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Florida Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (FASERVIC)

 

2018-2019 FASERVIC LEADERSHIP

 

Gayle Branson President 

 

President-elect-VACANT
Jennifer Lands Secretary 
Stephanie Carroll Treasurer

Graduate Student Representative -VACANT

Past President -Sandra Tabet



Mission

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The mission of the Florida Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (FASERVIC) is to create an environment that empowers and enables the expression, exploration, development, and research of evolving value issues as they relate to the person, to society, and to the profession of counseling.  FASERVIC recognizes the uniqueness that each individual brings to our human race.  It is this diversity that enriches us all.



FASERVIC Today

 

From the desk of the FASERVIC President

 

It is with a deep sense of joy and humility that I formally introduce myself to the FASERVIC Division and the entire Florida Counseling Association.  It was about two years ago when I first joined the FCA as an eager graduate student so that I could attend and present during the poster session at the 67th Annual Convention.  That is how I first got involved.  As time has passed I have come to realize that success for the Florida Counseling Association, in large part, boils down to building strong relationships.  I personally have seen this phenomenon bear fruit as current and former leaders now hold national leadership positions.

 

I am going to take this opportunity to tell you about my journey. After 25 years as a pharmacist, I felt a calling from within to do something more than fill prescriptions. Pharmacy has undergone several changes over time, and I felt I was no longer utilizing my clinical skills as I had been able to do for most of my career. I felt stagnant and wanted to breathe new life as well as more humanity back into my vocation, my calling. After careful consideration and reflection, I felt strongly that a new career in counseling and psychology would do just that. I’ll never forget the first class I took and meeting my faculty advisor, Dr. Trey Fitch, who told me that he thought adding counseling and psychology in with pharmacy would open up many possibilities if I effectively combined them and created a hybrid career out of the two disciplines. 

It was not always smooth sailing for me as my intended career change almost stalled before it started. During only my 2nd term with Troy University I underwent not one but three major ankle surgeries back to back to back with the second and third of these being “life threatening” emergencies.

 

I remember attending my first Florida Counseling Association Convention fondly, where I met Ann Flenner who was current FCA President at the time.  Ann’s bright spirit and enthusiasm immediately shone through and I felt her passion and devotion to the field and to the FCA. My attendance at that convention opened my eyes to the vast networking and employment opportunities available in the counseling and psychology arena.

 

Believe it or not, I underwent yet a 4th ankle surgery right after graduation in September, 2017.  I continue to remain active in the academic area of counseling and psychology as I co-presented with Dr. Miles Matise at the Association for Specialists in Group Work in Savannah, Ga back in February of 2018, on the topic of the integration of spirituality into group psychotherapy. I am currently working with Dr. Matise on a manuscript on this same topic to be submitted for publication in the ASGW journal.  Troy University is in the process of bringing me on as adjunct faculty to teach psychopharmacology to counseling and psychology students.

 

 I also stay active in the field of Pharmacy as adjunct faculty in the Department of Continuing Professional Development for pharmacist’s and pharmacy students at Nova Southeastern University as well as doing some consultant pharmacist work on the side. I work full-time for a large community counseling agency in the Florida panhandle, Florida Therapy Services, Inc. where I am completing my internship hours to apply for licensure.

 

As I said at the outset, the common thread of my story is that relationships led to partnerships that have made great things happen for the Florida Counseling Association.  In closing, I am reminded of these words “Alone I can do so little, together we can do so much” ~ Helen Keller.  AND WE WILL!!

 

Special thanks to Stephanie Carroll FASERVIC  our immediate past-president for stepping into the role of Treasurer this year, to Tenisa Montgomery who is our new FASERVIC President-elect, and to Jennifer Lands who will serve as Secretary for 2018-2019! It’s going to be a great year!

 

Sincerely,

Gayle M. Branson, PharmD, MS

 

 


 


 



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