Call for Programs

2020 Call for Programs


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

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

Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel

1800 50th St. West Des Moines, IA 50266


Submission Deadline: Presentations must be received by November 30, 2019

Share Your Knowledge
IMHCA members & mental health professionals are invited to submit a proposal to present either a 90-minute or 3-hour breakout session on a mental health counseling topic at the 14th Annual IMHCA Conference.
Act now! Submissions must be received by November 30, 2019! Submission guidelines listed below.

About the Conference

The IMHCA Conference is the only state-wide professional conference for licensed mental health counselors. 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 (CE) offerings are in compliance with the NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy. The IMHCA conference also provides CE hours for alcohol and drug counseling professionals certified through Iowa Board of Certification. Tentative schedule indicates approximately 12 CE hours for LMHC’s, LMFT’s, Social Workers, and approximately 12 CE hours for CADCs/IADCs. Additionally, a 3-hour ethics session for satisfying ethics licensure requirements will be sought. 

Presentation Topic Suggestions

  • Addiction – Youth, Heroin Epidemic, Trends in Treatment
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Children/Adolescents/Family
  • Clinical Supervision and Ethics
  • Dialectal Behavior Therapy
  • Dual-Diagnosis Disorders – Assessment and Treatment
  • Eating Disorders
  • Ethics
  • Evidence Based & Emerging Practices – Innovative Treatments, Expressive Creative Therapies, Skill Building
  • Expressive Art Therapy and Approaches – Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, etc.
  • Integrated Care, Practice Issues, and Healthcare Reform
  • LGBTQ – Issues, Cultural Competence for Counselors
  • Marriage and Couples Counseling
  • Mid-Life and Ageing Issues
  • Mindfulness
  • Transitioning from grad school to licensure
  • Trauma – Assessment and Treatment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Function and Neuroscience
  • Telehealth and Web-based Counseling
  • Human Trafficking

Submission Guidelines

-Deadline: Presentations must be received by November 29, 2018
-Incomplete information may result in presentations being excluded from the conference committee review process.
Presentation Format
1. Oral Presentations
Presentations can be either 90 minutes, or 3 hours (including Q/A) and are designed to be interactive and produce identifiable outcomes. Presentations may be made by single or multiple presenters, or in panel formats. See Oral Presentation Submission Requirements Document: 2019 Call for Programs Form.docx


Next Steps
1. Fill out the online program submission form found here.

2. IMHCA will acknowledge receipt of proposal applications via email within 10 days.
3. If you do not receive an email acknowledgment within 10 days of submission of your program, please contact IMHCA’s Conference Committee Chair, Christy Johnston, at

Abstract Review Process: The IMHCA Conference Planning Committee will review all presentations that have been submitted with complete information. Presentations will be selected based on topic, speakers’ qualifications on the topic, and intended audience. The Committee will send notification by email to the main presenter of acceptance or rejection. The main presenter will be responsible for notifying others participating in the program of the outcome.

Presenters will receive a complimentary conference registration: Complimentary registrations are limited to two for team presentations. All accepted presenters will need to register for the conference.

Download the Oral Presentation Submission Requirements Document here: 2019 Call for Programs Form.docx

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.


Contact Information

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA)

P.O. Box 8233

Des Moines, IA 50301


Christy Johnston, LMHC

Conference Committee Chair, IMHCA