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.
Joining a committee is a great way to participate in our organization and increase your presence in our community. We have several committees that we would love you to participate in! Below is a list of all our committees, their purpose, and their chairperson.
We invite you to contribute your efforts as there are numerous opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference. For more information on how to participate right away, please contact the chair committee or fill out this form.
The Ethics Committee receives and reviews requests from Association members relating to the ethical conduct of Association members or officers and any other issue of an ethical nature that may come before the Association. It also makes recommendations for action to the Board of Directors.
Chair: Michael Holler
The Bylaws Committee considers proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the FMHCA and drafts them in proper form for submission to the members at the annual meeting.
Chair: Michael Holler
Chapter Relations Committee
The Chapter Relations Committee advertises association events and works closely with all committee Chairpersons to relay their interest and concerns to the public as appropriate. It helps promote understanding and positioning of mental health counseling to the public, third party payers, employers and other professionals. This committee is also interested in promoting the profession through the exchange of professional information among mental health counselors through newsletters, journals or other scientific, educational and/or professional materials.
Chair: Grace Marin
Registered Intern & Graduate Student Committee
The Registered Intern & Graduate Student Committee will actively promote FMHCA membership among students enrolled in mental health counseling programs in Florida colleges and universities. It is also committed to increasing FMHCA’s services to graduate students and interns and assisting them as they begin their careers as Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
Chair: Laura Peddie-Bravo
Government Relations Committee
The Government Relations Committee is responsible for advocating and implementing the FMHCA legislative platform. Issues impacting the profession of mental health counseling at the state level will be addressed by FMHCA, including issues involving legislation, agency regulation and encroachment by other entities on the practice of mental health counseling. The Government Relations Committee represents FMHCA regularly at 491 Board meetings. The committee also informs and enlists support from members as to pertinent legislative issues and positions beneficial to the membership.
Chair: Aaron Norton
Education, Training Standards & Continuing Education Committee
The Education, Training Standards, and Continuing Education Committee monitors the professional development needs of the Association's members. It develops and implements a comprehensive plan of continuing education directed towards clinical and practical issues. The committee is also responsible for providing workshops, publications, and in-service opportunities related to identified needs.
Chair: Aaron Norton
The Military Services Committee falls under FMHCA's Special Committees. The FMHCA Bylaws establish Special Committees to facilitate the professional development and best interest of Association members as well as other goals and purposes of the Association in the mental health counseling profession. Each committee will report to the Board of Directors, in writing, the salient activities, financial information, and progress of the committee. All Special Committee Chairpersons will be members of the Advisory Board.
"The Military Services Committee will direct the attention of FMHCA members to the needs of veterans, their families, and other military personnel, especially those who's active duty included service in combat zones. The committee will also provide members with information on government programs that provide opportunities for service to this population."
Chair: Maria Giuliana
The Cross-Cultural Committee will promote awareness, advocacy and an appreciation for the diversity and inclusion represented at FMHCA by creating subcommittees to represent diverse groups of individuals. The goal of the Cross-Cultural Committee and its subcommittees is to shape initiatives, promote mental health awareness, and work to build a stronger, more welcoming, and inclusive community.
Indigenous Mental Health Subcommittee
The Indigenous Mental Health Subcommittee will be a source of information for Florida tribal members and others regarding the delivery of services that meet the culturally unique mental health needs of the Florida Indigenous Community. The subcommittee will promote collaborative networking relationships between FMHCA members and existing tribal mental health providers.
Chair: William Gouveia