Noé Vargas, DBH

Adjunct Faculty Member

Dr. Noé Vargas has a Doctorate degree in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University, and two master’s degrees (counseling and human resources) from Ottawa University. Dr. Vargas is the former faculty representative for the Arizona Counseling Association (AzCA).  Dr. Vargas holds an Arizona independent license as a Professional Counselor, and an associate license as a Substance Abuse Counselor.  He has been certified by the Green Cross as a Field Traumatologist, is a National Certified Counselor, and has met the education requirements for the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiner to be a clinical supervisor. Dr. Vargas specializes in the areas of psychological trauma and substance abuse, and he has been trained to work side by side with Medical Doctors integrating behavioral health and medical care.  He is a member of the following professional organizations:  The National board of Certified Counselors, American Counseling Association, Arizona Counseling Association, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.  Dr. Vargas has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at different universities and community colleges and routinely makes professional presentations on topics such as understanding childhood trauma, cultural diversity, effective parenting communication, integrated health, and other behavioral health related topics in different settings.


DBH - Arizona State University-Downtown, Phoenix, AZ

MA - Ottawa University, Phoenix, AZ

BA - Arizona State University-West, Phoenix, AZ

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Professional Membership: 

American Counseling Association (ACA)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

The Association for Addiction Professionals  (NAADAC)

The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology

Professional Practice: 

Dr. Vargas provides individual, couple, and family counseling services, at West Valley Psychological Services, in Avondale Arizona, to individuals suffering with a variety of psychological disorders, including but not limited to: trauma, depression, anxiety, work related issues, marital issues, and interpersonal issues, amongst other mental and behavioral disorders. 

Select Presentations: 

Conference Presentations

Vargas N. (2015). Understanding trauma in addiction treatment.  Presentation delivered at the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Annual Conference & Hill Day in Washington D.C.

Vargas, N.  (2015). Understanding childhood trauma and cultural values.  Presentation delivered at the Maricopa Juvenile Probation Department training day in Phoenix Arizona.  

Vargas, N.  (2015). Overview of childhood trauma. Presentation delivered for the Florence Project staff and attorneys training in Phoenix Arizona.  

Vargas, N., & Mansoor, J.  (2015). Understanding childhood trauma and cultural protective factors in the healing process.  Presentation delivered at the 11th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Behavioral Health Conference sponsored by Terros and presented at Arizona State University-Wets in Phoenix Arizona.  

Vargas, N.  (2015). Overview of childhood trauma. Presentation delivered at the Fourth Annual Childhood Conference sponsored by Touchstone Behavioral Health in Phoenix Arizona.     

Vargas, N.  (2013). Entendiendo el trauma (understanding trauma). Presentation delivered at the Kino Border Initiative staff training in Nogales Mexico. 

Vargas, N.  (2012). Childhood trauma overview. Presentation delivered at the Arizona Counseling Association foster care training in Phoenix Arizona.

Vargas, N.  (2012).  Understanding the human developmental stages. Presentation delivered in Spanish at the annual KIDS Training Blitz in Scottsdale Arizona. 

Vargas, N.  (2009). Creating effective communication habits with your son/daughter. Presentation delivered in Spanish at the annual KIDS Training Blitz in Scottsdale Arizona. 

Vargas, N.  (2008). Understanding the developmental states. Presentation delivered in Spanish at the annual KIDS Training Blitz in Scottsdale Arizona. 

Academic History (higher ed experience): 

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ - Adjunct Faculty - Counseling

Maricopa Community Colleges, Phoenix, AZ - Adjunct Faculty - Behavioral Health Science/Counseling

Ottawa University-Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ - Adjunct Faculty - Psychology, Counseling & Human Services

Areas of Interest: 

Psychological Trauma, Substance Use Disorders/ Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Existential Struggles, GBLTQ, Cultural Diversity, Faith-Based Counseling, Immigrants and Refugees.

What I like about Adler Graduate School: 

"I truly appreciate how Adler Graduate School develops students to be practical and responsible practitioners.  The School also encourages graduates to be agents of change and to promote social justice. These values resemble my personal values."