2021 Conference

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) 15th Annual Conference

May 6-7, 2021


We are planning an online conference for this year, and hoping we are in person in 2022!!!


More information to come soon!


See Information from last year’s conference below:


Thank you for participating in the 2020 Conference!

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

Our 20th Anniversary

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


For the Conference Brochure, Follow this Link (NOTE: Dates and “location” are incorrect)


If you registered for the conference, and are having any problems accessing our online conference through Zoom and WHOVA, please email one or both of these addresses to get assistance: imhcaconference@gmail.com and imhcaweb@gmail.com 

Due to COVID and the hotel not being able to safely accommodate everyone who has registered for our 2020 IMHCA Conference we are going to be holding a live virtual conference this year on September 3rd and 4th, 2020.  The schedule will remain the same and we will be using WHOVA/Zoom to host the conference so you can enjoy it from wherever you are safely.

In order to participate in the conference fully, you will need to be prepared to utilize two programs: Zoom and WHOVA.

The conference sessions will be hosted through Zoom, but WHOVA is where you will find all the information about the conference and links to the Zoom platform when needed, and some sessions will take place within the WHOVA platform. You don’t have to understand all this at the moment! Just follow the instructions below, and then login to WHOVA the day of the conference and it will all make sense!

The best way to use Zoom is to make sure you have the App downloaded in advance on whatever computer you want to use to participate in the conference. You can download the zoom app here: https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting (Zoom is also accessible through an internet browser, but sometimes it is glitchy so the app is preferred. If you need to use a browser, Chrome works best).

WHOVA offers a smartphone and tablet application which you can download here:

Get Whova Now

WHOVA also can be accessed through your regular internet browser on your laptop or desktop computer (this is how most of you will probably access it during the conference, unless you want to hold your phone for hours on end). To use WHOVA in this way, you don’t have to download any program, so even if you have a work computer and picky IT people, you can still access the conference from your work computer as long as you can use the internet : )   Just go to this website:

IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS the day of the conference, you can email imhcaweb@gmail.com or imhcaconference@gmail.com for assistance.

This will be an interactive conference so you will be able to ask questions and interact with the speakers during the conference.  We also are expecting many of our exhibitors and sponsors to still participate and you will be able to interact with them as well.  Due to us not being able to hold the conference in person this year we will be refunding $50 to every person who has registered before August when the regular price was reduced. You can expect this refund in the next 30 days. If you are no longer able to attend, or do not wish to participate in the online conference, please email treasurer@imhca.net for a full refund by August 14, 2020. [When you contact treasurer.imhca@gmail.com if you would like a refund, please forward your transaction or reciept from paypal to speed up the process and ensure accuracy.]  If you would still like to register for the conference and haven’t done so yet you can still register on our website at imhca.net.  If you have any questions please contact Christy Johnston at imhcaconference@gmail.com.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

NOTE: This conference will not be recorded. You have to join the conference live in order to participate.
Christy Johnston, LMHC
IMHCA Conference Committee


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


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

Gold Sponsor:




Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:


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
8:15 am – 8:30 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 am – 11:45 am: Keynote Session #1 (3 hours)

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Legislative Update with our Lobbyist, Renee Schulte

12:30 pm-1:15 pm: Lunch Break

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
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 Break

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:Exhibitor >>

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).