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2020 Symposium

2020 Symposium
The health and safety of our Symposium attendees, volunteers, presenters, speakers, exhibitors, and staff remain our highest priority.

We continue to monitor the latest guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) for COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and both the D.C. Department of Health and Virginia Department of Health. We are also aware that a number of institutions and organizations have implemented restrictions that may impact the ability of their faculty, students, and staff to travel.

We have been in contact with our Symposium hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Washington, D.C. – Crystal City, and they have provided us with Hilton’s issued guidance on Viral Outbreak Control policies and infectious disease protocols and will continue to follow all best practices in hygiene procedures and cleaning practices.

We will continue to update all Symposium attendees with more information in the coming days and weeks.


Overview and Registration

The NBCC Foundation will host the 2020 Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities May 20–22, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Washington, D.C. - Crystal City. The theme for the Symposium is “Family Matters,” with an emphasis on counseling skills, research, and resources that can improve, strengthen, or enrich families that represent minority and other underserved communities.

The 2020 Symposium will also feature an opportunity to explore the clinical implications of intergenerational family traumas and historical cultural counseling perspectives at our Pre-Symposium Experiential Encounter. The experience consists of a day trip to your choice of three museums on Wednesday, May 20. The day concludes with an engaging small group session and panel discussion back at the conference hotel. 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

Registration Type
Early Bird Rate
(Available Until April 22)
Standard Registration Rate
NCC (Symposium) $360 $395
NCC (Prevention Training + Symposium) $410 $495
Student (Symposium) $350 $385
Student (Prevention Training + Symposium) $400 $485
Other (Symposium) $430 $465
Other (Prevention Training + Symposium) $480 $565
One-Day Only (Thursday, 5/21) N/A $195

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Monday's events are by invitation only. These are for 2019 and 2020 Minority Fellowship Program Fellows and the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Councils.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Optional prevention training available. You must register for this training as a part of your regular Symposium registration.

Prevention training will consist of a full-day training related to addiction and suicide prevention for those working in the mental health field. The training will be conducted by highly qualified experts in prevention education from counselor education and training programs. Specific trainers TBA early March 2020. 


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

7:30 AM - 9:00 PM: Registration / Check-In / Information

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 PM: Pre-Symposium Prep

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Transportation for Pre-Symposium Experiential Encounter Site Visits

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM: Pre-Symposium Experiential Encounter Site Visits

11:30 AM - 1:45 PM: Lunch on your own

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Buses load and return to hotel

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Panel Discussion

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Wellness / Self-Care (optional)


Thursday, May 21, 2020

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM: Registration / Check-In / Information

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Opening Plenary/Keynote

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Workshop Sessions A

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Impact Presentations Luncheon

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Workshop Sessions B

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM: PM Break

3:15 PM 4:45 PM: Workshop Sessions C


Friday, May 22, 2020

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Information Tables Open

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM: Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM: Keynote Speaker

 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM: Break

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM: Workshop Sessions D

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM: TED -Style Talk A

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM: TED- Style Talk B

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM: Wrap up/Dismiss



The 2020 Bridging the Gap Symposium will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Washington, D.C.- Crystal City. Group block room rates for Symposium attendees are $206/night plus applicable state and local taxes.

To make your reservation, call 703-416-4100 or the toll-free reservation line at 1-855-610-8799. Mention the NBCC Foundation 2020 Bridging the Gap Symposium to receive the discounted group rate. You may also book online using our 2020 Bridging the Gap Symposium room block link.


Book Room


The cutoff date for the Symposium room block is 5:00 pm on April 27, 2020.

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.

Overnight hotel self-parking is available at a rate of $22/day for Symposium attendees during meeting days.


Hotel Address

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202


Airport Travel

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located 2.5 miles from the Symposium hotel. The DoubleTree offers complimentary shuttle service to and from DCA from 5:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. daily. Space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Curbside pick-up is at Terminal A and the Ticketing Level (3rd Floor/Upper Level) of Terminal B/C between door 2 & 3. Shuttles depart from the hotel and from the airport every 20 minutes beginning on the hour.

Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located 27 miles from the Symposium hotel. Rideshare, taxi, rental car, and public transportation information from IAD can be found on the airport’s parking and transportation page.



Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2020 Bridging the Gap Symposium Are Now Open!

The NBCC Foundation invites you to invest in the mental health of underserved and never-served communities throughout the world by sponsoring the 2020 Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities. This year’s Symposium will take place in Washington, D.C., from May 20–22, 2020.

This innovative event will include an in-depth program of NBCC-approved continuing education topics on the theme, “Family Matters,” with an emphasis on counseling skills, research, and resources that can improve, strengthen, or enrich families that represent minority and other underserved communities.

Over 400 counselors, counseling students, and other mental health professionals will gather to explore cutting-edge research topics, trainings, and workshops. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a pre-Symposium experiential encounter to explore the clinical implications for culturally and intergenerational-informed care through a visit to one of three national museums to learn about the history, culture, and resilience of African Americans, Native Americans, and Holocaust survivors.

Sponsorship is a valuable opportunity to share information about your organization and to learn, connect, network, and cultivate new relationships within the vast counseling community. Don’t miss your chance to join counselors and counseling students committed to improving and expanding mental health services to priority underserved communities.


Download the Sponsorship Packet

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