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    • 15 Mar 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: The number of cyber-attacks has consistently risen over the past few decades. Behavioral Health Professionals are susceptible to cybercrime and are targeted as one of the high-risk industries affected. In 2020, reported cyber attacks increased significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the Cybersecurity Ventures report, the global cost of cybercrime was predicted to grow from $3 trillion in 2015 to $10.5 Trillion Annually By 2025.  

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130586

    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. Given a scenario on cybersecurity threats, participants will be able to identify password protection and two-factor authentication as critical methods to secure user accounts and data to prevent unauthorized access, with 80% accuracy.
    2. Given examples of phishing emails, participants will be able to accurately identify the emails as phishing attempts with at least 90% accuracy. Additionally, after reading the agency's policy on reporting phishing attacks, participants will be able to describe the proper procedure for reporting a suspected phishing email to the appropriate agency contacts with 100% accuracy.
    3. After reviewing scenarios depicting HIPAA privacy or security violations, participants will be able to identify at least 3 potential penalties for non-compliance, such as fines, reputational damage, and increased oversight, as well as 3 possible ramifications, such as harm to patients, legal liability, and loss of public trust, with 100% accuracy.
    4. After reviewing information on the 4 levels of non-compliance under HIPAA regulations, participants will be able to accurately identify and describe each level of violation and the associated penalties, including potential loss of license and criminal penalties for willful neglect at the highest level, with no major errors. Participants will also be able to recognize that the more severe levels of violation can result not just in fines but also reputational damage, harm to patients, and loss of licensure or criminal prosecution in extreme cases of willful neglect.
    About the Presenter:

    Daniel (Dan) J. Callahan, DSW, is a licensed social worker in New York and a credentialed addiction practitioner in Florida.  Dan has a lengthy human service career dating back to 1983 in various capacities, from entry-level to executive.  He attained a Doctor of Social Work at Tulane University School of Social Work and MSW at Fordham University, Lincoln Center in New York City. He is the author of “Success-Full, Living Life with Purpose: Recovery Mode,” “Recovery Thinking, 90-Days to Change Your Life,” and a recovery workbook titled “Freedom Recovery, 90-Days to Recover.” He is the author of the HappyRecovery.com recovery blog.  Dan is a skilled practitioner, a recovered individual, and a central force in assisting private and not-for-profit agencies in building and operating behavioral health services.  Daniel (Dan) J. Callahan, DSW, is a licensed social worker in New York and a credentialled addiction practitioner in Florida.  Dan has a lengthy human service career dating back to 1983 in various capacities, from entry-level to executive.  He attained a Doctor of Social Work at Tulane University School of Social Work and MSW at Fordham University, Lincoln Center in New York City. He is the author of “Success-Full, Living Life with Purpose: Recovery Mode,” “Recovery Thinking, 90-Days to Change Your Life,” and a recovery workbook titled “Freedom Recovery, 90-Days to Recover.” He is the author of the HappyRecovery.com recovery blog. Dan is a skilled practitioner, a recovered individual, and a central force in assisting private and not-for-profit agencies in building and operating behavioral health services.    

    • 22 Mar 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: Sex is keyed into our limbic systems, which controls our survival, our emotions, our reward system, and our memories. Our limbic system is vulnerable to the effects of substance use/abuse, since mind-altering substances such as cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens first affect the reward system and then stores the pleasurable effects in memory, which leads to cravings and addiction. The intersection of sexuality and substance use occurs when we use drugs while having sex, which exponentially intensifies the pleasure of both; when we use drugs to a point where our ability to engage in sexual behavior is impaired; or when we use drugs to escape memories of traumatic sexual experiences. This workshop will explore and explain the many points of this intersection and describe interventions for developing healthy sexual feelings and behavior in recovery from addiction.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130578

    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. Differentiate between the functions of the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex
    2. Identify the effects of the major drugs of abuse on sexual functioning
    3. Describe the effects of sexuality and substance use in the LGBTQ community.
    4. Utilize strategies for teaching healthy sexuality to their recovering clients
    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Carol Clark is an educator and therapist, certified in Sex Therapy, EMDR, Addictions, and Transgender Care. She is the president of Therapy Certification Training, International Institute of Clinical Sexology, and president of the International Transgender Certification Association. Her books, Addict America: The Lost Connection and My Pocket Therapist: 12 Tools for Living in Connection, will help everyone to live in connection with themselves, others, and the universe.

    • 19 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: This webinar will dive into an ongoing debate in the research and unravel what some researchers suggest are the adaptive characteristics of perfectionism. However, a new model suggests it's really about excellencism. In this upcoming webinar, we'll break down this fresh perspective, exploring its implications for counselors and counselor educators. Join me for a discussion on guiding our clients away from the pitfalls of perfectionism and towards a path of excellence, promising greater well-being and achievement.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130578

    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. Participants will demonstrate knowledge related to the models of perfectionism including the new Model of Excellencism and Perfectionism.
    2. Participants will demonstrate the ability to implement strategies that support excellence striving. 
    3. Participants will describe the urgency and importance of distinguishing perfectionism and excellence
    About the Presenter:

    Kathy Feinstein is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Sport Performance Consultant. Since 1998, her unique practice has empowered children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and teams to achieve greater satisfaction in sport, health and life. In addition to general counseling, Kathy works with athletes at all levels and ages in a variety of sports to provide sport counseling and consulting services.  She hosts Parenting Peak Performers, a podcast featuring interviews with professional and collegiate athletes, parents, coaches, and experts who address the challenges specific to sport parenting.     Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and a PhD at Regent University in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. Her research interests include perfectionism and sport parenting. Kathy is also listed in the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry.     Savannah Hipes is a licensed therapist who helps highly driven, sleep-deprived professionals who feel exhausted and on edge to finally sleep through the night. She is trained in the treatment of Insomnia and Nightmares, as well as other conditions commonly co-occurring with sleep disorders such as Anxiety and Eating Disorders. Savannah works with clients in-person in Central Florida, and virtually throughout FL and NY. She values using evidence-based practices and thorough interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation to provide a premium therapy experience.

    • 26 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: This webinar is designed to explain Shadow work which is described as working with the sub-conscious mind. How client's can define their triggers and begin emotionally healing from trauma. It is defined as having benefits such as bringing clarity and self-acceptance. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130614

    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. Getting acquainted with the Inner Child
    2.  Understanding the Needs
    3. Guidance
    About the Presenter:

    Jessmary is a LMHC in Orlando, Florida. She currently works in a mental health agency with kids, teenagers and adults'. She specializes in working with depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She believes that understanding and comforting your inner child can change our perceptions more efficiently. Kathy Feinstein is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Sport Performance Consultant. Since 1998, her unique practice has empowered children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and teams to achieve greater satisfaction in sport, health and life. In addition to general counseling, Kathy works with athletes at all levels and ages in a variety of sports to provide sport counseling and consulting services.  She hosts Parenting Peak Performers, a podcast featuring interviews with professional and collegiate athletes, parents, coaches, and experts who address the challenges specific to sport parenting.     Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and a PhD at Regent University in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. Her research interests include perfectionism and sport parenting. Kathy is also listed in the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry.    

    • 10 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: As a professional in this field, burnout is a topic that we may be all too familiar with. While assisting clients with burnout might come easily, accepting help as a clinician is not always so simple. Learn ways to recognize burnout and compassion fatigue, alleviate any occurrences, and prevent returning to the state again in the future.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130568 

    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. Successfully recognize signs of burnout and compassion fatigue in mental health professionals
    2. Learn skills to alleviate burnout and impacts of burnout
    3. Acquire resources for preventing burnout in the future
    About the Presenter:

    Ashley Burchell is Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and Florida. She has experience working with children and adolescents, adults of all ages, families, and takes a particular interest in treating women’s issues.  Ms. Burchell’s clinical area of focus is managing the effects of trauma and disordered eating behaviors or self-image concerns. Some of her previous work has included providing inpatient counseling services on a women’s unit, leading a specialty track on early recovery from addiction and PTSD, as well as conducting outpatient mental health counseling across the spectrum of disorders. Ms. Burchell utilizes a holistic approach, with a focus on evidence-based treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, and MI, as well as incorporating Somatic approaches and Polyvagal Theory. Attachment-based interventions are also utilized.   Ms. Burchell has experience providing clinical case consultation and supports provisionally licensed clinicians in building their counseling skills and building professionalism. She has led seminars and trainings on site and for outside organizations to assist staff in enhancing their skills and navigating new concepts and modalities. 

    • 17 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: A stressed brain impacts a healthy mental state. This webinar examines the neurological impact of early life stress and how it relates to mental wellness.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130592

    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. To educate the attendee in how a stress brain functions
    2. To show the correlation of early life stress and mental wellness
    3. To show how relational learning can impact or negate a stressed brain
    4. To give practical tools in how to change a stressed brain to a calm brain
    About the Presenter:

    Vince Callahan received his master’s degree from Regent University in 1986 and began a thirty-six year career as a professional counselor, and educator, working with individuals and families in both private practice and in-patient hospital settings.  As part of the intensive work that has been done, he has studied the needs of children and the impact dysfunctional family systems have on their growth and development.  Fueled by the desire to investigate these and other issues within the field of learning and development he began his doctoral work at Regent University in 2010.  Vince’s doctoral focus has been the neurological impact of emotional trauma and its effect on academic performance.  Intrigued by the implications within the educational system of how emotional trauma effects the learning process and academic performance, Dr. Callahan has spent the last twelve years researching early life stress and neurological development.   A key element that his research uncovered is the viability of creating a relational learning environment within the classroom which would impact the learning ability of children who have experienced early life stress.    Vince has documented over thirty thousand clinical counseling hours of individual and family counseling.  He has worked in many therapeutic venues, in-patient psychiatric hospital units, private practice, church-based counseling centers and PACT teams.  As a Christian counselor he believes in the power of God to “set the captive free” while utilizing sound psychological principles to assist clients in uncovering their interpersonal issues.    Vince has conducted many family conferences throughout the United States and seven foreign countries.  Within the conference setting individuals and families find healing and hope for their pain and dysfunction.      Overview of Professional Career    Years 1-10 (1986-1996)   Extensive work in in-patient psychiatric hospitals, working with both children and adults.  Private practice work providing individual and family counseling.    Years 11-20 (1996-2006).  Developed two-day family conference and presented extensively throughout America and 7 foreign countries.  Conducted in-home counseling, authored several books, appeared on multiple radio and television shows to discuss family issues.    Years 21-36 (2007-Present).  Opened and operated behavioral health company to provide intensive community-based treatment services to severely mentally ill adults.  Began and completed Doctor of Education, Regent University.  Currently, Adjunct professor, business consultant, professional development trainer, workshop presenter, and counselor.      Current Speaking Topics    The Brain Becomes What the Brain Does  Attachment-Resilience-Motivation: The key to Thriving  Understanding the Stressed Brain  The Drama Free Home  Understanding Your Child’s Brain  The Leader’s Brain    As a mental health expert with over three decades of experience I am able to speak on most areas of individual, family related mental health issues.  As someone that has researched the brain and neuroscience topics for the past 13 years I am able to speak on many issues that deal with the brain and behavior.  

    • 31 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: Divorce is a significant transition of adult life. However, since most people only divorce once, they enter into the confusing divorce process with no experience, wearing blinders, and on an emotional roller coaster. This may be the time wo/men need a therapist most. But, many therapists don't have the knowledge necessary to help their clients identify the patterns and themes that are common in every divorce. Mental health professionals can best help their clients deal with the trauma and transition of divorce when they are aware of the wide range of divorce-related decisions a client needs to make and why a particular choice might be the best fit. Therapists attending this course will be better able to help their clients clarify their divorce strategies and expectations. This course covers (1) The Phases/Stages/Aspects of Marriage and Divorce, (2) The Role of the Therapist during Divorce, (3) The Psychological/Emotional/Social Divorce, (4) The Basics of the Legal/Financial Divorce, including the 4 paths to divorce (DIY, Mediation, Collaborative, and Atty-Driven) and (5) Helping Clients Move Forward Post-divorce.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130594

    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. Understand and compare the phases of the legal divorce vs the social psychological divorce
    2. Understand how you can help guide your client before, during, and post divorce
    3. Understand the four paths your client may take towards their legal divorce
    4. Understand additional roles that therapists may play during the divorce process such as Mediator, Coach, Parenting Coordinator, and GAL
    About the Presenter:

    Elinor has spent the last 30 years studying the psycho-social, financial, and legal aspects of divorce.  She has mediated thousands of divorces in the public (the courts) and private sectors.    As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediation Trainer Elinor has trained over 13,000 people, nationally and internationally in mediation.  In addition to her mediation credentials, she is licensed in Florida as both a Mental Health Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her background also includes time spent in small business and a wide range of experiences from within the family, civil, criminal, and juvenile courts.    Elinor holds a PhD in Psychology, with a specialization in Conflict Management.  Her work as a mediator is geared towards helping her clients navigate their  transitions so they can get move forward as painlessly as possible.  

    • 07 Jun 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: This webinar will provide the cognitive-behavioral tools for identifying and overcoming compassion fatigue and burnout due to secondary trauma of counseling traumatized clients. The webinar will show how to key into specific beliefs in one's reasoning process, such as various types of perfectionism that have been linked to compassion fatigue and burnout; and how to reframe these thoughts and make constructive behavioral changes.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130600

    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 irrational thoughts that lead to secondary trauma/burnout
    2. Refute these thoughts
    3. Identify empowering reframes to overcome them
    4. Operationalize these reframes to construct a behavioral plan
    About the Presenter:

    Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D. (Brown University, philosophy), is Director of the Logic-Based Therapy and Consultation Institute and Executive Director of the National Philosophical Counseling Association. He has authored many books and articles on related subjects including Cognitive-Behavior Interventions for Self-Defeating Thoughts (Routledge, 2021). He also teaches clinical ethics at Florida State University College of Medicine and is an MSW student in the Department of Social Work at Florida State University. Gale S. Cohen, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC is Associate Director of the Logic-Based Therapy and Consultation Institute and has a private mental health counseling practice.

    Gale S. Cohen, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice and former professor and chair of a human services department in the Florida State College System.  She has decades of experience treating child and adult survivors of sexual abuse and domestic abuse/family violence as well as designing and teaching courses on these topics as part of a college curriculum. Her experience includes counseling clients with PTSD, Adjustment Disorders, and other trauma and stressor-related disorders.

    • 14 Jun 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: Looking at our clients through an attachment lens can open discussions for healing in ways they may have not considered. Many clients state they had a happy childhood. But upon further exploration, they disclose a parent was an alcoholic, or work always came first. This webinar will discuss intake questions to identify potential attachment wounds and offer interventions that work to heal the wounds within. Sandra will also define therapists’ attachment styles that show up in the counseling session.
    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130638

    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. Explain the 4 attachment styles.Explain Intake 
    2. Questions to help identify attachment wounds.
    3. Define how neglect, rejection, and abuse from attachment trauma interact between the wounded inner child and the adult within.
    4. Define therapists' attachment styles in the counseling session.
    About the Presenter:

    Sandra B. Stanford has a heart for people who find themselves in hard situations. Because of this passion, she earned her master’s degree in Psychological Counseling. Her work with clients is collaborative working alongside the client to help in the healing process.   Sandra is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Advanced Trainer and is certified in EMDR Therapy.   Sandra has training in attachment theory and in somatic healing. She offers a 2-day workshop for therapists pairing attachment theory and EMDR Therapy.  Find more information at www.sandrabstanfordcounseling.com and www.centralfloridaemdrtraining.com.   

    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: The profession of teaching is in the news and in the forefront of politics these days. Teachers are overworked, dealing with constant change, managing many roles that traditionally are not theirs, feeling unappreciated and underpaid, and leaving the field. I am one of them. Yet, what support are they getting? As a profession, mental health practitioners have done a good job at educating and serving the needs of underserved communities, but what about teachers? Often teachers do not have access to mental health care. As an underserved community, teachers deserve our attention. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130610

    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. Participants will identify ways to bring accessibility, awareness, and advocacy to districts.  
    2. Participants will understand the unique stressors teachers face, particularly new or out-of-field teachers. 
    3. Participants will gain knowledge of professional boundaries that are unique to teachers. 
    4. Participants will be able to understand common mental health issues that interfere with effective teacher functioning personally and professionally.
    About the Presenter:

    Jessica Alea EdD, MS, LMHC is a licensed therapist in the state of Florida, whose specialty is treating the symptoms of anxiety and trauma. However, she was first a teacher, and teachers hold a special place in her heart. Her experience as a teacher prompted her desire to help others on a deeper level, such as mental health. At first, she wanted to coach teachers one-on-one. She went to the University of Florida and earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction. In fact, her dissertation used the framework of Cognitive Coaching to support teacher growth. She realized, as she coached her subjects one-on-one, that she was able to have so much more of an impact, so she decided to switch careers. Remembering her first love, Jessica would like to support teachers with advocacy and resources, such as equipping mental health professionals to bring awareness and meet the needs of teachers in their areas and respective practices.     Jessica's of specialy is anxiety and trauma. She is trauma traiined in EMDR, PE, and CPT and working towards certification in EMDR and PE. She also uses ERP, DeTUR, and ACT to help those with anxiety and OCD symptoms.     Jessica lives in the Panhandle of Florida, where she owns a private practice. She likes to spend her time collecting professional trainings, reading, and being outside. She feels led to advocate for teachers and those living with OCD, a desire she has formed lived experience and recovery.Sandra B. Stanford has a heart for people who find themselves in hard situations. Because of this passion, she earned her master’s degree in Psychological Counseling. Her work with clients is collaborative working alongside the client to help in the healing process.   Sandra is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Advanced Trainer and is certified in EMDR Therapy.   Sandra has training in attachment theory and in somatic healing. She offers a 2-day workshop for therapists pairing attachment theory and EMDR Therapy.  Find more information at www.sandrabstanfordcounseling.com and www.centralfloridaemdrtraining.com.   

    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: As scientific advancements in behavioral health continue to be made, the ability to utilize them in counseling can be used to better understand the unique biology of your client which is driving the behaviors they came to you to address.  Epigenetics and neuroscience can be made actionable by counselors to improve client care, increase understanding of the mental health professional, and bring objective tools to the field of counseling. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130604

    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. Attendees will define single nucleotide polymorphism and their role in behavioral health
    2. Attendee will describe how neurotransmitters, hormones, and genetic SNPs impact mental health.
    3. Attendees will learn how the identification, isolation, and measurement of biochemical pathways more objectively informs counselors during sessions.
    4. Attendees will compare the inclusion of objective tools in mental health care to objective tools in physical healthcare 
    About the Presenter:

    Merging a decade of federal government relations and political affairs experience with the latest scientific research pertaining to mental health and addiction, Jacqueline acts as the principal conduit between Wired BioHealth™ and the entities they serve. Prior to Jacqueline’s transition to the private sector as Wired BioHealth’s Chief Operating Officer, she worked as a congressional staffer on Capitol Hill, went on to become the Operations Director of a Florida based Super PAC, became a federal government affairs specialist for a large Florida university system, and ended her career as a political appointee at the United States Department of Energy in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.   Now the Chairman of the board of Florida Justice Center, member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Corrections Committee, the Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence Florida Program Advisory Board, the Pinellas Recovery Round Table Delegation Committee, and the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, Jacqueline ensures that stake holders in the criminal justice community, government officials, and behavioral health professionals have access to the services and education provided by Wired BioHealth™ and Wired For Addiction®.   

    “Life changes can take us by surprise, and sometimes we find ourselves in need of assistance to regain our footing,” says Melissa, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As a counselor, her desire is to help you “unravel” the thoughts, feelings, circumstances, or situations that have become road bumps along the path of your life journey.

    Her hope is to compassionately come alongside you as you explore new ideas, processes, and skills that will improve your understanding and head you into a direction that brings satisfaction and fulfillment into your life, wherever you stand on your path. In the therapeutic environment, she offers great empathy and compassion in your place of struggle, and can help by exploring different perspectives and options in order to embrace healing and move in a new direction. Melissa considers it a great privilege to share in the hard details of her clients’ lives and looks forward to traveling with you on your journey of freedom.


    • 12 Jul 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: The Good News was that as of Jan 2024, Mental Health Counselors will be eligible for Medicare Reimbursement for offering their counseling services to Senior Citizens, but the Bad News is that most counselors have never been given training in providing care to this population. The goal of this workshop is to review issues facing the elderly which Counselors need to know about and how to address these concerns. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130608

    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. Trainees will learn about the physical and emotional health problems facing people 65 years or older and how to address these concerns in counseling sessions.
    2. Trainees will learn about the impact of loneliness, ageism, and the stigma of mental illness as obstacles to treating aging seniors.
    3. Trainees will learn about specific intervention strategies which are effective when working with aging seniors.
    4. Trainees will learn about expanded resources available to them as they begin to work with the Medicare population.

    About the Presenter:

    Jim Messina is a retired psychologist/mental health counselor who has worked extensively with senior citizens during his long career. He was the cofounder and second president of AMHCA and was an active lobbyist to get the Federal Government to pass legislation to cover mental health counselors under Medicare. He is now an active volunteer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. where he and his wife now live. 
    • 19 Jul 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: As mental health professionals we are used to working long hours and not having enough time. We often feel there aren't enough hours in the day to get stuff done. You may be feeling burnt out...or least heading in that direction. Allow me to help you learn foundational strategies to help protect you against burnout. Yes, burnout is two parts- organization and individual. Today, we will talk about you. If you put these strategies and more in practice, you will feel more energized and more productive at home, work, and in your community. Come! Join me!
    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130570

    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. Define occupational burnout and its components
    2. Differentiate between the 5 burnout profiles as described by Maslach and Leiter
    3. Contrast work-life balance and work-life harmony
    4. Define self care and plan activities to fit your personality and lifestyle
    About the Presenter:
    Brandy K. Biglow is the CEO and founder of Renovation Integrative Health, LLC. She has a broad range of licenses and certifications including but not limited to being a licensed mental health counselor, a certified clinical trauma professional, and a Doctor of Behavioral Health candidate at the outstanding Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health. She has over 20 years working with children, individuals, and families. She started out as a teacher of students with exceptionalities and moved into the field of counseling seeking to provide support outside the educational realm via social-emotional education, family resources, and more. Today, she continues her work in this arena and has expanded it to include integrative health and certifications as a professional life and group coach. She is also passionate about preventing burnout one person at a time. Using a large dose of humor and current information from research (anecdotal and qualitative), she changes the lives of those she works with in every encounter.
    • 26 Jul 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: In this webinar, attendees will learn the ins and outs of recovery from complex trauma, how to gain empathy for the acting out behaviors of clients and a brief overview of various modalities and how they relate to the impact of trauma on the brain and body.  Some neuroscience will be described and questions for the future of trauma treatment will be explored.  

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130588

    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. Be able to identify common problem behaviors in trauma in order to increase compassion. 
    2. Gain a general understanding on how trauma impacts the brain.  
    3. Gain an understanding on how people heal from trauma.  
    4. Understand the role of burnout prevention. 
    About the Presenter:
    Deborah Anthony is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor.  She has been a therapist for 21 years and has been in private practice for 10 years.  She has worked at non-profit agencies in California and New York specializing in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Addiction recovery and settled in Jacksonville, Florida 18 years ago where she has helped individuals and in families in inpatient, outpatient and schools settings.  She focuses on recovery from abuse and addiction and overcoming family cycles of trauma.  She has worked with military and their families for 7 years.  She currently works in private practice with adults and adolescents and helps couples have more authentic relationships.  She is a trauma-informed and trauma-focused therapist who takes an eclectic approach, often utilizing Internal Family Systems and Mindfulness and Polyvagal Theory. 
    • 02 Aug 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: Money Matters workshop explores the profound connection between money and trauma, providing valuable insights and practical strategies for both clients and clinicians. Attendees will explore the origins of core beliefs about money and how those beliefs impact our financial behavior. We will also uncover the connection between trauma and financial decision-making and explore the effects of money shame on both clients and clinicians within a therapeutic context. Workshop attendees will be presented strategies to challenge limiting beliefs and create a personalized, empowering money narrative that fosters financial healing and transformation.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130648

    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. Recognize the Intersection of Trauma and Money
    2. Uncover Core Beliefs and Money Scripts
    3. Discovering how Money Mindset impacts Clients and Clinicians
    4. Learn Strategies for Overcoming Money Trauma and Building Financial Resilience
    About the Presenter:
    Tiffanie Trudeau is a Licensed Mental Health and Professional Counselor, independently licensed in Florida and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and offers in-person and virtual counseling services. Tiffanie is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), Collaborative Divorce Professional and Qualified Clinical Supervisor, with 15 years of experience and advance training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Gottman Method for couples.  Tiffanie is the owner and operator of Counseling Alliance, a private psychotherapy practice in Rockledge, Florida serving adults and couples and specializing in the treatment of mood and addiction disorders, post, acute and betrayal trauma reactions, compulsive and problematic sexual behaviors and divorce support.  In addition to individual and couples counseling, Tiffanie provides executive coaching and organizational trainings and workshops as well as facilitates counseling groups and critical incident stress management debriefings.   Tiffanie also serves on the executive board for Counselors for Change, is a member of the Brevard Collaborative Professionals group partnering with local attorneys in supporting divorcing families and is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida training and supervising graduate students at the Community Counseling and Research Center (CCRC). Tiffanie is not all work and no play, as she is also an active creator on the social media app, TikTok, producing mental health content in hopes of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, demystifying the therapy process and normalizing rest and value-based living. 
    • 16 Aug 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: Each year over 1 million families in the US experience the loss of a child through pregnancy loss.  This presentation will explore the impact of this loss of individuals and families.  

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130602

    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 three determinants of how people grieve.
    2. Identify three differences in how moms and dads grieve 
    3. Identify three losses with the loss of a child
    About the Presenter:

    Gary Vogel, LMHC has worked in the field of pregnancy and infant loss since 1991.  He designed and still facilitates a support group for couples experience this loss.  He has traveled across the country presenting information on this little understood, yet common experience.  He is also a grieving father, having lost his daughter, who was stillborn. 

    • 23 Aug 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: This webinar provides a comprehensive analysis of the specific challenges that veterans encounter when transitioning from military to civilian life. We will delve into the difficulties they face in adapting to civilian norms, finding employment, establishing social connections, and maintaining mental well-being.    Drawing inspiration from the renowned psychologist Carl Jung, we will intertwine his theories with real-life narratives from veterans. By doing so, we hope to shed light on the often-overlooked aspects of career transitions and the profound realizations that emerge from them.    Specifically tailored for Mental Health Counselors, this webinar not only seeks to inform but also inspire and equip attendees with practical strategies. These strategies are designed to help veterans harness the valuable skills and insights gained during their military service and effectively apply them in the civilian world.    Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the hurdles veterans face, as well as the moments of awakening and transformation that are inherent in mid-career shifts. This knowledge will pave the way for a fulfilling journey of personal growth and professional evolution for the veterans and the counselors who support them.  

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130628

    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. Participants will be equipped to analyze veterans' personal values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, enabling them to understand and address the unique challenges veterans face during their transition from service to civilian life.
    2. Participants will be able to identify the diverse influences, including military experiences, that shape a veteran's personal values and beliefs, allowing for more tailored and effective counseling strategies.
    3. Participants will be adept at recognizing and categorizing the distinct generational values and experiences of veterans, facilitating a more nuanced understanding of the challenges faced by veterans of different age groups and service eras.
    4. Participants will be proficient in mapping the developmental stages of a veteran's value evolution, from their time in service to their transition into civilian life, ensuring an integrated approach to their counseling and support.
    About the Presenter:

    As an enthusiastic advocate for personal growth and well-being, Maria Giuliana, LMHC, QS, BC-THP exemplifies transformational leadership in counseling and personal development. With a rich background in clinical and supervisory roles, she has firmly established herself as a leading figure in the field. As the CEO and Founder of Beyond The Matter Counseling and Consulting Services LLC in Florida, Maria brings her extensive expertise to the forefront, specializing in trauma-informed, multi-culturally competent counseling focusing on Military and LGBTQI Populations.    A dynamic presenter and authoritative voice in her domain, Maria has graced various local, state, and national platforms, delivering impactful presentations that resonate with her audience. Her sessions, centered around the military, cultural competency, and ethical considerations, are a treasure trove of knowledge for mental health counselors navigating the complexities of serving military and LGBTQI populations.    Maria's prolific contributions to professional publications and presentations testify to her unwavering commitment to advancing knowledge in her field. Her specialized insights, as seen in works like "Uncovering the Invisible Wounds of Military Trauma" and "Ethical Considerations When Working With LGBTQ+ Veterans," highlight her dedication to best practices and transformative change. In this webinar, Maria will empower you with the tools and knowledge essential for fostering a positive and impactful counseling experience for veterans in transition. 

    • 13 Sep 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: By the end of this two-hour workshop, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to create a thriving mental health group practice that effectively utilizes student interns. You will understand how to balance the development of interns as clinicians with the financial soundness of your business, all while upholding the highest ethical standards. Join us for this insightful and practical workshop and make the most of your practice's potential by fostering the growth of the next generation of mental health professionals.  

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130584

    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. Understand the benefits of incorporating student interns into your mental health group practice.
    2. Develop guidelines and expectations that benefit both your practice and the interns.
    3. Understand the importance of maintaining the highest standards of care while supervising interns.
    4. Discuss creative ways to generate revenue while investing in intern development.
    About the Presenter:

    Practicing since 1995, in community mental health she gained a great degree of experience working with trauma and addictions in families and individuals.  Colleen, after relocating to Florida, obtained her licensure and decided to open New Heights Counseling & Consulting, LLC in 2021. She now works with her team to provide mental health counseling to residents of Fort Walton Beach and surrounding communities, with the goal to improve the quality of life for an individual to improve the community.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Colleen was overjoyed to discover the Emerald Coast when experiencing her first view of the beautiful water while driving across Mid-Bay Bridge. She loves to mentor in her teaching mental health practice, offer business consulting to other solo and group practice owners, as well as offer presentations developing prosperous clinicians, clients, and communities.  In her free time, she enjoys the beautiful beach, reading a great novel, and spending time with her family traveling.   

    • 20 Sep 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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    Description: A new emerging divorce process is now available to families across Florida. Parents and spouses now have a more peaceful, comprehensive, supportive and effective way to get divorce. Using an interest-based approach where clients and professionals share the same playing field, clients now have the most control over the approach and work product of the professionals they hire enabling more sustainable and protective outcomes. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130644

    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. A new emerging divorce process is now available to families across Florida. Parents and spouses now have a more peaceful, comprehensive, supportive and effective way to get divorce. 
    2. Using an interest-based approach where clients and professionals share the same playing field, clients now have the most control over the approach and work product of the professionals they hire enabling more sustainable and protective outcomes. 
    3. Participants will be able to identify at least three ways families can reduce conflict using the collaborative process in comparison to other divorce process options. participants will be able to identify at least three key pieces to the Collaborative Process.
    4. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 benefits of using a Collaborative Process for family disputes in comparison to other dispute resolution options.
    About the Presenters:

    Tammy Berman a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, an Accredited Collaborative Professional, a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and a Qualified Parenting Coordinator. She is the owner of a group practice called My Counseling Connections and is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, certified in Motivational Interviewing and specializes helping clients through the divorce process and in working with teens and their families. She is the current President of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida, and co-chairs the 17th Circuit ProBono Project and Outreach Committee of that organization. She is also a member of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group. She serves on several committees in both these organizations in order to help further the education and exposure of the Collaborative Process to the public and professional community.

    Fernanda Pedroso is a collaborative family law attorney practicing in all of South Florida and the managing partner at Collaborative Families Law Center. She practices exclusively in the area of Family law. Mrs. Pedroso is also a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. Her experience and approach to family law matters provides clients with efficient and effective resolutions that promote the best interest the family as a whole. Fernanda is a board member and Vice President of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida, co-chair of the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Collaborative Pro Bono Project; and co-chair of IDEA—Diversity and Inclusion committee of the FACP. Her involvement with these groups seeks to educate the community on the benefits available to individuals and families handling their family law matters within the Collaborative Process.


    • 27 Sep 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: So much of what improves the lives of clients is what happens outside of the therapy office. Helping clients improve the social aspects of their lives increases their level of happiness. This session will provide participants with tangible tools and techniques to use with clients to help them focus on the social aspects of their lives. By focusing on social connection, social support, social capital, social media, and social inclusion, participants will learn ways to support successful outcomes with clients. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130590

    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. Understand the science behind the social influences of mental health
    2. Recognize how these influences impact happiness in self and with clients
    3. Learn tools and techniques to share with clients
    4. Utilize tools in the session to recognize the benefits
    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Radlauer-Doerfler is a leading expert in the social influences of mental health and uses her experience to create impact within communities, systems, organizations, and individuals. Her approach is collaborative, creative, and curious as she strives to educate utilizing unique avenues including media, stage production, video production, podcasting and writing. She has extensive experience in behavioral health, public health, and organizational development for more than 25 years. She speaks internationally and participated as a TEDx Miami speaker on social support, and social connectedness. Her research on structural racism in the behavioral health field has led to the development of a national curriculum designed to create more equitable systems. She is passionate about addressing behavioral health challenges in communities and speaks widely on the topic.

    • 04 Oct 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: Reunification is court-ordered when a child resists or refuses timesharing with a parent. Judges, attorneys, mediators, and even therapists who have no idea why a child is resisting or refusing frequently recommend reunification. But is this in the best interest of the child? How does this work? Is it therapy or a process? Unless you have been trained in this area, you may be adding to the problem instead of promoting healing.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130582

    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. Clearly define reunification and establish it as a process and not therapy
    2. Discuss best practices, how to protect the child, and how to heal the family unit
    3. Review ethical considerations, confidentiality, and testifying in court proceedings
    About the Presenter:

    Christine Hammond is a leading mental health influencer, author and guest speaker. As an author of the award-winning “The Exhausted Woman’s Handbook,” and more than 500 articles, Christine has more than one million people downloading her podcast “Understanding Today’s Narcissist,” and more than 400,000 views on YouTube.   Her practice specializes in treating families of abuse, and trauma, with personality disorders involved which is based on her own personal experience. Her new book, Abuse Exposed: Identifying Family Secrets that Breed Dysfunction is available.   Christine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor by the State of Florida, a National Certified Counselor, Certified Family Trauma Professional, with extensive training in crisis intervention and peaceful resolution.

    • 11 Oct 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: The appeal of "Super Heroes" is universal. Incorporating Super Heroes into trauma therapy is a multi-modal approach pioneered by Dr Janine Scarlet. She used this concept to deal with her medical, emotional and refugee trauma. Specific examples from historical, cultural and fantasy suitable for different age groups will be shown as ways to help ciients develop resilience.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130622

    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 metaphysical and theoretical concepts of SuperHero Therapy
    2. Utilize Heroes of choice to facilitate telling the trauma story.Integrate pop culture metaphors to process the trauma experiences
    3. Foster post=traumatic growth by incorporating superheroes into coping skills
    About the Presenter:

    Dr Kathie Erwin is a Professor at Divine Mercy University School of Counseling. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counseling and AMHCA Diplomate in Geriatric Counseling.   Dr Erwin was appointed Fulbright Specialist teaching at University of Iceland.  She has served as Secretary/Board Member and is President of Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. She is also a Board Member of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. A Master Field Traumatologist, Dr Erwin has served as team leader in Trinidad, India, and Romania. She taught trauma counseling for Ukraine Project including distance support for Ukrainian counselors impacted by the war. 

    • 18 Oct 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: It’s important to use the principles of trauma informed care in a way that is tailored to the needs of first reposnders you may work with . It can be difficult to seek this information out on your own. This presentation gives you access to everything you need to know about how to understand the unique needs of and help first responders in your practice.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130632

    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. Participants will understand the unique challenges of working with First Responders
    2. Participants will understand the concept of trauma informed care
    3. Participants will understand proper critical incident aftercare with first responders
    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Meredith Moran has a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida, and a Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.      She started her career as a law enforcement officer in Pinellas County (FL), with the City of Largo police department from 1993 to 1999.   After obtaining her Master’s degree in 1999, she was hired as a training program coordinator at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center.  She joined Operation PAR, Inc. as a research assistant in October 2008.  During her 12.5 years at Operation PAR, Dr. Moran worked in various positions helping adolescents and adults recover from substance use and behavioral health challenged.  In 2019, Dr. Moran opened her private practice, Front Line Wellness, where she specializes in trauma care for military and first responder personnel 

    • 25 Oct 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: In the last three decades, there has been an increase in the amount research on members of racial and ethnic minority communities; the importance of multiculturalism; counselor cultural competence; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) issues (see Cass, 1979; Crenshaw, 1989, 1991; Cross, 1971, 1978; Goldberg & Kuvalanka, 2012; Helms, 1990; Ratts et al., 2016; Sue et al., 1992; Wolfson, 1994). Despite the increase in research about people from marginalized communities, there remains little research and counseling practices that interrogate the holistic experiences of BIPOC LGBTQIA+ clients. This webinar will examine current research, lived experiences of clients with intersectional marginalized identities and the counseling implications for providing cultural responsive and affirmative practices.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130560

    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. Examine the literature on the intersectional experience of BIPOC LGBTQ+ 
    2. Clients Understand the lived experiences of BIPOC LGBTQ+ 
    3. Clients Provide culturally responsive tools for counseling BIPOC LGBTQ+ Clients
    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Alfonso Ferguson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NY; FL), Licensed Professional Counselor (NJ), Approved Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. Dr. Ferguson prides himself on providing counseling services to underserved communities. Dr. Ferguson intentionally teaches all courses through a social justice lens. He earned his Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling from Montclair State University. Dr. Ferguson is a core faculty member at Saybrook University. As a counselor educator. Dr. Ferguson aspires to contribute to the diversity readiness of the counseling field by preparing counselors in training to be culturally responsive in their work with intersectionally underserved communities. He believes that if we effectively prepare counselors of tomorrow, we are all more likely to have a better future. Dr. Ferguson has gained a variety of experiences in individual and family counseling services to those who are experiencing psychosocial stressors, family issues, and mood disorders. He has a strong interest to work with LGBTQ+ Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) struggling with mood disorders and psychosocial stressors. His clinical experiences include case management, inpatient therapy, outpatient therapy, private practice owner, supervision, and consultation. Dr. Ferguson owns and operates his own psychotherapy private practice providing culturally responsive care to individuals in Florida, New York and New Jersey. Nadine Ferguson is a registered mental health counselor in the states of New York and Florida. She earned her masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Florida Atlantic University. Nadine is also a certified rehabilitation counselor. Mrs. Ferguson has a strong passion for helping others, of which has grown from her volunteer work with disadvantaged youth and young adults in her community. Moreover, Nadine has worked in a variety of counseling settings. Her experiences have afforded her opportunities to provide counseling services to a range of clients including youths, young adults, older adults in her community. She has also provided individual and group therapy with school aged children. Nadine is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and has experience in helping her clients process their feelings and work through difficult challenges. Nadine prides herself on her client centered approach which includes active listening, offering tools and skills needed to cope with life challenges and stressors. She strives in providing non-judgmental and authentic individualized care which supports her clients in achieving optimal mental health and wellness.


    Nadine Ferguson is a registered mental health counselor in the states of New York and Florida. She earned her masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Florida Atlantic University. Nadine is also a certified rehabilitation counselor. Mrs. Ferguson has a strong passion for helping others, of which has grown from her volunteer work with disadvantaged youth and young adults in her community. Moreover, Nadine has worked in a variety of counseling settings. Her experiences have afforded her opportunities to provide counseling services to a range of clients including youths, young adults, older adults in her community. She has also provided individual and group therapy with school aged children. Nadine is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and has experience in helping her clients process their feelings and work through difficult challenges.

    • 08 Nov 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: A foundational understanding of family estrangement, a disenfranchised loss. Pathways of estrangement.,Cultural changes that make estrangement a rising phenomenon (several researched estimates indicate 25% of American adults are estranged from at least one family member). Assumptions and of parents vs assumptions of adult children, and what is required of each to bridge the gap.  What’s required of therapists, and common mistakes. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130636

    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. Participants will gain skills to conduct the estrangement-oriented clinical interview
    2. Participants will learn how to prepare for and conduct reconciliation therapy
    3. Participants will gain an understanding of common flashpoints of estrangement and how to engage productively Participants will learn strategies to assist grieving family members to cope with the pain and shame of estrangement 
    About the Presenter:

    Patricia Wolfenden is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in Central Florida. Patricia has extensive experience and training working with individuals, groups, and families coping with addiction, traumatic injury, grief and loss, and relationship issues. She has worked as a psychotherapist in a treatment center setting as well as in hospitals and as a private practitioner. Patricia enjoys bringing awareness to those who have sought her help, through the use of experiential family therapies, psychodrama, motivational interviewing (TM), expressive arts, and nature immersion. Patricia brings professional and personal experience with family estrangement to this topic, and stresses the importance of a balanced and even-handed perspective. 

    • 15 Nov 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: The global pandemic brought greater stress for most, yet interestingly it also exposed how a small percentage of people experienced greater happiness from deeper meaning in life. Everyone went through the same experience, but not everyone experienced the same emotions. Why?     Traumatic stress affects people in different ways, and researchers who track global happiness are seeing a spike in meaningful experiences, joy, fulfillment, and happiness since 2019. Much of this increase seems linked to behavioral and neurological patterns that can be replicated in organizations and families across all socio-economic variables. Emerging research has exposed remarkable findings to help clients and patients in need. For instance, did you know there are 31 elements that lead to predictable happiness? Or why older Americans score higher than adolescents in experiencing happiness? Or that a salary increase may pull happiness levels down.     While chronic stress continues for some, with continual symptoms of anxiety, depression, anger, fear, burnout, or languishing, an emerging group of researchers have been studying how difficult times can lead to closer relationships, a desire to help others, a peaceful mindset and generous giving to those in need in their community. While some feel tremendous panic – others are living with greater peace. Sharing these new findings is a practical way to bring mental wellness and the skills of building happiness to your clients and community after years of traumatic pain and loss.     This overview will cover the cluster of factors that seem most linked to increased levels of happiness and meaning you can share with the clients and patients you serve. Including biological and behavioral patterns that are shown to build happiness and expand social connections. While some are overwhelmed, exhausted, and struggling with daily activities of living; others are managing with renewed mental toughness, focus and happiness.  Gaining awareness of emerging research for faster psychological recovery may explain why some reach new levels of happiness and post-traumatic growth, much like those who survived World War II and have been called “the Greatest Generation.”     The good news is happiness is a skill that can be taught to prevent children or aging adults from feeling they are stuck in trauma. The neuroscience of creating happiness has been tracked globally. This overview with practical application skills will add value to you, your coworkers and clients.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130576

    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 hidden neurological, psychological, and behavioral patterns that lead to deeper meaning and happiness across all age groups.
    2. Implement proven behavioral health strategies to use that guide clients toward building happiness and community connection
    3. Gain insight from global happiness scales, along with understanding the most common assessment tools to use with the populations they serve
    About the Presenter:

    C. Dwight Bain guides people through change with creative strategy. Bain is an author and trusted media resource interviewed on over 500 radio and television stations; quoted in over 20 books and 100 publications including: New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal, Orlando Sentinel, FoxBusiness.com, MSNBC.com and Yahoo.com. Dwight’s skill as a communicator led his peers in Toastmaster to select him as one of the best speakers in Florida. Dwight is a lifelong resident of Orlando where he lives with his wife Sheila and a rescue cat named "Scrappy". 

    • 06 Dec 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: Burnout is increasing epidemics that effects professionals on a daily basis. Signs and symptoms of burnout can come undetected. Learning and knowing about yourself is important to your self-care as well as others. Exploring activities that help you reenergize and flourish to add to your daily life. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130616

    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. Identifying current and historical influences of burnout 
    2. Learning early signs of burnout
    3. Creating a reflective spaces with colleagues to promote well-being 
    4. Practicing healthy skills to promote work-life-balance-success 
    About the Presenter:

    Johnece Smith lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her family. She also works with children and families as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant with Alabama Department of Mental Health. She is the CEO and Lead Therapist of Kreating Your Path located in Birmingham, Alabama. She’s a licensed professional counselor in the state of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. She is a national She graduated from Troy University with a credential in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. She completed her master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health, Community Agency Counseling, and Criminal Justice at Jacksonville State University. Her professional focus includes: trauma, attachment styles, burnout and self-care, relationship, infant and early childhood mental health consultation.  

    • 13 Dec 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: Learn how to use CBT for Insomnia from an ACT perspective and apply it specifically to individuals with co-occurring Insomnia and Eating Disorders. CBT-i is the first-line, gold standard behavioral treatment for Insomnia. Studies are showing a significant relationship between Insomnia and Eating Disorders. In this workshop we will learn how to diagnose insomnia and how to treat insomnia adjunctly to an eating disorder, using both ACT and CBT interventions.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130578

    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. Participants will be able to recognize and describe the two biological processes that regulate sleep (Circadian Rhythm and Homeostatic Drive), and how these concurrently interact with eating disorder symptoms.
    2. Participants will be able to explain the underlying mechanisms shared between eating disorders and insomnia.
    3. Participants will be able to identify the five components of manualized CBT-i.
    4. Participants will be able to discuss the benefits of using ACT adjunctly to improve treatment outcomes in the eating disorder population.
    About the Presenter:

    Savannah Hipes is a licensed therapist who helps highly driven, sleep-deprived professionals who feel exhausted and on edge to finally sleep through the night. She is trained in the treatment of Insomnia and Nightmares, as well as other conditions commonly co-occurring with sleep disorders such as Anxiety and Eating Disorders. Savannah works with clients in-person in Central Florida, and virtually throughout FL and NY. She values using evidence-based practices and thorough interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation to provide a premium therapy experience.


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