UTOPSS Conference

UTOPSS is a grassroots organization affiliated with the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). In a unique partnership, Westminster College and UTOPSS collaborate to improve the teaching of scientific psychology at the high school level by hosting the UTOPSS Fall Conference for High School Psychology Teachers. This conference provides opportunities for teachers to learn new content, obtain new teaching resources, and build professional networks.

The 2019 UTOPSS conference will be Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Garth Neufeld


Dr. Garth Neufeld

Session Description

Innovative instruction in the classroom takes courage. If not intentional, educators may find themselves engaged in mundane, ineffective, and potentially life-sucking instructional strategies, hindered by unwritten rules they believe should be followed. A solution to this problem is found within scholarship of teaching and learning and in learning science, which provide educators the permission they need to break the mold and try something new.

About the Presenter

Garth Neufeld teaches at Cascadia College in Washington State. He is the founder of Teaching Introductory Psychology Northwest and the co-founder of the PsychSessions: Conversations About Teaching N’ Stuff podcast. Garth is the Director of Regional Conference Programming for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the co-chair of APA’s Introductory Psychology Initiative. He has served the national teaching of psychology community through the AP psychology exam reading, APA’s Summit on the National Assessment of Psychology, and APA’s Summit on High School Psychology Education. In 2018 Garth was awarded a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association (APA) as a Citizen Psychologist for his co-founding and ongoing participation as president of Shared Space For All, a non-profit organization that educates and mentors at-risk Thai children toward the prevention of prostitution. Garth is also the recipient of the 2019 STP Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Dallas Jensen


Dr. Dallas Jensen

Session Description

Psychological well-being and mental health can be boosted in the classroom, not just in tucked-away therapy offices. This presentation invites participants to reflect on how they might implement intentional activities into their curriculum that are focused on enhancing student’s psychological and emotional health. The ideas presented are informed by a successful university course, currently in its tenth year, developed and taught by a clinician. Distinctions between reducing distress and strengthening well-being will be discussed, and sample ideas for exercises will be shared.

About the Presenter

Dr. Dallas Jensen is a psychologist and Associate Clinical Director at BYU Counseling & Psychological Services, where he has worked since 2007. Prior to that he worked in the counseling center at Southern Utah University, and completed a full-year internship at Iowa State University. He developed an interest in promoting psychological well-being during his graduate education. In 2010 he was fortunate to be given the opportunity to design a university course from the ground up. Since that time his course, ‘The Science & Practice of Positive Living,’ has grown significantly, and he teaches it regularly in addition to his clinical responsibilities. He also maintains a small private practice on the side where he specializes in treating LGBTQ issues and faith transitions. In his free time Dallas can be found running, obsessing about TV and film, seeking culinary delights, or voraciously consuming new music.

Rob Moolman


Rob Moolman, Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center

Session Description

The Utah Pride Center offers LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings to businesses and community groups including educators, caseworkers, health care professionals, mental health professionals, and youth service providers. This training is 101 in understanding the experiences of LGBTQ+ people, and how to work in our homes, places of work, congregations, and communities to improve the lives of members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The training covers basic language, current research and best practices related to the LGBTQ+ community, privilege and daily experiences of LGBTQ+ people including micro-aggressions, intersectionality and multiple marginalized statuses, the experiences of LGBTQ youth and disparities in this group, and resources available in the community.


Kristin H. Whitlock

Session Description

Given the importance of the introductory psychology course, the APA’s Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) formed an Introductory Psychology Initiative (IPI) working group. The IPI working group is taking a focused look at the Introductory Psychology course given the ramifications that course learning outcomes, assessment and design could have for learning, general education, the major and the public face of psychology. This session will introduce participants to the goals of the IPI and will review the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) that were recently released by APA. Discussion will focus on ideas of how to implement these SLO’s into the Introductory Psychology curriculum.

About the Presenter

Kristin H. Whitlock has been teaching AP Psychology since 1992. She currently teaches at Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah and is an adjunct psychology instructor at Weber State University. She has wide-ranging experience with the AP Psychology program including serving as a Reader, a Table Leader, a Question Leader over rubric development, and currently as a high school Question Leader. She has also served as a member of the AP Psychology Test Development Committee and as the College Board Advisor. Kristin is the past chair of the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools and has served as chair of the APA’s National Standards for the Teaching of Psychology Committee, as well as serving on the Steering Committee for the APA’s Summit on High School Psychology Education. She is currently on the Steering Committee of the APA’s Introductory Psychology Initiative. Kristin has authored and co-authored numerous articles and other materials for introductory psychology textbooks, including the upcoming Barron's AP Q&A Psychology: 600 Questions and Answers with Dr. Rob McEntarffer.

Participant Idea Share

A portion of the conference is dedicated to sharing your own ideas for teaching concepts, managing classes, updating technological prowess, or other tidbits that can help improve our teaching and students' learning.

To participate, contact Emily Checketts by Oct. 25, 2019 and provide:

  1. The title/subject of your presentation
  2. An electronic copy of any handouts (alternatively, you can bring 70 3-hole punched copies to the conference)

Break-out Sessions

  • AP Psychology: Tiffany Bliss (Olympus High School) and Annette Nielsen (Woods Cross High School)
  • Introductory Psychology: Jonathan Lundgreen (Tooele High School)
  • Sports Psychology: Ted Sierer (Highland High School)


Registration will open by Oct. 1, 2019.

Registration is $50.00 until Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 and includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of completion. After Nov. 1, registration will increase to $60.00. There are no registration refunds. Registration is only available online, but you'll have the option to pay by credit card or check.

If your district requires you to pay your registration fee with a check, make the check payable to Westminster College and mail it by Nov. 1, 2019 to:

Kristin Whitlock
Davis High School
325 S. Main Street
Kaysville, Utah 84037

Contact Kristin Whitlock with registration questions.


You will receive a visitor parking pass by email after registration. Print the pass and leave it on your dashboard. The pass is valid for any campus lot and only on the days of the conference. Due to construction along 1300 E, access campus from 1700 S and park in the structure west of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts or in the structure under the athletic field. Both structures are accessible from 1200 E off 1700 S.

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TOPSS Membership

If it's time to join or renew your TOPSS membership, you can do so for $50.00. There are many benefits included with a membership.

Join or Renew TOPSS Membership

Special Thanks

  • Westminster College; Department of Psychology
  • Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS)
  • University of Utah; Department of Psychology