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     Title  CEU's Awarded  Member Fee  Non-Member Fee
     Medical  Errors  2  $20.00  $40.00
     Ethics and  Boundaries  3  $30.00  $60.00
     Laws and  Rules  3  $30.00  $60.00 

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    Title"Ethics & Boundary Issues"  

    Presenter: Burt Bertram, Ed.D., LMFT, LMHC

    The professional work of a Mental Health Counselor as well as the other FS 491 licensees presents unique ethical and legal challenges. Providing psychotherapy to individuals, counseling couples and families, and facilitating group counseling inevitably generates issues around defining and maintaining boundaries. Boundary challenges have taken on yet another complication during the pandemic when much of out-patient therapy has shifted from in-person to virtual. When practitioners fail to identify, define and enforce boundaries, complications leading to complaints to the licensing board and/or lawsuits, are almost inevitable. 

    This presentation will remind practicing mental health practitioners of the purpose and value of professional association codes of ethics including the AMHCA Code of Ethics (2015), the ACA Code of Ethics (2014) and applicable state statutes and rules. Additionally, participants will be introduced to a Legal/Ethical Decision-Making Model and will apply the model to a complicated case study.

    Learning Objectives:

    As a result of this 3-hour program, participants will;

    Learn and/or be reminded of the importance of professional ethics

    • Personal vs professional ethics

    • How to understand and apply professional ethics

    • Importance of adopting/utilizing an ethical decision-making model

    Learn to distinguish between and among confidentiality, privilege, and privacy 

    • Differentiating confidentiality, privilege and privacy

    • Review applicable ethics codes and statutes 

    • Review decision-making regarding responding to a subpoena

    Review the challenges and complexities associated with identifying and maintaining professional boundaries for both in-person and virtual therapy

    • Impact on clients and treatment relationship

    • Legal and ethical requirements

    • Lawsuits and Board complaints: Data and Discussion

    • Legal/Ethical decision-making model

    Apply course learning to complex real world case with emphasis on boundary issues associated with virtual therapy

    • Read case study

    • Small group discussion

    • Report out / Large group review


    Burt Bertram, EdD, LMFT, LMHC is a counselor, consultant, author and professor.

    Dr. Bertram has been in practice in the Orlando area since 1972. His professional efforts focus on assisting individuals, couples, families and workgroups to productively identify, understand and address the issues that are influencing or shaping their lives. Until recently he was graduate adjunct professor of counseling in the Mental Health Counseling program at Rollins College where for 25 years, he taught clinical counseling skills, family and couples counseling and ethics in counseling. Burt has served as President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, the Florida Counseling Association, and the Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. A nationally recognized expert on legal and ethical issues in counseling, Burt is co-author, with attorney Nancy Wheeler, JD of The Counselor and the Law (8th Edition), published by the American Counseling Association. Dr. Bertram and Nancy Wheeler have collaborated on numerous publications, tapes, webinars, podcasts and have made over 150 presentations together on topics related to legal and ethical issues in counseling.

    Title: “Prevention of Medical Errors” 

    Presenter: Stefanie Meyer-Goodwin, MA, LMHC, LMFT, NCC, CCMHC, ACS     

     This course examines the impact of medical errors on clients in mental healthcare settings. Best practices and ethical guidelines for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors that can help reduce and prevent medical errors are discussed. The course examines root cause analysis and its application to responding to medical errors in mental health settings related to competence, informed consent, HIPAA, cultural competence, confidentiality, abuse reporting, duty to protect, responding to suicide risk, and assessment errors. Strategies for error prevention and reduction are presented. Case vignettes and participant discussion is used to highlight key learning points.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to describe medical error terminology and definitions.

    2. Participants will be able to identify factors that impact the occurrence of medical errors in mental health practice.

    3. Participants will learn about the most common errors in mental health practice.

    4. Participants will be able to define root cause analysis.

    5. Participants will be able to apply error reduction and prevention measures.


    Stefanie D. Meyer-Goodwin, MA, LMHC, LMFT, NCC, CCMHC, ACS has worked in the counseling profession for 9 years. She earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Certificate in Family and Relationship Counseling from Rollins College and is a national Approved Clinical Supervisor and Florida state qualified supervisor for interns in mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy. She currently serves as the Clinical Director for The Meaningful Life Center, overseeing their evidence based complex trauma program. In addition to her clinical experience, Stefanie is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Capella University and supporting professor in the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Rollins College. Stefanie is passionate about multicultural and social justice issues in the counseling field and focuses her research and presentations on improving multicultural awareness and professional competency. Stefanie serves her professional community as the current president-elect for Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida. 

    Title: “Florida Laws and Rules Update for Mental Health Professionals”

    Presenter: Anne Wedge-McMillen

    The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge of and practical understanding of the laws and rules governing the practice of mental health in Florida and to increase professional competency, improve legal understanding, and enhance client care.

    This training presentation will provide foundational information regarding the laws and rules that govern mental health counseling professionals in the state of Florida. 

    This training will include specific information regarding Telehealth. Laws and procedures impacting mental health professionals whose clients are involved in the civil and criminal justice systems will also be presented.

    Participants will gain general knowledge of the laws, rules, and standards of practice that govern mental health professionals in the state of Florida (includes an understanding of rule development and important links and resources). Participants will gain specific understanding of confidentiality, record keeping, privileged communications, and mandatory disclosure (includes recent law changes and a telehealth focus). Participants will identify and discuss legal and ethical violations. Participants will review disciplinary proceedings and consequences to strategize professional, ethical, and legal best practices. Participants will explore the import and intersectionality of mental health evidence in criminal and civil trial proceedings. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the general statutory chapters that pertain to mental healthcare professionals and the rules that govern competent and legally sufficient practice.

    2. Understand proposed rule changes and recent law amendments and the practical application of these laws and rules in the daily practice of the mental health profession. 

    3. Describe the legal requirements of, and exceptions to confidentiality, especially as it pertains to appropriate record keeping and mandatory reporting.  

    4. Describe the general laws and rules pertaining to telehealth and identify special considerations for mental health professionals. 

    5. Discuss the concepts of mental health testimony and evidence in criminal and civil trial proceedings.

    6. Review disciplinary actions that may be taken against mental health professionals who violate state laws and strategize best professional, ethical, and legal practices to promote counselor well-being and enhance client care.


    Anne Wedge-McMillen, Esq., is a full-time graduate student at Rollins College in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and a practicing attorney in Winter Park, Florida. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of South Florida, before completing her Juris Doctorate at the Florida State University, College of Law, in Tallahassee, Florida. She worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County from 1999-2003. From 2003-2013 she worked as an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor for the Florida Attorney General’s Office prosecuting racketeering, organized crime, drug trafficking, conspiracy, “Pill Mills, and state and federal wiretap investigations and crimes. Ms. Wedge-McMillen was cross sworn as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida and was an advisor to the Statewide Grand Jury on gangs.  From 2013-2015, Ms. Wedge-McMillen practiced criminal defense law at the Umansky Law Firm in Orlando, Florida. In 2015, Ms. Wedge-McMillen opened a legal consulting practice and became legal advisor to the Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area state and federal task force. Since returning to graduate school, Ms. Wedge-McMillen practices law part-time as a Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem attorney representing the best interests of children in dependency actions. Ms. Wedge-McMillen is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Criminal Justice sections of the Florida and American Bar Associations, and the Orange County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, the Central Florida Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the American Counseling Association.

    • Friday, February 19, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 8:31 AM (EST)
    • Live Event via Zoom

    Program Information:


    “Addictions in the New Millennium: Understanding the impact of electronics, video game, and vaping/THC addictions” 

    Presenters:  Jim West, M.A., LMHC, NCC

    Date:  February 19, 2021

    Live Event: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    *Your Zoom link will be sent out at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.*

    Presentation Summary:

    During this presentation, we will talk about gaming disorder, electronics addiction and discuss how much electronics kids should have, based on suggestions by the American Association of Pediatrics, with a twist. The material will explore comparisons between Fortnite and Heroin addiction; including the mention of societal studies and conclusions made in the UK, the World Health Organization and the US Surgeon General. This program includes Vaping, as this is another major problem new to this generation, whereas the US Surgeon General labeled an Epidemic and gave the FDA an “F” for how they are regulating these devices.  Finally, we will discuss how todays Marijuana is not your grandfather’s pot!  You will learn that drug dealers modified the pot to have higher amounts of THC and up to 8 times less medical benefit (CBD).

    Learning objectives:

    • Participants will learn about the impact of electronics addiction: how social media effects self-esteem, body image, cutting, cyber-bullying.
    • Participants will learn how video games are making kids stay inside, not do schoolwork and quit sports teams (similar to the impact of illegal drugs).  
    • Participants will explore how we can rewire the reward circuitry in the gaming addict’s brain and re-engage society. 
    • Participants will address the changes of nicotine addiction; with consideration on how Big Tobacco hooked the next generation, and how the new Marijuana can be addictive and cause psychosis.
    • Participants will also learn to incorporate ways to help parents, teens and young adults quit addictions and get their lives back. 

    Speaker Bios:

    Jim West, MA, LMHC, NCC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, the author of Stress Less Educational Series, president of  Total Life Counseling and his group has been interviewed by local and national media on issues facing adolescents and families. He is a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and provides supervision to Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns for licensure in the state of Florida. Jim is an Author, Communicator, School Consultant, Nationally Certified Licensed Counselor and he specializes in counseling for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD). He is a subject matter expert, and he has been featured on multiple tv networks and news stations. Jim spoke on Fox 35 in the last year on Fortnite Addiction, collaborating with a British psychologist who compared it to Heroin Addiction. He also highlighted his knowledge of electronics addiction in January of 2018 when the World Health Organization declared Gaming Disorder an actual diagnosis. Additionally, Jim has always thought of creative experiential treatment approaches to reach those who might not respond to traditional therapies. Jim has a unique way of bonding with children and adolescents through Play Therapy, Power Point Presentations, Interactive Games, Recreation Therapy and staying current with the constantly changing world of the children & adolescents. Jim also stays current with adolescents through his 13 years of experience in youth ministry in speaks to students at school assemblies, youth groups and conventions.

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Friday, January 15, 2021 The Resilient Brain: Helping Adults and Kids Learn to Manage Life's Storms
Friday, November 20, 2020 TRE: Stress Less and Improve Self-Regulation Skills
Friday, October 30, 2020 Required Courses
Friday, October 16, 2020 BDSM 101 For Therapists (On Demand Webinar Available for Members)
Friday, September 18, 2020 Links Between Adverse Childhood Experience And Adult Well Being
Friday, August 21, 2020 Cultural Competency Starts at Intake
Saturday, June 27, 2020 Shifting into Action: A Panel Discussion Addressing the Role of Race & Racism in Black Mental Health
Friday, June 19, 2020 Mindful Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice: A Step by Step Intervention to Enhance Clients' Emotional Resilience
Friday, June 12, 2020 Support & Information Virtual Gathering for Registered Interns
Friday, May 15, 2020 Weighty Matters: How to Help Clients Nourish and Accept Their Body in a Weight-Obsessed World
Friday, April 17, 2020 Men of Steel: When Masculinity Becomes The Kryptonite
Friday, March 20, 2020 CANCELLED: Culturally Competent Intakes and Assessments
Friday, February 28, 2020 In Honor & Memory of Bob Decker, Ph.D. MHCCF presents FREE for MHCCF Members: Ethics 3 CEUs
Friday, February 21, 2020 Writing Clinical Notes
Friday, January 17, 2020 MHCCF New Year's Breakfast
Friday, November 15, 2019 How To Be An Expert Witness
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Registered Interns Event
Friday, October 18, 2019 Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Friday, September 20, 2019 Transforming Treatment for Depression
Friday, August 16, 2019 Behavioral Management of ADHD
Friday, June 21, 2019 Don’t Tell Me, Show Me! Psychodrama as an effective therapeutic modality in the Processing and Resolution of Grief
Friday, May 17, 2019 Trauma & Recovery: The Biology of Trauma and the Nervous System & Utilizing Somatic Therapy
Friday, April 12, 2019 Emotional Support Puppies, Peacocks, and Iguanas, Oh My!
Friday, March 15, 2019 Woman Redeemed/Love Addiction: How to Help Those In the Cycle.
Friday, February 15, 2019 MHCCF Meeting - Acupuncture As An Adjunct To Mental Health Counseling
Friday, January 18, 2019 MHCCF New Year's Breakfast
Friday, November 16, 2018 MHCCF Meeting - Wellness Psychiatry
Saturday, October 27, 2018 Interest Meeting for Registered Interns
Friday, October 19, 2018 MHCCF Meeting - Counseling Trans Individuals
Friday, September 21, 2018 MHCCF Meeting - Hoarding
Friday, September 14, 2018 MHCCF Annual Member Appreciation Social
Friday, August 17, 2018 MHCCF Meeting - Neurofeedback and Neuro-Informed Therapy
Friday, June 15, 2018 MHCCF Meeting - Building Resiliency: A mental health treatment perspective
Friday, April 20, 2018 MHCCF Meeting - Veteran's Panel
Friday, March 23, 2018 Qualified Supervisor Training
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Mentor a UCF Student!
Friday, March 16, 2018 MHCCF Meeting - Safety And Success In Private Practice
Friday, February 16, 2018 MHCCF Meeting - Dig a little deeper: Discovering ourselves as guides
Friday, January 19, 2018 MHCCF New Year's Breakfast
Friday, November 17, 2017 MHCCF Meeting - Medication Update
Friday, October 20, 2017 MHCCF Meeting - Integrated Medicine and Certified Behavioral Health Consultants
Friday, September 15, 2017 POSTPONED- MHCCF Meeting - Integrated Medicine and Certified Behavioral Health Consultants
Friday, August 18, 2017 MHCCF Meeting - Electro-Convulsive Therapy: Not Like What You’ve Seen In The Movies!
Friday, June 16, 2017 MHCCF Meeting - Self-Care for Clinicians
Friday, May 19, 2017 MHCCF Meeting - Veterans’ Self-Identity Development (VSID) Theory
Friday, April 21, 2017 MHCCF Meeting - Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Friday, March 17, 2017 MHCCF Meeting - Clinical Insights and Perspectives on Pathological Gambling and Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Friday, February 17, 2017 MHCCF Meeting - Brainspotting
Friday, February 10, 2017 Special Program: Ethics, Medical Errors & Laws & Rules Training
Friday, January 20, 2017 MHCCF New Year's Breakfast
Friday, November 18, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - Counseling Transgender People
Friday, October 21, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - Helping Clients Do Forgiveness Work
Friday, September 16, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - Bottoms Up Interventions in Couples Therapy
Friday, August 19, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - Trauma, Attachment and Treatment
Friday, June 17, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - The Skinny on Food Addiction
Friday, May 20, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - Toxic & Addictive Love: How to Help Those in the Cycle
Saturday, April 30, 2016 NAMI Walk with MHCCF
Monday, April 18, 2016 Special Program: Yalom Speaks - An Up-Close and Personal Conversation with Irv Yalom
Friday, April 15, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - Why Cut What Can Be Untied?
Friday, March 18, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - Working Ethically with Trauma in Clients
Friday, February 19, 2016 MHCCF Meeting - ADHD
Friday, January 15, 2016 MHCCF New Year's Breakfast
Friday, November 20, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Re-Igniting Passion & Love
Friday, October 16, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Building Brain Capacity: The Joy Bucket
Thursday, October 01, 2015 Special Event Therapists' Speed Dating
Friday, September 18, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Friday, August 21, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Fight, Fright, Freeze and Chronic Pain
Friday, July 17, 2015 SPECIAL WORKSHOP - Where Are We Heading?
Friday, June 12, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Exploring Relational Processes in Families of Gay Youth
Friday, May 15, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Live Your Dreams!
Friday, April 10, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Wellness & Purpose
Friday, March 20, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Advanced Integrative Therapy
Friday, February 20, 2015 MHCCF Meeting - Intimate Partner Violence
Friday, January 16, 2015 MHCCF New Year's Breakfast
Friday, November 21, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Neurofeedback for the Remediation of Trauma
Friday, November 07, 2014 Ethics, Medical Errors, & Domestic Violence Training
Friday, October 17, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Human Trafficking
Friday, September 19, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Healing Barriers Between Parents & Gay Children
Friday, September 12, 2014 Member Appreciation Social & Networking Event
Friday, August 15, 2014 Using DSM-5 for Quality Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, & Treatment Plans
Friday, August 15, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Image, Archetype, and Soul
Friday, June 20, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Using the Expressive Arts in Psychoherapy
Friday, May 16, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Using Animals to Enhance the Therapeutic Process
Friday, April 11, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Enhancing Your Relationships through the Power of Mindfulness
Friday, March 21, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Bridging the Social Gap
Friday, February 21, 2014 MHCCF Meeting - Using Play to Find Your Way
Friday, January 17, 2014 MHCCF New Year's Breakfast - Registration Closed
Friday, November 15, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - Bullying and Traumatic Stress
Friday, October 18, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - Perinatal Mental Health
Friday, September 20, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - Setting Limits, Saying No
Friday, August 16, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - Invitational Counseling
Friday, June 28, 2013 SOLD OUT: Introduction To The DSM-5
Friday, June 21, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - Domestic Violence
Friday, May 17, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - GLBT Stages of Identity Development
Friday, April 19, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - Reactive Attachment Syndrome
Friday, March 15, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - Counseling Caregivers
Friday, February 15, 2013 MHCCF Meeting - Natural Foods & Mental Health
Friday, February 01, 2013 Ethics, Medical Errors, & Domestic Violence Training
Friday, January 18, 2013 MHCCF New Year's Breakfast
Friday, December 14, 2012 MHCCF meeting - Brain Science for Mental Health Professionals
Friday, November 16, 2012 MHCCF meeting - The Impact of Social Networking and Technology Use on Family Relationships
Friday, October 19, 2012 MHCCF meeting - Using Internal Family Systems Therapy to Treat Trauma
Friday, September 21, 2012 MHCCF meeting - Compassion Fatigue
Friday, September 14, 2012 MHCCF Fall Social
Friday, August 17, 2012 MHCCF meeting - Laughter Yoga
Friday, June 15, 2012 MHCCF meeting - Strength-Centered Counseling
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