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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Improving Mental Health Services

SAMHSA
Listening Session: Improving Community Mental Health Services
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern Time
Mark your calendar for an upcoming listening session about criteria development for the Demonstration Programs To Improve Community Mental Health Services (Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014). Participants can attend in person or via webcast. Registration information is forthcoming. Registration is required to attend this forum.
Section 223 seeks to create certified community behavioral health clinics. The clinics will focus on improving outcomes by increasing access to community-based behavioral health care, expanding the availability and array of services, and improving the quality of care delivered to people with mental and/or substance use disorders.
A Federal Register Notice will be issued within the month.

Event Location: 
SAMHSA 
Sugarloaf Conference Room 
1 Choke Cherry Road 
Rockville, MD 20857
Listening session registration information is forthcoming.
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Free Webinar on Teen Depression

Free Webinar on Teen Depression

Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization, is hosting a free, 1-hour Teen Depression webinar on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT.

Designed for parents, teachers, school counselors and other caring adults who work with youth, the webinar covers how to recognize the signs of depression in teens; how to talk to teens about depression; how to get help for a struggling teen; and how to address difficulties, such as refusal of help.

People who attend the webinar and complete the online evaluation form will receive a free set of Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guides for Parents and Teens, available in English and Spanish, from Families for Depression Awareness.

Register for this free Teen Depression webinar at www.familyaware.org/trainings.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Florida Recovery Month


Volunteer Opportunities

We would like to offer your students a safe and fun way to earn their volunteer hours.  Our family runs a haunted house to benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank and Animal Refuge Center.  This is the 9th year.  We staff the event with students who are working on their volunteer hours needed for Florida Bright Futures, college and graduation requirements.  Could you post this notice so your students will know about this opportunity? 
 
Last year Fox 4, Fort Myers News Press, FGCU and WINK news all did news stories on our event.  Several schools and students received acknowledgement for their contributions.  I am listed with United Way so all volunteers receive credible hours and a letter for their files.  We even feed them on the weekend shifts.
 
We are looking for hardworking and creative volunteers 15 years of age and up.  Special arrangements can be made for students aged 12-14 if their parents attend with them.  Work requires climbing short ladders and working outside in a tent.  It is usually hot and labor intensive but very rewarding and creative. 
 
Last year we had over 1500 people attend the event and collected over 1650 pounds of food.  The students accrued an amazing 600 volunteer hour and we currently have over 4,000 people watching the website waiting for this year's grand event.  It is very safe, my husband and I are both EMT's and firefighters, and have children and grandchildren or our own. 
 
Any student can volunteer any amount of time, however if they would like to be a "scarer" in the haunted yard or house will need to put in a minimum of 15 or 30 hours, respectively.  Please email Shar at Sharhingson@gmail.com or text 239.340.6569 with student name, phone number and start date to secure your position on the roster.  Last year the spots filled up and we had to turn students away. 
    
Sincerely,
Shar Hingson, MSM
Cell: 239.340.6569
 
 
Date
Day
Time Start
Time End
9/27/2014
Saturday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
9/28/2014
Sunday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/2/2014
Thursday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/3/2014
Friday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/4/2014
Saturday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/5/2014
Sunday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/9/2014
Thursday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/10/2014
Friday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/11/2014
Saturday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/12/2014
Sunday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/16/2014
Thursday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/17/2014
Friday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/18/2014
Saturday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/19/2014
Sunday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/23/2014
Thursday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/24/2014
*Friday
5:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
10/25/2014
*Saturday
Noon
10:00 p.m.
10/26/2014
Sunday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
10/30/2014
*Thursday
5:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
10/31/2014
*Friday
5:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
11/1/2014
Saturday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
11/2/2014
Sunday
9:00 a.m.
9:00 p.m.
11/3/2014
Monday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
11/4/2014
Tuesday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
11/5/2014
Wednesday
5:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
 
*Date haunted house is open to the public

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OJJDP Releases Guide to Law Enforcement Response to Child Abuse

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OJJDP Releases Guide to Law Enforcement Response to Child Abuse
Law Enforcement Response to Child AbuseOJJDP has published “Law Enforcement Response to Child Abuse.” This guide provides information to help law enforcement personnel ensure consistency in child abuse investigations, understand their role on a multidisciplinary child protection team during a child abuse case, and establish procedures and protocols for working with other professionals to meet the needs of abused children.
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Children's Mental Health Conference


University of Central Florida, Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is accepting applications for the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education.
 
Early deadline for application is December 20, 2014 (for best financial consideration).  Final deadline is January 15, 2015.
 
Ranked 7th in the nation by US News and World Report, the UCF Counselor Education program is designed specifically for those who wish to pursue careers as counselor educators at the university level or as supervisors in schools or agencies.
 
The UCF Counselor Education program is fully accredited with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In addition to advanced curricular experiences in counseling, courses are designed to examine the fundamental issues and theory of teaching adults in higher education, research, supervision, and consultation, and to provide supervised experiences in each area. The UCF Community Counseling and Research Clinic is a large full service, outpatient counseling center that provides free individual and group counseling, couples and family counseling, and play therapy services to over 2000 individuals each year in the Central Florida area.  As a hub for teaching, supervision and research in the Counselor Education program, the clinic provides a unique opportunity for doctoral students’ development in teaching, supervision and research.
 
The University of Central Florida is a major metropolitan research university, providing the academic core for central Florida. The multi-campus university enrolls approximately 61,200 students and is the fastest growing university in Florida. The main campus is located in northeastern Orlando, a growing diverse community of nearly 2 million people. Regional campuses are located in Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Brevard, and Lake counties, with many additional sites in the central Florida region. UCF provides academic leadership for the central Florida region through strategic partnerships with public and private sector organizations and corporations. It also has met all of the criteria for the Carnegie classification of RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
 
The College of Education and Human Performance employs about 125 full‐time faculty members serving approximately 5,700 students in 12 undergraduate programs and 25 graduate programs. The College is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE).
 
For more information, please contact the following:
 
W. Bryce Hagedorn, PhD, LMHC, NCC, MAC, QCS (FL)
Program Director of Counselor Education
University of Central Florida
College of Education & Human Performance, ED 322C
Orlando, FL 32816-1250
Phone: 407-823-2999
Fax: 407-823-3859
Email: Bryce.Hagedorn@ucf.edu
 
 
UCF Counselor Education Website: http://education.ucf.edu/counselored/
UCF Community Counseling and Research Center Website: http://www.education.ucf.edu/ccc/index.cfm

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nestor Avila Joins FSCA Board

Welcome to FSCA's Newest Board Member!

Nestor Avila Joins FSCA Board


Please welcome our newest Board Member, Nestor Avila. Nestor is the Lee County School Counselor Association's Chapter President. He is a high school counselor in Ft. Myers. We are excited to have him on our team!

Nestor will be assisting our professional development committee with webinars. If you would like to contact him, please email nestora@leeschools.net.

Marymount University, 2015 Ed.D. Counselor Education and Supervision

Marymount University is hosting an online chat for prospective
2015 Ed.D. Counselor Education and Supervision applicants
 
Marymount University's award-winning program, located in Arlington, VA and minutes from Washington D.C., prepares counselors by offering exceptional clinical and supervision training, outstanding experiential teaching training with practical pedagogical applications, and rigorous research and program evaluation training. Given its proximity to Washington, D.C., doctoral students have unparalleled access to numerous community and governmental resources and unique clinical and supervisory experiences with diverse clinical populations.
 
When: Thursday, September 18, 2014
 
Time:  7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST)
 
 
Once you access the site, click Register for a chat event
 and log in (If you have problems accessing the site, call Sonja Williams at 703-284-5908.)
 
Faculty Hosts: Drs. William Sterner (wsterner@marymount.edu) & Lisa Jackson-Cherry (ljackson@marymount.edu)

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