IMHCA 11th Annual Conference 2017

2017 Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association 11th Annual Conference
The Well-Rounded Practitioner: Integrating Facets of Mental Health
Dates: May 4th and May 5th 2017 (Thursday and Friday)
Location: Airport Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center.
6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines IA

For Conference Brochure, follow this link.

A number of our presenters graciously provided their notes for us to post here. Please do not distribute or reproduce these in any way, they are solely for the continuing educational purposes of those counselors and students who attended the conference. You can find these presentation notes by following this link.

New for 2017!

•Change of location – Airport Holiday Inn & Conference Center: 20,000-square-foot Conference Center which features a grand ballroom, 15 additional meeting rooms, and expanded exhibitor space
•Change in days of week to Thursday and Friday
•Two full days of breakout sessions: In addition to providing multiple breakout sessions on the first day of the conference we will be providing multiple breakout sessions on the second day

These changes are in direct response to feedback received from past conference attendees.

Online Registration is now closed. You may register in person starting at 7:15 AM on Thursday or 7:30 AM on Friday.


IMHCA is grateful to our conference sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:


To receive a discounted room rate at the Airport Holiday Inn ($99.00), mention IMHCA and reserve your room by April 12, 2017.

DAY ONE: Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:15 am – 8:15 am: Registration/Breakfast
8:15 am – 8:45 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 am – 12:00 pm: Breakout Session #1 (3 hours) (10:00 am – 10:15 am Break)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch and Board Meeting
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Breakout Session #2 (90 minutes)
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Breakout Session #3 (90 minutes)
4:45 pm: Networking

DAY TWO: Friday, May 5, 2017
7:30 am – 8:30 am: Registration/Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 am: Opening Remarks
8:45 am – 12:00 pm: Breakout Session #1 (3 hours) (10:00 am – 10:15 am Break)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Breakout Session #2 (90 minutes)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Break
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm Breakout Session #3 (90 minutes)
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Closing Remarks

The conference has been approved for 13 CEs for Mental Health Counselors by IMHCA, an ACEP provider. The Iowa Board of Certification has approved the conference for 13 CEUs for Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

New this year: IMHCA has received approval from Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification for 12 CEUs for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors.

A three-hour ethics session is being offered during the first breakout session on May 4, 2017 to meet CE/CEU requirements for LMHC and LMFT licensure and for CADC/IADC certification.

Full information about each breakout session, including learning objectives and biographies of the presenters Breakouts (full) >>

Click on this button for a brief description of each breakout session Breakouts (brief) >>

Find more information or register to be an exhibitor at the conference Exhibitors >>

Find more information about being a sponsor at the conference Sponsorships >>

Register to Attend the Conference >>