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  • June 23, 2018 2:56 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Dr. Valerie Hale, UPA President Elect
    Teresa Bruce, UPA Executive Director

    On May 11, 2018, UPA held it’s annual meeting at the Cottonwood Country Club.  The venue was beautiful, the food delicious!  Thank you to all who joined us to thank our volunteers who work with such dedication to keep UPA a viable organization. 

    The attached are photos of our outgoing board members who were recognized for their contributions.  We do not have a photo of Dr. Emma Mansour who was unable to be with us.


    We would like to thank:

    Dr. Janiece Pompa (past president beginning July 1, 2018), Dr. Katie Fortenberry, Dr. Kirt Cundick, Dr. Emma Mansour and Diana Askings. And a thank you to Dr. Jamie Brass who will fully retire (for now!) from UPA after having served as ECP chair, President Elect, President and Past President.  Their volunteer efforts contributed greatly to our past years’ success.

    Welcome to our newly elected: Dr. Valerie Hale  will be assuming the role of President on July 1, 2018. Dr. Kirt Cundick is new our President Elect and will chair education for the fiscal year June 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Dr. Fortenberry will return for another term as Member at Large, and Dr. Amanda Rapacz is a new Member at Large. Dr. Emma Mansour will continue as a committee chair of Membership.

    Below are committee reports (summarized) for the benefit of those who could not attend:


    UPA finances are in good shape; thanks to our capable treasurer, Cathie Fox, Ph.D. and a very conscientious board.  We as an organization have worked hard to increase revenue, and minimize expenses where we can. We do have some fixed expenses that keep the doors of UPA open;  salaries, insurance, our website has a cost; but overall, we run the operation on a very tight budget. Because of the strong financial oversight, UPA will not be raising dues or workshop fees for another year. This will be our 3rd year without any increases. If we continue to draw new members and attendance at our CE events, this trend could possibly continue.

    UPA Legislative Committee: 

    Both UPA members and our board stepped up this year to influence important bills impacting psychologists and the people we serve. These laws related to our licensure requirements, evaluator scope of practice, and state allocation of resources impacting our most vulnerable individuals. Special thanks to Nan Klein and Amanda Rapacz for their above and beyond work this year in their advocacy around forensic evaluations.  

    From the FAC

    As we have done for the last 25-30 years, a delegation of psychologists from Utah went to Washington DC to meet with our members of Congress. This year, The UPA  delegation consisted of director of professional affairs, Dr. Nanci Klein, Federal advocacy coordinator Dr. Chris Wehl,

    We met with the offices of Senator‘s Orin Hatch and Mike Lee, and representatives Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, Mia love, and John Curtis.

    We urged our members to cosponsor the Medicare mental health access act, a bipartisan bill that would allow psychologist to provide Medicare services without unnecessary physician supervision, by adding psychologist to the Medicare physician definition.

    We also asked our Members to protect Medicaid from tinkering, as it is the primary source of coverage for American’s mental health and substance abuse treatment. 

    We also informed several members of upcoming 35% rate cuts for Tricare  providers and the Implications for availability of mental health services if that Cut takes place. 


    UPA is slowly gaining members… We have increased from 278 members last year to 307 this year!.  We have over 1000 licensed psychologists in the state.  So please, encourage your colleagues who are not members to join.  Non members benefit from the work that UPA does on behalf of the profession FOR the professionals.  Imagine what clout we would have if our numbers were much larger?  So please, be an ambassador for UPA!

    Student Committee:

    The student membership is at it’s highest levels in many years.  This group has actively promoted student membership in UPA through social and educational events.  This year, UPA was fortunate to have funds to award a Bruce Parson memorial scholarship.  We will announce the recipient of that award a bit later.

  • October 31, 2017 10:00 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)


    Mark your calendar and join UPA and your colleagues for these CE events!

    January 26, 2018: RxP Update by Dr. Morgan Sammons

    February 23, 2018: Cross Cultural Mental Healthcare of Non-Binary and Transgender Adults by Dr. Jordan Rullo

    March 23, 2018: Don’t Write That Letter…Divorce/Custody Issues by Dr. Valerie Hale

    May 4, 2018 – Ethics by Dr. Michael Donner (back by popular demand!). Remember, 2018 is license renewal year. 

    AS MORE INFORMATION (location, course objectives) become available, we will send out updates.  UNTIL THEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

  • October 16, 2017 11:24 AM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)
    A commonly asked question on the UPA forum is about where providers can refer patients for DBT. Please let us know about the community offerings through this forum.
  • September 27, 2017 9:01 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    The Utah Psychological Association is designating one of its annual graduate student scholarships in Dr. Parsons’ name.

    Please consider a donation in Dr. Parsons’ name to: 

    Utah Psychological Association Graduate Student Scholarship Fund

    Utah Psychological Association
    5442 South 900 East, Suite 512
    Salt Lake City, UT 84117


    Optimizing Autism
    24 South 1100 East #210
    Salt Lake City, UT 84102 

    Bruce V. Parsons, PhD

    Bruce worked for almost 40 years as a clinical psychologist, providing  approximately 90,000 hours of direct psychotherapy to a wide range of individuals, families, and couples. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. During his first post-graduate position, as the clinical director of Salt Lake Community Mental Health (1973-1975), he forged life-long professional and personal relationships with several psychologists with whom he continued to collaborate and practice until the time of his death.

    He was the founder of Functional Family Therapy (FFT), widely considered to be a gold standard for clinical research and practice in the area of family therapy. FFT is the only family-based, evidence-based practice endorsed by the CDC for violence prevention and the National Institutes of Health for evidence-based interventions with adolescents and their families.

    For the past ten years, Bruce focused on understanding and serving adults with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders). He was a driving force behind Optimizing Autism and a personal friend and mentor to many of its staff and participants. 

    Bruce served as an Adjunct Associate Professor Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He was also an Associate Professor of Research at the Social Research Institute, University of Utah (1995-2009), and Associate Professor in Child Welfare at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Utah (1995-2009).  

    Bruce is survived by his wife, Joanne Hinson; daughter Molly (Tom) Parsons Shook; two grandchildren, Allie and John Shook; step-son Philip Hinson; two brothers, Craig and Ken Parsons and their families; and many life-long friends and colleagues.

    Bruce has left behind a strong legacy in those he helped and the methods he developed after many decades of working as a researcher and a therapist. His consummate skills and service as a psychologist, and as an advocate for the autism community will be truly missed.

    Dr. Nanci Klein

    Director of Professional Affairs,

    Utah Psychological Association

  • August 15, 2017 10:30 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    The events of the past few days in Charlottesville, Virginia have horrified many Americans. We are saddened to witness the hatred and resulting injuries and death to citizens with opposing views regarding the role of ethnic, racial and political diversity in American society. The Utah Psychological Association affirms the rights of all Americans to free speech, but abhors the violence that has occurred by individuals attempting to exercise these rights in a hateful and intimidating manner. Progress in human relations can only occur when people are willing to listen to each other and feel the pain and disenfranchisement that both sides have experienced in their lives. We encourage all sides in this conflict to engage in honest dialogue together with open hearts, which is the only way to heal the divide that is tearing apart our society at the present time.

     Janiece Pompa, Ph.D.


    Utah Psychological Association

  • March 27, 2017 7:58 AM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Release from APA committee on Early Career Psychologists:

    The APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists is pleased to announce the achievement award program for early career members from all areas of psychology to attend APA's Annual Convention this year, August 3-6 in Washington, DC.

    At least five award recipients who are within 10 years of their doctoral degree who are members of APA (existing or brand-new) will receive reimbursement of up to $400 in convention-related expenses. This can cover travel, lodging, meals and/or convention registration fees. The program is designed to reduce barriers to early career members’ attendance at Convention and support their ability to make meaningful connections and engage in their own professional development. 

    CECP is pleased to thank the following allies who have made these awards possible:

    • n  National Register of Health Service Psychologists
    • n  APA Membership Office
    • n  APA Office on Early Career Psychologists

    Appy online with your CV and one page statement of interest/achievement by May 2nd at 5pm Eastern at http://www.apa.org/about/awards/early-career-achievement.aspx.

    Questions: earlycareer@apa.org 

  • March 24, 2017 5:10 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    UPA Presidential Address

    The past several months have brought many changes to our country, and many people are becoming more politically aware and active. As I think about all of these changes, and my involvement with UPA, I've also been thinking about UPA's role. Our purpose, according to our bylaws, is as follows:

    The purpose of UPA shall be to advance psychology as a science and as a profession and to promote human welfare by the responsible encouragement of the development of psychology in all its branches in the broadest manner consistent with ethical and scientific standards.

    It shall also be the purpose of UPA to improve the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists through high standards of education, competence, professional achievement, and professional ethics and conduct; to increase and disseminate psychological knowledge through meetings, reports, papers, discussions, personal contact with colleagues and organized education programs; to make available to the public the knowledge and expertise which scientific inquiry and professional experience has developed in the field of psychology; and to secure for the science and profession of psychology a stable position in the academic and community activities of the State of Utah.

    Advocacy, and our work with both state and national legislators, seems like it may be one of the less visible ways UPA fulfills its purpose. Please know that UPA is actively working to help benefit both psychologists and the people we serve. Each year we send a delegation to the Practice Leadership Conference (formerly the State Leadership Conference) and they learn about issues relevant to psychology and advocate directly with our national congressional representatives. Our Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Nanci Klein, and our Legislative Committee Chair, Dr. Ashley Greenwell, are also working hard to make sure that your UPA board is aware of and monitoring changes proposed at the state level.

    UPA takes our role as advocates very seriously and has a process in place to help ensure that we are thoughtful and careful in our advocacy efforts. We are committed to making sure our work is based in science and is data-driven. We are also watching the work done by APA, and hope to regularly share such information with you. If you have not yet seen APA's responses to the presidential executive orders you can read them here: http://psyciq.apa.org/apas-responses-executive-actions/.

    Please reach out to UPA if you have questions or concerns. I hope you will look to UPA as a resource. We will keep you updated on our efforts on the UPA listserv and on UPA's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/UtahPsychologicalAssociation). I also invite you to get involved with UPA. Joining a committee or the UPA Board of Directors is a great way to get a better sense of the work that our organization does on behalf of psychologists. 

    Jamie E. Brass, Psy.D.
    President, UPA

    Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Passes Utah State Legislature; Awaits Governor's Signature

    Psychology took one step closer to the regulated practice of telepsychology and the provision of time-limited in-person psychological services across state boundaries with the passage of SB 106, Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, in the 2017 Utah legislative session. Sponsored by Senator Brian E. Shiozawa, SB 106 (http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/SB0106.html) unanimously passed both the Utah Senate and House, and currently awaits Governor Herbert's signature to become law. Representative Edward H. Redd was the floor sponsor in the Utah House.

    Utah is the second state to pass the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), following Arizona's passage of PSYPACT in May, 2016. Additional states with active legislative efforts include Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin.The Compact becomes operational when seven states enact PSYPACT into law. PSYPACT has been endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association, ABPP, APA, APPIC, and The Trust.

    PSYPACT is intended to regulate the day to day practice of the provision of psychological services using telecommunication technologies. It is also intended to regulate the temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology by psychologists across state boundaries for 30 days within a calendar year. The Compact does not apply to permanent in-person, face-to-face practice which will continue to require a psychology license in a given state. Psychologists who wish to practice under PSYPACT will need to obtain the E.Passport Certificate for telepsychology, and the Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) for temporary in-person, face-to-face practice.

    Additional information regarding PSYPACT can be found at: https://asppb.site-ym.com/mpage/micrositehp.

    Nanci C. Klein, PhD
    Director of Professional Affairs
    Utah Psychological Association

    Lunchtime Learning Series


    Our Lunchtime Learning Webinars are held on the second Monday of the month at 12:00. Approximately half of the webinars will offer one free CEU for those who attend and complete a follow-up quiz with a score of 80%. Specific registration information is available on the UPA website, and you can click on the title of each webinar to go directly to the registration page. We are using a two-step registration process so you will need to register with UPA first, and you will then receive a confirmation email from the UPA website with the link to register through Zoom. This two-step process helps us keep the webinars as a member benefit. 

    March: Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Programs
    According to the APA (2007), psychology doctoral graduates carry more debt than other doctoral graduates, and in 2005 almost 70% of doctoral graduates had some student debt. Almost 40% of doctoral students owed over $75,000, and a survey of ECPs indicated they have an average debt of over $90,000. Many programs do not provide information on how to manage debt, or what options exist for repaying or forgiving loans. Attend this webinar to learn about loan forgiveness and repayment programs available to psychologists. This webinar does not offer CEU credit.

    April: Sleep

    Watch for additional information on the UPA listserv. 

    May: EPPP Overview

    Watch for additional information on the UPA listserv.


    PA hosts full- and half-day CEU workshops throughout the year. You can register for events at https://utpsych.wildapricot.org/events and UPA will keep you updated about upcoming events on the listserv. A selection of our upcoming events includes:

    • 3/24/17: Moving Through Swamps: Didactic and Experiences in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Dr. Cicely Taravella
    • 5/12/17: HIPAA Audits by Dr. Nan Klein
    • 9/29/17: Ethics and Risk Management with the Insurance Trust

    APA Policies & Actions Related to Detainee Welfare and Professional Ethics in the Context of Interrogation and National Security

    The American Psychological Association's (APA) position on torture is clear and unequivocal: Any direct or indirect participation in any act of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment by psychologists is strictly prohibited. There are no exceptions. Such acts as waterboarding, sexual humiliation, stress positions and exploitation of phobias are clear violations of APA's no torture/no abuse policy.

    APA President Antonio Puente, PhD, and Interim CEO Cynthia Belar, PhD, ABPP, send letters to President Donald J. Trump and other key federal officials to urge against use of torture or abusive treatment of detainees. Letters include a statement by the Society of Military Psychology (APA Div. 19 - PDF, 94KB) co-signed by 40 of APA's 54 divisions.

    Other letters included:

    Letter to President Donald J. Trump

    Letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis

    Letter to CIA Director Mike Pompeo

    Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  • March 24, 2017 5:06 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)
    From Jamie Brass, PsyD, UPA President:

    Have you taken the EPPP within the past three years? Would you be willing to talk about your experience in studying for the exam with other Early Career Psychologists? UPA's May Lunchtime Learning webinar will be on EPPP preparation and I am looking for a few more panelists. The webinar will take place on May 8 at noon. If you are interested in participating, please contact me backchannel at jamiebrasspsyd@gmail.com.

    With thanks,
    Jamie Brass, PsyD
    UPA President
  • March 24, 2017 5:02 PM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)

    Utah Foster Care, a previous winner of the Utah Psychology Association Psychologically Healthy Workplace award has been recognized at a national level through APA. Congratulations to Utah Foster Care!

    The press release from APA:


    Receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award
    from American Psychological Association

    Salt Lake City UT  March 21, 2017 — In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Utah Foster Care (UFC) will receive the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2017 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 23. One of five employers from across North America to receive the award this year, the organization won in the not-for-profit category. UFC is a previous winner of the Utah Psychological Association’s state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying it to be nominated for the APA award. 

    UFC excelled in its efforts to foster employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. The organization’s open-door policy, employee wellness program, flexible work schedule and family-friendly environment are several examples of the workplace practices that helped it earn a 2017 award.

    UFC’s psychologically healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both the organization and its employees. Three-quarters of UFC’s staff have served the organization for more than four years, and 20 percent have worked there for 15 years or more. 

    The work at UFC can be challenging and demanding, which is one reason the organization values focusing on employee self-care, so they can better care for others. UFC adopted flexible scheduling so employees may work from home, on the road or in a satellite location. They also permit new parents to bring their infants to work. In the case of child care problems, older children can spend the day with their parent. First-year employees can accrue up to five weeks of paid time off.

    Management is quick to send out all-staff congratulatory emails for individual accomplishments such as participation in marathons, business recognition, graduations and clinical licensure, as well as monthly acknowledgment and appreciation of employees’ work anniversaries. 

    “Employees notice when an organization legitimately cares about their well-being and are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs, committed to the organization and motivated to do their best,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. “Organizations like Utah Foster Care recognize the importance of creating a work environment where employees and the organization can thrive.”

    APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to showcase the very best from among the award winners recognized by APA’s affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. Nominees are evaluated on their workplace practices in the areas of employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition. Awards are given to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, as well as government, military and educational institutions.

    More information about APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners is available at http://www.apaexcellence.org/media. Organizations interested in learning more about creating a psychologically healthy workplace or applying for an award in their state, province or territory can visit http://www.apaexcellence.org. The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program is a public education initiative from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. 


    The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

    The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.
  • January 23, 2017 11:17 AM | Tom Mullin (Administrator)
    UPA Members,

    The governing board of UPA, known as the Board of Directors, is moving into an election cycle for a one Member-at-Large position and President-Elect.

    Here is on overview of these open positions.

    Members-at-Large are members of the Board of Directors and are instrumental in the operations of UPA. They approve and monitor the budget, conduct the business of UPA between meetings; carry out the wishes of the Association as expressed by the members at meetings of the Association; appoint committees and approve of committee chairpersons and committee members; and to take such other actions as may be appropriate to further the purposes of the Association. Usually Members-at-Large are members of at least one of the committees as well.

    The President-Elect is a member of the Executive Board, consisting of the President, Past-President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Election to this post is a 3 year honor in which the elected occupy roles of President-Elect, President, and Past-President, each for one year. The President-Elect also chairs the education committee during the President-Elect year. This means that the President-Elect helps develop UPA CE offerings over the next year.

    Please thoughtfully consider whether you would like to be involved in shaping the professional practice of psychology at the State and National level. I have found my time as President-Elect, President, and Past-President to be quite meaningful and extremely informative. I have also been proud to serve the members of UPA and all Utah Psychologists during my tenure.

    Consider contacting me regarding any interest in nominating yourself for either the Member-at-Large position or for President Elect. The Ballot will be in place by March 1, 2017.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Tom Mullin, PhD
    UPA Past-President, 2016-2017
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