Damir S. Utržan
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy - Northwestern University
B.S., Psychology, Minors in Human Development and Philosophy - Rockford University
Utržan elected to full AFTA membership
Damir Utržan is a behavioral medicine therapist at the University of Minnesota Physicians, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Broadway Family Medicine Clinic. As a University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Fellow and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Fellow, Damir’s clinical research interests focus on the impact of war on civilian family relationship dynamics, the parent-child relationship, pediatric psychosocial development, and whether navigating the asylum process in the United States worsens existing mental health problems. He has lectured on refugee and immigrant mental health topics, which include clinical workshops at various national conferences.
Damir is pursuing his doctorate in family social science with a specialization in couple and family therapy with a concentration in human rights at the University of Minnesota. He completed his yearlong doctoral internship in torture rehabilitation at the Center for Victims of Torture, a world renowned non-profit organization dedicated advancing human rights through healing, training, and research. Damir received his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. While pursuing his master’s degree, Damir completed a yearlong practicum at the Mental Health Human Rights Clinic, a collaborative effort between Northwestern University, the Marjorie Kovler Center, and Physicians for Human Rights.
The impact of traumatic stress on family relationship dynamics, the parent-child relationship, and pediatric psychosocial development.
Board Member, Alumni Advisory Board, Rockford University (2014-Present), Rockford, IL.
Student Membership Committee Co-Chair, American Psychological Association Division 56 on Trauma Psychology (2014-Present), Washington, DC.
University Community Response Team, Student Mental Health Services, University of Minnesota (2014-Present), Minneapolis, MN.
Behavioral Health Response Strike Team, Medical Reserve Corps, Office of Emergency Response, University of Minnesota (2013-Present), Minneapolis, MN.
Elected to associated membership at the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Vivo International. (September, 2014). Narrative Exposure Therapy. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota.
- The Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project. (2014, July). Basic Discernment Counseling Training. St. Cloud, MN: St. Cloud State University.
- The Gottman Institute. (2014, July). Level 2: Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota.
- The Gottman Institute. (2014, May). Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota.
- Utržan, D.S. & Gagner, N.E. (2015). Training for Relational-Level Trauma in COAMFTE Accredited Programs. Poster presentation. Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. Austin, TX.
- Utržan, D.S. (2015). Immigrant and refugee families in the clinical context. An hour and a half clinical workshop at the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. DeKalb, IL.
- Utržan, D.S. (2014, June). Issues in Raising Gifted Children: Emotional, Behavioral, and Social Dimensions. Poster presentation. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting. Athens, GA.
- Utržan, D.S. (2014, June). The Impact of War and Displacement on Family Relationship Dynamics: A Family's Narrative. Poster presentation. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting. Athens, GA.
- Cimmarusti, R.A. & Utržan, D.S. (2014, March). Issues in Raising Gifted Children: Emotional, Behavioral, and Social Dimensions. Clinical workshop. Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. DeKalb, IL.
- Utržan, D.S. (2014, January). The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Impact of displacement on parent-child relationships. Aurora University, Aurora, IL.
- Utržan, D.S. (in press). Couple/Marriage and Family Therapists as Human Rights Advocates: Working with Immigrants and Refugees in the Clinical Setting. MAMFT News: The Newsletter of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
- Utržan, D.S. & Mendenhall, T.J. (in press). Torture Treatment: A Relational Approach. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.). The SAGE encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling. New York, NY: Sage Publications.
- Utržan, D.S. & Mendenhall, T.J. (in press). Assimilation: Immigrants and refugees. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.). The SAGE encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling. New York, NY: Sage Publications.
- Plowman, E. J. & Utržan, D.S. (2014). Boundaries: Where I end and you begin. In T.J. Mendenhall, E.J. Plowman & E.J. Trump (Eds.). Intimate relationships: Where have we been? Where are we going? Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing.
- Utržan, D.S. (2014). Review of Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 13(1), p. 91-92.