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Meet us for colleague collaborations every 3rd Friday of each month, excluding July & August. 12:30 - 1:30 PM See details in our events below. *You must be a member*

    • Friday, February 10, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    We will discuss Part Two of the Book. You do not have to have attend the meeting in January to participate. 

    We will discuss Part Two of the Book. You do not have to have attend the meeting in January to participate. 

    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • Monday, January 31, 2050
    • On-Demand
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    About the Presenter

    Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and forensic psychometry. He serves as Visiting Instructor at the University of South Dept. of Mental Health Law & Policy, Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Southern Regional Director and Ethics Committee Liaison for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.  He has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and has been published in several academic journals and professional magazines in the counseling profession.  He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and he was awarded AMHCA’s Public and Community Service Award in 2020.

    Description

    Since medical cannabis was legalized in Florida, counselors have noticed an increased number of clients presenting with medical cannabis cards, especially since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    Many counselors were trained to be attuned to the dangers and drawbacks of potentially addictive substances such as cannabis, yet we also sometimes work with clients suffering from debilitating biomedical conditions who might benefit from medical cannabis.  This training was designed to provide a summary of research on both the adverse effects and legitimate medicinal uses of cannabis, prepare professionals for differentiating between use and abuse of medical cannabis, and introduce mental health professionals to a decision tree for choosing an appropriate course of action when working with clients presenting with medical cannabis cards.  

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify disorders that may be treated by medical cannabis.
    2. Recognize potential adverse health effects and drawbacks of medical cannabis use.

    3. Implement a decision tree involving best practices for how to address medicinal cannabis use by clients in a counseling setting.

    4. Assess for cannabis use disorders



    On-Demand Course

    CE BROKER TRACKING #: 20-988098

    CE-Broker Provider #: 50-13528

    Approval Period: 11/30/2011 - 03/31/2025 

    This event is offered by SMHCA - Approved Continuing Education Provider.  This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW and Registered Interns.

    Once payment is completed you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom information needed to login on the day of the event. 

    TRAINING FEES

    (members need to be logged in to be able to register at the member rate)

    Completed Registrations including Payment Guarantees Participation:

    $20 Member

    $30 Nonmember

    $0 Student (with membership)

    $15 Student Nonmember (no CEUs)


    • Friday, February 17, 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register








    JOIN THE COLLEAGUE COLLABORATION FOR A GREAT VIRTUAL EVENT!

    Many of us, whether in agencies or private practice, can feel like we are sometimes “going it alone” and wish we could receive advice from our colleagues, especially on our most difficult cases. This is your opportunity to bring those tough cases and clients to your peers to seek feedback in a safe and confidential environment where all psychotherapists – clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and psychologists – can share their struggles and receive advice on their problem cases.  No cases that need assistance?  Bring your experience and expertise to share with your colleagues.  Collaboration is a team effort that enlightens us all!

    • Friday, February 17, 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Online Zoom Webinar
    Register



    About the Presenter

    Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and forensic psychometry. He serves as Visiting Instructor at the University of South Dept. of Mental Health Law & Policy, Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Southern Regional Director and Ethics Committee Liaison for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.  He has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and has been published in several academic journals and professional magazines in the counseling profession.  He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and he was awarded AMHCA’s Public and Community Service Award in 2020.

    Description

    In 2020, counselors rapidly transitioned to telehealth in order to continue serving clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, with few counselors having adequate training and experience.  We managed to muddle through, developing at least a basic proficiency.  Still, many counselors struggle to engage clients (and themselves) online, finding it difficult to treat OCD, trauma, and anxiety disorders from behind a screen.  We may be recovering from the pandemic, but telehealth isn’t going anywhere, so it’s time to turn it up and advance our expertise!  Using real case examples, participants will learn strategies and techniques to improve client participation online while addressing disorders that many find difficult to treat through telehealth.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Describe updates in laws, rules, and practices related to telehealth.
    2. Identify challenges related to online client engagement.

    3. Adapt multiple counseling interventions to engage clients with complex symptoms online.



    Live Event

    CE BROKER TRACKING #: 20-988084

    CE-Broker Provider #: 50-13528

    Approval Period: 11/30/2011 - 03/31/2025 


    This event is offered by SMHCA - Approved Continuing Education Provider.  This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW and Registered Interns.

    Once payment is completed you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom information needed to login on the day of the event. 

    TRAINING FEES

    (members need to be logged in to be able to register at the member rate)

    Completed Registrations including Payment Guarantees Participation:

    $10 Member

    $25 Nonmember

    $0 Student (with membership)

    $5 Student Nonmember (no CEUs)


    • Friday, February 17, 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online Zoom Webinar
    Register


    About the Presenter

    Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and forensic psychometry. He serves as Visiting Instructor at the University of South Dept. of Mental Health Law & Policy, Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Southern Regional Director and Ethics Committee Liaison for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.  He has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and has been published in several academic journals and professional magazines in the counseling profession.  He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and he was awarded AMHCA’s Public and Community Service Award in 2020.

    Description

    Decades of research suggest that misdiagnosis of mental disorders is a common medical error.  For example, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are often misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and many children and adolescents are misdiagnosed with ADHD. Although many people who meet the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are undiagnosed, as many as 60% of people who are diagnosed with MDD do not meet criteria for the disorder!  Bipolar II Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, specific phobias, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, eating disorders, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder are often missed by clinicians.  Why is that?  We’re often trained in graduate school to with cookie-cutter, seamless case examples, but in the real world, clients often don't present with "textbook" presentations of symptoms that neatly fall into a particular disorder. Many symptoms of mental disorders are "overlapping," meaning that the same symptom may be listed under several disorders.   With the limited time that clinicians often have, how do we quickly formulate an accurate diagnosis? Find out by attending this 2-hour medical errors update!  We'll use real case examples to show you how to use differential diagnosis resources for overlapping symptoms.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Define "overlapping" symptoms.
    2. Describe how to use the "differential diagnosis" section of the DSM-5.

    3. Use the DSM-5 Differential Diagnosis mobile application to formulate a diagnosis for case scenarios involving overlapping symptoms. 



    Live Event

    CE BROKER TRACKING #: 20-988046

    CE-Broker Provider #: 50-13528

    Approval Period: 11/30/2011 - 03/31/2025 


    This event is offered by SMHCA - Approved Continuing Education Provider.  This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW and Registered Interns.

    Once payment is completed you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom information needed to login on the day of the event. 

    TRAINING FEES

    (members need to be logged in to be able to register at the member rate)

    Completed Registrations including Payment Guarantees Participation:

    $10 Member

    $25 Nonmember

    $0 Student (with membership)

    $5 Student Nonmember (no CEUs)


    • Monday, March 13, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online Zoom Webinar
    Register



    About the Presenter

    Michael Holler, Past President Ethics Committee Chair & Parliamentarian of FMHCA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Heath Counselor, a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, a Certified Child Custody Evaluator, a Qualified Parenting Coordinator, a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and a  Certified Kink Aware Therapist & Educator. Michael has a private practice in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. Michael has been working with individuals, families, couples and organizations for over 36 years. Michael is also a Neurofeedback provider. Michael has worked in inpatient psychiatric, community mental health and private practice settings; Michael has worked as an adjunct professor in psychology at Florida Keys Community College. Michael was President of the Upper Keys Interagency Council in 1997. Michael was the first Intensive Onsite Services Counselor in the State of Florida.

    Description

    Every third biennium, a Qualified Supervisor shall obtain 4 hours of supervisory training continuing education. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. Articulate changes to Florida laws and rules relating to Interns and Supervisors.
    2. Understand the legal and ethical boundaries established for supervision in the mental health professions.

    3. Recognize the challenging issues that may arise in the supervisor-supervisee relationship.

    4. Understand and/or be aware of various electronic delivery systems for supervision and methods for ensuring confidentiality.



    Live Event

    CE BROKER TRACKING #: 20-988096

    CE-Broker Provider #: 50-13528

    Approval Period: 11/30/2011 - 03/31/2025

     

    This event is offered by SMHCA - Approved Continuing Education Provider.  This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW and Registered Interns.

    Once payment is completed you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom information needed to login on the day of the event. 

    TRAINING FEES

    (members need to be logged in to be able to register at the member rate)

    Completed Registrations including Payment Guarantees Participation:

    $125 Member

    $160 Nonmember


    • Friday, March 17, 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Online Zoom Webinar
    Register



    About the Presenter

    Michael Holler, Past President Ethics Committee Chair & Parliamentarian of FMHCA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Heath Counselor, a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, a Certified Child Custody Evaluator, a Qualified Parenting Coordinator, a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and a  Certified Kink Aware Therapist & Educator. Michael has a private practice in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. Michael has been working with individuals, families, couples and organizations for over 36 years. Michael is also a Neurofeedback provider. Michael has worked in inpatient psychiatric, community mental health and private practice settings; Michael has worked as an adjunct professor in psychology at Florida Keys Community College. Michael was President of the Upper Keys Interagency Council in 1997. Michael was the first Intensive Onsite Services Counselor in the State of Florida.

    Description

    This presentation will summarize and clearly define the various forms of domestic violence/intimate partner violence and sexual assault, including legal and ethical ramifications in approaching screening, empowering and treating the victims in the systems in which they live. The intent here is to take a fresh approach to teaching about these subjects in different ways than is traditionally undertaken.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Attendees will be able to clearly define in a legal and logistical way domestic violence and sexual assault.
    2. Attendees will be able to incorporate the concepts presented in this class in practical applications and their practice with their patients.

    3. Attendees will be able to distinguish between the application of empathy and sympathy in the process of empowering victims and maintaining a positive outlook through the long-haul in addressing domestic violence and sexual assault.



    Live Event

    CE BROKER TRACKING #: 20-988088

    CE-Broker Provider #: 50-13528

    Approval Period: 11/30/2011 - 03/31/2025 

    This event is offered by SMHCA - Approved Continuing Education Provider.  This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW and Registered Interns.

    Once payment is completed you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom information needed to login on the day of the event. 


    TRAINING FEES

    (members need to be logged in to be able to register at the member rate)

    Completed Registrations including Payment Guarantees Participation:

    $10 Member

    $25 Nonmember

    $0 Student (with membership)

    $5 Student Nonmember (no CEUs)


Past events

Friday, January 20, 2023 God Doesn’t Make No Junk, but He Sure Made Me: ADHD Journey Through the Lifespan
Friday, January 20, 2023 January VIRTUAL Colleague Collab! Happy Holidays & New Year!
Friday, January 13, 2023 February VIRTUAL Book Club - Click the link below to be redirected
Friday, November 18, 2022 The Counselor's Guide to Addressing Medical Cannabis Use in Treatment
Friday, November 18, 2022 November VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, October 21, 2022 Suicide Risk Assessment
Friday, October 21, 2022 October VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, October 07, 2022 October VIRTUAL Book Club
Friday, September 16, 2022 CANCELLED:God Doesn’t Make No Junk, but He Sure Made Me: ADHD Journey Through the Lifespan
Friday, September 16, 2022 September VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, September 02, 2022 September VIRTUAL Book Club
Friday, August 19, 2022 An Introduction to Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Friday, August 19, 2022 August VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, July 15, 2022 July VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, July 08, 2022 July VIRTUAL Book Club
Friday, June 17, 2022 Interventions for Working with LGBTQ+ Couples Using Gottman's Sound Relationship House Theory
Friday, June 17, 2022 June VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, May 20, 2022 Parenting in the Age of Digital Adversity
Friday, May 20, 2022 May VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, May 06, 2022 May VIRTUAL Book Club
Friday, April 15, 2022 April VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, April 01, 2022 April VIRTUAL Book Club
Friday, March 18, 2022 A Critical Look at the Disease Model of Addiction and the 12-Step Model of Treatment
Friday, March 18, 2022 March VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, February 18, 2022 Ethics Update: The Counselor’s Survival Guide to Ethical Counseling in a Politicized Era
Friday, February 18, 2022 February VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, January 21, 2022 Satanism: An Overview for Mental Health Professionals
Friday, January 21, 2022 January VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, November 19, 2021 VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration-Friday's
Friday, October 15, 2021 Private Practice 102: Marketing Your Counseling Practice
Friday, October 15, 2021 VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration-Friday's
Friday, September 17, 2021 VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration-Friday's
Friday, August 20, 2021 VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration-Friday's
Friday, July 16, 2021 VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration-Friday's
Friday, June 18, 2021 Private Practice 101: Tips for Building and Growing a Counseling Practice
Monday, June 07, 2021 2021-2022 Board Election Ballot!
Monday, June 07, 2021 Meet the 2021-2022 Board Candidates
Friday, May 21, 2021 Cultural Competency: Healing Ambiguous Loss
Friday, April 30, 2021 2021 Virtual Spring Symposium: Next Steps – Moving forward as Professional Counselors
Friday, April 16, 2021 OUR SHADOW AS OUR ALLY: Bringing Conscious Clarity
Friday, March 19, 2021 Borderline Personality Disorder and DBT
Friday, March 19, 2021 Friday's VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, February 19, 2021 Florida Laws & Rules of the Board - 3-Hr Renewal Course
Friday, February 19, 2021 Friday's VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, January 15, 2021 Reimagining Resilience in 2021: Your Ability to Bounce Back from Adversity and Grow
Friday, January 15, 2021 Friday's VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, December 18, 2020 Friday's VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, November 20, 2020 No-drama Holidays: How to Bullyproof Your Clients with the Neurochemistry of Connection, Contemplation, and Comedy
Friday, November 20, 2020 Friday's VIRTUAL Colleague Collaboration
Friday, October 16, 2020 Developmental Recovery: Exploring a Framework that Emphasizes Habilitation
Friday, September 18, 2020 How Psychopharmacology and TMS Can Stop the Cycle of Depression in your Patients (AKA, Don't Let Depressed Patients Drive YOU Crazy!)
Saturday, August 29, 2020 AMHCA Invites You to 2-Day Online Summit on Suicide Prevention
Saturday, June 27, 2020 SMHCA Socials: FIRST Virtual Happy Hour!
Friday, June 19, 2020 The Changing Climate of Private Practice & Managed Care - PART II: "Effective Use of Managed Care in Private Practice"
Friday, June 19, 2020 2020-2021 Elections Results!
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 2020-2021 Board Election Ballot!
Friday, May 15, 2020 Grief and Loss in Mental Health Counseling: A Community Conversation
Friday, April 17, 2020 WEBINAR: How to Conduct a Quality Substance Abuse Evaluation
Saturday, April 04, 2020 IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY, QS / Agency Exhibitor Tables for 2020 Spring Symposium IS CANCELED ... click to read more:
Saturday, April 04, 2020 IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY, THE 2020 Spring Symposium IS CANCELED ... click to read more:
Friday, March 27, 2020 WEBINAR: COVID-19 Related Resources and Strategies
Thursday, March 26, 2020 WEBINAR: COVID-19 Related Resources and Strategies
Friday, February 21, 2020 Integrate Scientifically Informed Therapies: CBT, EMDR, Brainspotting, Internal Family Systems, and more
Friday, January 17, 2020 Cultural Competencies Series Presents, "Counseling Across Generations"
Friday, November 15, 2019 Intimate Partner Violence and Veterans
Friday, October 18, 2019 Qualified Supervisor Training
Friday, October 18, 2019 Sexual Addiction (REGISTRATION CLOSED. WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING WALKIN REGISTRATIONS)
Friday, September 20, 2019 Tough Cases and Tough Questions!
Monday, July 01, 2019 Join Us Now!
Friday, June 21, 2019 The Changing Climate of Private Practice & Managed Care: Legal and Professional Requirements & Effective Use of Managed Care – PART 1
Friday, May 17, 2019 EQ, IQ and No Clue: Creating Emotionally Intelligent Relationships
Friday, April 19, 2019 Therapeutic Role-Playing Games
Saturday, April 06, 2019 2019 SMHCA Annual Spring Symposium
Saturday, April 06, 2019 Qualified Supervisor / Agency Exhibitor Tables for 2019 Spring Symposium
Friday, March 15, 2019 Techniques from Strategic Family Therapy for engaging families, adults and children in treatment
Friday, February 15, 2019 Marital Counseling in Culturally Diverse America
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Mental Health Access Improvement Act Reintroduced in Congress. MORE INFO >
Friday, January 18, 2019 Emotional Support Puppies, Peacocks, and Tarantulas: Oh, My! A Counselor's Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Guide to Addressing Emotional Support Animal Letter Requests
Friday, November 16, 2018 Science of Happiness: Positive Psychology’s theory of wellbeing - PERMA
Friday, October 19, 2018 Unlocking The Power of Collaboration!
Friday, September 21, 2018 Military and Veteran Culture for Mental Health Professionals
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 AMHCA 2018 Conference with special SMHCA event!
Friday, June 15, 2018 Private Practice Symposium: Ethics in a Digital Age ~ SMHCA Going Green with electronic handout
Friday, May 18, 2018 Suicide Risk Factors and Prevention
Saturday, April 21, 2018 2018 SMHCA Annual Spring Symposium
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Qualified Supervisor and Agency Exhibitor Tables for Spring Symposium
Friday, April 20, 2018 The Art of Ethical and Effective Mediation
Friday, April 06, 2018 The Psychology of School Shooters
Friday, March 16, 2018 Using Exposure and Response Prevention for the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Friday, February 16, 2018 Batterers' Intervention Program: A Process of Accountability for Batterer's
Friday, January 19, 2018 Treating Psychological Conditions with Cannabinoid Medications THC and CBD
Friday, November 17, 2017 Working with Complicated Grief
Friday, October 20, 2017 Confidentiality & Duty to Warn: Ethical and Legal Implications
Friday, September 22, 2017 Mental Health Treatment with Muslim Patients
Thursday, June 22, 2017 4-Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Friday, June 16, 2017 Private Practice Symposium
Friday, May 19, 2017 Humor and Healing
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Qualified Supervisor and Agency Exhibitor Tables for 2017 Spring Symposium
Friday, April 21, 2017 Florida's Marchman Act
Friday, March 17, 2017 Mindfulness:Training for Wellbeing
Friday, February 17, 2017 Ethics Update: How to Chat, Post, Follow, Like...
Friday, January 20, 2017 Medication Errors
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