Conference Highlights

A Huge & Varied Program
Each year the Annual Conference offers a program that speaks to the diverse and evolving needs of psychiatric-mental health nurses in this dynamic health care landscape. With 100+ sessions, interactive panels, 200+ poster presentations, and more, the program spans settings, populations, focus areas, and models of care. No matter your interests or level of practice, we've got thought-provoking sessions that will help you stay on top of advancements in the field and ultimately provide better care to your patients. More Info
120+ CNE Contact Hours
Earn a big chunk of your continuing education contact hours with one registration: Attendees will earn up 29.5 contact hours on-site and get their CE certificate immediately with our online evaluations system. Plus, with a registration that includes online access to session recordings, attendees have the option to earn close to 100 additional contact hours online! More Info
Online Access to Content
Continue to advance your knowledge, skills, and abilities (and earn more contact hours) after the conference with online recordings of sessions. Access to these session podcasts is included in your registration! Posters presented at the conference will be in an Online Poster Gallery, so you have the option to refer back to posters you enjoyed at the conference or browse ones you missed.  Sample free session recordings (and earn CE) here and view the poster gallery from last year’s conference here.
Networking & Rejuvenation
Check out these video testimonials from previous attendees on networking and rejuvenation at the conference.

Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention
This competency based training is a 2-part interactive educational activity consisting of an online module and a live pre-conference training. The live training (pre-conference session 1016) will include small group work and return demonstrations, and will will take place on Wednesday, October 28th from 7:15am-3:15pm. The program is designed to interpret the nine Psychiatric Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals at Risk for Suicide and demonstrate the systematic approach for applying the competencies in nursing inpatient practice. Part 1 of the facilitator course, which teaches nurses to deliver the training, is also available following the session at 3:30pm.

Psychotherapy for Advanced Practice Nurses – A Conference Course
Brought to you by the APNA APRN Council, this 5-hour multi-day course will demonstrate effective uses of psychotherapy regardless of the constraints of the psychiatric nursing practice setting. Using one clinical case scenario, concepts will be demonstrated from three theoretical approaches in the delivery of care:  Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The course, New Uses of Psychotherapy:  CBT, Psychodynamic and Motivational Interviewing Models in Real World Treatment Settings, will take place throughout the conference during designated times on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.


Find Sessions, Start Networking, Get Social, Stay Informed!

Find Sessions Tailored to You
As you browse the program, check out the track titles to see which topics make up the program, and look for the “RN and/or APRN” next to each session title to determine if it’s the right fit for you. Use the sort by topic tool to find sessions that speak to your passions.

Download the Mobile App – Now with Messaging
In addition to offering an on-the-go tool to access your schedule, maps, and other program info, the conference app will give you the ability to message other attendees! See someone on the attendee list that you haven’t seen in years? Want to meet up with a mentor during a break? Have a follow-up question for a connection you made at the conference? Now you can send them a message using the mobile app. Download the app here.

Get Social with #PMHNCon
When you’re live-tweeting your conference experience on Twitter or posting a pic from the conference on Facebook, use the conference hashtag #PMHNCon to share it with fellow attendees and APNA. (And follow us on Twitter (@AmerPsychNurses), Facebook, Google+, and YouTube for #psychnurse social content year round.)

Sign Up for Real-Time Updates
Sign up for text messages when you register or download the conference app before you arrive to receive to-the-minute updates, schedule changes, and reminders via text while you’re at the conference.

Volunteering is Easy
Sign-up to volunteer for sessions at the same time that you register for them! This is a great way to up your conference involvement by pitching in. We'll simply ask you to help ensure that presentations run smoothly and on time.



The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.