2023 Symposium

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2023 Bridging the Gap Symposium

The NBCC Foundation will host the 2023 Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities, to be held June 2–4, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The theme for the 2023 Symposium is: From Awareness to Action.

This theme was chosen as it supports counselors, counselor educators, and others in the profession to continue moving from creating awareness and spreading knowledge around the most pressing issues in the field to progress toward actionable change and steps to address the mental health–related inequities and disparities faced by those in our communities. Workshop presenters will be challenged to present and help cultivate action-oriented applications to implement lessons learned in their sessions.

Call for Presentations

We welcome submissions from presenters who can provide creative and unique presentations that highlight evidence-based and culturally relevant practices or research addressing ways to serve and bridge the gap for: underserved communities (including underrepresented ethnic and racial groups, children, veterans, the elderly, military or rural populations, and LGBTQIA2S+ individuals).


  • Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care
  • Expanding Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents
  • Strengthening the Profession Through Leadership and Advocacy
  • Underserved Clients and Societal Institutions
  • Decolonizing the Counseling Profession
  • Treatment of Substance Use and Addiction in Underserved Communities


  • Sept. 1–Oct. 31, 2022: Submission period open.
  • Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2022: Proposals reviewed.
  • Jan. 31, 2023: Presenters notified if proposal has been accepted.

Presentation submissions are currently under review. Applicants will be notified by Jan. 31, 2023 if their proposal has been accepted.

Please stay tuned to our website, email communications, and social media for updated event and registration information as soon as it is available.

We hope to see you in Atlanta in 2023!

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