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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.