4th Annual Conference Presenters


Pat_McGann.pngPat McGann, Ph.D.

Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is internationally recognized for its approach to positively mobilizing men through healthy masculinity in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. During the past 15 years MCSR has reached more than 60 million men and boys through its pioneering youth development programs, public education campaigns, trainings, and presentations. Pat McGann has been involved with Men Can Stop Rape since the organization’s inception in 1997. Dr. McGann oversees the licensing of Strength Media - Men Can Stop Rape's groundbreaking media initiative - which is widely recognized as the nation's best-designed and most effective public service advertising campaign of its kind. As the Director of Strategy & Planning at Men Can Stop Rape, Dr. McGann creates effective long term and short term strategy and planning for current and future developments regarding gender-based violence prevention. He has worked with the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense. During his 20 years at Men Can Stop Rape, he has given presentations and conducted trainings in hundreds of communities across the country. To learn more about MCSR’s programs visit www.mencanstoprape.org

Maia_Christopher.pngMaia Christopher Maia Christopher is the Executive Director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Ms. Christopher has spent 19 years providing treatment services to incarcerated individuals that have committed violent offenses in Canada and the United States. ATSA is an international, multi-disciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse through effective treatment and management of individuals who sexually offend. Through research, education, and shared learning ATSA promotes evidence-based practice, public policy, and community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment, and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.

ATSA is an association of individuals from around the world committed to achieving a high level of professional excellence. ATSA promotes the philosophy that empirically based assessment, practice, management, and policy strategies will: enhance community safety, reduce sexual recidivism, protect victims and vulnerable populations, transform the lives of those caught in the web of sexual violence, and illuminate paths to prevent sexual abuse. To learn more about ATSA’s policy work and research publications visit www.atsa.com

Mervyn_Davies.pngMervyn Davies, MA, LPC, CACIII, FAPA

Mervyn Davies has an MA in counseling, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addictions Counselor III, an Approved Domestic Violence Treatment Provider, an Approved Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Evaluator.  He has 31 years of experience working with adult and juvenile domestic violence and sex offenders.  He is a member of the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) since 2006 and served as vice chair for 3 years. Mr. Davies was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in 2013 and was very active in the development of the new domestic violence standards.  Mr. Davies co-authored the Domestic Violence Risk & Needs Assessment (DVRNA) currently being utilized on all Colorado domestic violence offenders. He has done research in the areas of sexual interest and intimate partner sexual violence.  He is currently in private practice and works as a clinical supervisor.  He is a co-founder of the LOOK Assessment sexual interest test used internationally on sex offenders. More information on the LOOK Assessment can be found at www.lookassessment.com

Mr. Davies has provided a multitude of trainings including workshops for COVA, State Court Administrators Office, and Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA) (received Fellow Status with ATSA), the American Probation/Parole Association (APPA), Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) and Ending Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP), the Colorado SOMB and the DVOMB.  He has been a consultant for CBS News and has appeared on the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,” “48 Hours” and the A & E Channel. 

Nicki Hopwood, MSW, LCSW

Nicki Hopwood began in the field of Education as a secondary school teacher at a School in England.  It was that position that led to her desire to work in the social work field.  She was hired as an Outreach Caseworker/Assessment Counselor in MA, which became her introduction to state service agencies, and juvenile court systems.  The position included a locked assessment facility, a residential program, a shelter and tracking program.

Ms. Hopwood returned to teaching at Lake Michigan Academy, a day school for students diagnosed as LD or ADHD/LD. During this time she began a consulting business, HAPTEN and received her MSW.  HAPTEN grew to consultant services for schools and families, specializing in learning disabilities and ADHD, and presentations to college students, parents and communities regarding learning disabilities, ADHD, child abuse, oppositional behavior, adolescent suicide, and behavior management. 

For the past 17 years Ms. Hopwood has worked with adolescents who have acted out sexually and/or have been sexually abused, ADHD, Learning Differences, oppositional behavior and anger management, and pornography and drug issues.  She was the Clinical Supervisor for Youth Health Associates Central Region overseeing an adolescent girls group home, an adolescent boys group homes and proctor department. In 2008, Nicki began teaching at University of Phoenix in the Mental Health and School Counseling graduate programs. She is currently a NOJOS board member.

For the past 5 years, Ms. Hopwood has operated her own private practice, HAPTEN Counseling Services. She provides individual and family therapy.  She has presented at state and national conferences as well as a conference in the United Kingdom. In 2012, Ms. Hopwood authored a chapter for the Neari Press text Current Perspectives & Applications in Neurobiology: Working with Young Persons who are Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse, titled: Combining Neuroscience, Education, and Therapy: Practical Applications for Treatment Planning for Youth who have Sexually Abused”. Ms. Hopwood provides links to information and resources on her practice’s website: HAPTENcounselingservices.com


Gwen_Knight.pngGwen Knight, MPA

Gwen recently joined Prevent Child Abuse Utah as the School Services and Community Outreach Administrator. Prior to joining PCAU, she worked for the Utah State Courts.  During her 25-year tenure, she worked extensively in Juvenile Court and as the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Program Coordinator with the Utah Office of Guardian Ad Litem. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Southern Utah University. Gwen is an experienced presenter and passionate about prevention education and the role of adults in protecting and valuing children!  She serves on several coalitions including the Salt Lake Region Quality Improvement Committee, the State Child Welfare Improvement Committee, the Salt Lake County Safe Kids Coalition and the West Jordan Domestic Violence Coalition. More information on Gwen’s work with PCAU can be found at http://www.preventchildabuseutah.org/

Stephanie_McClure.jpgStephanie McClure, MA

Stephanie McClure is the Director of the Women’s Center at Utah State University. She is a sexual and intimate partner violence prevention specialist who is passionate about developing and implementing prevention programming that speaks to the lives of diverse communities, and explores the intersections of interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and other forms of oppression. Stephanie holds an M.A. in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies specializing in sexual assault, rape, intimate partner violence, and stalking prevention education and advocacy for college students, and Title IX and Clery compliance. Her long-term goals include building collaborations to further the development and design of evidence-based comprehensive violence prevention curricula, and supporting the movement to address and bring an end to all interlocking interrelated and interdependent forms of domination and discrimination throughout society.

Alisa_and_Josh_Hobson.pngAlisa and Josh Hobson

Ali Hobson was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has been a part of a military family her whole life. Both of her parents served in the military, and she grew up in Mountain Home, Idaho next to the air base. She currently holds an Associates of Arts in General Studies from Colorado Christian University. She is graduating this May with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with specializations in Crisis Counseling and Military Resilience. Ali is also a state certified victim advocate, having recently completed UCASA’s 40 hour training. She currently volunteers at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office on Hill Air Force Base. Ali has spoken at various locations around the country sharing her story and advocating for change.

Josh Hobson was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina for the majority of his childhood. As a teenager, Josh and his family moved around frequently for various reasons. He attended five separate high schools. In October of 2008, Josh entered basic training for the Air Force. He was medically retired this past January after just over 8 years of active duty service. He received his Associates of Applied Science in Logistics Management in 2012 from the Community College of the Air Force, and in 2014 graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Supply Chain and Logistics Management from Bellevue University. Josh is a Utah state certified victim advocate. He frequently shares his passion for changing rape culture and his perspective as a secondary survivor.

Ali and Josh met at a church function in 2009 before Ali had graduated high school. Josh was stationed in Mountain Home at the time. They became best friends, spending all of their time together, as Ali navigated graduation and her first semester of college. About a year after they met, Ali and Josh were married at the young ages of 19 and 21, respectively, in a ceremony for their faith. They will celebrate their 7th anniversary this coming April. They have three daughters together: Charity just turned 6 years old, Madalyn was stillborn in 2012, and Genevieve is only a year old. They are still best friends, but have had to grow through many traumas and challenges over their short time together.

Corey_Rood.pngCorey J. Rood, MD

Corey J. Rood is the newest faculty member of the Center for Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children’s Hospital. As a child abuse pediatrician, his work focuses on the diagnosis, care, and management of potentially abused and neglected children. Dr. Rood’s clinical and research interests and expertise include commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) including human trafficking, both international and domestic. Dr. Rood’s research endeavors include recent studies on sexting and online solicitation exposure amongst adolescents with suspected sexual abuse, and human trafficking screening of adolescent patients.

Dr. Rood received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Weber State University and his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University. After completing his pediatric residency training at the University of New Mexico Hospital, he completed a three-year Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in association with The Ohio State University. At the completion of his fellowship training, he joined the faculty here at the University of Utah in the Division of Safe and Healthy Families.

Dr. Rood is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, its Section On Child Abuse & Neglect, and the Ray Helfer Society. He recently spent three years as medical representation on Ohio’s Human Trafficking Task Force and is now a medical representative on Utah’s Trafficking in Persons (UTIP) Task Force and Co-Chair of the UTIP Medical Subcommittee working to address the needs of Utah’s exploited and trafficked persons.


Katie Sutton

Katie Sutton is a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate at Hill Air Force Base. She has worked and volunteered in the human services field for 20 years, providing victim advocacy, as well as advocating for policy change at local, state, and national levels. Katie is well known for training other advocates and allied professionals; training for many years on topics related to domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and stalking.  Katie has presented at many statewide and national conferences, and has received several honors, including Advocate of the Year, and recognition from the Pentagon. She received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with an emphasis in Criminology and Corrections, from the University of Utah. Katie is also a nationally credentialed advocate through NOVA and is a Veteran of the United States Army.

Nicole Sather

Nicole Sather is a domestic violence victim advocate at Hill Air Force Base. She received her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice at Weber State University. Nicole has been in the advocacy field for over 7 years and is certified through UVAA. Her advocacy has played a role in Air Force policy changes to benefit victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

Edith D.S. DavisEdith_Davis.png

Edith Davis is the Hill Air Force Lead Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Manager. She manages the installation sexual assault prevention and response program and oversees victim advocates, who provide immediate and ongoing support for victims. She serves as a single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care for all base personnel from the initiation of the initial report through the disposition and resolution of issues related to the victim’s health and wellbeing. She is also responsible for all installation level prevention, risk reduction, and outreach activities. Edith is a retired Air Force Veteran and has worked in sexual assault prevention and response since 2005. She started her work in sexual assault prevention while on active duty as a victim advocate. After she retired, she worked as a sexual assault prevention and response training specialist, educating base personnel on bystander intervention strategies, risk reduction, and victim response. Later, she has become the Director of Student Program under the Joint Base San Antonio Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. There she oversaw the Peer Advisors for Change Program, a peer based program developed with the goal of increasing prevention and awareness within the military technical training community. They provided training and outreach events that challenged the beliefs and behaviors that enable sexual violence among peers. In addition to working with the military, Edith is a certified Krav Maga instructor and has taught self-defense and group fitness for 12 years. She is married to MSgt (retired) Robbie Davis who is assigned to the Ogden Police Department.

Susan_Bradford.pngSusan E. Bradford, CMHC

Ms. Susan Bradford is a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the 75th Air Base Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Ms. Bradford is responsible for the supervision, training, and response activities of twenty-seven Victim Advocates.  Mrs. Bradford has 30 years of experience working with United States Air Force military families.   



 Special Agent Charles M. Jones-Hanners

Special Agent Charles M. Jones-Hanners is a 2000 graduate of Brigham Young University, Utah, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration, at Western Governors University, UT. Special Agent Jones-Hanners is the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Investigator of AFOSI Detachment 113, Hill AFB, Utah, providing criminal investigative support to units assigned to Hill AFB.

Special Agent Jones-Hanners enlisted in the Army National Guard in July 2000 as a Human Intelligence Collector conducting enemy prisoner of war interrogations and source operations. Special Agent Jones-Hanners joined AFOSI in June 2004. As an agent, he conducted numerous criminal investigations, counterintelligence activities, and protective service operations. Special Agent Jones-Hanners was recalled to active duty with the Army and deployed to FOB Caldwell, FOB Cobra, and FOB Bernstein, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in from November 2004 to November 2005.

Kathryn_Watson.pngCaptain Kathryn A. Watson

Captain Kathryn (“Katy”) A. Watson is a Special Victims’ Counsel with the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Community Legal Services Directorate, Special Victims’ Counsel Division (AFLOA/CLSV), currently assigned to Hill AFB, Utah.  In this capacity, Capt Watson provides independent legal representation to, and advocacy on behalf of, sexual assault survivors during the investigation and prosecution process. 

Captain Watson served as an enlisted Automated Logistical Specialist in the Illinois Army National Guard from 2000 to 2007.  In this position, she served with Bravo Company, 634th Forward Support Battalion in Champaign, Illinois, and the 33rd Brigade Combat Team in Urbana, Illinois.  Captain Watson graduated from the University of Illinois in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. During law school, she worked as a legal clerk for the largest law firm in downstate Illinois and gained valuable experience in various areas of the law, including trusts and estate law, contract law, real estate law, and corporate law.  In 2010, Captain Watson graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with magna cum laude honors and was published in the school’s Journal of Law, Technology and Policy.

Captain Watson entered the Air Force by direct appointment in January 2011 and entered active duty in March 2011.  She has served as the Chief of Legal Assistance, Chief of Civil Law, Chief of General Law, Chief of Adverse Actions, and Chief of Military Justice.  Capt Watson deployed to Afghanistan from May to December 2012 and served as an Assistant Command Judge Advocate for CENTCOM Joint Theater Support Contracting Command (Forward) at Camp Phoenix, Kabul.  She is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of Illinois, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  Captain Watson is married to Brian Watson and has three Labrador Retrievers, Mala, Livi, and Oslo.

Megan_Waters.pngMegan Waters 

Megan Waters is the Violence Prevention Specialist at the Utah Department of Health Violence & Injury Prevention Program (VIPP). Her work with Department of Health focuses on sexual violence primary prevention. Megan joined VIPP in 2012 as a Public Health Associate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She currently coordinates grant funds and helps provide technical assistance for local organizations across Utah to implement sexual violence prevention in their communities. She has more than 8 years of experience with consent education and programming. Megan holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.

Jason_Schwartz-Johnson.pngJason Schwartz-Johnson, JD

Jason Schwartz-Johnson is Title IX Coordinator & Equal Opportunity Officer at Westminster College.  As Title IX Coordinator, he is responsible for ensuring that survivors have resources and supportive measures on and off campus, developing training and programming for sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and awareness, and overseeing Title IX investigations.  Before joining Westminster, he was Title IX Deputy Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Jason earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

Sherrie Hayashi, JD


Sherrie Hayashi is currently the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University of Utah after having served as Commissioner of the Utah Labor Commission for ten years. Although new to higher education, Ms. Hayashi is well acquainted with civil rights programs, having served as the Director of the Antidiscrimination & Labor Division (UALD), which is the state regulatory agency responsible for enforcement of Utah’s employment and housing discrimination laws.  She has also served as associate general counsel for the Labor Commission, representing two special funds dealing with worker’s compensation, the Uninsured Employers Fund and the Employers Reinsurance Fund and also as an assistant attorney general with the Utah Office of the Attorney General.

Julie_Valentine.pngJulie Valentine, PhD, RN, CNE, SANE-A

Julie Valentine is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University College of Nursing and a certified adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse with Wasatch Forensic Nurses.  Her clinical specialty and research focus areas are sexual violence, intimate partner violence, violence against women, and criminal justice system response to sexual violence. Dr. Valentine focuses on multidisciplinary, collaborative research studies uniting disciplines in sexual assault case reform to benefit victims and case processing.  Dr. Valentine served on the BYU Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Misconduct. 

Brent_Pace.pngBrent Pace, LCSW

Brent Pace is currently the Clinical Director at Utah Health and Human Rights; a nonprofit agency that provides case management and holistic mental health services to refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers who have survived torture. Brent provides consultation, training, and outreach to partners and others in the community and supervises the clinical and case management staff at the agency. He also owns his own private practice: First Avenue Counseling.

Prior to joining UHHR, Brent worked as a therapist at the Center for Human Potential, where he continues to do general outpatient therapy part-time. He worked for four years as the primary therapist for a NOJOS (Juveniles Offending Sexually) level seven program at Valley Mental Health, ARTEC. Before that, he directed the Salt Lake Observation and Assessment Program for Juvenile Justice Services. He specializes in working with survivors of torture and serious trauma as well as those in recovery from sexual, organizational, and other kinds of abuse. He also specializes in working with LGBT clients. Brent is certified to through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to lead mind-body skills groups. Brent received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in French from Brigham Young University and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Brent is an amateur photographer, loves reading and writing poetry, watching international films, spending time outdoors, collecting bow ties, and traveling as often as possible to France. More information about Utah Health and Human Rights can be found at www.uhhr.org 

Laurie_Hofmann.pngLaurie Hofmann, MA

Laurie Hofmann is a certified Sexual Assault Counselor/Victim Advocate and a public speaker presenter/educator on Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery. She works with victims of sexual assault and is a Certified Facilitator who speaks to adults about preventing child sex abuse. Her Master’s thesis: Bridging the Gaps: Why Utah Needs More Services for Sexual Slaves and Trafficked Victims, focuses directly on what services are currently available for victims of trafficking and what services are needed in Utah.

Laurie is the Board Chair of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). She sits on the Board of Directors of Law Related Education (LRE) Utah Woman of the UN, and the Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA). She holds a BS from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education, and an MA from Westminster College in Community Leadership. She is a mentor at Westminster College for undergraduate students whose studies focus on sexual assault and human trafficking.

In addition to her focus on Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery she is also a consultant for nonprofit organizations helping them with strategic planning, Board development and governance, creating effective events, fundraising and development.

More information about Laurie’s work and a link to her research on trafficking in Utah can be found at http://lahconsultingllc.com/

Delynn_Lamb.pngDeLynn Lamb, MSW, LCSW

DeLynn Lamb received a BS in Social work and Psychology from Southern Utah University in 1987.  He subsequently received a Master in Social Work (MSW) from New Mexico Highlands University in 1988. He is currently licensed in the State of Utah and Arizona as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). 

DeLynn joined the Utah Network on Sexual Offending (NOJOS) in 1988. In 1988 while an employee of the community mental health center he was instrumental in starting the first outpatient sexual offender treatment programs in Southern Utah while also providing treatment for survivors of sexual abuse.  During this time he also provided treatment for sexual abuse victims.

DeLynn was elected CO-chair of NOJOS in 1994. He has been instrumental in setting up NOJOS training curriculum and trainings for a decade. DeLynn is also a contributing author for the NOJOS standards and protocol manual, and the primary author of the “Resolution Continuum” a step-by-step guide for the reunification of adolescent sexual offenders and their victims. In 1995 he developed and opened a NOJOS level 6 residential program for Southwest Center (Eagle Quest). In 2005 DeLynn was employed by Youth Health Associates as Clinical Director for Southern Utah. DeLynn has presented nationally at both National Adolescent Perpetrator Network (NAPN) conferences and the Association for the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders (ATSA). DeLynn is currently in private practice.

Spencer_Walsh.pngSpencer Walsh, JD

Spencer Walsh is the Chief Prosecutor for the Cache County Attorney’s Office in Logan, Utah. He earned his law degree from Brigham Young University in 2007. Spencer has spent the majority of his career prosecuting special victims crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. He received the Justice Partnership Award from the Logan City Police Department in 2010 for his efforts in the prosecution of sex crimes in Logan, Utah. In 2015 the Utah Coalition against Sexual Assault recognized Spencer for his work in prosecuting sexual violence in Utah.

Tyson_Budge.pngCaptain Tyson Budge

Captain Tyson D. Budge moved to Logan, Utah in 1993 and started his police academy training in January, 1994. He was hired in October, 1994, with the Logan City Police Department. Captain Budge has steadily moved up through the ranks; including officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. His current assignment is the Patrol Captain overseeing patrol officers, animal control, crossing guards,K9 division, as well as the traffic, motors and bicycle units in the department.

During the past 19 years Captain Budge has held assignments in patrol, investigations, juvenile crime, school resource and gangs. Currently he serves as the Tactical Commander for the Logan City Police SWAT team and has been a team member for 14 years. Captain Budge has served as a defensive tactics instructor for the department, starting the department Taser program in 2001 and working as a Master instructor for Taser International.

Captain Budge has received 2 Chiefs Commendations medals, 2 Community Policing Officer of the Year awards, 4 time winner of the annual firearms “Top Gun” award and in 2004 was the Logan City Police Officer of the Year.

He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Captain Budge lives in Cache Valley with his wife and 4 children. 

Marty_Liccardo.pngMarty Liccardo 

Marty Liccardo is the Men’s Engagement Specialist at the Utah State Department of Health, Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP).  Marty Joined the VIPP team in October 2016 and brings over 15 years of experience in violence prevention and health with over 12 years of men’s engagement and men’s anti-violence specific expertise.

Marty has provided anti-violence, healthy relationships, and men’s engagement programs to student’s (grade school through graduate school), military personnel, victims’ advocates, clinicians (therapists, physicians and nurses), athletes, legislators, law enforcement and corrections officers, and community members at large. Marty has a broad range of programming and educational experience.  Marty uses humor and direct engagement to inform, guide and support people into critical thought and active personal and community engagement. 

Ryan Grant, LCSW Ryan Grant is currently working at Primary Children’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families.  He has over seventeen year’s clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma and/or abuse.  Ryan has specialized in working with children and youth who have sexual behavior problems and is the principal author of the book “Interventions for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems.”

Giulianna Garcia, MSW Giulianna Garcia is a therapist and medical social worker at Primary Children’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families. She has 4 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She works on an outpatient basis with children ages 3-18. She is bilingual and primarily works with English and Spanish speaking families. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CF-TSI). She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master of Social Worker from the University of Utah.

Additional information on Primary Children’s Center on Safe and Healthy Families can be found at https://intermountainhealthcare.org/locations/primary-childrens-hospital/medical-services/child-abuse-and-neglect-prevention/

Melinda_Pettingill.pngMelinda Pettingill, LCSW Melinda Pettingill received a BS in Social Work from Brigham Young University in 2004 and an MSW from the University of Utah in 2006 prior to becoming a licensed clinical social worker.  Melinda is the Clinical Director at the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City and worked at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute and the YWCA of Utah prior to joining the RRC in 2014.  Melinda’s training and professional experience has centered on Trauma focused Cognitive approaches to understanding and working with the human psyche.  Melinda is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Focused Family Therapy, and Internal Family Systems work.  Most of Melinda’s post-graduate work has focused on Mindfulness and Trauma specific treatment modalities.  Melinda has previously worked as an adjunct instructor teaching Clinical and Policy focused social work courses at Salt Lake Community College, Westminster College and the University of Utah.

Melinda’s personal philosophy on trauma work and wellness emphasizes stabilization techniques developed primarily in Western psychology combined with Eastern spiritual practices for understanding and training the psyche.  Melinda’s experience in psychotherapy has taught her that mindful attention to our inner life yields healing and the ability to approach compassionate living that allows us to free ourselves from suffering. Additional information about Rape Recovery Center programs and services can be found at www.rapeprecoverycenter.org


Sean Camp, LCSW

Sean Camp has been working as an active Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for over 22 years. He received his Master of Social Work from University of Georgia in 1991 and was State Director for a multi-site Child-Placing Agency for many years before coming to Utah State University as a Professor of Social Work.

Sean has specialties in the areas of working with children who have been abused, transitional behavioral difficulties, and child sexual behavior management. Sean also serves as the Clinical Director for a local proctor.