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“The Many Faces of Trauma” – August 17th, 2023

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Clair Mellenthin

“Healing Wounded Hearts and Broken Bonds – Play Therapy with Traumatized Children”

Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S is a sought after supervisor, international speaker, and renowned play therapist.  Clair is the author of the best selling books Attachment Centered Play Therapy; Play Therapy : Proven Strategies for Childhood Disorders, and My Many Colors of Me Workbook. In addition to being an  experienced play therapist and professor, she frequently appears on local and national media as an expert on children and family issues.




Tiffany Roe

“Queer Trauma: How We Can Feel Deal Heal”

Topics: LGBT trauma, nervous system regulation, & coping skills for safety & healing.

Tiffany Roe is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, CEO & founder of Mindful Counseling, entrepreneur, award-winning psychology teacher, & speaker on a mission to make therapy cool. She’s known as the “OG IG” therapist and is out to change the mental health game. Tiffany is revolutionizing modern mental health by sharing her Therapy Thoughts on Instagram, offering courses on, and spreading education and real psychological tools on the Therapy Thoughts Podcast. You can expect no BS empowering help from this queen of mental health. She will help you make peace with mind, body, and food, and in her words, “feel, deal, heal.”






Dr. Mara Rabin

“Trauma Informed Care Through the Lens of Refugee Health”

Dr. Rabin graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine at the University of Colorado. Currently, she is a primary care physician and cares for refugees and, since 2003, has been the Medical Director of Utah Health & Human Rights, a nonprofit dedicated to survivors of torture and human rights abuse. In 2006, to identify survivors in need of extra support, Dr. Rabin began screening–and advocated for including these screenings across the United States–for mental health symptoms and torture history.  She was an expert consultant to the Centers for Disease Control’s Refugee Health Screening guidelines, and has researched torture prevalence and associated health conditions. She is the co-author of “Torture and Refugees,” in Refugee Health Care: An Essential Medical Guide. She has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally about the unique health needs of torture survivors. Understanding that torture affects mind and body, she has run groups focusing on healing both. She is an invited faculty member of the Center for Mind Body Medicine, where she also completed her certification to run Mind Body Skills groups. For these achievements, Dr. Rabin has been recognized by the Utah Refugee Services Office for an “invaluable contribution to improving the health of Utah’s refugees,” by Jewish Family Services for helping “repair the world,” by the Utah Community Foundation for being one of the “Enlightened 50,” by the Utah YWCA annual Community Service award, and the Utah Women’s mural 2020.


Jake Ostler

“Providing Therapy to Survivors of Trafficking”

Jake has an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on global practice from the University of Utah. Jake has been working with survivors of sexual violence in differing capacities since 2016. Within Utah this has included as a peer mentor and medical coordinator in residential treatment, on street outreach teams, in drop-in centers, and as a therapist. Jake has also worked internationally  coordinating with clinical teams, NGO’s, and government agencies in Asia as Operation  Underground Railroad’s Regional Aftercare Director. Jake has been providing therapy since he began his masters program in 2019. During his masters program Jake worked with individuals struggling with addiction and survivors of torture. In his current role as a therapist for Operation Underground Railroad, Jake has been providing therapy to survivors of trafficking within Utah since 2021.






Terri Roth and Annika Smith

“Complexity in working with Veterans with PTSD, understanding and overcoming barriers to treatment”

Terri  A. Roth graduated from the University of Utah’s MSW program in 2012. Prior to this, Terri  completed the SUDC training program and was actively engaged in research at the Veteran Affairs (VA).   Terri  completed her second year practicum,  for the MSW program, at the VA, and then  proceeded to work in the community, primarily treating addiction.   It was through this work, that she discover that many individuals underlining distress resulted from trauma.   Terri  desired more training  to work with people that had experience trauma.  Prior training experience at the VA was wonderful, so for future training /employment, Terri  sought out employment at the VA.    In April of 2016  Ms. Roth was accepted for a position on the PTSD Team as a full time clinician . Since gaining employment, Ms. Roth, has trained and actively  practices as a certified provider in; Cognitive Processing Therapy,  Prolong Exposure Therapy and EMDR.  In additional Terri (Ms. Roth) has had many MSW trainees and a resident psychiatrist trainee. Terri (Ms. Roth)  recently received an adjunct faculty appointment  through University of Utah School of Medicine.


Annika received her MSW from University of Utah in 2010 and has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System for over 13 years, specializing in the field of trauma and PTSD. She is certified in evidenced based psychotherapies to include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and EMDR. Annika is also a national Prolonged Exposure Therapy consultant for the VA and an adjunct professor for the University of Utah School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.  She has been active in VA research for more than nine years as a study therapist and most recently as a Local Site Investigator. Annika is a retired U.S. Navy combat Veteran with over 21 years of service and is currently in private practice.



We’re excited for another great conference that is now finalized and coming up in the next few days.  Please join us for this great event. The theme and focus of the conference will be “The Many Faces of Trauma”


Andrew Layne, LCSW

2023 UTAHSWA Board President


Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2023

Time: 7:15 AM to 6:00 PM

Location: Utah Cultural Celebration Center

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The conference will be held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City, UT.  Breakfast and Lunch will be served for in-person participants.

The amount and breakdown of continuing education hours will be 7.0 CE hours, Suicide Prevention and Ethics hours pending, final information coming soon.  We will have virtual participation options as well for this year similar to prior years.

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