2024 Spring Symposium: Charting the Course: Crafting Your Professional Identity as an Emerging Clinician

  • Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • 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 18th, 2024 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. Nicole Kratimenos and Dr. Lourdes Araujo

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).

 Using your practicum/internship placement as a springboard to professional success. (10:00am-10:30am) with Dr. Stephen Giunta 

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

Short Break (11:00am – 11:15am)

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

Establishing a private practice (11:45pm – 12:15pm) With Dr. Nicole Kratimenos

 Lunch (12:15pm-12:45pm) A light lunch will be provided. 

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

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