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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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    • 23 Oct 2020
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    • 31 Mar 2021
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    This Webinar is On-Demand and can be accessed upon registration at any time. On-Demand Webinar duration is 2 hours. You will earn 2 CEUs upon completion of the on-demand webinar. 

    How to find and keep self-paying clients during the many months of this pandemic, so you can focus on counseling instead of feeling worried about finances. This webinar includes a workbook with over 100 pages of specific tools. This is a valuable training for folks seeking self-pay clients. Even one new client will more than pay for the cost of the training.  

    COVID-19 has created significant mental health challenges in the United States which are expected to extend throughout the rest of 2020 and well into 2021. Many researchers are calling this the greatest mental health crisis of modern times and the struggles people are facing seem to be growing in severity by the day.  

    “How are Americans coping with the crushing realities of the pandemic and the economic crisis forming in its wake? Nationally, around a third of Americans have reported recent symptoms of anxiety and depression since late April. It’s a sign that along with all the sickness and death, the social distancing restrictions, separation from families, and the deteriorating economy, Americans are facing a severe mental health crisis.” - survey from the Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 29, 2020

    A huge spike in mental health issues should mean every counselor has a full schedule of helping clients in need with extended waiting lists for their services. So why are many in private practice financially struggling during this pandemic?

    • Millions have lost their jobs and have no insurance coverage
    • Referral sources may have closed or gone bankrupt during the lockdown
    • Clients dropped out of therapy due to fears of disease and have not been in touch since COVID-19 lock down began
    • Potential clients never knew about your services before the pandemic
    • Potential clients have relocated and do not know about you
    • Many counselors were never trained in graduate school on how to find clients who would pay directly for their mental health services 

    What if you could learn the 21 principles that will connect you to the clients who need your expertise and professional services? Counselors trained in the 21 principles of connecting to new clients focus on the treatment of those under their care without fear of not being compensated for their services.

    Sadly, too many counselors remain stuck in the frustrating pattern of not being able to connect with new clients, which is often why mental health ranks among the lowest paid profession in the United States which requires a master’s degree. 

    The average mental health counselor makes $44,840

    – US News and World Report

    The average household income is $59,039 - U.S. Census Bureau

    There are no secrets to adding self-pay clients to your practice, but there are new skills that can help you connect using the 21 principles.

    Who should attend this two-hour intensive?

    • ·         All counselors who want to fill their practice with self-paying clients
    • ·         Interns or recent grads who want to build a private practice upon licensure
    • ·         New counselors interested in adding self-paying clients to their practice
    • ·         Seasoned practitioners interested in expanding profitable services
    • ·         Counselors who want to learn how to add new self-pay referral sources

    How much does the training cost?

    This two-hour intensive training is $49 for FMHCA members, $59 for non-members. (Comparable self-pay practice training sessions are upwards of $499).

    Even one new self-paying client would cover the cost of attending. Plus, there will be an extended time of Q/A after the training is completed to answer your specific self-pay practice development questions.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-796344

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA. 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

    Participants will:

    1.   Understand the 21 connection principles and how these function as a connection point between the mental health needs of people in their community with their professional services as a counselor

    2. Identify gaps in client connection which may have occurred during the COVID-19 crisis, blocking their efficiency or visibility to potential new clients

    3.   Implement proven systems to expand their outreach and expertise into the community for long term private practice stability and productivity

    About the Presenter: Dwight Bain, LMHC, NCC

    Dwight Bain graduated in 1984 with a master’s in counseling and started a self-pay practice the following week. He is still working there. Dwight is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Crisis Instructor who writes and teaches on creating positive change.  Bain is a trusted media resource who has been interviewed on over 500 radio and television stations; as well as quoted in over 100 newspapers/websites including: New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Newsday, FoxBusiness.com & MSNBC.com

    • 13 Nov 2020
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    • 31 Mar 2021
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    This Webinar is On-Demand and can be accessed upon registration at any time. On-Demand Webinar duration is 2 hours. You will earn 2 Telehealth CEUs upon completion of the on-demand webinar. 

    Description: In a series of polls conducted among licensed mental health professionals in Florida, 64 % of clinicians who were involved in direct client care were providing telehelath only, and an additional 23 % were providing a combination of in-person and telehealth services.  This massive transition in which 87 % of clinicians were providing telehelath was undoubtedly ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for clinicians to provide therapy while social distancing.  Given recent revisions to Florida law related to mandatory reporting of imminent risk of harm to self or others, clinicians who are relatively new to telehelath have been pondering important questions, such as:

    • What if an emergency happens, and I’m not sure where my client is?
    • How do I conduct risk assessments when I’m not even in the same building as the client?
    • How can I give my high-risk clients a more “personal touch” that fosters therapeutic alliance when we’re sitting behind screens?

    In this 2-hour webinar, we’ll explore these questions and collaborate on strategies, practices, and resources aimed at equipping attendees to provide care with high-risk clients via telehealth.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-758715

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA. 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. Articulate an understanding of Florida law and mandated reporting.
    2. Identify risk assessment tools that can be used via telehealth.
    3. Expand your clinical toolkit for fostering a therapeutic relationship with high-risk clients in a telehealth environment. 

    About the Presenter: 

    Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He has more than 15 years of clinical experience at Integrity Counseling, Inc., was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, and has been published in Addiction ProfessionalAmerican Journal of OrthopsychiatryJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social ServicesJournal of Individual Psychology, and The Advocate Magazine, the official magazine of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. 

    • 17 Nov 2020
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    • 31 Mar 2021
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    • On Demand (GoToWebinar)
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    This Webinar is On-Demand and can be accessed upon registration at any time. On-Demand Webinar duration is 1 hour. You will earn 1 General CEU upon completion of the on-demand webinar. 

    Description: 

    Understanding the mental health implications from the 2020 election which elevate stress, anxiety, anger, panic, rage, and self-destructive behavior in clients – and how to stabilize the emotionally charged client

    The year 2020 will be remembered as the most psychologically stressful on record. Everything changed in a few months, consider the following -

    • Governmental lock-down and curfews – extending for months
    • Businesses are closed, many employees working from home
    • Forced quarantines for family and coworkers to prevent the spread of disease
    • Governmental mandate to wear face masks in all public places
    • Dysfunctional relationships begin to unravel during extended lockdown
    • Record levels of domestic violence and abuse reported to hotlines
    • Relapses of addictions to drugs, gambling, pornography, and alcohol
    • Theme parks and convention centers closed, laying off tens of thousands of workers, along with resort hotels and the entire cruise ship industry shuttered, laying off every employee with no sense of when they would have jobs again
    • Small businesses struggle financially to stay open after months of closure
    • Schools shift to online learning, graduations and summer camps cancelled
    • Hospitals block access to be with dying loved ones, and funeral homes are limited to ten people who can attend and honor their dead
    • Baker Acts spike during extended lockdown as mental health crisis builds
    • Bankrupt businesses, as a global recession expands affecting every home

    Then there was the 2020 Presidential Election.

    All elections are polarizing as people seek to elect candidates who represent their values. This prolonged election is like an emotional tsunami of anguish for some, joy for others and a letdown of psychological energy for all. Some are highly combative, while others are feeling exhausted and numb inside. Families have been divided over issues for months and recent surveys show how this election has elevated stress, shattered relationships and negatively affected mental health.

    • 68% of Americans are stressed about the election
    • 52% believe their mental health has suffered due to the election
    • 51% anticipate the economy will worsen after the election
    • 38% are losing sleep because of election stress
    • 24% feel rage about the election
    • 47% have not sought mental health treatment due to costs or lack of access
    (sources: American Psychological Association, Caravan and Lifestance Health)

    Humans crave a sense of security and safety. People are ramped up emotionally because they believe the outcome of this election will have a long-term impact on their safety. Many are afraid when they go to bed at night and wake up scared the next morning. Their emotions are feeling out of control. The media started using the phrase “Post-Election Stress” to describe these symptoms after Barack Obama was elected President in 2008. Now the media are describing the unusual elevation of these post-election emotions as a psychological disorder.  

    Post-Election Stress is not a mental illness – it is a description of an event that sparks extreme emotions and reactions; such as all-or-nothing thinking, blame shifting, attacking, avoiding, denying reality, or irrationally clinging to only one side of an issue. This reaction is not new, and the emotions are not based on a political party. As far back as Plato, philosophers observed how fear and politics were closely connected. This is because people tend to draw feelings of safety and security from their leaders.

    There are identifiable therapeutic actions that can be taken after an election to calm client fears. Once you know those actions, you will be better equipped to help clients cope with this unexpected stress. This webinar will provide you with the knowledge and skills to guide a client away from negative behaviors that elevate post-election stress, and to calm members of their family who may be politically polarized by the news media or social media.

    Extreme emotions can be successfully managed during a global pandemic to not make a client’s situation or relationships more complicated. Knowing how to safely care for clients using behavioral health resources can guide them toward healing behaviors in these difficult times. It is essential to stabilize this most recent mental health stressor magnified by this unprecedented global pandemic.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-801136

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA. 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:

    Participants will:

    1. Understand the mental health patterns of post-election stress and how to respond at each stage to stabilize elevated emotions.
    2. Implement emotional and behavioral strategies to use with emotionally charged clients, as well as their highly polarized family, coworkers and friends who may struggle with emotional self-control during the days and weeks of governmental uncertainty.
    3. Intervene with potentially dangerous situations in a way that protects the safety of practitioners while keeping them and their clients safe from violence.
    4. Gain a new approach to use with difficult or combative clients, or clients who may be struggling with future fears instead of current realities using mental wellness.
    5. Develop or deepen crisis management skills necessary during the many months of extended pandemic, recession, unemployment, or community unrest.

    About the Presenter:

    Dwight Bain is a Nationally Certified Counselor in practice since 1984. His focus is on finding creative solutions to manage crisis events. Bain is a trusted media resource who has been interviewed on over 500 radio and television stations; as well as quoted in over 100 newspapers/websites including: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Newsday, FoxBusiness.com & MSNBC.com






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