Utah Psychological Association


Upcoming events

    • June 25, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Livestream event via Zoom

    June 25, 2021 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT

    Livestream event via Zoom

    3 Continuing Education Hours

    Workshop Description:

    According to Utah State’s Public Health Indicator Base Information System (IBIS), Utah had the fifth highest age adjusted suicide rate in the nation during the 2017 to 2019 period. In 2019 it was the leading cause of death for both adolescents and young adults. Approximate 70 Utahns per day in 2019 were hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries. This emphasizes the importance for all clinicians to be aware of risk factors for suicide, screening and assessment techniques and instruments, short term safety interventions built for present moment prevention, and longer term empirically supported treatments. This workshop will review and reemphasize the importance of knowing risk factors, assessing for them and appropriately intervening. In the case of necessary longer term treatment for suicide, understanding and knowing what empirically supported treatment there are and their rationale to allow for proper treatment or referral.

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify risk factors that are correlated with suicidal behaviors.
    • Implement assess for, discuss, and implement Lethal Means Safety Counseling with a client.
    • Understand available effective empirically supported treatments for suicide

    Presenter Biography: Doug Benson, PsyD, DBT-LBC

    Doug Benson is a licensed psychologist with DBT-Linehan Board Certification. Dr. Benson worked at Utah State Hospital (USH) for 15 years. During that time he helped in the development, adaptation, and implementation of comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) throughout the hospital, as well as other empirically supported treatments for mood disorder, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. Throughout his time he also trained and supervised interns in USH’s APA accredited internship, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. He is currently providing empirically supported treatments at Decision Tree Mental Health, PLLC, with an emphasis on suicide, emotion regulation, anxiety, and PTSD.


    UPA Members

    • UPA Members on or before early Bird Deadline of June 18, 2021: $75
    • After Early Bird Deadline: $95


    • Non UPA Members on or before early Bird Deadline of June 18, 2021: $100
    • After Early Bird Deadline: $110


    • Student members: $0
    • Non-member students: $25

    Zoom link will be sent two days prior to the event.

    Online Event Registration

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

    Phone: Teresa Bruce at 801-410-0337

    Cancellations with full refund accepted one week prior to the event.

    Disability requests must be made 7 days in advance

Past events

May 14, 2021 Cultivating Cultural Fortitude in Clinical Practice: A Multicultural Orientation Framework Approach
April 23, 2021 Adolescent Brain Development
April 09, 2021 Telepsychology and PSYPACT (Registration Full)
February 26, 2021 Sequence IX: Ethics and Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums. Daniel O. Taube, JD, PhD
February 20, 2021 Self Care as an Ethical Imperative: Maintaining Competence and Flourishing During Challenging Times. Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP
January 29, 2021 What keeps us up at night: An ethics discussion for 2021 (Registration Full)
November 13, 2020 Psychological Approaches to Treating Chronic Pain
October 02, 2020 CBT for Insomnia
August 07, 2020 A Practical Guide to the Ethics and Practice of Telepsychology and Teleneuropsychology During COVID-19
July 17, 2020 PTSD Treatment, and Related Ethical Dilemmas, in the Time of COVID-19
June 26, 2020 Trauma, Loss, and Traumatic Growth: Applying Conservation of Resources Theory through Social-Environmental and Behavioral Intervention
April 17, 2020 How to Rise Above the Ethical Demands of Utah Psychologists: Frank Rees, PhD
March 20, 2020 Pragmatics of Telepsychology Practice in the Age of COVID-19
February 21, 2020 Best Practices in Forensic Psychology: Testifying in Court/Related Case Law
January 24, 2020 Suicide Prevention Training: An Update on Assessment, Intervention, & Postvention
December 13, 2019 UPA Holiday Party
October 23, 2019 Creating & Getting the Most out of Clinical Supervision
June 15, 2019 Early Career Psychology Hike
June 07, 2019 The Trust Risk Management Workshop
April 12, 2019 Motivational Interviewing. Presented by Denise Lash, PhD
April 12, 2019 Non-pharmacological Interventions in Pain Management: Psychology's Answer to the Opioid Crisis
February 22, 2019 Don't Be Afraid of the Lawyer: A Clinician's Guide to Divorce, Subpoenas, Court, and All of the Those Things that Keep You Up at Night.
January 25, 2019 Concussion: From the CDC to CTE: Presented by Dr. Anne Russo and special guest Dallas Davis, former football linebacker
December 07, 2018 UPA Member and Guest Holiday Party
November 02, 2018 Eating Disorders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know by Eating Disorders presented by Dr. Lindsey Riccardi
September 28, 2018 UPA CE Presents: Aging: Biopsychosocial Perspectives
May 04, 2018 Ethics by Dr. Michael Donner
April 20, 2018 The Management of Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression and Pain with Electrons: A Brief Primer on Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET)
February 23, 2018 Cross Cultural Mental Healthcare of Non-Binary and Transgender Adults
January 26, 2018 Psychopharmacology Update for Clinicians: What’s new in 2018
September 29, 2017 Psychological Practice Sequence VII: Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues presented by Retirement
May 12, 2017 HIPAA Compliance 2017
April 10, 2017 Don’t forget about sleep: Incorporating assessment and treatment of sleep into busy practices
March 24, 2017 Moving Through Swamps: Didactics and Experiences in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
March 10, 2017 Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome – Overview and Management by Dr. Angela Eastvold
February 17, 2017 Eating Disorders. Presented by Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi
February 13, 2017 Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy
January 09, 2017 Professional Wills
October 14, 2016 Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Using the ADOS-2
October 10, 2016 Basics of Telepsychology Practice
September 16, 2016 Ethics Update
September 12, 2016 Effects of Stress on the Brain
June 03, 2016 Prolonged Exposure for the Treatment of PTSD
May 06, 2016 Surviving & Thriving as Psychologists: Empathic Distress and Wellbeing
April 15, 2016 Causes and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction
March 18, 2016 Psychopharmacology Update
January 22, 2016 Resilience & Executive Functioning: Are They Evidence Based Concepts?
September 25, 2015 Ethics and Risk Management in the Age of the Affordable Care Act: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask!
May 15, 2015 ICD Diagnosis and DSM Changes: The New Horizon
March 13, 2015 Behavioral Sleep Medicine
January 23, 2015 Continuing Education: Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidality
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