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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 the State of Florida.

Florida mental health COUNSELORS association

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    • 07 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 451
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    DescriptionParticipants will gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical uses of play therapy. Through a didactic and experiential training, participants will learn how play therapy can enhance current practices. Individual, group, and family therapy techniques will be learned as well as age specific modifications. Come join us and discover how the powerful world of play therapy can help your clients reach new goals.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-908839

    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. Develop an understanding of basic theoretical orientations of play therapy.
    2. Develop basic technique when using non-directive play therapy.
    3. Identify the powers of play.
    4. Practice at least 5 play therapy techniques.
    About the Presenter:

    Stefani Misiph is an LMHC. She is a Registered Play Therapist, Supervisor and has been in private practice for over 20 years. She is an adjunct faculty at Lesley University and has presented both at the national and local level.


    • 14 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 494
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    Description: The session will delve into the concept of microaggressions and the impact that they have on the mental health of marginalized populations. It will explore how to address microaggressions and effective interventions. The presentation will also focus on the importance in fostering an inclusive and accepting environment.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-914885

    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 the concepts of microaggressions.
    2. Learn to identify different types of microaggressions.
    3. Explore impact of microaggressions on mental health.
    4. Learn the different types of microinterventions.

    About the Presenter:

    Aisha T. McDonald is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Trauma Expert who has worked in the social services field for over 12 years. She is also a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging expert who aims to address the systemic barriers to equity in our community. 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 regularly facilitates community trainings and professional development workshops focused on mental health awareness and education, racial and cultural trauma, substance use issues, as well as diversity and inclusion and social equity. She also serves as an expert on panels and discussions to help promote community awareness and professional development on these topics.
    • 21 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 490
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    DescriptionThis webinar is designed for mental health professionals working with clients with trauma histories. This webinar will address the various traumas our clients bring into treatment. This webinar will also address the benefits and challenges of Telehealth when working with trauma clients. It will look at the trauma and isolation of Covid and past year's experiences. It will also address the health of mental health professionals and selfcare tools.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-908849

    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. Working with Trauma Informed Care lens
    2. Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth when working with trauma
    3. Self care tips for trauma clinicians

    About the Presenter:

    I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and Certified Dementia Care Specialist (CDCS) with over ten years of experience working with individuals, couples and families using a holistic approach tailored to the unique needs of each client. I work with adults and specialize in treatment of life related stress, anxiety, depression, phase-of-life changes, grief and loss, and trauma. My work rests on the foundation of an honest, caring, nonjudgmental and compassionate therapeutic relationship.


    • 28 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 468
    Registration is closed


    DescriptionWriting can be effective for “putting structure to anxious feelings” (Pennebaker, 2004). Therapeutic Journaling incorporates and empowers a variety of counseling approaches. Discover practical counseling applications with a Journaling Plan suitable for individuals or families.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-908843

    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. Discover the clinical background of Therapeutic Journaling.
    2. Identify suitable clients for Therapeutic Journaling.
    3. Develop a Journaling Plan for individuals or groups.
    4. Evaluate Effectiveness of Therapeutic Journaling within the Treatment Plan.

    About the Presenter:

    Dr Kathie Erwin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, and 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.

    • 04 Nov 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 493
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    DescriptionBrain research and human development research is advancing co-occurring counseling to a place where clients will have a better opportunity to thrive. Clinicians often view substance use disorders primarily as cognitive and behavioral issues. A pathological perspective views substance misuse from a neurological issue. This workshop explores what is perhaps the key to understanding addiction, viewing it from an attachment disorder perspective. Vincent Felitti attributes adverse childhood experiences that have resulted in poor attachments and poor emotion regulation as a high-risk factor for addiction. Kathy Brous says, “alcoholics in particular may be born with a sense of separation which results in neurotransmitter deficits.” Bickhart, et al. (2010) reported that amygdala volume correlates with reported social network size and complexity. When considering what has been learned about the brain and “what works,” a new way of looking at addiction and recovery is needed. Schindler and Bröning demonstrated empirical evidence strongly supporting the correlation between patterns of attachment and SUD. As anticipated, more studies are needed utilizing SUD assessments that measure attachment disorder. Effective prevention and treatment start with understanding the role attachment disorders have in cooccurring disorders, and inversely understanding how healthy relationships positively impact recovery.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-908851

    This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the epistemology of the brain as a social organ.
    2. Analyze the ramifications of attachment disorders on addiction as an underlying factor.
    3. Apply information learned to the field of counseling by reviewing a model the presenter has found effective.
    About the Presenter:

    Jack is the founder of Psuche Education, Counseling & Coaching Services. He previously served as the Executive Director at Clay Crossing, a residential facility for men. He retired from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, having served as the Admissions & Assessment Director at a 48-bed residential facility serving women with co-occurring issues. He also served as the clinical director at a male residential facility. He developed a program, The Together We Thrive program, for the Ft. Gibson School District, a K-12 program designed to identify at risk children and develop initiatives to assist them. In his doctoral dissertation he integrated spirituality, human development theories and psychotherapy. He has previously presented at a variety of conferences, to include at an International Conference.

    • 18 Nov 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 497
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    DescriptionStudies have suggested that implementation of mental health services in schools provides early identification of mental health challenges, prevention programs, and other treatment options for underserved youth. The implementations of services offers opportunities for community health organizations, individual practices, and other agencies to develop an integrated comprehensive collaboration in formulating evidence based programs to support students needs and develop skills in dealing with conflict, bullying, problem solving, and development of healthy relationships. This creates opportunities for family supports and resources, early intervention services to formulate clinical groups: (grief, anger, anxiety, sadness), help identify early warning signs of mental health issues with students, and develop a referral process to ensure that all students have equal access to services and mental health supports. This ultimately may help build relationships to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment. (Foster, et.al.,2005).

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-921071

    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 describe how past and current events have shaped mental health services in Florida’s schools.
    2. Participants will be able to identify and describe the current theories and models for implementing mental health counseling in schools.
    3. Participants will be able to define roles, boundaries, and rules for licensed clinicians when working in school settings.
    4. Participants will be able to explain the legal and ethical limitations associated with implementing mental health services regarding parental bill of rights in school districts across Florida.
    About the Presenter:

    Taurean Wilson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a qualified supervisor. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is the founder of Enlightened Pathways, a counseling company where he provides individual therapy, family therapy, consultations, workshops, and clinical supervision. Taurean Wilson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for Flagler Schools serving the elementary, middle school, and high school population. Taurean's therapeutic approach is Trauma-Focused. He uses a wide range of evidence based trauma focused modalities to help facilitate expected outcomes. He a member of the crisis response team and is responsible for conducting threat assessments and mental health evaluations. Taurean has published many articles including one InSession article January: Inadequate Support Systems: Survival of the Fittest., Stop the Stigma: Building Empathy in Flagler Schools: 2021 Palm Coast Observer.

    • 09 Dec 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    • 488
    Register


    DescriptionBrene’ Brown says “Owning our story and loving ourselves through the process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” As therapists one role we play is to help our clients recognize unhealthy thinking and beliefs about themselves and provide tools to aid them in their healing. This workshop will address the barriers to self-compassion our clients face and provide practical tools to help move them on their journey from self-criticism to self-compassion.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-908845

    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 childhood environments that contribute to self-criticism.
    2. Define 3 elements of self-compassion.
    3. Explain unhealthy belief systems using A-B-C model of identifying negative belief systems, learning to dispute them and to replace them with new thought patterns.

    About the Presenter:

    Sandra B. Stanford, LMHC, has a heart for people who find themselves in hard situations. Because of this passion, she earned her master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University (Orlando campus). She currently is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing at Charis Counseling Center in a satellite office in Titusville, FL. Sandra is certified in EMDR Therapy which helps in the healing process for people who have experienced traumatic events. She is a Daring Way Facilitator in Brene’ Brown’s organization which focuses on healing shame and embracing who we are right now instead of who we believe we should be. She is also a Regional Trainer for FMHCA. Sandra also works with couples and is the founder of Our Marriage Matters retreats and conferences. One of her focus areas is in affair healing. Sandra and her wonderful husband, David, have been married since 1988. They have two precious adult children, Jonathan and Anna Beth and a son in love, Christopher, and two grandsons Ashton, and Elliot.


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