The UCAP Conference is this Saturday, March 11, from 9 am-4:15 pm at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. Are you going to attend?
Why I love UCAP
UCAP has a spot near and dear to my heart because it is the place I met Rhyll and found SAL meetings. It is also the first time that, after a year of attending a weekly recovery meeting, I started to realize that maybe there was more to recovery than just checking off a box saying I was going to a weekly meeting.
If you’re still on the fence about giving your Saturday to a Pornography Conference, here are a few great reasons to attend UCAP this year.
4 Reasons to Attend UCAP this Year
1. It’s a great way to support the community.
Buying a ticket and showing up is a great way to support the message that pornography is damaging to individuals and families in a world that questions the cause.
2. It’s a great opportunity to feel a part of something bigger than you.
When I went to my first recovery meeting after my husband’s big disclosure, it was me and 2 former Alcoholic women in an empty classroom, reading from a manual.
I felt so incredibly alone.
This year will be my 3rd UCAP Conference. When I attended my first one I was still in a place where I was afraid of seeing someone I might know, ashamed of our secrets.
Now I look forward to UCAP as a place to connect with friends in recovery and see people I may not have known were struggling so I can reach out and put an arm around them.
UCAP is another opportunity to feel connected and choose to reject the shame we often feel related to this addiction.
3. UCAP is the largest Conference dedicated to fighting pornography worldwide.
What an incredible opportunity to hear the latest from the experts in the field…right in our backyard!
4. This is a great place to find information specific to betrayal trauma.
You can find books, videos, therapy, support groups, etc. that are free or discounted that can help on your journey of recovery.
Here are some of the presenters that seem particularly pertinent to betrayal trauma.
Dr. Jill Manning–“Pornography and Wives”
Jill Manning, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist and Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) who specializes in working with individuals impacted by sexual addiction, pornography or betrayal trauma in their primary relationship. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Manning is a researcher, author, consultant and activist.
She has been featured in numerous television and radio programs, and in 2005 was invited to testify before a US Senate sub-committee about the harms of pornography on the family. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS), as well as the Board of Directors for Enough is Enough. Dr. Manning is a native of Calgary, Alberta and currently lives in Colorado with her family.
Dr. Adam Moore–“Eight Things Couples Need in Recovery and Why Your Goals are Causing You to Fail”
Dr. Adam M. Moore is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is assistant director of Brigham Young University’s comprehensive clinic and clinical director of Utah Valley Counseling, where he almost exclusively specializes in treating pornography and sex addiction.
He frequently works helping people through the effects of extramarital affairs. Dr. Moore has taught at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Argosy University. He is the recipient of two research awards from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently President-Elect of that organization.
He has published papers in academic journals with a national readership and presented at conferences on topics related to marriage and family therapy in California, Tennessee, Oregon, and Utah.
Dr. Dan Gray–“Keeping the Helper Healthy, How to Avoid the Effects of Compassion Fatigue and Burn Out”
Dan Gray, LCSW, CSAT is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in addictions counseling. He has a master’s degree in social work and is a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). He is also certified as an addictions counselor with the National Association of Forensic Counselors.
He maintains a busy private practice, lecturing regularly and providing training and consultation to numerous civic, religious, and professional organizations throughout the country. He is the clinical director of the LifeSTAR Network program, which provides help for individuals and couples who are dealing with problems related to sexual addictions and compulsive behaviors.
He has co-authored and edited 2 books: Confronting Pornography: A Guide to Prevention and Recovery for Individuals, Loved Ones, and Leaders and Discussing Pornography Problems with a Spouse: Confronting and Disclosing Secret Behaviors.
See you at UCAP
We hope to see you this Saturday. Make sure you stop by our SA Lifeline booth to say hello and get a hug from Rhyll.
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