Conferences can serve a number of important functions for those involved within the practice of behavioral healthcare. They allow practitioners to learn about pertinent research, network with other healthcare professionals, and learn about important advances in technology that impact the field. With 2012 just around the corner, we have created a list of ten important conferences to attend, listed in order of when they will occur.
1. Annual Meeting of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
Focused on a systemic, holistic approach to behavioral healthcare, this conference hosts a number of influential individuals. It allows for ample networking and is focused on healthcare policy and implementation in addition to healthcare practice.
Location: Washington, D.C.
2. 2012 American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry
With an aging population, geriatric care will become more important for practitioners. This conference, focused on geriatric behavioral healthcare, offers many opportunities in the form of workshops, exhibitions, symposiums, and research presentations.
Location: Washington, D.C.
3. 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
The theme for this conference is “Engaging New Partners and Perspectives”. As such, there will be many opportunities for behavioral healthcare professionals to foster new relationships with others in the field. In addition to potential networking, invited speakers will discuss advances in the field and provide input as to how behavioral healthcare can be expanded to better serve the needs of the public.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
4. 32nd Annual Conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America
This conference is dedicated to the understanding and treatment of the anxiety disorders. It offers strong networking opportunities in addition to many presentations, workshops, and exhibitions.
Location: Arlington, Virginia
5. 42nd National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare Conference
This conference brings together a number of different professionals, from CEOs to academics, social workers to psychiatrists. With a diverse group, there will be a plethora of opportunities for networking, continuing education, and exhibitions for those involved with behavioral healthcare.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
6. American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
The APA consists of 36,000 members dedicated to the development and practice of psychiatry. Each year, thousands of people gather for the annual meeting to learn about novel research, to receive continuing professional and educational training, and to meet with other behavioral healthcare professionals. This year, there are an estimated 16,000 attendees who will flock to Philadelphia to take part in this conference.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
7. American Psychological Association Annual Convention
With over 150,000 members, this annual convention attracts many behavioral healthcare practitioners. It offers opportunities for continuing education so that treatment can be evidence-based and up to date. The annual convention also offers a strong exhibition where practitioners can find new products and services that are tailored toward behavioral healthcare.
Location: Orlando, Florida
8. International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research and Therapy
Each year, this conference brings together leading researchers and practitioners from around the world to present and learn about addiction and its treatments. It is primarily for the doctor interested in continuing education or the researcher who wants to learn about the most current work in the field.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
9. 2012 Institute on Psychiatric Services
Administered by the American Psychiatric Association, the 64th Institute on Psychiatric Services will offer a number of different services for the practicing physician. These include workshops, symposiums, and poster presentations. The conference is estimated to attract 2,400 people this year.
Location: New York, New York
10. 25th U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress
This conference is for the practicing psychiatrist. It focuses on continuing education, meeting other healthcare professionals, and picking up new skills so that practitioners can deliver the highest quality care to their patients.
Location: San Diego, California
AUTHOR: John Kelly