1 Florida Mental Health Counselors Association EMERGING ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING FMHCA 2015 Webinar Series The past two years have been full of significant changes impacting the profession you know and love. DSM- 5, ICD- 10, new CPT codes, Affordable Care Act, ethical code revisions...how can anyone keep up with this stuff? And what about the latest findings in research on neuroscience and mindfulness? What about those few areas where mental health counselors, who comprise the single largest sector of the behavioral healthcare workforce in the U.S., are still discriminated against (e.g. Medicare, the armed forces)? What's being done about that? How could recent changes in the U.S. healthcare industry impact those of us who work in private practice? What about agency settings? Keeping up with a field as complex, rich, vital, and diverse as ours is a daunting task, but don't worry! FMHCA's 2015 webinar series is dedicated to giving you concise and practical updates from experts in a range of relevant topics so that you can keep updated with our rapidly evolving profession. Attendance is FREE to FMHCA members as a new benefit of membership, and CEUs will be available at a nominal cost of $10 for FMHCA members or $30 for non- members. Not a member? You can join now at
2 Session 1: Emerging Issues for the Profession of Mental Health Counseling Date: Friday, 1/23/15, 2:00-5:00 pm Presenter: Michael Holler, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, CFMHE Description: An overview of the emerging issues in the field of Mental Health Counseling and how they will affect our practice, preparations for practice, and business approaches and executions of our business. Link to Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ CE Broker Tracking #: The attendee will understand and/or discuss the following topics: (1) Medicare for counselors; (2) Impact of Affordable Care Act on psychotherapy (including the differences between how it will impact counselors in agency settings vs. those in private practice); (3) Integrating new technologies into counseling (including ethics), such as text messages, apps, video sessions, chat sessions, virtual/experiential processes with avatars, cyber addictions, etc.; (4) Impact of neuroscience on mental health treatment (e.g. biofeedback/neurofeedback techniques); (5) Trauma care (e.g. military/veterans) (6) Impact of globalization on treatment (e.g. need for counselors who are fluent in other languages, impact of economic recession on presenting problems, multicultural competencies, etc.) (7) Safeguarding/strengthening counselors' abilities to diagnose and to conduct forensic mental health evaluations and testing. (8) Increasing utilization of professional counselors in the federal government (e.g. VA, Tricare, armed forces, etc.) (9) Integrated care (which is also impacted by Affordable Care Act) (10) Movement toward multidimensional models of diagnosing pathology (e.g. DSM- 5, ICD- 11, etc.) (11) Licensure Portability (12) Development of a Professional Identity for Counselors Unification of the Counseling Field and Organizations Michael Holler Is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, a Certified Child Custody Evaluator, a Qualified Parenting Coordinator, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family & County Mediator and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor. Michael is also a Neurofeedback Provider. Michael has a private practice in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. Michael has been working with individuals, families, couples and organizations for over 25 years. Michael conducted his own research and evaluation on the Direct/Inferential Model of Communication in both his senior project (Bachelor s level) and his Masters Thesis. For his Senior Project on this subject Michael was awarded Second Prize in the Undergraduate Research Competition of the Missouri Psychological Association. Michael is currently the President Elect of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, as well as the Ethics Committee Chair.
3 SESSION 2: Counseling for Trauma and Addictive and Related Disorders: Fundamental Issues and What the Latest Research Tells Us Date: Friday, 3/27/15, 2:00-4:00 pm Presenter: Scott Laurence, MEd, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ERYT- 500 Description: This Webinar aims to provide a solid conceptual foundation for the treatment of trauma, addiction and related disorders. Taking a dialectical approach throughout, Dr. Laurence will review the latest research on the nature of related disorders, with a focus on their underlying brain function and associated cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems. Issues related to DSM- 5 categories and differential diagnoses are discussed. The fundamentals of counselor effectiveness, assessment and treatment as applied to a wide range of disorders in treated in detail. Link to Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ CE Broker Tracking #: (1) Participants should leave with a better understanding of how choose the most appropriate treatment for their individual clients. Dr. Laurence has over 40 years of experience in treating recovery from addiction, pain, trauma and brain injury, and he specializes in the use of integrative treatments including cognitive- behavioral therapy, somatic therapies including yoga therapy, and in mindfulness and biofeedback techniques. Dr. Laurence has taught, lectured and given seminars, workshops and delivered individual and group therapy in 22 states and 20 countries. He is a member of both FLMHCA, AMHCA., and Chairperson of the FLMHCA Research Committee; he is also and a member of both the Finance and Education Committees. Dr. Laurence received his MA and PhD in Physiological Psychology from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a specialization in Recovery of Function. He received a Master s in Counselor Education from Florida Atlantic University and is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Registered Yoga Therapist (ERYT- 500), the latter based on over 10,000 hours of yoga instruction and therapy. He is also a Kripalu Yoga Certified Holistic Health Educator and a trained strength and conditioning and aerobics instructor. Dr. Laurence is a past Research Scientist Level IV with the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Palm Beach Medical Assistance Corps and is involved currently in the planning of a local Family Assistance Center for the counseling of families impacted by disaster and trauma. He is a member of the Center for Clinical Excellence and is highly focused on Outcome Informed methods of treatment and evaluation (PCOMS). Dr. Laurence is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at South University in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches courses including Appraisal, Grief, Loss and Trauma, Research and Statistics, Pharmacology and Administration and Advocacy. He reports to Dr. Cecil- Van Den Heuvel, past President of FMHCA, and he is a colleague of Dr. Darlene Silvernail, current FMHCA President, in the Department of Psychology, where is teaches courses in Sensation and Perception, Cognition, Life Span Development and Motivation. He works in private, consultative practice as President of Advaita Therapy Associates, LLC.
4 SESSION 3: DSM-5, ICD-10, Third Party Payers, & Insurance: Oh, My!!! Date: Friday, 5/8/15, 2:00-4:00 pm Presenter: Aaron Norton, LMHC, CAP, CRC, CFMHE Description: 2013 and 2014 were big years for mental health counselors: DSM- 5, new CPT codes, a third edition of the ASAM treatment criteria, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the announcement of a mandatory shift to ICD- 10 codes in 2014 (or is it 2015?)- - it's no wonder so many mental health professionals have questions about how these changes impact their work, not to mention how they'll get paid! This 2- hour presentation was designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions mental health professionals have about how these changes impact their relationships with insurance panels and other third party payers with a particular emphasis on DSM- 5 and will include a review of DSM- 5 resources designed to enhance cultural sensitivity in the diagnostic process. Link to Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ CE Broker Tracking #: Participants will: (1) Understand the paradigm shift in DSM- 5; (2) Recognize the relationship between DSM- 5 and both ICD- 9 and ICD- 10; (3) Know the answers to a series of frequently asked questions about how changes in the DSM- 5 affect billing and payment with insurance panels and other third party payers. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator at Integrity Counseling, Inc., a private practice group in Largo, Florida, where he specializes in mental health and substance abuse evaluations, cognitive behavioral therapies for anxiety and depressive disorders, motivational interviewing for addictive disorders, and clinical supervision for registered mental health counselor interns as a qualified supervisor. He serves as President of the Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, Board Member At Large for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHC), and Chair of FMHCA s Education, Training Standards & Continuing Education Committee. He is an Adjunct Instructor for the Dept. of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral & Community Sciences.
5 SESSION 4: PTSD Remediation Using EEG Biofeedback Date: Friday, 7/24/15, 2:00-4:00 pm Presenter: Bill Scott, BSW, Board Certified Neurofeedback Instructor & Co- Founder & CEO of BrainPaint Description: The cells in our brain are molecularly very similar; therefore, drugs are unable to target specific brain networks without equally affecting the entire organ. Drugs also fail to train one s brain to develop improved emotional stability in the absence of compliance. This presentation is a place for clinicians to learn about EEG biofeedback and how easy it can be to address symptoms of PTSD. We ll summarize decades of research and a working hypothesis on the mechanisms of change. Participants will observe a demonstration session to see the ease of administering this type of training. Discussions will include contrasts and comparisons with other techniques such as exposure therapy, CBT, EMDR and somatic experiencing. Link to Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ CE Broker Tracking #: Participants will be able to answer the following questions: (1) How can you get a client with extreme PTSD or panic to sit still with their eyes closed for 24 minutes without them becoming overloaded with flashbacks and intrusive thoughts? (2) How does biofeedback differ from medications? (3) What are some client issues that EEG biofeedback only works in combinations of already effective treatment approaches? (4) If EEG biofeedback is so effective why isn t it everywhere? Bill Scott, a 20+ year Veteran in the field of EEG biofeedback, is a reoccurring guest expert on CBS s The Doctors, Discovery Science, lectured at the American Psychiatric Association five times, and presented research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science as Principal Investigator of a UCLA study. The aforementioned UCLA study is one of the largest randomized controlled trials in the field of EEG Biofeedback. In 2005 the results of the study were published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. In 1993, Bill also worked as Principal Investigator and first author of an addiction research project with Dr. Eugene Peniston where they yielded an unprecedented 79% success rate with Native American alcoholics. The Psychiatric Times published a feature article interviewing Bill about this landmark study. The Scott- Peniston protocols are still referred to by the names of the original scientists. Considered a foremost authority on alpha- theta (an invaluable protocol for PTSD, phobias & fears, anxiety, peak performance, etc.), Bill was asked to teach and consult with Dr. John Gruzelier and his team in preparation of their study designed to improve the musical acumen of students at the Royal Conservatoire in London. The results of this research project have since been incorporated in the school's mandatory curriculum. Bill has also contributed a chapter on alpha- theta in Jim Robbins' book, A Symphony in the Brain, and the BCIA s manual to be published in He has also been published in the January 2000 issue of Clinical Electroencephalography (EEG), an official journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS). Bill Scott has taught more than 3,000 Neurofeedback practitioners around the globe since Classes were taught on behalf of EEG Spectrum, BrainMaster, Stens and BrainPaint. Bill continues his research and innovative developments in the field of EEG Biofeedback as CEO of BrainPaint. In 2014, the APA s Journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors published a BrainPaint study demonstrating that in weeks BrainPaint normalized the Test of Variables and significantly increased treatment retention.
6 SESSION 5: Mindful Psychotherapeutic Practice Date: Friday, 9/25/15, 2:00-4:00 pm Presenter: Marc McDowell, LCSW, ACHP- SW, YRT- 200 Description: There is rapidly growing body of literature on the topic of Mindfulness Based psychotherapy. Many psychotherapists are spearheading this marriage of Mindfulness and psychotherapy but the wide variety of paradigms used can often lead to confusion. While Mindfulness does contain many abstract components, I hope to illuminate the several basic psychological components which hold direct psychotherapeutic relevance and application. Mindfulness is both a personal practice for the psychotherapist as well as a professional psychotherapeutic approach that can be easily integrated into a variety of psychotherapeutic perspectives. Through an exploration of the work of psychiatrist Daniel Siegel M.D., social work professor Steven F. Hick, Ph. D., author Daniel Goleman and Google engineer Chade- Meng Tan, I hope to capture in simple terms the extremely beneficial dynamic interplay between the Mindful psychotherapist and the Mindful practice of psychotherapy. Link to Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ CE Broker Tracking #: (1) To explore the concepts and Mindfulness language of several prominent Mindfulness theorists. There are currently a wide range of languages making it challenging to readily develop a clear and comprehensive understanding of Mindfulness. (2) To propose that Mindfulness provides the readily accessible personal tools and skills to foster the high level of self- awareness and self- care crucial to our success as psychotherapists. (3) To propose that Mindfulness can be easily integrated to enhance a wide variety of approaches to the practice of psychotherapy. Marc McDowell received his MSW from Ohio State University in Since then, he has been a medical social worker in a busy urban Emergency Room, two large hospices and two National Cancer Institute Hospitals including The James- Solove Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center. He has worked at Moffitt since 2010 and is a social worker in the Supportive Care Medicine Clinic. He has also had many years of experience in private practice, most recently with Florida Medical Clinic in Wesley Chapel. Marc has been married to his wife Libby for 17 years and they have lived in the Tampa area for the past 10 years. He has practiced yoga for nearly 30 years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hour level. He has also been an avid meditator for over 2 years and is scheduled to begin training as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher in March of 2015.
7 SESSION 6: Importance of Legislative and Grassroots Lobbying and the Current State of the LMHC Scope of Practice Date: Friday, 10/23/15, 2:00-4:00 pm Presenter: Corinne Mixon, DPL Description: The Florida Legislature is made up of individuals that come from varied professional backgrounds. For instance, it would not be uncommon for a legislator to oversee an orange grove one year and then be chairing the House Committee on Health Quality a year later. If these legislators are not educated on the LMHC profession, the scope of practice may be threatened. Legislative and grassroots lobbying seek to provide this education to Florida s elected officials. Corinne will explain what lobbying is, why it is important and how LMHCs can become their own lobbyists. Additionally, Corinne will discuss the current state of the LMHC practice, currently filed bills that will affect LMHCs and how mental health counselors can work with their State Representatives and Senators to enhance their legislative platform. Link to Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ CE Broker Tracking #: As a result of the course, attendees will understand: (1) Legislative lobbying and Grassroots lobbying (2) The timeline of the legislative process (3) Elections (4) Key bills for FMHCA (5) How the practice of LMHCs relates to the practice of psychology, clinical social work and marriage and family therapy and how these professions are perceived to state officials Corinne graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in public relations. It was during this time that Corinne recognized her deep interest in statewide and federal legislation. She became determined to become a citizen of the State of Alabama, so that she qualified to intern for U.S. Congressman Richard Shelby, Chairman of Banking and Insurance. After concluding her internship, Corinne began her professional career as a Public Relations Account Manager for the Zimmerman Agency, the then- largest hospitality centered communications group in the nation and the largest advertising corporation in Florida. Corinne joined the Mixon and Associates lobbying because of her skills in client- centered communication and administrative policy. Corinne is now Principal at Mixon and Associates where she lobbies for an array of clients ranging from fortune 500 companies and large statewide associations to tech- based- startups and public school districts. However, Corinne specializes in lobbying for statewide health care associations including: the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (IFDF), the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the Florida State Oriental Medical Association. Corinne also served as the Executive Director of IFDF where she expanded her expertise into association management. Corinne also focuses on political campaigning, including managing the campaign for Senate for past Speaker Pro Tempore, Rep. Dennis Baxley and working in various other House and Senate races. Corinne manages a multitude of political action committees (PACs) on behalf of Mixon and Associates clients. As the PAC manager, she oversees the delivery of approximately $160- thousand dollars worth of campaign contributions per election cycle. Corinne hand- delivers many of these contributions directly to the candidates; thus, providing a benefit to clients with- and- without their own political action committees.
8 SESSION7: Counseling & Advocacy for Individuals With Disabilities Date: Friday, 12/4/15, 2:00-4:00 pm Presenter: Richard Chapman, LMHC Description: This 2- hour webinar provides an overview of what mental health counselors need to know about working with individuals with disabilities. Link to Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ CE Broker Tracking #: At the end of the presentation the participants will be able to: (1) Identify the variety of disabilities which are included under the Americans with Disabilities Act and what resources exist in our communities serve individuals with disabilities (2) Identify the unhealthy stereotypes about individuals with disabilities and replace them with a healthy understanding of the realities of the power and strengths that individuals with disabilities possess when they are given the ability to express them (3) Identify what counselors can do to effectively work in counseling and supervision with individuals who have disabilities (4) Identify what mindset counselors need to possess which is most effective when working with individuals with disabilities (5) Identify the steps which counselors can take to empower individuals who have disabilities to be all that they are capable of becoming (6) Identify the importance of the need for counselors to become more active advocates for individuals with disabilities in the public sector Richard is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC 12880) in the State of Florida. Richard is involved with professional organizations (AMHCA, FMHCA & SMHCA) and has a deep and abiding interest in individuals with disabilities. Richard is committed to self- advocacy and self- determination and works with individuals from diverse backgrounds and who may have experienced abuse and trauma. He will be pursuing a doctorate degree in counseling education and supervision in the near future. When he is not involved in professional activities, he enjoys spending time with his family.
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