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Increasing Counselor Knowledge of Disabilities: Understanding Global Perceptions, Available Resources, and Engaging in Advocacy

  • 22 Jun 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Gotowebinar (online)


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015) reported that more than 53 million adults living in the United States have a disability. In fact, the United States Department of Labor (2017) stated that persons with disabilities form the largest minority in the country. Regardless of these numbers, persons with disabilities have been marginalized and mistreated for centuries. Our responsibility as professional counselors is to ensure the highest level of care to our clients, and as such, it is vital that we aim to increase our counseling competencies by learning more about persons with disabilities. This webinar will begin by defining the term disability, and explain what constitutes a disability. It will then highlight the evolution of psychosocial attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, and describe various laws and regulations enacted in support of those with disabilities. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of services, resources, and reasonable accommodations that clients with disabilities may benefit from.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the term disability and explain what constitutes a disability
  • Discuss the evolution of psychosocial attitudes held towards persons with disabilities.
  • Highlight laws and regulations that have been enacted in support of persons with disabilities.
  • Provide a list of services and resources that clients with disabilities may benefit from.

About the Presenter:

Daniel Balva is a recent graduate of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling master's program at Florida International University. Daniel is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He is currently working towards attaining licensure in the state of Florida. Daniel’s clinical experience includes working for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, working in an adult outpatient setting, a crisis stabilization unit, and for a nonprofit agency focused on providing services to court-mandated adolescents. Daniel is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, the Florida Mental Health Counseling Association, and the Florida Counseling Association. Daniel serves as the Graduate Student Representative for the Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. He has spent the past four months providing supervised counseling services to children and teenagers in the poverty-stricken cities of El Porvenir and Huanchaco, Peru. Daniel's current interests include advocating for the highest level of care when working with persons with disabilities, which is the very focus of his webinar.

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-601735

This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. 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; CE Broker Course Tracking #  20-601735. Exp. 3/31/18

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