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.

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May's  Free Webinar


Suicide Prevention:  Assessment and Care of At-Risk                  

(With special focus on military veterans)

Date: Friday, 5/13/16, 2:00-4:00 pm

Presenter: Lynne A. Santiago, PhD, LMHC

  • Description: Despite concentrated efforts by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs, suicide among our active duty service members and veterans continues to rise.  Every day 22 military veterans take their own lives.  In the general population, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.   Helping your clients involves understanding their risk.  It requires being able to ask the necessary questions while having an open dialog.  This presentation will increase your skills in conducting an empirically based risk assessment and give you tools to help your clients stay safe during periods of crisis.

Link to Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4854201270401617922   

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-529890; Publishing #: 10-1752030

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Gain greater understanding of risk factors associated with suicide in the general population and the military/veteran population
  • Gain additional knowledge about military/veteran vulnerability to suicide
  • Asking the question, having the dialog – learn how to recognize risk factors and assess for level of risk while in meaningful dialog with your clients
  • Learn why no harm contracts don’t work and Safety Plans do

About the Presenter

Lynne Angela Santiago, PhD, LMHC – Dr. Santiago has been in the field of counseling for over 20 years, with a primary clinical focus on trauma, dissociative disorders and sexuality, working with adult survivors of childhood physical and sexual abuse. Lynne worked at the Tampa VA for six years, assisting in the development of the Suicide Prevention Program, aiding in its mission of education, outreach and veteran centered clinical work. Lynne has a private practice in Tampa, is an adjunct professor at Troy University and the University of South Florida, and is a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns.

FMHCA Delegation to Cuba

The Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA) is organizing a delegation to visit Cuba for the purpose of researching mental health services, October 17 - 22, 2016.  As Executive Director of the FMHCA, I am honored to have been selected to lead this delegation and invite you to join in this unique opportunity.

The delegation will be full of diverse exchanges including meeting with Cuban psychiatrists, visiting the Center for Psychological Research, as well as spending time with the president of the Cuban Society of Psychology.


The 2017 Call for Presentations to present at FMHCA's 2017 Annual Conference:

Counseling in the Modern Age: What it was & Where we are headed!, being held in Lake Mary, FL at the Orlando Marriott froFebruary 2-4, 2017.  

FMHCA Member Travel Scholarship Competition to Cuba

The FMHCA Foundation wants to cover some of the tuition costs for members who will be traveling to Cuba as part of the FMHCA delegation October 16-21, 2016.

Click Here & Apply

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