Friday, August 29, 2014

FLAFCC Conference

Training Specialist

SAMHSA The Dialogue (Newsletter and Resources)

Volume 10, Issue 4
Articles in this issue highlight the importance of fostering postdisaster resilience from three different perspectives. We hope these stories can help you and your colleagues in your own planning, response, and recovery efforts.
A Firefighter Peer Counselor's Three Questions
A Firefighter Peer Counselor's Three Questions by Jim Jeannette, M.S.W., RSW
Mr. Jeannette retired from the Windsor, Ontario (Canada), fire department after 32 years of service and currently serves as a counselor. In this article, he lists the three questions he asks every client and discusses how each question sets the stage for healing dialogue.
Resilience in Joplin
Resilience in Joplin (and the Healing Power of Butterflies) by Vicky Mieseler, M.S., Licensed Psychologist, Vice President of Clinical Services, Ozark Center, and Michele Skalicky, Morning Edition Host, KSMU Ozarks Public Radio
Ms. Mieseler discusses how hard the residents of Joplin have worked to recover from the devastating May 2011 tornado. Ms. Skalicky describes how a new garden in Cunningham Park provides residents with a place to heal and remember those they lost to that disaster.
long-term psychological effects of Hurricane Sandy
Strength After: The Importance of Disaster Behavioral Health Responders Staying Engaged Throughout Long-Term Recovery by Christian Burgess, M.S.W., Director of the National Disaster Distress Helpline
Mr. Burgess explains the long-term psychological effects of Hurricane Sandy, highlights community and individual resilience, and lists disaster behavioral health challenges and lessons learned by staff operating the hotline.
Recommended Resources
New! Disaster Substance Abuse Services: Planning and Preparedness
This podcast helps disaster substance abuse coordinators and others who work with people who have substance abuse issues understand the importance of disaster planning and preparedness. This podcast can be found at
Postdisaster Retraumatization: Risk and Protective Factors
This podcast informs disaster behavioral health professionals about the concepts and signs of retraumatization and associated risk and protective factors, and highlights promising treatment strategies and tips for avoiding retraumatization. This podcast can be found at
Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction: Tips for Disaster Responders
This podcast can help disaster behavioral health professionals learn about the positive and negative effects of helping disaster survivors. This podcast can be found at
Cultural Awareness: Children and Youth in Disasters
Information provided in this 60-minute podcast can help disaster behavioral health responders provide culturally aware and appropriate services for children, youth, and families affected by natural and human-caused disasters. This podcast can be found at
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App
SAMHSA recently released a behavioral health disaster response app (SAMHSA Disaster App) that can help responders provide quality support to survivors. Users can share resources and learn about predeployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, and postdeployment resources, all from one button on the home screen. The SAMHSA Disaster App can be found at

About The Dialogue
The Dialogue, a quarterly technical assistance journal, is an arena for professionals in the disaster behavioral health field to share information, resources, trends, solutions to problems, and accomplishments. Read previous issues of The Dialogue.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

After August 31st prices will increase.

Counseling and Psychological Services is pleased to present its 
th Annual all-day workshop at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida
Friday, February 27, 2015
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Presented by
Dr. Kelly Wilson, Co-founder
“Living Mindfully in a Stressed Out World”
For a limited time, New Super Saver Rate!

Professional Rate

Professional Group Rate
(3 or more)

Graduate Student Rate
(must be enrolled in classes)

$109 Super Saver (July – August)
$139 Early Bird (Sept. – Dec.)
$159 Regular (Jan. – Feb.)
$179 Day of Workshop

$105 Super Saver (July – August)
$129 Early Bird (Sept. – Dec.)
$149 Regular (Jan. – Feb.)
No Group Rate on Day of Workshop

$49 Super Saver (July – August)
$69 Early Bird (Sept. – Dec.)
$79 Regular (Jan. – Feb.)
$99 Day or Workshop




Click HERE 
to register with a credit card!
(MC, VISA, AMEX, DISC, China Union Pay, JCB, Carte Blanche, and Diners Club)
To register with a check or 
need an Invoice

call (239)590-7950

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Check-in & continental breakfast 

9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Workshop – afternoon snack

12-00 pm
(lunch on your own) 

Convenient locations on and off campus!

Embassy Suites
Ask for the “FGCU Visitor Rate”
(239) 949-4222
Courtyard Marriot 
Ask for the “FGCU Visitor Rate”
(239) 332-4748
6 CEUs, continental breakfast, and afternoon snack included in registration
6 CEUs provided by Florida Gulf Coast University – Counseling & Psychological Services CE Provider# 50-13783.  Florida Board of
Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling expires 3/31/2015 and Florida Board of Psychology expires 5/31/2016.
For further information contact Ewa Romanowicz at or
Jeniffer Herrera-Andújar at  or by phone at 239-590-7950.
Workshop Director – Jill Isaacson, LMHC –

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School Counselor/School Social Worker (Cloverdale) (healdsburg / windsor)

JOB TITLE: School Counselor/School Social Worker
REPORTS TO: Coordinator of School-Based Mental Health Services
TIME COMMITMENT: 20 hrs/week from 8/25/14-5/30/15, following the school schedule
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Non-exempt hourly

Social Advocates for Youth does three things: housing, counseling and jobs. SAY is a leading provider of mental health services to youth and their families in Sonoma County. SAY was just voted Best Non-Profit by the Press Democrat's 2014 Best of Sonoma County Awards. SAY was also named the North Bay's Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization of 2014 by the North Bay Business Journal. 

Position Summary:
School Counselor/School Social Worker position available in a Cloverdale Elementary School who has partnered with Social Advocates for Youth to meet the needs of students for the '14-'15 school year. Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of School-Based Mental Health Services and the indirect supervision of the Counseling Services Program Manager, the School Counselor/School Social Worker, provides guidance to students and their families, individually and/or in groups, for the purpose of helping them obtain their maximum academic potential, achieve self-understanding and self-respect and meet the educational mission of the school. The Counselor/Social Worker helps students develop positive interpersonal relations, understanding and respect for individual differences and appropriate goal-setting skills. The School Counselor/School Social Worker serves as a liaison between staff, teachers, parents and students; assists in the establishment and maintenance of good community-school public relationships, and performs counseling related activities as required and/or requested.

• Serves as an integral member of the professional education team at the school, working cooperatively and creatively to meet student needs and maximize learning.
• Provides in-service training to teachers and other staff to assist them with planning and implementing guidance interventions.
• Perform consultations and trainings with teachers to keep them abreast on how to identify mental health needs in students, and how to refer youth for support.
• Provides guidance to students to assist them in understanding themselves and others, and to interact in healthy, caring and responsible ways.
• Manages and executes Healthy Kids Survey and Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program
• Assists students in planning realistic goals; discover their aptitudes and abilities; discuss goals and interests.
• Counsels students on either an individual and/or group basis regarding problems of social adjustment, vocational and educational goals, and personal problems.
• Counsels and consults with parents regarding educational and social issues of their children. Helps parents understand their child's abilities, needs and opportunities.
• Assists in identifying the strengths and special needs of students and initiates referrals to other special services, agencies and programs.
• Confers with teachers, principals, and other staff about students and student guidance related issues as well as with representatives of public and private agencies such as police, sheriff, probation, social services, mental health, the courts, youth services and other organizations.
• When time permits, assists students on the playground and during recess and lunch activities, to teach and model for students the techniques of conflict resolution-with the emphasis on prevention.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field
2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
3. Proven experience working with youth and families and in school-based programs
4. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office. Microsoft ACCESS knowledge a plus
5. Must be able to pass comprehensive DOJ background check
6. Initiative, good judgment, resourcefulness, tact, and strong interpersonal skills are required traits for this position. 
Highly Desirable:
Bi-lingual/bi-cultural preferred. Knowledge of: child and adolescent development; substance abuse assessment, prevention and referral expertise; working with children of substance abusers; engaging adolescents in groups and individual counseling; and, conducting parent and community outreach. 

Email your cover letter, resume, and three professional references at addressed to the attention of the SAY Coordinator of School-Based Mental Health Services. Please do not call with inquiries. Your cover letter should include why you think you are a good fit for the SAY team and this position.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Senior Mental Health Counselor- Bilingual Spanish P/T

Senior Mental Health Counselor- Bilingual Spanish P/T

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Job description

Supervisor: Counseling Supervisor
Overview: The Bilingual Senior Mental Health Counselor will provide individual and group counseling in Spanish and English as needed, as well as case management to adolescents with Mental Health disorders. The Sr. Counselor will focus on this target population within the Door community addressing co-morbid concerns that may include trauma, homelessness, substance abuse and sexual and gender identity issues. The ideal candidate will possess experience in engaging clients in youth development, school or residential treatment settings. The Door's mission is to empower young people ages 12-21 to reach their potential by providing accessible, comprehensive youth development services – health care, counseling, education, legal services, the arts and recreation – in a diverse and supportive environment.
  • Provide individual and group counseling and case management to adolescents.
  • Formulate and execute an appropriate and effective treatment plan for each client seen, and document each contact.
  • Evaluate the total scope of the client's needs with subsequent referral and follow-up to other services as needed.
  • Develop and facilitate nontraditional, innovative support groups to diverse adolescent populations utilizing evidence based group curriculums as approved by supervisor.
  • Collaborate with Door staff and outside agencies around issues related to clinical functioning of young people.
  • Field work as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • LCSW or LMSW is strongly preferred.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required
  • Minimum of two years clinical experience in adolescent development, mental health counseling and/or substance abuse treatment settings.
  • Knowledge of social service systems and resources as they relate to The Door's urban youth population.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing innovative adolescent treatment modalities and group facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team.
  • Must be a professional and responsible person that is able to develop and maintain interagency liaisons as a means of meeting client needs.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

How to apply

Use the link to apply for the position.
No telephone inquiries.

FGCU President Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) President Wilson G. Bradshaw accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been sweeping social media for weeks.

President Bradshaw was challenged last week by Dr. Jo Stecher, Assistant Professor and Director of the BSN Program in the School of Nursing. The President subsequently challenged Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ron Toll, Dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work Dr. Mitchell Cordova, Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh, Women’s Basketball Coach Karl Smesko, and Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Dooley to be doused together on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the courtyard by Marieb Hall.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

Since the Ice Bucket Challenge began, the ALS Association reports donations of more than $41.8 million.

For more information, contact Director of Media Relations Lillian Pagan at


Tired of working in the mental health agency? Would you like to be your own boss working in a suite of professional offices with other motivated mental health counselors? SWFLA Counseling is a professional association of licensed mental health counselors and registered mental health interns located in a quiet business complex near 41 and Daniels in Ft. Myers. Your expenses are shared with the association and are fixed for the year so there are no surprises. Available IMMEDIATELY.
Each LMHC or RMHCI receive the following benefits:
• The 24/7 use of a FURNISHED, safe, and useful office space for the practice of mental health services.
• Professional practice supervision by a qualified supervisor

• Internet service

• All utilities (water/electricity)

• Security system

• Fax services

• Electronic Health Records system

• Liability insurance for the office (not malpractice insurance)

• Web site space with personal email address

• Printing services within reason

• Business licenses (not professional licenses)

• Office cleaning services

If you are interested or would like more information please call Bethaney Hoffacker, LMHC at (941) 258-6944 or email at
This is an AMAZING offer, especially for a registered intern interested in jump-starting their career as a private practitioner...supervision is included!!