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5 Conferences for Counseling Professionals in 2017

Conferences for counseling professionals are organized each year to further practitioners' awareness on the latest changes in America's mental health landscape. Conferences are professional training events that draw counselors together to share the best strategies for resolving clients' troubles. Whether you practice couple, addiction, school, rehabilitation, or vocational counseling, conferences are available across therapy specialties. Attendees typically earn continuing education units (CEUs) that help maintain their NBCC certification and/or state LPC licensure. Therefore, we've selected five counseling conferences occurring in 2017 that should be on your calendar.

1. ACCA National Conference: Tampa, FL

February 16-19, 2017

Following the theme "Embark, Explore, Engage," the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) Conference will take place at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island. Diverse master's and PhD counseling professionals will escape the February chill to address the latest topics affecting higher education. Since 2006, it's been the leader among conferences for counseling professionals in student affairs with 15 CEUs available for all concurrent sessions. Discussed topics will include campus diversity, sexual violence prevention, character-building outreach, and mental wellness.

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2. ACA 2017 Conference & Expo: San Francisco, CA

March 16-19, 2017

At the Moscone West Convention Center, the American Counseling Association (ACA) will holds its 2017 Conference & Expo for the 65th time. Attendees will regroup, reorganize, and reaffirm the counseling profession's values with notable keynote speakers like Irvin D. Yalom, MD. Education sessions are organized into 36 professional tracks from disaster mental health to gerontological counseling for up to 17.5 CEUs. Current counseling majors can also participate in the Grad Students & New Professionals Only Series.

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3. ADEC 39th Annual Conference: Portland, OR

April 5-8, 2017

In April, the Thanatology Association will present its 39th annual Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Conference at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Grief counselors, social workers, funeral directors, and clergy connect for four days to discuss cutting-edge bereavement research. Attendees choose from over 70 concurrent sessions for CEUs and engage in keynote addresses from bright minds like Wendy Lichtenthal, PhD. Specialty workshops on mass violence, terminal illness, suicide, and end-of-life decision making are arranged.

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4. ASCA Annual Conference: Denver, CO

July 8-11, 2017

The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) will hold its Annual Conference at Denver's Colorado Convention Center this July with over 2,000 attendees. For the early-bird registration fee of $369, PreK-12 school counselors gain access to four days worth of CEU sessions, networking parties, and breakout discussions for sharing professional practices. Those unable to attend can also purchase a virtual webstream of selected seminars. Online registration will open in mid-January of 2017.

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5. AACC "Break Every Chain" World Conference: Nashville, TN

September 27-30, 2017

Held at the Opryland Hotel, the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) "Break Every Chain" World Conference will occur in September. A sellout crowd of nearly 7,000 counselors from all 50 states and diverse countries is projected. Counseling professionals can obtain up to 24.5 CEUs through 220 cutting-edge workshops devoted to spiritual strategies for sharing God's love. Attendees connect with pastoral and lay counseling experts while perusing over 200 exhibits in "Music City."

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Knowledge should never stagnate after earning a counseling degree. Counselors must remain up-to-date on the field's latest research and advancements to ensure their clients are treated effectively. Counseling conferences provide the ideal environment for sharpening therapeutic skills while networking with diverse colleagues and traveling to desired destinations. Make an effort to attend at least one of these conferences for counseling professionals to nurture your own personal growth in 2017.