2020 Conference

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) 14th Annual Conference

20/20: Honoring the Past & Looking Toward the Future

Our 20th Anniversary

Thursday, Sept. 3rd & Friday, Sept. 4th, 2020

Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel

1800 50th St. West Des Moines, IA 50266

For the Conference Brochure, Follow this Link (NOTE: Dates are incorrect)

BONUS: Because we are now planning the conference for September, you are allowed to use the CEU’s from the conference to count for the year 2020 or 2021. Essentially, the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science allows 25 months to complete the required CEU’s, and September can count for this year or next. See the IBBS rules here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.32.pdf



Update about IMHCA Conference 2020:

I wanted to reach out to all of our members, attendees, exibitors, sponsors and volunteers and update you on the decision we have made about our 2020 IMHCA Conference.  Due to the CDC recommendations we are not able to host our conference on April 30th and May 1st, unfortunately.  After much discussion and feedback from speakers, conference committee members and the board we have decided to postpone the conference until September 3rd and 4th, 2020 at the Sheraton in West Des Moines.  This will give us enough time for COVID 19 to hopefully be under control and also be able to get our CEU’s prior to licensure renewal.  If  things are not safe to engage in a group setting by then, we will hold our conference as a webinar. Postponing will also give us more time to prepare for this delivery method, if needed.  If you have already registered for the conference, you will not have to register again for the conference in September.  If for some reason you do not care to attend the conference in September, we will refund your registration fee in full due to the pandemic this year.  Please contact treasurer.imhca@gmail.com if you would like a refund, and please forward your transaction or reciept from paypal to speed up the process and ensure accuracy. We are also accepting more registrations at this time and will be extending the early bird rate until further notice. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Christy Johnston, LMHC

IMHCA Conference Committee Chair


IMHCA is grateful to our conference sponsors! If you would like to be a sponsor, follow this linkSponsorships >> or contact contact Lindsay Stack via email at: lkalvig@yahoo.com

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To receive a discounted room rate at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel ($115.00), mention IMHCA.

DAY ONE: Thursday, Sept. 3rd, 2020
7:30 am – 8:15 am: Registration/Breakfast
8:15 am – 8:30 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 am – 11:45 am: Keynote Session #1 (3 hours)

11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch and Annual Board Meeting
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Breakout Session #2 (90 minutes)
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Breakout Session #3 (90 minutes)
4:30 pm: Networking

DAY TWO: Friday, Sept. 4th, 2020
7:45 am – 8:15 am: Registration/Breakfast
8:15 am – 8:30 am: Opening Remarks
8:30 am – 11:45 am: Breakout Session #4 (3 hours)
11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Breakout Session #5 (90 minutes)
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Break
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout Session #6 (90 minutes)

CE Hours: Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2060. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC are clearly identified. IMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

IMHCA determined that this conference meets the criteria for the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners for 12.5 hours of continuing education (CE Hours) for mental health counselors and 12 hours continuing education (CE Hours) for marriage and family therapists and social workers. This includes 3.0 hours of CE Hours for ethics if you attend the ethics related workshop on Friday morning.

ATTN NCC’s: This conference has been approved (NBCC Provider #2060) for 12.0 CE contact hours (1.2 CEU’s) including 3.0 contact hours of ethics if you attend the ethics related workshop.

CADC/IBC: This conference has been approved by the Iowa Board for Certification for 12 CE contact hours (Category A: Counseling Theories or Generic).

CRC/CRCC: This conference has been approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification for 12 CE contact hours, including 3.0 contact hours of ethics if you attend the ethics related workshop Friday morning.

Full information about each breakout session, including learning objectives and biographies of the presenters: Breakouts (full) >>Alternate-if the above link doesn’t work, you can download the Breakout Descriptions: 2020_Conferenece_Program_Description_Sept

Sign up to volunteer at the conference: We have enough! Thank you for wanting to help!

Find more information or register to be an exhibitor at the conference: WE ARE FULL! Thank you!

Find more information about being a sponsor at the conference Sponsorships >>

Registration is now open! Registration >>

If you do not wish to register and pay online (with a credit card through Paypal…you don’t have to have a Paypal account); please download the conference brochure (at the top of this page), fill it out and mail it to the address found on the brochure.

COMPLAINT POLICY: All members and consumers are encouraged to communicate concerns with the annual conference as they arise with committee members. All conference attendees will be provided the opportunity for feedback at the conference with a survey issued to all participants. All complaints regarding the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference should be emailed to Christy Johnston at IMHCAconference@gmail.com.  Please include your name, contact information (email address and phone number), and the details of your complaint.  Please allow two business days for a response.

REFUND POLICY: NOTE: The policy below is modified due to Covid-19 and changing the dates. See announcement above. Refunds are limited to conference fees paid only. Refunds do not include any travel, lodging, transportation, or other fees paid independently of conference registration. On-site conference registration fees and no-shows are non-refundable. To qualify for a full refund of registration fees paid less a $50 administrative fee, a written cancellation must be received by the IMHCA treasurer no later than 11:59 PM CST on April 15, 2020. Absolutely NO refunds will be given after April 15, 2020. Cancellation and refund requests should be sent via email to treasurer.imhca@gmail.com.

SUBSTITUTIONS: Registrations may be transferred to another conference participant for a fee of $35.  Substitution requests must be submitted in writing to treasurer.imhca@gmail.com. The request must be submitted by the original registrant and include the name and contact information (including email address) of the substitute. The deadline for submitting substitutions is April 22, 2020 11:59 PM CST. The substitute must qualify for the same rates as the original registration (for example a general attendee cannot be a substitute for a student).