Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Extraordinary School Counselor: Great Pages on Facebook to "Like"

The Extraordinary School Counselor: Great Pages on Facebook to "Like": Over the years Facebook has evolved and become so much more than re/connecting with friends and family. It has also become a great mediu...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Energy Balance 101: Enrichment Zone

Energy Balance 101: Enrichment Zone

This is a four module program to help students develop a healthy, active lifestyle. The activities are designed to be fun, playful and motivational and are inclusive of all skill levels and abilities.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Duval County Public Schools is hiring!

Duval County Public Schools has over 100 current teaching positions open!  Current vacancies include all Core subjects as well as Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Speech and Language, school counseling and school psychologist positions. On December 15th from 3-6 pm, we will host a teacher recruitment fair in Jacksonville, Florida and would love your upcoming graduates to participate.

Aron C. Muse, DM
Human Resources
Director, School Based Staffing


Monday, December 8, 2014

National Mental Health Association

The National Mental Health Association has issued a state by state analysis of mental health care.

In particular, for Florida:  

·         44th in Access to mental health care
·         47th in percent of adults in need who actually receive care
·         37th in percent of children in need who actually receive care
·         4th in first round ACA enrollment BUT
·         1/3rd of children in need have health insurance that is inadequate
·         25th in Access to mental health care and prevalence

The report also notes that:

·         13.7 % of children in need lack consistent insurance
·         46.3 % of children did not receive needed treatment
·         Over 2.5 million Floridians suffer from a significant mental illness
·         Over half a million Floridians will be suicidal
·         Median length of stay in our state hospitals = 166 days (national average is 63 days)

Michelle Obama at College Opportunity Summit

Florida MENTOR Job Opportunity

Florida MENTOR is currently looking for independent contractors to work with us to provide intensive outpatient therapy services to children, adolescents, and families in the community.  The Therapist serves as an active member of an interdisciplinary team, supporting the organization's treatment program and philosophy, and assuring the deliverance of quality treatment.

We are looking for independent contractor therapists in the following areas:  Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.

Requirements:  Master's Degree in the Human Services field (Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, etc.) Experience working with children and families who are victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or youth who have been adjudicated delinquent and committed and are emotionally disturbed preferred but not a requirement.  This individual must complete Level II screening requirements found in Chapter 435 Florida Statutes.

Below are the initial steps needed to be considered for a contractor position:
  1. Documentation
    1. Original Transcripts
    2. Copy of Degree
    3. Employment References – names and contact information (email or phone numbers) (3 yr min)
    4. Training CEUs (2 yr min)
    5. Liability Insurance (100/300)
  2. Screening
    1. Fingerprints submitted to FDLE (directions attached)
    2. Copy of DL and SSC
    3. County Sheriff Background screen
    4. City Police Background screen

You are paid a fee based on each service you provide.  You would determine the caseload size you would like to carry (we require a minimum of 5 clients), and would set your own hours. 

Aaron Mills, MSW
Outpatient Clinical Services Coordinator|Fort Myers MENTOR
7680 Cambridge Manor Place, Suite 200 Fort Myers, FL 33907
( (239) 466-2000 Ext 20 | (386) 227-7929 cell

Tia Marie DePonto
Program Recruiter
Florida Mentor
7680 Cambridge Manor Place, Unit 200
Fort Myers, FL 33907
239.466.2000 Ext.25
239.634.7247 Cell

Supporting Individuals, Enhancing Lives, Strengthening Relationships

Check out all of our career opportunities at

Correctional Education in Juvenile Justice Facilities

From ASCA:

Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder have announced the release of a Correctional Education Guidance Package to help states and local agencies aimed at helping states and local agencies strengthen the quality of education services provided to America's estimated 60,000 young people in confinement every day. This guidance package builds on recommendations in the My Brother's Keeper Task Force report released in May to "reform the juvenile and criminal justice systems to reduce unnecessary interactions for youth and to enforce the rights of incarcerated youth to a quality education."

This is part of a number of notable actions from ED and DOJ, who are working together to help communities reduce the number of youth entering the justice system and to ensure that those who have entered the system return to their communities with dignity, skills and viable education and employment opportunities. For more information go to

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sovereign Health Treatment Center Job Opportunity

Lead/ Senior Clinician for Co-occurring Patients - $17 an hour
Sovereign Health Treatment Centers – Fort Myers, FL
The Lead Senior Clinician manages and provides services in the treatment of patients with dual diagnosis. They utilize case history to do individual, group and family therapy techniques, administration, community organization, consultation, teaching, research and planning. The Clinician reports to the Clinical Director or designated supervisor.
·   Candidate must have a Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology, and marriage and family therapy intern from an accredited graduate school. current state license and/or certification preferred.
·   Candidate must have a minimum of 5 years in the fields of mental health and chemical dependency.
Duties and Responsibilities:
·   Interviews patients, their relatives and/or agency personnel to obtain complete psycho-social case histories on each assigned patients.
·   Assesses each assigned patient to evaluate individual needs for recovery.
·   Observes, evaluates and reports on behavior, attitudes, general emotional maturity and stability of family members to help them assist the patient in his/her treatment program and discharge planning.
·   Conducts individual, group and family counselling sessions.
·   Participates in interdisciplinary staff meetings with other professional staff members, doctors and counselors to discuss evaluate and develop treatment plans.
·   Interprets treatment plans, goals and disposition to the family. Assists the family in working with the clinical staff towards treatment goals.
·   Records interventions and interactions with patients, families and community agencies in progress notes of patients’ charts.
·   Co-ordinates discharge planning for all assigned patients. Develops aftercare plans.
·   Completes appropriate documentation in charts, treatment plans and clinical progress.
·   Responds to all social services consulting requests by physicians on assigned patients.
·   Attends interdisciplinary staff meetings, case conferences, program team meetings, in-service and other meetings when appropriate.
·   Records interventions and interactions with patients. Assists the family in working with the clinical staff toward treatment goals.
Skills and Competency:
·   The candidate will show skills and competency in working with patients, from undertaking assessments (including risk), planning and delivery of care to review of effective methods of interventions, in order to shape continuing service provision which will meet the needs of individuals.
·   The candidate will have the ability to listen actively when spoken to and effectively communicate their thoughts to others.
·   They will be sensitive to religious, ethnic and cultural differences in others and show respect and empathy.
·   The will be able to work alone but also in a team, with fellow staff, in the business setting and will actively seek out advice and/or guidance in order to solve problems.
·   The candidate will have good time management skills and actively seek to accomplish tasks and be able to use a variety of methods and ideas to solve problems whilst also being open to suggestions from others in order to find solutions.
Job Type: Full-time

Dawn Clark, LMHC, MS, CAP, CPP
Clinical Director /  Fort Myers

3331 East Riverside Drive
Fort Myers, FL  33916
Cell: (949) 426-0130

Sovereign Health Group Treatment Locations
Serving Adults, Adolescents, and Families
San Clemente, CA - Culver City, CA - Palm Springs, CA
San Diego, CA - Chandler, AZ - Fort Myers, FL - Delta, UT

Headquarters/Mailing Address
1211 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 200
San Clemente, CA 92673

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Lee County School Job Opportunity: Fiscal Manager

FPP Prosperity Town Hall Regional Meeting

Document Imaging Specialist

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition

Lighthouse Addiction Services Job Opportunity

We have a full-time substance abuse counselor position available at our Cape Coral office. The minimum qualifications for the position are a bachelor’s degree in a human service field (master’s preferred) and some experience with substance abuse treatment..

If interested, please contact:
Barry Wyrick, MS, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Lighthouse Addiction Services
Halcyon Management Group
3596 Tamiami Trail, Suite 205
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
PH - 941-255-5900
FAX - 941-764-8285
email -

Visit us on the web at 


Monday, November 10, 2014

Promising Pathways

Mental Healthcare in Florida

Florida gets $1.2M for mental health services

By Andrew Murphy. CREATED 7:09 AM
MIAMI (AP) - Federal health officials are giving Florida more than $1 million to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services.
This week federal health officials announced $1,249,850 in Affordable Care Act funding to help five health centers in Florida establish or expand behavioral health services for 18,854 Floridians.
The Sunshine State has dozens of health centers. In 2013, those health centers saw over 71,456 behavioral health patients.
In addition to Florida's grant, officials also have awarded more than $51 million in Affordable Care Act funds to 210 health centers nationwide to establish or expand behavioral health services for nearly 440,000 people.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium

We have some seating available for the MH Symposium on Nov. 15th.  This component of the day is free.  I thought you may want to send this opportunity to the professors you work in partnership with as they may have an interest in attending and they may wish to extend this offer to their psychology, social work, mental health counseling, etc.. students.  I can guarantee the speakers are world class and will be very informative!  Seating is subject to availability.  All interested persons will need to RSVP their attendance to: or or by calling: (239) 304-3505    All my very best!!! Scott

Sound Minds™ Mental Health Symposium

November 15, 2014

Symposium: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Symposium: Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive Naples

Mental Health Counselor (NY)

Job description

Four (4) positions available:
  • JVL Wildcat Academy Charter School: Downtown NYC
  • JVL Wildcat Academy Charter School: Bronx, NY
  • The Renaissance Charter School: Jackson Heights, Queens
  • New Dawn Charter High School: Brooklyn, NY
Job Description
The majority of time will be spent providing mental health counseling to high school students (individual and group sessions). Implements counseling strategies for high needs students, including Aggression Replacement Training and Creating Lasting Families. Provides case management to students and parents.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Provide mental health counseling to high school students.
  2. Serve as a liaison between and among schools, families, and social service resources.
  3. Make appropriate referrals of students/families to public or private community resources for assistance and work cooperatively with those resources.
  4. Administer appropriate staff development for school based staff.
  5. Provide social work counseling or social group work services to students.
  6. Provide consultative support services to school personnel.
  7. Conduct parent curriculum, Creating Lasting Family Connections.
  8. Conduct Aggression Replacement Training (ART) to at-risk students. ART certification training will be provided by employer.
  9. Facilitate anti-stigma campaign at respective school site.
  10. Participate in project staff meetings and in project planning, monitoring, evaluations, and staff development activities.
  11. Perform any related tasks designated by the Project Director.

How to apply

Full Time 12 month assignment. THESE ARE TEMPORARY POSITIONS FOR THE DURATION OF THE GRANT (12/2014 - 8/2017). All required documents must be attached to your application file. Applications missing any of the required documents will be screened out.
  • Copy of valid NY license and certification.
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 current signed letters).
  • Resume
Email required documents to