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  • Counseling Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Play Therapy

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/08/2021 at 1:00 PM (MST)

    This webinar will cover the basics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the components of Play Therapy.

    This webinar will cover the basics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the components of Play Therapy. Components include theoretical underpinnings, treatment, assessment, screening, and goal planning. We will discuss structured and non-structured Play Therapy interventions to address communication, social, and emotional deficits, and discuss involving parents in the Play Therapy treatment of ASD. Finally, we will cover current research and evidence-based practices.


    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Explain and understand Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    2. Describe the components of play therapy.
    3. Identify structured and non-structured play therapy interventions. 
    4. Explain research and evidence-based practices in play therapy.

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    Rosario Huerta, M.Ed., MSC, LPC-S, is a professional counselor and administrator with cast experience in the healthcare system. Skilled in providing mental health services for the diverse and economically deprived populations, she is also a skilled administrator in program development. Rosario manages clinical services, provides training and supervision to sister mental healthcare companies, and provides support to novice mental health professionals in working with various populations.




    This program offers 1 NBCC hour.

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    Arizona Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • Day 2 - Cultural Competency and Ethics Symposium

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/06/2021 at 9:00 AM (MST)

    Earn your required 3-hours of continuing education in ethics needed for your license renewal.

    The Arizona Counseling Association will be hosting a Virtual Cultural Competency and Ethics Symposium on November 5-6, 2021. Each day will be 3-hours, from 9:00am - 12:15pm, with a 15-minute break halfway through.

    Schedule

    November 6, 2022

    Managing Ethical Dilemmas in the Counseling Implications for Behavioral Health Providers

    Dr. Lee A. Underwood

    The management and treatment of clients with diverse social, emotional and legal issues is complex and often controversial from an ethical standpoint. Is the client old enough to comprehend the seriousness of treatment? How is confidentiality maintained when dealing with complicated dynamics? Is the victim telling the truth about abuse and neglect and if not, how should it be managed? Should certain clients who are low risk be placed in restrictive living programs? How do you motivate a person in denial? What happens when personal and professional boundaries are compromised? How are complicated clinical supervision sessions managed? These issues and others will be explored during this training. This presentation will review the ethical code of conduct for providers, paying special attention to those areas that related to the indicated controversial issues. This presentation will present case law and case studies that have precedence in managing ethical dilemmas. Participants will be presented with a model that fosters collaboration with others in managing difficult situations. Participants will work through several cases where ethical dilemmas are presented and through the case conceptualization process, work through the scenarios to arrive at an ethical stance.

    Goals:

    1. Participants will improve understanding of controversial issues in the management and treatment of culturally diverse clients.
    2. Participates will review critical components of the code of ethics in the supervisory process.
    3. Participants will be introduced to a case conceptualization model that fosters the appropriate management of ethical dilemmas.
    4. Participants will work in groups to discuss ethical dilemmas through the use of case studies.

    Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to describe the assumptions behind the controversial issues presented with managing and treating culturally diverse clients.
    2. Participants will be able to learn the pitfalls to avoid in the clinical supervision process.
    3. Participants will be able to identify the core program components of the conceptualization model and ways to problem solve.
    4. Participants will work through case studies and prepare written case responses that align the issues with the ethical code of conduct.

    Lee A. Underwood, Psy. D.

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider

    SequelCare of Arizona

    Lee A Underwood, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in several states and certified sex offender treatment provider and is affiliated with SequelCare of Arizona. He is recognized for his training programs, books, and articles on treating culturally diverse adolescents and adults who have sexually abused others, treating victims of sexual abuse and treating the needs of clients with severe mental illness. He has 30 years of experience treating adolescents and adults and has published over 70 professional articles in refereed journals, 20 scholarly activities including monographs, technical reports and training manuals, and has authored two books on adolescents. His written work has focused on the needs of mentally ill clients, juvenile sex offending, substance use, trauma needs of females, forensic and cultural needs of persons involved in the criminal justice and mental health systems, as means of distributing the findings of his research. He has served as an executive clinical officer for several large residential treatment, juvenile justice and criminal justice programs for adolescents and adults. Dr. Underwood has been recognized by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) as one of the leading program innovators for juvenile justice and community treatment programs. Dr. Underwood has held a number of policy oriented research, academic, clinical and consulting positions over his career with federal, state and private agencies for research, program design, development, implementation and evaluation of services. 

    Dr. Underwood performs training activities, develops treatment curricula, designs programs and performs program evaluations for private and public organizations throughout the country. He consults with the Federal Department of Justice’s civil rights division regarding fair and equitable treatment for clients in systems of care. He served as a Senior Consultant with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, an affiliate of Policy Research Associates. Dr. Underwood has provided support to the forensic psychology program at Argosy University, served as an affiliate faculty for Louisiana State University Health Science Center and visiting lecturer with Rutgers University Criminal Justice program. Dr. Underwood serves on the editorial board of The Juvenile Mental Health Report and The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy.

  • Cultural Competency and Ethics Virtual Symposium

    Contains 2 Product(s) 2 new product(s) added recently

    Earn your required 3-hours of continuing education in cultural competency ethics needed for your license renewal.

    The Arizona Counseling Association will be hosting a Virtual Cultural Competency and Ethics Symposium on November 5-6, 2021. Each day will be 3-hours, from 9:00am - 12:15pm, with a 15-minute break halfway through.

    Schedule

    November 5, 2022

    Cultural Competency

    Jordanna Saunders, MC, LPC, NCC, CEAP

    Full description coming soon.


    November 6, 2022

    Managing Ethical Dilemmas in the Counseling Implications for Behavioral Health Providers

    Dr. Lee A. Underwood

    The management and treatment of clients with diverse social, emotional and legal issues is complex and often controversial from an ethical standpoint. Is the client old enough to comprehend the seriousness of treatment? How is confidentiality maintained when dealing with complicated dynamics? Is the victim telling the truth about abuse and neglect and if not, how should it be managed? Should certain clients who are low risk be placed in restrictive living programs? How do you motivate a person in denial? What happens when personal and professional boundaries are compromised? How are complicated clinical supervision sessions managed? These issues and others will be explored during this training. This presentation will review the ethical code of conduct for providers, paying special attention to those areas that related to the indicated controversial issues. This presentation will present case law and case studies that have precedence in managing ethical dilemmas. Participants will be presented with a model that fosters collaboration with others in managing difficult situations. Participants will work through several cases where ethical dilemmas are presented and through the case conceptualization process, work through the scenarios to arrive at an ethical stance.

    Goals:

    1. Participants will improve understanding of controversial issues in the management and treatment of culturally diverse clients.
    2. Participates will review critical components of the code of ethics in the supervisory process.
    3. Participants will be introduced to a case conceptualization model that fosters the appropriate management of ethical dilemmas.
    4. Participants will work in groups to discuss ethical dilemmas through the use of case studies.

    Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to describe the assumptions behind the controversial issues presented with managing and treating culturally diverse clients.
    2. Participants will be able to learn the pitfalls to avoid in the clinical supervision process.
    3. Participants will be able to identify the core program components of the conceptualization model and ways to problem solve.
    4. Participants will work through case studies and prepare written case responses that align the issues with the ethical code of conduct.

    Day 1: Cultural Competency

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    Jordanna Saunders, MC, LPC, NCC, CEAP, Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona

    Jordanna is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona. She is EMDR Certified and owns a private practice in Goodyear, Arizona that serves urban and rural adults and teens dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma. She is Navajo and brings creativity and humor into her work.



    Day 2: Managing Ethical Dilemmas in the Counseling Implications for Behavioral Health Providers

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    Lee A. Underwood, Psy. D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, SequelCare of Arizona

    Lee A Underwood, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in several states and certified sex offender treatment provider and is affiliated with SequelCare of Arizona. He is recognized for his training programs, books, and articles on treating culturally diverse adolescents and adults who have sexually abused others, treating victims of sexual abuse and treating the needs of clients with severe mental illness. He has 30 years of experience treating adolescents and adults and has published over 70 professional articles in refereed journals, 20 scholarly activities including monographs, technical reports and training manuals, and has authored two books on adolescents. His written work has focused on the needs of mentally ill clients, juvenile sex offending, substance use, trauma needs of females, forensic and cultural needs of persons involved in the criminal justice and mental health systems, as means of distributing the findings of his research. He has served as an executive clinical officer for several large residential treatment, juvenile justice and criminal justice programs for adolescents and adults. Dr. Underwood has been recognized by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) as one of the leading program innovators for juvenile justice and community treatment programs. Dr. Underwood has held a number of policy oriented research, academic, clinical and consulting positions over his career with federal, state and private agencies for research, program design, development, implementation and evaluation of services. 

    Dr. Underwood performs training activities, develops treatment curricula, designs programs and performs program evaluations for private and public organizations throughout the country. He consults with the Federal Department of Justice’s civil rights division regarding fair and equitable treatment for clients in systems of care. He served as a Senior Consultant with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, an affiliate of Policy Research Associates. Dr. Underwood has provided support to the forensic psychology program at Argosy University, served as an affiliate faculty for Louisiana State University Health Science Center and visiting lecturer with Rutgers University Criminal Justice program. Dr. Underwood serves on the editorial board of The Juvenile Mental Health Report and The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy.

  • Day 1 - Cultural Competency and Ethics Symposium

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/05/2021 at 9:00 AM (MST)

    Earn your required 3-hours of continuing education in cultural competency needed for your license renewal.

    The Arizona Counseling Association will be hosting a Virtual Cultural Competency and Ethics Symposium on November 5-6, 2021. Each day will be 3-hours, from 9:00am - 12:15pm, with a 15-minute break halfway through.

    Schedule

    November 5, 2022

    Cultural Competency

    Jordanna Saunders, MC, LPC, NCC, CEAP

    Full description coming soon.

    Jordanna Saunders

    MC, LPC, NCC, CEAP

    Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona

    Jordanna is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona. She is EMDR Certified & owns a private practice in Goodyear, AZ that serves urban and rural adults and teens dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma. She is Navajo and brings creativity and humor into her work.

  • Historical Trauma & Its Modern Impact on American Indians

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/03/2021 at 1:00 PM (MST)

    This webinar will begin with a brief review of historical trauma and delve into the contemporary response(s)/reactions in the Native American Community.

    This webinar will begin with a brief review of historical trauma and delve into the contemporary response(s)/reactions in the Native American Community. Attendees will be able to identify risk factors and barriers to treatment for American Indian clients.


    Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Define the term “Historical Trauma” in the context of United States history.
    2. Identify symptoms, responses & complex defense mechanisms in American Indian therapy clients. 
    3. Examine your internal awareness & responses to intergenerational trauma as it relates to therapy with underserved populations specifically American Indians.
    4. Increase provider competence & resiliency to gain tips to begin to effectively treat and transcend trauma in American Indian Communities



    This program offers 1 NBCC hour.

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    Arizona Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

    Jordanna Saunders

    MC, LPC, NCC, CEAP

    Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona

    Jordanna is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona. She is EMDR Certified & owns a private practice in Goodyear, AZ that serves urban and rural adults and teens dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma. She is Navajo and brings creativity and humor into her work.

  • Foundations & Research of EMDR Therapy for the Uninitiated

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (MST)

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy - what is it? Why does it work? What does the research say? EMDR therapy is a research-validated treatment approach utilized by thousands of clinicians worldwide to treat a wide variety of issues with which clients present.

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy - what is it? Why does it work? What does the research say? EMDR therapy is a research-validated treatment approach utilized by thousands of clinicians worldwide to treat a wide variety of issues with which clients present. You likely have heard of EMDR by now, first published in 1989, and recently discussed by Prince Harry in his documentary with Oprah Winfrey on mental health. You may know only what others say about this therapy, but not much about its theory, approach and validity. EMDR therapy has ample research, of the "gold standard" kind, that shows its effectiveness. Are you one of those few individuals who is skeptical, but have not had time to read the research? No one in the mental health field knows for certain how any form of therapy works, even though we have some ideas. This is true for EMDR therapy as well, but we have several theories about why it works, and these will be presented with the research supporting these ideas. While we will not be debating the effectiveness of EMDR therapy as it is well-established, we will discuss the research, the theories, and the mechanisms.

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the Adaptive Information Processing Model underlying the EMDR psychotherapy approach and its foundation in research.
    2. Describe at least 3 important existing research studies relating to the effectiveness of EMDR therapy.
    3. Describe 3 theories of the mechanisms of EMDR therapy and the associated research.

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    Julie Miller, MC, LPC, LISAC, is a dually licensed Tucson psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in the treatment of public safety personnel. Julie uses a combination of modalities, especially EMDR therapy to treat trauma, addiction, and related issues. Julie is a Certified EMDR Therapist, an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, and an EMDRIA-Approved Basic and Advanced Trainer (EMDRIA.org). Julie is a clinical volunteer for the Arizona Trauma Recovery Network (AzTRN.com), providing pro bono early EMDR intervention for survivors of community disaster and crisis incidents. As a national and international speaker, Julie presents on EMDR and Addiction, First Responders, and Complex Trauma. She is the author of "EMDR and Addiction: Stabilize Addiction, Avoid Relapse," published in "Go With That" magazine, Volume 24, Issue 2, published by EMDRIA in Spring 2021.

    This program offers 1 NBCC hour.

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    Arizona Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • Minimalist Leadership for Maximum Results

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Discover how to lead your practice to new heights with minimal effort and without wasting time on distractions.

    Unprecedented challenges. Intense pressure. Visions for success that feel like they're slipping from your fingertips. Recent events have launched everyone into uncharted territory. Not sure how to reach the dreams you've worked so hard for? Feeling the weight of being a business owner AND a counselor? Wishing you could find a way to do what you love without having to manage the burden of running a team? In this session, discover how to lead your practice to new heights with minimal effort and without wasting time on distractions. Leave with four game-changing leadership practices that will transform your people, your leadership, and your bottom-line.



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    Danny Hadas is a # 1 bestselling author, leadership coach, and advisor to the world’s most iconic brands. Since 2008, his work has impacted millions of people across 500+ companies worldwide, including Disney, BMW, and AT&T. As the founder of The Emovation Project, Danny transforms great business owners into extraordinary business leaders by teaching them how to power-up their profits by empowering their people. When Danny’s not sharing Emovation, he’s with his amazing wife. Together, they lead growth and development programs aimed to cause tremendous breakthroughs in people’s lives. Their partnership serves to redefine what’s possible for the world.




    This program offers 1 NBCC hour.

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    Arizona Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

  • Strengthening Integrated Thinking Within a Multidisciplinary Care Team

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn from experts from Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.

    Participants will be able to: 

    1. Explore the importance of reframing, re-scoping, and redefining health and social care delivery issues using the knowledge, skills and best practices from multiple disciplines working as a team. 
    2. Discuss boundaries and obstacles associated with forming multidisciplinary teams and how to overcome them. 
    3. Examine ethics across the members of a multidisciplinary team and the impact on teamwork and the ability to work together.


    Presenters:

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    Dr. Fanike-Kiara Olugbala Young is a Doctor of Behavioral Health, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Master Addictions Counselor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master Reiki Practitioner.  Dr. Young specializes in behavioral health integration, training, improving mental health, and treating mental illness.  Her passion is the healthy development of adolescent females and women physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.  Dr. Young is currently the Director of the Doctor of Behavioral Health program at Cummings Graduate Institute, a school founded by the late Dr. Nicholas Cummings.  Her goal in this position is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to build successful multi professional teams in healthcare settings.  Dr. Young strives to further promote the integration of health care within medical clinics, healthcare facilities and human services agencies via consulting projects through Behavioral Health Consultants Group as well as in her private practice, Keys to Women’s Wellness.  Dr. Young completed her doctoral culminating research on a comparison of behavioral health integration readiness levels between allopathic and naturopathic medical clinics.  She has thorough experience in Behavioral Health Integration Readiness Evaluation and Cost Savings Design, Program Management, Business Development, Training, Staff improvement and has served as a key component in the policy development of the Gardens at Collegetown, a housing facility for public housing residents with mental illness.  Dr. Young received her DBH from Arizona State University and attended Georgia State University where she earned a B.A. in African American Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice and a MSW in Social Work.  Her current publications include Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope:  Stress, Coping and Problem Behaviors among Young African American Males” (2010) and she is scheduled to release “What the F%&k is Your Problem?!: Becoming an Active Worker in Healing Your Trauma” in December 2021.  Dr. Young has traveled internationally to China, India, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica and a host of other countries to examine and assist with improving the health care systems, specifically the system of mental health.  Dr. Young can be contacted via social media at @drfanike.


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    Dr. U. Grant Baldwin, Jr is the CEO of Integrated Health & Behavioral Medicine, an Integrated Behavioral Health Consulting business based in Raleigh North Carolina and Tennessee. He provides consultation/training to several primary care executives in primary care practices throughout the country. He was also a Research Associate with the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Baldwin has over 17 years of experience in management, program administration, government and state medical programs (Medicaid and Medicare), organizational transformation and innovation, community support and engagement initiatives, conducting customer needs assessments, creating and initiating quality metrics/standards for services, evaluating customer satisfaction, undertaking process improvement, promoting diversity and inclusion,  building internal and external coalitions, and performance management to include knowledge of policies and procedures, risk analysis methodologies, qualitative and quantitative evaluation processes, counseling and advisement. Expertise in public health and behavioral health treatment delivery systems and issues relating to mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. Ability to research, question, and obtain pertinent information to solve organizational and operational problems. Extensive leadership experience with the ability to unify and guide large groups of personnel toward common goals.   He received his Doctorate in Behavioral (DBH) from the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University in 2016. In 2019, he graduated from the highly competitive Johnson and Johnson Executive Health Care Program at the University of California -Los Angeles. Dr. Baldwin is also a healthcare researcher and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. He is also the Assistant Director of Academic Programs at the Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Studies in Tempe, Az. 

    This program offers 1 NBCC hour.

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    Arizona Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • Conflict Resolution Strategies and Techniques for Counselors

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A skilled professional family mediator, informed by their clients’ relational dynamics and underlying conflict, designs nuanced interventions which reduce and prevent conflict to help clients achieve their defined goals. This webinar will outline the foundational mediation techniques and strategies that LPC's can successfully apply to their work with individuals, couples, and families. We will share our top 5 strategies, selected from our glossary of over 80 powerful interventions, and demonstrate how you can use them to orchestrate balanced communication, deepen trust, and resolve conflict. *Please Note: this is a preview to additional info Michael and Karen will share during the conference in June.

    A skilled professional family mediator, informed by their clients’ relational dynamics and underlying conflict, designs nuanced interventions which reduce and prevent conflict to help clients achieve their defined goals.
     
    This webinar will outline the foundational mediation techniques and strategies that LPC's can successfully apply to their work with individuals, couples, and families. We will share our top 5 strategies, selected from our glossary of over 80 powerful interventions, and demonstrate how you can use them to orchestrate balanced communication, deepen trust, and resolve conflict.

    *Please Note: this is a preview to additional info Michael and Karen will share during the conference in June.


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    Michael Aurit, JD, MDR, is Co-Founder and Director of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is President of The Academy of Professional Family Mediators. He is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. He currently serves as Ethics Chair of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators. He holds his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law. Michael can be reached at Michael@auritmediation.com





    Karne-Aurit-Arizona-Divorce-MediatorKaren Aurit, LAMFT, is Co-Founder and Director of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Karen is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in mindfulness theory and stress reduction techniques. Karen is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Karen received her Mediation Certification from The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. Karen can be reached at Karen@auritmediation.com


    This program offers 1 NBCC hour.

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    Arizona Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • 2021 AzCA Virtual Symposium

    Contains 14 Component(s), Includes Credits

    AzCA's First Annual Virtual Symposium

    Join us for our first annual Virtual Symposium.  

    The 2021 Virtual Symposium is being held on Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19 starting at 9 am Mountain Time. New this year as well, we will be holding the event in a virtual ZOOM format to provide even more benefit to participants. 

    We have some outstanding presentations scheduled for the 2021 Virtual Symposium!

    Sessions Include 

    • Politics? Covid? NAH! Let's Talk About ETHICS Instead!
    • Mind Full or Mindful? How to Set the Stage of Effective Therapy with Mindfulness Practices
    • Loss and Grief in a Global Pandemic
    • It Isn't "IF - It Is "When": Being Prepared to Testify as a Counselor in a Court Proceeding Involving a Client
    • Ending the Vicious Cycle: Counseling Children from Families in Conflict, Chaos, and Crisis
    • The History of Social Justice Counseling: Developing a Social Justice Leadership and Advocacy Identity

    Conference Times

    All sessions shall be run on Arizona Time, with the day starting at 9:00 am Arizona Time. 

    What's Included

    For as little as $25, you can attend this 2-day symposium and benefit from these expert presenters.

    Included in the registration fee is access to all of the individual virtual sessions held within the symposium Once the conference live version is held, you may access available sessions on-demand as well at your convenience at no additional cost. Within the virtual session, you will have the ability to ask questions of the presenter(s) and download handouts for use during and after the session. The 2021 Virtual Symposium will use a ZOOM format. 

    Where is this Offered

    The 2021 AzCA Virtual Symposium will be hosted on our www.COunselorCE.org website and use a ZOOM format.  Each registrant will login to that website and click on the Virtual Symposium event. 

    Cancellation, Substitution & Refund Policy

    Registration cancellations prior to or on February 14 will incur no penalty. No refunds will be made on cancellations made after February 14 because logistical implementation and forfeited fees cannot be applied to future meetings due to IRS reporting requirements.

    Substitutions are $25. All substitutions must be in writing and accompanied by a completed online registration form.

    We look forward to "seeing" you in February at the 2021 Virtual Symposium! 

    NBCC - CE Credits

    This symposium offers 6 NBCC hours if attending all sessions. Each session is 1 NBCC hour.

    Arizona Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

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    Thursday, February 18  

    9:00 am – 9:30 am
    Login to Conference & Mingle

    9:15am
    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    9:30 am -10:30 am
    It Isn't "IF - It Is "When": Being Prepared to Testify as a Counselor in a Court Proceeding Involving a Client
    Ann M. Ordway, JD, PhD, NCC

    This session will include an overview of how to respond to a subpoena; guidelines for maintaining and turning over records; appearing for and giving testimony; and the delicate balancing of law and ethics when advocating for clients. The presenter will familiarize attendees with legal terminology and process, with the goal of increasing preparedness and comfort-level for counselors who are subpoenaed or who choose to take on court-involved roles.

    Objectives:

    • Review circumstances in which counselors may be subpoenaed or otherwise become involved in court proceedings regarding clients.
    • Demystify legal terminology and process so court involvement is more predictable and less overwhelming.
    • Consider guidelines for best practices when working in counseling practice where court involvement is more likely.

    10:30 am – 10:45 am
    Networking Break

    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    Politics? Covid? NAH! Let's Talk About ETHICS Instead!
    Keith Cross, PhD, LMFT

    This presentation will include discussion of recent changes to the rules and statutes relevant to counselors in the state of Arizona as well as revisions to the ACA Code of Ethics.

    Objectives: Learn the most recent rule and statute changes relevant to counselors in Arizona as well as the revisions to the ACA Code of Ethics; Analyze how these changes may impact clinical practice; Apply rule, statute, and ethics code changes to current clinical practice.

    11:45 am – 12:00 pm
    Sponsored Session & Chat

    CUMMINGS Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies

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    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Ending the Vicious Cycle: Counseling Children from Families in Conflict, Chaos, and Crisis
    Ruth Moore, PhD

    Children and adolescents from families in conflict, chaos, and crisis often struggle with severe emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, and trauma-related symptoms. Many conceal their emotions from others, and as a result, their underlying feelings manifest into problem behaviors, including: violence/physical aggression, self-injury, suicide attempts, substance use, defiance, truancy, and promiscuity. Unsurprisingly, these children and adolescents are often later diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders, because their primary emotional disorders have not been treated.

    When children and adolescents engage in disruptive or other problem-behaviors, the entire family unit is affected. Many parents feel frustrated by the child’s behavior and respond punitively, while other parents feel overwhelmed and become emotionally distant or detached. Such strong parental reactions lead to further feelings of anger, powerlessness, worthlessness, and inadequacy among children and adolescents. Additional emotional outbursts and problem behaviors occur, thus perpetuating a vicious cycle of emotional and behavioral difficulties. Using a structured play therapy approach, the presenter will provide experiential activities and techniques that can be implemented with children and families who are experiencing severe conflicts and crises.

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify and describe three underlying emotional needs that may be present among disruptive children.
    • Demonstrate one activity that can be used with a child/adolescent engaging in disruptive behavior.
    • Demonstrate one activity that can be used with a family enhance communication and empathy within the family unit.

    1:00 pm 
    Sessions End for the Day

    Friday, February 19

    9:00 am – 9:30 am
    Login to Conference & Mingle

    9:15am
    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    9:30 am -10:30 am
    Mind Full or Mindful? How to Set the Stage of Effective Therapy with Mindfulness Practices
    Christina Paschall, MC, LPC

    Mindfulness is defined as bringing one's attention to the present experience, moment-to-moment, with compassion. It entails the practice of observing thoughts, feelings and sensations as an ongoing flow of experiences to be had, versus something to be acted upon. The use of mindfulness in the therapeutic setting helps the client to establish a baseline when they become flooded with emotions, and provide them the opportunity to experience both negative and positive evaluated internal events without treating these events as true or presently happening. In this webinar, you will learn how mindfulness and meditative practices support changes in the mind and behavior, how to incorporate these practices into each session, and recommendations for homework for client's to practice between sessions. 

    10:30 am – 10:45 am

    Sponsored Session & Chat
    The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation

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    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    Loss and Grief in a Global Pandemic
    Marcela Kepic, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

    COVID-19 Pandemic shocked the world and impacted life in every aspect. People are facing uncertainty, loss of jobs & security, and loss of loved ones. People are challenged to adapt to devastating losses taking place in isolation which exacerbates pain in the grieving process. It ia a story of communal loss and individualized grief that needs resolution. This presentation offers definitions of various types of griefs, reactions to grief based on age, and effective grief interventions to assist with healing and meaning-making.

    Objectives:
    1. To define and explain the difference between anticipatory grief, grief, and complicated grief.
    2. To present postmodern theories of grief and typical reactions to grief based on developmental stage.
    3. To offer effective grief interventions to assist with healing, adjustment and meaning making.

    11:45 am – 12:00 pm
    Networking Break

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    The History of Social Justice Counseling: Developing a Social Justice Leadership and Advocacy Identity
    Judy Daniels, EdD

    This presentation will focus on the following content and learning outcomes. At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

    • Describe the historical context and importance of social justice and advocacy within the profession including a historical perspective on leadership and advocacy
    • Identify examples of how social justice advocacy has been supported as well as blocked within the profession through examples within the profession.
    • Identify leadership and advocacy strategies for promoting change

    1:00 pm
    Closing Remarks


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    Keith Cross, Ph.D., LMFT earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and his Masters and Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. Dr. Cross currently serves as Full Faculty in the Masters of Science in Counseling program at Prescott College and runs a group private practice in Prescott that specializes in working with couples. He currently serves as the Faculty Representative on the Arizona Counseling Association Board, he also a member of the American Counseling Association Ethics Committee and a member of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Marriage and Family Therapy Academic Review Committee, and serves as a Board Member and Academic Programs Liaison for the Arizona Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy.

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    Dr. Judy Daniels is the Director of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program and professor at the University of Hawaii. She has been a counselor educator for 30 years working in the areas of school, community, and rehabilitation counseling. She is a founding member of the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) division of Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) and a past president of CSJ. She was also elected to be the ACA Governing Council representative for CSJ (2012-2018). Currently she serves as the ACA Special Advisor to the President on the Pandemic & Social Justice Issues and has also served as the ACA Governing Council Parliamentarian (2018-2019) and Process Observer (2019-2020). Dr. Daniels is the Chair of the task force on Climate Change and Mental Health and served on the New Professional/Early Career Issues task force. She has been the Co-Chair of the ACA taskforce on Professional Identity and Membership Employment, served as a member of the ACA Portability Task Force, and was the liaison to the ACA Human Rights Committee for 5 years. Currently she is a member of the ACA Human Rights Committee.

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    Marcela Kepic is an associate professor of practice in the Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Department in the College of Education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselors in the state of AZ, NJ, VA, and DC and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Her expertise is in human development across the lifespan. Her research agenda is primarily focused on issues related to life satisfaction and wellness of older adults who experience many losses, especially the loss of a significant other. Dr. Kepic’s further research interests include caregivers’ stress, caregiving trajectories, and wellness in student-athletes. She is passionate about educating our future counselors.


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    Ruth Ouzts Moore, Ph.D., NCC is an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. She has over 25 years' experience in the clinical mental health counseling field with a specialty in counseling children and adolescents, particularly those who have experienced abuse and trauma. Dr. Moore holds the Legal and Ethical Specialist and Bullying Prevention Specialist certifications from the American School Counselor Association. Dr. Moore has worked in community mental health agencies, private practice, in-patient/residential facilities, and schools. She has presented nationally and internationally in the areas of abuse/trauma, play therapy, high-conflict divorce/parental alienation, courtroom testimony, and creative counseling techniques. Dr. Moore is the Past President of the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) and the Conference Program Co-Chair, as well as serves on multiple committees for other professional organizations. Dr. Moore received the ACC Thelma Duffey Vision and Innovation Award in 2017 and the ACC Professional Service Award in 2018. Dr. Moore has published in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly resources. She is frequently called to serve as an expert witness in criminal, chancery, and youth court for her involvement in child abuse and child custody cases.

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    Ann M. Ordway, JD, PhD, NCC is the College Academic Director of Counseling for the University of Phoenix. She was a practicing family law attorney in New Jersey for many years before becoming a counselor and counselor educator. Her practice focused on high conflict divorce, domestic violence, and child protective services matters. She is a mediator, child advocate and parenting coordinator. Ann is dedicated to increasing the preparedness of licensed professional counselors for subpoenas. testimony and court-involved roles. She is the President of AZCA and a Member of the Board of Directors for both the Arizona Chapter and the parent organization of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.




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    Christina Paschall is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and owner of Paschall Counseling Services. Christina graduated from University of Phoenix with Honors in the Mental Health/ Community Counseling Program in 2013. She started her career providing crisis assessments and interventions with Terros Health and has spent the majority of her career serving clients struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders with various treatment centers. Mrs. Paschall is a Past-President of the Arizona Counseling Association. During her time as President, Christina prepared, promoted, and executed 3 successful annual conferences that promoted the counseling profession; and advocated at the legislative level to promote counselor identity and client welfare.


    Registration Fees

    AzCA Member

    On or Before February 14: Just $25 
    After February 14: $50

    Non-Member (Includes annual membership)

    On or Before February 14: $100 
    After February 14: $125

    Included in the registration fee is access to all of the individual virtual sessions held within the symposium. Once the conference live version is held, you may access several sessions on-demand as well at your convenience at no additional cost. Within the virtual session, you will have the ability to ask questions of the presenter(s) and download handouts for use during and after the session. The 2021 Virtual Symposium will use a ZOOM format. 

    Confirmations

    Online registrants will receive immediate confirmations/receipts via email. 

    Cancellation, Substitution & Refund Policy

    Registration cancellations prior to or on February 14 will incur no penalty. No refunds will be made on cancellations made after February 14 because logistical implementation and forfeited fees cannot be applied to future meetings due to IRS reporting requirements.

    Substitutions are $25. All substitutions must be in writing and accompanied by a completed online registration form.

    Virtual Conference - June 4-6

    Virtual Session Sponsorships

    Virtual Session sponsors are recognized on the marquee before the session begins, and through the opening announcements. Sponsors are provided dedicated 10 to 15 minutes of time to chat and present to the participants between sessions. Session Sponsors are also provided this linked listing, link on the Sessions page, and various symposium emails.  Sponsorship provides an "exhibit table" in the virtual Sponsors & Networking Hall. 

    Session Sponsorship is just $300 and includes 3 registrations to the virtual symposium. 

    General Symposium Sponsorships

    General symposium sponsors are recognized this website, logo recognition on the various emails sent related to this event, and during opening remarks each day. Sponsorship provides an "exhibit table" in the virtual Sponsors & Networking Hall. 

    General Sponsorship is just $200 and includes 2 registration to the virtual symposium. 

    In-Person Intensives - June 11-12

    In-Person Exhibiting 

    If you are interested in exhibiting at the In-Person Intensives, please see brad@azca.org.  These intensives will cap at 50 participants each day. Due to restrictions we will limit participants and the number of exhibitors. This will be first-come, first-serve. 

    Exhibit fee is just $300 for both days to due the number of participants totally around 75 participants from the conference and supervision training being offered and social distancing. 

    To Sign Up

    Due to the unique nature of this conference, if you are interested in sponsoring and/or exhibiting please email brad@azca.org. We will discuss these opportunities and get you registered. 

    2021 Virtual Symposium Sponsors


    Virtual Session Sponsor

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    Virtual Session Sponsor

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    General Symposium Sponsor

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    General Symposium Sponsor

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