2018 Bridging the Gap Symposium

2018 Symposium - Bridging the Gap

The NBCC Foundation will host the 2018 Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities, sponsored by University of Phoenix, May 23—25, 2018 at the Sheraton Reston Hotel, located in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

This cutting-edge event will focus on a comprehensive mix of multicultural, trauma-related counseling topics. Here are a few of the informative and thought-provoking continuing education topics that will be in high demand at this year’s expanded symposium:

  • Racism and Trauma: The Impacts on African-American Men
  • Group Therapy or Cliques: What Works Best for Adolescent Black Girls
  • The Perils of the Model Minority Myth: An Insight on Asian-American Trauma
  • Trauma and Addictions in Inner City Youth
  • Islamophobia: Trauma in the Muslim Community
  • Building a Safe Place for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth, Teens, and Young Adults
  • Trauma-Informed Correctional Care and the African-American Male Offender
  • Culturally Competent Care for Immigrants, Refugees, and Undocumented Youth

And there’s more…

An unprecedented opportunity to explore the clinical implications for culturally informed trauma care through a Pre-Symposium Museum Encounter on Multigenerational Trauma and Resilience! The museum encounter will consist of a five-hour visit at one of three national museums to learn about the history, culture, and resilience of African-Americans, Native Americans, and Jewish Holocaust survivors on Wednesday, May 23, followed by an engaging panel discussion from 7 to 9 pm. This special event will be provided at no additional cost to Symposium attendees, but space is limited, so register now to reserve your spot!

Rate Information

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(Jan. 1–April 23)

Standard Registration

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Full Conference



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Hotel Information

The 2018 Bridging the Gap Symposium will take place at the Reston Heights Complex Hotels in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Continuing education sessions, events, and meals will be located in the Sheraton Reston Hotel, with attendees housed in both the Sheraton Reston and the Westin Reston Heights, which is located directly next door.

Please visit our group room block pages for the Sheraton Reston Hotel or the Westin Reston Heights to make your hotel room reservation. To make your reservation by telephone, call 1-800-561-9186 and mention the NBCC Foundation Symposium to receive the discounted group rates. All room rates include breakfast, which will be served at the Sheraton Reston.

The cutoff date for the symposium room block is 5 pm on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

After the cutoff date, it is at the hotel’s discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

Sheraton Reston Hotel (This room block is full.)
11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Single Occupancy $189
Double Occupancy $199
Triple Occupancy $209
Quadruple Occupancy $219

Westin Reston Heights (This room block is full.)
11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Single Occupancy $219
Double Occupancy $229
Triple Occupancy $239
Quadruple Occupancy $249

As of Thursday, April 26, 2018, our reserved room blocks at both hotels are at capacity. Please click the button below for information on additional hotel options within a five-mile radius of the Symposium hotel. Please note: this list is not comprehensive, and the NBCC Foundation has not made arrangements with any additional venues to secure room reservations or special rates for Symposium attendees.

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CE Information

To view Symposium speakers, session information, and more, visit our Symposium guide, powered by CrowdCompass.

Up to 17 NBCC continuing education hours are available for attending the full conference (up to six clock hours for Wednesday, up to eight clock hours for Thursday, and up to three clock hours for Friday).

The NBCC Foundation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 805. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The NBCC Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Each state sets its own requirements for licensure, including continuing education requirements to maintain licensure. Questions about CE requirements for state licensure should be directed to your state board. You can find their contact information on our state board directory.

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