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FMHCA is a chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and is the only organization working exclusively for LMHCs in the State of Florida.

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OnDemand Webinars

    • 27 Apr 2021
    • 31 May 2024
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    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

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1.    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.

    About the Presenter:

    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.


    • 03 Jul 2021
    • 12 Jun 2024
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    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

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. 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 kathy@truelightonline.com.

    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 01 Mar 2024
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    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

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1.      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.

    About the Presenters:

    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.


    • 10 May 2022
    • 24 Sep 2024
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    DescriptionWorking 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

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Summarize the intersection and prevalence between mental health and chronic health issues.
    2. Have multiple interventions to apply when working with this population.
    3. Utilize screening tools/interventions to assess and manage chronic conditions

    About the Presenter:

    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!


    • 08 Nov 2022
    • 06 Nov 2024
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    DescriptionBrain research and human development research is advancing co-occurring counseling to a place where clients will have a better opportunity to thrive. Clinicians often view substance use disorders primarily as cognitive and behavioral issues. A pathological perspective views substance misuse from a neurological issue. This workshop explores what is perhaps the key to understanding addiction, viewing it from an attachment disorder perspective. Vincent Felitti attributes adverse childhood experiences that have resulted in poor attachments and poor emotion regulation as a high-risk factor for addiction. Kathy Brous says, “alcoholics in particular may be born with a sense of separation which results in neurotransmitter deficits.” Bickhart, et al. (2010) reported that amygdala volume correlates with reported social network size and complexity. When considering what has been learned about the brain and “what works,” a new way of looking at addiction and recovery is needed. Schindler and Bröning demonstrated empirical evidence strongly supporting the correlation between patterns of attachment and SUD. As anticipated, more studies are needed utilizing SUD assessments that measure attachment disorder. Effective prevention and treatment start with understanding the role attachment disorders have in cooccurring disorders, and inversely understanding how healthy relationships positively impact recovery.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-964626

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the epistemology of the brain as a social organ.
    2. Analyze the ramifications of attachment disorders on addiction as an underlying factor.
    3. Apply information learned to the field of counseling by reviewing a model the presenter has found effective.
    About the Presenter:

    Jack is the founder of Psuche Education, Counseling & Coaching Services. He previously served as the Executive Director at Clay Crossing, a residential facility for men. He retired from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, having served as the Admissions & Assessment Director at a 48-bed residential facility serving women with co-occurring issues. He also served as the clinical director at a male residential facility. He developed a program, The Together We Thrive program, for the Ft. Gibson School District, a K-12 program designed to identify at risk children and develop initiatives to assist them. In his doctoral dissertation he integrated spirituality, human development theories and psychotherapy. He has previously presented at a variety of conferences, to include at an International Conference.


    • 20 Feb 2023
    • 20 Feb 2025
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    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

    This is an event sponsored by FMHCA. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. 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.

    About the Presenter:

    Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He has 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. 


    • 27 Mar 2023
    • 27 Mar 2024
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