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2021 Conference
Continuing Education Credits

​The ADAA 2021 Annual Conference will be eligible for approximately 40 live CE/CME and over 120 enduring CE/CME credits or hours to registered professional physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and case managers. Additionally, 7 sessions will be eligible for Cross-Cultural Diversity Credits and 9 Suicide Credits. All continuing education credits are provided through Amedco, LLC.

  • ADAA members may sign up for CE or CME credits at no additional cost.
  • Non-members may sign up for CE or CME credits for an additional fee of $89 per discipline.

Continuing education credits are for professional attendees only; those paying student, trainee/postdoctoral fellow/resident, guest, or consumer fees cannot apply for CE or CME credits. All registrants who want credits must complete the online continuing education session evaluations, post-test questions (for enduring/on-demand sessions), and overall conference evaluations available during and after the conference. Emails will be sent to registrants eligible for CE or CME one week prior to the conference. 

ADAA’s Continuing Education Program strives to improve patient care and accelerate dissemination of research into practice by promoting the implementation of evidence-based treatments and best practices across disciplines through a cohesive year-round learning experience for multi-disciplinary practice and research-based mental health professionals.

These educational programs, hosted and lead by international experts, provide an opportunity for professional development while also offering CE credits.

Educational programming includes workshops/sessions from ADAA’s annual conference, professional webinars, online thematic professional peer consultation groups,  podcasts, blog posts and complementary educational offerings hosted by partner organizations.

ADAA’s Continuing Education Program seeks to fully meet the continuing educational needs of members and non-members through evidence-based approaches by advancing science and new treatments with the goal of preventing and curing anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders.



Continuing Education Credits +

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Amedco LLP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians (ACCME)

Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 55.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Amedco LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum 125.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Psychologists (APA)

Amedco LLC designates this live activity/enduring material for a maximum of 125.0 Psychologist contact hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirements

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WYe held)

MI: No CE requirement

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held)*, OK, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY

MA/MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

* If the activity is held live in the state of NY, the direct addictions board is required, ie: NAADAC. If the activity is held outside NY, is virtual, enduring or remote, it is considered "outstate" and this reciprocity applies.

Social Workers (ASWB)

Social Workers (ASWB)

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to deterimine whether an indivudal course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social Workers completing this course receive 125.0 GENERAL continuing education credits.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Social Workers: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY

*WV accepts ASWB ACE unless activity is live in West Virginia, then an application is required.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Couselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, ND, NE, NM, NH, NV, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

AL/Counselors: Activities not providing NBCC approval may be approved by the Board for individual licensees upon receipt of acceptable documentation prior to the activity. Please send course details to your licensing board for approval BEFORE the event. No approvals afterward by the Board.

MI: No CE requirement

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MA/MFTsParticipants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

MI: No CE requirement

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Addictions Professionals: AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MO, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, WA, WI, WV, WY

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)

Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approval provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 125.0 hours.

New York Board of Psychology (NY PSY)

Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 125.0 hours.


The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6872. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ADAA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


The CAMFT board accepts credits from providers approved by the American Psychological Assocation (APA)

Suicide Credit Qualified Sessions:

1. Boosting Positivity to Treat Anxiety, Depression and Suicidality: New Treatment Developments

2. Building Resilience to Prevent Suicide: New Internventions

3. I'm Still Standing: Risk and Protective Factors-Relevant for Suicide and Depression

4. Posttraumatic Stress and Complicating Sequelae: Physical Experiences in the Context and Aftermath of Psychological Traum

5. Resilience and Stress as Moderators of Suicide Risk

6. Suicide Risk Identification: Examining the Impact of Transdiagnostic Risk Factors on Suicidality

7. Depression and Opioid Use Disorder: Strategies for Assessment and Treatment

8. The Perpetual Risk of Suicide in Military, Police, and Veterans: What Every Clinician Needs to Know

9. Counseling Individuals and Families Bereaved by Suicide

Diversity Credit Qualified Sessions:

1. A Global Perspective on Resilience Factors as Moderators of Variability in Mental Health During COVID-19 in Diverse Clinical 

2. Culturally Responsive Approaches to the Treatment of Anxiety

3. So What if You're Gay? Uncovering the Mystery Behind a Misunderstood Form of OCD

4. Best Practices for Addressing Systemic Inequities in Systems of Care: Continuing the Dialogue

5. Beyond Cultural Competence: Contemplative Approaches to Working with Clinicians' Racial Anxiety and Avoidance in Therapy

6. Clinical Research Perspectives on Fostering Resilience in Underserved Populations Through the Implementation and Dissemination of Psychosocial Interventions in Real-World Settings

7. Contextual Behavioral Approaches to Reducing Minority Stress Among Sexual and Gender Minority Clients.


How to Apply for Credit  +

Conference attendees qualifying for continuing education credits or continuing medical education credit will be provided with a username and password for the online program. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees may begin their session evaluations in the online program, and will then be prompted to complete the overall conference evaluation. CE and CME certificates can be printed immediately upon completion of the above steps.


Program Overview and Statement of Need +

The annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is designed to meet the educational needs of member and nonmember clinicians and researchers by providing training, dissemination of evidence-based treatments, and translation of the latest research.

Anxiety disorders and depression are common and disabling. Anxiety disorders comprise a diagnostic category that includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and phobias. Lifetime prevalence estimates for all anxiety disorders and major depression are 28.8 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively. Mental illnesses account for more than half as many disability days as all physical illnesses, with anxiety and depressive disorders being the major causes of disability. More than 40 million adults have one or more anxiety disorder, and 19 million adults have depression; anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in children.

Research has long documented the high comorbidity between anxiety disorders and depression; the latest data continues to highlight the importance of understanding the overlap between these disorders, not only with respect to their etiology, but also in terms of treatment course. In 50 percent of diagnoses, individuals have comorbid anxiety and depression. Additionally, anxiety and depression are the primary illnesses associated with suicide. To continue leading the field, ADAA has broadened its mission and vision to encompass anxiety and depressive disorders.

The desired results for the conference are that attendees are aware of the latest developments in preclinical and clinical research, are able to translate this knowledge to clinical practice, apply evidence-based research to practice, discuss real-world clinical experiences to influence research, and develop new skills and techniques to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. It is also expected that researchers and clinicians will discuss how specific diagnoses manifest in the clinic and the reality of implementation of evidence-based and novel treatments in real world settings. Additionally, participants will evaluate and discuss how to use new technologies and social media in research and clinical practice, thus advancing the dissemination and implementation of empirically based and novel treatments.


Target Audience +

Attendees are professionals, trainees, residents, and students committed to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and cure of anxiety disorders, including OCD and PTSD, depression, and stress-related disorders in children and adults. The audience includes physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists, counselors, nurses, clinical researchers, case managers, and basic neuroscientists from the United States and other countries. Attendees include ADAA members and nonmembers. ADAA anticipates attendance of more than thirteen hundred clinicians, researchers, students, trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and residents.


Conference Educational Objectives +

After participating in the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference, attendees will:

  • Understand the meaning of resilience, as demonstrated through translational models, human subjects research, and clinical applications
  • Identify the genetic, epigenetic, neurobiological, developmental, and psychosocial underpinnings of resilience
  • Be exposed to preventive and treatment interventions aimed at enhancing resilience across the life span

Conference Theme +

Resilience and Recovery: From Research to Practice

Resilience has been defined as the ability to adapt successfully when faced with adversity, chronic stress, trauma, or major threat. The last decade has seen significant advances in the study of resilience at multiple levels of inquiry in concert, including genetic, epigenetic, neurobiological and psychosocial levels, both during development and adulthood. A range of factors that have been linked to resilience are potentially modifiable with preventive and treatment interventions for high-risk populations. The sessions will review data from translational research to clinical applications across the life span and across trauma- and stress-related psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and others.


Code of Ethics and Grievance Procedure +

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. The ADAA will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the President in consultation with the members of the continuing education committee, the ADAA Conference Coordinator and Conference Chair.

While ADAA goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the conference staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the conference staff or an officer of ADAA. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances. Learn more.