Motivational Interviewing for the Speech-Language Pathologist

Presented by: Valeria Gary, M.A., CCC-SLP

June 23rd, 2021

8:30 PM EST / 7:30 PM CST / 6:30 PM MST / 5:30 PM PST

After this webinar, you will be able to…

  • Describe Motivational Interviewing (MI) and how it applies to Speech-Language Pathology.
  • List four core skills of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Identify clinical situations in which Motivational Interviewing may be beneficial.
  • Describe the types of questions and statements that may help elicit behavior change in patients.


  • 8:30 PM – 8:40 PM: Introduction
  • 8:40 PM – 8:55 PM: The evidence and purpose of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in Speech-Language Pathology
  • 8:55 PM – 9:25 PM: The core skills of MI
  • 9:25 PM – 9:35 PM: Principles of behavior change
  • 9:35 PM – 9:45 PM: Questions to ask during MI
  • 9:45 PM – 9:55 PM: Avoid traps during MI
  • 9:55 PM – 10:05 PM: When the patient has no goals
  • 10:05 PM – 10:15 PM: Culturally responsive practice
  • 10:15 PM – 10:30 PM: Q&A

Speaker Information

Valeria Gary, M.A., CCC-SLP owns Southeast Parkinson’s Speech Services LLC, where she provides maintenance speech therapy services. She also owns Total Body Cognition LLC, empowering those living with chronic conditions to minimize symptoms and thrive through nutrition, physical activity, and education. Valeria holds certifications in Speech-Language Pathology, Personal Training, Brain Health Training, Behavior Change, and Health Coaching. A member of Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s and an active volunteer for Parkinson’s Foundation, Valeria has a particular interest in wellness for people living with Parkinson’s Disease.

At Wellstar Kennestone Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Clinic, Valeria provides clinical services, supervises graduate students, and co-hosts a monthly Parkinson’s support group. Her specialty certifications include LSVT-LOUD, LSVT LOUD for Life, Speak OUT!, McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program, and MBSImP (Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile).

As a mentor for the Medical SLP Collective, Valeria assists Speech-Language Pathologists in providing evidence-based care in the areas of Parkinson’s Disease, motor speech disorders, and cognition. Valeria also serves as a co-chair of the Diversity Collaboration Committee, where she hosts weekly support calls and serves as an advisor on increasing cultural responsiveness within the organization.


Valeria Gary will receive an honorarium for this webinar from the Medical SLP Collective.  She receives a salary from Wellstar Health System.  She has an ownership interest in Southeast Parkinson’s Speech Services and Total Body Cognition.
Valeria Gary has no non-financial disclosures.

Additional Info and FAQ:

Can I get continuing education for this webinar?  

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy and attend the full webinar live in zoom to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be emailed to you after the presentation. Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion for the quiz.  You have 14 days to complete the test.

If you'd like to earn ASHA CEUs for the presentation, we can report your completion to ASHA. ASHA CEUs are awarded to those that meet eligibility criteria above and by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the ASHA CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider.

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Who is this webinar appropriate for?  

The target audience for this webinar is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

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