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Mental health counselors work in a meaningful and stimulating profession with a tremendously diverse knowledge domain.  On one hand, it’s exciting to know that there is no limit to what a counselor can learn.  On the other hand, it’s challenging to keep up with such a complex and expansive profession, especially in a mental healthcare system that is rapidly evolving.

Live Events: Keep calm and register for a webinar!  FMHCA has lined up another qualified panel of experts in a range of relevant topics so that you can keep updated with our rapidly evolving profession.  Attendance is FREE to FMHCA members as a new benefit of membership, and CEUs will be available at a nominal cost of $15 for FMHCA members or $35 for nonmembers.  Not a member?  You can join now Click Here 

Professional Development

    • 10 May 2022
    • 24 Sep 2024
    • On Demand (GoToWebinar)
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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. 


    • 17 Jul 2023
    • 01 Aug 2024
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    Description: Terms like "schizophrenic," "psychotic," and "sociopath" are often headliners in news stories, painting a negative, and often frightening, picture of mental illness. In this workshop, participants will be exposed to the stigma surrounding Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, and gain knowledge and skills to "debunk" these myths, learning to serve as better advocates for people experiencing mental illness. Participants will also increase their assessment skills and diagnostic competency in the area of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, in preparation for work with people experiencing diagnoses from this spectrum.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1088768

    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 stigma and myths associated with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.
    2. Demonstrate clinical knowledge and competency pertaining to Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.
    3. Discuss opportunities to work with and advocate for persons experiencing Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.
    About the Presenter:

    Jennifer Barr, MSW, LCSW, is a social work faculty member at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Ms. Barr began her social work career working with clients who experienced domestic and sexual violence. After receiving her MSW, Ms. Barr gained a majority of her practice experience and received her LCSW working in the field of mental health and substance abuse, providing a wide range of clinical services to persons experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, in both inpatient and community-based settings. Prior to joining the UNF faculty, Ms. Barr worked in the field of higher education. She also provides services to veterans and their support systems, and serves as an auditor in the Florida prison system.

    • 14 Aug 2023
    • 14 Aug 2024
    • Online (GoToWebinar)
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    Description: The Florida legislature recently passed a bill (SB 254) that the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, referred to as a “gender-affirming care ban.” Does this bill really ban gender-affirming care? What are its potential implications for mental health counselors and the clients they serve? What about other bills that were passed directly (or indirectly) relate to our work with LGBTQ+ clients (e.g., SB 1580, SB 1320, HB 1521)? And what’s the deal with that “guideline” issued by the Department of Health last year against “social gender transition” for adolescents? Does that change anything for counselors working with transgender youth?

    Get updated and informed with this 1.5-hour webinar! The Chair of FMHCA’s Government Relations Committee and FMHCA’s President will provide a brief overview of legislative actions and government guidelines impacting counselors working and their LGBTQ+ clients, and a panel of counselors specializing in work with LGBTQ+ clients will discuss these measures and answer questions posed by attendees.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1097560

    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. Identify and describe recent legislative actions impacting transgender care.
    2. Differentiate between legal and ethical standards related to working with LGBTQ+ clients.
    3. Contrast national and international transgender care standards (e.g., HHS, WPATH) with state standards.
    4. Reduce liability when addressing client requests for letters related to treatments for gender dysphoria.
    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and forensic psychometry. He serves as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, a national not-for-profit board officially endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association that provides training, certification, and professional advocacy for licensed mental health professionals specializing in forensic mental health evaluation. He is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of South Dept. of Mental Health Law & Policy. He serves as Southern Regional Director, Ethics Committee Liaison, and International Counseling Task Force Chair for the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the Consulting Editor for AMHCA’s The Advocate Magazine. He co-authored the Forensic Evaluation section of the “AMHCA Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling,” authored the proposal for AMHCA’s Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Forensic Evaluation (CMHS-FE) credential, and served on the expert panel that created the standards and written exam for the Florida Certification Board’s Certified Telehealth Practitioner (CTP) credential. He has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders, and substance use treatment. He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and he was awarded AMHCA’s Public and Community Service Award in 2020. An experienced writer, presenter, and trainer, he has been published in several academic journals and professional magazines in the counseling profession.

    Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC is the current President Elect of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, FMHCA. Laura graduated from The University of Central Florida’s CACREP accredited Counselor Education program in 1998. She obtained her NCC credential in 1999 and obtained her license in 2001. Laura owns a private practice, The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC, in Winter Park, Florida. She is married and the mother of three young adult children, one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Among her specialties are Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bi-Polar, OCD, Domestic Violence, and Personality Disorders. Working with clients and families with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a special passion for her. Laura also enjoys serving the profession of counseling, and she has been a member of and volunteered for professional associations since she was a graduate student.

    Logan Bell is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida. He works across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum helping patients navigate aspects of development and managing comorbid mental health concerns. Logan specializes in work with severe mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, active suicidal ideation, and death work, operating from a psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral lens. Logan also works with LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups and aims to help other clinicians better understand the law, ethics, and ways to help.

    Kerry Conca is a licensed mental health counselor who has been practicing therapy since 2013. Kerry recently completed her certification to become a Certified Practitioner (CP) of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy. She presently has a private practice in Tampa, Florida where she works with adolescents, young adults, and families. Kerry spent many years working with at-risk youth and children in foster care. She is passionate about advocacy for children, adoptees, neurodiverse individuals, and marginalized people.


    • 14 Aug 2023
    • 14 Aug 2024
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