8:30-9 a.m. - Networking and Registration
9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker
SPEAKER: James O'Mara
Jamie O'Mara is a US ARMY veteran who served in the infantry as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. He served one tour in Iraq from September 2003 to May 2004 experiencing combat in Fallujah and surrounding areas and is a Purple Heart recipient. Mr. OMara was honorably discharged in August of 2005 and has since received his Bachelors degree from the University of Central Florida. He is now married and works for the VA in Orlando as a Financial Accounts Technician.
TOPIC: Veteran's Panel
The presenter, a military veteran, will introduce you to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and discuss a wide range of the difficulties facing service men and women as they struggle to reintegrate back to civilian life. This workshop is intended to explore the various forms of PTSD and the traumatic events that cause it. We have assembled a panel of veterans from across multiple branches of the military and representing a variety of work experiences in order to give private sector MH counselors an opportunity to gain valuable insights first hand and unabated.
This is intended for high audience participation and attendees should come prepared to ask questions. The panelists will be prepared and expected to speak openly and truthfully of their military experiences.
1) Explore the complexity of PTSD through first hand accounts
2) Expose the stigma behind veterans seeking MH therapy
3) Help civilian therapists speak the language of their military patients
MHCCF meets on the third Friday of every month, except for July and December. Unless otherwise specified, our meetings are held at All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, Fla., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and the program from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
It is free to attend MHCCF’s monthly meetings; however you must be a paid, professional member of MHCCF to qualify for 1 CEU. Active professional members of MHCCF are required to sign in and sign out at each meeting to receive a CEU. Please have your license number available upon check-in.
To become a member of MHCCF, please visit our website at mhccf.com and select the “Join Us” tab, or, sign up during networking & registration (8:30-9 am) at our monthly meeting. MHCCF accepts credit card or check payments at the door. We do not accept cash payments.