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FMHCA is a chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and is the only organization working exclusively for LMHCs in Florida.

 



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    • 28 Jan 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 487
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    DescriptionThe COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021 ushered in an unprecedented demand for mental health counseling and related services. Depression and anxiety rates tripled, and suicide, substance use, overdose, and domestic violence rates soared. According to one national survey, 1 out of every 3 Americans saw a therapist at least once in 2020. Data collected by the presenter from 650 counselors nationwide revealed that 1 out of 3 counselors was working overtime to try to meet demand, and many had stopped accepting new referrals or started limiting intakes. The echoes and repercussions of the pandemic will likely last for years to come, but throughout history every major national or international crisis has sparked a period of increased growth and awareness the field of clinical mental health counseling. During a time of tremendous upheaval and adjustment, how can counselors play a role in post-traumatic growth both in the U.S. and around the world? Find out with this workshop.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-867187

    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 post-traumatic growth and describe how it applies in the aftermath of a pandemic.
    2. Describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellness of the U.S. population.
    3. Create a plan to implement seven tips for fostering post-traumatic growth in your counseling practice.

    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 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 Past-President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He has nearly 20 years of clinical and forensic 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, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2020, and he has been published in several social science journals and professional magazines in clinical mental health counseling.

    • 18 Feb 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 498
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    DescriptionBalancing clinical and billing considerations can be challenging for behavioral health providers. This session will explore a documentation framework that supports the integration of clinical processes and claimable activities. The presentation will include an overview of Medicaid and commercial insurance standards along with documentation training techniques for improved insurance compliance, and decreased paybacks at audits. We will cover document timelines, consents, assessments, progress notes, and treatment planning.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-867193

    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 of Medicaid and commercial insurance compliance standards.
    2. Participants will evaluate their own internal practice guidelines for promoting compliance.
    3. Participants will identify immediate changes they can make to generate clinically compliant documentation.

    About the Presenters:

    Ryan Fontaine, LMHC has 14 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, from residential programs to in-home counseling. Ryan received a MA in Clinical Psychology from UCF and has been a part of program development, staff training, and quality assurance teams while working in a management capacity since 2014. Using knowledge gained in these roles, she has developed trainings for agencies and groups to improve compliance as well as providing documentation review and management support.

    Since 2000, Melissa Norris has held management roles enhancing and designing programs in the fields of mental health, behavior analysis, case management, residential facilities and community behavioral health. In 2016, Ms. Norris founded Credentialing Consultants of FL, dba TherAssist Practice Concierge, to support behavioral health providers with their practice needs. TherAssist provides consultation and training in all aspects of practice administration, with a focus on FL Medicaid compliance.

    • 25 Mar 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 498
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    DescriptionWhile you may have completed your traditional undergraduate and graduate training through brick-and mortar programs on residential campuses, many of today's graduates - and a larger percentage of tomorrow's graduates - will complete their training through nontraditional programs. This shift in the context of training provides an exciting opportunity for those in clinical practice to supplement the income while also having a hand in educating the next generation. Dr. Graham has been involved in online education programs for the last 14 years. He's held the role of content area expert, adjunct faculty, and affiliate faculty. He's worked in undergraduate and graduate programs - all while maintaining a clinical practice. Those who attend this workshop will have the opportunity to learn practical tools for addressing legal and ethical issues - and opportunities - in joining the world of online education as an adjunct faculty member.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-867197

    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. Discuss the growth of online education in the training of mental health counselors and the ethical importance of gate-keeping.
    2. Identify opportunities to supplement your income through working as a content area expert of adjunct faculty member and the legal and ethical ramifications of serving in both clinical and educational realm.
    3. Explore practical strategies for licensed counselors to enter the pool of adjuncts.

    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Graham has been involved in online education programs for the last 14 years. He's held the role of content area expert, adjunct faculty, and affiliate faculty. He and his family reside in Hobe Sound, Florida where he is also engaged in private practice.


    • 08 Apr 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 496
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    DescriptionThis session will address issues and concerns affecting racial and ethnic minorities as it relates to race-related stress and racial trauma. It will address the impact of the social climate on the mental health of marginalized populations. Attendees will participate in open discussion on building awareness of how providers and clinicians can address these issues with focus on cultural sensitivity and competency.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-867199

    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 discuss differences between stereotype, prejudice, implicit bias, and discrimination.
    2. Attendees will discuss levels of racism including but not limited to overt racism, institutional/systemic racism, and microagressions.
    3. Attendees will learn how traumatic stress impacts and contributes to mental health concerns.
    4. Discussion will focus on cultural considerations to be made when working with racial and ethnic minority communities.
    About the Presenter:

    Aisha T. McDonald is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked in the social services arena for over 10 years. She has worked with marginalized populations within South Florida specifically those with severe and persistent mental illness, forensic population, individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, youth in the welfare system, and individuals who are involuntarily hospitalized. She is the Lead Trainer for the Mental Health First Aid program at United Way of Broward County and also facilitates community wide trainings on various topics as well as monthly workshops on mental health and substance use issues for the Crisis Intervention Team training for our local sheriff's department and municipal police agencies. She has focused on mental health awareness and education, victim advocacy, educating on toxic masculinity and its effects on violence, substance use and mental health issues with the forensic population as well as diversity and inclusion and social equity.

    • 22 Apr 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 499
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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 #: 20-867201

    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. 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!

    • 06 May 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 500
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    Description: Clients often experience the deepest benefits from counseling in instances where the optimal connection between client and counselor is experienced through the formation of strong rapport. Fandom experiences have been shown to become integral parts in the identity formation of clients across various age ranges from childhood into adulthood. With media psychology offering insights into the experience of various gaming activities from avatar creation to goal fulfillment, it has become more possible to integrate the takeaway lessons learned in the game-space as strengths to be harnessed as exceptions to the problem in a therapeutic context. This presentation will explore a select style of player and narrative driven game experiences as connections for refining authorship of the client’s preferred narrative and learning to pursue meaning across treatment experiences from intake through termination of the counseling process.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-873979

    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 be able to identify 2 game genres which lend nicely to discussion of growth concepts in a client-centered context.
    2. Attendees will be able to identify 3 foundational clinical theories which can be used to form effective metaphors with a game playing client population.
    3. Attendees will be able to create opportunities for narrative and existential exploration of growth topics in a therapeutic context.
    4. Attendees will be able to identify one personal connection to their own growth processes as treatment professionals which can be repurposed to appeal to concepts from the hero’s journey and other storytelling concepts focused on inspiration and resilience towards personal obstacles.

    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Kaufmann is an Assistant Professor and chairperson for the Committee of Student Evaluation for Mental Health Counseling graduate programs at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Kaufmann also serves as a founding member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Video Game Disorder clinical training programs through the IGCCB and is leading the taskforce for the APA to review the criteria for consideration of Internet Gaming Disorder in future DSM-5 updates. His research covers areas from video games, personality theory, process addictions, online education, and counselor development. He offers supervision to counselors nationwide to help bridge the gap in learning about addictions and specific insights related to effective treatment for clients experiencing games-related issues. Dr. Kaufmann is also a frequent contributor for programming through Geek Therapeutics and talks about mental health routinely via his Twitch and Youtube channels to connect clinical concepts with messages experienced during gameplay. His podcast, The Gaming Persona, is published weekly and seeks to share various insights related to psychological connections in the play of video games.

    • 13 May 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 500
    Register


    Description: LGBTQ+ relationships face multiple challenges from fighting for the right to marry, adopt children, be accepted by family, or simply ordering a wedding cake. When living in less affirming areas, there may be pressure to hide their relationship in public or at work, leading to hesitance to seek out relationship therapy. This workshop will deliver research-backed resources clinicians can incorporate into their practice that provides LGBTQ+ couples the resources to strengthen their relationships.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-892649

    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 the common differences in LGBTQ+ relationships related to the overlapping of relationship experiences and sexual orientation issues..
    2. Learn the barriers to emotional intimacy and the role of internalized shame and guilt in LGBTQ+ relationships.
    3. Understand the Sound Relationship House Theory (SRHT) and the nine components found in healthy relationships.
    4. Apply the components of SRHT as an effective intervention when working with LGBTQ+ couples.

    About the Presenter:

    Maria Giuliana, LMHC, is a Florida-based practitioner and qualified supervisor. She's a member, ally, and advocate of the LGBTQ+ community. She's a Gottman Certified "How To Make Relationships Work" Leader and provides culturally and ethically competent interventions in her work with Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities.











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