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Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on the over 40 years of multi-dimensional research of Dr. John Gottman on marriage and relationships with over 3000 couples. He is world-renowned for his work on relationship stability and divorce prediction, involving the study of emotions, physiology, and communication. In this introductory workshop, participants will learn what the research shows about relationships and learn the Sound Relationship House theory. As a result of their attendance at this workshop, participants will be able to understand how to think about what makes relationships work well and what makes them fail using the Sound Relationship House Theory.
About the Presenter:
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Gottman Therapist, Couples Workshop Leader, and Clinical Trainer in private practice. I have 13 years of experience working with children, adolescents, parents, couples, and families in community mental health and substance abuse treatment, including 8 years working with the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Northeastern Arizona.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-601727
This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-601727. Exp. 3/31/18
Providing services for LGBT population appeals to an understanding of its history, therapeutic cravings, and clear appreciation to the influence of linguistics. This presentation explores a brief history to understand LGBT significance and transformation. Discussion narrows in the intersection and implications of cultural and linguistic components.
Miguel A. Perez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. He has experience working in private practice settings with children, adolescents, and families. Miguel completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Florida International University followed by a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Carlos Albizu University. He is currently an adjunct faculty in the LGBT minor for the Undergraduate Psychology Department at Albizu University.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-601729
This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-601729. Exp. 3/31/18
The presentation will focus on constructivist and common factors approach of using creative interventions in cross-cultural supervision. Attendees will learn how supervisors using constructivist approach can add meaning and knowledge in developing or creating something in cross-cultural supervision. Common factors approach also add an additional impetus when using in cross-cultural supervision. Hence, common factors (like therapeutic relationship, clients’ factors, etc.) help facilitate the supervision process, especially when supervising someone from a diverse culture.
Currently, Debolina is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida pursuing her PhD in marriage and family counseling. She also teaches at the University of Florida in the College of Education. Before, pursuing her PhD, she completed her masters in Clinical Social work from the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA and masters in Clinical Psychology from Calcutta University, India. Debolina has worked at many educational institutions. Also, she has worked with multiple schools, mental health center, and hospitals both nationally and internationally. She presented at various conferences both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of multiple awards and recognition. In 2010, she became a Tata Scholar which is recognition and scholarship given to the top 100 students going to the USA from India. She also won the American alumni award in 2010 and she was among the 12 students from India to win the scholarship award. In 2013, Debolina was awarded a Grinter Fellowship by University of Florida, given to exceptional students entering the doctoral program. Furthermore, she is a recipient of Robert O Stripling prestigious award, awarded to exceptional doctoral students preparing for a career in higher education.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-601731
This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-601731. Exp. 3/31/18
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015) reported that more than 53 million adults living in the United States have a disability. In fact, the United States Department of Labor (2017) stated that persons with disabilities form the largest minority in the country. Regardless of these numbers, persons with disabilities have been marginalized and mistreated for centuries. Our responsibility as professional counselors is to ensure the highest level of care to our clients, and as such, it is vital that we aim to increase our counseling competencies by learning more about persons with disabilities. This webinar will begin by defining the term disability, and explain what constitutes a disability. It will then highlight the evolution of psychosocial attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, and describe various laws and regulations enacted in support of those with disabilities. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of services, resources, and reasonable accommodations that clients with disabilities may benefit from.
Daniel Balva is a recent graduate of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling master's program at Florida International University. Daniel is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He is currently working towards attaining licensure in the state of Florida. Daniel’s clinical experience includes working for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, working in an adult outpatient setting, a crisis stabilization unit, and for a nonprofit agency focused on providing services to court-mandated adolescents. Daniel is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, the Florida Mental Health Counseling Association, and the Florida Counseling Association. Daniel serves as the Graduate Student Representative for the Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. He has spent the past four months providing supervised counseling services to children and teenagers in the poverty-stricken cities of El Porvenir and Huanchaco, Peru. Daniel's current interests include advocating for the highest level of care when working with persons with disabilities, which is the very focus of his webinar.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-601735
This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-601735. Exp. 3/31/18
*CEU Approval includes 1 hour of Ethics/Professional Boundaries plus 1 General hour
Many mental health counselors are interested but hesitant to practice counseling online, also known as distance counseling. Distance counseling carries additional risks related to technology, ethics, and the potential of handling a crisis situation with a client who is in a separate physical location. Understanding the laws and ethics that apply to the practice of distance counseling such as HIPAA and HITECH can ease this concerns and ultimately expand counseling services to more clients. This webinar will review basic technology requirements and ethical considerations for distance counseling, as well as how to use distance counseling to benefit clients in a variety of clinical settings.
Tanya Johnson is a private practice owner and PhD Candidate from Barry University. She has been practicing distance counseling for the past four years. Ms. Johnson has conducted research and presentations regionally and nationally on technology and counseling, and co-wrote a curriculum leading to the Distance Certified Counselor credential approved by CCE-Global.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-601739
This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-601739. Exp. 3/31/18
A therapeutic tool that promotes self-healing, reflection, and growth, expressive writing is healthy for both the heart and soul. Expressive writing has been widely used within the mental health field, as a way to assist clients with insight into their thoughts, feeling, and actions. The purpose of this session is to provide mental health providers with an overview of expressive writing forms that can be utilized, and implications for professional practice.
To provide fundamental information on working with kinky clients and patients
Dr. Karla L. Sapp is a native of and currently resides in Liberty County (Midway), Georgia. A graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University (BS Criminal Justice), South University-Savannah (Master of Arts in Professional Counseling) and Argosy University (Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology), Dr. Sapp has been practicing for 8 years, specializing in mental health and addictions counseling. She has experience working in the following settings, In-Patient Acute Hospitalization, Outpatient, and Correctional. Dr. Sapp is the owner of U Matter Consulting and Counseling, currently employed as a Drug Treatment Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Armstrong State University. Dr. Sapp has served as an Adjunct Faculty in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at South University in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Sapp has previously worked with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice as a Juvenile Probation/Parole Specialist II; Coastal Harbor Health Systems as a Social Service Counselor; and Recovery Place/Liberty County Drug Court as a Substance Abuse Counselor. A scholarly practitioner, Dr. Sapp, has a research interest in lifestyle choices and wellness, offender treatment, developmental trauma and psychology, disaster mental health, and sports counseling/psychology. Dr. Karla L. Sapp currently holds the following licenses and/or certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor (State of Georgia), Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She has presented on a variety of counseling-related topics at an array of national, regional, state, and local conferences.
This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-601741. Exp. 3/31/18
This program takes an intervention orientation to an emerging epidemic of internet pornography which threatens communities in which youth, adults and marital spouses who have become addicted compulsive pornography users. There is a need to train mental health professionals in specific treatments strategies on how to assist youth, adults and spouses who are dealing with the grips of compulsive pornography use in their lives Therapists need to use tools which are easily accessible to develop their intervention strategies. Also, therapists need to learn how to conduct community wide education programming to awaken citizens to this crisis and to help them develop strategies on how to deal with it in their communities. Helping all community members to grapple with this new challenge to their mental health and happiness can result in renewed commitment and conviction to fight this issue so that the community can support those addicted to compulsive pornography use gain complete recovery and wellness in their lives. Therapists need help on what to say, how to say it and how not to use shame, guilting and outing to get the compulsive pornography users to come to grips with this issue in their lives.
Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and licensed psychologist in Florida. He has been Treasurer for FMHCA from 2015-2017. He is a fulltime Instructor in the CACREP approved Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Troy University Tampa Bay Site in Tampa, Florida. He has been a presenter at both the FMHCA and AMHCA Annual conferences since 2011. He has done a number of webinars for AMHCA and FMHCA. His areas of specialty are Pornography Prevention and Intervention, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic, Motivational Interviewing, Integrated Primary Medicine, DSM-5, TBI and PTSD, and Ethics. He was the Treasurer of the Suncoast Mental Health Counselors’ Association in 2012-2013. He has his own website: www.coping.us on which he had placed all of the books he has written including: the 15 books in the Tools for Coping Series, Marriage Work-Out, Pathfinder Parenting and Balanced Lifestyle. On his website he also has a rich source of materials on a variety of current issues facing mental health counselors including: an online book on Evidence Based Practices and an online monograph on The Professionalization of the Mental Health Counseling Profession. He is the co-founder and past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and past chairman of the National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NACCMHC). He is also a past board member of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). He is the past recipient of the AMHCA Counselor of the Year, the ACA Professional Development Award and the 2017 FMHCA Counselor Educator of the Year.
This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-601743. Exp. 3/31/18
Exam preparation for the LMHC exam (National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination, or NCMHCE) that includes guidance on the areas addressed in the exam such as information gathering, theories, and diagnosis.
Great training for counseling students, registered interns, counselor educators, and qualified supervisors!
Scott Jones currently works in private practice in Orlando and supervises interns with special attention to LMHC exam preparation. He serves on the Internship Committee of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association and has a heart for interns
This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking # 20-601745. Exp. 3/31/18