Why should you attend?
The American Counseling Association Conference & Expo is the premier professional development and networking event for licensed professional counselors, students, and mental health professionals. This year we are heading back to face-to-face
to celebrate 7 decades of Empowerment, Community, and Compassion.
By registering for this year’s 2023 Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to earn 1.0 continuing education credit (CE) for each hour of attendance at select education sessions over the course of two days.
What are the dates of the conference?
ACA Conference & Expo dates are Thursday, March 30 – Saturday, April 1, 2023.The Expo Hall will be open on Thursday, March 30th and Friday, March 31st.
Where will the ACA Conference activities be held?
The Conference Keynote, Registration, Education Sessions, and Expo Hall will all be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. All ACA and Division business meetings and social events, such as board meetings, committee meetings, and receptions
will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto hotel.
What is the dress code for the conference?
Conference Sessions: In an effort to maintain a professional atmosphere, we require business casual attire for all conference sessions. Please refrain from wearing shorts, baseball caps, flip flops, halter cut tops, sun dresses, torn/frayed
denim, club wear, and any other inappropriate workplace attire.
Thursday Night Opening Celebration: Dress to Impress and wear comfortable shoes to dance the night away.
Where do I find a schedule of events?
The 2023 Conference & Expo session sorter schedule is available here.
Will there be an Expo Hall or Career Center?
Yes, there will be an Expo Hall and a Career Center, both located in the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
Will there be networking opportunities? How can I meet people?
This year, during our 2023 Conference & Expo, you’ll be able to engage, find support and inspiration in connecting and reconnecting with your colleagues in the mental health community. Featured events include the ACA Opening Party,
ACA Division Receptions, Career Center Networking events, and various opportunities on in the Expo Hall.
What food is provided at the conference for attendees?
Below are a few of the opportunities provided for food at the conference:
- Thursday, March 30 - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Expo Hall Grand Opening - light hors d’oeuvres
- Thursday, March 30 - 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm ACA Opening Celebration
- select food stations and heavy hors d’oeuvres
- Friday, March 31 -12:15 pm - 2:00 pm boxed lunches will be provided for all attendees in the expo hall. In addition, food kiosks available in the Metro Toronto Convention Center
- Saturday, April 1 - 11:30am - 1:30 pm food kiosks available in the Metro Toronto Convention Center
What lunch options are available for attendees to purchase?
There will be food carts during breakfast and lunch hours in the Metro Toronto Convention Center. On Saturday, April 1st, ACA is providing first come first serve $5 off coupons (of purchases $7 or more) for attendees to take advantage of from
11:30am – 1:30 pm while supplies last. Additionally, you will find many restaurants within walking distance of the Metro Toronto Convention Center and at each of the ACA contracted conference hotels.
What are some things to do and see nearby?
A few of the area attractions in Toronto include: the CN Tower-a top attraction, as well as the Harbour Front Centre, which is a hub of cultural activities, innovative arts, performances, and events by the water. The Entertainment District
and the Distillery District are home to unique shops and restaurants. We invite you to check out the city of Toronto’s website for more options!