The ADAA 2018 Annual Conference offered up to 26 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.
  • Nonmembers may sign up for CE or CME credits for an additional fee of $60 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.  Attendees can complete the online evaluations and print their certificates through June 30, 2018.

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


APA logo for CE sponsorshipADAA has received approval from the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. ADAA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE credits for psychologists are granted on a 1 credit per contract basis.

Social Workers and Certified Counselors

  • Social Workers This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886437837-3984) for 26 continuing education contact hours
  • New York State Social Workers ADAA 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 #0316.

ACEP-logo-72dpi_web_1_0.jpgNational Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) 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 program.

CEPA Stamp_0_0.pngCalifornia Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licenses Clinical Counselors, and Licensed Educational Psychologists ADAA has been approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for counselors and MFTs. This conference will provide up to 26 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. ADAA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Approval #135215) 

Physicians assistants and nurse practitionersAMA PRA Category 1 Credit can only be awarded to MDs or DOs (or physicians with equivalent degrees from other countries). Nonphysicians may not be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Nonphysicians may, however, receive a certificate of attendance/participation that acknowledges the activity was designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit in order to apply their participation toward relicensure.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. designates this conference for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ADAA applied for approval from The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as part of a comprehensive CME program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.

Upon approval, participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected because of their recognized expertise.

Faculty Disclosure
It is the policy of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. to plan and implement all of its educational activities in accordance with the ACCME’s Essential Areas and Policies to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support, everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM is required to disclose all financial relationships with any commercial interests within the past 12 months that creates a real or apparent conflict of interest. Individuals who do not disclose are disqualified from participating in a CME activity. Individuals with potential for influence or control of CME content include planners and planning committee members, authors, teachers, educational activity directors, educational partners, and others who participate, eg, facilitators and moderators. This disclosure pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of the presentations must be resolved prior to the educational activity. Disclosure of off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices must also be made known to the audience.

Continuing Education Rules

As a provider of continuing education credits, ADAA complies with all policies and guidelines from the AACME, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, and National Board of Certified Counselors. All sessions at the ADAA conference are eligible for CME and CE credit except the New Research Poster Sessions. The AACME has clarified that employees of commercial interests (pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical-device companies) cannot participate as presenters, moderators, abstract authors (whether presenting or not), or in other roles that influence content for a session that is certified for CME credit. Authors employed by commercial interests can submit an abstract for a New Research Poster Session and present it if accepted following peer review.

All presenters must complete conflict of interest and disclosure statements even if you have nothing to disclose.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. designates this conference for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To qualify the conference for continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians in attendance, ADAA must comply with policies set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). All presenters and authors (including non-presenting authors of oral submissions) must complete online disclosure and conflict of interest forms. All CME providers are required to implement mechanisms to identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the education activity being delivered to learners. Any presenter who has a commercial interest and is presenting material related to it is considered to have a conflict of interest and is subject to restrictions.

Maintenance of Certification for Psychiatrists

ADAA is approved by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as part of a comprehensive CME program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of Maintenance of Certification.This activity awards up to 18 Category 1 CME credits and 8 Self-Assessment Category 1 CME credits (a maximum of 26 CME credits.)   The approval period is for April 5-8, 2018. 

Self-Assessment Activities for Psychiatrists

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has approved self-assessment activities for psychiatrists at the Anxiety and Depression Conference 2018, for a total of 8 credits.


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. The deadline for completing session evaluations and printing certificates is May 22, 2018. Instructions (PDF file) for claiming #ADAA2018 CE/CME credits.

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. Instructions (PDF file) for claiming #ADAA2018 SA MOC credits.

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 should be able to:

•    Recognize advances in diagnosis and treatments for anxiety, depression, and related disorders.

•    Improve patient outcomes through the dissemination of evidence-based research and application to real-world clinical settings.

•    Identify the etiology, pathophysiology, and neural pathways of anxiety and depressive disorders.

•    Apply psychotherapy, neuromodulation, and pharmacotherapy interventions alone and in combination to develop treatment plans, predict treatment response, optimize remission, and prevent relapse.

•    Discuss and innovate research on anxiety, depression, and related disorders.

Conference Theme

Treatment Resistant Anxiety and Depression: Challenges and Opportunities

Despite the availability of numerous evidence-based psychological, medication, and neurostimulation therapies for anxiety and depressive disorders, many individuals do not respond optimally to treatment.   Relapse following an initial beneficial response is unfortunately common for these recurrent and often chronic conditions.  Major clinical challenges include suboptimal patient adherence and engagement, side effects, and uncertainties as to the optimal dose and brain targets for neurostimulation treatments.  The Anxiety and Depression Conference in 2018 will highlight the grave problem of treatment resistance, and will bring together leading clinical and scientific experts to discuss state-of-the-art therapies and future innovations across anxiety, depression, and related disorders.

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.