The Psych Central Conference

Frequently Asked QuestionsThe Psych Central Conference is being held June 3-4, 2013 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, located in Lowell, Mass. (about 40 minutes north of Boston).

Q. What is the purpose of the conference?

A. To gather together people interested in self-improvement, mental health, mental illness, mindfulness, psychology, personality and other self-help topics in a face-to-face setting. We hope to extend the work we do on Psych Central into people’s lives more directly.

This is also a great opportunity to meet some of the folks who help make this a great online resource.

The conference is primarily intended for laypeople, not professionals. However, professionals are welcomed to attend as well.

Q. What’s the cost of the conference?

A. $128 for early-bird registration and $168 after March 1, 2013. You can register here. Space is limited.

Q. What’s included in my registration fee?

A. Your conference registration fee includes access to all the workshops, talks and sessions held throughout the 2-day conference. In addition, a free continental breakfast, coffee, tea, juice, water, two snack breaks, and a lunch is provided each day for each participant. Your fee also covers the costs of the meeting rooms, AV, and related conference expenses.

As a special bonus, you will also receive a free commemorative Psych Central t-shirt and pen!

Q. How many people are coming?

A. We can’t say for sure, since this is our first conference! But we plan on having 200 attendees, including presenters, at the conference.

Q. Where is it being held?

A. The conference is being held in Lowell, MA, about 40 minutes north of Boston, at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell (UMass Lowell) campus. We chose this location for a number of reasons — its close proximity to Boston, for instance, without incurring Boston-city prices (which would have doubled the conference fees). Our focus was in offering a reasonably-priced conference in a setting that is conducive to learning and socializing.

Q. When is the conference?

A. The conference will be held on Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Registration and check-ins will be open on Monday morning.

Q. Where can I stay overnight?

A. We have reserved a block of rooms at $99/night for the conference. Learn more here and book a room.

Q. Will there be free WIFI available?

A. Yes.

Q. Will CEs be available?

A. Yes, we’re working on providing CEs for some select workshops. Check back here for details in early February.

Q. Something came up and I can’t attend. Do you offer refunds?

A. Yes, we do! If you change your mind, you will receive a 100% refund if you cancel before May 1, 2013. If you cancel your registration from May 1 to May 14, 2013, you will receive a 75% refund, and if you cancel after May 14, 2013 until June 2, 2013, you will receive a 50% refund.

No refunds will be given after June 2, 2013.

If for some reason we need to cancel the conference, you will receive a 100% refund.

Q. Are scholarships available?

A. An extremely limited number of financial hardship scholarships are available that will waive the cost of the admission ticket to the conference. You can apply here for such a scholarship.

Q. I’m interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor, what can you do for me?

A. We have two flavors of sponsorship: Basic Sponsor Package and the Founding Sponsor Package. The primary difference between the two that as a Founding Sponsor, you will get 2 additional free tickets to the event as well as a 10′x10′ booth space in our exhibit area.

Just register as normal and you’ll see those options available to you on the registration page. The deadline for sponsorships is May 6, 2013.

If you’d like to guarantee a space before we open registration, please contact us at conference at

Q. Are presenters compensated for their time or travel expenses?

A. Presenters will receive a free general admission ticket to the conference. No other compensation is offered.

Q. When should I make my travel arrangements?

A. Since this is our first conference, we have to decide whether we will go ahead with it or if we need to cancel it due to lack of interest. We will make that decision on March 1, 2013, so we encourage you to wait until after that date to make travel arrangements.

If we decide to cancel the conference, all registration and sponsorship fees will be refunded 100%.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will this be uploaded online?

    • We’re uncertain at this time whether we’ll be videotaping (much less webcasting) our first conference. If we do, we’ll be sure to let folks know and post a link here.

  2. Will CEU’s be earned for attendance?

  3. I would so love to attend, and the registration price is very reasonable! I’ll have to see if I can work something out…

    To the PsychCentral staff: thanks very much for the work you do daily and for putting this conference together. As someone who has battled depression and a psychology student (smile), this website has been invaluable to me. Hope to meet some of you in Lowell!

  4. Do you offer CEU’s for this conference? Specifically for LMCH’s?

  5. We are looking into offer CEUs for professionals who attend this conference. However, since is primarily a conference intended for laypeople and consumers, we may not find it possible to do (it’s quite involved offering CEUs for these kinds of conferences!). We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve researched this issue further.

  6. Dr. John,
    Kudos for a wonderful idea! Wish I could go, but, it’s being offered at the end of the school year. There’s far too much to do at that time to be able to take time to go, unfortunately.
    Perhaps next year, should you decide to repeat this conference, you could organize it after the end of the school season? I know I would appreciate it. I’ll bet others would too, especially teachers and parents of school children.

    Thanks for your consideration. :)
    Shalom, Salaam, Pax!

    • Thanks for your wonderful suggestion! Yes, scheduling it was a bit of shot in the dark. If we do it again next year, we will likely have it in July on a weekend.

  7. Is there a price to only go for one day? Two week days is a lot of time from work.

    • Sure, we’ll go ahead and add that option in the Registration sign-up screen. Thanks for the great suggestion!

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