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FMHCA is a chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and is the only organization working exclusively for LMHCs in Florida.

 



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    • 25 Feb 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 45
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    Description: This 4-Hr Continuing Education Course for Qualified Supervisors provides a comprehensive update to FL Laws and Rules; electronic delivery methods and confidentiality; supervisory documentation; practice models; challenges in supervision; cultural issues; accountability in the supervisory relationship; the business of supervision; ethical, legal, and regulatory issues surrounding delivery of teletherapy, and current best practices associated with Telemental Health. The supervision model presented in the workshop is Feedback Informed Treatment in association with Deliberate Practice. A discussion of Trauma Informed Care principles intermingled with the common core factors of psychotherapy is also included.

    Enriched with video tutorials and case studies, supervisors will participate in various therapeutic perspectives: Person In Environment Centered Practice grounded in Common Core Factors, Trauma Informed Care, Feedback Informed Treatment, and the use of feedback in Deliberate Practice. Supervisory demonstrations include assessing feedback, observation of the supervisees' work with the client, the supervisees' Deliberate Practice plan development that includes completion of the Taxonomy of Deliberate Practice Activities in Psychotherapy, demonstration of Deliberate Practice, and administration examples of how to administer the Session Rating Scale and Outcome Rating Scale to the client, and supervisory demonstrations of best practices.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-872388

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Review changes to Florida laws and rules relating to Interns and Supervisors.
    2. Analyze electronic delivery system for supervision and methods for ensuring confidentiality.
    3. Describe ethical, legal and regulatory issues of supervision, including documentation of the supervisory sessions.
    4. Review Challenges in Supervision.
    5. Address how cultural issues can affect the supervisory relationship.
    6. Discuss accountability of both the supervisor and the intern in the supervisory relationship.
    7. Discuss the business aspects of supervision.
    8. Discuss the ethical, legal and regulatory issues of teletherapy.
    9. Review research of supervision models.

    About the Presenters:

    Dr. Julia W. Buckey, holds a PHD and MSW from The Florida State University, and a BA from Mercer University, Macon, GA. President/CEO of Decision Dynamics Consulting, Inc. (DBA: URChoices©️), she provides organizations and Florida licensees (490 and 491 Boards) with current knowledge, skills, and strategies designed to improve individual and team performance. With 25 years of practice in a wide range of health/behavioral health topics applicable to individuals, families, and groups, her education and administrative experience focused on creating, providing, and managing health/mental health services based on building win-win staff-client partnerships grounded in mutual trust, respect, and understanding. Honored for teaching and research, she is an author, lecturer, and conference presenter, Chair, NASW-FL’s LCSW Healthcare Proxy Guidelines (Rev.) and current Chair of the NASW National Health Section Committee.

    Dr. Jacinto holds a PHD from Barry University, Miami; Master’s in Education from the University of Idaho; Master’s in Social Work from The Florida State University, and BS from California State University, Fresno, CA. With 25 years of practice, education, and administrative experience as Program Director, Professor, and Board Member, Dr. Jacinto understands dilemmas facing today’s leaders and employees. His work targets organizational/individual/employee outcomes to develop greater individual understanding in community groups and individuals. In addition to his private clinical practice, Dr. Jacinto is a qualified supervisor, author, lecturer, and conference presenter, covering a wide range of behavioral topics applicable to individuals, families, and groups.

    • 25 Feb 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
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    DescriptionAbuse is like a virus that spreads in overt, covert, and even unintentional ways, breeding dysfunction within families, relationships, and the next generation of society. Whether the abuse happens to a child, adult, or senior, it’s time to stop the spread. This can only happen when as professionals we begin to recognize the various types of abuse. We can be the change that positively impacts the next generation by identifying, confronting and inspiring healing from abuse.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-883194

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define Abuse.
    2. Identifying 12 types of abuse.
    3. Navigating the next steps.

    About the Presenter:

    Christine Hammond is a leading mental health influencer, author and guest speaker. As an author of the award winning “The Exhausted Woman’s Handbook,” and more than 500 articles, Christine has more than one million people downloading her podcast “Understanding Today’s Narcissist,” and more than 400,000 views on YouTube. Her practice specializes in treating families of abuse, and trauma, with personality disorders involved which is based on her own personal experience. Her new book, Abuse Exposed: Identifying Family Secrets that Breed Dysfunction is available. Christine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor by the State of Florida, a National Certified Counselor, Certified Family Trauma Professional, with extensive training in crisis intervention and peaceful resolution.

    • 28 Feb 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online (Zoom)
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    DescriptionThis workshop will give an overview of the impact of trauma on brain development, health risks, behaviors, mental health diagnosis, and practical considerations in care in which attendees can assist children in overcoming the effects of trauma in the child welfare system.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-883184

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify the areas of the brain that are impacted as a result of trauma.
    2. Identify how trauma impacts children in foster care and adoption (Define child traumatic stress).
    3. Practice Considerations: What can mental health providers do to help children and their families within the trauma informed care lens.

    About the Presenters:

    Paula, a native to Central Florida, has 18 years of experience in the field of social work; with a focus on substance abuse and trauma as it effects adolescents and young adults. Her experience includes 11 years as Director for the Juvenile Addiction’s Receiving Facility in Orlando, 7 years as an adjunct for UCF in the Social Work Department, 6 years as a corporate trainer on trauma, and as Director of Social Services for inpatient care. Paula has lead trainings presented in over 20 state and national conferences dealing with trauma, attachment issues, LGBTQ+ issues, human trafficking indicators and aid to survivors, and social determinants of health. She also dedicated time to the NASW as a board member as well as development of programs and mentoring early career professionals and students with the NASW. Paula is the recipient of several awards in the field including the 2013 NASW Social Worker of the Years for the Central Florida unit and the 2013 Outstanding Alumni for COHPA for UCF. A native Floridian, Paula has worked to strengthen the community in Central Florida through her dedication to education and working to increase awareness for issues concerning mental health. She currently works at Positive Behavioral Solutions as the clinical supervisor and as a therapist where she integrates her passion for use of the expressive arts as a medium for healing trauma. 

    Miranda is the Clinical Manager of PBS. Miranda has over 5 years of experience in the mental health field, including experience in woman issues, adoption, domestic violence, and trauma. She is passionate about using empowerment based approaches with clients. Miranda has experience leading trainings on domestic violence, de-escalation, trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, adoption competency, person centered therapy techniques trainings. Miranda has experience with trainings on clinical documentation, telehealth training, new therapist training, in addition to overseeing and training new interns and therapists on best practices, diagnosis, ethics, and more.

    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
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    DescriptionThe course will involve evidence based treatments and discoveries about the neuroscience of a codependent, attachment issues and early childhood programming that may be carried into adult relationships and how to help the client help themselves.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-883192

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discover what codependency is and is not.
    2. How to recognize a codependent client.
    3. Holistic techniques for recovery.

    About the Presenter:

    Mary Joye is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Life Coach and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. She is a recovered codependent, and her transformative journey was featured in "O" Magazine. She is a best-selling writer for DailyOM.com and her most popular course, "From Codependent to Independent" is often in the top ten and has sold tens of thousands of copies. She contributes as a guest author and interviewer to OpentoHope.com, Huffington Post, Prevention, ThriveGlobal, UpJourney, Psychology Today, PsychCentral, Central Florida Health News and many other publications. Mary is a guest on podcasts and teaches seminars on codependency. Life coaching clients from around the globe seek her help navigating codependent recovery. She supported herself as a stagehand earning an undergraduate degree in Theatre. Her first job was working for the rock group KISS as a make-up artist and relates in her book how this was the perfect starter job for an unaware codependent as meeting the needs of rock stars was easy after her intense upbringing working in her father's psychiatrist practice. She then was a professional songwriter and singer in Nashville at Warner Brothers and incorporates music in her healing work. As a psychiatrist's daughter, she understands how it feels to be an extension of a family image and better yet, how to become independent of past programming and work towards healthy relationships. Mary helps others become conscious of their subconscious and assists them to expedite healing with meditations, visualizations, affirmations, and guided imagery.

    • 02 Mar 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
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    DescriptionThe course is designed to cover three areas necessary to pass the NEW NCMHCE exam: knowing how the exam is constructed, knowing what areas are covered on the exam, and learning a structured approach for diagnosing the case studies presented in the exam. Often, students and individuals in the field but not licensed will approach the exam in the same manner that they deal with clients according to the agency they are working in. However, the exam is based more on a theoretical construct and evidence-based practices back by research. Not having access to the DSM-5 during the exam also adds another dimension that requires the student to memorize criteria, durations, and differentials that compound this exam's difficulty.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-883190

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to identify the NEW format of the NCMHCE including MSE, Presenting Problem, 2 Sessions and Scoring.
    2. Participants will learn what areas are necessary to study to pass the NCMHCE.
    3. Participants will learn the Narrative Mapping technique to be able to analyze and evaluate a case study.

    About the Presenters:

    Linton Hutchinson, Ph.D. has a degree in Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Counseling.  He has dedicated his entire career to working with students who are on the road to becoming therapists. Linton has taught every course from Principles of Counseling to Research and Assessment and has worked with medical students at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and taught counseling at the University of the South Pacific in the Fiji Islands. Back in the States, Linton continued his teaching at Nova Southeastern University, University of Central Florida, Troy State, and Rollins College. He was the first Regional Coordinator for Webster University where he designed and developed their Mental Health Counseling Program in Florida. For the past 22 years, he has prepared students for licensure online at CounselingExam.com and currently offers Master Classes covering the DSM-5. His passion is dream analysis and he has presented seminars worldwide on using dreams in the counseling setting.

    Stacy Frost is currently the Content Curator at Licensure Exams, where she is responsible for designing educational presentations on all subjects related to the helping professions and specifically the NCMHCE Counseling Exam. Stacy comes from the medical field and is an expert on the DSM-5. She is also a Certified Coach and works with students suffering from test anxiety. Stacy helps students manage and overcome test anxiety by offering online coaching. Additionally, Stacy teaches essential skills to combat test anxiety using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy skills offering holistic, motivational, and inspiration to help improve self-esteem and confidence.

    • 03 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Mar 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 48
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    Description: In this 12-hr. continuing education course required to meet the qualifications for Qualified Supervisory Training, the didactic, engaging, and interactional instruction will be delivered in a virtual format, supporting segments of didactic approaches enhanced through model(s), styles of supervision, and trauma informed care.

    Updated and current best practice approaches will be explored, including distinctive issues that arise in supervision such as cultural, gender, ethnicity, power, economics, and secondary traumatic stress. The interactive discussion will be framed against the backdrop of current laws and rules within the changing atmosphere of practice.  Telemental Health in practice will be explored and the use of Telemental Health practice post-COVID 19 will be discussed. Best practice examples of Telemental Health will be examined.   

    Exploration of the latest Florida laws and Board rules for interns and supervisors will include a discussion of the role of evaluation in supervision in the context of Deliberate Practice, Feedback Informed Treatment, and Trauma Informed Care.

    A closing, integrative review of the CE contents will include a fusion of psychotherapy methods, Deliberate Practice, Feedback Informed Treatment, and Trauma Informed Care. At the end of the CE, participants will have developed a personal model of supervision, examined trauma, burnout, and Secondary Traumatic Stress self-care strategies. Finally, participants will consider the use of Deliberate Practice, Feedback Informed Treatment and Trauma Informed Care in their qualified supervision practice.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-872362

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Review the Major Models and Styles of Supervision and Trauma Informed Care for clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or mental health counseling.
    2. Develop a personal model of supervision, drawn from existing models of supervision and preferred therapeutic styles.
    3. Understand the co-evolving dynamics of therapist-client and supervisor-therapist-client relationships.
    4. Explore distinctive issues that arise in supervision.
    5. Address the contextual variables in practice such as culture, gender, ethnicity, power, economics, and Secondary Traumatic Stress.
    6. Describe ethical, legal and regulatory issues of supervision, including documentation of the supervisory sessions.
    7. Review Florida laws and board rules governing Interns and Supervisors.
    8. Understand the role of evaluation in supervision.
    9. Review and Integrate Workshop Content.

    About the Presenters:

    Dr. Julia W. Buckey, holds a PHD and MSW from The Florida State University, and a BA from Mercer University, Macon, GA. President/CEO of Decision Dynamics Consulting, Inc. (DBA: URChoices©️), she provides organizations and Florida licensees (490 and 491 Boards) with current knowledge, skills, and strategies designed to improve individual and team performance. With 25 years of practice in a wide range of health/behavioral health topics applicable to individuals, families, and groups, her education and administrative experience focused on creating, providing, and managing health/mental health services based on building win-win staff-client partnerships grounded in mutual trust, respect, and understanding. Honored for teaching and research, she is an author, lecturer, and conference presenter, Chair, NASW-FL’s LCSW Healthcare Proxy Guidelines (Rev.) and current Chair of the NASW National Health Section Committee.

    Dr. Jacinto holds a PHD from Barry University, Miami; Master’s in Education from the University of Idaho; Master’s in Social Work from The Florida State University, and BS from California State University, Fresno, CA. With 25 years of practice, education, and administrative experience as Program Director, Professor, and Board Member, Dr. Jacinto understands dilemmas facing today’s leaders and employees. His work targets organizational/individual/employee outcomes to develop greater individual understanding in community groups and individuals. In addition to his private clinical practice, Dr. Jacinto is a qualified supervisor, author, lecturer, and conference presenter, covering a wide range of behavioral topics applicable to individuals, families, and groups.

    • 07 Mar 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
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    DescriptionMeditation practice can greatly enhance your personal life by helping you to learn to calm your mind and your central nervous system. In this interactive course, counselors will learn what meditation is and why it is helpful, how to meditate for a personal practice for self growth and how to teach meditation techniques to clients. Education will be provided about breathing techniques, thought calming processes and methods of meditation. Attendees will experience breathing practice and meditation for themselves.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-883188

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Attendees will understand what meditation is and how it can be helpful.
    2. Attendees will be master simple steps for meditation practice for their own personal use and for instructing clients.
    3. Attendees will experience breathing practice and meditation in the group classroom setting.

    About the Presenter:

    Stacey Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with almost thirty years of experience. She has maintained a private practice for 22 years, has served as a professor in AS, BA and MA higher education programs, and has served in leadership and counseling capacities in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Stacey is an artist in her own right, favoring an intuitive, abstract painting style. Through her own personal work in healing, she has enjoyed the integrative qualities of many healing modalities such as Reiki, yoga, meditation, and artwork. All of these modalities are integrated seamlessly into her work as a psychotherapist. Continued learning and a desire to teaching motivate her to continue to grow and expand, offering her unique style to others to encourage their own healing.

    • 08 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online (Zoom)
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    DescriptionDo you work with couples and want to expand your focus to include affair healing? Counseling with couples is both challenging and exciting. And dealing with the devastation of affair(s) only adds more layers of healing. This workshop will focus on how to handle the first session with listening to the story and setting expectations. The other topics discussed will be stages of affair recovery, SUPPORT, unproductive responses to emotional pain, trust, and defining hurts and repair. Sandra will also cover the risk factors for an affair and recognizing signs for an inappropriate relationship. Sandra B. Stanford draws upon her experience in the counseling room as well as the resources from AffairHealing.com (Tim Tedder), Brene’ Brown, Linda J MacDonald, Stefanie Carnes, PhD, Dr. David Ferguson, and Dave Carder.

    CE Broker Tracking #:  20-883198

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Explain the dynamics of first session challenges and describe the stages of affair recovery, and rebuilding trust.
    2. Describe the acronym SUPPORT for communication and comfort. Demonstrate four unproductive responses to pain.
    3. Describe risk factors for an affair. Define hurts and demonstrate the forgiveness process.

    About the Presenter:

    Sandra B. Stanford, LMHC, has a heart for people who find themselves in hard situations. Because of this passion, she earned her master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University (Orlando campus). She currently is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing at Charis Counseling Center in a satellite office in Titusville, FL. Sandra is certified in EMDR Therapy which helps in the healing process for people who have experienced traumatic events. She is a Daring Way Facilitator in Brene Brown’s organization which focuses on healing shame and embracing who we are right now instead of who we believe we should be. She is also a Regional Trainer for FMHCA. Sandra also works with couples and is the founder of Our Marriage Matters retreats and conferences. One of her focus areas is in affair healing. Sandra and her wonderful husband, David, have been married since 1988. They have two precious adult children, Jonathan and Anna Beth and a son in love, Christopher, and two grandsons Ashton, and Elliot.

    • 09 Mar 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
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    DescriptionTransactional Analysis, (or TA), is a simple but efficacious model of personality that can be taught to clients in individual, family, and relational therapy as a way to establish a basis for the therapist and client to have a common language, conceptual model, and process that can significantly speed up the process of therapy and decrease recidivism. It can be taught in as little as two sessions. The result is a great way to increase our power in the clinical setting to be able to efficiently coach clients to improve the therapeutic process. One of the qualities of transactional analysis is its simplicity, a lot of which involves the use of plain English language, which assists the client in learning and adapting it quickly. It also is a great jump-starter for relational therapy. Additionally, it is an excellent basis for attaching to and placing a foundation for Gottman’s principles in relationships.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-883200

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define and understand the definition of the personality from the Kohutian (Heinz Kohut) model. Understand the definition of transactional analysis. List and describe the three ego states and their functions. Understand and describe the differences between the positive sides and negative sides of these ego state.
    2. Understand a defined strokes and their functions in transactional analysis. Understand and utilize family script to conduct therapy and utilize re-decision therapy for healing.List the switches for accessing the ego states. Understand the Karpman game triangle and how it relates to transactional analysis. Understand how to recognize when one is in a game.
    3. Understand how to get out of games. Understand how to stay out of games. Understand the structure of games. Understand complementary transactions. Understand crossed transactions. Understand the symbiotic relationship concept.
    About the Presenter:

    Michael Holler Past President Ethics Committee Chair & Parliamentarian of FMHCA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Heath Counselor, a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, a Certified Child Custody Evaluator, a Qualified Parenting Coordinator, a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and County Mediator and a Certifies Kink AwareTherapist & Educator. Michael has a private practice in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. Michael has been working with individuals, families, couples and organizations for over 25 years. Michael is also a Neurofeedback provider. Michael has worked in inpatient psychiatric, community mental health and private practice settings; Michael has worked as an adjunct professor in psychology at Florida Keys Community College. Michael was President of the Upper Keys Interagency Council in 1997. Michael was the first Intensive Onsite Services Counselor in the State of Florida. Michael is now the Education Director for the International Academy of Collaborative Counseling, Coaching Education (IACCCE).

    • 10 Mar 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 11 Mar 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 49
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    Identifying and Stabilizing the Hidden Sources of Mental Health Trauma During the Post-Pandemic Years. (2 day certification course)

    DescriptionCOVID-19 impacted everyone psychologically in different ways, and for some the greatest mental health challenge to manage will be from complicated grief following complex trauma. The losses people are facing are significant. Death by disease, or loss of loved one to suicide. Debt, financial ruin, recession, failing business, job loss to layoff or companies filing for bankruptcy, relapse to drugs/alcohol/addiction, relationships shattered by betrayal, lost friends who moved to find work, all complicated by a lost sense of ‘normal’ life.

    What is a counselor to do in providing answers to those facing overwhelming loss and significant sorrow during these traumatic times?

    Not since the Great Depression has our country faced such challenges, which fit an often-overlooked clinical diagnosis “Prolonged Grief Disorder" in ICD11 or “Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder” in DSM5.

    Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder is a severe and persistent grief and mourning reaction, full of overwhelming stress, loss, deep sadness, and inconsolable grieving. Characterized by longing for the deceased or persistent preoccupation with the deceased accompanied by intense emotional pain (such as sadness, guilt, anger, denial, blame, difficulty accepting the death, feeling one has lost a part of one’s self, an inability to experience positive mood, emotional numbness, difficulty in engaging with social or other activities as described by the World Health Organization). DSM5, includes a condition of Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder (PCBD) codable as a “severe and persistent grief and mourning reaction” in “Other Specified Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorder” 309.89 (F43.8). Guidelines for this diagnosis include the occurrence of a “persistent and pervasive grief response characterized by longing for the deceased or persistent preoccupation with the deceased accompanied by intense emotional pain (e.g. sadness, guilt, anger, denial, blame, difficulty accepting the death, feeling one has lost a part of one’s self, an inability to experience positive mood, emotional numbness, difficulty in engaging with social or other activities)”. Additionally, provisional criteria for PCBD are provided in Section III, “Conditions for Further Study.” It is expected unresolved complex grief from pandemic related trauma will ripple across every level of society leading to multiple psychological and physical reactions, especially for young children and the elderly.

    Before COVID-19 the Center for Disease Control recorded approximately 2 million deaths annually in the USA with the life expectancy at 78.6 years. Based on the figures that each individual death affects from 8-10 family members, it is calculated there are 16 to 20 million new mourners each year. Some estimates show as many as one in three bereavements result in self-destructive or pathological patterns of grief. This data would indicate potentially, 5-6 million new cases of complicated mourning annually. These statistics may not consider others touched by the death including neighbors, friends, co-workers, students, or others outside the immediate family. Considering these affected individuals and the complex trauma COVID-19 is creating, the ripple effect of complicated grief could be much worse.

    Every counselor must guide clients in managing sadness from loss, but not every counselor is skilled in guiding clients through the emotions of complicated grief after traumatic loss. Gaining new skills for evaluating and guiding persons through their own grief map after experiencing traumatic loss will be a technique counselors can use every day in work with clients. This two day certification course is designed for counselors and caregivers who work with people experiencing complex grief and distressing loss following a major traumatic event like the COVID-19 pandemic.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-875786

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives- after two days of intensive training the participant will be able to:

    1. Identify the characteristics of COVID-19 trauma and complicated grief.
    2. Identify normal and pathological grief responses from COVID-19 and other traumatic losses like suicide.
    3. Understand how to build a grief map to guide clients through their individual losses.
    4. Describe factors that may help or hinder the traumatic grief process and lead to other mental health disorders or self-destructive behavior.
    5. Review techniques to utilize in guiding people grieving complicated traumatic loss and identify resources for linking them to continued care.

    “Complex grief affects every human. Going deep into your own grief journey as a counselor will prepare you to help more people than you could imagine. This course is an emotional healing experience designed to equip you to help others heal from grief.” -Dwight Bain, LMHC, NCC"

    About the Presenter:

    This training is taught by Dwight Bain, an ICISF.org certified crisis response trainer who worked at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and has equipped thousands of counselors with rapid psychological recovery skills. Dwight describes this course as the most useful he has ever found to rapidly manage complex grief and loss, both for practitioners and for their work with clients facing complex grief and trauma. Dwight Bain helps people rewrite their story through strategic change. He is a trusted media source quoted by - the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, and many more. You may have seen him on television or heard him on radio since he has been interviewed on hundreds of stations about finding creative ways to solve stress. Dwight’s skill as a communicator led Toastmasters to select him as the best public speaker in central Florida. He has challenged thousands of audiences toward positive change at organizations like Disney, Toyota, the United States Army, and the United Way. He is a best-selling author about creating positive change through books, blogs, podcasts and has been quoted in over 20 books. Dwight is a lifelong resident of Orlando where he lives with his wife Sheila and an assortment of pets. After 30 years together they always have suitcases packed ready for their next adventure. His purpose is to help you figure out a better way to solve problems, so grab a pen and get ready to map out creative ways to solve complicated situations with our speaker today.






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