17th Annual IDMH (Virtual) Conference

Conference (Main)

10 AM - 3:45 PM EDT


Reserved Clinical Sessions

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM EDT



To download the conference schedule, click here.


 Topics Include:

  • 20 Years of Disaster Mental Health

  • Crisis Leadership & Change Management

  • Addressing Racial Disparities in Disaster Response

  • Treating Complex Grief and Loss

Conference Fees:

CE Credits Not Included: Starting at $100

CE Credits Included: Starting at $200

New Paltz Faculty and Alumni Discount $85

Student Discount  $85

If you are a New York State or Municipal employee, use the code DHSES2021 and register with your work email to have your conference registration fee waived. CE credits not included. Please contact Taylor at idmh@newpaltz.edu to find out more. 

Since its founding soon after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz has held an annual conference to provide New York’s front-line responders, emergency managers, clinical practitioners, and disaster relief volunteers with critical access to information on best practices in the field of disaster mental health. The need for this cross-disciplinary approach to training and planning, which fosters a coordinated response across the fields of disaster management and mental health, has never been clearer than during the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the global stress and anxiety surrounding the outbreak and other ongoing disasters, it’s essential now to revisit the lessons that have been learned during the past 20 years, and to further disseminate insights from 9/11, countless natural disasters, and escalating mass shootings, as well as the broader issues around racial inequities and social justice.


Using cutting-edge event presentation technology from BeaconLive, this two-day virtual conference will bring together expert presenters from across the country to review how much we’ve learned about incorporating mental health needs into emergency response, and to look ahead to where we can – and must – go from here. Among numerous other topics, sessions will include panels on the evolution of the practice of disaster mental health over the past 20 years, the needs of frontline workers throughout the pandemic, the challenges of responding to acute disasters during the pandemic, and the need for leadership and change management under rapidly evolving circumstances. Nationally renowned mental health clinicians will tackle topics including complex grief, supporting children and families through crises, treating trauma in ethnic populations, and addressing vicarious trauma among responders. A final session will consider the future of race and mental health in the United States as we look toward the next wave of disaster mental health needs in an increasingly complex world. 


Continuing Education:

NYS Social Work Credit

NYS Mental Health Practitioners

NYS Psychologist Credit

Continuing education credits are under review by the University of Albany School of Social Work. UA SSW is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work, Psychology and Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education. If credits are not approved, this fee will automatically be refunded. Refunds for the conference admission will be refunded upon request.  Full live attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial or asynchronous (trainings viewed after conference date) attendance.