Opening Keynote
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Thurl Bailey - Live Streamed / Recorded

From the youth to the corporate world, Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker, he inspires companies and individuals to focus on what matters most; to persevere, build winning teams, encourage peak performance, develop leadership, and discover opportunity in change. Twice Bailey has led teams from far behind to win national championships. His most recognized title was the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack team which beat the famed University of Houston (Phi-Slamma-Jamma) Cougars, featuring Hakeem Olajuwon & Clyde Drexler. That nation championship game was voted top 5 finishes of all time of any sporting event.

Morning Concurrent Sessions 1
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

The Harms and Benefits of Pornography: An Intellectual Humility Perspective - Live Streamed / Recorded

This session will focus on how individual perceptions of the harms or benefits of pornography use vary widely. While varying groups and individuals continue to offer strong opinions on the impacts of pornography use, the scientific literature exploring pornography and its effects is filled with ambiguity, statistically trivial relationships, and severe methodological issues (i.e. how pornography is measured, defined, and conceptualized).

Morning Concurrent Sessions 2
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Tools to Build Positive Childhood Experiences - Live Streamed / Recorded

This session focuses on both adverse and positive childhood experiences. Through exploring various works and theories relating to these topics, we can learn how to help individuals seek stability and resiliency.

Lunch, Exhibit Fair, & Student Poster Presentations
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Plenary Session
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris - Live Streamed / Recorded

During her plenary address, Dr. Burke Harris will share her groundbreaking research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the long-term effects of childhood adversities. Dr. Burke Harris will discuss how ACEs can lead to toxic stress, which can disrupt brain development and increase the risk of chronic diseases later in life. Dr. Burke Harris will also highlight the importance of early intervention and trauma-informed care in mitigating the impact of ACEs. In addition to her research, Dr. Burke Harris is a passionate advocate for children's health and well-being. She has been a vocal proponent of policies and programs that prioritize the needs of children and families, including the creation of a California Health Task Force led by Dr. Burke Harris herself. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 1
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

The Eating Disorder High: A Comparison of Evidenced-based Modalities and Their Effectiveness - Live Streamed / Recorded

Eating disorders are a complex mental health concern that is often missed by medical practitioners, therapists, and other professionals. We aim to empower clinicians with tools and a greater understanding of the evidenced-based modalities to better help their clients with body image concerns, disordered eating, and full-blown diagnosable eating disorders. In addition, we will compare the effectiveness of the treatment modalities within the different disorders and discuss the complexity of the disease, review the basic medical complications that can arise in this population, and learn how to incorporate a multidisciplinary team (Primary Care Physician, Dietitian, Psychiatrist, etc.) to help improve outcomes.

State of Utah and Federal Updates on Psychedelic Therapeutic Intervention Research and Legal Landscape - In Person ONLY

This presentation will focus on the legal landscape surrounding updates from the state of Utah and the federal government on psychedelic therapeutic intervention research. There will also be a summary of the history and current research, as well as the recommendations to the Utah legislature for MDMA and psychedelic treatment of mental conditions. This presentation will also offer discussion about concurrent therapy treatment and safety protocols in research and practice across the United States and the world.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 2
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

OPLR Review and Recommendations for Utah’s Behavioral Health Workforce - Live Streamed / Recorded

This presentation will discuss the results of a comprehensive, Utah-specific, behavioral health workforce review. The numbers of academic program graduates, licensees at all DOPL license levels, needs for future program graduates, and the role of higher education in meeting those needs will be presented. In addition, we will learn about the need for ethics training and improved clinical supervision. A discussion about creative ways to expand Utah’s workforce will be offered, along with the recommendation for the establishment of a new Master’s in Addiction Counseling license. Finally, we will discuss recommendations for future public policy initiatives.