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September 2020  Back to Top

Online Seminar: Virtual Day of Wellness and Creativity  
Friday, September 25, 2020 - Saturday, September 26, 2020
Online Virtual Seminar

Sessions Include:

  • Dance of the Crane: Transforming the Solution-Focused Miracle Question through Guided Imagery and Symbolic Art​
  • Clinician Heal Thyself: Self-care for Those Working with Traumatic Stress
  • ​Therapeutic Transformation in Outdoor Spaces:  Informed by American Indian Intuitive/Spiritual Practices and Symbolic Art
  • The Healing Power of Laughter

October 2020  Back to Top

Meeting: Interstate Compact for Counselor Licensure - What It Means for Arizona Counselors  
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)
Virtual Training

This webinar shall discuss the purpose of this compact to facilitate interstate practice of licensed professional counseling with the goal of improving public access to professional counseling services.  This webinar will offer an opportunity to learn and ask questions related to being a counselor in the state of Arizona.


Webinar: Thinking about Thinking: The Thin Space between Emotions and Thoughts  
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 11:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)
Virtual; Registration Now Open!

The moment clients feel a negative emotion, they have a choice. Do they simply experience it and see if it goes away or try to discover where it came from in their past? We are all blessed (or cursed) with two very different brain functions: The emotional brain and the thinking brain. The emotional brain (amygdala) signals raw danger and threat, while the thinking brain kicks in later when perceiving that threat, at least 4 times more slowly! Arguably, many psychological disorders have roots in that "thin space" between emotion and cognition, such that emotional reactions override rational thought or remediation. Important writings from Socrates, the Bible, Rene Descartes and Albert Einstein all allude to the importance and primacy of thought in our creation of reality. Many classical counseling theories and techniques are couched in concepts like "reflection of feeling" and "insight", despite the evidence that insight (the why) does not necessarily lead to behavior change. The 1960's saw the development of Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy and Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy by Albert Ellis, two pioneering efforts to look more closely at that thin space, by bringing the thinking brain in direct confrontation with the emotional brain. Their ideas led directly to modern applications of CBT and its many variants. As counselors, knowingly or not, we work in this thin space with our clients every day. We make treatment decisions based on our abilities and experiences. Awareness of how this thin space works can improve our counseling skills and outcomes. 

Objectives:

  • Understand the critical "thin space" between emotion and thought 
  • Review the historic evolution of the importance of cognitive processes in counseling 
  • Explore the transition from the "why" of insight approaches to the "how" of cognitive models to bring about behavior change 

David

David Engstrom, Ph.D., DMHCS is a full-time Core Counseling faculty member at the University of Phoenix. He earned his PhD at the University of Southern California. He is a licensed Psychologist in Arizona and Diplomate of the American Mental Health Counseling Association in Integrated Behavioral Health. 

 

 

November 2020  Back to Top

Supervision: Foundations of Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy  
Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)
Virtual Training

 

Overview

Supervision is complex, and the purpose of this session is to provide behavioral guidance to navigate and manage an array of professional issues that may occur in clinical supervision. Ideally, clinical supervision is a chain reaction where supporting the supervisee’s performance and development ultimately benefits clients, agencies, funding sources, counseling profession, and society at large.

In This Session - 3 Hours

In this 3-hour training, we will provide an introduction and overview of the foundation of clinical supervision. Intended for new clinical supervisors, the focus will be on translating knowledge to practice. Topics covered will include an overview of (a) role and responsibilities of a clinical supervisor, (b) skills in providing effective oversight of and guidance to supervisees who diagnose, create treatment plans, and treat clients, (c) supervisory methods and techniques, and (d) fair and accurate evaluation of a supervisee’s ability to plan and implement clinical assessment and treatment. 

Objectives – Upon completion of the training, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe clinical supervisor roles and responsibilities
  • Analyze the knowledge base and effective oversight associated with supervision
  • Apply supervisory methods and techniques to their supervision practice
  • Provide balanced and data-based evaluation of their supervisees


Supervision: Advanced Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy  
Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)
Virtual Training

 

Overview

Adding complexity and depth to the introductory course, advanced clinical supervision focuses on the advanced techniques, special circumstances, cultural competency in supervision and the ethics of self-care in supervision.

In This Session - 3 Hours

In this session, we will explore topics of supervision more in depth.. Intended for new and experienced clinical supervisors, the focus will be on translating knowledge to practice. Topics covered will include (a) assessing your supervision style and techniques (b) effective evaluation of supervisee skills and professional development (c) research on cultural competency in supervision (d) ethical considerations in supervision focusing on self-care.

Session Objectives – Upon completion of the training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify supervision style and style specific techniques
  • Develop effective evaluator tools to measure supervisee growth and development


Supervision: Culturally Responsive Supervision  
Saturday, November 14, 2020 9:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)
Virtual Training

 

Overview

Supervisors are responsible for teaching supervisees how to address issues of diversity within the counseling relationship, and how to address their biases and triggers in order to provide culturally sensitive counseling.

In This Session - 3 Hours

Supervisors are responsible for teaching supervisees how to address issues of diversity within the counseling relationship, and how to address their biases and triggers in order to provide culturally sensitive counseling. Culturally responsive supervision includes mentoring, guiding, supporting, and facilitating learning culturally specific issues within supervisory process (Fukuyama, 1994).  

Session Objectives: 

  • Participants will learn how to facilitate discussions on cultural differences with supervisees  
  • Participants will learn ways how to manage supervisor and supervisee anxieties  
  • Integrate concepts of diversity into the context of supervision. 


Supervision: Just the Facts Ma’am: Counselor Ethics, Liability, and Risk Management for Supervisors and Counselors  
Sunday, November 15, 2020 9:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)
Virtual Training

 

Overview

LICENSURE BOARD COMPLAINTS, RECORDS REQUESTS, AND SUBPOENAS! OH MY! 

In This Session - 3 Hours

How 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 Healthcare Providers Service Organization (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.

Session Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to apply the results of the Second Edition CNA/HPSO Counselor Liability Claim Report: Second Edition to clinical practice.
  • Participants will be able to describe two specific behaviors that can lead to board complaints and client malpractice claims.
  • Based on the identified malpractice claims and board complaints, Participants will be able to identify ten risk management strategies applicable to clinical practice.
  • Participants will be able to establish practices for ensuring HIPAA compliance to protect clients’ privacy and minimize risk of litigation.
  • Participants will be able to compare the different requirements for release of protected health information via subpoenas and court orders.
  • Participants will be able to understand the legal and ethical considerations for the treatment of special populations.

January 2021  Back to Top

2021 AzCA Counselors Conference  
Friday, January 29, 2021 - Saturday, January 30, 2021 - All Day
Scottsdale, AZ

 

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