How do I register for the Black Mental Health Symposium?

Register for the BMHS by visiting the Registration Page where you can purchase tickets as a student or general member (only approved presenters can purchase presenter tickets). There, you can complete the online form. IFBMW accepts all major credit cards, as well as checks for payment. Send requests for invoices or PDF versions of the form to [email protected].

What is included in the cost of my registration?

Your in-person registration provides you access to all of the plenary presentations, concurrent breakout sessions, and multiple social and networking events that make up the BMHS. Additionally, you receive log-in credentials to utilize our mobile conference app to help navigate your BMHS experience. The For the Culture Cookout is not included but can be purchased separately.

Your virtual registration provides you access to all of the plenary presentations, designated concurrent breakout sessions, Trap Yoga, and online networking that make up the virtual BMHS experience. Additionally, you receive log-in credentials to utilize our mobile conference app to help navigate your BMHS experience. The For the Culture Cookout is not included.

Are meals included with my registration?

At the in-person BMHS, IFBMW provides daily lunch on both days of the conference, and several coffee breaks throughout the meeting. The Welcome Meet & Greet includes a cash bar. The For the Culture Cookout requires a ticket for entrance. 

At the virtual BMHS, IFBMW provides lunch on Friday for a collective lunch over the keynote address.

Can I cancel my registration?

In the unlikely and extreme event that IFBMW is forced to cancel IFBMW, we are not responsible for fees or penalties that conference registrants may incur for non-refundable airline tickets or hotel deposits. 

No refunds will be issued unless the BMHS is canceled due to inclement weather. Then, 50% of the conference registration fee will be refunded.

Can I purchase my BMHS registration when I get to the meeting?

We encourage all attendees to register for the conference in advance. This allows us to plan accordingly for the appropriate number of attendees and manage any accommodations needed. As a bonus, IFBMW offers an early-bird discount for those who register by June 15. 

However, we know that sometimes plans are made at the last minute. If you arrive at the BMHS and still need to register, please see the IFBMW team at the registration desk for assistance.

How many CE credits can I receive and what accrediting board do you use?

You can earn up to 12 continuing education credits by attending breakout sessions, the keynote address, and the State of Black Mental Health panel discussion/press conference. The welcome meet & greet, private move screening, cookout, trap yoga, affiliate meetings, and other social and networking event. The BMHS is accredited by the National Board of Certified Counselors and application has been made to the National Association for Social Workers.

How do I submit a proposal for the BMHS?

Calls for submissions for the BMHS are released in early January preceding the meeting. Depending on the type of proposal, submissions are typically due mid-March. Visit the website to apply.

Can I see what sessions will be presented before I arrive on site?

Yes. Click here to view the BMHS Schedule of Sessions. An interactive schedule can be found online. The conference app will also guide you.

Where can I find guidelines and information about poster sessions?

During the presentation time, attendees are able to interact with authors of the posters and discuss their research with them. Poster authors do not give formal presentations.

Who can attend the Welcome Meet & Greet?

All in-person meeting attendees are invited to attend the Welcome Meet & Greet and private movie screening on Wednesday evening. Attendance is included with your registration.

Does IFBMW have hotel rooms available for meeting attendees?

Yes. IFBMW reserves blocks of rooms for attendees each year. You can learn more about how to reserve a room in one of these hotels on the Hotel and Travel page of the BMHS website. Because we reserve rooms in bulk, room rates are typically lower than hotels in the area and provide the convenience of being on-site where most activities take place.

Is it safe to travel to Florida?

The NAACP has issued a travel ban advisory to Black people in response to Florida’s current legislation, deeming it as anti-Black. Please read our statement and find that we chose to keep the BMHS in Florida as an act of advocacy. Nevertheless, the BMHS is not a political event. It is an interdisciplinary professional development conference.

Is the BMHS only for Black people?

No. The BMHS is open to all mental health professionals, educators, students, and advocates. The only requirement is that BMHS attendees wish to enhance the work they do to improve mental wellness among Black communities.

How can I become a sponsor?

Sponsoring an event is a huge responsibility and the one who takes up the charge understands the dire need for co-related investment. View our sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities here.

What kind of exhibitors are accepted at the BMHS?

To enhance the attendee experience, we would like to give them access to exhibitors who have products, services, and resources they can use in their practice, instruction, and work. To apply click here.