2024 Conference Information

Join us for IMHCA’s 18th Annual Conference

May 8 – 10, 2024

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 – Pre-Conference Sessions (online only)

Thursday, May 9th & Friday, May 10th, 2024 (main program)

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

1800 50th St. West Des Moines, IA 50266  |  515-223-1800 |  Rooms are available, book online here. 

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Sponsorship, Exhibitor and Networking

Join the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor this year with an additional option to join a social event for networking.


The 2024 IMHCA CONFERENCE PROSPECTUS   is available to explain our many levels of financial support for the annual conference. For these many options, see the following:

About the Conference 

Conference Brochure –>  See here for full brochure.

Conference Program Full Descriptions –> 2024 IMHCA Full Program Descriptions

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The IMHCA Conference is a state-wide professional conference focused on licensed clinical mental health counselors (LMHC) and licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT). 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. Please note that the IMHCA Conference is unable to provide CEs for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors certified through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification this year. Tentative schedule indicates up to 15 continuing education hours for LMHC’s, LMFT’s, Social Workers, and CADCs/IADCs. A 3-hour ethics session for satisfying ethics licensure requirements will be provided through the pre-conference session online Wednesday evening. 

Pre-Conference sessions this year include a choice between Ethics and two additional 90-minute sessions; offered virtually through Whova on Wednesday, May 8th 5:30-8:45pm.

The 2024 IMHCA Conference on May 9th and 10th will be a hybrid conference; held live at the West Des Moines Sheraton and available virtually through Whova on Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th.

IMHCA will host a networking event for the second year in a row after the sessions on Thursday, May 9th from 5:00-7:00pm in the main ball room of the Sheraton. Networking: Iowa Counselor Connections >>

The Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel is offering an IMHCA conference room rate for all attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors at $129 +tax for a standard room. Rooms are assigned at a first-come, first served basis. We recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you are able to get the room rates. Rooms are available, book online here. Rates are for King rooms with sleeper sofas or two queen rooms. Parking is included. You may also call for your reservation. Please call 1-888-627-8043 and mention “Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference” to receive the discounted rate. Reservations must be made by Monday, April 8, 2024 to receive the discounted rate.

IMHCA recognizes the service, dedication, and excellent work of LMHC’s and mental health advocates across the state of Iowa.  Awards information to come.

CE Hours: IMHCA issues certificates of attendance, publishes objectives of the courses, and uses experts in the field. These standards make it possible for licensed mental health professionals in Iowa to receive CEs based on state licensure standards (LMHC, LMFT, and LISW). See our “conference program full descriptions” for additional session information. IMHCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2060. IMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This Conference has up to 15 CE hours if all sessions are attended.

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.