Nashville Un-Conference

Addressing the growing problem of addiction, anxiety and depression through prevention, individualized treatment and innovation.

    • WHEN:  Feb 23-24 2018
    • WHERE: Nashville Metro…Exact location to be announced January 15, 2018.
    • COST:  Registration is OPEN!!  Full Conference (14 CEUs): $65 in advance  or $75 the weekend of.  Daily rates (7 CEUs):  $45 in advance, $65 the day of.  PreRegistration for the 2018 Nashville Unconference
    • 14 CEUs are available for mental health and addiction counselors. marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers.  Check out our Counseling CEU approvals here

Conference is open to everyone even if you are just beginning to study psychology, you are a teacher, pastor, or concerned community member.  Because this is participant driven, there will be something for everyone in each presentation.


What is an Un-Conference?

UnConferences, or Open Space Conferences are participant driven and interactive.  How will this be different than a regular conference?

  • Topics for the presentations are based on requests from participants (received by Dec 1, 2017 (so we can get them approved for CEUs)
  • Participant presentations are encouraged.  Share your expertise up to and get 14 Free CEUs.  Contact me on my chat page
  • Presentations are highly interactive, moving away from the lecture in front of the room format.  We believe everyone will have something to contribute.
  • Presenters do not pay to present AND are not paid to present, so there is no financial agenda.
  • There will not be booths or high pressure marketing.  This is about learning and networking with colleagues.

Main Topics

These presentations will be the central presentations during each time slot.  If you are interested in presenting on any of these topics, please submit your vita and Nashville Unconference 2018 Group Facilitator Request to support [[at]] by December 1, 2017 or contact Dr. Snipes directly on her chat page.  Unless otherwise noted each session below will be facilitated by Dr. Snipes.

Friday (Each presentation is worth 2 CEUs)

  • 9-10:45 am Techniques and Effectiveness of Technology Assisted Therapy (e-therapy, text-based coaching, apps, online support and educational programs etc.)
  • 11-12   Essential Oils in the Treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Cravings
  • 12-1 Lunch
  • 1-2:45  Keynote Presentation by Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes: Patient Brokering and Unethical Business Practices
  • 3-4:45 Transdiagnostic Approaches to Treatment: Applying DBT, ACT, and 12-Step Approaches to mental health and addiction issues.

Saturday  (Each presentation is worth 2 CEUs)

  • 9-10:45  Codependency: Understanding and Addressing It
  • 11-12   Developing Self-Esteem, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance Skills in Youth: Skills for Parents, Teachers and Clinicians
  • 12-1 Lunch
  • 1-2:45 Depression, Anxiety and Addiction: Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies for Clinicians, Parents & Communities
  • 3-4:45  Healthy Living Strategies for Anxiety, Depression and Addiction (Relapse Prevention)

Additional presentations (topics TBA) will occur at the same time.  We are  accepting presentation proposals through December 1, 2017.  Presenters must have a masters degree in counseling, psychology or nursing.  Presenters receive free admission (and CEUs) to the entire conference.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

To promote your business or treatment center to over 35,000 clinicians, please contact Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes at support [[at]] All sponsors will be vetted for patient brokering and other business practices that directly or indirectly hurt patients or the industry.

  • Print ads in the conference brochure:
    • Half page 8.5 x 5.5   $350
    • Full page 8.5 x 11     $500
  • Conference Webpage ads:
    • 300px x 250px          $300/month or $1,500 for all 6 months (October-February)
    • 300 x 600px              $600/month or $3,000 for all 6 months (October-February)
  • Ads on the Counselor Toolbox Podcast/AllCEUs YouTube Channel/LinkedIn/Facebook 
    • 300px x 250px  banner ad on the promo slide and verbal recognition at the end of each podcast. (Your ad will remain a permanent part of the podcast and video)    $750 for 8 episodes
    • Full Slide banner display with a 15 second promo on Counselor Toolbox which remains a permanent part of the video and podcast     $1,500 for 8 episodes
  • Add SWAG to attendee welcome bag   $250