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2019 UFC Symposium — Trauma through a Strengths-based Lens

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DoubleTree by Hilton

1800 Park Avenue

Park City, UT 84060

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Time for Our 10th Annual Utah Foster Care Symposium!

Join foster parents*, social workers, child advocates, educators, and their allies for a one-day symposium at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Park City.

Ticket sales open February 1st and end Friday, April 19th at 5pm—or when all seats are filled (whichever comes first). We will sell-out soon—so don't delay! Early-bird pricing (for non-foster parents) closes on Friday, March 15th, at 5pm.

We have an incredible opportunity this year to hear from not just one, not two, but four outstanding speakers for our annual Utah Foster Care Symposium! This year we are privileged to hear from seasoned professionals:

  • Dr David Schramm: Parenting Tips, Tricks, and Traps: Simple Principles to Help Things Go Right
  • Dr Elisabeth Conradt: Epigenetics; Your DNA Does Not Define You
  • Rebecca Pierce, LCSW & Michelle Benson, APRN: Relational Interventions to Strengthen Attachment

These wonderful professionals are leaders in their fields and dynamic presenters. Join us and learn from the best, receive in-service hours and mingle with foster and adoptive parents from all around Utah. Dr Schramm will give us new ideas to positively address the trauma our children deal with on a daily basis. Dr Conradt will highlight how we can use the science of epigenetics to promote positive outcomes. And finally, Rebecca Pierce and Michelle Benson will wrap things up discussing ways parents can strengthen attachment through nurturing intervention.

Our speakers

Dr David Schramm

Dr David Schramm is an Assistant Professor and Family Life Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. He spent nine years as a Family Life Specialist at the University of Missouri. His research program has direct ties to his extension activities, which primarily focus on developing, delivering and evaluating family life education programs. His work centers on promoting happy and healthy relationships, including romantic and marital relationships, parent-child relationships, and coparenting relationships for separated or divorced parents. He is working with a team of colleagues and students on a federally-funded fatherhood grant, where he assists with professional development, recruitment, and best practices in developing and delivering family life education. He is also working with colleagues on a relational-connectivity theory of well-being, which has implications for relationship and marriage education.

Dr Elisabeth Conradt

Dr Elisabeth Conradt is an assistant professor in developmental psychology at the University of Utah. She received her PhD in clinical psychology in 2011 from the University of Oregon, where she worked with Jennifer Ablow and Jeff Measelle. Liz then trained with Barry Lester while on an NRSA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Together with her collaborators, Liz studies the epigenetic mechanisms involved in the development of problem behavior in young children, with the goal of identifying who may be most susceptible to maladaptive developmental outcomes.

Rebecca Pierce, LCSW

Becky Pierce is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice since 1999. She graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Psychology and received her Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Becky enjoys working with children ages two and up and their families. She uses a variety of methods to help her clients increase coping and problem-solving skills, process trauma, express feelings more effectively, and improve parent-child relationships. Becky is a TBRI Practitioner (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), a therapy specifically designed to help children with early trauma and their families.

Michelle Benson, APRN

Michelle Benson is an advanced practiced registered nurse (APRN) who is credentialed in child and adolescent mental health. She graduated from BYU with a B.S in Nursing and received her Master's degree from the University of Utah. Michelle has been treating children and adolescents since 2000. Michelle provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. Michelle is also a TBRI Practitioner (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), a therapy specifically designed to help children with early trauma and their families.

Lodging, CEUs, Training Hours, & Special Pricing

Lodging

We've secured a special rate at DoubleTree if you mention the Symposium—or check with fellow foster parents on local lodging recommendations.

Ticket price does not include lodging.

CEUs & Training Hours

Mental Health and social work professionals: as in past years, attendance at this event earns you 5.5 continuing education credits (CEUs).

Licensed foster parents: by attending this event, you earn 6 hours of training towards relicensure.

Mental health and social work professionals in Utah will be happy to know that attendance at this year's symposium qualifies for 5.5 CEUs. Also, licensed foster parents may count this as 6 hours of in-service training.

Special Pricing

We're eager to have as many foster and adoptive parents as possible attend this important learning opportunity, so we offer a huge discount to qualifying individuals.

But who qualifies? If you meet any of these criteria, you qualify:

  • You're currently licensed by the State of Utah as a foster parent, or…
  • You're currently enrolled in pre-service training to become a licensed foster parent, or…
  • You've adopted a child through Utah's foster care system.

Refunds & Changes

Changes to your order must be completed by end-of-business on Monday, March 25th—absolutely no refunds afterward.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call us: 1 (877) 505-5437



  • Michelle Benson, APRN

    Michelle Benson, APRN

    Hope & Healing Child & Family Counseling Medical Director, Partner
  • DEC Dr Elisabeth Conradt

    Dr Elisabeth Conradt

    University of Utah Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology
  • Rebecca Pierce, LCSW

    Rebecca Pierce, LCSW

    Hope & Healing Child & Family Counseling Clinical Director, Partner
  • DDS Dr David Schramm

    Dr David Schramm

    Utah State University Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies; Family Life Extension Specialist

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