FMHCA is a chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and is the only organization working exclusively for LMHCs in Florida.
Florida mental health COUNSELORS association
2101 Vista Parkway Ste 233 West Palm BEACH Florida | 33411 (P) 561-228-6129 (E) Office@Flmhca.org
This Webinar is On-Demand and can be accessed upon registration at any time. On-Demand Webinar duration is 3 hours. You will earn 3 Telehealth CEUs upon completion of the on-demand webinar.
Description: Upon completion of this program the participant will have increased knowledge regarding the use of technology and telebehavioral health within their practice. Participants will have increased knowledge and skill as it relates to the clinically appropriateness of technology and treatment. Ethical and legal implications will be presented; along with clinical techniques and actions steps human service workers should take to ensure their client's safety when using technology for treatment sessions.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-829036
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
About the Presenter:
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Maryellen graduated with her MSW in 1994. She has been a therapist for over twenty-five years and has concentrated in addiction treatment since 2005. Considered a “Subject Matter Expert” in the field of tele-health, Maryellen has worked with the Florida Certification Board, the Addiction Treatment Technology Center and SAMHA as an educator and trainer in the use of technology and treatment.
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 General CEUs upon completion of the on-demand webinar.
Description: SAMSHA Waivered Physicians who actively prescribe suboxone in the community to their patients, need to utilize Behavioral Health Consultants in their work with patients who are recovering from Opioid Use Disorder. This presenter attended a 26 CEU program from the Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) which is utilized to train medical professionals to gain a waiver to administer Suboxone to patients. In this program it was clear that to run an effective program for patients there is a need to have Behavioral Health Consultants on staff or ready for referral to assist the patients to better handle their Opioid Use Disorder and any of their other psychological issues which could impair their recovery. For this reason, this workshop is being presented in hopes that the attendees will become future Behavioral Health Consultants who want to enter this work.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-830372
Since 2010, Jim has been an Instructor at the Troy University Tampa Bay Site Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Prior to that he has been involved in providing Behavioral Medicine interventions since 1980 when he became the Behavioral Health Consultant at United Cerebral Palsy in Tampa working with a team of Rehabilitation Specialists, Neurologists and Pediatricians for 20 years. After retiring from private practice in 2000, he worked at St Joseph’s Hospital for 5 years and also spent 7 years working in rehabilitation and nursing facilities with Primary Care physicians in an Integrated Care Model. He has authored 16 Books and 20 Training Resources which are available free on his website www.coping.us. Jim was co-founder and second President of AMHCA in 1976 and was on the founding board of the NBCC. He has been the Treasurer of FMHCA which named him Counselor Educator of the year in 2017. He is now the Director of COPING.US Training Programs (at: http://coping.us/copingustrainingprog.html), service providing Free CEU training programs for mental health professionals who are either alumni of Troy University or staff members of Troy Corporate Mental Health Agencies.
Description: There has never been a time in American history, when a community has suppressed the suicide rate and maintained it at a low level. Two recent studies found that therapists are less willing to treat patients with suicidal symptoms and when they do, only two-thirds use evidence based methods of assessing risk. Therapists report that their practice patterns are based on their admitted discomfort managing high risk patients, lack of training and limited community resources. Surprisingly, less than 50% of graduate training programs in mental health provide formal instruction on suicide risk assessment. When they do, the training equals 90 minutes on average. These factors reveal the challenges commonly faced by many mental health providers in America. This two-hour presentation aims to address this problem by providing more than what graduate programs have provided (i.e., 90 minutes on average). Attendees will learn evidence-based methods of assessing and managing suicide risk, especially as this pertains to conducting tele-mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will increase their comfort, confidence and competence in managing suicide risk by the end of this learning activity.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-839712
1. Differentiate between death ideation and suicidal ideation.
2. Assess suicide risk via a virtual format in less than 10 minutes.
3.Discuss ambivalence and reasons for living with suicidal clients.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Kent A. Corso is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst. His career in suicidology began almost two decades ago, while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Corso has researched, developed programs and trained others on evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention nationally and internationally. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers and is a leading expert in novel scientific methods and digital technologies for analyzing variables associated with suicide.
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: Covid 19 rapidly became the dreaded World War III, dramatically altering the way we live and work. This novel virus is not a novel event in trauma context. We will explore the counseling implications of Shared Traumatic Events including hurricanes, floods, wildfires and shootings. Concepts presented: age and culturally appropriate styles of Psychological First Aid, brief trauma focused interventions, creative therapy approach to initial assessment and the impact of Compassion Fatigue.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-839764
1. Identify the immediate need issues in Shared Traumatic Events
2. Recognize age and cultural adaptations for Psychological First Aid in a Shared Traumatic Event
3. Combine brief trauma focused interventions with creative options for assessment of victims
Dr. Kathie Erwin is an Associate Professor at Divine Mercy University School of Counseling, Green Cross Academy Certified Master Traumatologist and Director of Global Trauma Education Center in Tampa Bay area. Dr Erwin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counseling and AMHCA Diplomat in Geriatric Counseling. She was appointed as Fulbright Specialist teaching at the University of Iceland. She has severed several terms as Secretary/Board Member for FMHCA and as Board Member of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. As a Certified Field Traumatologist, Dr Erwin has been a field trainer for teams in Trinidad, India and Romania. She also teaches trauma counseling for the Ukraine Project in Kiev.
Kelly Erwin, Certified Field Traumatologist is the Coordinator for Global Trauma Education Center in Tampa Bay area. She has served with Green Cross in Cameroon, West Africa and in deployments for mission work in England, Ethiopia, Mexico, Jamaica and Israel. She also leads a team of missionaries who work in several African nations.
Mental health counselors are influential in the identification and support of children affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs are experienced across the developmental lifespan and impact early brain growth, client well-being, and resiliency. This presentation will investigate ACEs and their impact on children and explore attachment-based counseling strategies to identify, support, and promote the overall success of clients who have experienced ACEs. This presentation will explore the foundational principles of hope and resiliency as they relate to increased secure attachment, which can have a significant impact by helping children overcome the barriers associated with a trauma-filled past.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-839808
1. Mental health counselors will be able to describe Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the impacts on early brain growth, client well-being, and resiliency.
2. Mental health counselors will be able to discuss the foundational principles of hope and resilience and the significance of increased secure attachment in helping children overcome the barriers associated with a trauma filled past.
3. Mental health counselors will be able to apply counseling strategies in order to identify, support, and promote the overall success of children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs).
Dr. Kristy Ford is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor specializing in clinical supervision and counseling research. She is a counselor educator and supervisor, serving as a core faculty member in Liberty University’s CACREP accredited Counselor Education and Family Studies program. She has over 20 years of clinical experience that includes private practice, managed care, and community-based care. Dr. Ford’s research has focused on trauma-based interventions, attachment-based treatments, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and religious accommodation in mindfulness practice, and she has presented research findings at multiple international, national, and regional conferences.
Dr. Summer Perhay Kuba has diverse counseling experience working with children/students ranging from toddlerhood to the college level. She has provided therapeutic services to children in a residential shelter for abused children, has experience working with adolescents in a residential and outpatient drug treatment facility, and spent time as an advocate for the Juvenile Division of the Florida State Attorney’s Office where she supported victims of violent crimes. As a school counselor, she focused specifically on elementary and middle school students and also has experience as the Social and Emotional Coordinator for a K-8 school. In addition, Dr. Kuba served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Florida School Counselor Association in 2016 and continues to serve as their advocacy chair. Dr. Kuba actively presents at state and national conferences and continues to seek out opportunities to advocate for students, school counselors, and the profession as a whole.
Mental Health Counselors can take a proactive approach to addressing the needs of older adults who are transitioning from their careers through consultation and these providers can market themselves to organizations as Retirement Transition Consultants who meet with employees to discuss the transition from work to the next phase of life. This role could then be used to assess for risk factors (e.g., poor sense of self, outside the job-career role, poor social support. The issues these Retirement Transition Consultants could cover include presence of psychiatric diagnoses, physical illness, personality variables, social support, career issues, financial resources, autonomy and mobility, and cognitive loss.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-840420
1. Participants after attending this workshop will be better able to identify the growing need for Retirement Transition Consultant by better understanding the magnitude of Senior are and will be facing retirement in the next 15 years.
2. Participants after attending this workshop will be better able to identify the five critical issues facing seniors as they enter retirement.
3. Participants after attending this workshop will be better able to identify a variety of tips which can be shared in their roles as Retirement Transition Consultants.
About the Presenter: Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T
Since 2010, Jim has been an Instructor at the Troy University Tampa Bay Site Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Prior to that he has been involved in providing Behavioral Medicine interventions since 1980 when he became the Behavioral Health Consultant at United Cerebral Palsy in Tampa working with a team of Rehabilitation Specialists, Neurologists and Pediatricians for 20 years. After retiring from private practice in 2000, he worked at St Joseph’s Hospital for 5 years and also spent 7 years working in rehabilitation and nursing facilities with Primary Care physicians in an Integrated Care Model. He has authored 16 Books and 20 Training Resources which are available free on his website www.coping.us. Jim was co-founder and second President of AMHCA in 1976 and was on the founding board of the NBCC. He has been the Treasurer of FMHCA which named him Counselor Educator of the year in 2017.He is now the Director of COPING.US Training Programs (at http://coping.us/copingustrainingprog.html), service providing Free CEU training programs for mental health professionals who are either alumni of Troy University or staff members of Troy Corporate Mental Health Agencies.
This Webinar is On-Demand and can be accessed upon registration at any time. On-Demand Webinar duration is 1.5 hours. You will earn 1.5 General CEUs upon completion of the on-demand webinar.
Description: Everyone is going through this pandemic at the same time, facing the same set of risk factors. Not everyone is managing it the same way. Why are some people and organizations bouncing back quickly after the pandemic lockdown as other groups are completely shutting down? Some race back to ‘normal’ functioning while others are feeling emotionally frozen or ‘numb.’
Times of crisis expose the neurological patterns of rapid recovery and resilience – or the lack of it. This pattern – or change loop always occurs after catastrophic events and difficulties. It is an automatic response to extreme difficulty flowing out of the subconscious mind. Wendy Wood, senior researcher at the University of Southern California describes it this way-
“We spend a shocking 43% of our day doing things without thinking about them. That means almost half of our actions aren’t conscious choices but the result of our non-conscious mind nudging our body to act along learned behaviors.”
COVID-19 has affected everyone – but not in the same way. This global pandemic triggered a surge of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol which has sparked radical behavioral change at two extremes.
· In some - to lose weight, finish a degree, pay off debts and improve their sleep and relationships
· In others – to gain weight, watch TV, create more debt with online spending, never sleep and argue with or pull away from others
This radical shift in behavior flows out of thinking patterns – or mental habits – which are most noticeable during extended times of crisis. Norepinephrine helps our brains make new connections faster during challenging or stressful times. The higher your IQ – the faster it happens, especially in children. This pattern was first noticed over 100 years ago by Williams James, the founder of psychological functionalism, who said, “All our life is but a mass of habits,—practical, emotional, and intellectual bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny.”
Catastrophic stress is not new – but the unusual circumstances of COVID-19 might create a new opportunity for some to change neurological patterns to recover faster as they build a new ‘normal’ and better quality of life.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-840480
1. Gain awareness of the neurological process of rapid habit change during times of extreme stress following community crisis
2. Characterize the patterns of resilience in building a healthy mental health response to manage the normal surge of emotions during an extended pandemic
3. Create a three-step process to use with clients in overcoming compulsive cues to craft healthy behavioral change during extremely stressful times
Dwight Bain is a Nationally Certified Counselor in practice since 1984 with a specialty in managing crisis events. He served on a critical incident team at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Bain is a trusted media resource on trauma recovery who has been interviewed on over 500 radio and television stations as well as quoted in over 100 media sites including: New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Newsday, CBN.com, FoxBusiness.com & MSNBC.com
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 CEUs upon completion of the on-demand webinar.
“We haven’t seen anything like this before” is how many people described 2020 which rocked the stability of American culture in every area – business, economy, education, travel, relationships and especially the physical and mental health of all citizens. Yet if a mental health professional has never experienced a crisis like this before, how can they be expected to manage it personally, while attempting to guide their clients forward to survive continual stress? Especially since the pandemic is now ranked by the CDC.gov as the third most likely cause of death, falling behind heart disease and cancer.
Every counselor is going through this pandemic at the same time, facing the same set of risk factors. However, not every counselor is managing it the same way. Why are some counselors and behavioral management organizations bouncing back quickly and profitably during the pandemic, while others are struggling or even shutting down?
Some seem energized and organized to build their ‘new normal’ while others are feeling emotionally stuck or frozen in the fear of what is coming next during this prolonged crisis. During the global recession Harvard Business Review reported that 17% of companies disappeared while 10% scaled up and expanded services. What do they know that you don’t know to successfully navigate major changes? And how can experienced therapists benefit the most?
Consider the significant changes facing professional counselors since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020 –
· Lockdown / social isolation / loss of direct connection to clients and coworkers
· Working remotely without the need for an office to see clients face to face
· Adjusting to new governmental regulations about being ‘in-office’
· Learning new technologies to stay connected to client’s mental health needs
· Understanding new protocols for HIPPA compliance with telehealth
· Helping clients manage political unrest over racial tension and social justice issues
· Misinformation during a pandemic sparking rumors and angry reactions
· Encouraging unemployed clients who lost jobs and the ability to pay for therapy
· Exhaustion and depletion from trying to keep up with continual change
Everyone reacts differently to a crisis. Some face the pressure directly, reinvent and flow through the continuous waves of change. Others feel overwhelmed like they are drowning and may become self-destructive or quit out of exhaustion. 2021 and beyond is a time of seismic change for mental health professionals. Will you be ready – or will you be left behind? Ask yourself these questions to find out -
- What steps can you take as a mental health professional to maintain work life balance during the pandemic and post-pandemic years?
- How can an aging practitioner work fewer hours by leveraging their years of experience for greater income?
- How can counselors help people desperately seeking mental health care during a time of recession when many clients may be unemployed?
- Where could new counselors find trusted mentors to speed their career journey?
- Will you and your practice be ready to manage a continual surge of new clients?
- Do you know what services to expand, and which to abandon in the post-pandemic years?
- Are you navigating from a detailed post-Covid timeline to identify where you are at personally, as well as where you want to go as a professional?
This webinar will give you a rapid analysis of the significant changes to the industry of mental health counseling, while outlining the necessary steps to take in adapting to a post-pandemic world. A world where mental health services will be sought out in higher levels than ever before. Join us for this interactive webinar designed to equip you with strategic skills to move forward in strength during these unprecedented times.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-840892
1. Identify the top trends in mental health, and emerging industry trends affecting their ability to successfully work as a counselor during 2021 and beyond.
2. Implement tested crisis management strategies to use during the prolonged pandemic and post-pandemic recovery time to stay mentally focused and resilient for the years of psychological recovery ahead.
3. Characterize the patterns of growth in mental health which could expand the counseling impact for those near retirement by leveraging their mental health experience into new sources of revenue.
Dwight Bain is a Nationally Certified Counselor in practice since 1984. His mission is to guide individuals and organizations in solving crisis events with creative solutions. 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, Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Newsday, FoxBusiness.com & MSNBC.com
Description: This presentation intends to raise mental health awareness by identifying emotional and psychological symptoms in response to COVID-19. Effective strategies on how to best manage daily stressors will be discussed with a special emphasis placed on child care. Additionally, the transitioning out of quarantine effect will be explored.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-844282
1. Identify emotional and psychological symptoms in response to COVID-19.
2. Identify the social repercussions associated with the pandemic.
3. Identify effective strategies to help mitigate symptoms that are direct results of the pandemic.
4. Identify psychosocial concerns associated with the upcoming transitioning out of quarantine.
Dr. Diaz is licensed as a psychologist, a qualified board approved clinical supervisor for mental health counselors, and HeartMath Certified Trainer. Currently, Dr. Diaz is the Program Coordinator for Mental Health Counseling students at Albizu University, where she teaches graduate courses and supervises student clinicians. Dr. Diaz has appeared on numerous radio and television programs discussing topics on the importance of mental health hygiene, heart rhythm technology and self-care as well as other topics related to ADHD, Self-Harm, and Bullying. She gives lectures on topics deserving continuing education credits and volunteers her time as a way to give back to the community. Additionally, she owns a boutique private practice in Miami Lakes, has over 20 years of clinical experience in the mental health field, and recently became an honored member of the Trademark Top Doctors of America in 2018. Dr. Diaz consistently presents at annual conferences and has participated in the field assessment trials of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM5) where her contribution are noted on page 912. Personally, she strongly believes one must embody what we teach and engages in daily meditation and weight training. She prides herself in not having all the answers and is open to learning from everyone, especially children.
Description: Come learn about Adult Children of Immigrant Parents - how their mental health is impacted and affected by the family of origin, how they can overcome these barriers, regain control in their life, and continue developing health mental health patterns and coping skills.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-846202
1. Who are Adult Children of Immigrant Parents?
2. How family of origin affects Adult Children of Immigrant Parents.
3. Understanding the mental health barriers commonly experienced in this community.
4. Implementing effective and appropriate therapeutic interventions to support Adult Children of Immigrant Parents.
Demenna Milord is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, public speaker, and an Anxiety & Fear Relief Coach. SheÂ assists adults, families, and couples to increase peace in their lives, by using practical and healthy coping skills to manage feelings of anxiety and depression. Demenna believes that the Adult Children of Immigrant Parents population is in need of increased support to assist in continued life transitions. After spending the last 8 years working in settings such as community mental health/mobile crisis, psychiatric hospitalization, and substance abuse, Demenna has been able to help people from different walks of life gain back something very important to them - peace, the ability to handle stress well, and healthier family relationships. Demenna graduated from Palm beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Demenna is also currently a member of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), a chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
Description: Counselors are ill-equipped to handle issues of infidelity and betrayal. Couples present wounded, shamed, angry and unhappy. Presenters will address techniques and interventions including understanding the significance of trust violations, identifications of vulnerabilities, and a process for determining how clients can decide to remain together or apart.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-847928
1. Identify current theories and models for the treatment of infidelity.
2. Practice specific techniques for treating couples seeking help for an affair.
3. Evaluate ethical issues that may commonly occur during affair treatment
About the Presenters:
Amber Lange, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has been providing counseling services since 2005. Before her counseling career, she was the creator and director of a drop-in, part-time, child care center. She has extensive training and experience in treating infidelity, betrayal, and addictions. Her experience includes both community counseling and private practice work. She recently sold a thriving private practice in Michigan and moved to Florida. She currently is the Director of External Partnerships at Capella University. Additionally, she has been teaching in higher education since 2004. Dr. Lange is a known speaker on topics such as relationships, divorce, alcoholism, intimate partner violence, and addictions; and she has researched, published, and utilized a therapy dog in counseling.
Dr. Konja Klepper is Core Faculty for the CES and MCHC programs at Capella University. She is also a professional counselor, clinical supervisor, and Reiki master. In addition to a research focus on holistic health and wellness, Dr. K believes in preparing counselors and counselor educators as advocates for human development, social justice and change, which will effectively serve the needs of clients and students across a culturally diverse and pluralist society. With a focus on leadership, social justice, and advocacy, Dr. K was the head of our chapter's honors society. Chi Upsilon Chi is the largest chapter of the international honors society, Chi Sigma Iota. Currently, Dr. K is the head of the CES fieldwork department and Comprehensive Exams. In addition, she is an active member of ACES, AGLBTIC, ASERVIC, and AHC. Next, Dr. K is the Ph.D. residency Track 3 lead, with a focus on qualitative methodology, specifically phenomenology and generic qualitative methods.
Dr. Carrie VanMeter earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and School Counseling Certificate from The University of Toledo. She is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a licensed Professional School Counselor (LSC) in the state of Ohio. She has experience working with children and families both in the community and the high school setting. She also has experience in community mental health agencies providing treatment for juvenile sex offenders, sexual abuse survivors, domestic violence perpetrators and survivors. She is involved in numerous professional organizations including ACA, ASCA, ACES, OCA, OASCA, OASGW, and ASGW. Her research interests include teen dating violence, domestic violence, offender treatment, supervision in counseling, and professional identity and advocacy in counseling.
Description: Counselors can encounter clients involved in the family court system through various roles. Whether counseling children, conducting evaluations, or providing coparenting counseling, counselors need to understand the intricacies of family law and court proceedings. As clients entangled in the family court system can present with a range of challenges, counselors must learn to clearly define their roles, communicate with attorneys, navigate no-contact orders, understand parenting plans, and establish firm boundaries with all parties. This presentation will detail the ways that counselors can encounter clients involved in the family court system, and outline best practices for working with these clients.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-849476
1. Participants will be able to identify and describe the numerous roles counselors can play in family court cases.
2. Participants will be able to define roles, boundaries, and rules when working with family court cases.
3. Participants will be able to explain the legal and ethical limitations associated with parenting plans, no-contact orders, and marital settlement agreements.
Vassilia Binensztok, PhD, LMHC, NCC is a counselor in private practice and an adjunct professor of counseling at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Binensztok is a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator and Parenting Coordinator with extensive experience working in the child welfare system and the family court system.
Description: In these two hours you will learn the secrets of how to become an in-network provider for both insurance carriers and EAPs. Although it seems complicated, this webinar will easily provide the information and steps that are required to provide the required documents and apply to the EAPs and insurance companies. After someone applies there can be many issues that arise before the insurance carrier approves the application. We will spend time on common issues and how to rectify them. After you successfully are in-network, you will learn how to collect fees, including copays, and how to be reimbursed by the carrier or EAP. We will also have time to answer your specific questions on these issues.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-850738
1. Establishing a insurance based private practice
2. Deciding whether to be in or out of network with insurance and EAPs
3. Ways to be accepted on panels
4. How to determine new patient eligibility and collect payment
Jennifer Dahl is the owner of Jennifer Ann Counseling of Florida, LLC and provides mental health counseling along with career coaching. She has been in the field of mental health for over 25 years with the past 10+ years in private practice taking insurance and EAPs. Her career coaching focuses on helping people develop a career goal through vocational testing, resume building, job searching, interview skills, and negotiating salary. Along with these skills, she also assists people who are having difficulties on the job. She has helped executives from Fortune 500 companies to solve interpersonal issues to veterans who are disabled reentering the workforce. Jennifer has presented at local, state and national conferences. Past presentations have been on Mental Illness and the Workforce, Returning to Work after Becoming Disabled, and Choosing a Career Path. She has developed and presented workshops on writing resumes, overcoming fears when interviewing, how to complete a federal application and more.
Some mental health counselors erroneously believe that once they've slapped a disorder label on an assessment, they've done their due diligence in formulating a DSM-5 diagnosis, but they're missing out on an important and critical aspect of diagnosis-- z-codes! What are "z-codes?" If they aren't disorders, will insurance companies pay for them? If not, then why are they important? A comprehensive list of z-codes is an integral part of diagnosis. When clinicians learn to efficiently and effectively list z-codes, they can save themselves and others a great deal of time, write more meaningful treatment plans, more easily identify what's missing in their interventions, and thereby improve client outcomes. Whether you're a therapist seeking to improve your clinical skills or a forensic evaluator who wants to write a more effective evaluation report, this training should equip you to start having fun with z-codes.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-850786
1. Define z-codes and learn an efficient method for where and how to find then in the DSM-5.
2. List reasons why z-codes are so important for thorough assessment and treatment planning.
3. Identify several z-codes in a case scenario
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 nearly 20 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, Research of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2020, and has been published in several social science journals and professional magazines in clinical mental health counseling.
The American Counseling Association declares that “a counselor is a counselor is a counselor.” However, within the boarder counseling profession there are multiple counseling specialties, such as rehabilitation counselors, vocational/career counselors, school counselors, and clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs). What’s a CMHC? What makes a CMHC similar or different from other mental health professionals? This training focuses on the unique professional identity of CMHCs. It exposes several myths about our profession, celebrates our long and fruitful journey towards excellence, and conveys a passionate vision for our professional future and a roadmap to professional advocacy.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-850868
1. Define clinical mental health counseling and the CMHC's scope of practice.
2. Describe the history of the clinical mental health counseling profession, clarifying related myths about the profession.
3. Identify emerging issues in the CMHC profession, the few “professional disparities” between clinical mental health counseling and allied therapeutic professions (i.e., clinical psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, psychiatry/psychiatric nursing) and how to overcome them.
On a statewide poll of 137 counselors in Florida, 95% of counselors who were providing direct client services reported that they were providing telehealth sessions, whereas only months earlier only a small percentage of counselors offered telehealth. The COVID-19 pandemic created a rapid shift among counselors, but many of us have little training or experience with telehealth and lots of questions, such as: 1. What platforms am I allowed to use for telehealth? 2. What are some of the unique clinical, ethical, and legal considerations for telehealth? 3. What should a telehealth consent form include? 4. How can I make telehealth sessions more personal, engaging, or interactive? 5. What happens if my client is in another state and wants to do a telehealth session? 6. How do I bill insurance for telehealth? This 3-hour presentation seeks to answer these and similar questions about telehealth services.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-799873
1. Summarize ethical considerations and legal considerations for telehealth as depicted in the AMHCA 2020 Code of Ethics and Florida Statutes.
2. List several telehealth platforms and describe the functions of each.
3. Apply telehealth etiquette and best practices to maximize outcomes.
Decades of research suggest that misdiagnosis of mental disorders is a common medical error. For example, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are often misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and many children and adolescents are misdiagnosed with ADHD. Although many people who meet the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are undiagnosed, as many as 60 % of people who are diagnosed with MDD do not meet criteria for the disorder! Bipolar II Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, specific phobias, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, eating disorders, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder are often missed by clinicians. Why is that? We’re often trained in graduate school to with cookie-cutter, seamless case examples, but in the real world, clients often don't present with "textbook" presentations of symptoms that neatly fall into a particular disorder. Many symptoms of mental disorders are "overlapping," meaning that the same symptom may be listed under several disorders. With the limited time that clinicians often have, how do we quickly formulate an accurate diagnosis? Find out by attending this 2-hour medical errors update! We'll use real case examples to show you how to use differential diagnosis resources for overlapping symptoms.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-799937
1. Define “overlapping symptoms.”
2. Apply a 6-step differential diagnosis process.
3. Use the DSM-5 Differential Diagnosis mobile app to formulate a diagnosis for case scenarios involving overlapping symptoms.
Description: Participants will learn the benefits and risks of writing about trauma and grief, as well as clear, research-based strategies to reduce the risks. This interactive workshop will invite participants to experience gently guided writing exercises, then provide them with a printable PDF handbook to allow them to begin using therapeutic writing exercises for grief in their practice.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-852600
1. Understand the benefits of writing about trauma and grief.
2. Understand the risks and know how to mitigate them in practice.
3. Provide experiential activities to allow practice and integration of the theory.
Maureen Pollard is a registered social worker with a private practice in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. She has been working with individuals, families and groups for 30 years, and in her private practice she specializes in trauma and grief work. She is the author of The Twentieth Year: A Memoir of Miscarriage, and she co-wrote the song I Hope You Stay for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, as well as the song One Breath at a Time for International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day 2020 with Murray Foster of the Toronto Songwriting School.
Description: This course is used to give mental health professionals the fundamentals of the various types of alternative sexual and relationship expression that they may come into contact with in their therapeutic practice.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-854712
1. Understand the ethographic concepts of kinky and alternative relationships, communities and their role, as a mental health provider.
2. Understand the difference between healthy kink and pathology.
3. Learn therapeutic interventions and common issues seen with power exchange, consensual non monogamy, asexuality, fetish, and other kinky clients.
4. Evaluation of the science and research of kink.
Dr. Patty Evans aka Dr. Harmony is one of the leading Mental Health Counselors and Clinical Sexologists. She brings her unique blend of skills and education specializing in Kink Culture and Sexuality, Relationship Counseling, Sex Positive Therapy, Traumatology, and Holistic Psychotherapy. Through her own personal experiences and her unique insights, she has forged an extraordinarily successful methodology designed to conquer overwhelming emotions which may be interfering with your daily life, relationships, work and health.
Wendi "Nicki" Line aka Therapist Nicki is a pioneer in her brand of holistic mental health treatment. After spending over a decade looking at cookie cutter plans of treatment she looks at the whole person and the system they are living in and finds a plan to create balance and harmony. She is also know as the Healing Unicorn using creative methods to clean out old wounds so they can heal and allow for them to thrive. Therapist Nicki is a clinical sexologist specializing in kink and alternative relationships such as polyamory, relationship specialist. She is also a traumatologist addictologist and geek therapist. She works with eating disorders, law enforcement, and military personnel. Therapist Nicki works with individuals, children, adolescents, relationships, and families.
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).
Description: For the Mental health professional who seeks a better understanding of substance use treatment
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-860250
1. Identify recent Changes in treatment and diagnosis of SUDs
2. Be able to define Co-occurring disorders and Disease Concept
3. Define substance use treatment modalities and appropriate levels of care
4. More readily identify when a SUD is impairing progress in treatment
Nelson L. Hadler has been providing clinical services to adolescents, adults and families for over twenty-five years. Nelson’s focus has been substance abuse disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. He has used his extensive experience from both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings to develop and implement comprehensive treatment programs. Nelson has been a groundbreaker in the Northern NJ area in the field of addiction treatment. He was instrumental in the growth of Treatment Dynamics an outpatient so-occurring treatment center, implementing one of the first adolescent intensive outpatient (IOP) drug and alcohol treatment programs in the area. Nelson Holds a bachelors in Psychology and an MSW from Rutgers University. He is a NJ and FL LCSW, a NJ LCADC and a FL CAC, as well as a Certified Clinical Supervisor in NJ and Fl and a International Certified Clinical Supervisor of Drug and Alcohol Counselors. Nelson is currently working with two IOPs in Ft Myers and has a private practice in Ft Myers as well.
Description: This course will give a brief history of popular culture, how it is identified and how it can be used in a therapeutic setting.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-865930
1. Provide a basic set of definitions and concepts based on popular culture academic literature.
2. Give some examples of popular culture expressions for the purpose of applying a praxis towards therapy.
3. Describe some of theoretical frameworks that can help conceptualize popular culture for a therapeutic setting
4. Connect popular culture content to the beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors of an individual.
Graduated from Colorado State University with a double Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology, where I focused on Gender Identity formation, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Specifically those in relation to the Transgender population and access to health-care and mental health counseling by knowledgeable counseling professionals and doctors. I then went on to my Master’s at Walden University where I continued this track and become actively involved in the ACA’s ALGBTIC division and served on a the committee for making language in documentation more accessible and gender neutral. I picked up a specialization in Crisis & Trauma after working for Hospice and volunteering at the local LGBT center’s around my hometown and university. Eventually I made my way to Florida from Colorado. Gamer/Neet/Anime Weeb and all around enjoyer of life’s little self-care routines.
Description: Due to the pandemic, many mental health providers converted in-person services to an online format. Groups are particularly challenging to convert to a live online format because of the need to engage multiple participants simultaneously. The CARE 4 Grief psychoeducational support group was quickly adapted to a live online format and this webinar focuses on techniques and lessons learned for mental health professionals when converting in-person groups to live online groups.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-869346
1. Describe pre-group planning strategies and implement techniques to engage clients prior to starting online grief psychoeducational support group.
2. Implement methods to make in-person grief psychoeducational support groups adaptable to a live online format.
3. Apply techniques and skills to engage clients and implement the necessary skills to help a disengaged client during online grief psychoeducational support group.
4. Evaluate client’s progress and outcomes post-online grief groups.
Michelle-Ann Rhoden Neita is a licensed clinical social worker in Florida and Illinois, registered play therapist, and certified trauma therapy provider. She is presently pursuing her grief therapy certification. She is currently the chairperson of Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment, a social service organization, the founder of FamPac Wellness Center, an organization providing psychotherapy and program evaluation services, and an assistant professor in the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. Michelle-Ann has extensive clinical experience working with children and families in child welfare who have experienced abuse, neglect, separation, grief, and loss. She co-authored the CARE 4 Grief Psychoeducational manual, which is a grief support group manual for adults experiencing the death of a significant person. She has presented at numerous conferences and published several journal articles on the impact of trauma exposure and psychological trauma on one’s well-being. She currently engages in research focusing on the impact of traumatic experiences, including the violent death of a significant other, on youth and adults with criminal backgrounds.
Lataya Dennis Hall is a Mental Health professional, educator, and writer, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment Inc. (CARE Inc.), an organization in Miami Gardens, Florida. She also serves as a director of the board of Empowering Abuse Victims Ministry. She is also a Board-Certified Christian Counselor, a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, and a Certified Pre-Marital Counselor in the counties of Broward and Miami Dade, Florida. She serves on various mental health coalitions throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. She holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, where she is currently pursuing a PHD in Neuropsychology. Lataya is a dynamic speaker/presenter who is known for facilitating and coordinating workshops and seminars on various mental health topics including: fostering healthy marriages and families, trauma and abuse, crisis management, stress management, understanding mental health disorders, coping with grief and loss, and building resilience. She has collaborated with major organizations such as Mental Health America, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, South Florida Wellness Network, Choose Life International, and Apostolic Camp International just to name a few to raise awareness on the impact of mental health problems. She co-authors and facilitates the CARE 4 Grief Psycho-educational curriculum and manual, a grief support course for people grieving the loss of a loved one. She sees herself as an advocate of the underserved and disenfranchised members of our society and leads with the value of her CARE Inc., “Empowering others to care for themselves.”
Esther M. Harrow, a Registered Marriage & Family Therapy Intern, has been working in the field of marriage and family therapy for the past eight years. She is currently providing therapeutic services for clients that have DUI (Driving Under the Influence) cases. She works with CARE 4 Grief, which offers a psychoeducational group intended to help grieving individuals understand their grief journey. Previously, she worked with families providing in-home therapy in South Florida. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and St. Thomas University where she received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently pursuing her grief counseling certification. Her philosophy is that grief is a necessary part of life as we are constantly evolving. Her goal is to help grieving individuals create their new normal. She enjoys reading, singing, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends. She is a volunteer at Pentecostal Tabernacle International, having participated in the choir, Outreach Missions, Homeless Feeding, Hospitality team, and as a Sunday school teacher.
Annette Taylor-Spence holds a Master of Science degree in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, and a Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida. She also has a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree from The International University of Biblical Studies. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution Studies and certification as a grief counselor. Her doctoral research examines how the death of a child and the subsequent grief impacts the communication between parents. A teacher, speaker, playwright, poet, trainer, facilitator and conflict coach, Annette offers conflict resolution services through Love CareFronting LLC. Her services as a trainer and workshop presenter have been used at marriage retreats, staff training in corporate settings, and at retreats and workshops by churches. Annette is an Associate with the Organizational Consulting firm of Neil Katz and Associates where she designs training material and develops original role-plays to be used with target groups in training workshops. At Pentecostal Tabernacle, Miami Gardens, Florida, Annette is the ministry liaison to bereaved members of the congregation to provide emotional support and funeral planning assistance. She is also a volunteer at Center for Advancement, Restoration and Empowerment Inc., Miami, Florida where she is a contributing editor to the CARE 4 Grief Psychoeducational groups manual and a co-facilitator to the grief groups.
Description: This webinar will introduce you to a new approach in treating trauma and addressing other issues clients want to address, such as Performance Enhancement or processing grief. Thousands of mental health practitioners have been trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and have found this method of treating Post Traumatic Stress, and other mental health disorders to be brief and effective. It not only eliminates symptoms of PTS quickly but also reduces the risk of compassion fatigue. Many have called ART a “paradigm shift” because of its change in focus from looking at cognitions to aiding the client in eliminating negative images, which the Developer feels are the triggers for negative emotions. If you want to enjoy trauma work, resolve issues more quickly, and reduce secondary trauma, please join us to learn more.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-869376
1. Participants will be able to describe Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
2. Participants will be able to list 4 components of effective trauma focused psychotherapy.
3. Participants will be able to identify 2 components of ART that facilitate change.
4. Participants will be able to identify 1 difference between ART and EMDR.
About the Presenter: Kathy Long, LMHC
Kathy Long, MA, LMHC graduated from the University of South Florida and works with civilians, veterans and families in her private practice. She has been a valuable team member of the USF efficacy studies evaluating Accelerated Resolution Therapy since their inception. Kathy is an IS-ART.org Clinical ART Specialist and trains for the Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery as well as ART International Training and Research. She has assisted with and/or led multiple trainings on numerous Army bases as well as civilian ART trainings. She serves on the RCRR travel team teaching Basic, Advanced, and Enhanced Protocols to clinicians across the US. Additionally, she is a Christian counselor . She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The digital age has raised a number of ethical dilemmas for counselors to grapple with. Do I approve or deny a friend request from a client? Can I look up information about my client on the internet? Can I have a Facebook page for my practice? What happens if a client posts a comment? Can I still send emails to clients? What about text messages? Can we Skype? Can I facilitate a cyber group? Fortunately, recent revisions in the ethical codes of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) provide guidance on questions like these. But on the other hand, how many counselors have the time to review each of these codes in great detail to find out what’s new? In this 3- hour workshop, we’ll review recent changes in the ethical codes governing our profession with particularly emphasis on the 2020 revision of AMHCA’s ethical code.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-873842
1. Identify novel ethical issues related to technological advances in counseling.
2. Review revisions in various ethical codes in the past 5 years that relate to technology and counseling
3. Identify gaps, challenges, and unanswered questions that still generate ethical ambiguity among counselors.
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 is board-certified in addictions, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and clinical trauma treatment. He has 20 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, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and has been published in NAADAC’s Addiction Professional, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Individual Psychology, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, and AMHCA’s The Advocate Magazine.
Description: Mental health counselors utilize regularly the power of the human-animal bond, a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between humans and animals that promotes the healing of both (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2020). Through animal-assisted interventions (AAI), humans engage in therapeutic interactions with animals across settings and contexts. One such setting involves animal-assisted crisis response (AACR), a type of AAI that involves incorporating animals into disaster response and recovery for the purpose of comfort and support for those affected by the event (Pet Partners, 2020). AACR has been implemented widely across Florida for major events including the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and the shootings at both Pulse Nightclub and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The goal of this presentation is to introduce attendees to AAIs, specifically to the power of AACR.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-874192
1. Attendees will list the benefits of incorporating various species of therapy animals into crisis, trauma, and grief work by learning the physiological, psychological, and emotional influence of the human-animal bond.
2. Attendees will identify the verbal and nonverbal indicators of the human-animal bond when incorporating therapy animals into disaster mental health and crisis settings by reviewing relevant photos and scenarios.
3. Attendees will evaluate previous events involving animal-assisted crisis-response nationwide and in the state of Florida and discuss how the aftermath of these events were shaped by the presence of animals.
Ariann Robino, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Nova Southeastern University. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Louisiana and a board-certified counselor. She completed her PhD at Virginia Tech in Counselor Education and is an affiliate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Animal-Human Relationships. Dr. Robino has research experience in the human-animal bond and animal-assisted interventions as well as clinical experience through the pursuit of a certificate in Animal-Assisted Interventions in Counseling at Idaho State University. Her interests include animal-assisted interventions, the human-animal bond, addictions, human development, wellness, trauma, and criminal justice.
Hailey Fitzpatrick, B.S., is a second year Clinical Mental Health Master's Student at Nova Southeastern University. Hailey has previous experience in Hippotherapy practices where horses are used as therapeutic tools rather than for equestrian goals. Hailey is on Dr. Robino's research team which investigated the effects of animal assisted interventions for those who have experienced a traumatic event. Hailey's interests include animal-assisted interventions specifically equine assisted interventions, schema therapy, and the wellness model.
Description: Ethics courses or seminars are often presented in kind of a "Gotcha!" format, where the presenter asks questions, knowing they will get at least partially wrong answers and then trapping the answerer into the humiliating experience of being told that they are unethical in front of everybody. This presentation is designed top review Ethics and Rules in a more friendly, empowering format. And to see if we can have a little fun with it.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20- 876528
1. Attendees will be able to define and understand basic concepts of ethics in the context of counseling.
2. Objective 2Attendees will be able to define and understand the paradigm of how ethics and the law intersect in the context of counseling.
3. Attendees will be able to define and understand the paradigm of how to think about ethics in the context of counseling.
Description: Many individuals experience co-morbid Eating Disorders and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Counselors can utilize their understanding of an evidence-based approach to work with clients with this presentation, both in person and via telemental health. This webinar will provide an overview of Cognitive Processing Therapy and information on the application with two actual cases, to increase attendees’ knowledge of how to effectively work with clients with this clinical presentation.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-878170
1. Develop a basic understanding of the features of comorbidity among Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Eating Disorders.
2. Learn about an evidence-based treatment modality of Cognitive Processing Therapy to address this specific comorbid clinical condition.
3. Understand the impact of comorbid treatment through the presentation of two case examples (one in person and one remote).
Elissa Chakoff is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Barry University. She is a Board Certified Telemental Health provider and has Cognitive Processing Therapy provider status. She is currently a Clinical Implementation Manager at Recovery Record. She has experience working with clients with eating disorders and trauma in higher levels of care as a primary therapist, clinical director and hiring manager. She has also spent years working with at-risk youth, families involved in the dependency system and with human trafficking victims. Elissa obtained Master's and Specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. Elissa has a strong desire to inspire future counselors as an educator in a counselor education program upon graduation.
Description: The family system is increasingly being stretched to include older adults, boomerang young adults and grandchildren. This multi-generational family tips the balance of traditional family systems. Discover how to adapt counseling approaches for issues of the multigenerational family including the unique challenges of shared traumas.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-879804
1. Identify roles and relationships in the multigenerational family system
2. Recognize how generational role exits influence cohesion v. conflict
3. Evaluate inclusive family interventions
4. Develop partnership approach to role redefinitions in the family
Dr Kathie Erwin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, Associate Professor at Divine Mercy University. Secretary of FMHCA, Dr Erwin is also a Master Field Traumatologist and board member of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology serving as a team leader in Trinidad, India, Romania and Ukraine. Author of seven professional counseling books, Group Work for Aging Adults, 2nd Edition (2013) generated international interest leading to guest faculty invitations for NordMag Gerontology Intensive at University of Iceland and keynote speaker for Mexican Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy.