Autumn Symposium

November 6, 2023

Pima County Court Training Center
2225 East Ajo Way Tucson, AZ 85713 Map It

Welcome to our inaugural Autumn Symposium! AADCP takes great pride in providing quality programming at our annual Spring Conference in Prescott. We are excited to offer exceptional presenters and content for you, out of the pines and among the saguaros, in a bit of a different format. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to engage in moderated small group discussions to incorporate what they learn into action plans for their treatment court teams.



Time Activity
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Overview
Previewing the New Standards: An Overview of the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards, 2nd Edition – Aaron Arnold
Lunch (on your own)
Roles and Responsibilities of Team Members – Krista Forster and Sixto Valdivia
Small Group Discussion

Previewing the New Standards

An Overview of the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards, 2nd Edition
- Aaron Arnold

Speaker Bio

Aaron Arnold is chief development officer at All Rise (formerly the National Association of Drug Court Professionals), where he works to develop new initiatives to support and strengthen treatment courts across the country. Prior to joining All Rise, Aaron spent 15 years at the Center for Court Innovation, overseeing the Center’s national work in the areas of treatment courts, community justice, alternatives to incarceration, tribal justice, and more. Aaron has served as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, Arizona, where he gained first-hand experience working in several problem-solving courts. Aaron is graduate of Cornell University and the University of Arizona College of Law.


The publication of the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards Volume I in 2013 provided drug courts with specific guidance about how to operationalize the Ten Key Components, improve operations and outcomes, better measure and evaluate program quality, and identify areas needing further improvement and technical assistance. A decade later, All Rise is preparing to release the Second Edition of the Standards with important updates and expanded guidance reflecting new research and lessons learned.

In this session, attendees will receive an advance look at important additions, clarifications, and other changes in the soon-to-be-released second edition of the Standards. All Rise’s chief development officer, who is overseeing the development of the revised Standards, will lead this session.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover the most important lessons learned after a decade of Standards implementation to ensure that drug courts work.
  2. Identify some of the key additions, clarifications, and other changes coming in the second edition of the Standards.
  3. Understand some of the key implementation issues that drug courts will need to address under the second edition of the Standards.

Whose Line is it Anyway?

Understanding Roles and Responsibilities in Treatment Courts
Krista Forster & Sixto Valdivia

Speaker Bios

Krista Forster has over twenty-five years of experience in the criminal justice and probation field. She began her career as a police officer, transitioned to criminal investigations, and was an adult probation officer in Yavapai County prior to joining the Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts. She is the Statewide Adult Drug Court Coordinator and Program Specialist, with oversight of the Adult Drug Courts and Drug Treatment and Education Fund. She is an expert in evidenced-based practices, assessments, case planning, case documentation and cognitive interventions. Ms. Forster has been employed by the AOC for fourteen years, ten of those with the Adult Probation Services Division where she has been a Project Manager on various assignments, including the original statewide implementation of Effective Practices in Correctional Settings-II (EPICS-II), the revalidation of the risk/needs assessment by the University of Cincinnati and the composition and implementation of multiple state and federal grants. Ms. Forster has Bachelors’ Degrees in both Justice Studies and History from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University.

Sixto Valdivia is a former U.S. Marine who has worked in the criminal justice system for over 20 years in addition to over four years in local government programs that provide services to the residents of Coconino County. He has served on numerous non-profit and local government boards and commissions and served one year on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. In community corrections he managed probationers sentenced to a term of Intensive Probation and worked in Specialty Courts for 10 years as a coordinator. Sixto developed curricula and served as faculty at the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Education Services Division in the Probation Officer Academy and Faculty Skills Development courses. There, he supported statewide committees and initiatives in probation and training issues. Currently, he is a Special Project Consultant with the Administrative Office of the Courts, Adult Probation Services Division, assigned to manage the statewide BJA Adult Drug Court grant which will implement statewide guidelines and gamification technology into adult drug courts. He represents the fifth generation of his family residing in Flagstaff where he raises 8 his two daughters, ages 7 and 8. Sixto enjoys outdoor activities, Southwestern history and cooking and eating New Mexican cuisine. He graduated from President Johnson's Great Society program, Project HeadStart in 1969, N.A.U., B.S. in 1990 and the University of Idaho, J.D. in 1994


Treatment courts need diverse and dedicated team members working together to achieve the best possible outcomes. Recognizing and respecting each team member’s area of expertise is critical.

This session will utilize NDCI curriculum in conjunction with the updates to the AllRise Best Practice Standards, utilizing various activities to help your team:

  1. Strengthen cooperation and collaboration
  2. Identify overlap in responsibilities
  3. Engage in effective communication regarding Roles and Responsibilities

Annual Art Contest

Integrating Art Into
Your Treatment Court

Kindly visit Robin’s table to gain insights on the integration of evidence-based art therapy. Additionally, we invite you to acquaint yourself with AADCP’s Annual Art Contest, which is open to both current and former treatment court clients.

Dr. Robin Hoskins will be available to discuss with attendees how to incorporate this therapeutic measure in their treatment court programs. Read Complete Bio

Hotel Accommodations & Lunch Suggestions

If you intend to stay overnight, we offer special rates for the event. However, please note that lunch will not be provided, so we kindly request that you make appropriate arrangements.

Thank you to our sponsor