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Mental health a topic of symposium at UVU

By Daily Herald - | Jan 16, 2016
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Dr. Kristine Doty, a professor at Utah Valley University and the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, speaks at the school during a mental health symposium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 in Orem. Dr. Doty spoke of her experiences working with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Dr. Kristine Doty, a professor at Utah Valley University and the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, speaks at the school during a mental health symposium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 in Orem. Dr. Doty spoke of her experiences working with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Dr. Kristine Doty, a professor at Utah Valley University and the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, speaks at the school during a mental health symposium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 in Orem. Dr. Doty spoke of her experiences working with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Dr. Kristine Doty, a professor at Utah Valley University and the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, speaks at the school during a mental health symposium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 in Orem. Dr. Doty spoke of her experiences working with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Dr. Kristine Doty, a professor at Utah Valley University and the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, speaks at the school during a mental health symposium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 in Orem. Dr. Doty spoke of her experiences working with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily herald

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Dr. Kristine Doty, a professor at Utah Valley University and the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, speaks at the school during a mental health symposium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 in Orem. Dr. Doty spoke of her experiences working with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily herald

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Dr. Kristine Doty, a professor at Utah Valley University and the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, speaks at the school during a mental health symposium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 in Orem. Dr. Doty spoke of her experiences working with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily herald

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Dr. Kristine Doty, a professor at Utah Valley University and the Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, speaks at the school during a mental health symposium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 in Orem. Dr. Doty spoke of her experiences working with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily herald

Utah Valley University held its seventh annual Mental Health Symposium on Friday with the focus on trauma.

There was a keynote address by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Timothy Ballard, the founder of Operation Underground Railroad. Reyes and Ballard addressed human trafficking and rescue operations they had participated in.

Kristine Doty, the chairwoman of the Behavioral Science Department at UVU, spoke about the lessons she learned from assisting in the relief efforts following an F-5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma in 2013. Doty provided disaster mental health services to many who had been affected by the storm and one that followed days after her arrival, causing even more damage and trauma. She shared experiences of working with the people and what coping strategies she found effective to help them.

Other speakers included Martin Roundy, Brett Breton, Madison Hanks, Matthew Draper, Breton Draper, James McGraw and Elizabeth Snyder. 

Lars Eggertsen spoke about posttraumatic growth and Jenny Cheng addressed a two-generational approach for reducing poverty.

“Based on community feedback, we believe that the topic of trauma is of vital interest and concern, and it’s our goal to be a source of education, resources, information and support to the community,” said Toni Harris, assistant dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, in a press release.

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