2023 Partners Day

The 2023 Florida ATSA Conference and Annual Membership Meeting will be held on March 10-11, 2023.  We will also have a pre-conference Partner’s Day on March 9, 2023 for our FATSA Members and our Florida Partners such as the Department of Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and other advocates and partners in Florida. The Partner’s Day event will be 100% virtual and will be FREE for Florida ATSA members and partners. 

NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THE PARTNERS DAY. A LINK WILL BE SENT TO ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS AND PARTNERS PRIOR TO THE EVENT.

Save the date March 9, 2023 (the day prior to the conference) for the special MEMBERS and PARTNERS-only training. 

Would you like to become a facilitator for Family Support Groups?

As part of FATSA’s annual conference & community partners’ day, Jill Levenson & Shelley Kavanagh will host a training session for FATSA members interested in becoming a facilitator for support groups for family members of people required to register in Florida. Therapists and Interns are welcome, and peer facilitators can participate in the training as well. The goal is to create a network of support teams for family members of registrants throughout Florida. Arrest, conviction, incarceration, and registration for a sexual crime are very impactful experiences for every member of a family. These individuals are a neglected group who are in need of services in their own journey of healing, but who often don’t know where to turn to find compassion and support.

The training will take place in person on Thursday 3/9/23, 6:30-9 pm, in the conference hotel – THE FLORIDA HOTEL, Orlando, FL

RSVP required. To RSVP please contact Jill Levenson at levenson.jill@gmail.com

2022 Florida ATSA Conference

It seems like forever since we gathered in person for our Annual Florida ATSA Conference and Annual Meeting.  After the 2020 FATSA conference was canceled due to COVID and the 2021 conference was held virtually which allowed many to attend across the country. A BIG thank you goes out to the 2022 Conference Planning Committee for the great work in preparing for the next conference.

The 2022 FATSA Conference will be a hybrid of in-person and online. We hope you will choose to take a couple of days out of your schedule and join us in person this year. However, for those who are unable to travel, we will also provide an online Virtual experience.  We will be gathering at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Altamonte Springs, FL just on the north side of Orlando. The hotel has been great for our previous conferences with plenty of restaurants nearby.

We are excited to offer a varied and useful program for you. As always, we are attempting to touch on our core areas: adult and adolescent treatment and outcome improvement, evaluation and information useful to therapists, probation, polygraphists, prosecutors, defense, judges, and families, and improving cooperation and coordination of all involved. We encourage you to attend both days.  As always we encourage you to join the organization to save money on the conference, but also you will receive first notice of all conferences and any matters of importance with the organization. Of course, you must be a member of ATSA to join FL-ATSA.

Rick Morris – Florida ATSA President

Kevin Powell to Present Strength Based Training

Powell to present at Arkansas/Florida ATSA joint online training December 4, 2020

KEVIN M. POWELL PHD
KEVIN M. POWELL PHD

Kevin’s strengths-based trainings provide information on how to form positive, trusting relationships and create physically and psychologically safe classrooms, homes, and residential programs.  Participants will learn specific strategies for promoting hope, resiliency, strengths, and collaboration within youth, families, and providers.

Mark your calendar now for an action packed Friday – December 4, 2020 – 8:30am – 3:30pm CST. Florida ATSA and Arkansas ATSA 1st joint training in collaboration with the annual Arkansas ATSA Conference.

Florida ATSA will provide registration portal and ZOOM access for the training. CEU units will be provided to Florida attendees and Certificate of Attendance for non-Florida attendees will be provided.

In the meantime want more information about Kevin  meet KEVIN M. POWELL PHD

GREAT Acute-2007 Training Outcome

On Friday September 11, 2020  Robin Wilson provided a 90 minute webinar training on the Acute-2007 via the Florida ATSA Training site. A great response to the training included 73 attendees from as far away as Japan, Canada, and all over the United States.

Thank you Robin for a great training and Thank You Florida ATSA for making training and continued education available by removing the barriers of distances and pandemics.

Stay safe and be well as we continue our efforts making our communities safer.

Until Next Time

Rick Morris

ITM Florida Counseling Position

Position Description:

The primary responsibilities will include providing group counseling, individual sessions, and various forensic assessments for assigned clientele. The position will also be responsible for treatment plan development, consultation with referring agencies, and the timely submission of required reports (assessments, monthly progress reports, terminations, etc.)

All clinical staff members are expected to attend semi-annual staff meetings and participate in routine monitoring opportunities, including ongoing clinical oversight.

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2020 Florida ATSA Conference CANCELLED

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

The Florida ATSA board met this morning and decided it is in the best interest of all to cancel the 2020 Florida ATSA Conference and Annual Meeting. Initially, we considered re-scheduling to a later date but due to many unknowns it was decided to cancel the 2020 conference and reconvene in the Spring of 2021.

George Deitchman – Conference Chair

COVID 19 and FATSA Conference Update

Hello, Members,

The Board just met and we are watching the virus just like I know you are. Here’s what you need to know:

  • We are not cancelling the conference just yet. We notice that Disney and others are closing for two weeks. Depending on if the spread is reduced, we may be in a very different spot in two weeks.
  • You can get out of the conference and the hotel room rental if you wish. Brooke told me the hotel will give refunds. We will refund the conference fee if you wish. So you can still sign up and not feel “on the hook.”
  • At this point we are still looking at doing the conference as planned. We are also looking at teleconferencing options.
  • We will be looking at this each week, and we’ll give you weekly updates.
  • This too will pass.
  • Take care of yourselves!

George Deitchman – Conference Chair

Partner’s Day added to the Annual Florida ATSA Conference

Minnesota has roughly five million residents compared to Florida’s over 18 million. Each year probation, parole, evaluators, therapists, child protection investigators, victims’ advocates, attorneys, judges and offenders’ advocates, and other interested parties from around Minnesota and surrounding states, meet for several days for presentations, discussions and collaboration. There are 600 professionals and other stakeholders at the conference in Minnesota which has been going on for over 20 years. Partners Day is our first step to create programs having a broad appeal for a number of parties. This year, on Thursday we’ll have a Partners Day. We have fifty slots for “partners from DOC, DJJ and many others who share the same passion for safety, and to move forward sanely and fairly for all. You can attend if you’re a Partner or if you bring a Partner with you. We are buying lunch for our “Partners” and if you come the lunch will be $25, which is what we pay the hotel. We have reached out to various state agencies at the top, but we also need to reach out to the grassroots, meaning those you work with and interact with each day. They will not have to pay for the Partners Day. You will notice we have tailored the Partners Day talks to things we think our Partners will find particularly on point. The day is “shortened” for those who wish to drive in and return home in one day.

-George Deitchman, PhD, President