Opening Keynote

Brandon Palmer CT, GC-C

Presentation Title: Grief After COVID: When the Journey Becomes Complicated and Prolonged.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how PGD (Prolonged Grief Disorder) develops and manifests among grievers
2. Identify evidence-informed interventions for grievers experiencing PGD

Brandon has been working as a hospice chaplain/bereavement coordinator for the past 8 years. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University with a BS in Religion. He’s currently pursuing a Master of Theology Degree in Thanatology(MTH-CH) from the University of Theology and Spirituality and board certification through Spiritual Care Association (SCA). He’s certified in Thanatology (CT) with the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and as a certified grief counselor (GC-C) by The American Academy of Grief Counseling. He also completed the Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate Program with The California State University (CSU) Institute for Palliative Care. When Brandon is not working with death/dying/bereavement you can find him reading and studying about it! He even has an app on his phone that reminds him that he’s going to die 5 times a day! Death is what gives meaning to life for Brandon. He loves spending time with his two children doing anything. His hobbies include hiking, reading, being in nature, and watching arthouse cinema-to name a few.


Speaker 1

Emogene Hennick-Dunn, LCSW, PhD


Presentation Title:A Grief that Can’t Be Spoken—Embarking on Truth-Seeking Journeys in Coping with Uncertainty

Learning Objectives: 1. Learning to Embrace Internal and External Truth-Seeking Journey’s in the Midst of Uncertainty
2. A Grief that Can’t Be Spoken–Finding Hope and Self in Ambiguity
3. Learning How to Find Peace Amidst Chaos

Bio: Emogene Hennick-Dunn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the University of Utah Health, Geriatric Clinic. She completed her Social Work Doctoral Dissertation focusing on the Homeless Court in Salt Lake City, Utah. Emogene was peace officer certified while working as a therapist at the Utah Department of Corrections with mentally ill offenders transitioning out of prison into the community. She has worked in home care and hospice and facilitates grief support groups with the Caring Connections Program at the University of Utah. Emogene has a passion for community-based research opportunities and working with disenfranchised populations.

 

 


Speaker 2

Kris Doty-Yells,LCSW, PhD

Presentation Title: “How the Pandemic has Become a new Adverse Childhood Experience and how to Help Children Work Through it.”

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the impact of COVID and its social limitations on children.
2. Describe ways children nonverbally demonstrate stress, depression, and anxiety.
3. Identify 3 techniques to use today to help children process their feelings.

Bio: Dr. Kris Doty-Yells is a graduate of Utah Valley University, with a degree in Behavioral Science. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Utah. Kris is a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in crisis intervention and trauma. She has worked as a crisis worker in a hospital emergency room, as a therapist in a residential treatment center, and as a disaster mental health worker with the American Red Cross. Since moving to Texarkana in 2017, Kris has worked as a trauma therapist with Genesis PrimeCare and currently has her own private practice. She is trained in EMDR, Sandtray therapy, Somatic Experiencing, is certified as a Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, and is an Internationally Credentialed Sandtray Therapist (ICST). Kris is associate professor and director of social work at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Kris is madly in love with her husband David, and together they have a blended family of 7 children and 12 grandchildren.


Speaker 3

Lori Giovanni


Presentation Title: The Secrets of Resilient People

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the history of resilience research
2. Learn the 2 protective factors that lead to a sense of resilience
3. Identify 3 techniques that foster and sustain resilience

Bio: As a nationally requested speaker, Lori Giovanni has shared the platform with multiple authors, a variety of entrepreneurs and organizational leaders throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. During her career, Lori has had the opportunity to address over 250,000 people. Lori has a strong background in organizational development and employee well being, topics include; The Secrets of Resilient People, The Hidden Rules of The HealthCare System, and How To Manage People with Dignity, Care and Compassion.
Lori is the recipient of multiple awards among them the globally recognized The Athena Award. Lori has the unique ability to deliver insight and wisdom in a way few possess. Lori is a highly sought after speaker for organizational training and conferences throughout the United States.


Speaker 4

Rachel Jasperson, LCSW, PhD, MBA


Presentation Title: Mental Health and Suicide of Healthcare Workers: Understanding the Impact of COVID (Suicide Prevention)

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the unique mental health struggles and suicide risk for healthcare workers as a result of COVID.
2. Recognize warning signs that someone might be experiencing a mental health crisis.
3. Describe methods of fostering resilience among healthcare workers.

Bio: Rachael Jasperson received her MSW in 2008 and PhD in 2011 from the University of Utah and in 2018 her MBA in Healthcare Administration from Western Governor’s University. She has worked as a clinical social worker for the Department of Corrections and the United States Air Force and in various behavioral health leadership roles for both Intermountain Healthcare and MountainStar. She was the AVP for Behavioral Health Access Services for HCA Healthcare where she built and oversaw numerous centralized Behavioral Health assessment and access centers across the nation. She is currently leading the University of Utah Health’s Zero Suicide Initiative. In her free time she enjoys biking, reading, and riding her horse. Her life philosophy: Be kind to others. You never know what someone is going through and your single act of kindness can change someone’s life.


Closing Keynote

Kris Doty-Yells, LCSW, PhD


Presentation Title: “Self-Care for the Overwhelmed Social Worker” (ETHICS)

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain why it is ethical practice to make self-care a priority.
2. Describe how stress and burnout manifest itself in you.
3. Create a personal self-care strategy for immediate application.

Bio: Dr. Kris Doty-Yells is a graduate of Utah Valley University, with a degree in Behavioral Science. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Utah. Kris is a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in crisis intervention and trauma. She has worked as a crisis worker in a hospital emergency room, as a therapist in a residential treatment center, and as a disaster mental health worker with the American Red Cross. Since moving to Texarkana in 2017, Kris has worked as a trauma therapist with Genesis PrimeCare and currently has her own private practice. She is trained in EMDR, Sandtray therapy, Somatic Experiencing, is certified as a Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, and is an Internationally Credentialed Sandtray Therapist (ICST). Kris is associate professor and director of social work at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Kris is madly in love with her husband David, and together they have a blended family of 7 children and 12 grandchildren.


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