Sections
Article 1 Board of Behavioral Health Examiners 32-3251 – 32-3257
Article 2 Academic Review Committees 32-3261
Article 3 Licensure 32-3271 – 32-3280
Article 4 Regulation 32-3281 – 32-3286
Article 5 Social Work 32-3291 – 32-3293
Article 6 Counseling 32-3301 – 32-3303
Article 7 Marriage and Family Therapy 32-3311 – 32-3313
Article 8 Substance Abuse Counseling 32-3321

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 32 > Chapter 33

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Board: means the board of behavioral health examiners. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Client: means a patient who receives behavioral health services from a person licensed pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Direct client contact: means the performance of therapeutic or clinical functions related to the applicant's professional practice level of psychotherapy that includes diagnosis, assessment and treatment and that may include psychoeducation for mental, emotional and behavioral disorders based primarily on verbal or nonverbal communications and intervention with, and in the presence of, one or more clients. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Equivalent: means comparable in content and quality but not identical. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Indirect client service: means training for, and the performance of, functions of an applicant's professional practice level in preparation for or on behalf of a client for whom direct client contact functions are also performed, including case consultation and receipt of clinical supervision. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Letter of concern: means a nondisciplinary written document sent by the board to notify a licensee that, while there is insufficient evidence to support disciplinary action, the board believes that continuation of the activities that led to the investigation may result in further board action against the licensee. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Licensee: means a person who is licensed pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Minor: means a person under the age of eighteen years. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means a calendar month unless otherwise expressed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Population: means the population according to the most recent United States decennial census. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Practice of behavioral health: means the practice of marriage and family therapy, professional counseling, social work and substance abuse counseling pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Practice of marriage and family therapy: means the professional application of family systems theories, principles and techniques to treat interpersonal relationship issues and nervous, mental and emotional disorders that are cognitive, affective or behavioral. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Practice of professional counseling: means the professional application of mental health, psychological and human development theories, principles and techniques to:

    (a) Facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the human life span. See Arizona Laws 32-3251

  • Practice of social work: means the professional application of social work theories, principles, methods and techniques to:

    (a) Treat mental, behavioral and emotional disorders. See Arizona Laws 32-3251

  • Practice of substance abuse counseling: means the professional application of general counseling theories, principles and techniques as specifically adapted, based on research and clinical experience, to the specialized needs and characteristics of persons who are experiencing substance abuse, chemical dependency and related problems and to the families of those persons. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Process: means a citation, writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Psychoeducation: means the education of a client as part of a treatment process that provides the client with information regarding mental health, emotional disorders or behavioral health. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Psychotherapy: means a variety of treatment methods developing out of generally accepted theories about human behavior and development. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Telepractice: means providing behavioral health services through interactive audio, video or electronic communication that occurs between the behavioral health professional and the client, including any electronic communication for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, including distance counseling, in a secure platform, and that meets the requirements of telemedicine pursuant to section 36-3602. See Arizona Laws 32-3251
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Unprofessional conduct: includes the following, whether occurring in this state or elsewhere:

    (a) Being convicted of a felony. See Arizona Laws 32-3251

  • Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215