy and professional training for eating disorders, trauma, DBT, and Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW's shame resilience curriculum. Her MSW is from the University of Texas (1990).

The Developmental Model as an Armature for Couples Therapy
Anne Evans-Cazier, LCSW

Working with couples can be so challenging. This workshop introduces Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson’s Developmental Model of Couples Relationships and how it can be used to channel the intense emotions and diverse experiences of couples into effective healing and movement forward. The focus will be on experiential learning.

Anne Evans-Cazier, LCSW, graduated from San Jose State University in 1999.  In 2005 she founded Evans Counseling in SLC where her work focuses on helping families, couples and individuals with their relationships.  She has trained with Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson at The Couples Institute since 2009.

Friday, May 22

Simple Things Save Lives: Brief Cognitive Therapy to Prevent Suicide
Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP

Workshop overview:

  • Theory and science of treating suicide risk
  • Overview of BCBT
  • Clinical risk assessment and decision-making
  • Phase I: Crisis management and symptom reduction
  • Phase II: Cognitive restructuring of the suicidal belief system
  • Phase III: Relapse prevention

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, and is the executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah. Dr. Bryan is an internationally-recognized leader in the treatment of suicidal patients, and is the editor of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Preventing Suicide Attempts: A Guide to Brief Treatments Across Clinical Settings.

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias: Interventions from a Social Work Perspective
Troy Andersen, PhD, MS, LCSW

This workshop will inform attendees on an innovative approach to early psychosocial interventions for individuals with neurocognitive disorders. Proactive Dementia Care supports patient and family in developing a unified plan of progressive support for expected care changes across the disease continuum. Highlights of the workshop include:

  • Detailed overview of the leading cause of dementia, disease description, and symptom progression
  • Updates on the diagnostic science for neurocognitive disorders
  • Overview of the unique care-related challenges facing individuals with neurocognitive disorders and their care support team
  • In-depth description of the steps of Proactive Dementia Care intervention
  • Discussion of future directions in the care of neurocognitive disorders

Troy Christian Andersen, PhD, MS, LCSW, is an associate professor-lecturer and the director of social work at the Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research. Dr. Andersen received his PhD in social work with an emphasis in proactive psychosocial interventions for individuals in the early stage neurocognitive disorders.

Adolescent Substance Abuse -- Current Trends and the Science of Prevention
Presenter Change: Pat Bird, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Utah County

This workshop will focus on current trends regarding substance use, misuse, and abuse in the state of Utah. There will be a focus on data sources and measures available for tracking these trends at the community level that are publicly available. The various roles of community partners and evidence-based prevention practices will also be addressed.

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