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Join us! Learn from professional and well respected speakers, Earn 14 Clock Hours (including ethics & cultural competency) , Enjoy delicious food, Network and Opportunities to be active in social justice and advocacy causes!! RELATIONAL CONNECTIONS AzCA’s Local Southeast Chapter 2014 Conference REGISTER NOW!! EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ENDS SEPT 15th!! KEY SPEAKER: ROY HUGGINS LPC NBCC PRESENTS: DIGITAL ETHICS & MODERN PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AzCA GIVES A BIG THINKS TO SUPPORTIVE SPONSORS: CPSA Th

10/17/2014 to 10/18/2014
When: October 17-18
8:00 AM
Where: YWCA
525 N Bonita Ave
Tucson, Arizona  85745
United States
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Arizona Counselors Association Conference October 17th & 18th, 2014 

Attend, Earn 14 Clock Hours, Enjoy Lunch, Network, Expand Your Professional Knowledge and Learn about Current Issues


October 17th & 18th, 8:00am-5:00pm

Oct 17: 8-8:30 Registration & Network   

October 18th: 8-8:20 Registration


  • 14 Clock Hours NBCC Approved, 4 in ethics & 3 in Cultural Competency 
  • 12 Clock Hours for Psychologists who are members of SAPA


One to two day tickets range from $60-250, includes breakfast

snack and lunch. Order soon to get early bird ticket price


YWCA 525 Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745

Contact Head Chair, SE Chapter AzCA





Day One: AzCA’s SE Conference Schedule October 17th


Register, Network and light breakfast




Navigating the "digital ethics" and legal pitfalls in modern practice managementby Roy Huggins LPC NCC4 Clock Hours Ethics (NBCC Approved & SAPA approved)




Professional panel discussion regarding billing and office management.


CulturalCompetencyCounseling and Latino/Hispanic Culture, by Dr. Elena Parra3 Clock Hours Cultural Competency(NBCC Approved & SAPA approved)

Day Two: AzCA’s SE Conference Schedule October 18th

8:00- 8:20

Registration and light breakfast

8:20- 8:30



Creating a safe, secure emotional connection- The tenets of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples., by Francis Almstrom LMFT3 Clock Hours(NBCC Approved & SAPA approved)


Lunch & Raffle Prizes


Panel Discussion Social Justice opportunities including fund raiser/ AzCA Board introduction and updates


Imago Therapy: Navigating Communication for Couples in Conflict, by Karen Olson LPC2 ClockHours(NBCC Approved & SAPA approved)


Normalizing Intimacy and Sexuality with Clients: A Clinical Perspective, byTonyaThompson, LPC2 Clock Hours (NBCC approved only)


Navigate the “Digital Ethics” and Legal Pitfalls in Modern Practice Management, Presented by Roy Huggins LPC NBCC 4 Clock Hours Ethics October 17th 8:45-12:45pm

  • How Section H of the ACA Code of Ethics differs from HIPAA in creating standards for use of digital technology in Counseling practice. 
  • Learn what the Meaningful Use program is and the role of mental health clinicians in the national adoption of Electronic Health Records
  • Provide documents and processes for clients that allow electronic record-keeping and communications that are compliant with HIPAA and the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics. 
  • Learn about using mobile devices and online services to collect payment for health care services in compliance with HIPAA and the ACA Code of Ethics. 

Key Speaker: Roy Huggins LPC NCC is a counselor in private practice who also operates Person-Centered Tech, his tech-consulting firm that serves the professional helping community. Roy worked as a professional Web developer for 7 years before changing paths, and makes it his mission to grow helpers’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions. He acts as the Technology Committee Chair for the Oregon Counseling Association and is on the Advisory Board for the Zur Institute. He is also an adjunct at the Portland State University Department of Counselor Education. 

Cultural Competency Counseling & Latino/Hispanic Culture, Presented by Dr. Elena Parra 3 Clock Hours October 17th 2:00-5:00pm

  • Strengthen your understanding of the major components of multicultural counseling.
  • Further your knowledge about factors impacting bicultural counselor-client relationships and the role of cultural differences, bias, and current oppression on both the counselor and the client. 
  • Develop a more in depth understanding of the impact of cultural world views and culture specific factors on personality development, interpersonal functioning, family relations and the formation of self in persons of Hispanic/Latino descent.
  • Further your insight and framework regarding what works best with  Latino populations. 

Dr. Elena Parra obtained her doctoral degree at the University of Arizona in 1983 and completed a post-doctoral program in Neuropsychology at Camarillo State Hospital in California. Dr. Parra has a professional interest in Cross cultural research that includes the study of multicultural issues in therapy, intervention and learning, hypnosis, and forensic psychology. She was a full time professor for approximately 14 years at the following universities: University of California in Fullerton; University of San Diego; University of Arizona; and Argosy University Dr. Parra has also published several articles in recognized professional journals such as Journal of International Psychology, Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, and Journal of Educational Policy. She is currently holds a position as a director and psychologist at Multicultural Counseling Center.

Creating a Safe, Secure Emotional Connection- The  Tenets of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples 3 Clock Hours October 18th 8:30-11:30am

  • Understand the system piece of EFT: learn about the most common negative-interactive pattern created by couples seeking therapy and its specific components.
  • Understand how attachment theory fits in EFT: learn about the two most common insecure attachment styles and how they manifest in couples' attempts to get attachment needs met. 
  • Understand the role of experiential therapy in EFT: learn how using emotion, rather than containing it, in the session helps build connection and create safety for couples—and therapists.

Frances Almstrom LMFTa Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in private practice in Tucson, AZ. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Counseling in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. She has completed psychodrama training to the level of Assistant Director and Advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) including additional training in using EFT with families and in addressing attachment injuries (including infidelity). She has also acquired specific education and training relative to attachment theory.

Imago Therapy: Navigating Communication for Couples in Conflict, Presented By Karen Olson MA LPC 2 Clock Hours October 18th 12:45-2:45pm

The premise of Imago is that we are called into relationship in order to heal these relational wounds. Because we are born in relationship, and we are wounded in relationship, healing needs to occur within a relationship. You will be able to: Discuss the developmental dynamic underlying conflict in intimate relationships and explain 3 phases of relationship: Romantic Love, the Power Struggle, and Conscious Love.

  • Use the skill of “mirroring” as a therapeutic tool and teach it to clients.
  • Identify the three components of the Imago Intentional Dialogue.
  • Describe why safety is necessary for relationship change to occur.
  • Describe how the unconscious forces that attract people to their partners are also the source of their conflict and how this conflict can be transformed into healing and growth.

Karen Olson MA LPC has made Tucson her home since 1993 when the desert spirits called her away from the rainy Pacific Northwest.  Her early career was spent working as a counselor for Carondelet Behavioral Health. In 2007, she founded Caritas Center for Healing as a manifestation of her life-long passion for natural, integrative healing.  Karen is also passionate about working with couples, utilizing the Imago therapy model as outlined by Dr. Harville Hendrix.  She has received both basic and advanced training in this method from Maya Kollman.  She has been a certified Imago therapist since 2010 and was recently certified as a presenter for the couples’ workshop, Getting the Love You Want.  Additionally, she has received Levels I and II training in EMDR and is seeking certification in this. See more

Normalizing Intimacy and Sexuality with Clients:  A Clinical Perspective, Presented by Tonya A. Thompson, LPC 2 Clock Hours October 18th 3:00-5:00pm

  • Develop awareness of sexuality and intimacy that may occur through one’s life span of relational development. 
  • Explore and learn how to make the importance of sexuality and intimacy an active/approachable/opportunity for connection when working with clients. The concept of sexuality, intimacy and the difference of the two will be emphasized. 
  • Learn skills and techniques (for communicating/emphasizing/normalizing/inspiring) in relation to sexuality and intimacy to utilize with clients and couples.

Tonya A. Thompson, LPC has 25+ years of clinical experience and currently has a private practice in Tucson, AZ. Her areas of expertise include issues of trauma, anxiety, grief, addiction, HIV/AIDS, and sexuality issues.  Tonya has trained with top professionals specializing in trauma, addiction, and sexuality issues. She is a National Board Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor (AZ & NC), a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (NC), a Level II Certified Experiential Therapist, and a Level II trained EMDR therapist. Tonya’s extensive professional organizational memberships offer her a unique perspective to help her clients. 

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