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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.

May 2021  Back to Top

Conflict Resolution Skills and Strategies Webinar  
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:00 AM Arizona Time (MST) - 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)

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. 


This program offers 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 programs.

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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