The Mormon Mental Health Association

Supporting Mental Health Within the Mormon Community

Save the Date!
Third Annual Mormon Mental Health Conference
Theme: Promoting Equality in Relationships

When: July 27, 2016


Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm


Where: University of Utah Student Union


Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Liz Albertsen, President of the Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment, 


Why the big deal about equality? Connections between Inequality and Domestic Violence


Being held in collaboration with the Sunstone Symposium.


6.5 continuing education credits will be made available


Registration is now open!

2016 MMHA Conference Agenda

8:30 a.m.  REGISTRATION   

9:00-10:20 a.m.

Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault In Utah by Dr. Julie L. Valentine, PhD, Linda Mabey DNP, CNS, APRN, B.C, Leslie Miles DNP, PMHNP-BC 

This session will review sexual violence definitions and an overview of the specific dynamics and the most common ways sexual violence is perpetrated in Utah communities.  We will review myths and realities surrounding sexual violence and understand how rape myths support a culture of increased violence.  


The experience of LGBTQ Mormons: Data from a research investigation by Dr. Bill Bradshaw, PhD. 

This session will report the results of a comprehensive survey of 1612 individuals, and will explore issues such as sexual orientation change efforts, mental health outcomes, and life trajectories.


Rise Strong After Family Conflict and Divorce by Elizabeth A. Dalton, JD 

This session will address the conflict that inevitably arises in families.  Experience how Dr. Brene Brown's Rising Strong curriculum promotes family healing in the context of family conflict and divorce.


10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Lessons Learned from Victims of Sexual Assault Related to Mental Health: A retrospective review by Julie Stephenson, BS 

The presentation will specifically focus on the intersection of mental health and sexual assault: prevalence of mental illness and use of psychotropic medications in sexual assault victims, prevalence of mental illness in sexual assault victims with prior history of sexual assault, and the effect of sexual assault on memory and consciousness.  


BYU CAPS Sexual Concerns ACT based group therapy: History, Format, and Research by Dr. Marty Erickson, PhD, LMFT 

Since the late 1990s therapists at BYU CAPS have been developing and running an ACT-based therapy group for BYU students who present struggling with compulsive sexual behavior, most often pornography and masturbation. This workshop will present the history, clinical format, and current preliminary research on the group.  


The Impact of LDS Culture on Those Struggling with Infertility by Camille Van Wagoner Hawkins, LCSW, MSW and Whitney Barrell, LCSW, MSW 

This session will discuss the mental, emotional, spiritual, and social implications of struggling with infertility when magnified through the lens of Mormon culture. Presenters will address the scope of infertility in Utah, give insight to how Mormons experience struggling to build a family, and offer sensitivity tools attendees can implement in their own practice.


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   LUNCH ON YOUR OWN


1:00-1:30 p.m. 

MMHA business and updates from the board (everyone invited)


1:30 – 2:50 p.m.

Empowering LDS Women to Speak Up and Speak Out by Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW This presentation will offer a psycho-educational framework to help women develop healthy assertive communication skills that support self-awareness, authentic expression, and respect for others’ differences while increasing the likelihood that they will be heard and responded to in positive ways.


Social Justice in Psychotherapy: Why it Matters by Mica Nicole, BS (PhD candidate)  

This presentation will explore issues of social justice (particularly racial tension) and how it applies to the treatment of mental health. Clients come to treatment with a lifetime of history and intersections of identities that have informed their current struggles, in order to meet them where they are clinicians must be aware and sensitive.


How Difficult Conversations Promote Equality: Reconciliation and Growth Project by Jim Struve, LCSW, Jerry Buie, MSW, LCSW, David Matheson, MS, CMHC, and David Pruden, MS 

This session will discuss how two groups of Utah therapists with different approaches to LGBTQ/SSA issues found connection, created safety, and created a document in which they find their voices equally represented.


3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Why the Big Deal about Equality? Connections between Inequality and Domestic Violence by Dr. Liz Albertson, PhD, President of the Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment 

“Why the big deal about equality?” will explore potential consequences of inequality in marital and family relationships that can include domestic violence and may affect both halves of a couple, the children, and the broader community; models of healthy but individualized relationships as places of growth and safety for each partner; ideas for promoting equality in our own relationships and in our helping professions, especially when faced with circumstances that include domestic violence; and ideas for communicating and standing firm when faced with people in our communities who do not share the value of equality in relationships.