If you’re looking to attend conferences for counselors in 2017, you have many options available to you. The APA offers a massive academic conference in D.C. for anyone involved in psychology. Specific trade associations like the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American School Counseling Association have annual meetings for their members. This list of 5 counseling conferences held in 2017 showcases the variety available to attendees.
American Counseling Association (ACA)’s 2017 Conference & Expo
Located in beautiful San Francisco, CA, from March 16-19, the American Counseling Association’s annual conference is a must-attend event. With 36 tracks and more than 400 educational sessions, you are guaranteed to go home with new ideas, techniques and knowledge. The regular conference offers up to 17.5 CEUs, and if you attend the pre-conference session, you can earn an additional 35.5 CEUs. Graduate students can volunteer for free registration, submit proposals to the poster sessions and benefit from the numerous networking opportunities.
Every state has its own chapter of the American Counseling Association, and almost every chapter holds their own annual gathering. These local and affordable conferences for counselors are a great way for you to learn about state regulations and professional opportunities in your hometown. State conferences also save you money because they have low registration fees, affordable lodging options and you can usually drive to them rather than fly. The ACA keeps an up-to-date list of upcoming state conferences, and you can also visit your state’s counseling association’s webpage to learn more.
2017 APA Conference
The American Psychological Association isn’t exclusively focused on counseling, but it is the best source for cutting-edge psychology research. More than 12,000 attendees are expected to visit Washington, D.C., on August 3-6, 2017, for the upcoming APA conference. You’ll have access to vendors, seminars, and keynote speakers you can’t find anywhere else. If you’re a counseling researcher, this is the most prestigious place to present your work in an oral or poster format. When the conference is done for the day, you can enjoy the beautiful sights of the nation’s capital and the amazing diversity of food in D.C.
AAMFT Annual Conference & Exposition
The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) represents more than 50,000 counselors nationwide. Its annual conference for therapists draws 1,500 mental health professionals together, so you can find the latest research on counseling families and married couples. Held in Baltimore, MD, from October 5-8, this counseling conference offers up to 31.5 CEUs and a bustling exhibitor’s hall.
ASCA’s 2017 Conference
This conference for school counselors is the perfect opportunity to visit the Mile High City from July 8-11. Over 2,000 mental health professionals are expected to attend the 3 keynote speeches, dozens of breakout sessions, and 2017 exhibitor hall. If you can’t come in person, the ASCA offers a virtual registration that lets you view a livestream of the entire conference. The event ends by 5 p.m. every night, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch a Broncos game, go hiking and enjoy everything else Denver has to offer.
The cost of attendance for these conferences for counselors varies greatly. If you have the funds, you can travel to an exciting city like Denver or San Francisco and enjoy a nice hotel, invigorating conference and fun after-hours events. For budget-conscious counselors, local events offer CEUs and networking opportunities for an affordable cost. No matter what choice you make, you’re sure to have a professionally and personally rewarding experience at whatever counseling conference you attend.