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Thank you to those who joined us on October 2nd and 3rd for our 71st Annual Convention! Check out our highlights and summary information below!



2020 

Convention 

Highlights 

71st Annual Florida Counseling Association Convention 

2020 Vision: Obtaining Ethical Clarity in Counseling

October 2-3, 2020

 

This year's Convention was held virtually via Zoom.  


Congratulations to our FCA Award Winners!


Thank you to our Sponsor: National Louis University


Awards and Recipients

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The “Jeff Siskind” Leadership Award 

Dr. Caroline Perjessy


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


2020 Jeff Siskind Leadership award winner is Dr. Caroline Perjessy

The “Pete Fisher” Humanitarian Award 

Community Counseling & Research Center

College of Community Innovation and Education, University of Central Florida


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.

2020 Pete Fisher Humanitarian Award winner is the Community Counseling & Research Center at UCF's College of Community Innovation & Education

FCA Advocate Award 

Dr. Kent Butler


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.





2020 FCA Advocate Award winner is Dr. Kent Butler

FCA Member of the Year 

Emily Flositz, MA, CCC


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






2020 FCA Member of the Year award winner is Emily Flositz

Outstanding Division of the Year 2019-2020

Florida Career Development Association (FCDA)


This award is designed to recognize the division who best demonstrated the objectives of an FCA division.


2020 FCA Outstanding Division of the Year Award winner is FCDA

BEST DIVISION NEWSLETTER 2019-2020

Florida Association for Multi-Cultural Counseling and Development (FAMCD)


The purpose of this award is to recognize the division that publishes a newsletter in a timely fashion and informs, educates, and motivates to participate actively in division activities. 


2020 Newsletter of the Year Award winner is FAMCD

KEYNOTE & PLENARY PANELISTS

Friday, October 2nd | 1:00PM — 2:30PM

PLENARY SESSION — ETHICS PANEL

Panelists: Dr. LaTonya Summers, Dr. Elisa Niles, Dr. Eric Davis, Dr. Homer Brown, and Dr. Antwan Player


Saturday, October 3rd | 12:15 PM — 1:15 PM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

LaTonya Summers, Ph.D. MAC, NCC, LCAS, LPCS

headshot of keynote Dr. LaTonya Summers

LaTonya Summers, Ph.D., MAC, NCC, LCAS, LPCS

Dr. LaTonya Summers is an award‐winning assistant professor of clinical mental health counseling at Jacksonville University. There, she brings 24 years of clinical mental health and addictions counseling experience, and conducts research on multicultural issues in counseling and supervision. Her work is featured in scholarly journals and at international and national professional conferences. Dr. Summers founded the national annual Black Mental Health Symposium, a conference aimed to equip mental health professionals with culturally‐specific skills to improve mental wellness in Black communities. She serves as the President of the Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (FAMCD). Dr. Summers has been featured in O Magazine.

headshot of keynote Dr. Elisa A. Niles

Elisa A. Niles, Ph.D., LMHC‐S, NCC, CCTP, CCMHC, RPT‐S

Dr. Niles currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Southwest Florida Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, a Board Certified Counselor, and a qualified supervisor for mental health interns and marriage and family therapist interns.

Dr. Niles is a 2016 recipient of the National Board of Certified Counselor‐ Minority Fellowship Program. She completed her education at the University of the Virgin Islands and Argosy University. Dr. Niles completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University. Her dissertation examined the Impact of Trauma on Reoccurring Homelessness in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dr. Niles served as the Membership Chair of Chi Sigma Iota‐Omega Zeta Chapter, Community Lay Director for the Suncoast Emmaus Community, and Member‐at‐Large for the Florida Associa tion for Multicultural Counseling and Development (FAMCD). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Florida Association for Play Therapy, and Coordinator for the Florida Counseling Association Convention Committee. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences. 

headshot of keynote Dr. Homer Brown

Homer Brown, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, CAP

Dr. Homer Brown is licensed in the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Florida Qualified Supervisor. Additionally, he is a National Board-Certified Counselor (NCC), a Florida certified school guidance counselor, and an adjunct professor for two Christian based universities, Barry University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Dr. Brown is the founder and owner of Right Mind Counseling and Consultation, an agency that focus on providing mental health services to God’s people using a biblical foundation. Dr. Brown received his PhD. from Barry University and has worked in the mental health field for over 12 years serving various clients with diverse issues. 


Dr. Brown is a member of several professional counseling organization including the National Board for Certified Counselors (NCC), Association of Multicultural Development (AMCD), Florida Counseling Association (FCA), and the Florida Association for Multicultural Development (FAMCD). Dr. Brown is the president-elect for the FAMCD and he serves as a mentor for newly awarded scholars and recipients of the National Board for Certified Counselor Foundation’s Doctoral Fellowship Awards. 

headshot of keynote Dr. Eric S. Davis

Eric S. Davis, Ph.D., NCC, SB‐RPT

Dr. Eric S. Davis is a counselor educator at the University of South Florida. He has worked in a juvenile detention center and special education, elementary, and high schools. He is a Florida certified school counselor, National Certified Counselor, and School-Based Registered Play Therapist. Dr. Davis’ current research areas include chronic illness and school-based issues, employing play therapy to work with language and behavior difficulties, stay-at-home-dads, and creative counselor education pedagogy.

headshot of keynote Dr. Antwan Player

Antwan Player, Ed.D., LMHC, LPCC

Dr. Antwan Player is a full-time core faculty instructor at Adler Graduate School located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Antwan holds two licenses, one in Minnesota as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and another in Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Antwan currently is the Ethics Chair for the Minnesota Counseling Association and is a member of various organizations. Antwan’s clinical philosophy focuses on helping individuals reach self-actualization and has worked with several different populations, including high-risk adolescents, parenting enhancement, and individuals of the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Antwan Player is a full-time core faculty instructor at Adler Graduate School located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He currently holds two licenses, one in Minnesota as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and another in Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Dr. Player received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his master’s in mental health counseling from Webster University. He concluded his educational journey by obtaining his doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from Argosy University in 2018.

From an educational standpoint, Dr. Player's goal is for every student to walk away understanding the impact they will have on their community and society. Students are more than just pupils, but rather the next wave of intellectuals that will contribute to the profession, and society. From a clinical standpoint, Dr. Player's clinical philosophy focuses on helping individuals reach self-actualization. His clinical experience has afforded him the opportunity to work with a range of diverse populations, including, high-risk adolescents, parenting enhancement, and individuals of the LGBTQ community to name a few.

Dr. Player is currently the Ethics Chair for the Minnesota Counseling Association and is a member of various organizations. Antwan’s clinical philosophy focuses on helping individuals reach self-actualization and has worked with several different populations, including high-risk adolescents, parenting enhancement, and individuals of the LGBTQ community.

Thank you to our Sponsor: National Louis University

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HISTORY

    • Founded in 1886 by Elizabeth Harrison, a pioneer progressive educator who was instrumental in the formation of the kindergarten movement and Parent Teacher Association
    • In 1988, the National Louis University’s Florida Regional Center, located in Tampa, serves students over 16 counties in central Florida.

Current NLU program offerings: Online and Onsite degree programs:

    • M.S. COUNSELING
    • EDD. COUNSELING EDUCATION & SUPERVISION
    • EDS. SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
    • EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
    • ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

OUR PROMISE TO STUDENTS

Provide holistic professional preparation to today’s nontraditional students through:

    • Delivering professionally relevant quality education
    • Comprehensively meeting your needs in the context of complex lives
    • Fostering the opportunity and capacity to make a difference in your professions and communities

CONTACT INFORMATION

Jaquelina DaSilva

Enrollment Specialist

Phone: (813) 397-2111

Cell and Text: (813) 563-6939

jdasilva3@nl.edu | www.nl.edu 

National Louis University | 5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102 | Tampa, FL | 33634


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