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The New Mexico Counseling Association

NMCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE CANCELLED
***COVID-19 Updates***

Update April 28, 2020

The New Mexico Counseling Association is saddened to announce that we are cancelling our 2020 annual conference: Looking In and Reaching Out: Diversity. Equity. Inclusion rescheduled for July 31-August 1, 2020 due to the coronavirus. The safety of our conference attendees, members, partners, client population, and staff has been our top priority, and we feel that this is the right course of action to ensure the health of New Mexico’s counselors and the populations in which we serve. Although we believe that many of the social distancing restrictions may be lifted by the extended date in July, we are doubtful we will be able to gather as large groups. We understand that the NMCA Annual Conference is a time of learning and connecting with others in our profession. As an association we are working to determine how best to serve you during this global pandemic.

All conference registrations will be refunded (please allow up to three weeks to receive funds in your account). If you have questions related to refund please contact Nathan Hoge, Executive Director at ed@nmca-nm.org. Any rooms that have been booked in the conference block will be cancelled at this time. If you have any questions related to rooms please contact the Embassy Suites directly at: 505-245-7100 or 1-800-362-2779

NMCA typically holds an annual membership meeting at the conference. We are working to schedule a virtual membership meeting and will send the information to members in order to attend as soon as possible. We will be announcing the 2020 Dr. George L. Kepper Award and 2020 Ralph M. Garcia Memorial Membership Award recipients at that time.

We will be coordinating and contacting speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and other stakeholders regarding the cancellation. If you are a speaker and your presentation was approved, we would like to invite you to present at our 2021 conference.

NMCA is planning on moving forward with next year’s annual conference scheduled for March 12- March 13, 2021. The conference theme will be merging our important topic of 2020: Diversity. Equity. Inclusion with considerations for how our profession has changed in the time of a global pandemic, and vision of the counseling profession in the future. This pandemic is affecting our nation, our state, our communities, and ourselves- we understand and honor the importance of the work that you do to promote the wellness of the clients who you serve day in and day out.

Again, I want to thank the conference planning committee and executive board for all their hard work to come to a decision from a public health lens and ensure the health of NMCA members/conference attendees and the population whom we all serve in the community.

Very Truly,

Liz Daniels, NMCA President

 

ABOUT NMCA:
Founded in 1956 as a state branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the NMCA encompasses a broad spectrum of groups in the field of professional counseling. We facilitating networking, collaboration and professional development.

The mission of NMCA and its divisions is to promote the professional development of counselors by improving counseling skills, providing forums in which current and future counselors may network, gaining access to relevant resources, and engaging in advocacy in an effort to better serve the needs, relationships, and hopes of our diverse New Mexico population.