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Schedule | Sessions

Friday, January 31


8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast & Exhibit Setup

8:45 am - 9:00 am
Official Welcome


9:00 am – 10:30 am
Keynote Presentation

Evocative Approaches to Change

Clients change by virtue of the experiences they live. Clinicians can use advanced techniques including verbal and physical metaphors.


  • Describe the function of metaphor in psychotherapy.

  • Given a patient, design an experiential approach.

  • Indicate when to use evocative methods.

  • Describe “orienting toward.”

Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, having studied intermittently with Dr. Erickson for more than six years, He edited, co-edited, authored, or coauthored more than 20 books that appear in twelve foreign languages. His current area of interest is extracting implicit codes of influence from various arts, including movies, music, painting, poetry and fiction that can be used to empower professional practice, and everyday communication. Dr. Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, considered the most important conferences in the history of psychotherapy. He organizes the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Zeig is on the Editorial Board of numerous journals; is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice.A psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Zeig conducts workshops internationally (more than 40 countries). Specialty topics include experiential psychotherapy, hypnosis and brief therapy with various clinical problems. Dr. Zeig speaks at major universities and teaching hospitals including The Mayo Clinic, Menningers and MD Anderson. He is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in the behavioral sciences and the Erickson Foundation Press.

10:30 am – 10:45 am
Networking Break & Exhibits Open

10:45 am - 11:45 am

AzBBHE and Your Licensure


This presentation is intended to provide an overview of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners mission, composition and various functions. The presentation specifically aims to address three key topics including:

  • An overview of the board.

  • Information on becoming independently licensed.

  • Review and discussion on new rules, laws and changes. 

Donna Dalton is the Deputy Director of the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.  She has been with the state in a leadership role for over eight years, and with the Board for over six.  As Deputy Director, Donna oversees all operations of the Board including budget/financial, IT, meeting setup, managing the rules and laws, license issuance and renewals.  Since joining the Board, her primary focus has been on improving the processes and systems the Board and its applicants/licensees utilize daily.  Prior to her state service, she worked in the private sector in payroll, business management, and financial planning. On a personal level, Donna relocated from Illinois with her family in 2004.  She graduated from Illinois State University with a major in Mass Communication and a minor in Public Relations in 1987.


11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch & Poster Presentations

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Concurrent Session A

Ethical and Effective Use of Technology in Counseling

"The required 30 hours must include three hours each of behavioral health ethics/mental health law along with cultural competency and diversity."


With telecommunications such as e-mail, text, and social media reshaping traditional face-to-face counseling services, it is essential that counselors behave as e-professionals, translating professional and ethical standards of practice to new and emerging digital contexts.  Focused on e-professionalism, this presentation will engage counselors in critical-evaluative thinking to enhance their ethical intuition to use technology.  Grounded in the ACA (2014) Code, attendees will formulate strategies to navigate new and emerging technologies they are likely to encounter in the coming years. 

Learning Objectives


  • Participants will be able to describe common threats to ethical use of technology in counseling, including how the affordances and constraints of digital technology will continue to affect professional and ethical practice in the coming years.

  • Participants will be able to identify common ethical tensions underlying the decision to use or not use new and emerging digital technology within their counseling practice thereby enhancing their own ethical intuition via critical-evaluative thinking.

  • Participants will be able to formulate strategies for their own use of digital technology based on online resources and the ACA (2014) Code of Ethics to protect client welfare and informed consent.

Catherine Fennie is in the final year of earning a master’s degree in mental health and rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arizona’s CACREP accredited program. Concerned with holistic wellness and mental health, she is interested in helping people maintain healthy human connection and consciousness in our advancing technological world. In addition to her training as a professional counselor, Catherine is committed to the benefits of emerging technologies to enhance mind-body connections, including thru yoga instruction.  She has presented on use of emerging technologies such as Instagram for counselors-in-training to engage in personal and professional growth around diversity and social justice.  In her professional practice, she is committed to working with young adults to find creative and effective ways to use new technologies to enhance what clients are doing or could be doing with their lives.

Dr. Michael T. Hartley is an associate professor in the Counseling Program at The University of Arizona. Much of his scholarship on ethics has targeted distributive justice issues and therefore his scholarship on ethical obligations has focused on the importance of promoting resilience and of advocating against ableism or the preference for able-bodiedness. Dr. Hartley was the primary investigator of grants to promote resilience among military veterans with spinal cord injuries and youth with disabilities during the school-to-work transition. Most recently, his research on ethical issues in rehabilitation counseling practice were used to guide recent revisions to the 2017 Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor (CRCC) Code of Ethics, a taskforce he served on.  Dr. Hartley is knowledgeable about the profession and professional practice of rehabilitation counseling, and is committed to defining and better preparing rehabilitation counselors to work ethically and effectively with persons with disabilities.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Concurrent Session B

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


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.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Networking Break & Exhibits Open

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

General Session

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

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.

Saturday, February 1

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open


8:00 am - 9:00 am 

Continental Breakfast & Exhibits Open

9:00 am - 10:15 am

General Session

American Counseling Association - Strategic Update


Richard Yep, CAE, FASAE, is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization of professional counselors in the world. Over the last 20 years, Yep has advised counselors and organizations on topics from mental health and counseling to best practices and policy. Co-editor of “Terrorism, Trauma, and Tragedies: A Counselor’s Guide to Preparing and Responding” and former project director for an Asian American AIDS education program, Yep continues to contribute to the field of counseling through his reoccurring column in Counseling Today. Throughout his career in the California State Legislature and Congress, Yep facilitated discussions on education, human service and civil rights issues and continues to influence public policies during his time at ACA.

10:15 am - 10:30 am  

Networking Break & Exhibits Open

10:30 am – 11:30 am

General Session  

Finding Flexibility: Utilizing Hypnotherapy in ACT

This session will focus on the principals of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and how to implement hypnosis to ground clients and bring them into the “now.” Attendees will receive an overview of how to implement ACT through use of the Matrix, examples of client-tells to recognize how to navigate the therapeutic conversation to support the ACT model, and a breakdown of client sessions to promote both client retention and recovery that can be adjusted depending on client needs.

Session Objectives:

  • A better understanding of the ACT Hexaflex and Matrix

  • What hypnosis is and how to implement it into session

  • A general outline of how to introduce the topics in ongoing sessions

Christina Paschall is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and currently a Clinical Supervisor for the Terros Health Crisis Department. 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 services clients struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders with various treatment centers. Mrs. Paschall is the Past-President for the Arizona Counselors 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.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch & Annual Business Meeting | Poster Presentations Winners & Awards


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Concurrent Session

Counselor Ethics, Liability and Risk Management

"The required 30 hours must include three hours each of behavioral health ethics/mental health law along with cultural competency and diversity."


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.


1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Networking Break & Exhibits Open

1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Concurrent Session

So Much Trauma; So Little Time

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.

Session Objectives:

  • 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.

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Session

Cross Cultural Competencies and Clinical Implications for Mental Health Professionals

"The required 30 hours must include three hours each of behavioral health ethics/mental health law along with cultural competency and diversity."

This session will focus on many of the concepts not taught in graduate school. As a mental health provider there are many cross cultural competencies and clinical implications that you need to be aware of and practice on a daily basis. Lack of this awareness can lead to loss of clients or in the worst case scenario facing licensing board complaints. This session will dissect the important foundational concepts in cultural diversity. Provide attendees with clear clinical implications for now to navigate frightening and confusing waters of working with culturally diverse background clients.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the differences between implicit and explicit cultural diversity.

  • Evaluate the best ways to understand culturally diverse clients.

  • Analyze cultural diversity and the power of empathy.

  • Formulate a treatment plan consistent with the needs of culturally diverse clients.

Dr. Dean Aslinia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor. He is currently the chair of the CACREP Accredited, fully face-to-face University of Phoenix Department of Counseling. Dr. Dean’s educational background includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a second master’s and doctoral degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He has more than 20 years of combined experience in Clinical Counseling and graduate counseling teaching. In addition to living as a culturally diverse individual, Dr. Dean has traveled to more than 29 countries and has extensively researched cultural diversity and its implications in a counseling setting.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

​General Session

The Darker Side of Sleep: Recognizing Trauma-Induced Insomnia

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.

4:30 pm

Conclusion of Conference