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As a follow up to discussions at our 5/19/17 meeting with guest speaker Dr. Juan Gonzalez, I would like to offer the following list of online training and information resources for counselors working with veterans and their families: 

Home Base Veteran and Family Care

From Home Base: Who We Are

“Since our founding in 2009, Home Base, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, has been breaking new ground, leading regional and national efforts with a multi-disciplinary team of experts working together to help Post-9/11 Service Members, Veterans and their Families heal from the Invisible Wounds of War: traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), and related conditions….”

Multiple free courses (possible CEUs) across the following topic areas: Military Culture and Intro Courses, PTSD, TBI, Substance Use, Additional Trauma and Treatment courses, Military Family

Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy

Multiple free courses (possible CEUs) for mental health professionals including courses for those working with veterans and their families, including Challenges of Treating Co-Morbid PTSD and TBI, Keeping Military Families Strong: Couples Therapy for PTSD, and courses with clinical case studies as a focus.

Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Resources for Civilian Providers

“DCoE works to advance the field of psychological health care, in partnership with science and academia, and contributes evidence-based practices and resources to directly impact care for our service members and their families.” DCoE offers webinars, publications, and other resources to support military and civilian professionals working with service members and veterans.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD: Military Culture and PTSD

The National Center for PTSD website offers a broad spectrum of training and resources for mental health professionals treating PTSD in any context including an online course on Understanding the Context of Military Culture in Treating Veterans with PTSD

Julie Galassini

The following information was shared by MHCCF's President, Laura Peddie-Bravo:

We are writing to share a historic change. Over the course of the past year leaders from the counseling profession and leaders from psychology came together to discuss concerns and confusion related to the licensing of master’s level psychologists as counselors. NBCC was pleased to have meaningful input into these discussions.

NBCC was further pleased to learn that the American Psychological Association (APA) recently met to show formal consideration of their concerns for master’s psychology graduates within the profession of psychology. Specifically, they held a Summit on Master’s Training in Psychological Practice on December 2-4, 2016 to explore whether the APA should support the training of psychological practitioners at the master’s level. The summit was sponsored by the APA Minority Fellowship Program and developed in conjunction with the APA Board of Director’s subgroup on master’s training.

This group developed a consensus statement that represents multiple constituencies and stakeholders. The full report can be found here. Some of the overall key areas of consensus and recommendations of the group include: 

  • APA should embrace both the training of psychological practitioners at the master’s level and accreditation for master’s degree training programs.
  • APA should advocate for licensing and consistent titling of master’s trained psychological practitioners.
  • Determining a proper title for the master’s level practitioner is important and needs further consideration. It should not be demeaning or divisive. The words “licensed” and “psychology/psychological” should be included in the title.
  • APA should develop a model act for master’s level practice/licensure.
  • Practitioners with a master’s degree in psychology should be distinguished from other master’s level providers of behavioral health services.
  • The APA board must act upon these recommendations before any further movement can occur. This is of course standard procedure.

In sum, it was the workgroup’s consensus that APA should embrace the training of psychological practitioners at the master’s level, and that master’s level psychology training programs should be developed and recognized, and that these practitioners should be licensed.

These proposed developments have important implications for the counseling profession. We are pleased that psychology is assuming responsibility for their master’s level psychological practitioners and seeking to help them with their professional development. Professional counselors and master’s level psychology practitioners have unique professional identities, contexts and histories. Over the years, NBCC has been resolute in our message that counseling is a separate profession.

NBCC was established to help propel the counseling profession. NBCC has been firm in communicating that CACREP is the counseling profession’s accrediting organization, and it is the gold standard for training professional counselors. NBCC has also fought to protect counselor licensure laws and for counselors’ right to diagnose, treat and engage in psychological testing. NBCC will continue to advocate for counselors’ rights, and fight to ensure that their scope of practice and ability to practice is not diluted.

This historic development represents an outstanding first step between the professions of psychology and counseling to collaboratively work together in order to best serve our professions and the people we serve. We owe it to future clients and professionals to create a clear, consistent professional identity.

APA’s recent recognition of their need to address the professional needs of their master’s level graduates offers a significant opportunity to reinforce the differences between psychology and counseling. We hope that all counselors will take the time to consider the issues the profession is currently facing and recognize that this historic change represents future opportunity and clarity.

On behalf of NBCC, thank you for being the future of our profession and for your recognition of the importance of maintaining national counselor certification.


Kylie P. Dotson-Blake

Chair, NBCC Board of Directors 

Thomas W. Clawson

President and CEO, NBCC & Affiliates

Do you know Victim Service Center of Central Florida provides FREE groups for survivors of sexual assault?  Interested participants should call (407) 254-9415 to set up a screening appointment with an advocate in order to get started.  Individual therapy is not required for participation.  Visit to learn more about the organization.

Group Purpose:  To provide education, support, and linkage to other persons with shared experiences in order to facilitate recovery.   

There are 2 groups: Tuesday at 5:30pm (females only) and Fridays at 12:00pm

Cost: FREE

Support groups is 1 hour average length of time per session.

Support groups will focus on the management of emotional trauma related to a recent or past sexual assault, or to the management of problems in daily living resulting from the sexual violence experience.

All participants must meet with an Advocate before joining a support group.

 The Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, (MHCCF),  is a chapter of The Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA).

FMHCA is a chapter of The American Mental Health Counselors Association, (AMHCA).

To learn more about FMHCA and AMHCA, please visit their websites:

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