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    • 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. 
    • 09 Aug 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (GoToWebinar)
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    Description: The NCMHCE narrative exam is still in the process of change as new groups of cohorts test further alterations to the exam. The presentation will cover three areas necessary to pass the Narrative NCMHCE exam: knowing how the exam is constructed and changed, knowing areas covered on the exam, and learning a structured approach for dissecting the narratives. The new exam is based on a theoretical construct and evidence-based practices backed by research. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-1130626

    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 identify the NEW format of the NCMHCE including MSE, Presenting Problem, 2 Sessions and Scoring
    2. Participants will learn what areas are necessary to study to pass the NCMHCE
    3. Participants will be instructed in using Narrative Mapping for diagnosing the case studies presented in the exam. 
    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Linton Hutchinson, has spent the last 25 years on working with students who are on the road to becoming therapists. He has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an MA in Mental Health Counseling and has taught every course from Principles of Counseling to Research and Assessment. Linton has also worked with medical students at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and taught counseling courses at the University of the South Pacific in the Fiji Islands. Back in the States, he continued his teaching at Nova Southeastern University, University of Central Florida, Troy State, and Rollins College. He was the first Regional Coordinator for Webster University where he designed and developed their Mental Health Counseling Program in Florida.

    Stacy Frost is currently the Content Curator at Licensure Exams, where she is responsible for designing educational presentations on all subjects related to the helping professions and specifically the NCMHCE Counseling Exam. Stacy comes from the medical field and is an expert on the DSM-5. She is also a Certified Coach and works with students suffering from test anxiety. Stacy helps students manage and overcome test anxiety by offering online coaching. Additionally, Stacy teaches essential skills to combat test anxiety using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy skills offering holistic, motivational, and inspiration to help improve self-esteem and confidence.

    • 16 Aug 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (GoToWebinar)
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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
    • Online (GoToWebinar)
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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. 

    • 28 Aug 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online (GoToWebinar)
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    Please be advised that this event is for educational and informational purposes only. It does not qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

    Description: Soon mental health professionals will have another means to obtain the ability to practice across state lines.  This session will provide information on how the Counseling Compact works and how they can obtain the privilege to practice in other states.  The presenter will also provide information to consider before a mental health professional chooses to practice across state lines and under the jurisdiction of another state.

    Please be advised that this event is for educational and informational purposes only. It does not qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Participants will be able to describe the general principles of a compact
    2. Participants will be able to describe how the Counseling Compact will issue privileges
    3. Participants will be able to explain how the Commission operates and which states are members
    4. Participants will be able to list some of the ethical and legal issues associated with the Compact
    About the Presenter:

    Greg Searls is a licensed funeral service practitioner in the State of Wyoming. He began his work in the regulatory world when he was appointed by the Governor of Wyoming to serve on the Board of Funeral Service Practitioners in 2010. In 2016, he resigned from the Board when he was hired as an Executive Director in the State of Wyoming Professional Licensing Board office.  

    Greg served as the Executive Director for the Mental Health Professions Licensing Board, Board of Registration in Podiatry, Board of Midwifery, Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, Board of Hearing Aid Specialists, Board of Athletic Trainers, and Board of Occupational Therapist. 

    During his time as executive director, Wyoming passed the statutes to join the ASLP-IC, Occupational Therapy Compact, and Counseling Compact. He served as the ex-officio representative to the Counseling Compact Commission for AASCB until Wyoming joined the compact and he was named commissioner for his home state.

    He has a bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science and a certificate of Gerontology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Funeral Service Technology from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

    Greg is co-author of the article Counseling and the Interstate Compact: Navigating Ethical Practice Across State Lines published in The Professional Counselor in the fall of 2023.


    • 06 Sep 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Description: As the Lead Agency in Marion County, MSS serves as the coordinator of high utilization referrals to ensure seniors remain in the least restrictive environment as safely as possible, for as long as possible.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 #: 20-1130572

    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. MSS has identified and brought awareness to a population who is otherwise unseen
    2. Advocate for elders and bridge the gap between siloed services
    3. Team identified need for skilled clinician to handle more complex cases
    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Briana Kelley, Ph.D. is a clinician, founder, and facilitator of the Marion Senior Services Co-Responder program, which pairs a case manager with a community paramedic and responds to calls for services. She is a veteran 911 operator and researcher of emergency services, a therapist, and a life long learner. Briana has presented at several local, national, and international conferences and enjoys advocating for others and is committed to contributing to evidence based research, bringing awareness, and being part of a social change movement

    Cindy Irving started her career in Law Enforcement at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office as a Law Dispatcher/TTY Operator/911Telecommunicator in January of 2000.  In 2005, Cindy became a victim advocate, and in 2008 became a Crisis Intervention Specialist. On April 20, 2018, appointed by Sheriff Billy Woods, Cindy helped develop the Juvenile Intervention Specialist position after the Forest High School shooting. In October of 2023, Cindy Irving became the Senior Intervention Specialist with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and a part of the Mobile Integrated Health Team. 

    Cindy is a Victim Practitioner through the Office of the Attorney General and has been working with victims of crime for the past nineteen years.  She has been teaching the Personal Awareness/Self Defense classes since becoming Victim Advocate in 2005. In 2018, Cindy became a certified Rape Aggressive Defense (RAD) Instructor. She has recently become a Peer Support Team member to assist coworkers in different circumstances. 

    Cindy has an AA in Psychology from Central Florida Community College, a BA in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Masters in Social Work from Simmons College.  Cindy has served as co-chair on the Marion County Children’s Alliance Family Violence Prevention Workgroup. Cindy currently serves on the Baker Act Task Force, Continuum of Care, Public Policy Institute, Local Review Teams for juveniles who need services, and other committees.  Cindy was the 2012 Marion County Children’s Alliance Family Violence Workgroup’s Victim Advocate of the year, was selected by her peers as Marion County Sheriff’s Office 2013 and 2021 Humanitarian of the Year, and in 2021 received the Marion County Children’s Alliance Family Violence Prevention Workgroup Conqueror Award.

    Chris Hickman serves as an EMS Captain for Ocala Fire Rescue, where he has been employed since 2001. He is a board-certified Community Paramedic with nearly 30 years of experience. Leading the chronic illness division of the Community Paramedicine program, Chris has partnered with Marion Senior Services to develop and provide advocacy for vulnerable seniors. He holds an associate degree in Fire Science and has received several honors throughout his career, including:

    •Unit Citation for rescuing victims in 2001

    •Fire Service Medal of Valor in 2008

    •Liberty Mutual Award

    •Firefighter of the Year

    •Driver of the Year

    •Hometown Hero Award in 2019

    Chris is also an active team member of the local CoResponse Team, overseeing the medical portion of the care provided. Through active advocacy and essential discussions with community leaders, he helps bridge gaps in medical education, resources, planning, and support.


    • 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
    • GoToWeb (online)
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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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