FLORIDA COUNSELING ASSOCIATION
Florida Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (FAMFC)
2018-2019 FAMFC LEADERSHIP
President - Shon D. Smith
President Elect - Vacant
Secretary - Vacant
Treasure - Cherise Murphy
Graduate Student Rep - Daniel Melear
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.
August 1, 2017
Dear FAMFC Members,
These are exciting times for members of the Florida Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. The other day I saw a sign hanging up called “Serve.” The sign read “See the future, Engage and Develop Others, Reinvent Continuously, Value results and relationships, and Embody the values.” As I read this sign, I couldn't help but think of all the people that have volunteered their time to serve. I believe true leadership involves servanthood and one must have the interests of our members and clients at the heart of their decisions. What I found is that FAMFC has a wonderful group of people that are committed to serving and getting this done. The Executive Board, Committee Chairs, and Committee members are working diligently to offer FAMFC members opportunities where we can come together, share our experiences, and gain knowledge to help better serve our clients.
Below is a summary of FAMFC activities currently going on within our division. As you read through them I hope you will consider joining us and/or becoming more involved with FAMFC.
FCA Convention Volunteer: The FCA Convention is seeking volunteers for the 68th Annual Florida Counseling Association Convention “Counselors Lighting the Future: Through Learning, Leadership, and & Legacy” October 13th &14th 2017 The Florida Hotel and Convention Center 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809. Anyone interested in volunteering may do so by visiting Volunteer Information Page
FCA Traumatology Symposium: FCA will be hosting the 2018 Traumatology Symposium June 8th & 9th 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The planning committee has begun to meet and are seeking members to serve as this event will take a community focus and coincide with the Pulse shooting of 2016. Committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. est. For those of you that are interested, contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Trainings: Your FAMFC Executive Board will be offering three trainings in the upcoming year. One focused on Counselor Burnout, Ethics and Technology in Family and Marriage Counseling and a collaborative training with FAMCD and FAGBLTC. Dates are pending on each of these events. If you are interested in facilitating a training, please contact Dr. Cherise Murphy at email@example.com
Call for Emerging Leaders: The FAMFC Emerging Leaders program encourages student and new professional leader’s participation in FAMFC activities. Emerging Leaders receive mentorship, and connect with professional networking opportunities. Emerging Leaders will be selected to serve starting in October 2017 through October 2018. The call for applications is now open! Each Emerging Leader is paired with a member of the FAMFC Executive Board. Emerging Leaders will be recognized at the FCA Convention in Orlando and will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and seasoned professionals. The deadline to submit is September 29, 2017, and the application can be found on our homepage.
It is an honor to serve as your FAMFC President for the upcoming year, and I look forward to our work together. Please do email me with your ideas as I am always happy to listen as we continue to move our Division in a positive direction. For more information regarding the items above please visit our homepage at http://www.flacounseling.org
Shon D. Smith