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September 28-29, 2018

AzCA Southern Chapter Conference

Tucson, AZ

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Conference Schedule 

FRIDAY, SEPTERMBER 28

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am 
Networking Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am
President’s Welcome and Introduction of Board
Christina Paschall

9:15 am – 10:15 am  
Keynote Presentation
The Unspoken Traumas of Migrants and Refugees: Cultural and Clinical Implications for Mental Health Professionals

The journey of migrating to a new country or seeking refuge in a foreign land is often accompanied with many traumas and pains. Unfortunately, many individuals including mental health professionals do not always fully grasp the gravity of the grief, PTSD, anxiety, or depression that often haunts these migrants for years to come. This session will illustrate and explain the harsh journeys often endured in the absence of hope in their native land and will present the many mental health conditions that often leave a lasting imprint on many generations to come. The session will review the best culturally appropriate and scientifically evidenced based mental health practices in an attempt to address the needs of this vulnerable population.

Dr. Dean Aslinia is the Program Chair for the CACREP Accredited Fully Face-to-Face Community Mental Health Counseling Program of the University of Phoenix. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Texas as well as a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Dean's educational background includes a bachelors and first masters in Psychology and a second masters and doctorate in Counseling. His Ph.D. specialization was in marriage and family counseling, and after completing his degree and several years of clinical work, pursued his American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists certification and became a AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. He has a combined 25 years of clinical counseling, graduate counseling teaching, and research experience. He has been a passionate advocate for the counseling profession and for the past decade has served on the board of directors of the Texas Counseling Association and the North Dallas Mental Health Authority. He is also the past president of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and continues to advocate for greater mental health access for all Americans.

10:15 am – 10:30 am 
Networking Break

10:30 am – 4:00 pm  
Why Are Some Psychotherapists More Effective Than Others?: Core Tasks of Psychotherapy

Research on psychotherapeutic treatment outcomes indicate that some therapists consistently achieve more long-lasting treatment outcomes and fewer dropouts than others. This presentation begins with a critical consideration of the "state of the art" of psychotherapy and a discussion of what distinguishes the "expert" psychotherapists from others.  It enumerates the core tasks of psychotherapy and the nature of the feedback-informed deliberate practice that is required to improve psychotherapeutic outcomes. A Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors is presented that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making.  A Constructive Narrative strengths-based treatment approach is highlighted. How to spot "HYPE" in the field of psychotherapy will also presented.

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement some 22 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, FL. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy and in a survey of clinicians he was voted "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." He has presented in all 50 U.S. states and internationally.

He has published extensively and his latest books are Roadmap to Resilience and The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy:  A Personal and Professional Journey with Don Meichenbaum.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break (Lunch is on your own)

4:00 pm
Conclusion of Day 1

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

8:00 am – 4:00 pm  
Registration Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am 
Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am 
Ethics in Supervision

All mental health disciplines view supervision as an essential component of clinical training, with varying amounts of supervised practice required to be able to practice at the independent level. Clinical supervisors serve essential roles as both gatekeepers and mentors for the profession. This presentation will focus on the ethics of supervision from the perspectives of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014) and the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners rules to assist supervisors in fulfilling these crucial roles effectively and ethically.

Dr. Patricia L. Kerstner is an AZ licensed psychologist, a national board-certified counselor (NBCC) and an AZBBHE listed supervisor. Until June, 2017, Dr. Kerstner chaired the CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling program as well as undergraduate psychology and human services programs at the University of Phoenix /Phoenix. She stepped down as chair and changed her role to a core faculty in the clinical mental health counseling program. Long active in national professional organizations, such as the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, she had held appointments and elected positions in state, regional and national roles. Dr. Kerstner is a member of the Counseling Academic Review Committee of AZBBHE and long-serving member of the Southwest Schools for Behavioral Health Studies conference advisory group. Her areas of expertise are ethics, supervision, practicum and program development.

10:30 am - 10:45 am
Networking Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Ethical Management of Values Conflicts

You are a politically active female Latina counselor and you receive a call from a friend who participates with you and two other counselors in a peer supervision group. She wants to know if you will take a referral of an angry “in-your-face”, “go back where you came from if you can’t speak English right”, swastika-tattooed, gun-toting middle-aged white male who is seeking anger management services following a domestic disturbance in which he struck his pregnant girlfriend. The girlfriend declined to press charges and is currently staying at a shelter. She has agreed to come back home if he gets counseling. Your friend feels she just can’t handle taking him on as a client. You are qualified to do this kind of work, but you find his values and actions abhorrent. What are your ethical responsibilities in this scenario?

The 2014 Revision of the ACA Code of Ethics included a number of changes regarding counselors’ ethical responsibilities in instances of values clashes with clients that together have been referred to as the “Counselors’ Hippocratic Oath” (Shaw & Francis). This presentation will review those changes, discuss how they apply to counseling practice, review strategies for ethical decision-making in values-laden situations, and suggest ways to manage difficult clients, while attending to one’s own safety and self-care needs.

Linda R. Shaw, Ph.D., LMHC-FL, CRC, is a Professor in the Counseling Program at the University of Florida, which includes programs in school counseling, a dually accredited program in clinical mental health counseling and clinical rehabilitation counseling, and a PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision.  She was formerly the Head of the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona and previously served as the Chair of the Rehabilitation Counseling Department at the University of Florida. Her past clinical experience includes counseling and administrative roles in spinal cord injury and brain injury rehabilitation, mental health counseling, and independent living. She is a past-president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) and is also a past-president of the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). She served as the vice-chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and also chaired the CRCC Ethics Committee. Dr. Shaw was a member of the 20/20 Visioning Group that was tasked with producing a unified vision for the counseling profession to guide credentialing and professional identity.  She served as a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Ethics Revision Task Force for the 2014 revision and also served as the Chair of the CRCC Code of Ethics Revision Task Force that produced the 2017 revision of the Code of Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors. Most recently she chaired the task force that developed the Disability Counseling Competencies submitted to the ACA Governing Council for endorsement by ACA. Dr. Shaw’s recent research focuses on disability human rights, counseling ethics, and professional issues in counseling, including a recently published book entitled Disability and Group Counseling, published by the ACA Press.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Lunch Break (Lunch is on your own)

1:15 pm – 4:30 pm 
Improving Your LGBT Affirming Practice

Counselors in every setting are likely to encounter lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) clients. To build one’s competency with LGBT clients, a counselor must go beyond the awareness of LGBT issues and include the knowledge and practice of specific skills designed to affirm LGBT clients and their experiences.  This presentation will present research in the area of Sexual Identity Development, Adolescent Development and coming out, Sexual Minority stress and issues LGBT clients encounter across the lifespan.  Participants will learn and practice specific skills they can apply in their practice with LGBT clients. Take your LGBT affirming practice to the next level with this training that focuses on counselor skills.

Steven Farmer, PhD, LPC, LMFT, NCC, is the program coordinator of the MA Counseling program at Northern Arizona University – North Valley Campus in Phoenix. He completed his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas and Arizona. Dr. Farmer is active in the Arizona Counselors’ Association and the Arizona Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Networking Break

4:30 pm
Conclusion of Conference

Course Location 

University of Arizona
Student Union Memorial Center
1303 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Room: North Ballroom

Cancellation, Substitution & Refund Policy

Registration cancellations prior to September 17 will incur no penalty. Cancellations after September 17 are subject to a $50.00 cancellation fee. Cancellation notices must be sent in writing to AzCA. No refunds will be made on cancellations made after September 21 because committed funds and forfeited fees cannot be applied to future meetings due to IRS reporting requirements. 

Continuing Education Approval 

The Arizona Counselors Association is an NBCC-Approved CE Provider. Participants can earn 5.5 CE hours for attendance on Friday, and 6 CE hours for attendance on Saturday. 

Registration Fees 

Early Registration – On or Before July 31

AzCA Member
Both Days = $175
One Day (Friday or Saturday) = $150
Student/Retired = $100

Non-Member
Both Days = $225
One Day (Friday or Saturday) = $150
Student/Retired = $115

Standard Registration – After July 31

AzCA Member
Both Days = $200
One Day (Friday or Saturday) = $175
Student/Retired = $125

Non-Member
Both Days = $250
One Day (Friday or Saturday) = $175
Student/Retired = $135

*LATE FEE HAS BEEN WAIVED. 

To Register

To register for this event, click on the link or button above. If you have a current account, please login. If you do not, please create an account to proceed with the registration process. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring opportunities to build relationships while marketing your company to a highly targeted audience of counselors. Please check the Advertise page on this website for more details. 

Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed by presenters are their own and do not necessarily represent those of AzCA. AzCA disclaims any responsibility for the use and application of information presented at this training.   

 

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2018-09-28 08:00:00 2018-09-29 16:30:00 America/Detroit AzCA Southern Chapter Conference Register Now Our Sponsors Conference Schedule  FRIDAY, SEPTERMBER 28 8:00 am – 4:00 pmRegistration Open 8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast9:00 am – 9:15 am President’s Welcome and Introduction of Board Christina Paschall 9:15 am – 10:15 am  Keynote PresentationThe Unspoken Traumas of Migrants and Refugees: Cultural and Clinical Implications for Mental Health Professionals The journey of migrating to a new country or seeking refuge in a foreign land is often accompanied with many traumas and pains. Unfortunately, many individuals including mental health professionals do not always fully grasp the gravity of the grief, PTSD, anxiety, or depression that often haunts these migrants for years to come. This session will illustrate and explain the harsh journeys often endured in the absence of hope in their native land and will present the many mental health conditions that often leave a lasting imprint on many generations to come. The session will review the best culturally appropriate and scientifically evidenced based mental health practices in an attempt to address the needs of this vulnerable population. Dr. Dean Aslinia is the Program Chair for the CACREP Accredited Fully Face-to-Face Community Mental Health Counseling Program of the University of Phoenix. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Texas as well as a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Dean's educational background includes a bachelors and first masters in Psychology and a second masters and doctorate in Counseling. His Ph.D. specialization was in marriage and family counseling, and after completing his degree and several years of clinical work, pursued his American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists certification and became a AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. He has a combined 25 years of clinical counseling, graduate counseling teaching, and research experience. He has been a passionate advocate for the counseling profession and for the past decade has served on the board of directors of the Texas Counseling Association and the North Dallas Mental Health Authority. He is also the past president of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and continues to advocate for greater mental health access for all Americans.10:15 am – 10:30 am  Networking Break 10:30 am – 4:00 pm  Why Are Some Psychotherapists More Effective Than Others?: Core Tasks of Psychotherapy Research on psychotherapeutic treatment outcomes indicate that some therapists consistently achieve more long-lasting treatment outcomes and fewer dropouts than others. This presentation begins with a critical consideration of the "state of the art" of psychotherapy and a discussion of what distinguishes the "expert" psychotherapists from others.  It enumerates the core tasks of psychotherapy and the nature of the feedback-informed deliberate practice that is required to improve psychotherapeutic outcomes. A Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors is presented that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making.  A Constructive Narrative strengths-based treatment approach is highlighted. How to spot "HYPE" in the field of psychotherapy will also presented. Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement some 22 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, FL. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy and in a survey of clinicians he was voted "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." He has presented in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. He has published extensively and his latest books are Roadmap to Resilience and The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy:  A Personal and Professional Journey with Don Meichenbaum. 12:30 pm – 1:30 pmLunch Break (Lunch is on your own) 4:00 pmConclusion of Day 1 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 8:00 am – 4:00 pm   Registration Open 8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast 9:00 am – 10:30 am Ethics in Supervision All mental health disciplines view supervision as an essential component of clinical training, with varying amounts of supervised practice required to be able to practice at the independent level. Clinical supervisors serve essential roles as both gatekeepers and mentors for the profession. This presentation will focus on the ethics of supervision from the perspectives of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014) and the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners rules to assist supervisors in fulfilling these crucial roles effectively and ethically. Dr. Patricia L. Kerstner is an AZ licensed psychologist, a national board-certified counselor (NBCC) and an AZBBHE listed supervisor. Until June, 2017, Dr. Kerstner chaired the CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling program as well as undergraduate psychology and human services programs at the University of Phoenix /Phoenix. She stepped down as chair and changed her role to a core faculty in the clinical mental health counseling program. Long active in national professional organizations, such as the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, she had held appointments and elected positions in state, regional and national roles. Dr. Kerstner is a member of the Counseling Academic Review Committee of AZBBHE and long-serving member of the Southwest Schools for Behavioral Health Studies conference advisory group. Her areas of expertise are ethics, supervision, practicum and program development. 10:30 am - 10:45 amNetworking Break10:45 am - 12:15 pmEthical Management of Values Conflicts You are a politically active female Latina counselor and you receive a call from a friend who participates with you and two other counselors in a peer supervision group. She wants to know if you will take a referral of an angry “in-your-face”, “go back where you came from if you can’t speak English right”, swastika-tattooed, gun-toting middle-aged white male who is seeking anger management services following a domestic disturbance in which he struck his pregnant girlfriend. The girlfriend declined to press charges and is currently staying at a shelter. She has agreed to come back home if he gets counseling. Your friend feels she just can’t handle taking him on as a client. You are qualified to do this kind of work, but you find his values and actions abhorrent. What are your ethical responsibilities in this scenario? The 2014 Revision of the ACA Code of Ethics included a number of changes regarding counselors’ ethical responsibilities in instances of values clashes with clients that together have been referred to as the “Counselors’ Hippocratic Oath” (Shaw & Francis). This presentation will review those changes, discuss how they apply to counseling practice, review strategies for ethical decision-making in values-laden situations, and suggest ways to manage difficult clients, while attending to one’s own safety and self-care needs. Linda R. Shaw, Ph.D., LMHC-FL, CRC, is a Professor in the Counseling Program at the University of Florida, which includes programs in school counseling, a dually accredited program in clinical mental health counseling and clinical rehabilitation counseling, and a PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision.  She was formerly the Head of the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona and previously served as the Chair of the Rehabilitation Counseling Department at the University of Florida. Her past clinical experience includes counseling and administrative roles in spinal cord injury and brain injury rehabilitation, mental health counseling, and independent living. She is a past-president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) and is also a past-president of the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). She served as the vice-chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and also chaired the CRCC Ethics Committee. Dr. Shaw was a member of the 20/20 Visioning Group that was tasked with producing a unified vision for the counseling profession to guide credentialing and professional identity.  She served as a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Ethics Revision Task Force for the 2014 revision and also served as the Chair of the CRCC Code of Ethics Revision Task Force that produced the 2017 revision of the Code of Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors. Most recently she chaired the task force that developed the Disability Counseling Competencies submitted to the ACA Governing Council for endorsement by ACA. Dr. Shaw’s recent research focuses on disability human rights, counseling ethics, and professional issues in counseling, including a recently published book entitled Disability and Group Counseling, published by the ACA Press. 12:15 pm – 1:15 pmLunch Break (Lunch is on your own) 1:15 pm – 4:30 pm Improving Your LGBT Affirming Practice Counselors in every setting are likely to encounter lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) clients. To build one’s competency with LGBT clients, a counselor must go beyond the awareness of LGBT issues and include the knowledge and practice of specific skills designed to affirm LGBT clients and their experiences.  This presentation will present research in the area of Sexual Identity Development, Adolescent Development and coming out, Sexual Minority stress and issues LGBT clients encounter across the lifespan.  Participants will learn and practice specific skills they can apply in their practice with LGBT clients. Take your LGBT affirming practice to the next level with this training that focuses on counselor skills. Steven Farmer, PhD, LPC, LMFT, NCC, is the program coordinator of the MA Counseling program at Northern Arizona University – North Valley Campus in Phoenix. He completed his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas and Arizona. Dr. Farmer is active in the Arizona Counselors’ Association and the Arizona Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break 4:30 pmConclusion of Conference Course Location  University of ArizonaStudent Union Memorial Center1303 E. University Blvd.Tucson, AZ 85719 Room: North Ballroom Cancellation, Substitution & Refund Policy Registration cancellations prior to September 17 will incur no penalty. Cancellations after September 17 are subject to a $50.00 cancellation fee. Cancellation notices must be sent in writing to AzCA. No refunds will be made on cancellations made after September 21 because committed funds and forfeited fees cannot be applied to future meetings due to IRS reporting requirements.  Continuing Education Approval  The Arizona Counselors Association is an NBCC-Approved CE Provider. Participants can earn 5.5 CE hours for attendance on Friday, and 6 CE hours for attendance on Saturday.  Registration Fees  Early Registration – On or Before July 31 AzCA Member Both Days = $175 One Day (Friday or Saturday) = $150Student/Retired = $100 Non-Member Both Days = $225 One Day (Friday or Saturday) = $150Student/Retired = $115 Standard Registration – After July 31 AzCA Member Both Days = $200 One Day (Friday or Saturday) = $175Student/Retired = $125 Non-Member Both Days = $250 One Day (Friday or Saturday) = $175Student/Retired = $135 *LATE FEE HAS BEEN WAIVED.  To Register To register for this event, click on the link or button above. If you have a current account, please login. If you do not, please create an account to proceed with the registration process.  Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsoring opportunities to build relationships while marketing your company to a highly targeted audience of counselors. Please check the Advertise page on this website for more details.  Disclaimer The views and opinions expressed by presenters are their own and do not necessarily represent those of AzCA. AzCA disclaims any responsibility for the use and application of information presented at this training.      ----