UVU Mental Health Symposium treats depression


Therapists and social workers will treat Utah’s depression problem during Utah Valley University’s fourth annual Mental Health Symposium on January 31.

Kristine Doty discusses depression and helps those battling with this issue. Photo by Tim Shaw

Because of widespread concern arising from national studies showing Utah at the bottom of the “depression status” ranking, the entire symposium will focus on issues related to depression.

The program will begin with a keynote address by Kristine Doty, UVU professor of psychology and behavioral science. Doty’s study explores the correlation between perfectionism and depression among female students who identified themselves as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to her presentation brief, Doty will show how Mormon women can eradicate the belief in the existence of the fabled “Molly Mormon.”

All who wish to attend can register at http://www.uvu.edu/chss/mentalhealth/. The cost is $19 and includes six workshop sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch, and a parking pass.

Practicing social workers are encouraged to attend in order to receive continuing education units (CEUs) required for licensing with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The NASW Utah chapter will count the symposium as 6.5 of the 40 CEUs practitioners need every two years.

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