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CE Approval for Utah
LMFTs 15 CE Hours
LCSWs 15 CE Hours
Psychologists 15 CE Hours
CMHCs 15 CE Hours

The above CE hours include 3 hours of ethics

Salt Lake Community College
(Miller Campus)
9750 South 300 West
Sandy, UT 84070

Dr. Kristin Neff will present on Saturday only, February 23, 2019. Other presenters on Friday, February 22, 2019. See below.

About Dr. Kristin Neff


Kristin Neff, PhD

Dr. Neff studied communications as an undergraduate at the University of California at Los Angeles. She did her graduate work at University of California at Berkeley, studying moral development with Dr. Elliot Turiel. Her dissertation research was conducted in Mysore, India, where she examined children’s moral reasoning. She then spent two years of post-doctoral study with Dr. Susan Harter at Denver University, studying issues of authenticity and self-concept development. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. During Kristin’s last year of graduate school she became interested in Buddhism, and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion — a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, cocreated with her colleague Chris Germer, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is called “Mindful Self-Compassion”. Her book,” Self-Compassion,” was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.

Saturday, February 23, Schedule, Dr. Kristin Neff

9:00-10:30 Introduction
Exercise: How do I treat a friend?
Self-Compassion Theory
Exercise: Soothing Touch/Self-Compassion Break
Self-Compassion Research

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Meditation: Affectionate Breathing
Present Moment Awareness and Resistance
Relationship of Mindfulness and Compassion
Practice: Soles of feet

12:15-1:45 Lunch

1:45-3:15 Meditation: Loving-Kindness for a Loved One
Why Do We Criticize Ourselves?
Exercise: Compassionate Motivation

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Self-Compassion for Caregivers
Exercise: Giving & Receiving Compassion with Equanimity
Embracing Our Lives
Exercise: Appreciating What’s Good about Ourselves

Friday, February 22, Schedule

About Rod W. Jeppsen

Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT

Rod W. Jeppsen, CMHC, CSAT

Rod is the president of Suncrest Counseling. He is a clinical mental health counselor, CMHC. Rod is also a:

Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, CSAT
Certified Gottman Therapist, CGT
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, EFT
Board Certified Neurofeedback, BCN

Rod loves people. He knows from his own life that changing unwanted behaviors can be very discouraging and difficult. Being kind and gentle to oneself is essential.

Evidence-Based Tools for Change: An Introduction to Positivity Ratio, Deep Work, and Neurofeedback

Positivity Ratio
1. Learn the positivity ratio and how to track it.
2. Learning how to embrace the hidden strength of positive emotions.
3. Learn the skills to overcome negativity and thrive.

Value of Learning Deep Work
1. Deep Work Definition
2. Distraction Addiction
3. Shallow Work Definition
4. BEGINNING RITUAL for Deep Work.
5. DEEP WORK and Implementing the steps.
6. CLOSING Deep Work

The value of Neurofeedback with some clients in regulating emotions and impulse control.
1. What are the different types of brain waves?
2. What is the difference between brain mapping and brain training?
3. How is neurofeedback actually designed to work?
4. How would one know if neurofeedback is actually working?
5. What are the potential risks with neurofeedback?

About Dr. Mark Chamberlain, PhD


Mark Chamberlain, PhD

Mark Chamberlain is a psychologist and has over 25 years experience helping others change the way they do life.  He is the author of several books including, “Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity” and a blog on the same topic. He has found that most clients’ recovery is greatly strengthened by deeper emotional connections in relationships.

Healing Dysfunctional Cycles with Self-Compassion: Helping Clients Love Themselves Out of the Habits They Hate

Empathy is enhanced as we look into someone’s eyes and read their body language. The self-compassion we try to activate in Internal Family Systems (IFS) can be facilitated using smartphone video exercises that enable clients to look into their own eyes and read their own nonverbal expressions. Recording and watching these videos in session and as between-session homework can help clients articulate the perspectives and interests of their various parts and then step back and see their parts as more sympathetic characters. The bulk of this presentation will be spent demonstrating–and then practicing as participants–how to record and use smartphone video footage with clients. The goal is for participants to be familiar enough with the practicalities and nuances involved in this therapy aid that they can immediately utilize it in their practice.

1. Participants will be able to enhance clients’ intrapersonal (or self-) empathy by facilitating clients’ recording and watching smartphone video footage of their various parts expressing themselves.

2. Participants will be able to describe how self-compassion, as facilitated by IFS parts work, initiates the “tend and befriend” survival response and effectively interrupts knee-jerk survival response patterns that often lead to the negative cycles associated with addiction and relationship distress.

3. Participants will learn the basics of Polyvagal Theory and its contribution to our understanding of the human response to threats, particularly social threats. Its recognition of survival behaviors beyond the fight, flight, and freeze to include behaviors such as flop, fawn, and friend has particular relevance for IFS therapists and may help us understand the effectiveness of IFS therapy in interrupting clients’ negative cycles and problematic life patterns.

About Dr. Diane Spangler, PhD


Diane Spangler, PhD

Dr. Diane Spangler earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon where she specialized in the study of cognitive behavioral models and treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. Dr. Spangler completed postdoctoral training at the Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry where she worked under the direct supervision of Dr. David Burns in TEAM treatment and Dr. Stewart Agras in cognitive behavioral treatment of eating disorders.

Insomnia: Cause or Consequence?

Presentation Outline:
1. Insomnia as Symptom of Psychological Disorder
2. Insomnia as Comorbid with Psychological Disorder

Insomnia: Assessment
1. Definition/Features of Insomnia
2. Assessment of Sleep Patterns

Insomnia: Treatment
1. Modular Treatment
2. Stimulus Control
3. Sleep Hygiene
4. Sleep Restriction
5. Sleep Beliefs
6. Treatment Efficacy

About Debi Gilmore, LMFT, PhD

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Debi Gilmore, LMFT, PhD,

Debi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development at Brigham Young University and has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy with a special focus on clinical skills, supervision and mentoring of therapists of all levels, business leadership and business development. During her doctorate program she developed a marriage and relationship education program based on the theoretical framework of attachment and experiential learning theory. She owns The EFT Clinic, an agency that specializes in couples, families, and individuals.

Working with Resistant Clients: A Clinical Map that Facilitates Critical Change Events When Working with Couples, Families, Individuals and Groups

Pursuer Softening: A Clinical Map that Facilitates the most Critical Change Event when working with couples, families, individuals, and groups.
Pursuer softening
This is recognized as the most challenging therapeutic task in couples work [and work with families, individuals, and groups](Furrow, Edwards, Choi, & Bradley, 2012)
Therapists err by failing to access and deepen the pursuing partner’s fear of reaching for comfort and reassurance (Furrow, Edwards, Choi & Bradley, 2012)

Importance of Therapist Emotional Presence
1. Therapist compassion facilitates deep emotional experiencing in softening events (Furrow, Edwards, Choi & Bradley, 2012)
a. Therapist serves as secure base and safe haven—groundwork for pursuer to take new risks
b. Therapist presence is empathic attunement and responsiveness that facilitates in-session experience (Johnson, 2004)
2. Therapist manner and style are essential: “Experiential Presence” (Greenberg, Rice, & Elliott, 1994)

Comparison of pursuer-softening models
Mini-Theory of Blamer Softening Events (Bradley & Furrow, 2007)
EFT Tango: The 5 Basic Moves of Pursuer Softening (Johnson, 2016)
1. Cycle: Here and Now (Present Process)
2. Access Deeper Emotions (Zoom In)
3. Enactment (Cross Over)
4. Process Enactment (Zoom In)
5. Summarize (Zoom Out)

Common Obstacles in Pursuer Softening (Bradley & Furrow, 2007)

Friday Evening, February 22, 6:00-9:00pm, 3-hours Ethics / Dr. Mark Chamberlain

Ethics violations do not typically result from a lack of knowledge about ethical principles and practices. Instead, most occur because of a lapse in the critical thinking that helps protect clients, therapists, and others. Come practice applying your problem solving skills to the kinds of situations that commonly trip up therapists.
Learning Objectives:
1. Sexual and/or Romantic Relationships Prohibited Sexual and/or romantic counselor.
2. Receiving Gifts
3. Respect for Confidentiality
4. Consolations on Ethical Obligations

Conference Details

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration up to 10 days before the workshop (Tuesday, February 12, 2019) and receive a full refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs in less than 10 days prior to the event, there is no refund. Also, if the event date is changed for some reason, the presenter is ill, the presenter will be rescheduled for another date and you may cancel your registration up to 10 days before the new date, for a full refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. If the event is cancelled and we will not hold the event, only the cost of the tuition will be refunded, no hotel, travel, or any other costs. Also, if you decide not to attend, the registration is not transferable to another future event.

Adults Only

For consideration of other attendees, adults only, no children.

Room Temperature

Room Temperature varies; Please dress in layers.

ADA Accommodations

If you require ADA Accommodations, please contact our office at least 7 days in advance of the event so that we can ensure accommodations are made.


FRIDAY & SATURDAY 2-DAY EVENT — February 22-23, 2019 — 9:00am-5:00pm

Cost $495

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