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2022 International Conference

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.

Mental Health Connections: Building a Global Counseling Community

NBCC and the NBCC Foundation invite you to join us during our third international digital conference, Mental Health Connections: Building a Global Counseling Community.

This year will highlight education or training, practice, and research geared toward expanding the reach of the counseling profession by building a community of mutual learning and collaboration that considers individual, community, cultural, and national differences. Participants will learn about counseling through an international lens and receive insight on current or prospective initiatives in developing the future of the profession from speakers across the globe.

This conference will take place from November 30 – December 2, 2022.

The conference presentation proposal process has begun. We invite you to review and submit an application, which can be accessed through our online portal.

Applications are due Friday, May 20, 2022, at 11:59 pm EDT.

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Keynote Presentations

International Mental Health Education, Services, and Research: Working Across Cultural Boundaries With Humility, Creativity, and Perseverance

Dr. Maha Y. See, Founder and Program Director, Myanmar Clinical Psychology Consortium, Burma (Myanmar); Yun Shi, MA, MS, LMFT, Doctoral Candidate, Oregon State University; Dr. Zachary Pietrantoni, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Florida International University

These three keynote presenters will share their personal and professional journeys in helping to build a global mental health community. Through their personal stories, and professional adventures, the participants will visit times and places where mental health services have been emerging and growing strong. From China since 2008, to Myanmar since 2017, in the midst of the coup in Fiji in 2021, to other international communities, and through the training of diverse counselors in the United States, participants will come to appreciate the challenges, benefits, and lessons learned from expanding the reach of the counseling profession.

The presenters, all clinicians, educators, and researchers, will offer a wide variety of clinical, research, training, and service experience that complement each other. Together, with creativity and humility, they will invite the participants to envision counseling through a diverse global lens and ponder what it means to belong to a global counseling community.

Please stay tuned to our website, email communications, and social media for updated event information as soon as it becomes available.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn about the state of counseling and mental health outside of the United States.

Participants will learn about initiatives in education or training, practice, and research that build community and mutual learning.

Participants will gain familiarity with challenges in counseling professionalization and mental health service provision in communities worldwide.


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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.

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.


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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