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2021 International Conference

Mental Health Connections: Cultivating Equity

The interaction among where we come from, our place within our societies, and our access to health care—in other words, the social determinants of health and mental health—are very important interactions for our profession to consider domestically and internationally in our practice, training, and research. The counseling profession is uniquely positioned to address society’s inequities in hopes of turning discussion to positive action to benefit populations on a larger scale.

Since 2003, NBCC and Affiliates has worked with partners worldwide who are interested in professionalizing counseling and increasing mental health service capacity. In addition, through this work and these partnerships, NBCC has become aware that many counselors and counselor educators are also engaged in and dedicated to collaborating across borders and cultures. This has allowed for a better understanding of the differences, similarities, and mutual need for effective counseling and mental health training, practice, and research within and across borders.

NBCC and the NBCC Foundation invite you to join us during our second international digital conference, Mental Health Connections: Cultivating Equity. This second year will feature education or training, practice, and research geared towards cultivating equity through expanding the reach of our profession while also honoring individual, community, cultural, and national differences. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about counseling in a variety of international settings and initiatives taking place or being planned to expand awareness, training, and service capacity from a wide variety of international and domestic speakers.



This conference will take place from December 8–10, 2021.
Please note: Conference times are chosen to balance registrant time zones with presenter times zones.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021: 12:30 – 6:30pm EST

Thursday, December 9: 3:00 – 8:30pm EST

Friday, December 10: 8:30am – 1:30pm EST


Announcing 2021 Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, December 8:

Dr. Julie Yliniemi, PhD, NCC, LPCC, MPHc
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Counseling, Arkansas State University

Thursday, December 9:

Dra. Ana Lilia Villafuerte Montiel
Full-time Faculty and Clinical Supervisor, Universidad Iberoamericana; Coordinator, NBCC-Mexico


Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn about the state of counseling and mental health outside of the U.S.

Participants will learn about initiatives in practice, training, and research that contribute to increased counseling and mental health knowledge, service provision, and professionalism.

Participants will gain familiarity with different social challenges and how they affect mental health in various parts of the world.




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Registration will open soon!

All proceeds for the conference will support NBCC’s Mental Health Facilitator program by supporting grants that build global mental health capacity through localized mental health trainings.

The three-day conference will offer a total of 12 continuing education hours at a cost of $99.00 USD. In addition, registrants will be given access to all conference recordings after the event. Since the event includes breakout sessions where more than one session will take place simultaneously, registrants will be able to view recorded sessions that they missed during the live conference and obtain additional continuing education hours.

Although all proceeds from the event will benefit the Mental Health Facilitator program, the fee you pay to attend the event is equivalent to the fee you would pay to attend a conference or professional development event. Therefore, your registration fee is not tax-deductible. Upon registering, you will receive an email confirmation that can serve as a receipt for your registration.

Only donations made beyond the $99.00 USD registration fee will be tax deductible in the United States. If you donate to benefit the Mental Health Facilitator program, you will receive a separate tax-deductible donation receipt via email. Please allow 30 days for the donation to be processed and for your tax-deductible receipt to be emailed to you.


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


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