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February 2021  Back to Top

AzCA Virtual Symposium  
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Friday, February 26, 2021 - All Day

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 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. 


March 2021  Back to Top

Webinar: In Crisis or Numbed Out; Understanding and Conceptualizing Firefighters  
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)

This webinar will cover fundamental cultural competencies of working with the fire and EMS population. Material will include understanding the general fire and EMS profession and cover shift work, health issues, repetitive traumatic exposure, common relational patterns in and out of a fire station, chain of command careers and the 911 system. Clinical material will cover recent research on fire fighter suicide, usage of EAP systems, common clinical diagnostics and lastly popular modalities and available resources promoted within major metropolitan fire departments. Participants will be given a loose model to take into consideration valuable cultural context while maintaining fidelity to evidence based clinical models. 


  • Review basic fire and EMS work including call volume and call types.
  • Understand the development of cultural traditions in Fire and EMS and how such traditions relate to possible symptomology. 
  • Explore trends in treatment and best practice for the Fire and EMS population.



Alana Brunacini is an Arizona LPC running a private practice and consulting business. She holds masters degrees in clinical psychology and mental health counseling as well a a doctorate in behavioral health. She has been working in the mental health field since 2006 with significant experience in fire and EMS, substance abuse, crisis work and corrections. She has taught for the community colleges and teaches various behavioral health topics to fire and EMS departments across the country. She also participated in the CALFire behavioral health curriculum development cadre in 2019/2020. 

April 2021  Back to Top

Resilience Warriors: Self-Care to Rebuild After the Storm  
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 11:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)
Virtual Webinar

Dealing with change is the foundation of many helping professions. 2020 has brought a plethora of challenges and as front-line healthcare workers, we have experienced, heard, and been exposed not only to our own stress and change, but the distress our clients bring to our work. It's helpful to understand the behaviors that contribute to burnout and to identify things we can do to care for ourselves. This webinar will explore what we've learned from research about the ways we can identify risk factors for burnout, ways to increase self-care, and attendees will learn culturally informed information about Hozho.


Learning Objectives: 1. Learn the poor self-care deadly dozen. 2. Review the benefits of self-care in your daily personal and professional life. 3. Learn about the Navajo wellness philosophy Hozho and how you might bring some of it into your self-care regime.



Jordanna Saunders 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.

June 2021  Back to Top

2021 AzCA Counselors Conference  
Friday, June 11, 2021 - Sunday, June 13, 2021 - All Day
Scottsdale, AZ


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