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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 the State of Florida.

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    • 28 Sep 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Sep 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Retreat Behavioral Health | Palm Beach- 4020 Lake Worth Road, Palm Springs, FL 33461
    • 128
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    DescriptionMental Health Counselors frequently face traumatic loss and death issues in their work with clients as well as personal lives. This certification will cover the psychology of grief and loss relating to traumatic loss after sudden death, suicide, homicide, terminal disease, financial ruin, bankruptcy, job loss from layoff, and relationships shattered by betrayal along with other crisis events that disrupt normal life and lead to prolonged and inconsolable grief.

    Many professionals were not clinically trained to provide intervention and recovery of the frequently overlooked clinical diagnosis, “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 oneself, 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 Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder (PCBD) codable as a “severe and persistent grief and mourning reaction” in “Other Specified Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorder” (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).” Unresolved complex grief from trauma or traumatic loss can create multiple psychological and physical reactions in people which are resistant to traditional methods of recovery after trauma.

    Participants will develop insight into how trauma impacts or ‘freezes’ the grief process with new skills like grief mapping and other techniques counselors can use every day in their work with clients. This two-day certification course is designed for professional counselors, lay counselors, chaplains, and clergy who work with people experiencing complex grief and loss following a traumatic event.

    Dwight Bain 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. He said, “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.”

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify the clinical symptoms of complicated grief after traumatic loss
    • Describe factors that hinder the traumatic grief process and lead to other mental health disorders or self-destructive behaviors
    • Learn the skills to support grieving people without being overwhelmed from their traumatic loss
    • Understand how to build a grief map to guide clients through traumatic loss

    Lunch will be provided by Retreat Behavioral Health 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1074400

    General Credits: 14

    (2-day Certification Course)

    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

      About the Presenter:

      Dwight Bain guides leaders through change with creative strategy as a Nationally Certified Counselor, Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Leadership Coach in practice over thirty years. Bain is an author and trusted media resource interviewed on over 500 radio and television stations; quoted in over 20 books and 100 newspapers/websites including: New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, WFTV.com, FoxBusiness.com, MSNBC.com and Yahoo.com. He was recognized by Toastmasters as one of the best speakers in Florida and was selected as the Florida Mental Health Counselor of the year in 2019 by FMHCA. Bain has challenged over 3000 audiences toward positive change at organizations like Disney, Toyota, the United States Army, DuPont, the Florida Department of Education, and the United Way. Dwight is a lifelong resident of Orlando where he lives with his wife Sheila and a rescue cat named ‘Scrappy’. After 35 years together they always have suitcases packed ready for their next adventure.

      • 19 Oct 2023
      • 8:00 AM
      • 20 Oct 2023
      • 5:00 PM
      • 2101 Vista Pkwy West Palm Beach, FL 33411
      • 15
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      Description: The heart, in Jewish tradition, incorporates the wholeness of the self, all that it is; the heart is the seat of emotion, love, and transcendence. The HEART Model is an inner healing process, a journey to the depth of one’s heart, or the depth of one’s wholeness, to experience change. When one’s wholeness is compromised, by trauma of any sort, one discovers that there are pieces and parts that are incomplete. Unexpressed hurts and weaknesses have a tendency to distort functioning. Consequently, these weaknesses predispose a person not to reach life’spotential. In this Model’s framework, inner healing and God are the reconnecting links that restore wholeness and proper functioning. The HEART Model outlines a step-by-step process, based on the standard three-phase model of treatment, that utilizes creative visualization and incorporates guided prayer to allow the individual to clearly see and recreate, and then reprocess, the experience of the submerged memory. It offers a systematic methodology, stemming from a Judeo-Christian worldview, to work with those who have experienced traumas, hurts, and who have difficult or painful memories of the past. Its approach can encompass the backgrounds and experiences even of those who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation. This model is consistent with current standards of care for trauma work and offers a fresh approach to incorporating spiritual issues into the treatment process. The standards that this model follows are those set out by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) for the treatment of sexually traumatized and dissociative clients. It has been said that time heals all wounds. However, in a case when emotion and memory have not been sufficiently addressed, the remaining feelings are often repressed or compensated for, in ways that will allow the person to cope or manage with the problem situation. For instance, in the area of childhood sexual abuse, a child may learn to dissociate or disconnect from the actual feelings associated with the sexual violation in order to cope with a traumatic situation. This, over time, can and will cause significant cognitive distortion(s) in this child’s perception of relationships. The mind acts as a protective defense mechanism not only insignificant trauma situations, but also in times of hurt, shame, and humiliation. Defense mechanisms and coping strategies provide a way of protecting the self from difficult emotions. The HEART Model is a step-by-step process of reaching the depth of emotional experiences, resolving and restructuring cognitive distortions, and reframing affective responses. It is also a way of reframing those same emotional processes as they relate to a personal relationship with God or from a secular framework, God as one understands Him/Her to be. The HEART Model can be used in many traumatic situations. It is an intervention approach for recovery; it is used by clinicians to correct the cognitive distortions, and distortions of the image of God, with their clients and to fully Heal from trauma.

      CE Broker Tracking #:  20-1038052

      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.

      Obtain a certification in the HEART Model

      Learning Objectives:

        At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

        1. To understand the direct applications of a Spiritual Trauma model and to extrapolate to mental disorders outside the trauma / dissociative continuum.
        2. Participates will learn to synthesize Spiritual Integration with psychological practices and techniques and be able to demonstrate and utilize the skill with their clients the next day.
        3. Participants will be able to utilize the concepts of personal internal forgiveness and be able to demonstrate the Gestalt process of chair-work to resolve client's dissonance in a therapeutic session.
        4. Participants will be able to learn and apply the 10 steps or stages of the HEART Model when working with clients who have experienced some type of trauma and to guide their clients toward resolving underlying cognitive and spiritual distortions that hamper their ability to thrive emotionally.

        About the Presenter:

        Dr Benjamin Keyes’ specialties include dissociative disorders, domestic violence, child abuse, addictions, and mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Keyes received his Doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1985 from International College and his most recent in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota in 2003. He also has Doctoral Degrees in Theology, Divinity and Ministry. Over the years Dr. Keyes has worked extensively with hospitalization programs, private practice, and has established himself as one of the leading program innovators for partial hospitalization programs. Dr Keyes has been in Private Practice for over thirty-seven years and has been a researcher in the area of Trauma and Dissociation for the last 24 years. Dr Keyes and his colleagues have received the Richard A. Kluft Research Award for work and research in the People’s Republic of China from the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. His work dispelled the Cultural Model of Dissociation and has resulted in Dissociative Disorders being treated throughout mental health facilities in China. Dr Keyes has also received The Hope Award from Restoration Ministries for his work in establishing a trauma model for working with Trafficked Survivors and severe trauma. Over the last seven years, Dr. Keyes has been a Professor and Director for the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies at Divine Mercy University in Sterling, Virginia. As head of the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies, Dr Keyes supervised the developing and training of graduate students in First Response and Chronic Trauma. Dr Keyes also serves the University as a Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The Center’s Trauma Team will deploy all over the world to work with traumatic events.

        The Trauma Team plans to deploy to Developing Nations over the next few years to teach and work with trauma survivors; the Team also plans to train and do research with the HEART(Healing Emotional/Affective Responses to Trauma) Model (Keyes, 2009,2010,2011) in treating trauma from a Faith-Based Model. The HEART Model has just wrapped a 7-year study, researched for efficacy in Shelter Programs throughout the United States. The programs associated with Hope for Justice are aimed at survivors of Human Trafficking. Dr Keyes is also the Executive Director of The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology which trains professionals and paraprofessionals in all aspects of Trauma and Trauma care of others, which leads to Certification in both Field and Clinical Traumatology. He is happily married to Kim and has two adult children Shawn and Jasmin, an Adopted son Garite, three beautiful granddaughters Violet, Amber, and Arella, and a Grandson, Xander...


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