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  • 05/22/2022 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    I wanted to take the opportunity to thank two very important people in our organization who have worked tirelessly to make things possible for us. Dr. Anna Owens and Erinn Beck LMHC have been with us for years. Sadly both of them will be leaving our board this summer to pursue other interests. We, of course, wish them well in all endeavors and of course, leave our doors open for them to return at any time. In the meantime, we are in capable hands with our secretary/ Treasurer Ara Mascarenas, webmaster Tom Linley, accountant Sean Williams, and Social Media Director Christy Granzotto.   

    Ara will be assuming the role of vice president this fall which will open up her role for someone new. We are creating a new paid position of “host/hostess” who will greet guests at events and handle CEU registration for us

     If you know of anyone interested in helping us in the association by putting on events and networking let us know. I look forward to seeing all of you soon. 

    John Davis, LMHC

    President

  • 05/21/2022 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    We are so excited to be back live and in person with our meetings. Thanks to everyone who attended an awesome meeting yesterday at the Hanley Center sponsored by our friends at Family First thanks especially to Ben Cecil and Vanessa Hochman, as well as Erin Beatty our wonderful presenter for the day. Thanks for all your doing for the troubled teens among us. Join us on June 17 at the Hanley Center live again for lunch and a couple of CE use for an outstanding presentation on obsessive compulsive disorder that’ll be sponsored by our friends at Coral shores behavioral health. Thank you Carla Newman for being there for us. See all of you soon. John Davis 

    Photo Caption: This is a photo of Erinn Beck our vice president on the left and

     Anna Owens our treasurer on the right. These are our departing board members.


  • 06/17/2020 9:00 AM | John Davis (Administrator)

    Take a look at what our state organization is doing right now. Thank you especially to Laura Giraldo, LMHC for helping us get our workshops running online statewide. A giant shout out goes to Aaron Norton, LMHC our current president for an awesome workshop just now on tele-health.

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  • 09/09/2019 9:00 AM | John Davis (Administrator)

    MICHAEL G . HOLLER, MA, NCC, CFMHE, CCCE, CCMHC, LMHC

    Many, if not all of us received a notice on or about June 28th of this year regarding  the legislative update on SB 1418, informing us that a we now are required, as persons licensed or certified under chapter 491, F.S., to notify law enforcement if a patient or client communicates a specific threat to cause serious bodily injury or death to an identified or a readily available person .

    394.4615 F.S. has been amended as follows:

    Clinical records; confidentiality.—

    (3) Information from the clinical record may be released in the following circumstances:

    (a) When a patient has communicated to a service provider a specific threat to cause serious bodily injury or death to an identified or a readily available person, if the service provider reasonably believes, or should reasonably believe according to the standards of his or her profession, that the patient has the apparent intent and ability to imminently or immediately carry out such threat . When such communication has been made, the administrator may authorize the release of sufficient information to provide adequate warning to the person threatened with harm by the patient . states “When a patient has communicated to a service provider a specific threat to cause serious bodily injury or death to an identified or a readily available person, if the service provider reasonably believes, or should reasonably believe according to the standards of his or her profession, that the patient has the apparent intent and ability to imminently or immediately carry out such threat . When such communication has been made, the administrator may authorize the release of sufficient information to provide adequate warning to the person threatened with harm by the patient.”

    Additionally, 491.0147 states that any communication between any person licensed or certified under this chapter and her or his patient or client is confidential.  However, this statute has been amended as follows:

    491.0147 (1) (c) Confidentiality and privileged communications .

    (1) This privilege may be waived under the following conditions:

    (c) When a patient or client has communicated to the person licensed or certified under this chapter a specific threat to cause serious bodily injury or death to an identified or readily available person, and the person licensed or certified under this chapter makes a clinical judgment that the patient or client has the apparent intent and ability to imminently or immediately carry out such threat, and the person licensed or certified under this chapter communicates the information to the potential victim . A disclosure of confidential communications by a person licensed or certified under this chapter when communicating a threat pursuant to this subsection may not be the basis of any legal action or criminal or civil liability against such person .

    So F.S. 491.0147 (1) (c) gives us permission to waive confidentiality under these circumstances.  But F.S. 394.4615 (3) (a) requires us to do so.  Most of us are aware of the famous case of Tarasoff v . Regents of University of California.  Essentially, this our own version of Tarasoff.

    MICHAEL G. HOLLER, MA, NCC, CFMHE, CCCE, CCMHC, LMHC

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor #3670, State of Florida
    National Certified Counselor #29912
    Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor #476234
    Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, #000049
    Florida Supreme Court Certified Family & County Mediator, #15533CF
    Certified Child Custody Evaluator #618
    Qualified Parenting Coordinator
    Qualified Clinical Supervisor
    Past President & Ethics Committee Chair, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA)
    michaelholler.com
    305-393-1230

  • 07/16/2019 9:00 AM | John Davis (Administrator)

    There is a lot going on at the state level and beyond.  Welcome to Aaron Norton, LMHC our incoming president of FMHCA.  He’s already doing a great job and has an aggressive agenda.  Check out the July Newsletter .

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  • 04/21/2019 9:00 AM | John Davis (Administrator)

    Much is happening at the state level, including legislation that will soon affect your practice.  Check out the April newsletter here.

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  • 03/01/2019 7:00 AM | John Davis (Administrator)

    Check out the latest news and information from the state level!  Here’s the latest:

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