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


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    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 41

    "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 #: 20-794958

    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 #: 20-794930

    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 #: 20-794964

    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 - 5:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 45

    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 #: 20-872620

    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.

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