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School of Counseling and Human Services Department of Counselor Ed & Family Therapy

Carol Messmore


  • MS in Marriage Fam Coun Ther - Gen Marriage Family Coun Ther
  • Graduate Cert in Counseling - Contmp Thry Couple Family Sys


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Nova Southeastern University, 2005
    Major: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Science
    Nova Southeastern University, 1995
    Major: Family Therapy
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Florida Atlantic University, 1992
    Major: Psychology

Licensure & Certificates

  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor


  • "Systemic Interventions for Problems Emerging in Early Childhood (0-5)"John Wiley & Sons 2020
  • "Circular Questions and Questioning"SAGE 2016
  • "Diagnosis in children and very young infants: a review of the two classification systems"Counseling and Human Development 2012
  • "Marriage and Family Themes: Keeping the Train on the Tracks"Independent Therapy Ink, LLC 2016
  • "Elimination Disorder: A Developmental Systems Perspective"Springer Publishing 2017
  • "Early intervention in a child care setting: Using play and family therapy. "Journal of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families 2013
  • "Hearing her voice: Collaborating with a client on a new story"Journal of Systemic Therapies 2001
  • "Bonding."SAGE 2016
  • "Second Order Family Therapy"SAGE 2016
  • "Online and on-ground education: Different but the same. "COAMFTE 2019


  • "ASCA annual conference"A Solution Focused Approach for the Assessment of NSSI in Schools
    Denver, CO. July 2017
  • "South Florida Child Abuse and Neglect Conference"• Baby Talk: Helping parents talk to and listen to their young children.
    West Palm Beach, FL. October 2009
  • "Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association"The Circularity of Solution Focused Supervision: Exploring the Self of the Supervisor
    Halifax, Nova Scotia. October 2016
  • "Solution Focused Expo 2015"Reflections on the work of Insoo Kim Berg
    Denver, CO. January 2015
  • "South Florida Chiild Abuse and Neglect Conference"Postpartum Depression: It's a family affair
    West Palm Beach, FL. October 2011
  • "South Florida Child Abuse and Neglect Conference"• The3 R’s: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect.
    West Palm Beach, FL. October 2008
  • "SFBTA National Conference"• Creating hopeful futures: Using the Miracle Question as an intervention with challenging couples.
    Santa Fe, NM. October 2014
  • "SFBTA 2014 National Conference"• The Multiple layers of Solution-Focused supervision in a university clinical training program
    Sante Fe, NM. October 2014
  • "Hillsborough County Early Childhood Council Meeting the Needs of Young Children and Families Conference"• The Platinum rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto others: Creating a circle of reflection in a community.
    Tampa, FL. June 2011
  • "Annual Conference on Brief Solution Focused Practices"The inflluence of Brief Solution Focused ideas when engaging families with infants and yound children in family therapy.
    Minneapolis, MN.. December 0001
  • "The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health 8th Annual Conference"• Parallel process: Utilizing reflective supervision to integrate and support learning new initiatives in a Maternal Child Health program
    Jacksonville, FL. May 2008
  • "Association of Solution Focused Practitioners Webinar Series"Solution-Focused work with young Children.
    virtural. June 2015
  • "Young Child Expo"Parenting the child with Autism: Coping strategies for parents to promote successful families
    New York, NY. April 2014
  • "Children Services Council Executive Directors meeting"• Mandated reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: the clinical perspective
    Palm Beach County. September 2007
  • "Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association"Leading from one step behind: Solution-Focused Supervision
    Halifax, Nova Scotia. October 2016
  • "the Zero to Three 2014 National Training Institute"• A Generational look at depression utilizing a framework of systemic family therapy
    Hollywood, FL. November 2014
  • "Solution-Focused Expo"Classroom solutions using the WOWW Approach.
    Orlando, FL. January 2014
  • "Florida American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist"Updates in Ethical Issues for MFT Practices
    Boca Raton, Florida. December 2012
  • "The Solution Focused Expo"The Multiple Layers of Solution Focused Supervision in a University Clinical Training Program.
    Orlando, FL. January 2014
  • "23rd National Training Institute, Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. "• Early Childhood Social Emotional Wellness Training Initiative: If You Build It Will They Come?
    Los Angeles, CA. December 2008
  • "Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association Conference "Solution Focused Therapy with Transgender Adolescents
    Santa Fe, NM. November 2017
  • "Zero to Three 2014 National Training Institute"• Substance using mothers: A strengths based treatment approach
    Hollywood, FL. November 2014
  • "Solution-Focused Expo"• The Multiple Layers of Solution Focused Supervision in a University Clinical Training Program
    Orlando, FL. January 2014
  • "ACA National Conference"• Baby Power: The impact of infants and toddlers on the family system as part of the clinical process.
    . February 2012

Department Faculty

Faculty Chair

Joshua Stanley EDD, MS, BS

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