Monday, October 31, 2016

FGCU Counseling Department Alumni - SAVE the date!

2016-17 ACA Graduate Student Ethics Competition

The purpose of the competition is to educate members of the association regarding ethical issues and to engage graduate students (masters and doctoral level) in critically analyzing a potential ethical case and creating an appropriate ethical decision making plan to respond to the ethical situation.

Learn more here.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates

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Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates coverHigh school status completion rates increased from 83.7 percent in 1973 to 92.0 percent in 2013 among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to a new report. In the same time period, the gap in completion rates between White youth and Black and Hispanic youth narrowed, although the gaps remain.
The National Center for Education Statistics released Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2013 today (October 25), which draws on a wide array of surveys and administrative datasets to present statistics on high school dropout and completion rates at the state and national levels.
Other key findings from this year's report are:
  • Between October 2012 and October 2013, approximately 508,000 youth (ages 15- to 24) left school without obtaining a high school credential. These "event dropouts" accounted for 4.7 percent of the 10.9 million 15- to 24-year-olds enrolled in grades 10 through 12;
  • The status dropout rate—the percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in school and have not earned a high school credential—varied by racial/ethnic group. As measured by the American Community Survey, the 2013 status dropout rate was lower for youth who were Asian (2.5 percent), White (4.7 percent), Pacific Islander (5.0 percent), and of Two or more races (5.2 percent) than it was for those who were Black (9.0 percent), Hispanic (11.8 percent), and American Indian/Alaska Native (12.8 percent); and
  • The gap in high school status completion rates between White and Black youth narrowed from 15.4 percentage points in 1973 to 6.5 percentage points in 1990, showed no measurable change from 1990 to 2000, and fell again from 8.1 percentage points in 2000 to 2.8 percentage points in 2013. The White-Hispanic gap in status completion rates showed no clear trend between 1973 and 2000, but fell from 27.7 percentage points in 2000 to 9.3 percentage points in 2013.
To browse this report's findings online, please visit
To download the full report as a PDF file, please visit:
The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation's leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.

Friday, October 28, 2016

FGCU Faculty at the 2016 Florida School Counselor Association Meeting

From left to right: Ann Tilman, Russ Sabella, Chancellor Pumariega, Madelyn Isaacs
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Thursday, October 27, 2016


Local mental health group private practice is looking for an experienced LMFT, LMHC or LCSW for full or part time work.  Must be licensed in Florida.  Flexible schedule, varied clients.  

Please fax vitae and (3) references to (239) 732-5955.

Part Time Job Opportunity: QEEg training technician/coach

Part Time Job Opportunity:  QEEg training technician/coach
Spectrum Recovery Solutions offers a holistic approach to mental health.  In keeping with our holistic approach, we offer QEEg (Qualitative Electro-Encephalography) Neurocognitive rehabilitation services to our clients, for whom this therapy is appropriate.  We have a part-time position available, as a training technician/coach.  
This job involves:  traveling to two different training sites in Estero and Naples; preparing and operating equipment to deliver training sessions; preparing client scalp and placement of electrodes to skin surface; explaining various components of the training process to clients; troubleshooting and correcting technical issues that may arise; entering notes for each session; communicating with clinical director and training monitor; other duties as may be assigned.  12-24 hours per week is estimated.  Pay is $20 per client hour.
Ideal candidates will possess the following qualifications:
College degree
Ability to communicate effectively with clients and staff
Ability to quickly learn and retain new concepts and terminology
Ability to comprehend technical language relating to QEEg
Ability to comprehend and explain processes to clients
Moderate to advanced knowledge of PC operations (Windows10)
Ability to work independently
Possess reliable transportation
Be able to maintain a flexible schedule, including evenings to 9PM, and possible weekend hours, responsive to client needs.
Comfortable with hands-on placement of electrodes to clients’ scalp surfaces

Interested parties please submit resume, with subject line “QEEg coach” to:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Student Nike collaborator back on national stage

When Matthew Walzer speaks, important people listen.
His impassioned plea to Nike for shoes designed for people with physical challenges went viral in 2012 — remember #NikeLetter? — and sparked the athletic-gear giant to “just do it.” He collaborated with the company on the design of a groundbreaking easy-entry sneaker, was flown to Los Angeles for the product launch in July 2015 — meeting NBA superstar LeBron James in the process — and ended up in a national media spotlight.
The 20-year-old FGCU junior was back at in September at the Design For All Showcase in Washington, D.C. Walzer had the ear of the fashion industry at The White House, where he spoke on a panel about designing apparel and assistive technology for people with special needs.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Senior Director - Mood Disorders Center

The Child Mind Medical Practice at the Child Mind Institute is a vibrant, growing multidisciplinary clinical practice.  We utilize a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment and utilize high quality evidence-based approaches to care.  We offer a range of services and provide flexible approaches to care with our patients. We have experienced exponential growth in service provision and have been developing clinical research activities in each of our centers. In the past six years we have evaluated over 6,000 children and families from 45 states and 33 nations.

Read more:

Friday, October 14, 2016

School Counseling Positions Available in Duval County

For those looking for new opportunities, there are school counseling vacancies in Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida.  Apply online here:

Use the teacher application and indicate certification and interest in school counseling.

Below is a list of the open positions:

Bridge To Success Academy-West Jax
School Counselor, 12 month
Contact: Vincent Foster
(904) 520-7640

Bartram Springs Elementary
School Counselor, Elementary
Contact: Kim Wright
(904) 260-5860

Neptune Beach Elementary
School Counselor, Elementary
Contact: Elizabeth Kavanaugh
(904) 247-5954

Sadie T Tillis Elementary
School Counselor, Elementary
Contact: Marianne Lee
(904) 573-1090

Woodland Acres Elementary
School Counselor, Elementary
Contact: Tiffany Fullwood
(904) 720-1663

Tolbert/Livingston Elementary
School Counselor, Elementary (Itinerant)

Duval Detention Center
School Counselor, High
Contact: Edward Robinson
(904) 630-6640

Stanton College Preparatory
School Counselor, High
Contact: Nongongoma Majova
(904) 630-6760

Landmark Middle
School Counselor, Middle
Contact: David Gilmore
(904) 221-7125

Southside Middle
School Counselor, Middle
Contact: Zeina Spaulding
(904) 739-5238

School Counselor
Contact: Mark Ertel
(904) 390-2037

School Counselor Job Summary
Provides counseling services for students by designing and implementing a multi-layered, comprehensive, and accountable guidance program in which equity, access, and academic success for all students is the focus. Employs a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media, consistent with the physical limitations of the location provided and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.  Strives to implement, by instruction and action, the District’s philosophy of education and instructional goals and objectives.

Functional Area Job Summary
Knowledgeable of Florida Statutes governing promotion, graduation, state assessment program, compulsory school attendance, credits, Florida Virtual School, and home school. The person must also be knowledgeable of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Exceptional Student Education services eligibility requirements, and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lifestyle Director position located at Babcock Ranch in Fort Meyers, FL!

Lifestyle Director position located at Babcock Ranch in Fort Meyers, FL! Mixed use community in the Fort Meyers area seeks a poised individual with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to provide a comprehensive recreation and lifestyle agenda for homeowners.

Read more and apply:

Information Session for the Doctor of Education Degree

Doctor of Education Program Information

The College of Education at FGCU will begin a new cohort of students for the Doctor of Education program in the fall of 2017 with two concentrations: Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership. We also have cognate and elective classes in Higher Education for those working in colleges and universities careers.

The Curriculum and Instruction concentration will meet the career needs of educators who work in higher education institutions and those who work in Pk-12 schools in areas such as staff development, program coordination, and curriculum development, leading to such job titles as Curriculum Specialist, Director of Elementary and Secondary Programs, and Reading Specialist.

The Educational Leadership concentration will prepare individuals to become agents of change in organizations as leaders among the ranks of principals, superintendents, and chief executive officers.

This faculty in our EdD program are:

·         Nationally recognized faculty who have held leadership positions in K-12 schools and higher education institutions.
·         Faculty who have held elected leadership positions in state, regional and national professional organizations.
·         Faculty members who use innovative instructional methods.
·         Faculty members, who are research scholars, have published major textbooks, and who are well-published in national and international journals.

Admissions requirements include a master’s degree, a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), three letters of recommendation from supervisors, and an interview. The deadline for applications will be open, however, we would prefer applications submitted by January 15, 2017.

                 Contact information for the Doctor of Education program:
For additional information, please visit the FGCU Doctor of Education webpage:

Or contact:

Cecil F. Carter, EdD
Director of the Doctor of Education Program
Department of Educational Leadership, Technology & Research
College of Education
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. S
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Higher Education!

Participants will learn about graduate program opportunities in Educational Leadership with a specific focus on higher education. FGCU recently established a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a specific focus on higher education. A detailed description of the program will be provided as well as a summary of other related COE graduate programs offered at FGCU. This is an excellent opportunity for students, staff, administration, and faculty to advance their careers and become more knowledgeable about postsecondary education. 

Contact information for the Master of Arts Program with a Focus on Higher Education:
Dr. Thomas J. Roberts, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology & Research within the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Program Leaders for the MA Program in Educational Leadership
College of Education
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. S
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Annual 2017 Florida Mental Health Counselors Association Conference

For Immediate Release:
You haven't missed the opportunity to sign up with the early-bird rate for the Annual 2017 Florida Mental Health Counselors Association!  But don't wait!  
All of our workshops, both preconference and during the conference, are filling up quick!  Click here to register now and don't miss out on these amazing workshops!

Florida Mental Health Counselors Association invites you to our
three days of workshops by industry leaders covering dynamic treatment
approaches, research developments, and current industry trends with the
opportunity to earn up to 24 CEUs!  February 2nd-4th, 2017

Discounted Early Bird Registration
Ends November 13, 2016

Location: Lake Mary, Orlando 
Orlando Marriott in Lake Mary Florida  407-995-1100
Book your room before January 12, 2017 to receive conference rate of $121.00/night

FMHCA is the only organization in the state of Florida dedicated exclusively to    meeting the professional needs of Florida's Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  

Register now for one of our Preconference workshops!  Act quickly, they are filling up fast!

Qualified Supervisor Training 2/2/17 8:00 am-5:00 pm; 2/3/17 8:00 am-12:00 pm
QST is almost sold out!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to expand your resume by becoming a Florida QST!
NeuroTechnic-Hypnosis Training 2/2/17 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Forensic Mental Health Evaluators Training-2/2/17 8:00 am -5:00 pm
Required State of Florida CEUs for Re-Licensure 2/2/17 8:00 am-5:00 pm
8 Hours Laws and Rules- February 2nd, 2017 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Integrated Medicine Skill Training Session February 2nd, 2017 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Conference workshops seats will sell out so don't miss out!

You might be reading this email thinking, "well what about those conference workshops you keep talking about?"  Here's the thing, there are so many!  Seriously!  We can't fit them in this one email.  You can click here  to see it listed on the FMHCA website, but we did include some of these amazing workshop opportunities below...

Friday February 3rd, 2017
9:45-11:45 a.m. -
Louise Sutherland-Hoyt, LMHC, CCMHC, NCC will be in Salon B presenting:Dancing with Addiction: A Trauma Informed Approach to Understanding and Treatment"
C. Dwight Bain, LMHC, NCC will be in Salon D presenting: Mass Media Crisis Intervention - How Counselors can partner with Media to stabilize people after community shootings
11:45-1:15 p.m. -
Salon A - Government Relations Roundtable Meeting
Salon B - Student Panel
Salon D - Military Panel
Salon E - Pulse Night Club Panel
3:30 - 6:30 p.m. - 
Meghan Dahlin, LMHC, LPC, LAC will be in Salon A presenting: Implication of Child Maltreatment on Development
Patsy Evans, LMHC, DOM, Ph.D. Candidate will be in Salon E presenting: The Emerging Sexual Renaissance: Working with Kinky Clients

Saturday February 4th, 2017
9:45-11:45 a.m. - 
Ricardo Santiago, LMHC will be in Salon F presenting: Adventure Therapy
Joann Hendleman, Ph.D., FAED, CEDS, CEDRN will be in Salon H will be presenting: The Significance of the Therapeutic Support Group for Eating Disorders
11:45-1:15 p.m. - 
Keynote Dr. Benjamin B. Keyes, Ph.D., Ed.D., LMHC (FL), LPC (VA), Professor/Director for Trauma Studies School of Psychology and Counseling Regent University will be in Salons D & E presenting during the Awards Luncheon - don't miss this!  Awards will be given out as well during the luncheon!
1:15-3:15 p.m. - 
Dr. Odalys J. Waugh, Ph.D., LMHC, MFT, CCS will be in Salon B presenting:Understanding the Transgender Process
Aaron Norton LMHC, LMFT, MCAP, CRC, CFMHE will be in Salon G presenting:Motivational Interviewing 101: Working with Ambivalent and Resistant Clients
1:30-3:00 p.m. - 
Dr. Norman E. Hoffman, Ph.D., Ed.D., LMHC, LMFT, CCMHC, CFMHE, CCCE will be in Orchid II presenting: How to Professionally Survive a Deposition
3:30-6:30 p.m. - 
Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, MAC, will be in Salon A presenting: Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals
Dr. Patrick J. Nave, D.Min., LMHC, MCAP, CET will be in Salon E presenting:Counseling Victims of Human Sexual Trafficking

Did we mention that you can earn up to 30 CEU's at this conference!  Yep, we said it, up to 30 CEU's!  We report directly to CE Broker with confirmation of you having completed your choice of workshops.  

We cannot wait to see you at the 2017 Annual FMHCA Conference!

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Sixth Annual Children and Youth Conference


Sixth Annual Children and Youth Conference

Please join us for the Sixth Annual Children and Youth Conference on Saturday, November 19, 2016! Florida Gulf Coast University, in partnership with the Hunter Institute and the School District of Lee County, have united to create a platform where mental health professionals and local education experts will share best practices for supporting students who have experienced childhood trauma

The conference agenda will include keynote speaker, Dr. Joseph Hendershott, the nationally recognized expert on childhood trauma and founder of Hope for the Wounded ( Differentiated breakout sessions for early childhood, mental health, and best practices for pre-K-12 will be offered.

Save the Date!
When: Saturday, Nov. 19th, 8am-4pm
Where: The Cohen Center at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers, FL

More information
  • Saluscare will provide CEUs for RN, LPN, ARNP, LCSW, LMHC, and LMFT free of charge.
  • In-service points will be awarded for Lee teachers (this event is NOT eligible for ESE/SWD In-Service Points).
  • ALL workshops are eligible for CEU/credit through the FLAEYC. Website information for this service will be provided at the conference.
  • The conference is a Laces of Love event. If you are able, please bring a new pair of tennis shoes to be distributed to a local child or youth in need. Thank You!!

If you are interested, please click the following link:

Join the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association!

Fall is the perfect time to join!

You are officially invited to join the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association!

Benefits of Joining the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association:
  • Help shape public policy! FMHCA is a powerful advocate for our profession
  • Attend FREE monthly webinars
  • Keep abreast of legislative and rule making efforts through our interactions with the 491 board
  • Receive current legislative alerts on issues in the mental health counseling field
  • Connect with fellow professionals at FMHCA events such as the annual conference and online using our member platform!
  • Gain valuable access to career and job postings
  • Access to discounts on malpractice liability insurance
  • Receive FREE monthly newsletters
  • Receive member perks, such as discounts from select partner companies

There are four types of membership you can choose from:
  • Clinical $65.00
  • Regular $55.00
  • Retired: $25.00
  • Students join FREE for the first year!

Did you know?
FMHCA is the only organization in the state of Florida dedicated exclusively to meeting the professional needs of Florida's Licensed Mental Health Counselors. For more than 20 years, FMHCA has diligently served its members in a variety of personal and professional ways, proving that it is dedicated to your success as a mental health professional and the growth of our profession.

What is important to you? 
  • Is it the Medicare Reform?
  • Medicare Expansion?
  • Licensure portability?
  • Veteran's affairs?
  • What is your version of advocacy?
  • What is your passion?

Consider joining FMHCA to promote and advocate for what you want to stand for- Let your voice be heard!

There are big changes on the horizon for the Florida Mental Health Care Reform- Don't you want to be a part of it?

The time to act is NOW! Join FMHCA and make a difference

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