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“A Legacy of Advocacy and Building Relationships”

October 23, 2014
3 CEC's per session

October 24 and 25, 2014
Earn up to 13 CEC's

LOCATION - Convention and Room Accommodations
Tampa Marriott Westshore
1001 North Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

Tampa Marriott Westshore sleeping rooms:
$99.00 + tax per night
Must reserve by October 8 for special rate to apply
Sleeping Room Reservations, click here

2014 CONVENTION SCHEDULE (Tentative), click here
     Preconvention Institutes
     Breakout Sessions
     Research Colloquium
     FCA Sunshine Social

* 2014 Convention Schedule

* Exhibit, Advertise, and/or Sponsor
* Student Volunteer
* Save the Date flyer
* Date Change Apology Letter
* Convention Registration
Pre-Convention Learning Institute Registration
Learning Institute, Convention and Schedule flyer
* Service Project Information


     October 23, 2014 ($50.00 per session)
     3 CEU's per session
     Click here for additional information 

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dr. David Kaplan
Raising the Bar: Critical New Concepts in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics 

The recent revision of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics substantially raises the bar for the ethical practice of professional counselors. This presentation will highlight new ethical imperatives in such areas as professional values, social media, the imposition of counselor personal values, defining the moment ethical responsibilities begin, and fee splitting.

Dr. David M. Kaplan, NCC is a Past President of the American Counseling Association and its current Chief Professional Officer. He is also a Past President of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, the New York Counseling Association, and the New York Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. 

David’s experience includes eighteen years of practice in private practice and college counseling settings as well as twenty-five years of experience as a counselor educator. 

His publications include one book, eight book chapters and thirty-eight journal articles. He has conducted over 250 professional presentations on such topics as professional issues in counseling, counseling ethics, family counseling, and counseling association management. 

     Learning Objectives:
     * To inform FCA members about the new 2014 ACA Code of Ethics
     * To highlight important changes in the new ethics code
     * To protect FCA members against malpractice law-suits by keeping them current with the ACA Code of Ethics


Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:00 am to Noon
Dr. Beverly Mustaine
Grief and Loss: What Counselor Need to Know 
(This event has been cancelled, apologies for the inconvenience)
Coping with loss and grief is a normal part of living. Counselors, in working with clients, are often confronted with issues that result from current or past losses, which are impacting on their lives. Emphasis in this pre-conference workshop will be on developing an understanding and awareness of the effects of loss on one’s life. At the end of the work-shop, participants will be able to:

     Learning Objectives: 
     * Articulate the essential skills necessary for counseling clients with loss, death, and grief issues
     * Articulate the similarities and differences between normal and pathological grief
     * Apply Worden’s model of grief counseling; and
     * Utilize the Internal and External Factors affecting grief in assessing the client’s completion of the grief tasks and determining whether the client has uncomplicated or complicated grief

Dr. Beverly Mustaine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida and an Approved Clinical Supervisor nationally. Dr. Mustaine has been a practitioner since 1976 in outpatient mental health, college counseling center and private practice settings.

She currently is an Associate Professor at Argosy University Sarasota and teaches in the masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in the doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision, both of which are CACREP-accredited. She has been a Counselor Educator for 24 years and has develop and taught the grief and loss course since 2008.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dr. Nick Hanna

Relationships With Fathers
(This event has been cancelled, apologies for the inconvenience)

In this experientially focused workshop, counselors will be invited to learn to deal with relationships with fathers. The training is based on the philosophy that counselors must first know themselves as growing individuals, especially with regard to understanding their own relationships with their father.

Sometimes this can be a complex and difficult journey; other times not so arduous. A model for engaging clients in psychotherapy will be presented as a guide. Participation in this workshop can be personally rewarding and challenging in a joyful manner. It can also be a difficult process that, once undertaken, can offer freedom from the past. This workshop offers a process for a more mature, skilled individual approach for working on oneself and with clients and articulate their relationship with their fathers.

     Learning Objectives:
     * Articulate their relationship with their fathers and how that impacts them and their relationship today
     * Apply model to assist clients in engaging in the process of under-standing relation-ship with fathers


Dr. Nick Hanna, LPC, NCC, is a Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University where he served the Counselor Education and Supervision Pro-gram for 45 years.

Nick received his advanced professional training from the Gestalt Institute in Cleveland, Ohio and continues to maintain a small private practice working with individuals, couples as well as facilitating men's groups. Nick has presented on Relationships with Fathers, Open Your Heart and Counselor Self-Care, nationally, regionally and on the state level.

“A Legacy of Advocacy and Building Relationships”
October 24 & 25, 2014 / Friday and Saturday

Call for Program Invitation - CLOSED
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Dr. David Staten, Convention Plenary Speaker, October 24, 2014
Dr. Staten has been em-ployed by South Carolina State University as a Rehabilitation Counselor Educator for the past 13 years. He is currently the President for the American Rehabilitation

Counseling Association. Additionally, he has over 10 years of administrative experience as the program director of the rehabilitation counseling program and several years of experience serving as Department Chair. He has successfully managed several million dollars of external grant funds from agencies, such as Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), National Institute for Disability Related Research (NIDRR), and the United States Department of Agriculture. Currently, he serves as the Project Director for two RSA Long-Term Training grants and is the principal investigator for a NIDDR funded research project as well. He is currently managing grants with budgets that exceed three million dollars. Moreover, he recently received the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Commissioner’s Award for Exemplary Rehabilitation Counseling Programs. He also co-owns a private counseling practice (MERGE Counseling and Coaching).

Dr. Robert L. Smith, Awards Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, October 25, 2014
Robert L. Smith, Ph.D., NCC, CFT is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and currently serves as the 63rd President of the American Counseling Association. His research efforts included emphasizes on nearly 100 refereed articles and book chapters and eight manuscripts on integration of theory and practice in substance abuse counseling and supervision, efficacy of developmental achievement motivation programs, and research focusing on graduate program pedagogy and family systems.

Dr. Smith has served as a leader at the state, national, and international levels. His most recent leadership position held was as the ACA Governing Council’s Parliamentarian during 2011-2012. Previously, Smith served on the Governing Council of ACA, President and Cofounder of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), and President of the National Ca-reer Development Association (NCDA). Dr. Smith also currently serves as the IAMFC Executive Director.

FRIDAY, October 24, 2014 Schedule

Content Educational Sessions 

8:00 am – 9:30 am / Concurrent Sessions 
9:45 am – 11:15 am / Concurrent Sessions 

Lunch & Plenary Speaker 
11:30 am – 1:15 pm 
* Plenary Speaker, Dr. David Stanton, ARCA, President, 2014-15 
* Delegate Assembly

Content Educational Sessions 
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm / Concurrent Sessions 
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm / Concurrent Sessions

Colloquium Session 
5:00pm - 6:30 pm
Chi Sigma Iota Colloquium Session & Reception
Sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota Chapters of Florida

Sunshine Social Reception 
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Poolside - Tampa Marriott Westshore

SATURDAY, October 25, 2014 Schedule

Content Educational Sessions 

  8:00 am – 9:30 am / Concurrent Sessions
9:45 am – 11:15 am / Concurrent Sessions

Awards Luncheon & Keynote Speaker 
11:30 am - 1:15 pm 
* Keynote Address, Dr. Robert L. Smith, ACA President 
* Awards Luncheon

Content Educational Sessions
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm / Concurrent Sessions 
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm / Concurrent Sessions

FCA Service Project - Homeless Donation Drive
During this year’s FCA Convention we will collect Hygiene Kits from all counselors attending as this will be distributed to the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative.  Travel Size Items Requested: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Bars of Soap, Disposable Razors, Deodorant

* Exhibit, Advertise, and/or Sponsor
* Student Volunteer
 * Save the Date flyer
* Date Change Apology Letter
* Convention Registration
* Pre-Convention Learning Institute Registration
* Learning Institute, Convention and Schedule flyer
* Service Project Flyer


You are invited to participate in the Florida Counseling Association Awards for Excellence.  These will be presented at the FCA Conference in November.  Click "Awards" on left toolbar

The following categories will be recognized:

FCA Advocate Award
​The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual or organization which has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the counseling profession in Florida.

FCA Member of the Year
The purpose of this award is to recognize a member who has made a significant contribution to FCA.

The “Pete Fisher” Humanitarian Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual or organization which has made a significant contribution for the betterment of humanity and the human condition.

The “Jeff Siskind” Leadership Award
As the FCA Executive Director, Jeff Siskind demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.  This award is designed to recognize an individual or organization who/that has made a significant contribution in leading their Chapter, Division, and Association.

Click here for Nomination Instructions for all FCA Awards.

Click "Awards" link on left toolbar to submit above award submissions and additional Awards:

     * Outstanding Chapter of the Year
     * Best Chapter Membership Service and/or Best Membership Recruitment Campaign
     * Best Chapter Newsletter
     * Outstanding Division of the Year
     * Best Division Membership Service and/or Best Membership Recruitment Campaign
     * Best Division Newsletter

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