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By Stephen A. Giunta, PhD, LMHC, NCC, 
FMHCA Past President 

This year’s FMHCA Conference, with more than 330 in attendance, broke past attendance records. Held Feb. 10 and 11 at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, the conference was a wonderful success in other important ways, too. Attendees found the full-day training by Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, on treating 

individuals with PTSD and co-morbid disorders valuable, timely, and, as anticipated, very entertaining. 

The second day of training included a DSM-5 update and a number of workshops, which were also well received, as was the two-day Qualified Supervisors Training track.

AMHCA was well represented at the Florida conference, with AMHCA co-founder James Messina, PhD, the conference plenary speaker, and AMHCA President–Elect Karen Langer, LMHC, a special guest of the FMHCA conference committee. 

Thanks go to Langer and Kimberly McCreary, liaison between FMHCA and AMHCA, for assisting at the AMHCA information table and completing the advance work necessary for a successful 2012 AMHCA conference in Orlando.

PHOTO, ABOVE RIGHT: FMHCA Treasurer Mary Lutz (right), presents a plaque to FMHCA President Denny Cecil-Van Den Heuvel, PhD, in acknowledgment of her remarkable work for the Florida chapter.

PHOTO, LOWER RIGHT: FMHCA legislative consultants Corinne Mixon and her father, M. Juhan Mixon, EdD, of Mixon & Associates in Tallahassee, Fla., address scope-of-practice issues at the conference.