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Pre-Conference Workshops 2022

    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 1501 International Parkway Lake Mary, Florida 32746
    • 19
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    DescriptionPROSPER is the culmination of 50+ years of research in the field of suicidology, integrating the most contemporary research findings to raise the caliber of practice among healthcare providers. A recent study found therapists less willing to treat patients with suicidal symptoms due to therapists’ self-identified lack of training and resources. Less than 50% of graduate training programs in mental health provide formal instruction on suicide risk assessment, and such training equals 90 minutes on average. This eight-hour course includes didactics, discussion, video and skills practice to help learners increase their competence, confidence and comfort managing suicidal patients. Attendees will develop the most contemporary skills in evidence-based risk assessment, management and clinical decision making for suicidal persons.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-865402

    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. Assist patients with suicidal symptoms in a collaborative, empowering way, anchored in their values and priorities.
    2. Discuss with patients ambivalence and reasons for living.
    3. Collaboratively devise a crisis response plan that may reduce suicide attempts by 76%.
    About the Presenter:

    Dr. Kent A. Corso is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst. His career in suicidology began almost two decades ago, while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Corso has researched, developed programs and trained others on evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention nationally and internationally. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers and is a leading expert in novel scientific methods and digital technologies for analyzing variables associated with suicide.

    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 1501 International Parkway Lake Mary, Florida 32746
    • 5
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    Description: The Polyvagal Theory equips us with essential knowledge and tools to support our clients' sense of safety when they experience overwhelming levels of emotional disturbance. This hands-on workshop is engaging (and fun!). Through experiential activities, we facilitate practical application of how to regulate clients in sessions, increase the healing capacity, and most importantly, help them to live life to the fullest.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-865404

    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 the Polyvagal Theory.
    2. Participants will be able to explain regulation, somatic awareness in regards to the autonomic nervous system, and the client’s capacity to attain emotional equilibrium through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory.
    3. Participants will differentiate between perception, neuroception, and interoception through lecture and experiential hands-on activities.

    About the Presenters:

    Jackie Flynn EdS, LMHC-S, RPT, Host of Play Therapy Community ™ is the founder and director of Counseling in Brevard and EMDR and Play Therapy Integration Support is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Registered Play Therapist, Trauma Therapist, Couples Counselor, Education Consultant, and Business Coach. Her passion for helping children and families in a variety of settings inspired her to open a private practice group in Cocoa Village, Florida where she provides caring, thoughtful counseling and therapy to individuals of all ages, families, couples, and groups. As a proud veteran of the US Army, a Give an Hour Provider, and a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, she is passionate about helping people heal from traumatic experiences and move towards a happier, healthier life. She has special interests in Anxiety, Depression, Adoption, Grief, Relationship Struggles, Learning Disabilities, and Attention Deficit Disorder. Jackie earned an Education Specialist degree in School Counseling from University of Central Florida and Graduate Certificates in Play Therapy and Nonprofit Management. Prior to her current work at Counseling in Brevard, she was honored to be the School Counselor at Sculptor Charter School in Titusville, Florida where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Parent Representative. Jackie is also the creator and host of Play Therapy Community and Parenting in the Rain Podcasts, downloaded over 350,000 times in over 50 countries.


    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 naturewhere 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.

    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 1501 International Parkway Lake Mary, Florida 32746
    • 35
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    "I don't know what to do!": Ethical Dilemmas and Professional Accountability in Healthcare Settings

    Description: The healthcare treatment environment, altered drastically during the COVID-19 pandemic, requires licensees serving adults, children, and families receiving health/mental health care to enhance their practice using a current, updated framework to ensure ethical and legal compliance. This course updates clinicians in 3 major areas: 1) Reviews recent changes to Codes of Ethics (NASW, 2018/2021; AMHCA, 2015/2020, and AAM&FT, 2015) focusing on use of technology and electronic communications, cultural competency/awareness, personal boundaries/self-care, communication safeguards, documentation, storage, and transfer of records, and practice mandates across legal borders. 2) Reviews compliance requirements with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Federal statute (2018) to heighten compliance in providing full access/use of provider websites to those with visual/auditory limitations, paralleling updated Codes of Ethics and technology applications in service delivery. 3) Reviews major changes to Chapter 765, Florida Health Care Advance Directive Act (2015) that opened communications between future patients and their appointed representatives, assigned new roles to physicians and hospitals, and provided (for the first time in Florida), a healthcare surrogate appointment for minors. In combining Codes of Ethics and bioethics with applied assessment tools and practice models, clinicians can quickly identify, target, and deliver services compliant with ethical and legal mandates. The course concludes with a case study examining ethical/bioethical dilemmas and models of care within a case study assessment.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-666032

    Learning Objectives:

    1. List 4 components of the informed consent process applicable in healthcare settings.
    2. Name and describe 4 bioethical principles used to guide patient healthcare choices.
    3. Illustrate 4 options for patient representation under FS§765.
    "What can I do?": Strategies to Minimize Medical Errors

    Description"What can I do?": Strategies to Minimize Medical Errors addresses 3 core training areas mandated by FS§456.013(7) and the Florida 491 Board: 1) root-cause analysis (RCA); 2) ME reduction and prevention, and 3) patient safety. The course presents essential definitions and strategies and addresses the primary problem in healthcare: communication. Moving through a video-rich environment, updated for 2022, we'll view actual cases, sample case studies, and family member perspectives, then close with a profile of an professional client group, the "second victim" of medical errors, healthcare workers who commit medical errors.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-560797

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define "medical error" (ME) per Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality definition.
    2. List 3 causes and 3 strategies to reduce/prevent MEs in health and mental health settings by adhering to the policies and processes recommended by the Institute of Medicine and The Joint Commission.
    3. Discuss 3 methods of effective healthcare communication strategies used to prevent/reduce MEs and enhance patient safety by applying policies and procedures from the Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, and empirical literature findings.

    Florida Laws and Rules: Updates for Clinical Practice

    DescriptionThis video-rich 3 hr. course is required for 491 Board licensees every 3rd biennium, to inform and review most recent changes to FS§456 and 491, and the F.A.C. 64B4 (Rule). Participants will view most recent changes and learn steps in conducting independent searches of laws and rules regulating practitioners under the Florida Department of Health, Florida Administrative Code, and 491 Board. Changes come alive through a case study role play via telehealth delivery, case discussions and learning tools, and hands-on learning to maintain currency in the Florida Statutes and the Administrative Code (F.A.C. 64B4). Also included: online search examples, supplementary support documents, updated 456, 491, and F.A.C. 64B4 Change Tables, and course Bibliography.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-674618

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe at least 5 key changes found in FS§456 and FS§491 and F.A.C. Rule 64B4 (2016-2021) that influence practice of 491 Board licensed clinical practitioners.
    2. Discuss and apply at least 1 recent statutory change to a case study client to increase professional practice competency.
    3. Describe and demonstrate the 5 basic steps to obtain specific updates to FL Statutes and/or FL Administrative Code (FAC; Rules).
    About the Presenters:

    Dr. Julia W. Buckey, holds a PHD and MSW from The Florida State University, and a BA from Mercer University, Macon, GA. President/CEO of Decision Dynamics Consulting, Inc. (DBA: URChoices©️), she provides organizations and Florida licensees (490 and 491 Boards) with current knowledge, skills, and strategies designed to improve individual and team performance. With 25 years of practice in a wide range of health/behavioral health topics applicable to individuals, families, and groups, her education and administrative experience focused on creating, providing, and managing health/mental health services based on building win-win staff-client partnerships grounded in mutual trust, respect, and understanding. Honored for teaching and research, she is an author, lecturer, and conference presenter, Chair, NASW-FL’s LCSW Healthcare Proxy Guidelines (Rev.) and current Chair of the NASW National Health Section Committee.

    Dr. Jacinto holds a PHD from Barry University, Miami; Master’s in Education from the University of Idaho; Master’s in Social Work from The Florida State University, and BS from California State University, Fresno, CA. With 25 years of practice, education, and administrative experience as Program Director, Professor, and Board Member, Dr. Jacinto understands dilemmas facing today’s leaders and employees. His work targets organizational/individual/employee outcomes to develop greater individual understanding in community groups and individuals. In addition to his private clinical practice, Dr. Jacinto is a qualified supervisor, author, lecturer, and conference presenter, covering a wide range of behavioral topics applicable to individuals, families, and groups.  

    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • 04 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 1501 International Parkway Lake Mary, Florida 32746
    • 40
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    Description: This course meets State of Florida education requirements for LMHC, LCSW, & LMFT to become credentialed as Qualified Supervisor. This course also meets the Florida Certification Board of Addiction Professionals for Ethics and Professional Development Core Competencies. This dynamic and interactive training will provide you the tools and information that are essential for providing supervision to developing professionals in the field of mental health.

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-866678

    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 review ethical standards relevant to clinical supervision
    2. Participants will explore liability issues related to clinical supervision
    3. Participants will learn practical approaches to supervision recordkeeping
    4. Participants will role play challenging supervisory situations
    5. Participants will learn ways to help supervisees develop theoretical conceptualization skills
    6. Participants will learn approaches to multicultural and diversity supervision
    7. Participants will become familiar with the major models of supervision for clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or mental health counseling;
    8. Participants gain skills to develop a personal model of supervision, drawn from existing models of supervision and from preferred styles of therapy
    9. Participants has tools and skills to consider becoming a supervisor and (for those of you who are supervisors) strengthen your meetings with interns
    10. Participants will understand the co-evolving dynamics of therapist-client and supervisor-therapist-client relationships
    11. Participants will explore distinctive issues that arise in supervision
    12. Participants will address the contextual variables in practice such as culture, gender, ethnicity, power and economics
    13. Participants will become familiar with the ethical, legal and regulatory issues of supervision
    14. Participants will review the Florida laws and the board rules governing interns and supervision
    15. Participants will understand the role of evaluation in supervision
    16. Participants will answer the Who, What, and Why of supervision
    About the Presenters:

    Dr. Denny Cecil-Van Den Heuvel (also known as Dr. Denny) received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a minor in Psychology at North Carolina State University. She attained her licensed in North Carolina and continues to hold that license.    During this time, Dr. Cecil-Van Den Heuvel also founded a state association, License Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC), along with her colleagues, and was President for two years and promoted legislative groundwork for Licensed Professional Counselors in the 1990s. Currently, LPCANC has over 1100 members and is under the umbrella of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.  Dr. Denny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor in the state of Florida. Dr. Denny served as President of the Mental Health Counseling Association of Palm Beach County for two years, President of the Florida Mental Health Association for one year. She is currently a member of the 491 Licensure Board in the State of Florida for seven years.  Dr. Denny retired from academia in March 2019 as Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master Program at South University in Royal Palm Beach, FL.  She was instrumental in attaining CACREP accreditation at her university and other South Universities across the U.S. while she served as Chair of 10 campuses.  Dr. Denny currently runs her part time private practice where she enjoys direct client interaction currently via cyber-counseling. She specializes in treatment of trauma, adolescent issues, and couple and family therapy from her long-term experience with this population. Dr. Denny treats adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families.  She works with trauma often and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for shock trauma and Neuroaffective Relational Therapy Certified (NARM) for developmental trauma.

    Scott Jones has been training and teaching for 10 years and owner of New Directions Counseling since 2013.  He relies on interaction and uses questions along with group scenarios to guide and train and looks for input from the class.  He recently is certified as a Florida Supreme Court Mediator/Arbitrator and is currently supervising 10 interns and has a 100% passing rate of the LMHC exam due to training during the internship.  He also gives quarterly LMHC exam group face-to-face meetings in Dr. Phillips which is in Orlando.  He is also available for consultation in starting private practice with experience of assisting two other providers with starting their own private practice that continues to grow.

    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • 1501 International Parkway Lake Mary, Florida 32746
    • 32
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    Description: Complete Eye Movement System to work with Memory, Traumatic Events & Achieve Optimal States - Attend this workshop & learn how to use Eye Movement Emergence™ & related tools for mental-emotional control, collapse of nonproductive states quickly & access to more positive & empowering desired states with ease. Come learn about how you can utilize tried & proven eye movement patterning, eye accessing cues & eye scanning techniques to make lasting & profound changes perceptually, conceptually & emotionally. Here we will work directly with how you & your clients access information & memories & how you can actually create & generate resourceful representations internally through your sensory channels (VAKOG).

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-858374

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn & Demonstrate ability to use the VAK (Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic) Model & how to apply with EME™ from the beginning of your work with clients.
    2. Demonstrate ability to work with Visual processes – Enhance Visual & Sensory Acuity Skills. o Identify Sensory Channels involved & engaging in representations/memory.
    3. Demonstrate ability to use the Visual Field to work directly with the elements of representations (Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic Sensory Modalities & Submodality Features – Size, Location/distance, brightness/color, tone, tactile/sensation/etc.).
    4. Demonstrate ability to engage sensory structures successfully in your work with Traumatic Memories & Post-Traumatic Stress to effect desired change.
    5. Identify Eye Movement Patterns & Eye Accessing Cues involved in representations & learn how to utilize these cues, movements & patterns to change representations, minimize negative or limiting features & optimize & maximize pleasant features.
    6. Use Bilateral Eye Accessing Movement – Left/Right Visual Field (Exercises) to work with past (reconstructed) representations (memories) & future (created) imaginal representations to set goals & insert & seed resources into future situations.
    7. Learn to detect & clear EyePoints & NeuroPoints – Moving eyepoints in & out of the visual field, well-forming with them as anchors (NeuroPoints).
    8. Use Eye Movement to move the response to a different location in the visual field to interrupt & clear it & reemerge a neutral or Desired Response.
    9. Learn EAC (Eye Accessing Cues) – Set Up EAC & Eye Movements with clients.
    10. Conduct Submodality (SM) Shifts – Identifying SM Drivers.
    11. Learn How to Ask precise Questions to Elicit & Access Desired Responses with EAC Questioning – Eye Movement. Anchoring & Validating/Testing of Response.
    About the Presenter:

    Elvis Lester, MA, LMHC, NCC, MAC, AEMT is the Creator & Developer of EME™ & Neurocise®. He is a Licensed Master Trainer of NLP In Hypnosis (Society of NLP), Qualified Teacher of Hypnosis (State of FL) & Licensed Mental Health Counselor (State of FL) who teaches this course personally. For questions related to the course, feel free to contact Elvis Lester at 813-221-5466.

    • 05 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • 1501 International Parkway Lake Mary, Florida 32746
    • 8
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    Description: Every third biennium, a qualified supervisor shall obtain 4 hours of supervisory training continuing education. These hours shall count toward satisfaction of the continuing education hours required for license renewal for the biennium in which the hours are taken. 

    CE Broker Tracking #: 20-868188

    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. Review changes to Florida laws and rules relating to Interns and Supervisors
    2. Discuss various electronic delivery systems for supervision and methods for ensuring confidentiality
    3. Discuss ethical, legal and regulatory issues of supervision, including documentation of the supervisory sessions
    4. Review research of effective supervision models
    5. Review challenges in supervision
    6. Address how cultural issues can affect the supervisory relationship
    7. Discuss accountability of both the supervisor and the intern in the supervisory relationship
    8. Discuss the business aspects of supervision. 

    About the Presenters:

    Dr. Denny Cecil-Van Den Heuvel (also known as Dr. Denny) received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a minor in Psychology at North Carolina State University. She attained her licensed in North Carolina and continues to hold that license.    During this time, Dr. Cecil-Van Den Heuvel also founded a state association, License Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC), along with her colleagues, and was President for two years and promoted legislative groundwork for Licensed Professional Counselors in the 1990s. Currently, LPCANC has over 1100 members and is under the umbrella of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.  Dr. Denny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor in the state of Florida. Dr. Denny served as President of the Mental Health Counseling Association of Palm Beach County for two years, President of the Florida Mental Health Association for one year. She is currently a member of the 491 Licensure Board in the State of Florida for seven years.  Dr. Denny retired from academia in March 2019 as Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master Program at South University in Royal Palm Beach, FL.  She was instrumental in attaining CACREP accreditation at her university and other South Universities across the U.S. while she served as Chair of 10 campuses.  Dr. Denny currently runs her part time private practice where she enjoys direct client interaction currently via cyber-counseling. She specializes in treatment of trauma, adolescent issues, and couple and family therapy from her long-term experience with this population. Dr. Denny treats adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families.  She works with trauma often and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for shock trauma and Neuroaffective Relational Therapy Certified (NARM) for developmental trauma.


                  When  03 Feb 2022

                                  8:00AM - 5:00PM

                                 (EST)

                Location 1501 International 

                                     Parkway Lake Mary,

                                     Florida 32746


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