Utah Psychological Association


Upcoming events

    • January 12, 2022
    • March 16, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Livestream event via Zoom
    • 14

    Social Justice, Civility and Dialogue

    A 3-session workshop with Deb Daniels LCSW, David Parker,  PhD, and Dave Derezotes, PhD



    Is it possible to have the challenging social justice dialogues we need to have today with both civility and honest boldness?

    We say YES; it is not only possible but necessary for us to both bridge the differences that divide us and form the kinds of cooperative relationships necessary to deal with the social justice challenges that now confront us all.

    Dialogue is communication approach that promotes a “confirmation of otherness” as Martin Buber and M. Friedman proposed. Dialogue enables people with different viewpoints to form relationships across the differences that divide us. Dialogue requires speaking with respect and listening for understanding. Dialogue is always nonviolent; violence and threat of violence creates a monologue because it silences the other.

    Related to dialogue is the concept of civility. Civility is arguably the foundation of civilization. According to The Institute for Civility in Government, "Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one's preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same."

    Today, mental health providers arguably need training in dialogue participation, dialogue facilitation, and civility more than ever before. Our local communities and nation are currently challenged by such issues as systemic racism, political polarization, pandemic, climate change, and inequality.

    In this largely experiential workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice knowledge, skills, and values in civility and dialogue that they can use in their own practice, on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. We will participate together in three dialogues, one during each meeting, during which we gradually build an inclusive community together and start to address issues of race, gender, and other identities.

    https://www.abebooks.com/9780829806519/Confirmation-Otherness-Family-Community-Society-0829806512/plp https://www.instituteforcivility.org/who-we-are/what-is-civility/

    Session dates and information

    We will ask participants to commit to taking all three sessions, which are described briefly below. Registration is capped at 30. Those attending all of the sessions earn 6 CEU hours.

    Wednesday January 12 10:00 AM to 12 Noon

    • Introductions
    • Check in
    • Presentations on dialogue and civility
    • First dialogue
    • Check out

    Wednesday February 16 10:00 AM to 12 Noon

    • Introductions
    • Check in
    • Presentations on advanced dialogue participation and facilitation skills
    • Second dialogue
    • Check out

    Wednesday March 16 10:00 AM to 12 Noon

    • Introductions
    • Check in
    • Presentations on the use of dialogue in psychotherapy and community mental health
    • Third dialogue
    • Check out


    We are a diverse group of colleagues, friends, and social workers who collectively have well over a century of experience in Dialogue Facilitation with Social Justice issues.

    Deb Daniels, LCSW

    Deb Daniels recently retired from the University of Utah after 17 years of service as Director of the Women’s Resource Center. During that time, she was Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Diversity Council, Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism Task Force, Co-Facilitator of a campus and community dialogue group and providing dialogue training for various departments on campus. Prior to that, she worked with very challenging populations and communities where it was critical that she be able to facilitate many difficult conversations.

    David Parker, PhD

    Dr. Parker is an educator, consultant, motivational artist and author of books for children. David's educational and professional background is dynamic and diverse. David consults with the educational, business, government and law enforcement communities on issues related to how their organizational is impacted by beliefs. He teaches the Inclusive Dialogue class for the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. Dr. Parker is the Vice President of the Utah National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

    Dave Derezotes, PhD

    Dr. Derezotes is Director of Peace and Conflict Studies in the College of Humanities, Chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism Committee, and Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. He has published six textbooks and authored numerous articles and presentations. For the last twenty-five years, much of his teaching, practice, and scholarship has been involved in building, testing, and teaching new community practice models.


    UPA Members

    • Before January 6, 2022: $125
    •  January 6 or later, 2022: $150

    Non UPA Members

    • Before January 6, 2022:  $225
    • January 6 or later, 2022: $250


    • Student UPA members: No Charge
    • Student non-UPA members: $25
    • January 21, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Livestream event via Zoom

    6 Continuing Education Hours


    Course Overview:

    This continuing education course is designed to emphasize important ethical decision-making skills in context with each psychologist’s personal values. We will review the basics of ethical decision-making, as well as more advanced concepts. In terms of personal values, we will be reviewing the “new science” of morality. Our values can accelerate and impede effective decision-making skills in the practice of psychology. In order to highlight a helpful frame, we will be utilizing the Ethical Acculturation Model, in which psychologists need to integrate personal beliefs with professional obligations to provide high quality psychological care.

    The workshop will include both lecture material as well as ethical vignettes, drawn from real world experience. With the vignette analysis, we will analyze one or two dilemmas as a large group to demonstrate the process. Then, a majority of vignette analysis will occur in a smaller group format.

    Course Objectives:

    1. List three foundational ethical principles;
    2. Explain the difference between ethics and morality;
    3. Describe two moral emotions in psychotherapy;
    4. Highlight how self-serving biases can derail ethical decision-making;
    5. Outline the four components of the Ethical Acculturation Model;
    6. List two cognitive distortions in ethical decision-making; and,
    7. Apply personal morals and professional ethics to an ethical vignette.


    John David Gavazzi, PsyD, ABPP

    Dr. John Gavazzi has been practicing as a psychologist since 1990. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. He operates a private practice, provides expert testimony for legal teams in Pennsylvania and around the country, serves as an expert witness for the State Board of Psychology, and consults for the Bureau of Disability Determination. Dr. Gavazzi has been involved in ethics education for over 20 years. He presents workshops regularly on ethics, the practice of psychology, mental health law, and decision-making skills.

    Dr. Gavazzi has been recognized as Ethics Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association in 2013 and the American Psychological Association in 2014.

    As founder of the Ethics and Psychology web site (www.ethicalpsychology.com), he curates information highlighting the intersection of ethics, morality, psychology, and health care. Ethics and Psychology has an international readership with over 2.8 million-page views. Dr. Gavazzi recorded 23 podcasts on ethics and the practice of psychology via this website.

    Dr. Gavazzi served as a past President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He also served for Chair of Ethics Committee for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.


    UPA Members

    • UPA Members on or before January 14, 2022: $125
    • After January 14, 2022: $150


    • Non UPA Members on or before January 14, 2022: $225
    • After January 14, 2022: $250


    • Student members: No Charge
    • Non-member students: $25

    Zoom link will be sent two days prior to the event.

Past events

November 19, 2021 Medical Health Coding, Documenting, and Billing
October 22, 2021 Multiple Sclerosis: 9 Things Every Psychologist (and Neuropsychologist) Needs to Know
September 17, 2021 Understanding and Treating OCD
July 30, 2021 Cultural Considerations for Neuropsych
June 25, 2021 Suicide Assessment and Empirically Supported Treatment Options
May 14, 2021 Cultivating Cultural Fortitude in Clinical Practice: A Multicultural Orientation Framework Approach
April 23, 2021 Adolescent Brain Development
April 09, 2021 Telepsychology and PSYPACT (Registration Full)
February 26, 2021 Sequence IX: Ethics and Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums. Daniel O. Taube, JD, PhD
February 20, 2021 Self Care as an Ethical Imperative: Maintaining Competence and Flourishing During Challenging Times. Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP
January 29, 2021 What keeps us up at night: An ethics discussion for 2021 (Registration Full)
November 13, 2020 Psychological Approaches to Treating Chronic Pain
October 02, 2020 CBT for Insomnia
August 07, 2020 A Practical Guide to the Ethics and Practice of Telepsychology and Teleneuropsychology During COVID-19
July 17, 2020 PTSD Treatment, and Related Ethical Dilemmas, in the Time of COVID-19
June 26, 2020 Trauma, Loss, and Traumatic Growth: Applying Conservation of Resources Theory through Social-Environmental and Behavioral Intervention
April 17, 2020 How to Rise Above the Ethical Demands of Utah Psychologists: Frank Rees, PhD
March 20, 2020 Pragmatics of Telepsychology Practice in the Age of COVID-19
February 21, 2020 Best Practices in Forensic Psychology: Testifying in Court/Related Case Law
January 24, 2020 Suicide Prevention Training: An Update on Assessment, Intervention, & Postvention
December 13, 2019 UPA Holiday Party
October 23, 2019 Creating & Getting the Most out of Clinical Supervision
June 15, 2019 Early Career Psychology Hike
June 07, 2019 The Trust Risk Management Workshop
April 12, 2019 Motivational Interviewing. Presented by Denise Lash, PhD
April 12, 2019 Non-pharmacological Interventions in Pain Management: Psychology's Answer to the Opioid Crisis
February 22, 2019 Don't Be Afraid of the Lawyer: A Clinician's Guide to Divorce, Subpoenas, Court, and All of the Those Things that Keep You Up at Night.
January 25, 2019 Concussion: From the CDC to CTE: Presented by Dr. Anne Russo and special guest Dallas Davis, former football linebacker
December 07, 2018 UPA Member and Guest Holiday Party
November 02, 2018 Eating Disorders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know by Eating Disorders presented by Dr. Lindsey Riccardi
September 28, 2018 UPA CE Presents: Aging: Biopsychosocial Perspectives
May 04, 2018 Ethics by Dr. Michael Donner
April 20, 2018 The Management of Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression and Pain with Electrons: A Brief Primer on Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET)
February 23, 2018 Cross Cultural Mental Healthcare of Non-Binary and Transgender Adults
January 26, 2018 Psychopharmacology Update for Clinicians: What’s new in 2018
September 29, 2017 Psychological Practice Sequence VII: Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues presented by Retirement
May 12, 2017 HIPAA Compliance 2017
April 10, 2017 Don’t forget about sleep: Incorporating assessment and treatment of sleep into busy practices
March 24, 2017 Moving Through Swamps: Didactics and Experiences in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
March 10, 2017 Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome – Overview and Management by Dr. Angela Eastvold
February 17, 2017 Eating Disorders. Presented by Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi
February 13, 2017 Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy
January 09, 2017 Professional Wills
October 14, 2016 Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Using the ADOS-2
October 10, 2016 Basics of Telepsychology Practice
September 16, 2016 Ethics Update
September 12, 2016 Effects of Stress on the Brain
June 03, 2016 Prolonged Exposure for the Treatment of PTSD
May 06, 2016 Surviving & Thriving as Psychologists: Empathic Distress and Wellbeing
April 15, 2016 Causes and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction
March 18, 2016 Psychopharmacology Update
January 22, 2016 Resilience & Executive Functioning: Are They Evidence Based Concepts?
September 25, 2015 Ethics and Risk Management in the Age of the Affordable Care Act: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask!
May 15, 2015 ICD Diagnosis and DSM Changes: The New Horizon
March 13, 2015 Behavioral Sleep Medicine
January 23, 2015 Continuing Education: Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidality
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