Welcome to the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association


Welcome to the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association

The only organization in the State of Florida dedicated exclusively to meeting the professional needs of Florida's Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

Welcome to Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, the leading organization advocating for mental health counseling professionals. Our objective is to provide education, legislative oversight, and networking. Our Annual Conference provides an opportunity for advanced professional training.

Protecting, sustaining, and advancing the profession of mental health counseling in the State of Florida is our guiding motto. We have served mental health counselors for more than 20 years, in a variety of professional ways. With the collaboration of our local chapters, individual members, and lobbyist, we have accumulated a record that demonstrates our dedication to your success as a mental health professional and the growth of our profession.


Don't Miss Out Early Bird Rate Going On Now 

Register for the Annual FMHCA Conference 

by Clicking Here February 3rd & 4th 2017. 

Clinical & Regular Members - 1 Day (Friday or Saturday only) $119.00

Clinical & Regular Members - Full Conference $179.00

Clinical & Regular Non-Member - 1 Day (Friday or Saturday only) $203.00

Clinical & Regular Non-Member - Full Conference $263.00

Retired Member - Full Conference $147.00

Retired Non-Member - 1 Day (Friday or Saturday only) $120.00

Retired Non-Member - Full Conference $180.00

Student Member - 1 Day (Friday or Saturday only) $30.00

Student Member - Full Conference $50.00

Student Non-Member - 1 Day (Friday or Saturday only) $50.00

Student Non-Member - Full Conference $70.00

Register for One of the Pre-Conference breakout sessions 

by Clicking Here February 2nd 2017. 

Upcoming events

Image result for at a glanceCounseling in the Modern Era. Your Direction Your Future FMHCA Annual Conference Feb 2nd—4th, 2017 Earn up to 30 CEUs

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Track Identifier

NR Traumatic Brain Injury Brain Function & Neuroscience  AS DSM 5 ICD, ICD-10, Assessment Diagnosis TR Trauma- Assessment Diagnosis

VT  Military and Veterans Issues  IC Integrated Care, Practice Issues, & Healthcare Reform CH Children, Adolescent and Family

DC Disaster and Crisis Mental Health EV Evidence-Based & Emerging Practices- Innovative Treatment, Expressive and Creative Therapies, Skill Building and Practice

CSE Clinical Supervision and Ethics AB Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders TH Telehealth and Web-Based Counseling CD Cultural Diversity GN General/Other

 Free Webinar


Victims of Domestic Violence: Substance Abuse Co-Occurring

Date: Wednesday , 10/12/16, 2:00-4:00 pm

Presenter: Darlene Silvernail, Ph.D., DAC, CAP, LMHC

Description: This 2-hour webinar provides an update on best practices working with victims of domestic violence with an emphasis on co-occurring disorders.

Link to Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2241453786429907970.  

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-529904; Publishing #: 10-1752040

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges Victims of Domestic Violence faces and barriers to health Care
  • Describe Co-occurring Disorders seen in this cohort group (risk factors)
  • Participants will be provided with resources to work with individuals impacted by Family Violence
  • Gain a broader understanding of Safety planning

About the Presenter

Dr. Silvernail is a highly energetic, goal-oriented leader in the Behavioral Health Sector. She can be described as an individual who has the propensity to build trusting relationships and connections with just about anyone she meets, creating partnerships and alliances while motivating them to move forward to achieve personal and professional success.

Through her interactions, affiliation and relationships with state agencies, professional associations and programs; Darlene has built a reputation for being one of the best professional consultants in the

  1. Dr. Silvernail has been a past nominee for the Robert woods Foundation Award (1997), The Best Practice Award (2000) and nominated three times for the Sun Sentinel Community Leadership Award (1999 – 2004). Dr. Silvernail also received the 2014 State Leadership Chapter Award from AMHCA , The PWN International Literary Award (2012), as well as the AMHCA Public and Community Service Award

(2012). With such a high standing reputation, she has been named the  Executive Director  for The Florida Mental Health Assoc  and past president from 2012-2015.  She also serves as Clinical Director of Total Recovery Now (www.totalrecoverynow.com). 

A Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a PhD in Psychology and Addictionology Counseling, Darlene’s goal is to use her experience, education, and certifications to complement her compassion for those in need of help and duty to enhance the skills of those who strive for improvement.  

In her journey of growth, Darlene has held post in the United States Army, was a Police Officer for the Harford Police Department before finding her calling as a counselor of human services.  In the last 15 years Darlene has held numerous leadership positions in outpatient programs, residential treatment programs and counseling centers.  She has over 26 years of experience developing and implementing quality educational programs in the field of addictions treatment and psychology.  

Dr. Silvernail’s work is not limited to the mental health sector of healthcare.  She is and has worked in academia for the last eight years.  As a content expert and writer for several major universities and past Director of the Psychology program at South University, which she grew to impressive enrollment numbers is a year’s time.  Her years of experience and connection in the field have brought a wealth of success to her students and the institution.  Outside the traditional educational system, Darlene has also served as an instructor of Criminal Justice for several local institutions Police Academies.

To share her many experiences and enhance the personal and professional growth of women at various stages of life, Dr. Silvernail teamed up with the women of PWN Books to write a series on empowerment.  In all Darlene has authored and co-authored ten books.  This series has not only found a steady following, but woman across the nation have experienced the Empowerment Series first hand through the seasonal conferences and workshops.


 FMHCA  Annual Conference being held in Lake Mary, FL at the Orlando Marriott from February 2-4, 2017.

                                                                                                      Looking for Sponsors Who are Excited, Ready to Network & Build Relationships. 

Our association needs your support with both your financial contribution to our annual conference and your services for the mental health field. Please take a look below at the sponsorship packages we are offering for this year’s annual conference. Our conference provides a medium in which mental health clinicians come together to exchange innovative ideas about how to better serve our clients. It is important to keep a high level of connectivity in order to exchange new approaches as well as to educate as many people as we can about what services we offer to those in need. Please know that you will be recognized as an active part of this community through your support of our educational conference.

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