Florida Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (FAMFC)
2021-2022 FAMFC LEADERSHIP
President - Viki Kelchner, Ph.D.
President Elect - Dr. David Lawson
Past-President - Dr. Shon Smith
Secretary - Madison Alvarez Brunk
Treasurer - Leslie M. Worth
Graduate Student Rep - Viviana Artiles
Professional Development & Community Committee Chair - Cherlette McCullough
The Florida Association for Marriage and Family Counselors (FAMFC) is the newest division to join the Florida Counseling Association. The FAMFC, a chapter of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, promotes the value of marriage and family counseling through public awareness, professional development, and advocacy, as well as supporting and unifying marriage and family counselors in all settings, resulting in high quality practices in Florida.
The mission of the Florida Association of Marriage and Family Counselors is to promote the value of marriage and family counseling through public awareness, professional development, and advocacy, as well as supporting and unifying marriage and family counselors in all settings, resulting in high quality practices in Florida.
The purpose of the FAMFC is to enhance marriage and the family by conducting and fostering programs of education in the field of marriage and family counseling by: stimulating, promoting, and conducting programs of research in the field of couples and family counseling; by conducting scientific and educational meetings and conferences; by disseminating information on couples and family counseling to increase public awareness; by establishing contacts with other organizations for scientific and educational pursuits; by examining conditions which create barriers to marriage and families, and working to remove them; and to engage in such other activities as may be desirable or required to accomplish the foregoing objectives and purposes. The association is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes.
Meet your 2020-2021 Leadership
Viki Kelchner, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Counselor Education and School Psychology department. She teaches in the Marriage, Family, and Couples program. Dr. Kelchner’s research interest focuses on individuals and families with unique abilities and supporting high needs youth and families through school-based family services and intervention programs. Before moving to Florida, she worked as a school-based family therapist in South Carolina. She is enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, creating art and listening to good music.
Dr. David Lawson is currently a Professor of Counseling and Co-Director of the Counselor Education Programs, Palm Beach Atlantic University-Orlando Campus. He is a graduate of Biola University, where he received his Master’s and Doctorate in clinical psychology. He returned to Virginia and finished his clinical internship at the University of Virginia. He then taught for 10 years in a small counseling program and during this time became licensed. He has been teaching on Families, Sexuality and Couples issues for 26 years, and has spoken on the subject throughout Europe, Asia and across the United States. Dr. Lawson has written books and articles covering issues of interest related to families and family therapy, sexuality, and the integration of faith and science. He is especially proud of his recent publications in the book Counseling Techniques, and Lay Counselor Training-a training manual for counselors in India. He has worked with the Virginia Psychological Association and has served as a board member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and the Lifeline of Central Florida, a suicide prevention hotline. He has reviewed articles for Communique, The Journal of Counseling and Development; he also served as the editor of Counseling Connections. Dr. Lawson has spoken at numerous family conferences and was hired by the Department of Defense to provide marriage enrichment training for military personnel and their families. Dr. Lawson is married to Amy and they have 4 children.
Madison Alvarez Brunk (she/her) is a registered mental health intern, national certified counselor, and community organizer in Central Florida. She has a master's degree in marriage, couple and family therapy from the University of Central Florida.
Leslie M. Worth is a Registered Marriage and Family Intern and a University of Central Florida graduate with a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy. Leslie currently works in the central Florida area as a therapist at the Transition House, St. Cloud Outpatient center. In addition, she is under supervision working towards gaining her certification in Sex Therapy. She is honored to be the Treasurer for the FAMFC division.
Cherlette McCullough, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and owner of Center Peace Couples and Family Therapy located in Winter Park, FL. where she focuses on Couples and individuals. Cherlette is Adoption Competency, DBT, and Trauma Focused- Cognitive behavioral therapy trained. She is passionate about helping women and girls take care of themselves both emotionally and mentally through providing education and services to make self care a priority. Her community involvement includes serving on Pace Center for Girls- Orange Executive Board and serving on the Citrus Club of Orlando's Board of Governors. Fun facts about Cherlette, she is co host on the Coffee and Counseling Podcast show and she became a first time Author at the age of 40.
Viviana Artiles is currently a Marriage, Couples, and Family therapy graduate student attending University of Central Florida. While psychology is her main focus she also enjoys hobbies such as crafting, dancing, and gardening