Response to Pulse (Orlando) Tragedy: Professional Development Opportunities


How to Talk to Kids in the Aftermath of Pulse

THIS Saturday, June 25th at 9am –University of Central Florida - FREE Training

Sometimes children are forgotten in the aftermath of tragedy. The Center for Play Therapy Training and Research in collaboration with the Florida Counseling Association and will host an event - How to Talk to Kids in the Aftermath of Pulse - this Saturday, June 25th from 9:00-10:00 AM on UCF's campus at the Morgridge International Reading Center  - Global Communications Room. If you are currently working with kids and unsure of how to talk/respond to their questions or their parents', Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor, PhD, LPC, LMHC, RPT, an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, will be presenting on some basic concepts and suggestions plus answering questions in relation to the shooting at Pulse. 


Trauma Education Class for Parents and Caregivers

Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 11AM - WEBINAR

“Trauma Education Class for Parents and Caregivers”
Presented by: Corrie Gross

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to identify different types of traumas that children may face; learn how to understand what the child is going through; and be able to learn how to offer coping skills and support

FCA Members are $10 - Non-Members are $65. (Become a member and save!) CEU’s will be provided for this event.

For more information and to register, 
Click Here.


Response to Pulse (Orlando) Tragedy: Official Statement and Resources

Dear FCA Counselors,

As the old saying goes, we never expect for “bad” things to happen: Not to us, not in our community. However, on June 12, 2016 the Orlando and Florida community has been changed forever with the senseless tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub.  It is with great sadness but an overwhelming loving and compassionate heart that we send our thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by this event.

As counselors, in the next few days and weeks, we will be approached by those who have been impacted personally by this event. We may also find our clients needing to speak about their thoughts and fears for their loved ones and their own communities. More, we may find ourselves comforting our colleagues who have been working hard to support their communities but take little time to take care of themselves.


The Florida Counseling Association is dedicated to being a support for the amazing work that Florida Counselors do every day. We want to make sure that our members are supported with the resources and knowledge they need to be effective with their clients.


FCA has identified some counseling resources for our members.


National Resources:

American Psychological Association: Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

American School Counseling Association: Helping Kids During Crisis

SAMSA – Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism – Training Manual

SAMSA – Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism –Field Guide

Human Rights Campaign

Orlando Resources:

GLBT Community Center Orlando  

Zebra Coalition

One Blood - Donations


We plan to continue to build these resources for you, our members. Thank you for the work you do every day, but even more so during the most difficult times.



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Upcoming Events and Professional Development Opportunities:


FACAC Webinar Opportunity: 

“Trauma Education Class for Parents and Caregivers” - July 15th at 11am

Click Here for More Info and to Register


2016 FCA Convention: "Counselors United: One Mission of Connection, Compassion and Community"

October 14th & 15th, 2016 - Florida Hotel and Conference Center  - Orlando, FL



Greetings from the Florida Counseling Association!

FCA would like to invite you to renew or join our association. We are constantly on the move to improve and advance the counseling profession. Membership has its benefits! In our 65 years of serving counselors, we have been instrumental in "growing” qualified professional counselors through the services we provide, like:



- Professional Development: FCA hosts an Annual Convention (September) and Leadership Development Institute (June). Professional Development Institutes are a series of educational workshops provided by our Divisions and Regions across the state throughout the year. Registration information about counseling workshops are posted on the website and in the Guidelines newsletter along with leadership opportunities. 


- Legislation, Public Policy and Advocacy: FCA works for you. Our association is active in state legislative issues. We work closely with likeminded sister Associations and encourage "grassroots” advocacy. Join others in Tallahassee, Washington DC and in your home districts to see your efforts recognized and our legislative process in action at Legislative Day(s) and Legislative Week(s). Train to be an advocate for your state and county at our half day legislative training offered in the Fall at convention. We hope that you will join us in our advocacy campaigns for counselors and those we serve.


- Networking: FCA provides opportunities for networking at conventions, conferences, and Divisional and Regional trainings and socials. We support and sponsor local efforts to increase our public presence and network regionally, divisionally and across sister Associations. Our up-dated website and Guidelines newsletter inform you of the going on’s around the state and regionally. Division membership provides you a connection to those who share your field and/or interests in professional counseling.


- Publication and Online Resources: FCA Guidelines is FCA’s premier newsletter! Find out the latest in legislative matters, division, region and chapter updates, recognition, trainings, counseling websites and more! 


The Florida Counseling Association is working hard to promote and support the field of professional counseling in the state of Florida. We strive to provide the best tools and resources for our counselors to grow professionally and be successful in serving individuals, families and communities in Florida.
Activate your membership today and encourage a friend, too!


Michelle Bradham-Cousar, 
President, 2014-2016 


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