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  • Counselor Ethics, Liability and Risk Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/16/2020 at 11:00 AM (MST)


    LICENSURE BOARD COMPLAINTS, RECORDS REQUESTS, AND SUBPOENAS! OH MY! How often has the social service agency water cooler drama included salacious topics such as these? By unintentionally spreading many myths and misinformation about counselor ethics, liability and risk management, many counseling professionals create and perpetuate liability anxiety contagion. This session will review the Second Edition HPSO Counselor Liability Claim Report, which details the actual data (collected over the last 15 years) on the most common reasons for malpractice claims against counselors as well as the outcomes of those claims. As a result of this information, we will discuss specific ways to minimize your liability as a counselor so you can practice from a place of confidence rather than fear. 


    - Review the Second Edition HPSO Counselor Liability Claim Report.
    - Understand the behaviors that lead to board complaints and client malpractice claims.
    - Discuss specific strategies to minimize risk.

    Keith Cross is a faculty member in the Masters of Science in Counseling program at Prescott College. Keith is also the owner and Clinical Director of the Prescott Relationship Center,
    a group practice specializing in marriage/couples counseling. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. from Purdue University and he serves on the AZBBHE Marriage and Family Therapy Academic Review Committee Member. He is a board member of the Arizona Emotionally Focused Therapy Community.

  • An Introduction to Hypnotherapy

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/19/2020 at 11:00 AM (MST)

    More and more hypnotherapy is becoming a recognized form of treatment for many conditions. Sadly, due to myths and misconceptions about hypnosis many shy away from the potential hypnotherapy has to offer.

    More and more hypnotherapy is becoming a recognized form of treatment for many conditions. Sadly, due to myths and misconceptions about hypnosis many shy away from the potential hypnotherapy has to offer. Through hypnotherapy we can truly make a difference. I will share with you a study done with a local hospital and over 200 of their patients. Through hypnotherapy we were able to assist patients lower their pain, stress and nausea by as much as 50%. We learned through this study that stress was actually the key to the changes experienced. As we help the patient lower their stress through a 20-40 minute hypnotherapy session automatically their pain diminished. We will also discuss the many uses of hypnosis understanding that the goal is to address physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, treating the whole person and encouraging overall balance. During this presentation participants will have the opportunity to experience group hypnosis and the benefits this modality can offer. We will also dispel those inaccurate myths and create more clarity and understanding.


    - Dispel myths about hypnosis
    - Learn about the uses of hypnosis
    - Experience first hand the benefits hypnosis offers


    Linda Bennett, Ph.D. CCHt., is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Board Certified Hypnotherapy Instructor and Certifying Examiner as well as a Certified Life Coach. She is also the co-founder of Heart Symbol Publishing, which is dedicated to the publication of books and media that inspire, transform and heal the mind, body and spirit. Linda is Senior Curriculum Specialist and the Hypnotherapy / Guided Imagery Program Director at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Linda is the esteemed 2014 International Medical & Dental Hypnosis Association Educator of the Year, received the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists 2011 Outstanding Clinical Contribution Award, and was recognized for “Outstanding Creativity in the Classroom” for 2005-2006 by the Arizona Private Schools Association. She was also awarded the 2017 IMDHA Chapter of the Year for Exceptional Growth & Outreach for Practitioners in the Community.

  • Covid-19 and the Arizona Counselor Experience

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Four leading Arizona counselors with diverse specialties and employment positions shall share their experiences during the virus pandemic.

    Three leading Arizona counselors and one student share their experiences during the virus pandemic:


    Part I - Complications Due to Covid-19

    I shall talk about the complications for patients attending services at an integrated (health/counseling) clinic. Many of them are seeing their medical issues increase and keep getting turned away, increasing their anxiety and depression. We also have many folks on injections for their medications, which makes it extremely difficult as well.  We have done multiple rounds of blitz testing as well, and will some of the complications that come with that.

    Ray Young, LPC is an Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor and an Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) listed supervisor. Ray is currently employed with Terros Health, where he is the Integrated Health Site Director for their 27th Ave Integrated Health Clinic. Ray oversees the day to day operations of the clinic that provide Behavioral Health Counseling for adults and children, Psychotropic Medication Management Services, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opiod abuse, Primary Care Physician Services (PCP), Bridging the Gap in-reach services to those being released from jail, and Targeted Investment Program (TIP) for individuals working through probation requirements. The clinic is also nationally recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center, providing primary care services in underserved areas, based on ability to pay. Ray currently serves on the Arizona Counselors Board of Directors as President of AzALGBTIC. Ray’s area of expertise is being the Program Sponsor and overseeing the TIP Justice Program for Terros Health in collaboration with Maricopa County Adult Probation and AHCCCS. 


    Part II - Today's Stressors

    There have been many stressors to overcome in the past few months.  As an educator and supervisor having to transition myself and my supervisees to telehealth and virtual supervision.  As a clinician it required me to be able to do telehealth and train my clients to become comfortable and consistent with this modality.  My clients are all in transition and anxious about what their lives will look like in the future.  The isolation is now causing a higher incidence of depression as well.  

    Sheila Babendir, EdD, LPC, Behavioral Director of Atembis, located in Flagstaff.  Sheila graduated from Marian College in 1981 with Bachelor’s of Business Administration and University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology / Counseling Education.  She graduated with a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in 2009. Sheila was licensed in counseling in Arizona in 2004.  She completed internships and research specialties in Bipolar disorder, Pediatric Bipolar Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Sheila is a past president of Arizona Counselors Association.  


    Part III - Practicum & Internship Transition

    During my practicum and internship we had to transition from being in a counseling skills center to being online through telehealth.  Our group experience also had to be transitioned.  We were uncertain about being able to get hours and what the transitions would be like.

    Sandra J. Seby is a counseling student at Northern Arizona University currently in her internship under the supervision of Dr. Sheila Babendir.  While entering the counseling profession later in life,  she has long been fascinated with behavioral health. Her desire is to help clients navigate life’s inevitable challenges and empower them to reach their goals.  She is excited to be in the counseling field during these challenging times.  Her previous endeavors include Senior Physician Recruiter, and United Way Communications Director, and Regional Director. Additionally, her English master’s degree has helped her develop communications skills as well as nurture a love for literature and research.


    Part IV - Establishing Connections in Disconnected Times: Re-Visiting Values

    As the COVID-19 Pandemic unpleasantly surprised the world, many have been negatively impacted by this global crisis and deadly disease. People were urged to socially distance, work from home and isolate themselves, many lost their jobs, businesses, and their health while endeavoring through these uncertain times. Being very new to Arizona, the establishment of my support and circle of friends was in its infancy when “shelter in place” was required. Sudden cut-off from gatherings, social circles, and exploration of a new environment did not help with getting to now people. Sudden losses and unpredictability of these unprecedented times impacted my daily routine and caused some adjustment and reevaluation of values and meaning.

    Marcela Kepic, PhD, is an associate professor of practice in counseling in the Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Department. She is a Licensed Professional Counselors in the state of AZ, NJ, VA, and DC and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Her expertise is in child and adolescent counseling, crisis response, and life development of older adults. Her research agenda is primarily focused on issues related to life satisfaction and wellness of older adults who experience many losses, especially loss of a spouse or significant other. Dr. Kepic’s further research interests include caregivers’ stress, caregiving trajectories, and wellness in student-athletes. Dr. Kepic is a member of the Association for Adult Development and Aging  (AADA) where she served in many different roles, including the president of the AADA. She also continues to serve on the Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma Task Force (CDT) of the ACA, and contributes to the development of the CDT competencies. As a member of the International Committee, Dr. Kepic is involved in exploring the understanding of counseling profession outside of the United States. Dr. Kepic also contributes to peer-reviewed publications and books, and national, regional, and state conference presentations. Lastly, she has been serving as a reviewer for the Adultspan Journal for few years now. She is trained in REBT, Gottman Method for couples, and biofeedback.  

  • Transformational Healing with Rapid Resolution Therapy

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) is an innovative method that is supported by current neuroscience research and evidence-based techniques.

    Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) is an innovative method that is supported by current neuroscience research and evidence-based techniques. This innovative approach targets the limbic system where emotional responses originate. RRT is a gentle, respectful, active and integrative approach that re-consolidates memory without subjecting individuals to needless pain and re-traumatization. This webinar offers an overview of the RRT process and techniques used for quickly and effectively resolving the emotional pain of traumatic memory.


    - Describe the neurobiology of how emotions are triggered by the consolidation of traumatic memory.
    - Discuss how traumatic memory is resolved with memory re-consolidation.
    - Explore Rapid Resolution Therapy techniques that resolve traumatic memory without abreaction or vicarious trauma.


    Julie Davis the Clinical and Program Director of Bay Area Rapid Resolution Therapy ( located in Los Gatos, California. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified PTSD Clinician, and New Life Network Therapist. Julie specializes in Rapid Resolution Therapy Intensives for individuals and couples looking to be free of sexual trauma, frozen grief, anxiety disorders, addictive behaviors, and relationship issues. Along with her successful private practice, Julie travels the country teaching Rapid Resolution Therapy and Practice Building Skills to innovative mental health practitioners. Her personal story includes recovery from addiction, PTSD, OCD, and anxiety, and she is excited to be healing, teaching, and inspiring others as a result.

  • So Much Trauma; So Little Time

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Trauma exists in every population to some degree and is often an underlying event of mental health and emotional issues.

    Trauma exists in every population to some degree and is often an underlying event of mental health and emotional issues. The treatment of trauma is crucial for human development and can reduce the occurrence of mental health and physical issues. This presentation will supply information based on current research of the effects of trauma and its prevalence in substance use disorders. It will also identify the source of trauma for many with substance use disorders. The presentation will include the prevalence of early life trauma and discuss the traumatic events that often occur with addiction such as criminal activities, assault, suicide, overdose, homelessness, and arrests to name but a few. The purpose of addiction recovery is to develop skills for long term abstinence, but for some with PTSD and traumatic stress the coping skills for sensations and images related to life experiences remains drug and alcohol use. Participants will be asked to discuss current treatments used in their practice and efficacy of therapeutic models. The presentation will identify the risk of burn-out and secondary trauma experienced by counselors treating clients with trauma or traumatic stress. Information will be provided about current trauma treatments with emphasis on an eye-movement treatment called Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). ART is an evidence-based therapy recognized by SAMHSA, the VA and the Department of Defense. The treatment is reported by clinicians and clients to be less stressful and less intrusive. Research has demonstrated that this modality is a briefer protocol than other treatments. It was also found to be more effective than other treatments in a study by the University of Southern Florida. ART will be compared to other eye-movement, cognitive, and exposure therapies. The program outcomes include education of ART to reduce traumatic stress, and to explain the benefits of decreased sensation to improve likelihood of long-term sobriety. Attendees will have an improved understanding of trauma with addiction and the need to increase counselor trainings and availability of trauma informed care for patients in treatment facilities. All attendees will be provided with resources and references from the presentation and access the presenter for further questions.


    - Identify the prevalence of trauma in substance use disorders, and the types of traumatic events that occur in addiction


    - Identify and discuss the relapse rates for persons with traumatic stress
    - Discuss current treatments in residential facilities and the lack of trauma informed care
    - Inform participants of the benefits Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a brief treatment intervention with positive results

    Jerome Ehmann is a licensed substance abuse and mental health counselor working with patients in a residential treatment center who have reported traumatic stress. Previously Mr. Ehmann was employed in an outpatient program where he helped to develop programming for the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs and introduced trauma therapy to the program. He is trained in EMDR therapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and stresses the treatment of underlying conditions and past traumas when working with his patients. He is a member of multiple professional, specialty, and academic organizations and is board certified by the NBCC. He holds a BS in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. He is currently studying for a PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision at Capella University. Mr. Ehmann has presented on trauma and emerging methods to first responders, counselors and social workers, and the Arizona Conference of Let’s Get Better Together. He is committed to reducing the physical and emotional distress that occurs with trauma.

  • Preventing Divorce Wars and Protecting Children: Mutual Goals and Shared Techniques of Professional Counselors and Family Mediators

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Divorce wars continue to ruin families and cause serious harm to children.

    Divorce wars continue to ruin families and cause serious harm to children. Decades after Wallerstein and Kelly’s (1980) original research demonstrated the extent that high conflict divorce damages children, custody battles and divorce wars still rage on in our court system. Many people considering or in the middle of a divorce remain unaware of healthier ways to accomplish family reorganization while stabilizing family dynamics and preserving relationships. In divorce mediation, a neutral mediator helps spouses respectfully reach mutual agreements on all divorce issues – dividing assets and debts, spousal support, and all parenting issues -- without fighting or ever going to court. Spouses who resolve their divorce or custody issue in mediation reduce relationship conflict and resolve divorce issues respectfully to the great benefit of their children. By lowering conflict, spouses significantly lower the time and cost of the divorce process, as well as reduce emotional stress for all involved. This approach lays a foundation for healthy co-parenting after divorce. This energetic, highly interactive program that encourages maximum audience participation, will describe how the divorce mediation process works – from beginning to end – and how mediation supports healthy family system evolution during and after divorce. Participants will understand how mediation compares to litigation in court. Essential Arizona divorce and child custody law will be covered for the benefit of Counselors to whom the law may be unclear or misunderstood. Participants will understand the “client-centered” mediation process including mediation research, mediation neutrality, confidentiality, ethics, and the concept of “interest-based negotiation.” Participants will learn parallels between therapeutic and dispute resolution interventions (normalizing, reflective listening, reframing, face-saving etc.) and additional skills and strategies to help Counselors manage conflict. Participants will also learn normal child coping behaviors during separation and divorce which can help therapists diffuse child custody battles when this information is shared with parents.     


    - Understanding the Divorce Mediation Process Compared to Litigation in Court. 
    - Understanding How to Apply Skills for Managing Conflict. 
    - Normalizing Common Child Coping Behaviors to Prevent Divorce War. 

    Michael Aurit is a nationally recognized professional divorce and family mediator, Arizona attorney, and Co-Founder of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Michael is a Professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, where he teaches family mediation. He is currently President of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM). He has achieved the prominent status of Advanced Practitioner with APFM. He holds his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law. Under Michael’s leadership, The Aurit Center has been voted “Best of our Valley” for Family Law in Arizona Foothills Magazine for the past four consecutive years, 2016 – 2019. Michael is a Certified Member of the Maricopa County Superior Court Mediation Roster. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Ethics Chair of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators. Michael is a former American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Fellow. He has served as faculty and presented mediation trainings and workshops at numerous national conferences. His work has been published by prominent local and national media outlets. He is a contributor to The Huffington Post, NBC 12 News, ABC 15 News, and FOX 10 News in Phoenix, Arizona as an expert on divorce mediation and co-parenting solutions.

  • The Darker Side of Sleep: Recognizing Trauma-Induced Insomnia

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will acquaint participants with the value of exploring sleep patterns in all clients.


    This session will acquaint participants with the value of exploring sleep patterns in all clients. Inquiry about sleep should be a part of any biopsychosocial evaluation since disrupted sleep can have profound physical and psychological consequences. Fully 35% of American adults rate their sleep quality as ""poor to fair" and 53% have difficulty staying asleep at night. Recent research indicates that adults who reported frequent experiences of physical and emotional abuse in childhood, regardless of sexual abuse were found to be at especially high risk (>200%) of sleep pathology, primarily insomnia. Potential assessment instruments for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index) will be presented in detail, as well as a simple sleep diary for self-monitoring. Unfortunately, sedative/hypnotic drugs are frequently prescribed for insomnia and are replete with issues of tolerance and dependence. Several non-pharmacologic therapies will be described including sleep hygiene methods, mindfulness-based stress reduction, body scan and mindfulness-based therapy for insomnia (MBT-I). 


    - Explore "normal" adult sleep and how sleep deprivation affects clients physically and psychologically.
    - Understand the relationship between childhood trauma and sleep disorders.
    - Review methods for assessment of sleep disorders.
    - Learn about evidence-based treatments for insomnia.

    Dr. David Engstrom is a licensed Clinical Health Psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is an affiliate medical staff member at HonorHealth Medical Center Shea and consults with the Bariatric Center and the Sleep Disorders Center. He is a graduate of The George Washington University with Special Honors in Psychology and received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, serving his internship at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Dr. Engstrom is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and American Mental Health Counselors Association in Integrated Behavioral Healthcare. He is currently a full-time Core Faculty member in Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Engstrom's primary interests include weight management, addictive behaviors, behavioral treatment of insomnia, chronic pain, motivation to change health behaviors and stress management. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and has produced audio programs on these subjects.

  • Improving the Life Expectancy of Patients with Serious Mental Illness: The Integrated Clinician's Role

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Life expectancy for persons diagnosed with serious mental illness is drastically reduced compared to the general population, with most premature deaths as a result of cancer or cardiovascular disease.

    Life expectancy for persons diagnosed with serio us mental illness is drastically reduced compared to the general population, with most premature deaths as a result of cancer or cardiovascular disease. When completed regularly preventative health screenings may detect early stage disease, improving patient prognosis, and reducing death rates for these diseases. However, persons with serious mental illness are less likely to complete these screenings despite engagement in regular health care activities.


    - Review common medical diagnosis and disorders that contribute to reduced life expectancy, symptoms that may mimic psychiatric illness.
    - Identify prevention strategies for these diseases.
    - Provide practical assessment tools for easy application to daily practice.


    Dr Arianne Roy is a licensed mental health counselor who received a Doctorate of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. She has over 10 years experience working with individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness and is passionate about improving the lives of the undeserved populations in our community through integrated healthcare. Dr Roy's doctorate research focused on the importance of improving preventative health screening with Seriously Mentally Ill adults. Dr Roy is the Director of Clinical Strategy and Analytics at Terros Health, a non-profit whole healthcare agency focused on inspiring change for life.

  • The Creative Arts in Counseling

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will examine the history, rationale, theories, and techniques of using creativity and the creative arts in counseling.

    This webinar will examine the history, rationale, theories, and techniques of using creativity and the creative arts in counseling. Particular attention will be given to the visual and verbal arts, such as drawing, imagery, photography, cartooning, cinema, movement, dance, literature, stories, writing, drama, and music. Each of these forms—individually and in combination—is helpful in sensitizing counselors and clients to the world around them and the world within themselves


    - Give participants a sense of history for how creativity and the creative arts have been used in counseling and counseling related activities, such as promoting wellness.
    - Give participants a rationale for using creativity and the creative arts in counseling.
    - Demonstrate to participants how the visual arts, music, drama, writing, and movement, can be used in counseling throughout the life span.


    Samuel T. Gladding is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its former president. He has also served as president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, Chi Sigma Iota, and three ACA divisions: the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). He is an ASGW fellow and the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work. He has made a number of films and written numerous books, including a text on creative arts in counseling. Dr. Gladding received his degrees from Wake Forest, Yale, and UNC-Greensboro. Before becoming a counselor educator, he worked fulltime as a clinician in a rural mental health center and was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He is married to Claire Tillson Gladding and the father of three grown children.

  • Integrating Sandplay for Clients with Trauma and Co-Occurring Disorders

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Based off of the ACEs and other studies we know that there is a direct relationship between trauma and co-occurring disorders yet most clinical interventions are still cognitively based.

    Based off of the ACEs and other studies we know that there is a direct relationship between trauma and co-occurring disorders yet most clinical interventions are still cognitively based. Addiction and Mental Health rates are on the rise and we need to incorporate non-verbal/somatic components into our practice. There is a need for applicable interventions to address dissociation symptoms that often accompany trauma and become activated if the client is not able to properly regulate their nervous system during treatment. Creating safe therapeutic environments that encourage regulation and reprocessing is vital for clinicians working with clients who struggle with co-occurring disorders and Sandplay is a great therapeutic intervention when working with adults who struggle with trauma and co-occurring disorders. Integrating sandplay therapy with client’s who struggle with substance use and/or co-occurring disorders allows the clients to begin to process their trauma through a bottom up approach. The sandplay process helps regulate the nervous system by calming the fight flight response, this allows the client to feel safe and tell their story through symbols. The sandplay process incorporates all areas of the brain by combining non-verbal, verbal and somatic experiencing.


    - Explanation of ACEs, Big T Trauma, and little t trauma as they relate to substance use and co-occurring disorders.
    - Understanding the difference between sandplay and sandtray.
    - Bottom up processing vs. top down processing.
    - The importance of providing safety, grounding & non-verbal therapeutic strategies for clients with substance use disorder and/or co-occurring disorders.


    Dr. Mathis is the creator of The Mathis Model™ and In-Lightened L.I.F.E. (Live. Intentional. Free. Empowered.)™ an integrated therapeutic program designed to identify and re-wire the habitual patterned scripts that keep us stuck in self-limiting thoughts and repeating self-sabotaging behaviors. Dr. Mathis is a master addictions counselor w/co-occurring disorders, nationally certified counselor, licensed professional clinical counselor and approved clinical supervisor. She is independently licensed in Arizona, California and Hawaii, a certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA approved EMDR consultant, EMDR & Sandtray specialist, holds advanced certification in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and is a certified Brainspotting therapist. Her clinical experience and expertise includes a multitude of areas including forensic psychology, psychological evaluation, consultation/testimony, training/development and specialization in treating addictions, trauma and co-occurring disorders. In addition to her work through private practice, she has held multiple executive level clinical positions including Vice President of Clinical Services, Director of Trauma Services, Clinical Director & Executive Director. Dr. Mathis offers clinical consultation, supervision, trainings and workshops.