Promoting Equality in Relationships

The Mormon Mental Health Association's 3rd Annual Conference

July 27, 2016 - MMHA's 3rd Annual Conference

The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA) is holding its 3rd Annual Conference on July 27, 2016 at the University of Utah Student Union in Salt Lake City. The Annual Conference averages 75-100 conference attendees who are interested in mental health issues as they relate to the LDS/Mormon community. Registrants are adept in disciplines such as education, counseling, therapy, social work, psychology, sociology, research, nursing, medicine, mediation, advocacy and more.

The conference theme is Promoting Equality in Relationships. As we gather together, we will aim to explore various training opportunities that will continue to address the cultural competency and ethical practice of professionals working within the Mormon population. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Liz Albertsen, president of the Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment. Full program schedule will be available in June. Being held in collaboration with the Sunstone Summer Symposium.

6.5 CEU credit hours

The Mormon Mental Health Association's 3rd Annual Conference

Wednesday, July 27th, 9am-5pm

201 Presidents Circle

Salt Lake City, UT


9:00-10:30 am: Breakout Sessions

10:30-12:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

12:00-1:00 pm: lunch (on your own)

1:00-1:30 pm: MMHA annual business meeting and general information

1:30-3:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

3:00-5:00 pm: Keynote Address: Why the big deal about equality? Connections between Inequality and Domestic Violence given by Dr. Liz Albertsen, Psy.D., President of the Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment and Domestic Violence Coordinator for Valley Behavioral Health

Conference Presentations for Break Out Sessions (in process)

1. Lessons Learned from Victims of Sexual Assault Related to Mental Health: A Retrospective Review by Dr. Julie L. Valentine, PHD et al.

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

3. Dr. Bill Bradshaw will be addressing research he was involved with regarding efforts of those attempting to change their sexual orientation.

4. Exploring the Impact of LDS Culture on those with Infertility by Camille Van Wagoner Hawkins, LCSW, MSW and Whitney Barrell, LCSW, MSW.

5. BYU CAPS Sexual Concerns ACT Based Group Therapy: History, Format and Research by Dr. Marty Erickson, PhD, LMFT.

6. Social Justice and Psychotherapy: Why it Matters by Mica Nicole, BYU PhD Candidate

7. 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.

8. Empowering LDS Women to Speak Up and Speak Out by Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW

9. Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault in Utah by Julie Stephenson of UCASA