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The UPA Education Committee has been working very hard in setting up the next series of CE events for UPA.

Here is what to expect in the coming months:

Prolonged Exposure for PTSD

Friday, June 3, 2016

Salt Lake Public Library, 4th Floor Conference room

Tom Mullin, PhD

Tom Mullin, PhD is a psychologist in the PTSD Clinic at the George E. Whalen Department of VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City and is the current President of the Utah Psychological Association. He completed his MS in counseling in 1999 and a PhD in Counseling Psychology in 2005 at the University of Utah. During his tenure at the Salt Lake City VA, he has earned VA training certificates in the evidence-based treatments of Cognitive Processing Therapy as well as Prolonged Exposure for the treatment of PTSD. He has also provided PTSD treatment services to veterans both in person and through telemental health services to VA clinics in Montana and Colorado through the VA PTSD Telemental Health Hub based in Salt Lake City.

He co-directs the APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the George E. Whalen VA Medical Center and is also is on the psychology training committee, supervising psychology practicum students and predoctoral interns. He holds academic appointments as adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Educational Psychology and Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah. In addition, Dr. Mullin is a nationwide consultant for VA mental health providers who are training in the Prolonged Exposure as administered by the VA.


This workshop will provide an overview of Prolonged Exposure (PE) for the treatment of PTSD. This Evidence-Based approach developed by Edna Foa, PhD and colleagues has been adopted by the VA Healthcare System as one of the primary treatments offered for veterans with PTSD.

Since Dr. Mullin primarily, but not exclusively, works with military-related PTSD, there will be an emphasis on the application of PE to veterans. PE is applicable to non-veteran populations and was originally designed for the treatment of sexual trauma.

Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Review of the symptoms and diagnosis of PTSD
  2. Provide an overview of Prolonged Exposure in the treatment of PTSD
  3. Cover session-by-session objectives for PE
  4. Facilitate participants in in-vivo exercises to practice delivering PE treatment rationales and receive feedback.
  5. Address research supporting the use of Prolonged Exposure as a treatment for PTSD

Important prerequisite

Prior to attending this workshop, attendees need to complete the PEWeb free online training for Prolonged Exposure at  http://pe.musc.edu/. This online training was developed in collaboration Veteran Affairs and includes contributions from clinicians and researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, and the VA Palo Alto HCS/National Center for PTSD.

PEWeb  itself awards 10 units of Continuing Education for those completing all 13 modules. A Certificate of Completion is available for printing when you submit the final evaluation. Please bring the printed certificate with you when you come to the UPA workshop.

The UPA workshop will expand on these base materials and give participants in-vivo experiences of describing PE rationales and the ability to actually discuss the application of PE to cases. I will also provide a peer-to-peer discussion about the use of Prolonged Exposure in the treatment of PTSD. It is not designed to provide "official" certification in the delivery of Prolonged Exposure.

Ethics Update

Friday, September 16, 2016

Salt Lake Public Library, Main Auditorium

Michael Donner, PhD

Dr. Donner is a psychoanalyst and clinical and forensic psychologist in Oakland, California. He is the President- of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis where he was until recently Faculty Co-Chair and a member of the Ethics and Impairment Committee. He is the moderator of the SFCP East Bay Clinical Forum.

He is also the Past-Chair of the California Psychological Association (CPA) Division of Clinical and Professional Practice and Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He served for six years and is the immediate past Chair of the CPA Ethics Committee and Ethics and served for 10 years as the Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee of the Alameda County. Psychological Association.    


 After completing this program, participants will:

  1. Have been taught a model for ethical decision making that can be applied to a wide range of clinical practice.

  2. Be able to distinguish between risk management and ethical practice.

  3. Have learned how anxiety interferes with clinical and ethical decision-making.

  4. Have learned the difference between privacy, privilege and confidentiality.

  5. Understand the difference between the legal and the ethical aspects of confidentiality.

  6. Have reviewed the key elements of the telepsychology guidelines of the American Psychological Association and other professional associations.

  7. Have considered various clinical aspects of the use of telepsychology, including issues of distraction and emotional disconnection. Indications and contraindications for telepsychology will be reviewed.

  8. Have reviewed the key components Clinicians in the Courtroom, including the interface between practice and the legal system.

  9. Have reviewed the different kinds of testimony of a clinician in the courtroom, including treating expert, forensic expert and percipient witness.

  10. Have discussed the role of psychologists in recommending emotional support and service animals.

This workshop will fulfill the ethics requirement for Utah licensure.

Early Bird Registration deadline is September 9!

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Utah Psychological Association and the Diversity Committee would like you to complete a brief (5 minutes) survey on issues of diversity. Your anonymous response will help us improve our ability to meet the need of diverse characteristics of Utah psychologists and community. Understanding the demographic makeup of psychologists and their experience with aspects of diversity will help us examine how we, Utah's psychological community, are meeting the diversity related needs of the general population. The survey will also ask about your experience with UPA and your interest in diversity related training, which will help us improve inclusivity within UPA and cater our programing to meet your needs.

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Upcoming events

  • June 03, 2016 9:30 AM (MDT) • Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
  • September 16, 2016 9:30 AM (MDT) • Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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