The ADAA 2020 Annual Conference will be eligible for 25.75 CE or CME credits or hours to registered professional physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and case managers. 

  • 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 $65 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 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, bi-monthly professional webinars, online thematic professional peer consultation groups, clinical fellow opportunities, 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

Satisfactory Completion  
Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety.  Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.   


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.   25.75 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, 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, WY
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

Maintenance of Certification for Psychiatrists
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology accepts Category 1 CME CreditsTM from accredited providers by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Category 1 CME CreditsTM will be available at the Anxiety and Depression Conference 2020. 

Social Workers and Certified Counselors

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB): As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco 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 determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 25.75 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, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NC, ND, NE,  NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, ND, NE, NM, NH, NV, OK, 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. 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, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review. 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 State Social Workers: Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 25.75 hours. 

ACEP-logo-72dpi_web_1_0.jpgNational Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC): 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. 25.75 hours.

CEPA Stamp_0_0.pngCalifornia Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Counselors, and Licensed Educational Psychologists: The CAMFT Board accept credits from providers approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the American Psychological Association (APA). ADAA is an NBCC provider and is co-sponsoring with Amedco, an APA provider. For more information,

accme_0.pngPhysicians assistants and nurse practitioners: The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology accepts Category 1 CME Credits from accredited providers by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Category 1 CME Credits will be available at the Anxiety and Depression Conference 2020. 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 LLC 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.
Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Self-Assessment Activities for Psychiatrists

ADAA has applied for approval from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for self-assessment activities for psychiatrists at the Anxiety and Depression Conference 2020. 

NBCC Pharmacology Relevant Sessions:
•    303R - Childhood Maltreatment, Neuroinflammatory Markers and Ketamine Response (1 CE)
•    202B - Why Are There So Few New Medications in Development For Generalized Anxiety Disorder? (1 CE)
•    207B - Ketamine and Esketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression and Other Conditions (PTSD, OCD): Evidence and Implementation (1 CE)
•    223B - Pharmacogenomic Testing in Psychiatric Practice: Does It Deliver What It Promises? (1.5 CE)
•    108C - Common Challenges with Medication Management in Anxiety and OCD Related Disorders (1 CE)
•    SS01 (Science Spotlight) 8:30-9:30 - Targeting Biological Mechanisms of Resilience to Identify New Therapeutics for Depression and PTSD (1 CE)

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.

Psychiatrists registered for the conference will receive instructions and links to pre- and post-assessments of the sessions listed above.  In order to obtain credit, the pre-assessment must be completed BEFORE the session start time, the session must be evaluated via the online process described above, and the post-assessment must be completed.  Registrants who are unable to attend each SA MOC designated session can view the presentations in the online program or the mobile app.  CE/CME must be applied for by May 6, 2020 per our agreement with Amedco.

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: 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.