FMHCA is a chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and is the only organization working exclusively for LMHCs in Florida.
Florida mental health COUNSELORS association
“We haven’t seen anything like this before” is how many people described 2020 which rocked the stability of American culture in every area – business, economy, education, travel, relationships and especially the physical and mental health of all citizens. Yet if a mental health professional has never experienced a crisis like this before, how can they be expected to manage it personally, while attempting to guide their clients forward to survive continual stress? Especially since the pandemic is now ranked by the CDC.gov as the third most likely cause of death, falling behind heart disease and cancer.
Every counselor is going through this pandemic at the same time, facing the same set of risk factors. However, not every counselor is managing it the same way. Why are some counselors and behavioral management organizations bouncing back quickly and profitably during the pandemic, while others are struggling or even shutting down?
Some seem energized and organized to build their ‘new normal’ while others are feeling emotionally stuck or frozen in the fear of what is coming next during this prolonged crisis. During the global recession Harvard Business Review reported that 17% of companies disappeared while 10% scaled up and expanded services. What do they know that you don’t know to successfully navigate major changes? And how can experienced therapists benefit the most?
Consider the significant changes facing professional counselors since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020 –
· Lockdown / social isolation / loss of direct connection to clients and coworkers
· Working remotely without the need for an office to see clients face to face
· Adjusting to new governmental regulations about being ‘in-office’
· Learning new technologies to stay connected to client’s mental health needs
· Understanding new protocols for HIPPA compliance with telehealth
· Helping clients manage political unrest over racial tension and social justice issues
· Misinformation during a pandemic sparking rumors and angry reactions
· Encouraging unemployed clients who lost jobs and the ability to pay for therapy
· Exhaustion and depletion from trying to keep up with continual change
Everyone reacts differently to a crisis. Some face the pressure directly, reinvent and flow through the continuous waves of change. Others feel overwhelmed like they are drowning and may become self-destructive or quit out of exhaustion. 2021 and beyond is a time of seismic change for mental health professionals. Will you be ready – or will you be left behind? Ask yourself these questions to find out -
- What steps can you take as a mental health professional to maintain work life balance during the pandemic and post-pandemic years?
- How can an aging practitioner work fewer hours by leveraging their years of experience for greater income?
- How can counselors help people desperately seeking mental health care during a time of recession when many clients may be unemployed?
- Where could new counselors find trusted mentors to speed their career journey?
- Will you and your practice be ready to manage a continual surge of new clients?
- Do you know what services to expand, and which to abandon in the post-pandemic years?
- Are you navigating from a detailed post-Covid timeline to identify where you are at personally, as well as where you want to go as a professional?
This webinar will give you a rapid analysis of the significant changes to the industry of mental health counseling, while outlining the necessary steps to take in adapting to a post-pandemic world. A world where mental health services will be sought out in higher levels than ever before. Join us for this interactive webinar designed to equip you with strategic skills to move forward in strength during these unprecedented times.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-772857
This is an event 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
1. Identify the top trends in mental health, and emerging industry trends affecting their ability to successfully work as a counselor during 2021 and beyond.
2. Implement tested crisis management strategies to use during the prolonged pandemic and post-pandemic recovery time to stay mentally focused and resilient for the years of psychological recovery ahead.
3. Characterize the patterns of growth in mental health which could expand the counseling impact for those near retirement by leveraging their mental health experience into new sources of revenue.
Dwight Bain is a Nationally Certified Counselor in practice since 1984. His mission is to guide individuals and organizations in solving crisis events with creative solutions. Bain is a trusted media resource who has been interviewed on over 500 radio and television stations; as well as quoted in over 100 newspapers/websites including: New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal, Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Newsday, FoxBusiness.com & MSNBC.com
Description: Counselors are ill-equipped to handle issues of infidelity and betrayal. Couples present wounded, shamed, angry and unhappy. Presenters will address techniques and interventions including understanding the significance of trust violations, identifications of vulnerabilities, and a process for determining how clients can decide to remain together or apart.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-806310
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
About the Presenters:
Amber Lange, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has been providing counseling services since 2005. Before her counseling career, she was the creator and director of a drop-in, part-time, child care center. She has extensive training and experience in treating infidelity, betrayal, and addictions. Her experience includes both community counseling and private practice work. She recently sold a thriving private practice in Michigan and moved to Florida. She currently is the Director of External Partnerships at Capella University. Additionally, she has been teaching in higher education since 2004. Dr. Lange is a known speaker on topics such as relationships, divorce, alcoholism, intimate partner violence, and addictions; and she has researched, published, and utilized a therapy dog in counseling.
Dr. Konja Klepper is Core Faculty for the CES and MCHC programs at Capella University. She is also a professional counselor, clinical supervisor, and Reiki master. In addition to a research focus on holistic health and wellness, Dr. K believes in preparing counselors and counselor educators as advocates for human development, social justice and change, which will effectively serve the needs of clients and students across a culturally diverse and pluralist society. With a focus on leadership, social justice, and advocacy, Dr. K was the head of our chapter's honors society. Chi Upsilon Chi is the largest chapter of the international honors society, Chi Sigma Iota. Currently, Dr. K is the head of the CES fieldwork department and Comprehensive Exams. In addition, she is an active member of ACES, AGLBTIC, ASERVIC, and AHC. Next, Dr. K is the Ph.D. residency Track 3 lead, with a focus on qualitative methodology, specifically phenomenology and generic qualitative methods.
Dr. Carrie VanMeter earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and School Counseling Certificate from The University of Toledo. She is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a licensed Professional School Counselor (LSC) in the state of Ohio. She has experience working with children and families both in the community and the high school setting. She also has experience in community mental health agencies providing treatment for juvenile sex offenders, sexual abuse survivors, domestic violence perpetrators and survivors. She is involved in numerous professional organizations including ACA, ASCA, ACES, OCA, OASCA, OASGW, and ASGW. Her research interests include teen dating violence, domestic violence, offender treatment, supervision in counseling, and professional identity and advocacy in counseling.
Description: This presentation intends to raise mental health awareness by identifying emotional and psychological symptoms in response to COVID-19. Effective strategies on how to best manage daily stressors will be discussed with a special emphasis placed on child care. Additionally, the transitioning out of quarantine effect will be explored.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-806502
About the Presenter:
Dr. Diaz is licensed as a psychologist, a qualified board approved clinical supervisor for mental health counselors, and HeartMath Certified Trainer. Currently, Dr. Diaz is the Program Coordinator for Mental Health Counseling students at Albizu University, where she teaches graduate courses and supervises student clinicians. Dr. Diaz has appeared on numerous radio and television programs discussing topics on the importance of mental health hygiene, heart rhythm technology and self-care as well as other topics related to ADHD, Self-Harm, and Bullying. She gives lectures on topics deserving continuing education credits and volunteers her time as a way to give back to the community. Additionally, she owns a boutique private practice in Miami Lakes, has over 20 years of clinical experience in the mental health field, and recently became an honored member of the Trademark Top Doctors of America in 2018. Dr. Diaz consistently presents at annual conferences and has participated in the field assessment trials of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM5) where her contribution are noted on page 912. Personally, she strongly believes one must embody what we teach and engages in daily meditation and weight training. She prides herself in not having all the answers and is open to learning from everyone, especially children.
Description: Come learn about Adult Children of Immigrant Parents - how their mental health is impacted and affected by the family of origin, how they can overcome these barriers, regain control in their life, and continue developing health mental health patterns and coping skills.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-764531
Demenna Milord is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, public speaker, and an Anxiety & Fear Relief Coach. SheÂ assists adults, families, and couples to increase peace in their lives, by using practical and healthy coping skills to manage feelings of anxiety and depression. Demenna believes that the Adult Children of Immigrant Parents population is in need of increased support to assist in continued life transitions. After spending the last 8 years working in settings such as community mental health/mobile crisis, psychiatric hospitalization, and substance abuse, Demenna has been able to help people from different walks of life gain back something very important to them - peace, the ability to handle stress well, and healthier family relationships. Demenna graduated from Palm beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Demenna is also currently a member of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), a chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
Description: Counselors can encounter clients involved in the family court system through various roles. Whether counseling children, conducting evaluations, or providing coparenting counseling, counselors need to understand the intricacies of family law and court proceedings. As clients entangled in the family court system can present with a range of challenges, counselors must learn to clearly define their roles, communicate with attorneys, navigate no-contact orders, understand parenting plans, and establish firm boundaries with all parties. This presentation will detail the ways that counselors can encounter clients involved in the family court system, and outline best practices for working with these clients.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-764561
Vassilia Binensztok, PhD, LMHC, NCC is a counselor in private practice and an adjunct professor of counseling at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Binensztok is a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator and Parenting Coordinator with extensive experience working in the child welfare system and the family court system.
Description: In these two hours you will learn the secrets of how to become an in-network provider for both insurance carriers and EAPs. Although it seems complicated, this webinar will easily provide the information and steps that are required to provide the required documents and apply to the EAPs and insurance companies. After someone applies there can be many issues that arise before the insurance carrier approves the application. We will spend time on common issues and how to rectify them. After you successfully are in-network, you will learn how to collect fees, including copays, and how to be reimbursed by the carrier or EAP. We will also have time to answer your specific questions on these issues.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-816576
Jennifer Dahl is the owner of Jennifer Ann Counseling of Florida, LLC and provides mental health counseling along with career coaching. She has been in the field of mental health for over 25 years with the past 10+ years in private practice taking insurance and EAPs. Her career coaching focuses on helping people develop a career goal through vocational testing, resume building, job searching, interview skills, and negotiating salary. Along with these skills, she also assists people who are having difficulties on the job. She has helped executives from Fortune 500 companies to solve interpersonal issues to veterans who are disabled reentering the workforce. Jennifer has presented at local, state and national conferences. Past presentations have been on Mental Illness and the Workforce, Returning to Work after Becoming Disabled, and Choosing a Career Path. She has developed and presented workshops on writing resumes, overcoming fears when interviewing, how to complete a federal application and more.
Description: Participants will learn the benefits and risks of writing about trauma and grief, as well as clear, research-based strategies to reduce the risks. This interactive workshop will invite participants to experience gently guided writing exercises, then provide them with a printable PDF handbook to allow them to begin using therapeutic writing exercises for grief in their practice.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-764853
Maureen Pollard is a registered social worker with a private practice in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. She has been working with individuals, families and groups for 30 years, and in her private practice she specializes in trauma and grief work. She is the author of The Twentieth Year: A Memoir of Miscarriage, and she co-wrote the song I Hope You Stay for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, as well as the song One Breath at a Time for International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day 2020 with Murray Foster of the Toronto Songwriting School.
Description: This course is used to give mental health professionals the fundamentals of the various types of alternative sexual and relationship expression that they may come into contact with in their therapeutic practice.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-764905
Dr. Patty Evans aka Dr. Harmony is one of the leading Mental Health Counselors and Clinical Sexologists. She brings her unique blend of skills and education specializing in Kink Culture and Sexuality, Relationship Counseling, Sex Positive Therapy, Traumatology, and Holistic Psychotherapy. Through her own personal experiences and her unique insights, she has forged an extraordinarily successful methodology designed to conquer overwhelming emotions which may be interfering with your daily life, relationships, work and health.
Wendi "Nicki" Line aka Therapist Nicki is a pioneer in her brand of holistic mental health treatment. After spending over a decade looking at cookie cutter plans of treatment she looks at the whole person and the system they are living in and finds a plan to create balance and harmony. She is also know as the Healing Unicorn using creative methods to clean out old wounds so they can heal and allow for them to thrive. Therapist Nicki is a clinical sexologist specializing in kink and alternative relationships such as polyamory, relationship specialist. She is also a traumatologist addictologist and geek therapist. She works with eating disorders, law enforcement, and military personnel. Therapist Nicki works with individuals, children, adolescents, relationships, and families.
Michael Holler Past President Ethics Committee Chair & Parliamentarian of FMHCA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Heath Counselor, a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, a Certified Child Custody Evaluator, a Qualified Parenting Coordinator, a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and County Mediator and a Certifies Kink AwareTherapist & Educator. Michael has a private practice in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. Michael has been working with individuals, families, couples and organizations for over 25 years. Michael is also a Neurofeedback provider. Michael has worked in inpatient psychiatric, community mental health and private practice settings; Michael has worked as an adjunct professor in psychology at Florida Keys Community College. Michael was President of the Upper Keys Interagency Council in 1997. Michael was the first Intensive Onsite Services Counselor in the State of Florida. Michael is now the Education Director for the International Academy of Collaborative Counseling, Coaching Education (IACCCE).
Description: For the Mental health professional who seeks a better understanding of substance use treatment
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-764911
Nelson L. Hadler has been providing clinical services to adolescents, adults and families for over twenty-five years. Nelson’s focus has been substance abuse disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. He has used his extensive experience from both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings to develop and implement comprehensive treatment programs. Nelson has been a groundbreaker in the Northern NJ area in the field of addiction treatment. He was instrumental in the growth of Treatment Dynamics an outpatient so-occurring treatment center, implementing one of the first adolescent intensive outpatient (IOP) drug and alcohol treatment programs in the area. Nelson Holds a bachelors in Psychology and an MSW from Rutgers University. He is a NJ and FL LCSW, a NJ LCADC and a FL CAC, as well as a Certified Clinical Supervisor in NJ and Fl and a International Certified Clinical Supervisor of Drug and Alcohol Counselors. Nelson is currently working with two IOPs in Ft Myers and has a private practice in Ft Myers as well.
Description: This course will give a brief history of popular culture, how it is identified and how it can be used in a therapeutic setting.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-765059
Graduated from Colorado State University with a double Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology, where I focused on Gender Identity formation, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Specifically those in relation to the Transgender population and access to health-care and mental health counseling by knowledgeable counseling professionals and doctors. I then went on to my Master’s at Walden University where I continued this track and become actively involved in the ACA’s ALGBTIC division and served on a the committee for making language in documentation more accessible and gender neutral. I picked up a specialization in Crisis & Trauma after working for Hospice and volunteering at the local LGBT center’s around my hometown and university. Eventually I made my way to Florida from Colorado. Gamer/Neet/Anime Weeb and all around enjoyer of life’s little self-care routines.
Description: Thousands of mental health practitioners have been trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and found this brief, effective method of treating Post Traumatic Stress, and other mental health disorders not only eliminates symptoms of PTS quickly but also lessen compassion fatigue in their work. Many have called ART a “paradigm shift” because clients don’t need to discuss details of their problems and because of its shift away from looking at cognitions to a focus on aiding the client to eliminate negative images, which the Developer feels are the cause of triggers.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-765069
Laney Rosenzweig is the Developer of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which she began creating over a decade ago. Laney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) practicing in the mental health field since 1989. Thousands of therapists across the United States have been trained in her modality. Ms. Rosenzweig’s experience has included work in their Adult Outpatient Unit, Substance Unit, Employee Assistance Program and Crisis Unit. She has worked with adults, children and families. She is has been on staff as a researcher at the University of South Florida where research has been conducted on ART. Ms. Rosenzweig is the founder and CEO of Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery and trains therapist in ART through that business entity as well as ART International. Trainings have been conducted at Walter Reed, Fort Belvoir, Fort Benning, Fort Hood, Fort Stewart and military clinicians continue to train in ART. She also has a private practice in Connecticut. After developing ART, Ms. Rosenzweig has trained therapists located in the United States, the UK, Canada and Italy.
Amy has more than 25 years professional experience working in clinical, administrative, research, academic, and group social work. She holds the credential, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work through the NASW. She specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, abuse and issues related to sexual orientation and gender. She is also a Master Therapist and Lead Trainer in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) since 2009. As a researcher and research assistant, Amy is a co-author of several study publications under the leadership of Principal Investigator, Dr. Kevin Kip. Amy is lead author in a new textbook chapter for Graduate Studies in Psychological Counseling. As a trauma-focused therapist Amy has been active in The Red Cross as a Mental Health Disaster Volunteer. Also, Amy was deployed to help with triage, referral and crisis counseling with the Columbine High students, faculty and families in May of 1999 and worked as a mental health crisis volunteer counselor at the Woodstock II concert in Saugerties, NY. Today she is a University mental health counselor at Western New England University, and teaches Clinical Theory in the MSW program at Westfield State University in MA.
Description: Due to the pandemic, many mental health providers converted in-person services to an online format. Groups are particularly challenging to convert to a live online format because of the need to engage multiple participants simultaneously. The CARE 4 Grief psychoeducational support group was quickly adapted to a live online format and this webinar focuses on techniques and lessons learned for mental health professionals when converting in-person groups to live online groups.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-807594
Michelle-Ann Rhoden Neita is a licensed clinical social worker in Florida and Illinois, registered play therapist, and certified trauma therapy provider. She is presently pursuing her grief therapy certification. She is currently the chairperson of Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment, a social service organization, the founder of FamPac Wellness Center, an organization providing psychotherapy and program evaluation services, and an assistant professor in the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. Michelle-Ann has extensive clinical experience working with children and families in child welfare who have experienced abuse, neglect, separation, grief, and loss. She co-authored the CARE 4 Grief Psychoeducational manual, which is a grief support group manual for adults experiencing the death of a significant person. She has presented at numerous conferences and published several journal articles on the impact of trauma exposure and psychological trauma on one’s well-being. She currently engages in research focusing on the impact of traumatic experiences, including the violent death of a significant other, on youth and adults with criminal backgrounds.
Lataya Dennis Hall is a Mental Health professional, educator, and writer, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment Inc. (CARE Inc.), an organization in Miami Gardens, Florida. She also serves as a director of the board of Empowering Abuse Victims Ministry. She is also a Board-Certified Christian Counselor, a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, and a Certified Pre-Marital Counselor in the counties of Broward and Miami Dade, Florida. She serves on various mental health coalitions throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. She holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, where she is currently pursuing a PHD in Neuropsychology. Lataya is a dynamic speaker/presenter who is known for facilitating and coordinating workshops and seminars on various mental health topics including: fostering healthy marriages and families, trauma and abuse, crisis management, stress management, understanding mental health disorders, coping with grief and loss, and building resilience. She has collaborated with major organizations such as Mental Health America, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, South Florida Wellness Network, Choose Life International, and Apostolic Camp International just to name a few to raise awareness on the impact of mental health problems. She co-authors and facilitates the CARE 4 Grief Psycho-educational curriculum and manual, a grief support course for people grieving the loss of a loved one. She sees herself as an advocate of the underserved and disenfranchised members of our society and leads with the value of her CARE Inc., “Empowering others to care for themselves.”
Esther M. Harrow, a Registered Marriage & Family Therapy Intern, has been working in the field of marriage and family therapy for the past eight years. She is currently providing therapeutic services for clients that have DUI (Driving Under the Influence) cases. She works with CARE 4 Grief, which offers a psychoeducational group intended to help grieving individuals understand their grief journey. Previously, she worked with families providing in-home therapy in South Florida. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and St. Thomas University where she received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently pursuing her grief counseling certification. Her philosophy is that grief is a necessary part of life as we are constantly evolving. Her goal is to help grieving individuals create their new normal. She enjoys reading, singing, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends. She is a volunteer at Pentecostal Tabernacle International, having participated in the choir, Outreach Missions, Homeless Feeding, Hospitality team, and as a Sunday school teacher.
Annette Taylor-Spence holds a Master of Science degree in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, and a Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida. She also has a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree from The International University of Biblical Studies. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution Studies and certification as a grief counselor. Her doctoral research examines how the death of a child and the subsequent grief impacts the communication between parents. A teacher, speaker, playwright, poet, trainer, facilitator and conflict coach, Annette offers conflict resolution services through Love CareFronting LLC. Her services as a trainer and workshop presenter have been used at marriage retreats, staff training in corporate settings, and at retreats and workshops by churches. Annette is an Associate with the Organizational Consulting firm of Neil Katz and Associates where she designs training material and develops original role-plays to be used with target groups in training workshops. At Pentecostal Tabernacle, Miami Gardens, Florida, Annette is the ministry liaison to bereaved members of the congregation to provide emotional support and funeral planning assistance. She is also a volunteer at Center for Advancement, Restoration and Empowerment Inc., Miami, Florida where she is a contributing editor to the CARE 4 Grief Psychoeducational groups manual and a co-facilitator to the grief groups.
Description: The digital age has raised a number of ethical dilemmas for counselors to grapple with. Do I approve or deny a friend request from a client? Can I look up information about my client on the internet? Can I have a Facebook page for my practice? What happens if a client posts a comment? Can I still send emails to clients? What about text messages? Can we Skype? Can I facilitate a cyber group? Fortunately, recent revisions in the ethical codes of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) provide guidance on questions like these. But on the other hand, how many counselors have the time to review each of these codes in great detail to find out what’s new? In this 1- hour workshop, we’ll review recent changes in the ethical codes governing our profession with particularly emphasis on the 2020 revision of AMHCA’s ethical code.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-765725
Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He is board-certified in addictions, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and clinical trauma treatment. He has 20 years of clinical experience at Integrity Counseling, Inc., was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and has been published in NAADAC’s Addiction Professional, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Individual Psychology, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, and AMHCA’s The Advocate Magazine.
Description: Mental health counselors utilize regularly the power of the human-animal bond, a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between humans and animals that promotes the healing of both (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2020). Through animal-assisted interventions (AAI), humans engage in therapeutic interactions with animals across settings and contexts. One such setting involves animal-assisted crisis response (AACR), a type of AAI that involves incorporating animals into disaster response and recovery for the purpose of comfort and support for those affected by the event (Pet Partners, 2020). AACR has been implemented widely across Florida for major events including the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and the shootings at both Pulse Nightclub and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The goal of this presentation is to introduce attendees to AAIs, specifically to the power of AACR.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-808672
Ariann Robino, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Nova Southeastern University. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Louisiana and a board-certified counselor. She completed her PhD at Virginia Tech in Counselor Education and is an affiliate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Animal-Human Relationships. Dr. Robino has research experience in the human-animal bond and animal-assisted interventions as well as clinical experience through the pursuit of a certificate in Animal-Assisted Interventions in Counseling at Idaho State University. Her interests include animal-assisted interventions, the human-animal bond, addictions, human development, wellness, trauma, and criminal justice.
Description: Ethics courses or seminars are often presented in kind of a "Gotcha!" format, where the presenter asks questions, knowing they will get at least partially wrong answers and then trapping the answerer into the humiliating experience of being told that they are unethical in front of everybody. This presentation is designed top review Ethics and Rules in a more friendly, empowering format. And to see if we can have a little fun with it.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-808682
Description: Many individuals experience co-morbid Eating Disorders and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Counselors can utilize their understanding of an evidence-based approach to work with clients with this presentation, both in person and via telemental health. This webinar will provide an overview of Cognitive Processing Therapy and information on the application with two actual cases, to increase attendees’ knowledge of how to effectively work with clients with this clinical presentation.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-808892
Elissa Chakoff is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Barry University. She is currently a Clinical Implementation Manager at Recovery Record. Elissa has a strong desire to inspire future counselors as an educator in a counselor education program upon graduation. She has experience working with at-risk youth, families involved in the dependency system and human trafficking victims. Elissa obtained Master's and Specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Florida.
Description: The family system is increasingly being stretched to include older adults, boomerang young adults and grandchildren. This multi-generational family tips the balance of traditional family systems. Discover how to adapt counseling approaches for issues of the multigenerational family including the unique challenges of shared traumas.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-766397
Dr Kathie Erwin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, Associate Professor at Divine Mercy University. Secretary of FMHCA, Dr Erwin is also a Master Field Traumatologist and board member of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology serving as a team leader in Trinidad, India, Romania and Ukraine. Author of seven professional counseling books, Group Work for Aging Adults, 2nd Edition (2013) generated international interest leading to guest faculty invitations for NordMag Gerontology Intensive at University of Iceland and keynote speaker for Mexican Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Description: Do you have clients who report difficulty in relationships? They may pick fights with friends or family members when vulnerability begins to develop. It is curious to them because they desire intimate relationships but at the same time are frightened. Attachment trauma adversely affects adult relationships. But discovering the power of healing and healthy attachment through education and tools that equip our clients to find safety and calm in themselves and in connection with others is powerful on their way to healing.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-769013
Sandra B. Stanford, MA works as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Charis Counseling Center’s satellite office in Titusville, FL. Sandra earned her Master’s Degree in Psychological Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Sandra’s therapeutic style is collaborative in nature where her goal is to help clients recognize, define, and achieve growth and healing in their hearts and homes. Sandra and her husband, David, have been married over 30 years and have two adult children, Jonathan and Anna Beth, a son in love, Christopher, grandson Ashton and 2 Airedale grand-dogs Sherlock and Weta. Sandra is certified in EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. She is an approved CEU provider for EMDR Therapy. Additionally, Sandra enjoys working with couples and is certified in the Prepare & Enrich program, she is trained in Emotional Intimacy which teaches couples how to connect on a deeper level and has a specialty focus on those couples who desire healing from an affair. Sandra is the founder of Our Marriage Matters and offers faith-based weekend intensive retreats and groups for couples. She is also a Certified Daring Way ™ Facilitator utilizing the work of Brene’ Brown offering one day workshops and processing groups. Sandra is an active member of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Description: This program will review the development and application of the Complete Mental Status Evaluation. Prior research and application will be discussed, as well as new developments from the clinical and neuropsychological perspectives. This program will review current uses of the evaluation and it's efficiency. CMSE is a straightforward, concise, and complete instrument that can be utilized with diverse population, which includes clients not only with neurological damage, but also those with psychiatric and psychological difficulties. CMSE training is a learning approach that will create a standardized approach in assessing Mental Status.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-771257
Dr. Eric Y. Reznik is a clinical and forensic psychologist. He holds a Master’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. Since 1998, he taught as an adjunct at multiple colleges and universities, and currently teaching at Barry University. Dr. Reznik worked with populations ranging from young children to older adults. He also worked with multicultural clinical and forensic clientele and in public and private practice. Dr. Reznik developed Complete Mental Status Evaluation scale after many years of providing psychological therapy and assessments in various and diverse settings. Additionally, he has developed a Therapeutic Martial Arts program modality and currently is in the publishing a book about the program.
Description: There has been an increase in the topic of mental health in the news, in schools and on social media, however it seems there is still a limited understanding of the differences between mental health and mental illness. In schools, students are labeled by their diagnosis if they have one or they are punished for their behavior without determining the cause. Many educators have the belief that counseling or therapy is a “quick fix” for students. Some are reluctant to admit they actually need support themselves. This session will include various scenarios which create a clearer picture of the needs within the schools.
CE Broker Tracking #: 20-771389
Erica N. Wortherly is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with educators and parents to improve their understanding of mental health. She earned her BA in Communications from the University of North Florida and Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. Erica speaks on topics including self-care practices, mental health awareness, becoming trauma-sensitive, and more. As a former teacher in Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, a school-based clinical counselor for Children’s Home Society of North Florida, and a social worker, she will always be an educator. She has written three children’s books addressing anger, grief, and anxiety. “I Scream Because I’m Angry,” “Dear Everybody, Admit There’s Hurt,” and "...But, What If..." are used as tools for engaging in challenging conversations with children. Through her private practice and Teaching with Mental Health in Mind, Erica advocates for shifting mindsets to create more flexible, empathetic and comfortable environments for children and the adults who care for them to thrive.