Welcome to the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association
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Mental health counselors work in a meaningful and stimulating profession with a tremendously diverse knowledge domain. On one hand, it’s exciting to know that there is no limit to what a counselor can learn. On the other hand, it’s challenging to keep up with such a complex and expansive profession, especially in a mental healthcare system that is rapidly evolving.
Live Events: Keep calm and register for a webinar! FMHCA has lined up another qualified panel of experts in a range of relevant topics so that you can keep updated with our rapidly evolving profession. Attendance is FREE to FMHCA members as a new benefit of membership, and CEUs will be available at a nominal cost of $10 for FMHCA members or $30 for nonmembers. Not a member? You can join now Click Here
Members Only Webinar Archives: Because FMHCA records all of our webinars we are able to offer the recordings to our members for FREE. If you just want to learn more about a topic or take a refresher, watch a free webinar without worrying about the CEs. Click here to go to the members only webinar archives.
Date: Friday, 6/23/17, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presenter: Latoya Carbonell, MSW, LCSW
Description: Learn about perinatal mood disorders, resources for families, treatment options, and community advocacy.
Session 8: Working with Kinky Clients
Date: Friday, 7/28/17, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presenter: Patsy Evans, Ph.D.(c), LMHC, DOM
Description: With the advent of the internet, those who participate in alternative forms of relationship and sexual expression have come together as a community and created a new subculture whose numbers are growing. The therapeutic and medical needs of this community are different than the traditional patient and it is important for all medical providers to be familiar with the standard of care that may be different in these populations. This text offers the fundamentals about this subculture and important considerations when treating them.
Date: Friday, 8/25/17, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presenter: Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC
Description: Living in South Florida you commonly hear the term “melting pot” when referring to culture, this phrase simply combines all individuality, losing aspects of uniqueness. Conversely, a mosaic, allows you to not only look at each individual’s culture, but also the bigger picture of how each culture fits into the societal culture. Couples can create a mosaic of their individual cultures to create a new one, highlighting each culture’s distinctiveness, joining them in a way they can work together. This presentation will focus on how therapists can work with couples of diverse cultures, and allow each culture to be represented in the relationship by creating a mosaic of a culture that works for the couple.
Date: Friday, 9/22/17, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presenter: Susan Meyerle, Ph.D., LIMHP, CEAP, CFLE
Description: This presentation addresses the practice issues many counselors face—from managing telehealth restrictions to seeking licensure across state lines. We will discuss the current trends in telehealth and licensure portability regulation and provide insight into the future of mental health counseling regulation.
Date: Friday, 10/27/17, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presenter: Matthew Fox, LMHC, CAP
Description: Integrative Psychotherapies have been evolving since 1976 and have been slowly gaining acceptance in the field. Integrative psychotherapies differ from Insight or Talk therapies in that they focus on the integration of past traumas. These therapies are based on basic functions of the brain and share several unique features, such as rapid resolution of trauma, often in a single session.
Date: Friday, 11/10/17, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presenter: C. Dwight Bain, LMHC, NCC
Description: An addict is only one relapse away from death. So why don’t family members say something before risking the funeral of someone they love? A family secret of abuse can repeat for generations. So why do people wait so long to confront the perpetrator? Domestic Violence affects as many as 1 in 3 women. So why don’t people speak up when they see the bruises? Marital Infidelity affects as many as 40% of relationships. So why are people afraid to confront marital distance more than risking marital failure by stepping outside the marriage? Mental Illness can’t be treated until people talk openly about the issues. So why do the depressed, traumatized and suicidal often feel so lost and alone?
Session 13: Addressing Tobacco Use in Behavioral Health
Date: Friday, 12/8/17, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presenter: Andree Aubrey, MSW, LCSW, CCTS
Description: Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US and causes more deaths than the primary behavioral disorder in people with behavioral health conditions. Behavioral health clinicians are uniquely positioned to impact this problem which has largely been unresponsive to traditional state tobacco control programs and policies. In this webinar, clinicians will learn brief and intensive evidence based interventions for tobacco users who are ambivalent about quitting, review guideline based counseling interventions and discuss seven FDA medications which double the livelihood of success. We will review emerging literature which indicates improvements in mental health with abstinence from tobacco and indicates modest improvements or at least no harm for tobacco cessation during recovery from other addictive substances.