Five Great Choices for Conferences for Marriage and Family Therapists in 2023
- 11th Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference (IMMH 2023)
- 2023 World Family Therapy Congress
- Physical and Mental Health in Women, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Phlebology 2023
- Family Medicine and Mental Health Cruise 2023
- Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA 2023)
Why Are Conferences So Great for Marriage and Family Therapists?
Marriage and family therapists represent an important component to the greater mental health system today. Like any other type of specialized professional, these workers are best served and best serve others by staying abreast of the latest news, views, and emerging trends in their particular industry. Conferences allow industry leaders to become keynote speakers and share ideas, knowledge and more in the incredible and ever growing fields of health sciences and social sciences. They also provide networking opportunities, even for those attending a virtual event. Often times, keynote speakers are given paper awards to acknowledge and congratulate them on their success in their specific field of research.
There are a number of great conferences in which MFTs can attend and grow from in 2020. What are some of the best and most relevant choices in this year’s upcoming conferences when it comes to MFTs specifically? The following are five of the best MFT-related conferences taking place this year, 2023.
The Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference is an excellent, yearly meeting of the minds in mental health medicine. This year’s conference is slated to take place August 20-23 at the famous Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Attendees to this 11th meeting of the conference can look forward to an extensive, expert-driven series of teaching events designed to help mental health practitioners of all kinds to more effectively practice to today’s cutting edge standards and theories.
The one event on our list that takes place outside of the US is the 2023 World Family Therapy Congress. This worldwide and very important mental health conference will focus on a central theme described by the summit as a dive into “interactional methodologies for working with families and how those changes impact the families with which therapists work” (https://www.ifta-congress.org/). Plan your trip now for Basel, Switzerland on the dates of March 12-14 to attend this great opportunity.
Domestic violence and sexual assault issues are an unfortunate component of many family therapy situations. Studied extensively, the US National Library of Medicine cites study material that even highlights startling incidents of physical and mental health impairment suffered as a result of these kinds of abuses. Devoted to this very subject area, the Physical and Mental Health in Women, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Phlebology 2023 is an excellent opportunity for continuing education in practicing MFTs and students who will eventually be MFTs. This accredited, educational cruise conference takes place May 3-10 and occurs aboard an exciting, round-trip cruise out of Seattle, Washington.
For those into cruise conferences, the same organization responsible for the cruise conference listed above also facilitates the annual Family Medicine and Mental Health Cruise. This opportunity takes place over a seven-night, round-trip cruise out of Seattle Washington and covers a wide variety of topics from matters of pain and skeletal issues to a whole list of mental health conditions and their associated, current, best therapeutic approaches. Mental health pros such as MFTs can expect to learn valuable info on subjects such as suicide, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, drug abuse, and beyond.
The American Psychiatric Association is one of the foremost mental health-focused organizations in the world, having started, interestingly enough, in 1844 under the name “Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane”, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Subsequent to its long and storied history, the organization now performs many functions including the facilitation of its annual APA Meeting. This year’s meeting, APA 2023, will focus on educating leaders in mental health treatment to cutting-edge standards and takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 25-29.
Interested in Attending an Upcoming Conference?
Today’s marriage and family therapist represents an important spoke on the wheel of better mental health for all. Staying ahead of the game and providing practice that’s at the leading edge of modern understanding is a sure way to professional excellence and truly helping many families in this role. Attending some of the latest mental health conferences related to MFT work is one of the best ways one can thus stay in the loop and ahead of the game, even if it is a virtual event! There are frequent events in San Francisco and New York if you live near these areas or travel there often. Additional upcoming conferences register links can be found here on the AAMFT website.