FMHCA is a chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and is the only organization working exclusively for LMHCs in Florida.
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Are you struggling with a client who has a personality disorder? Don't fire them, find solutions that work. This webinar is an open forum designed to meet your individual situation. Bring your questions, problems, and thinking cap. Christine specializes in working with personality disorders and will help you trouble shoot these clients.
Disclaimer: Continuing education credit/certificates are available only to those who attended the live webinar on 6/12/20. This recording was posted for educational purposes only.
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On a recent 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:
This presentation will examine the topic of video game usage on mental health in transition-aged youth. Information presented will include a working definition of video gaming, gaming effects on physical, developmental, and social processes in youth who play video games, and both positive and negative implications of video game use. The presenter will also discuss promotion of healthy behaviors involving video game play and provide recommendations for mental health professionals to assist youth and their families to promote wellness and balance when engaging in video game play.
Disclaimer: Continuing education credit/certificates are available only to those who attended the live webinar on 5/29/20. This recording was posted for educational purposes only.
“These are times only dreamed of. In nightmares. We are living through an historic season of political, cultural and psychological stress. The physical and economic tolls are vast. But so are the psychological and emotional costs. Driven to our homes, most families live in tight quarters, with no relief from the oppressive “closeness” that governmental restrictions force. No school, little work, zero freedom, and diminished cash flow for almost everyone. When we do go out, we “socially distance” ourselves. Eye contact is furtive and brief. We hurry away from human contact. We hold our breath unconsciously. Some return to our homes alone.
There is another “curve” on our near horizon, one of equal proportion: that of mental instability and emotional dis regulation brought on by this lack of human contact. We need each other. We are gregarious social animals. Our psychological self-regulation depends on warm touch and the reassurance of our families and tribes. And the freedom to pursue our dreams. Without these we are adrift, and sometimes very, very troubled.
As therapists, we are essential “first responders”. Depression, panic, bi-polarity, eating disorders, addiction, self-harm and suicide will be exacerbated by this pandemic. We already see this in our practices, especially as we consider referring our patients to higher, more restrictive levels of care.
This workshop will feature two expert licensed therapists from Coral Shores Behavioral Health, a premier psychiatric hospital in Stuart, FL. Theirs is a unique view: in-patient psychiatric care both acute and long term. They face the pressure of these issues daily and we’ll learn some of their unique approaches in this difficult time.
Disclaimer: Continuing education credit/certificates are available only to those who attended the live webinar on 5/22/20. This recording was posted for educational purposes only.
“We haven’t seen anything like this before”is how the media describes the coronavirus pandemic officially known as COVID-19, yet if you haven’t seen a crisis like this before, how can you treat it?
The negative impact of this new disease spans every area of society, economy, education, employment. healthcare and particularly mental health.
Political leaders are taking aggressive action to stimulate the economy, employers are creating resources for unemployed workers, school districts are shifting over to distance learning, yet what steps are being taken to stabilize stress and anxiety for the general public?
This new epidemic multiplies stress on top of the one in four people already struggling with some sort of mental health challenge. Tragically, the World Health Organization reports nearly two-thirds of people don’t get any help and almost a million people globally commit suicide each year.
What could that number become after COVID lockdowns are removed as millions of Americans face unemployment and an uncertain future?
The first surge of COVID-19 panic was physical and medical in nature to save life.
The next surge of will be about psychological recovery for an equally important reason – to save lives.
Coronavirus fear is real and the emotional pressure increases dramatically each day our community stays in ‘lockdown’. Everyone reacts differently to a crisis, based on age, previous experience with loss, current supports, resources and resiliency ability. Some will face the pressure directly and flow with the ‘new normal’ of continual change. Others will feel overwhelmed like they are drowning in a tsunami of dread. This high-risk group is facing symptoms such as - High risk groups such as the elderly, the isolated, children, the detached, the recently divorced or unemployed along with exhausted medical staff and first responders are of special concern. How to help?
This webinar will give you a rapid analysis of psychological risk and rapid recovery for populations negatively affected by coronavirus stress. There will be training on the timeline of a major crisis, and how to identify where you are at personally, as well as the clients you serve to gain resiliency and greater strength over this unusual stress.
Disclaimer: Continuing education credit/certificates are available only to those who attended the live webinar on 5/1/20. This recording was posted for educational purposes only.
Interpersonal neuro-biology is an interdisciplinary field that brings together many areas of science beyond psychology including anthropology, biology, linguistics, mathematics, and physics to determine common findings of the human experience from different perspectives. Ultimately, interpersonal neuro-biology has brought such fields together to create a definition of the human mind and what the mind needs for maximum health.
At its core, interpersonal neuro-biology holds that we are ultimately who we are because of our relationships. Attachment theory explores the critical importance of one’s early experiences with caregivers in terms of forming later patterns of relating. This is where interpersonal neuro-biology and attachment theory are intertwined. When childhood needs are met, reliably and consistently, one is said to have “secure attachment” and the ability to connect with and be with the full range of our inner experiences and that of others. However, when our early interactions are affected by an inability to have our needs met, we may begin to separate parts of ourselves or negatively view parts of ourselves causing ruptures in our connections both intra-psychically (within ourselves) and inter-psychically (with others).
We know much more about the brain and its importance in the psychological healing process than we did long ago. More important than any particular technique is our ability to demonstrate that we are attuned to and understanding of our clients and their pain. Helping clients heal and grow is through the relationship we have with them.Dr. Marni Feuerman has integrated interpersonal neuro-biology, mind-body work, and attachment theory into her clinical practice and has noted profound and long-lasting changes from doing so. Regardless of the therapeutic approach or population, becoming “brain-savvy” is a must for practitioners to stay on the cutting edge of their clinical work with clients.
Disclaimer: Continuing education credit/certificates are available only to those who attended the live webinar on 4/19/20. This recording was posted for educational purposes only.
Many of us have ventured into a new frontier of providing counseling services electronically. Some have gone willingly and others, less so. This session will address the changes providing services electronically can bring for the client and for the counselor including tips to increase the effectiveness of therapy using technology.
Disclaimer: Continuing education credit/certificates are available only to those who attended the live webinar on 4/6/20. This recording was posted for educational purposes only.
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This webinar, Using Yoga to Treat Complex Trauma, offers a clinician's guide to understanding neurological functioning compromised by experiences of trauma and understanding how elements of yoga can help clients heal. Disclaimer: Continuing education credit/certificates are available only to those who attended the live webinar on 6/14/19. This recording was posted for educational purposes only.
Children are rapidly becoming a population with myriad of mental health needs related to issues such as trauma, anxiety, and grief. Serving this very unique population requires culturally and developmentally appropriate interventions. Play therapy has proven to be an effective and efficient means for providing counseling to children by entering their worlds through the familiar experience of toys, creativity, and play. The presenter will discuss a variety of materials, skills, and strategies that can be incorporated into a counselor’s repertoire to serve children. DISCLAIMER: CEs are available only to individuals who attended the live webinar event on 5/24/19. This video was posted for educational purposes only.