2023 Conference Information

 17th Annual Conference

 

April 19-21, 2023

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – Ethics (online only)

Thursday, April 20th & Friday, April 21st, 2023 (main program)

Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel (in person) and Whova (online)

1800 50th St. West Des Moines, IA 50266

515-223-1800

Last Year’s Brochure (2023 Brochure Coming Soon): 2022 Conference Brochure – A Closer Look: Counseling Diverse Populations

About the Conference
The IMHCA Conference is a state-wide professional conference focused on licensed mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists. IMHCA members, mental health counseling students, and other mental health professionals gather to share their expertise at this conference. Take this opportunity to get involved and share your work with your colleagues. IMHCA is an approved continuing education provider (ACEP) for NBCC. As an NBCC ACEP provider, IMHCA is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of our continuing education offerings comply with the NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy. The IMHCA Conference also provides continuing education hours for alcohol and drug counseling professionals certified through Iowa Board of Certification and for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors certified through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Tentative schedule indicates approximately 12 continuing education hours for LMHC’s, LMFT’s, Social Workers, CADCs/IADCs, and CRCs. Additionally, a 3-hour ethics session for satisfying ethics licensure requirements will be provided. 

Ethics will be offered virtually (only virtual for this portion of the conference) through Whova on Wednesday, April 19th from 5:30-8:30pm.

The 2023 IMHCA Conference will be a hybrid conference; held live at the West Des Moines Sheraton and available virtually through Whova.

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

Platinum Sponsor:

 

 

Gold Sponsors:

 

Bronze Sponsor:

 

Supporting Sponsors:

If you would like to be an exhibitor at the conference, find more information and sign up here: Exhibitors >> or contact contact Lindsay Stack via email at: lkalvig@yahoo.com

Register for the conference: Register >>

 

Schedule (Tentative):

DAY ONE: Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – Virtual Pre-Conference – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

DAY TWO: Thursday, April 20, 2023
7:15 am – 8:15 am: Registration
8:15 am – 8:30 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 am – 12:00 pm: Sessions (break from 10:00-10:15am)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Exhibitors, Lunch and IMHCA Board Meeting

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Sessions (90 minutes)
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Sessions (90 minutes)
4:45 pm: Networking Event

DAY THREE: Friday, April 21, 2023
7:15 am – 8:15 am: Registration
8:15 am – 8:30 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 am – 12:00 pm: Sessions (break from 10:15-10:30am)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Sessions (90 minutes)
2:30 pm –2:45 pm: Break
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm Sessions (90 minutes)

Coming Soon (Click now to see 2022 Conference): For a detailed description of the program with session descriptions, objectives, and biographies of presenters, please click here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Virtual Pre-Conference (3 CEs) – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Keynote Session #1 (3CEs) – 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

Session #2 (1.5 CEs) – 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Session #3 (1.5 CEs) – 3:15 – 4:45 pm

Friday, April 22, 2022

Session #4 (1.5 CEs) – 8:45 – 10:15 am

Session #5 (1.5 CEs) – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Session #6 (1.5 CEs) – 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Session #7 (1.5 CEs) – 2:45 – 4:15 pm

There are a limited number of scholarships available for a free 2023 Conference. Scholarships are supported by platinum sponsors. Special consideration will be made for those who self-identify as BIPOC or as affiliated with BIPOC-owned business in mental health. Scholarship >>

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 15 hours of continuing education (CE Hours) for mental health counselors and 15 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 Wednesday evening.

ATTN NCC’s: This conference has been submitted for approval (NBCC Provider #2060) for 15.0 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 submitted for approval by the Iowa Board for Certification for 15 CE contact hours (Category A: Counseling Theories or Generic).

CRC/CRCC: This conference has been submitted for approval by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification for 15 CE contact hours, including 3.0 contact hours of Ethics if you attend the ethics related workshop.

 

 

Call for programs for the 2024 conference will be announced in early fall 2023. We would love to have you, submit your proposal to present at our conference here! We appreciate those who dedicate their time and effort to educating the mental health professionals across Iowa. Submission Deadline will be: November 30, 2023. For additional guidelines and topics of interest, please wait for additional updates in fall 2023!