Desert Star

Addiction Recovery Center

Established in 2009
Locally Owned and Operated
in Northwest Tucson

Awaken to Healing in the Desert

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Did you know Desert Star has a podcast? If you are interested in learning more about Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery this is a great resource! We break down difficult and confusing topics making learning accessible to everyone.


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Each Networking Breakfast provides 1.5 continuing education units.

 October 25th, 2024

Dr. Lantie Joranby Chief Medical Director- Lakeview Health

Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders



Tucson Behavioral Health Professionals Networking Breakfast
Friday, June 7th, 2024


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Breakfast Served



Westward Look Resort
245 E. Ina
Tucson, AZ 85704

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$32 per person
No walk-ins accepted
Breakfast buffet is included
Refunds will be processed up to the registration dead-line, minus the EventBrite fee. Email or call via info below to cancel.

Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center has been approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP no 6887. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Desert Star ARC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
Please contact Nicole Velasco at with questions.

Understanding Neurodiversity:
A Competency-Focused Approach

Take a dive into what it means to be neurodivergent, and learn some of the ways neurodivergence presents in our clients’ daily lives. This presentation will provide guidance for ways to integrate neurodivergent sensitivity into your treatment planning. Using the biopsychosocial approach, view behavior in context, identify the contextual factors impacting neurodivergent clients, and learn to connect with them in an affirming and validating way. Using a competency-focused approach, reduce clinician frustration and burnout, and allow clients the space they need to show competency in their own way.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 2 separate interpersonal presentations of Neurodiversity
  • Apply a biopsychosocial lens to the challenges of neurodivergent clients
  • Learn what it means to be an affirming and competency-focused therapist with neurodivergent clients.

This presentation provides 1.5 continuing education hours.


Ashley Clark, MA MFT, MS Psychology, LAMFT, is the practice manager and clinician at Blue Door Psychotherapy. Ashley uses a culturally competent, collaborative and solution-focused approach to working with individuals and families. Ashley specializes in families who are challenged by medical complexities, disabilities, and/or developmental delays. Ashley welcomes clients from a variety of life experiences and practices from an antiracist, queer and neurodivergent affirming lens.

Breakfast Buffet Menu

  • Local Cubed Fruit & Berries Fresh Cut Strawberry and Toasted Oats Parfait
  • Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs – Cheddar Cheese and Chives
  • Smoked Bacon and Pork Sausage
  • Shallot & Thyme Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
  • Breakfast Pastries – Fruit Filled and Cheese Danish, Croissants, Muffins, Streusel Coffee Cake
  • Brick Oven Bagels – Cream Cheese, Scottish Smoked Salmon Spread, Chive Spread, Sweet Butter, Marmalade
  • Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice & Watermelon Minted Fresca
  • Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Hot Teas