Utah Family Matters

Brian Parnell

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Utah Family Matters was formed to assist families experiencing conflict, including those wrestling with decisions about custody and parent time, parents challenged by the responsibility of coparenting, parent/child alienation or estrangement, and reintegration therapy (sometimes referred to as reunification therapy). Brian has over 25 years of experience working in the child welfare system, where he obtained advanced training in interviewing children under difficult circumstances, interviewing children with developmental disabilities, and working with parents experiencing elevated stress.  A parent of children with special needs, he managed programs for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities and related conditions like autism.  Finally, Brian has years of experience helping families where there is domestic violence, and worked for several years with therapists who serve survivors and those who use violence in their relationships. He and his wife are adoptive parents, and Brian has experience working with child welfare adoption programs. His areas of experience and familiarity include:


  • Child development

  • Autism

  • Intellectual disabilities

  • Forensic interviewing of children

  • Domestic violence

  • Adoption

  • DCFS

Brian is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and served for three years on the board of directors for the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake.

Brian is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and adheres to those evidence-based interview and evaluation guidelines. 

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