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Motivational Interviewing. Presented by Denise Lash, PhD

  • April 12, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • April 12, 2019, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (MDT)
  • April 13, 2019, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (MDT)
  • Huntsman Education Center – LDS Hospital


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The Utah Psychological Association
The National Association of Social Workers, Utah Chapter

Motivational Interviewing

Presented by Denise Lash, PhD
Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019

Registration: 8:30 A.M.
Presentation:  9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. 

12.0 CE Hours


Psychologists, Social Workers and those in the mental health field will learn basic MI skills and supporting research for Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a therapy modality and treatment, and is the second most researched treatment modality in the field of psychology.

Any patient examples will be de-identified. The participants will be asked to di-identify any examples they provider. At the outset of the training, the participants will be asked to keep all examples confidential. Session will be part lecture, part practice, part demonstration. Lecture component will educate participants on basic MI skills, MI research, and background. The practice component will be for participants to work in dyads and triads to use what they have learned. The trainer will demonstrate MI skills with volunteers. Risks would be that participants will be asked to talk about issues about which they are ambivalent which could cause distress, however, participants will be given a list of possible topics from which to choose and these topics are ones that are relatively inane in nature (i.e., gossip, getting to bed on time).

Learning Objectives:

In this course, attendees will be able to describe two primary components of Motivational Interviewing. The use of OARS will be discussed. The use of change talk will be taught, and also how to respond effectively to sustain change talk.

Presenter Biography: 

Denise Lash, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who works primarily with adults at McKay-Dee Behavioral Health. She specializes in the treatment of health behaviors, including weight loss, nicotine dependence, alcohol abuse, insomnia and disease management. She has extensive training in Motivational Interviewing and has been a member of the MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) since 2012. Dr. Lash also provides treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, cultural concerns, relationship issues, and PTSD. Dr. Lash earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico, with an emphasis on health behavior change. Her internship and post-doctoral training were completed in New Mexico, with an emphasis on health behavior change. Her internship and post-doctoral training were completed at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and other evidence based approaches to treatment. 


UPA or NASW Member: $200
Non Member of NASW or UPA: $300


UPA/NASW Student: $40
Non Member of UPA/NASW Student: $60


Huntsman Education Center – LDS Hospital 

Come in the far north door on C street, which is the door to the Huntsman Education Center. The auditorium is just right of the door. The room is the LD auditorium in the Huntsman Education Center. There are two parking garages across the street (west side on C St) and the building on the east side. There is also 2 hour parking on the street. The parking police are very vigilant about the 2 hour parking limit.

Lunch is on your own.

How to register:

Online: visit www.utpsych.org

Telephone: Call Teresa Bruce at 801-410-0337

Mail: Mail check to Utah Psychological Association, 5442 South 900 East, Ste. 512, SLC, UT  84117.

On-site: Day of event, registration begins at 8:30 AM

Cancelations with full refund accepted one week prior to the event.

Disability requests must be made 7 days in advance

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