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Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling

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The mission of the Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (FACAC) is to provide numerous and various services and opportunities for counselors to enhance the effectiveness of their counseling skills and abilities in order to facilitate the healthy academic, social, emotional and career development of the children and adolescents in Florida. The Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (FACAC) is an organization composed first and foremost of Professional Counselors as recognized by CACREP and ACA, who subscribe to the standards and ethics of those professional organizations.


The Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (FACAC) supports the mission of professional counseling for those professionals who work with children and adolescents. Using diverse and innovative interventions, counselors encourage child/adolescent development in the area of personal, social/emotional, academic achievement, and career education.

FACAC supports the vision of the Florida Counseling Association (FCA) and serve the needs of its members through providing professional development, relevant information, advocacy, and networking opportunities. ​FACAC promotes forward thinking and encourages efforts to advance the profession of counseling.


    • Meet the diverse and changing needs of child and adolescent counselors within the Florida Counseling Association.
    • Up holds the mission of the Florida Counseling Association in the context of working with children and adolescents in all counseling settings.
    • Collaborate with various organizations to promote professional counseling in all settings.
    • Present important information pertaining to counseling profession.
    • Encourages ethical and legal decision when working with children and adolescents.
    • Support and encourage legislative advancements to enhance the effects of counseling young people.
    • Unites all stakeholders through social and professional networking.
    • Provide opportunities for professional development and continuing education.

       FACAC LEADERSHIP 2022-2024

      President Kimberly L. Allison

      President-Elect Laura Finnell

      Past President Rebecca Moore

      Secretary Elizabeth Pratt

      Graduate Student Representative Betzabeth Vera

      Treasurer Jacqueline Marshall

      Newsletter Editor & Social Media Representative Rose Yesha


      FACAC Award for 2017 Best Newsletter Louse Soto with FACAC Award for 2017 Best Newsletter Courtney Martensen with FACAC Award for 2017 Best Newsletter

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      Upcoming events

        • September 28, 2023
        • 8:00 AM
        • September 30, 2023
        • 5:00 PM
        • Tampa, Florida
        • 177

        FCA's 74th Annual Convention

        "Resilience Amidst the Storm"

        Thursday, September 28 through

        Saturday, September 30, 2023

        Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa

        USF/Near Busch Gardens
        3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa FL 33612

        We are excited to be returning to an in-person venue this year!  This year’s convention will be held over the course of three days. On Thursday, we will offer a half-day of focused educational session. On Friday and Saturday we will have full days of educational sessions, round table presentations, and poster sessions focusing on this year's theme and improving counselor training, professional development and identity, and client care. 

        Pre-Convention. . . Thursday, September 28. . .  2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

        Our theme is:  "Fostering the Resilience of LGBTQ Children, Adolescents and their Families."  This will be a training sponsored by Sunserve.  We will be offering 3 hours of continuing education.  For those interested in attending our Pre-Convention, there is an additional fee of $50.00.  This will be an optional added charge on our registration form.

        Convention. . . . Friday, September 29 through Saturday, September 30

        Starting on Friday, September 29, at 8:30 a.m. we will offer focused educational sessions with an afternoon hour (2:45 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.) provided to hear Poster Sessions or to participate in Roundtable presentations (1 CE available) or to visit our exhibitors!  On Friday, we will present our awards and hear Dr. Lotes Nelson, our Plenary speaker.

        Then we repeat it all again on Saturday with more great presentations and hear our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Christian D. Chan. 

        Click here to view information on our Keynote and Plenary Speakers

        Click here to view our tentative Schedule-at-a-Glance.  The maximum number of CEs offered each day is 6.5 hours.

        Registration. . . .

        Your registration fee includes continuing education credits along with a lunch on Friday and Saturday.  On Pre-Convention day and Friday evening, light refreshments will be provided.

        For those who transferred their registration last year to this year's convention, you have been sent a promo code for registration purposes.  If you have any questions, please contact the FCA Office.  

        Registration fees are as follows:  

        Professional/Associate/1st Year Professional: $225

        Students: $175

        Retirees: $185

        Non-Member Professionals:  $275

        Non-Member Students:  $185

        Non-Member Retirees:  $195

        Please note, all lead presenters have been sent a promo code to register.

        Hotel Accommodations. . . . 

        If you have not already done so, please make your hotel reservations ASAP!  We do have a room block for our Convention and the room rate will be $149 per night (plus taxes/parking).  Use this link to make your reservation online: FLORIDA COUNSELING ASSOCIATION 2023

        Registration Cancellation Policy. . . .

          To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all attendees, please familiarize yourself with the following registration policy.  Your registration fee provides access to all convention activities, including plenary and keynote speeches, educational sessions, networking luncheons, and the exhibit hall.  Registration fees are non-refundable, except in the case of a natural disaster (e.g., a hurricane, flood, tornado) that significantly impacts your ability to attend the convention.  In such cases, a refund will be provided upon submission of a formal refund request along with appropriate documentation.  We understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise, and we are committed to supporting our participants to the best of our ability.

          Please note:

          • A refund of 50% of the registration fee will be provided if the request is made 30 days prior to the FCA Convention in the case of a natural disaster.
          • A refund of 25% of the registration fee will be provided if the request is made 15 days prior to the FCA Convention in the case of a natural disaster.

          We eagerly anticipate your active involvement and contribution at the upcoming event as we convene to exchange insights, acquire knowledge, and further the advancement of counseling within our state. Your well-being and conference experience are of utmost importance to us, and we look forward to hosting you at the 74th Annual Florida Counseling Association Convention.

          We hope you will join us in Tampa!  It will be great to see everyone in person!  If you have any questions, please contact us.

        Past events

        July 12, 2023 Identifying Generational Trauma and Facilitating Generational Healing in Black Families and Communities
        July 06, 2023 Mental Health Challenges for People of Color - Florida's Legislative Assaults
        June 16, 2023 FCA'S Virtual Traumatology Symposium
        June 02, 2023 FCA's 2023 Leadership Development Institute (LDI)
        May 24, 2023 FCA's Self-Care and Connection!
        May 12, 2023 From Amateur to Artist: Learning the Art of Ethical Spiritual Integration
        April 28, 2023 Bridging the Cultural Gap with Culturally Responsive ACT Interventions
        April 21, 2023 ACTing With Intention: Applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Support Gender Diverse Adolescents
        April 12, 2023 When Religion Hurts - An In-Depth Look Into Religious Trauma and Spiritual Abuse
        March 01, 2023 Issues in Prescribing Psychotropic Medications to Minority Youth
        February 16, 2023 So You Want to Become a FCA Leader?
        February 10, 2023 FCA's "Holding Space" Forum
        February 09, 2023 Accepted! Writing Competitive Proposals and Boosting Your Presentation Skills
        January 28, 2023 FCA's 2023 Strategic Planning Meeting
        January 13, 2023 Let's Get Ready to Write Some Letters!
        November 09, 2022 Career Counseling While COVID Continues
        October 27, 2022 FCA's 73rd Annual VIRTUAL Convention
        October 12, 2022 SAIGE-FL Legislative Advocacy Chat
        September 29, 2022 FCA 2022 Annual Convention
        August 18, 2022 Grieving While Healing: Addressing Grief and Loss in Clinical Supervision
        July 27, 2022 The Negative Effects of Discrimination
        July 15, 2022 Building a Ballot Habit
        June 24, 2022 Telehealth for Children
        June 15, 2022 Licensure for Aspiring Counseling Professionals
        June 10, 2022 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) 2022
        June 08, 2022 FALGBTIC Advocacy Chats
        May 21, 2022 FACAC's "Coffee Talk"
        May 12, 2022 FALGBTIC's Legislative Advocacy Chat
        April 23, 2022 Qualified Clinical Supervisor's Training
        April 05, 2022 Ageism, Intersectionality, and Social Justice
        April 01, 2022 Schema Therapy: Introduction to the Model
        March 21, 2022 Cultivating Self-Care through Yoga & Meditation
        March 11, 2022 Eating Disorders and the LGBTQ+ Community: Moving Towards an Intersectional, Inclusive, and Socially Just Treatment Approach
        March 08, 2022 Using the Enneagram in Private Practice ~ A Two-Part Series on March 1 and March 8, 2022
        February 25, 2022 FCA 2021 Convention Replacement Session for Convention Registrants ~ 1.5 CEs ~ "My Amygdala’s On Fire! Understanding and Healing Our Attachment-Based Triggers In Hard Times"
        February 21, 2022 Marchman Act 101
        January 29, 2022 FCA's Strategic Planning Meeting for 2022
        January 15, 2022 FACAC's "Coffee Talk"
        January 14, 2022 Improvisational Techniques for Leaders
        December 10, 2021 Therapy with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Holistic and Empowerment Based Approach
        September 30, 2021 FCA's 2021 Virtual Convention
        June 04, 2021 CRC Examination Preparation: What Examinees Need To Know
        June 04, 2021 Leadership Development Institute (LDI)
        May 29, 2021 The Basics of Sandtray Therapy
        May 19, 2021 4th Annual FCDA Summit on "Career Resilience During a World Crisis"
        May 07, 2021 Advancing the Field of Rehabilitation Counseling
        April 05, 2021 Interfaith & Interdisciplinary Discussion Panel on Grief & Loss
        March 30, 2021 A Town Hall Presentation on Implicit Bias
        March 25, 2021 Credentialing 101: FCDA Session on Credentialing
        March 08, 2021 American Red Cross Virtual Open House
        February 10, 2021 Crossroads: A Conversation on the Intersections of Race, Sexuality and Gender
        January 30, 2021 FCA 2021 Executive Board Strategic Planning Meeting
        January 23, 2021 Coffee Talk: Moving Past 2020 and Headstrong Into 2021
        December 08, 2020 Human Trafficking
        December 04, 2020 Equality? Disability and Racial Health Disparities
        December 03, 2020 Counselor Self-Care and Resilience
        December 02, 2020 Let's Talk! BIPOC Faculty, Advancing Racial Equity and Social Justice in Counselor Education
        November 18, 2020 Healing Ambiguous Loss in Transgender Families: Re-storying Lost Identities
        November 17, 2020 Virtual Career Chat with Steve Dalton, Author of "The 2-Hour Job Search"
        October 21, 2020 Resolving Bias in the Workplace: Mental Health and Career Counseling Perspectives
        October 02, 2020 2020 FCA Virtual Convention
        September 29, 2020 Supporting Graduate Students in Social Justice Efforts
        September 22, 2020 Florida's Future: Insights into Florida's Economy with Dr. Jerry Parrish
        September 19, 2020 Coffee Talk: School in the Time of COVID-19
        August 26, 2020 From Ally to Accomplice: A Counseling Perspective
        July 30, 2020 "Online Live Supervision of Telemental Health Counseling"
        July 30, 2020 "I'm Tired: Defining, Assessing, and Addressing Racial Battle Fatigue"
        July 27, 2020 Discussing Racism and Racial Trauma in Clinical Supervision
        June 11, 2020 FCDA's Virtual Third Annual Career Summit
        May 23, 2020 FACAC's Virtual 4th Annual Art Event
        May 20, 2020 Creating a Resilience-Based Group for Gender Expansive Adolescents
        May 13, 2020 Self-Advocacy Strategies Amongst Transition Age Youth
        May 07, 2020 FCDA's Informational Interview 2.0
        May 01, 2020 Broaching Race and Culture in Counseling and Supervision: A Tool of Multicultural Competence
        April 30, 2020 Queering Disability: Exploring the Resiliency of Sexual and Gender Minority Persons Living with Chronic Illnesses / Disabilities (SGMPWDs)
        March 26, 2020 An Introduction to Tele-Mental Health Counseling in the era of COVID-19
        March 25, 2020 Private Practice Tips & Techniques to Improve Your Business & Better Serve Your Clients
        March 20, 2020 Empowering Students and Families in a Virtual World: School Counselor Style
        February 19, 2020 College and Career Strategies School Counselors can Promote for ALL Students in ALL Grade Levels
        February 16, 2020 2020 FCA Day at the Capital Meeting - Webinar
        January 28, 2020 2020 FCA Day at the Capital Info Session - Webinar
        January 22, 2020 Make 2020 Your Year to Earn a NCDA Credential
        January 11, 2020 FCA Strategic Planning January 2020
        November 22, 2019 FCA/FACES Qualified Clinical Supervisor's Training
        October 03, 2019 2019 Florida Counseling Association Convention
        September 10, 2019 FCDA Coffee Talk
        August 22, 2019 Marginality, Privilege, and Bias among African-American Women Counselor Leaders
        July 15, 2019 FACAC Presents: Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Working with the Children & Adolescent Population
        June 19, 2019 FAMCD & FALGBTIC Webinar: Fostering Resilience in Gender and Sexual Diverse Youth: Strategies for Counselors
        June 07, 2019 2019 FCA Leadership Development
        May 24, 2019 FAMCD Webinar: "Culturally Responsive Calculations: Considerations when Administering Assessments"
        May 17, 2019 2019 Traumatology Symposium
        May 02, 2019 FACES Presents: Online Supervision
        April 26, 2019 FAMCD & FACES Webinar: Multicultural Development: Considerations in Counselor Education and Supervision
        April 20, 2019 FACAC 3rd Annual Art Event
        April 12, 2019 FCDA 2nd Annual Career Summit Event
        April 11, 2019 Intimate Partner Violence within the LGBTQ+ Population
        March 25, 2019 CREATING VISION BOARDS
        March 21, 2019 Ambiguous Loss and Migrant Families
        March 09, 2019 Qualified Clinical Supervisor's Training
        February 28, 2019 Autism And The Black Family
        February 19, 2019 FCA Day at the Capital
        January 23, 2019 Working Effectively with LGBTQ+ Clients
        January 09, 2019 Earning an NCDA Credential to Support Your Professional Brand (FCDA)
        December 07, 2018 Webinar! Come Join Dr. Courtland C. Lee to explore racism as a mental health challenge
        November 30, 2018 Combating Conflicts of Diversity In Our Schools
        November 29, 2018 How to effectively apply Cognitive Behavioral Model in Tele-Mental Health Supervision
        October 05, 2018 69th Annual Florida Counseling Association Convention
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