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AzCA E-News - Christina Paschall, AzCA Immediate Past President

Meet Christina Paschall, AzCA Immediate Past President

Christina Paschall

Christina Paschall, MC, LAC, NCC is the Primary Therapist for Elm Tree Recovery and a Clinical Supervisor for Terros Health Mobile Crisis. She has worked in the field for 5 years, specifically working in addiction. She is an Arizona Licensed Associate Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She served on the Arizona Counselors Board of Directors as the President for 3 years. During her tenure, she developed conferences to bring current and relevant topics to Arizona Counselors and students, and advocated at the State Capitol to protect licensure and support bills to promote the safety and rights of the clients we serve.

AzCA Webinar Series Continues on June 5

Our webinar series is held throughout the membership year, both live and on-demand.  Fellow AzCA members and counseling profession experts will provide members with valuable and current information to enhance and better the counseling field.  Each webinar is typically held on a Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Arizona Time.  Webinars will be 45 minutes in length, with 15 minutes of Q&A at the end. Our next webinar, Unveiling the Curtain of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE), is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at 11:00 am Arizona Time.

Unveiling the Curtain of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

This presentation is intended to provide an overview of the Board’s mission, composition and various functions. The presentation specifically aims to address three key topics including: a.) An overview of the Board, b.) The Board’s complaint process, c.) Information on becoming independently licensed.


Tobi Zavala was appointed as the Executive Director in July of 2014. Ms. Zavala was hired by the Board in September 2010 and prior to her appointment served in various other capacities. Before acquiring a position at the Board she was a property tax consultant for 10 years. In her earlier career she was the director at a non-profit organization. She is a graduate of Arizona State University where she received a Bachelor of Social Work. 

Her goals for the Board are to maintain the safety and welfare of the public, ensure applicants and licensees are treated fairly and equitably, and to monitor behavioral health and licensing trends to keep the Board aligned with federal and national standards. Her passion is to ensure that her staff and she strive for continual improvement in Board operations. Her commitment to the Board and committee members, the public, and our licensees is that she will enhance our processes and procedures where possible, while maintaining the integrity the regulated community has come to expect from our Board.

Joey Ordonez was promoted to Assistant Director after spending several years as an investigator, senior investigator and enforcement manager for the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Prior to his career with the Board, he was a U.S. Border Patrol Agent in Arizona. He received his bachelors degree from The University of Arizona and his masters degree from Western Governors University.

The Arizona Counselors Association is an NBCC-Approved CE Provider. Participants can earn 1 CE for this event. This is a FREE event for members, and $75 for non-members.

Go to for more details and to register!

New Legislation Seeks to Provide Staff, Funding, Research to Help Prevent Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced in the Senate this week aims to tackle the nation’s veteran suicide epidemic by boosting funding, mental health staff, alternative therapies and research at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has 18 parts that range from creating incentives to entice more mental health providers to work at the VA to researching the possibility that living at high altitudes increases suicide risk.

Tester had hinted at the introduction of the bill last month. At a news conference Wednesday announcing the bill, he said it “has grown every day,” with ideas included from mental health experts, veterans groups and the 20 senators who are backing it.

“This bill will build on what the VA is doing right when it comes to mental health treatment and suicide prevention, while filling in the gaps,” Tester said.

The bill is titled the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act after a retired Navy commander who died by suicide Feb. 25, 2018 at age 46.

Hannon served in the Navy for 23 years and later settled in Helena, Montana. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, severe depression and bipolar disorder. His family said he spoke candidly about his mental health struggles and advocated to improve veterans’ access to mental health care.

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Written by Nikki Wentling and published by Stars & Stripes

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