In an ever evolving health care landscape, many clinical mental health counselors are looking for ways to diversify their practice. Forensic mental health evaluation is an interesting, impactful, and lucrative option for counselors who wish to branch into a new area of expertise. This course will cover various types of forensic specialties, ethical and legal guidelines for practice, options for training and certification, and how to build a forensic practice. It will also dispel common myths about scope of practice of clinical mental health counseling as it relates to administering and interpreting psychological tests and conducting forensic evaluations.
Define forensic mental health evaluation as a specialization
List and describe the various types of forensic mental health evaluations counselors can specialize in.
Learn about ethical and legal considerations for forensic mental health.
Identify several resources for training and forensic evaluation.
Aaron Norton, LMHC & LMFT, provides services in private practice to individuals, couples, and families at Integrity Counseling in Largo, Florida. Aaron has 15 years of experience in the human services field in a variety of positions including counseling, case management, and supervision, in both outpatient and residential treatment centers, public health, government agencies, and private practice settings. Aaron is also an adjunct professor at University of South Florida. He has served on a number prestigious boards including the Public Relations Committee for Suncoast Mental Health Counselors, the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, and the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.
Workshop Facilitator: Christopher CheckeMS, MBA, LMHC, CAP, NCC, MAC
This workshop will take a more in-depth look at the complexities of shame. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes healthy shame and toxic shame. We will take a look at how shame develops early in the lifespan, how it becomes magnified, and how shame manifests in one’s personality. We will also examine the concept of shame-based psychopathology and how shame is often at the root of many behavioral health conditions. Learning how shame interferes in relationships, including the therapeutic relationship, will be a key component of this presentation. Participants will also learn how to interweave shame language into their clinical work as well as develop interventions that enhance client’s sense of pride.
Understand the complexities of healthy shame and toxic shame.
Describe the development, source, and manifestations of shame.
Learn how shame interferes with relationships.
Understand the 4 defensive strategies of shame.
Learn how shame manifests in, and inferrers with, psychotherapy.
Develop how to create pride-based clinical interventions.
Chris has 20 years of experience in behavioral healthcare. He's passionate about empowering individuals to facilitate interpersonal healing and create system-wide change in our community. His experience includes private practice, community behavioral healthcare, grant administration, substance abuse treatment & prevention, social policy, advocacy, teaching, consulting, supervision, and training. Chris provides executive coaching, & facilitates leadership support groups for CEOs. He is the VP of the Substance Abuse Advisory Board for the Broward Addiction and Recovery Center, and a board member for United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention. Chris is currently in private practice in Ft Lauderdale and presents on a variety of topics.
Workshop Facilitator: Earl LedfordLCSW, CST, CAP, CET
Technology Addictions will present the causes, impact and affects of technology-assisted addictive behaviors (process addictions). While technology addiction is a recently identified addiction that has not yet been medically classified in the DSM5 it has been linked to the widespread and rapid evolvement and use of technological devices.
Mr Ledford completed Florida State University's MSW program in December 1994. Since then he has worked as therapist in an outpatient setting, served as Program Director for The Rainwater Program for Girls, and Director of Community Based Services while employed by Crosswinds Youth Services. Since 1999 Mr. Ledford has been in private practice and started ACF Therapy Associates in 2013. He has specialized in Couples Counseling for the past 17 years. Mr. Ledford is a certified addiction professional, a certified sex therapist and a certified E-therapist. Earl Ledford, LCSW has been using technology to conduct video-based counseling for more than 18 years and has presented on many topics throughout the State of Florida.
Pamela will demonstrate the practical application of basic required assignments for successful completion of treatment participants use at her center. She will utilize CBT Techniques, Narrative Therapy, and Experiential Therapy, while providing examples of the assignments.
Participants will be led in creating their own Expressive Therapy piece of work. The workshop discussion focuses on presenting these tools to patients, assisting patients with working through resistance, and how these interventions build insight and coping skills that unlock resiliency.
Practicing in the field of substance abuse and mental health for over 26 years, Pamela specializes in the treatment of Co-occurring Diagnoses, Trauma Therapy, and Family Systems. She focuses on both the needs of the client, as well as the family, by providing information, education, support, and guidance. Pamela’s strength lies in her ability to foster an environment that promotes healing, understanding, and growth for staff and clients alike.
Workshop Facilitator: Barbara “Bobbie” HayesLMHC, CAP
This workshop will highlight issues faced by the family members of those with eating disorders. “Can I mention their weight, can I eat in front of them, do I hide food” are all common questions that family members of people with eating disorders ask.
This workshop is designed to help clinicians increase their understanding of eating disorders and the family.
Participants will increase their understanding of what constitutes eating disorder behaviors in an individual? What family members or friends of those struggling with an eating disorder experience and struggle with? How we, as clinicians, can most effectively assist family members deal with this compulsive disorder, in disease and in recovery.
Barbara “Bobbie” Hayes LMHC, CAP, is a qualified supervisor for the state of Florida. She has been in practice for over 30 years and states she feels very grateful that she is able to find joy in her work on a daily basis. Bobbie has a strong background in working with addictive disorders, eating disorders, relationship issues, women’s issues, codependency and other mental health issues.
Provide participants with educational information on the Fostering Resilience™ Relapse Prevention protocol. A new integrative model of relapse prevention that combines classical Relapse Prevention Theory, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and Shame Resilience Theory.
Provide information on the recent preliminary research results of the FR model for reducing internalized shame, reducing relapse risk and improving psychological well-being in adults with substance use disorders.
Educate participants on theories and relapse prevention efforts to date.
Educate participants on the critical role of shame in substance use disorder etiology and treatment.
Provide the participants with specific cognitive-behavioral exercises, mindfulness-based meditations and shame resilience techniques.
Fostering Resilience™ Relapse Prevention (FR) is a manualized group protocol for individuals struggling with substance use disorder. FR combines two evidence-based practices, Relapse Prevention Theory and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, with Shame Resilience Theory. In addition to an overview of the FR model and the recent clinical research supporting this model for reducing internalized shame, reducing relapse risk and improving psychological well-being in adults with substance use disorders, Foster will review relapse prevention efforts to date and discuss the critical role of internalized shame in SUD etiology and treatment. Foster will also present the rationale and research support for internalized shame as the mediating factor in relapse risk and psychological well-being, and the critical importance of attending to shame in order to improve treatment outcomes. All participants will be provided with a copy of the manual, Fostering Resilience™ Relapse Prevention: A Guide for Clinicians.
Karrol-Jo Foster (KJ) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and a Certified Rapid Resolution Trauma therapist with over 10 years of experience working with individuals struggling with addiction and other mental health issues. KJ serves as Executive Director at the Center for Sobriety, Spirituality & Healing and is currently a PhD Candidate at FAU researching the impact of internalized shame on relapse risk and psychological well-being. Her dissertation research project is based on a new integrative relapse prevention protocol Fostering Resilience™ In addition to her research, KJ has authored many articles on addiction recovery, and most recently authored a book chapter on 12-Step Spirituality in the book Spirituality and Religion in Counseling: Competency-Based Strategies for Ethical Practice. KJ has also lectured locally, nationally and internationally on the topics of shame, addiction recovery and spirituality. KJ is a member of ACA, ASERVIC, and is Past-President of the Beta Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International.
Workshop Facilitator: Susan L. AndersonLMHC, NCC, CSAT
Presentation objectives will be:
Identify and discuss over 30 recognized process addictions.
Determine how to recognize process addictions vs. hobbies, passions or interests.
Discuss why it is critical to identify process addictions during substance abuse treatment
Susan L. Anderson, LMHC, NCC, CSAT is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and is also certified in Trauma, Experiential Group Therapy, and Relapse Prevention Therapy. She graduated with the highest honors from her Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters of Science program and has focused on both chemical and behavioral addiction diagnosis and treatment since entering the field. She has been working in both inpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse/dual diagnosis treatment centers for several years as a group facilitator, primary therapist and clinical director. Ethical care and compassionate treatment for the vulnerable addiction population is the cornerstone of all work she conducts and that philosophy is shared by her clinical staff.
Susan has been passionate about the field of sex and love addiction for 8 years and developed an introductory 12-week group therapy protocol for cybersex addiction. Her work with sex, love and other process addictions like gambling and shopping add another layer of needed help to many clients with drug and alcohol issues. She has been presenting on the topics of process and sex addictions since 2015. She served on the board of her local Mental Health Counselors Association for 6 years and she was the Ethics Committee chairperson for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association where she investigated claims of therapist misconduct statewide.