2020 Conference

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

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

Our 20th Anniversary

Thursday, April 30th & Friday, May 1st, 2020

Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel

1800 50th St. West Des Moines, IA 50266

For the Conference Brochure, Follow this Link

Announcement: Due to the complications with making long-term plans right now, we understand the need for options and will continue the early bird pricing  for the annual conference through April 15th.

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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Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:


To receive a discounted room rate at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel ($115.00), mention IMHCA and reserve your room by March 30, 2020.

DAY ONE: Thursday, April 30th, 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, May 1st, 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.

To see examples of the breakout sessions from 2019: 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_Conference_Program_Description_Update

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: 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).