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.
Florida mental health COUNSELORS association
2101 Vista Parkway Ste 233 West Palm Beach Florida 33411 (P) 561-228-6129 (E) Office@FLMHCA.org
Description: 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
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
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).
About the Presenter:
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.
Description: 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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: 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
About the Presenter:
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.
Description: This program will review the development and application of the Complete Mental Status Evaluation. Prior research and application will be discussed, as well as new developments from the clinical and neuropsychological perspectives. This program will review current uses of the evaluation and it's efficiency. CMSE is a straightforward, concise, and complete instrument that can be utilized with diverse population, which includes clients not only with neurological damage, but also those with psychiatric and psychological difficulties. CMSE training is a learning approach that will create a standardized approach in assessing Mental Status.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-853155
1.Review inconsistencies in current application in evaluating Mental Status
2. Understand the development and of the component of the Mental Status Evaluation
3. Define specific terms in each category and understand its severity
4. Rudimentary application of CMSE in clinical settings with diverse population
Dr. Eric Y. Reznik is a clinical and forensic psychologist. He holds a Master’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. Since 1998, he taught as an adjunct at multiple colleges and universities, and currently teaching at Barry University. Dr. Reznik worked with populations ranging from young children to older adults. He also worked with multicultural clinical and forensic clientele and in public and private practice. Dr. Reznik developed Complete Mental Status Evaluation scale after many years of providing psychological therapy and assessments in various and diverse settings. Additionally, he has developed a Therapeutic Martial Arts program modality and currently is in the publishing a book about the program.
Description: As mental health practitioners, we all have a role to play in promoting positive childhood experiences and resilience in our clients. This presentation will support you work with your clients more effectively by understanding the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Toxic stress is a result of chronic activation of a physiologic response to stressors when there is no buffering protection or support. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect psychological functioning based on early learning of coping strategies. The ACE studies and subsequent related research have been groundbreaking and have quantified the physiological effects of stress and suffering. The impact of toxic stress on child development, brain responses to stress, and individual and family functioning results in maladaptive psychological and physical functioning. Resilience is the ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful times and is a natural counter-balance to ACEs. The more resilient children and adults can become, the more likely they are able to manage negative situations in healthy and adaptive ways that won’t result in prolonged and unfavorable outcomes. As mental health practitioners, we all have a role to play in promoting the resilience of our clients. Learn how to do so more effectively in this presentation.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-862047
1. Attendees will learn how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect child development and adult functioning, and the scientific research behind the findings.
2. Attendees will learn how to assess for ACEs.
3. Attendees will learn how to work with clients to foster the resilience that can mitigate the impact of ACEs resulting in better mental health outcomes.
4. Attendees will learn how mental health professionals can support current efforts in Florida to create a resilient community.
Alicia M. Homrich is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and National Certified Counselor. She has specialized in family strengths and resiliency throughout her professional career. She is a professor emeritus of counseling at Rollins College where she taught human development, family and relationship therapy, and clinical skills in the Graduate Studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program for 22 years. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her service contributions to the fields of group work, family and relationship therapy as well as ethics and professional standards. Dr. Homrich has co-edited a book published by The American Counseling Association on best practices in gatekeeping for clinical mental health professionals.
Description: There has been an increase in the topic of mental health in the news, in schools and on social media, however it seems there is still a limited understanding of the differences between mental health and mental illness. In schools, students are labeled by their diagnosis if they have one or they are punished for their behavior without determining the cause. Many educators have the belief that counseling or therapy is a “quick fix” for students. Some are reluctant to admit they actually need support themselves. This session will include various scenarios which create a clearer picture of the needs within the schools.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-857155
1. Evaluate the need for mental health education.
2. Discuss the role of mental health professionals in schools.
3. Identify opportunities to provide school-based mental health services.
Erica N. Wortherly is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with educators and parents to improve their understanding of mental health. She earned her BA in Communications from the University of North Florida and Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. Erica speaks on topics including self-care practices, mental health awareness, becoming trauma-sensitive, and more. As a former teacher in Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, a school-based clinical counselor for Children’s Home Society of North Florida, and a social worker, she will always be an educator. She has written three children’s books addressing anger, grief, and anxiety. “I Scream Because I’m Angry,” “Dear Everybody, Admit There’s Hurt,” and "...But, What If..." are used as tools for engaging in challenging conversations with children. Through her private practice and Teaching with Mental Health in Mind, Erica advocates for shifting mindsets to create more flexible, empathetic and comfortable environments for children and the adults who care for them to thrive.
Description: Dr. Jackson’s presentation is based on the research findings from her qualitative multiple-case study, discussed in a practical manner in this presentation and in her book I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH: Lessons of Transformation from Adult Children of Alcoholics. The presentation contains inspiring accounts from adult children of alcoholics, with and without personal addictions, after their long-term involvement in recovery. Jackson depicts the actual process of transformation for these ACOAs in her study, and the following themes emerged from her research: understanding alcoholism, self-transformation, interpersonal transformation, and psycho-spiritual transformation. Dr. Jackson provides a message of hope for mental health professionals treating ACOAs and other individuals in a recovery journey. Given the qualitative nature of her research, Jackson effectively captured the voices of ACOAs, with and without personal addictions, in her study.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-889672
1. To learn about the process of transformation from adult children of individuals who had or have alcohol problems
2. To discuss the recovery components that assisted adult children to live healthy and wholesome lives
3. To understand how adult children, who were impacted by their parents' alcohol problem, underwent personal, interpersonal, and psycho-spiritual transformation after long-term recovery
Dr. Daniella Jackson is the founder, owner, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Jackson’s ALL WELLness Services, LLC. Dr. Jackson’s passion lies in inspiring and promoting a health and wellness consciousness. As a result, she has devoted her life for the past 20 years to working with adolescents and adults with mental health, substance abuse, and dual disorders. For the past 16 years, Dr. Jackson worked directly with adults who struggled with such problems. Currently, Dr. Jackson is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida, and she holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with specialization in General Psychology. Additionally, Dr. Jackson is a certified health coach, and as a coach, she works with couples, parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, university students, doctoral students, professional women, and women above the age 40. Dr. Jackson also serves as a pillar of hope for women in their mid-30’s and above who are trying to conceive and who are pregnant to help them in achieving and maintaining wellness in a holistic manner. She is the author of I AM MORE THAN ENOUGH: Lessons of Transformation from Adult Children of Alcoholics and the children’s book Della The Dragonfly’s Tales. Dr. Jackson has carefully crafted her books to inspire, uplift, and instill hope in both child and adult readers. Her undisputable creativity, eloquence, tenacity, and enthusiasm yielded Dr. Jackson undeniable success in working with people, which in turn, fuels her passion to continue helping individuals within a health spectrum, from the hopelessness of active addictions to the inspiring and encouraging ways for wholeness and wellness.
Description: Traditional social work practice uneasy relationship with both spirituality and energy healing may limit social workers who would consider using them to enhance their work. Following a brief discussion of how Transpersonal Theory offers a compelling rationale for their integration, three energy healing techniques will be demonstrated. Spirituality can unite people of various cultures together. Through Transpersonal Theory and its inclusion of spiritual practices social workers can offer clients effective tools to assist them in making sense of traumatic and challenging events.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-869481
Understand Transpersonal Theory perspective on the use of Energy Therapies and spiritual interventions in social work practice.
Experience and discuss how to integrate three spiritual energy healing techniques used for mind and body stress release
Identify case studies and experiences in which spiritual situations in sessions overruled mental health conditions
Paty 'Mariposa' Hernandez is a Stress Release Expert who empowers compassionate professionals who are overwhelmed and stressed to transform and achieve holistic wellness in their lives so they can feel happier and healthier using complementary therapies. She is an international speaker and offers self-care workshops and presentations focused on incorporating Eastern and Western therapies in English and Spanish. Paty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida with a dual Master's degree in Social Work and Public Health, plus numerous certifications in Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Mindfulness Techniques, ThetaHealing, and Wellness Coach. She specializes in working with people who struggle with issues dealing with trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression related to relationships and careers.
Description: The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021 ushered in an unprecedented demand for mental health counseling and related services. Depression and anxiety rates tripled, and suicide, substance use, overdose, and domestic violence rates soared. According to one national survey, 1 out of every 3 Americans saw a therapist at least once in 2020. Data collected by the presenter from 650 counselors nationwide revealed that 1 out of 3 counselors was working overtime to try to meet demand, and many had stopped accepting new referrals or started limiting intakes. The echoes and repercussions of the pandemic will likely last for years to come, but throughout history every major national or international crisis has sparked a period of increased growth and awareness the field of clinical mental health counseling. During a time of tremendous upheaval and adjustment, how can counselors play a role in post-traumatic growth both in the U.S. and around the world? Find out with this workshop.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-898163
1. Define post-traumatic growth and describe how it applies in the aftermath of a pandemic.
2. Describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellness of the U.S. population.
3. Create a plan to implement seven tips for fostering post-traumatic growth in your counseling practice.
Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 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 Past-President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He has nearly 20 years of clinical and forensic 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 2020, and he has been published in several social science journals and professional magazines in clinical mental health counseling.
Description: Balancing clinical and billing considerations can be challenging for behavioral health providers. This session will explore a documentation framework that supports the integration of clinical processes and claimable activities. The presentation will include an overview of Medicaid and commercial insurance standards along with documentation training techniques for improved insurance compliance, and decreased paybacks at audits. We will cover document timelines, consents, assessments, progress notes, and treatment planning.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-903921
1. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of Medicaid and commercial insurance compliance standards.
2. Participants will evaluate their own internal practice guidelines for promoting compliance.
3. Participants will identify immediate changes they can make to generate clinically compliant documentation.
Ryan Fontaine roles, she has developed trainings for agencies and groups to improve compliance as well as providing documentation review and management support.ne, LMHC has 14 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, from residential programs to in-home counseling. Ryan received a MA in Clinical Psychology from UCF and has been a part of program development, staff training, and quality assurance teams while working in a management capacity since 2014.
Since 2000, Melissa Norris has held management roles enhancing and designing programs in the fields of mental health, behavior analysis, case management, residential facilities and community behavioral health. In 2016, Ms. Norris founded Credentialing Consultants of FL, dba TherAssist Practice Concierge, to support behavioral health providers with their practice needs. TherAssist provides consultation and training in all aspects of practice administration, with a focus on FL Medicaid compliance.
Description: While you may have completed your traditional undergraduate and graduate training through brick-and mortar programs on residential campuses, many of today's graduates - and a larger percentage of tomorrow's graduates - will complete their training through nontraditional programs. This shift in the context of training provides an exciting opportunity for those in clinical practice to supplement the income while also having a hand in educating the next generation. Dr. Graham has been involved in online education programs for the last 14 years. He's held the role of content area expert, adjunct faculty, and affiliate faculty. He's worked in undergraduate and graduate programs - all while maintaining a clinical practice. Those who attend this workshop will have the opportunity to learn practical tools for addressing legal and ethical issues - and opportunities - in joining the world of online education as an adjunct faculty member.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-903282
Dr. Graham has been involved in online education programs for the last 14 years. He's held the role of content area expert, adjunct faculty, and affiliate faculty. He and his family reside in Hobe Sound, Florida where he is also engaged in private practice.
Description: 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: Working with clients who are experiencing chronic illnesses and chronic pain is a complex and often misunderstood population. In this training, Gabrielle will explain the common issues this population faces, the connection between physical health and mental health and trauma, and best tools to utilize with these clients.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-912164
Gabrielle Juliano-Villani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, owner, and founder of Colorado In-Home Counseling, a thriving group practice of 13 therapists, serving adults of all ages who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, chronic health conditions, trauma, life transitions, and stress management. Gabrielle has 15 years of experience working in the field of mental health, helping clients find better work/life balance and creating space for clients to reach their highest potential. Gabrielle is also a contributor and content creator to the Goodheart Collaborative, an app focused on burnout prevention for women in helping professions. Gabrielle will be published later this month on thriveglobal.com for an in-depth interview on burnout prevention, and has also contributed to psychwire.com. Gabrielle is passionate about bridging gaps and making mental health accessible to everyone. When she’s not working, Gabrielle is teaching Zumba or reading a psychological thriller at the beach!
Description: Clients often experience the deepest benefits from counseling in instances where the optimal connection between client and counselor is experienced through the formation of strong rapport. Fandom experiences have been shown to become integral parts in the identity formation of clients across various age ranges from childhood into adulthood. With media psychology offering insights into the experience of various gaming activities from avatar creation to goal fulfillment, it has become more possible to integrate the takeaway lessons learned in the game-space as strengths to be harnessed as exceptions to the problem in a therapeutic context. This presentation will explore a select style of player and narrative driven game experiences as connections for refining authorship of the client’s preferred narrative and learning to pursue meaning across treatment experiences from intake through termination of the counseling process.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-914219
Dr. Kaufmann is an Assistant Professor and chairperson for the Committee of Student Evaluation for Mental Health Counseling graduate programs at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Kaufmann also serves as a founding member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Video Game Disorder clinical training programs through the IGCCB and is leading the taskforce for the APA to review the criteria for consideration of Internet Gaming Disorder in future DSM-5 updates. His research covers areas from video games, personality theory, process addictions, online education, and counselor development. He offers supervision to counselors nationwide to help bridge the gap in learning about addictions and specific insights related to effective treatment for clients experiencing games-related issues. Dr. Kaufmann is also a frequent contributor for programming through Geek Therapeutics and talks about mental health routinely via his Twitch and Youtube channels to connect clinical concepts with messages experienced during gameplay. His podcast, The Gaming Persona, is published weekly and seeks to share various insights related to psychological connections in the play of video games.