When I first became President of the Miami-Dade Chapter, I felt my first task was to ask, "What do I want from our chapter? What was my vision for a chapter that I would want to belong to and be active in"? I often wrote about a vision of the chapter being a virtual village, where there would be gatherings, places and opportunities to come together and experience the sense of community and belongingness. What would that feel like? I would walk into a room and greet and be greeted. There would be handshakes and hugs. There would be opportunities for getting to know new people and to know old acquaintances in new ways.
What builds this kind of connection between people? Connection is not a static state but an active one, not an adjective but a verb. If people want to feel connected, they need to create actions of involvement. During the first in a series of organizational meetings in 2010, we worked hard to build the first collective vision of a revived and rejuvenated Miami-Dade Chapter. Each person in attendance played a part in the revitalization of the vision of our village and, through that act of creation, solidified their stake in its nurturance and growth.
After those early meetings, we eventually created an Executive Board and our task was to reach out to students in area universities where they had a marriage and Family Therapy Program. Everyone who worked to create that, bonded together, adding several additions to our roster of active members. As we grew, the core of our community expanded. Inside that core, a sense of belongingness grew and a comforting, exciting, loving and sustaining connection was eventually formed. By the end of the year, we expanded our reach by networking, creating committees and developing special interest group meetings and a myriad of other activities throughout the our village. Of course, that list, that core of belonging, attachment, care and joy is being experienced by more and more active participants and is still expanding. Therefore, the main question you now have to ask yourself is, "Where am I in relation to this core?" The response is "Where do you want to be?"
The answer to that question is a simple one: Becoming involved is easy. You can join a committee, help plan an event, write an article, suggest improvements for our website, work on the student solicitation program, or be a table host when we attend the state conference, create and organize a special interest group, participate in the membership campaign or represent FAAMFT at community gatherings or at local schools. There really are dozens of ways to be involved and we are all here to help you find one that is just right for you. You can read all about the committees and all the other activities on our website, and don't forget to get that welcome hug of thanks from me and from those whose lives you enhanced through your involvement with your local Miami-Dade Chapter.
Michael J. Alicea, MS, MSW, (Ed.D. Candidate)
President – Miami-Dade Chapter
PREMYSL ULMAN, LMFT
Premysl Ulman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator in the State of Florida. He graduated with a BA in Philosophy in 1998 from Seraphicum Pontifical University, Rome, Italy and obtained a second BA in Theology in 2001 from Angelicum Pontifical University, Rome, Italy. He obtained his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006 from St. Thomas University in 2006. He presently works at Regis House, Inc. as an Outpatient Services Supervisor, which is a Community Based Behavioral Health Care Rehabilitative Facility in Miami. He has also worked as a Family Therapist at the Resolution Counseling Center, which is a private agency providing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Outpatient Service, and at the Resolution Counseling Center (A private agency providing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Outpatient Services), as well as having been a Behavioral Health Specialist at MHM Solution, Inc. (Behavioral Health Services in Correctional Facility). He has also worked as a Practicum Student at Miami Children's Hospital, in the Crisis Intervention Inpatient Unit and Psychiatry Department. He is well versed and is a subject matter expect on the topic of Narrative Therapy, and Doing Brief Therapy MRI Style, working with trauma victims and Solution-Focused Documents for Practitioners. He is fluent in English, Czech, German, Italian, Spanish (fluent in speaking and writing).
By Michael J. Alicea, MS, MSW, (Ed.D. Candidate)
Don't we have a bottomless reservoir of empathy and patience? Aren't we masters of healthy relationships, exquisite self-care and self-actualized career fulfillment? No, we aren't immune to burnout, defined as "an imbalance between the psychological resources of an individual and the demands being made on those resources."
We provide a service based on our thoughts, feelings and energy to an often challenging clientele. When we give more than we get, we will burn out. How do you know you're burning out? You may have an inkling when you:
• Drag yourself into work most days
• Find yourself repeating the same interpretations repeatedly
• Give advice as a shortcut rather than helping clients learn and grow
• Begin sessions late and/or end early
• Doze off or space out during sessions
• Experience a noticeable decline in empathy
• Do things that would make your old ethics professor cringe
• Push your theory, technique or agenda rather than listening & adjusting
• Feel relieved when clients cancel
• Haven't read anything psychology related for a while
• Self disclose in ways that do not help the client
• Fantasize about that high school job at the food court in the mall where you were appreciated, got tips and left work at work.
Take the time to take care of yourself.
The Schopenhauer Cure
By: Irvin D. Yalom, 2005
Book Review – Jan Guthrie, M.S., LMFT
If I wanted to enter the realm of intellectually mind-blowing therapy, I would study with Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University. And I do. It is on my Bucket List.
Yalom emigrated from the Polish-Russian village of Celtz to inner city Washington, D.C. after WWI. Living above his parent’s grocery store, he spent everyday at the city library where he read all the biographies from A – Z, as well as Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Yalom is the author of more than 15 acclaimed teaching novels, collegiate textbooks, and collections of tales, all translated into 20 languages. Over time he discarded psychiatry’s diagnosis, uniform, brief therapy-for-all protocol, favoring the construction of a different therapy for each patient. Yalom’s unique view of the patient/client relationship is part of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice curriculum. His most popular novel, When Nietzsche Wept, has been made into a movie.
The Schopenhauer Cure carries us through the sad and strange life of German post-Kantian philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer while simultaneously offering us a fantasia of therapeutic opportunities presented by Dr. Julius Hertzfeld’s psychoanalytic therapy group. Yalom’s “...by denying death…we misdirect our search for meaning” sets the tone.
The book’s biographical sketches of Schopenhauer, born in 1788, remind us of his pessimistic views on the world. At the age of 25 he published his most influential work, The World as Will and Representation, in which he explains his philosophy: negating desires is the only way to human liberation. We learn that Arthur was born in the Baltic state of Danzig after his parents fled from Germany to avert Prussian control. We surmise that his quarreling and narcissistic mother, the assumed suicide of his father, and his frequent moves as a child during times of political and cultural strife had an intense impact on Arthur’s development and views on the world.
Dr. Julius Hertzfeld, the protagonist in Yalom’s book, is the dying sage in a white coat (not really but damn near). Julius attends to his terminal condition with his search for meaning and a new project in his life – that of connecting with former patients to see if he did any good in their lives. Unable to sleep one night, he pulls Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra from a dust-laden bookcase and miraculously falls upon the words, “live your life rather than be lived by it.”
Julius’ former client Philip Slate is a disgusting sex addict-turned-therapist whom we hate from the start, and who lives and breathes Arthur Schopenhauer. Philip grabs on to Schopenhauer’s philosophy during frequent pivotal moments in the group (is Philip actually Schopenhauer?). Assuming that group therapy is a speedway to all things good, Philip curiously morphs into a much less hated, egocentric nerd…and would you believe, a smidgen of a hero. This begs the question as to how deep and dark we are willing to dig into our comfort zones.
As for the colorful milieu of remaining characters in the book - including Pam, a woman of trauma-induced, unrequited love – I invite the reader to mingle amongst them, knowing at the start that any one of them might be more fragile and more enraged than Julius and Philip. As Schopenhauer stated, “Bipeds are like porcupines - they huddle for warmth but use their quills to keep their separateness.”
The book glides easily between chapters on Schopenhauer’s real life and the masquerade of Julius, Philip, Pam and the group. Schopenhauer’s philosophical statements at the beginning of each chapter give you a hint of what is to come.
The Schopenhauer Cure is really out to prove a point: The mastery of psychotherapeutic group process births intense, intriguing cross-discussion and the makings of a thriller novel.
Yalom takes on such questions as: What effect might a dying, genius therapist and his Faustian bargain with a prior client have on group therapy? How might a former sex addict-turned-therapist-turned-group member’s obsession with Arthur Schopenhauer influence group process? Can this historical fiction, teaching novel, provide us with what we need to know about group therapy process?
Yalom is too smart to think he is shocking us by revealing the linings of whiners and warriors in this preposterous yet believable group therapy experience. When you smartly decide to pick up and read this amusing and intelligent book, you will understand why.
Laughter Still Is the Best Medicine
By Michael J. Alicea, MS, MSW, (Ed.D. Candidate)
“The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused while nature heals the disease”. (Voltaire) “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but downcast spirit dries up the bones” (Old Testament, Prov.17:22) The discoveries of modern medicine confirmed thewisdom of shamans and medicine clowns. Laughter is a serious business and is very beneficial for our physical, psychological and spiritual health. Laughter is a physiological response to a humorous stimulus. The experience of humor is a complex reaction involving an emotional response and cognitive response. Laughter has been proven to:
v Lower blood pressure
v Reduce muscle tension
v Relieves stress
v Facilitate production of endorphins (alleviates pain)
v Improve immune system and help fight the infection
v Protect heart and improve oxygenation of the body
v Provide internal organs “workout”
v Improve brain function (attentiveness, retaining ability, enhances learning)
As you can see, laughter is a very efficient and cost-effective way to improve your health and prevent serious medical problems. Consider incorporating humor in your daily life: smile and the world will smile with you! Also try to laugh at least 10-15 minutes a day, count your blessings, view your life in a humorous context, be less serious and last but not least: pay attention to children and emulate them. Be proactive and create opportunities to laugh: watch comedy DVDs, go to the comedy clubs, read comedic authors and seek out funny people. If everything else fails, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. As Abraham Maslow said, “Laughing at yourself is an ultimate spiritual goal.”
Miami-Dade Chapter Sponsored / Peer Led
All interns and students are welcome.
Our goal in creating an Intern Support Group is to facilitate the Registered Intern in their journey toward eventual licensure. Do you have questions about interning, counting hours, or the MFT licensing exams? Would you like to connect with other Interns and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist? Or are you just interested in supporting this worthwhile endeavor? We’re here to help you find answers to your questions. We also plan to create an online group through our Blog and Twitter accounts.
The Intern Support Group is open to all pre-licensed trainees and interns. The content is open to whatever those who attend would like it to be. It would be an informal conversation where we can provide mutual support, information, resources, networking, referrals, job hunting resources, and licensing exam tips to each other as needed. The group would be a safe place to reflect and share with each other about our challenges in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. The group would be free of charge and attendance is on a drop-in basis with no commitment or obligations to attend other meetings.
Please let us know how the Miami Dade Chapter can be of help. What would you like to see happen this year for our group of Interns? Is there interest in a support group forming? A consultation group? A study group? Please call or email and let us know what suggestions you may have. It is our hope that we can support each other. Your ideas, comments and suggestions are very much welcomed, and needed!
Please check out and connect with other interns, share concerns, ask questions or just to see what is going on in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.
As a benefit to our interns and student members of AAMFT, this bulletin board is provided to let others know that you are seeking study partners, supervisors, and internships. If you are interested in help starting this committee, please contact us at [email protected]
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE
The mission of the Community Outreach Committee would be to educate the community about the benefits of consulting with a Marriage and Family Therapist on relationship issues. The very concept for this committee would be to formulate and communicate specific topics of interest that inform and promote the various specialties we as Marriage and Family Therapist make available to the public. The committee would be responsible for providing valuable and practical information to the community at-large on Marriage and Family Therapy. In this way we can put our best representatives in front of the community that we serve. If you are interested in help starting this committee, please contact us at [email protected]
Please take some time as you fill up your busy lives, to reflect on what the Miami-Dade Chapter can do for you.
What are your goals, your dreams, your vision, your purpose, your mission? How can we help make that a reality for you? We see ourselves working together with you, as a team, for the better of all. Amazing power and energy can be generated when we work together. Ask for help. Offer help. Reflect on ways we as a group, as a profession, and as an organization on how we can nurture each other’s growth. Membership benefits include:
1. Networking at our monthly meetings
2. Incorporating a member-to-member e-mail service to facilitate access to colleagues for announcements, job openings & referrals, etc.
3. Communication through our developing monthly newsletter.
4. Volunteer opportunities and a voice in the future of our profession.
MONTHLY WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE:
September 16 – Premysl Ulman – Narrative Therapy
October 21 –Michael J. Alicea – Therapy with Hispanic Clients
November 18 – Walt Liebman –Parent Coordination
December 16 – Social Function/Holiday Party
(Time and place to be announced)
MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT
“The Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Miami-Dade Chapter and its professionally trained therapists are committed to providing continuing education, networking, and support services, in order to better serve the community where we practice and live in.”
MIAMI-DADE CHAPTER EXECUTIVE BOARD
Michael J. Alicea - President
Walt Liebman - President-Elect
Alison Morris - Secretary
Premyls Ulman - Treasurer
OPEN - Student Representative
GIVE AN HOUR
Therapists who wish to donate counseling services to a veteran may do so by accessing the following web site: www.giveanhour.org. Veterans receive services provided "pro-bono" by therapist and in exchange the Veteran chooses from a list of community agencies where they may volunteer their time.
JAN F. GUTHRIE, M.S., L.M.F.T.
FL License # MT2328
Coconut Grove, Florida
PRIVATE AND GROUP MFT SUPERVISION STARTING AUGUST 2011
“As your supervisor, I nurture your strengths and guide you through your cases while incorporating MFT/MH foundation, ethics, DSM and HIPAA regulation. Feel free to contact me with your questions and for information on the steps for obtaining a Board qualified supervisor.”
FLORIDA MFT LICENSING EXAM
PRIVATE AND GROUP TUTORING
I offer individually designed tutoring for those persons interested in taking the MFT exam. I cover all areas of MFT or only the areas that you feel you need. You will receive handouts and quizzes to complement your learning. You decide on your tutoring schedule, and the number and length of the sessions. Each session may last from 1 ½ to 3 hours, depending on what works best for you.
American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy
Florida Association of Marriage & Family Therapy
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE
Hillary Wiseheart, LMFT
(furnished or unfurnished) for rent in the 7600 Bldg.,
7600 Red Road., South Miami. Immediate occupancy.
For additional information, contact
Hillary Wiseheart, LMFT, at 305.663.1288
Walt Liebman, LMFT
One state of the art office
In a suite of three with a glass brick waiting room.
Will become available the end of June.
The office is large, 16'x12.6' with forest green plush carpeting.
It has recessed lighting and a window with
hurricane reinforced glass and fronts Red Road.
There is free parking in front of the building and also a free large parking lot in the rear of the building with high intensity lighting.
For additional information, please contact
Gilza Fort Martinez, LMFT
Resolution Counseling & Coaching Center
7765 SW 87 Avenue, #104
Miami, FL 33173
“I have some office space available, daily after 3 pm”
Michele King, LMFT, LMHC, CP
Kendall Professional Building
9150 SW 87 Avenue, Suite 102
Fax: 305-270-7451 Email: michelekinglmft
Therapists wanted in a thriving psychology practice in Aventura, Florida. Practice is located in an upscale and secure building and offers a turn-key operation including phone/fax, wireless internet, beverage service, and reception/voicemail. There are numerous possibilities for mutual referrals, consultation, and collaboration.
Half day, full day, and weekly rates available.
View pictures at
P.O. Box 144448
Coral Gables, Florida 33114
Friday - November 18th, 2011
7:30 am - 9:00 am
9225 SW 158th Lane, Suite B,
Miami, FL 33157
Accessible from US1
The 158th Lane is the corner of the the Hunday dealership