2023 Spring Symposium: Next Steps – Moving forward as Professional Counselors

  • Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • NATIONAL LOUIS UNIVERSITY 5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102 | Tampa | Florida | 33634
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The Annual Spring Symposium will be presented on Saturday, May 20th, 2023 This will be an in-person event for student and interns, in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.  This annual event is FREE!  It has been a life-saver for those taking the licensing exam and a welcomed activity of SMHCA for many years. Despite the local Florida focus of this presentation, the content will benefit Mental Health Graduate Students and Interns from other areas as well.

Learn what to expect after graduation, the benefits of belonging to professional associations, how to prepare for the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination, which is required for licensure in Florida. Stay up to date on legislation, and enjoy the opportunity to network with Qualified Supervisors and Agencies in the community for internship and employment opportunities. Students and Interns will be entered into a raffle to win the fee for a licensure exam or other prizes including a DSM.(Must be present to win.) 


Welcome and Preliminary Information about Symposium (9:00am-9:15) with Dr. Martin Wesley and Dr. Nicole Kratimenos

Getting involved with the Profession (9:15 am-10am) A panel discussion of licensed counselors from the Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association (SMHCA) representing the Tampa Bay Area, the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), and the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).

 What to look for in a doctoral program. Things to consider (10:00am-10:30am) with Dr. Nicole Kratimenos 

Preparing for the NCMHCE Licensure Exam (10:30am-11:00am) with Dr. Angela Britton

Short Break (11:00am – 11:15am)

Florida Legislative Update (11:15am-11:45pm) with Dr. Aaron Norton

Counseling Interns Addressing Grief During the Pandemic (11:45pm – 12:15pm) With Dr. Lourdes Araujo

Monthly DEI Lunch & Learn (12:15pm-12:45pm) with Amy Datla, LMHC, LMFT. A light lunch will be provided by Fresh Kitchen

Evaluation and Raffle (12:45pm-1:00pm)

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