2019 Cambodia Mental Health and Humanitarian Event

Conference Description

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Reach Out And Learn is pleased to present the, 2019 Cambodia Mental Health and Humanitarian Event. These events will be held in and around Phnom Penh, Cambodia in October 2019 (exact dates TBD), and will include a historical and cultural training segment to the Angkor Wat! An on-own option to visit the Killing Fields is also available. The objective of these training meetings is to provide a setting where professionals from the U.S. learn together with Cambodian health professionals, faculty, and students to improve the quality of care both at "home" and in Cambodia. These training meetings offer the latest topics and information in healthcare and education with a focus on significant issues unique to Cambodia, along with an opportunity to apply and enhance knowledge in a culture unique from those in the U.S.

Group Therapy Training, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The 2019 Cambodia Mental Health and Humanitarian Event mission is to provide an opportunity for professionals, faculty, and students, and those interested in improving the health of those in need, to receive and disseminate best practices and the latest advances in health issues and topics that improve the quality of care and education along with challenges faced by underserved populations in Cambodia. Our effort is to bring together health and education professionals who specialize in areas directly related to the exciting and ever improving field in which they learn and work and to place these experts in an educational setting that fosters learning, stimulates purposeful discussions, and encourages peer networking.

Bring Friends and Family

This event is designed so that participants may bring family and friends to experience a fascinating people and culture that may hold unique and valuable interactions. Planned tours of health institutions and visits to health education facilities and significant cultural sites are also included in our itinerary. Event Directors participating in the past have extensive experience in humanitarian service and guiding in fascinating sites. Our in-country Travel Service is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and they are great! Many past participants have stated that the cultural and conference experience were awesome.

Conference Directors and Faculty

Ryan Christiasen, Social Work/Therapist, L.C.S.W., C.S.AT., E.M.D.R.

Ryan Christiansen, LCSW has over 13 years of experience working in the fields of substance abuse, domestic violence, porn and sex addiction and trauma. He has received extensive training from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), the EMDR International Association and the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. He is the owner and Clinical Director of ABC Counseling Services in St. George, Utah.

Jamie Christiasen, M. Ed. Psych., A.C. M.H.C.

Jamie Christiansen, MEd, AMHC is the School Counselor for George Washington Academy. She assists parents, families, and staff to set up behavioral plans to help students be successful in the home and school. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in various settings and provides community suicide prevention training for Southwest Behavioral Health. She is a therapist for LDS Family Services and ABC Counseling Services in St. George, Utah.

Ryan and Jamie Christiansen have been married for 18 years, have six children and own and operate ABC Counseling Services in St. George, Utah where they provide mental health services for children, teens and adults. They can be reached for sessions at achievecontrol@gmail.com

Ben H. Smith, M.M.F.T., A.S.A.T., P.G.I. Consultant

Through his studies and dedication to the field of Sexual Addiction, Ben contributes a comprehensive perspective on therapy and coaching for individuals, couples and teens in Spanish and English.

In 2013 Ben earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. During his internship, he worked with a wide range of clients, including individuals and couples and families. Previously Ben worked at Vanderbilt Medical Center as a Spanish Medical Interpreter for 4 years.

While working on his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Spanish, he became fascinated with the Spanish language and the diversity of Latino cultures. He also served a Mission in Mexico City, where he grew to love and respect the people there.

Ben finished his CSAT training with Patrick Carnes and associates in 2014 and is an Associate Sexual Addiction Therapist (ASAT). He is also a coach and consultant with the Proctor Gallagher Institute, trained and mentored by the greatest teacher of human potential and success, Bob Proctor. Ben now gives presentations and webinars to people all over the world helping them overcome life’s challenges and creating the life of their dreams.

Ben resides outside of Nashville, Tennessee with his beautiful wife and eight children. His hobbies include spending time with family, rustic woodwork, riding horses, camping, fishing and nature.

Sheila Huntsman, M.A. Ed. C.

Sheila Huntsman has a Master's Degree in Education Counseling and a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has also received a State certification in Mediation, studied Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Brain Gym and many other counseling techniques.

Sheila uses Neurofeedback "brain training" to help those who struggle with symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and sleep issues. She has many years of experience and now utilizes Neurofeedback, using an FDA approved device, to help people overcome challenges in order to function well.

Sheila is married to Michael J Huntsman and they are the parents of five children and have just recently become grandparents. She enjoys spending quality time with her family as well as running, hiking. swimming. playing the piano, organ, marimba and vibraphone.

Heather Traeden, M.S./RBT, Child Life Specialist

Services Coordinator, Neurobehavioral Center, Registered Behavior Technician

Heather has a master's degree in human development and social policy from the University of Utah and hopes to coninue her education to gain a Ph.D. in psychology in the next few years. She has worked with children for over 16 years in a variety of capacities including Child Life Specialist, preschool owner and director, and RBT. She also helped created and has served as a board member for Legacy Preparatory Academy, a local charter school, for the past 12 years. Heather loves children and believes strongly in providing opportunities for and supporting each child's power to achieve their full potential.​​ She is currently working for Neurobehavioral Center in Bountiful.

Margo Cowley, BS, Director of Operations (S-PM)

Education: BS Utah State University, Fashion Merchandising with minors in Business and Interior Design & Textiles. Business License for Interior Design business

Years at S-PM: 26 Years

S-PM Duties: She oversees all the insurance needs, benefits, and shares the human resource and all aspects of the business operations with Mike Stangl.

Personal Interests: Margo has been married for 35 years and has two beautiful married children and one wonderful grandson. She loves her family and spending as much time as possible with them, friends, serving others, hiking, skiing, quilting, reading, traveling and family history.

Proposed Event Agenda

October Fiday - Arrive in Phnom Penh Airport Transportation to Hotel
Recover, Free time

October Saturday - Free time and recover from travels. On-own visits to the Russian market and the River front district.

October Sunday - Free time, church attendance, Evening - Strengthening Relationships Fireside for Young Adult church members and friends

October Monday - ROL Mental Health Trainingt
Non-mental health professionals will visit rural schools to provide Conversation English workshops and activities.

October Tuesday - ROL Mental Health Training Non-mental health professionals will visit rural schools to provide Conversation English workshops and activities.

October Wednesday - Mental Health Training Non-mental health professionals will visit rural schools to provide Conversation English workshops and activities.
Evening dinner and free time on own

October Thursday - Flight to Angkor Wat

October Friday - Flights home

Questions & Answers (FAQs)

How do I sign up? What's the next step?

Get your flight (more flight details below) and register for the 2019 Cambodia Mental Health and Humanitarian Event.

To view the registration fees, select a registration type from the dropdown menu, then click the "Details" link when it appears.

How do I book and pay for a flight from the United States, to and from Cambodia?

1. Purchase a ticket through an online travel site (Expedia, Travelosity, Yahoo Travel, etc.), or...
2. Purchase a ticket through specific airline Websites (American, Delta, United, Hainan, etc.) or...
3. Use your frequent flier miles/award points,
4. Call a travel agent at a travel service such as Christopherson Travel. Christopherson Business Travel: 866 327-7606 Toll free, 801 327-7668 Direct line

When should I purchase my USA to Cambodia flight?

Check the flight prices daily as prices are known to fluctuate from day to day (specific days of the week may offer a better price). At times specific airlines may offer better prices than other online travel service online sites. We have found that flight prices change significantly (up and down) from day to day.

Is a travel visa required?

As of January 2019...

You can purchase a one-month Cambodia tourist visa at the airport upon arrival in Cambodia. Be sure to have US$30 cash and one passport-sized photo.

Should I purchase Travel Insurance?

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. It is available from various providers. You can search online for travel insurance.

What should I pack? The following list includes packing list suggestions: (It is not recommended that you bring everything on this list)

Additional tourist attire:

Waterproof sandals
Nice comfortable attire such as slacks or skirt and dress shirt for sit-down dinner or possible worship services

Personal Medical Pouch (we recommend the following):

Insect repellent & itch-balm plus or other hydro-cortisone-base cream
Sunscreen along with Chap stick or Blistex-type lip ointment
Small first aid kit with Band-Aids, ointment, tweezers, medications etc.
Pain reliever
Diarrhea medication (Imodium/Pepto Bismo, etc.)
Constipation medication
Cold & allergy medication, throat lozenges or cough drops
Other personal prescriptions if applicable

Personal Toiletries:

Personal hygiene items, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, towel, wash cloth, soap, deodorant, etc. (an antiseptic cleanser can be a skin saver)
Antibacterial wet wipes--the equivalent of 80-100 wipes per person. Individual pouches can be very convenient.


Personal snack supply: You will buy your own food/water in country, but if you are a "picky eater" or have favorites you can't live without…bring your snacks you prefer (trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
Headlamp or emergency flashlight (to be used when the power goes out)
Box/Duct/Strapping tape to be used to repair luggage or to use in the villages.

Items to entertain or leave with those in the villages, such as,
Long jump ropes (more than one person can jump at the same time)
Cultural sharing items i.e. a small musical instrument that you play, magic tricks, costume, etc.
Compact indoor games or projects i.e. cards or beads & yarn
Compact outdoor games, bubbles & blower)

Do I need to sign a Waiver, Release, & Indemnity?

All Reach Out & Learn Volunteers/Participants are required to sign a waiver form. Once you register for an event, we will email you a participation waiver for you and your family members. Please complete this form, sign, scan, and email it to us at info@reachoutandlearn.org

What can I bring with me as gifts for our Cambodian friends?

Anything (t-shirts, pins) with printing on it that will help them identify where we're from. (Utah, Salt Lake, UofU, BYU, etc.

Passport and Immigration Card

Keep your passport and immigration card (if required) in a convenient, yet secure, spot. When checking into hotels, onto planes and trains, some of the tourist sites, leaving the country, etc., you are required to show your passport. Your Immigration form may be required when you leave Cambodia for your return flight to the U.S.

Missed flights, missed connections, delayed luggage, etc.

Reach Out And Learn is not responsible for missed flights, missed connections, standby flights, missing luggage, delayed luggage, your late arrival to Cambodia, or airline change fees. We have learned that it is important to have at least two hours between flights in order to have time to make connecting flights. When making your flight reservations from the U.S. to Phnom Penh, you may choose to select an itinerary that has at least two hours between connecting flights. If your flight from the U.S. to Phnom Penh is postponed or delayed for any reason, we will anticipate that you will join our activities when you arrive in Cambodia. We are also not responsible if you miss bus, train, or airline departures in Cambodia. We are not responsible for your wake up calls or to make sure you board buses, trains, or flights in time for their departures. However, we will make reasonable effort to make you aware of our itinerary and departure times so you can plan for and anticipate departures so you will be able to continue with the group. During your travel to Cambodia, if for any reason you do not arrive in time for the group's shuttle to our hotel in Phnom Penh, please let us know by email for text as we may be able to work with our in-country travel agent to adjust your schedule and possibly avoid ticket-change fees.

At which hotel should I stay when I arrive in Phnom Penh?

This information will be available here soon.

How much cash should I bring?

We suggest you start with $200 cash. You can exchange U.S. dollars from a teller at a bank in Cambodia (you must have your passport) into the local currency the morning after you arrive in Phnom Penh, or at the airport in the baggage claim area (they charge a per exchange commission fee ($10 last time I checked). Of course, a bank, such as Wells Fargo in downtown Salt Lake has foreign currencies, or you can use a debit card to get local currency from ATM machines in Cambodia (there is at least one transaction fee (up to $3 last time I checked) I like to have bottled water available when I arrive in Phnom Penh (to drink the first night at the hotel), which is available for you to purchase in Cambodia.

Where can I find traveller health/vaccination information?

Please visit the CDC Website for Cambodia to find Traveler recommendations. For general questions, please contact the Reach Out & Learn Office by e-mail: info@reachoutandlearn.org

When can I give items to children and community members?

Reach Out And Learn has found that the best way for us to distribute items is to give them to professionals in our humanitarian conferences and have them give them to people in need in small villages. Local professionals typically know those who are most in need. We also plan to give items such as first-aid and hygiene kits to the community leaders, such as the school master or teacher.

Early Registration Deadline

The early registration deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018. After that date, the registration fees increase $100, since, with less time to make hotel, transportation, and other arrangements, the costs for those items increases.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Conference cancellation requests received 40 days before your arrival in Cambodia, will receive a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. Conference registration requests received after 40 days before your arrival in Cambodia, will receive no refund. Please send cancellation requests to info@reachoutandlearn.org. You must receive a cancellation confirmation (e-mail) from us to confirm your cancellation.

Where can I find information About Traveling to and getting around in Cambodia?


Reach Out And Learn Event Cancellation Policy

Please register as early as possible, as the Expedition Planning Committee may cancel the expedition if a minimum number of registrants is not reached.


Reach Out And Learn reserves the right to change information on this Web page as well as arrangements associated with our agenda or the conference or expedition agendas, as necessary.

Paying by Check?

If paying by check, please make checks payable to Reach Out And Learn and mail to 188 W. 2000 S. Bountiful, Utah 84010-5553.

Continuing Education Information

Each conference participant will receive a certificate of attendance/participation.