Conferences

Attending conferences can provide you with a ton of positive experiences:

1.     You get a rapid-fire update about important topics in the field of forensic mental health services.

2.     Conferences provide you with the opportunity to connect with a variety of professionals in your field/country/area of expertise, or with professionals in different areas of work - and build (lasting) partnerships.. 

3.     Often you get the opportunity to ask direct questions to authorities in your field. 

4.     Finally, they are a lot of fun!

We will start off by introducing our own annual conference, then we will provide you with a brief overview of annual conferences in our field around the world.



Pre-conference workshop will take place on June 13, 2022

Our annual conference is a great event for students from all disciplines working in the field of forensic mental health.

  • Our conference provides many special interest groups within IAFMHS a chance to meet or reconnect, talk about their impact on the state of the field, and plan and suggest different projects. The special interest groups (also called ‘SIGs’) offer students with an opportunity to get involved on a deeper level when visiting the conference. Check them out here .
  • The student board hosts a number of collaborative activities at the Conference each year: free student breakfast, 5K fun run, free student social, free student professional panel. These activities are fun and educational, but also bolster a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere for our student attendees.

Register here for the 2022 conference! 



Interested in volunteering at the IAFMHS conference?

As a full-time student and current IAFMHS member, you can sign up through an online registration form which will open up a few months prior to the conference. By the end of April or beginning of May, you will be notified whether you have secured a spot as a volunteer or not. We will send a poll of volunteer shifts to request your preferred shifts and a final schedule closer to the conference. Volunteers will be registered for the conference manually, so please do not register for the conference online if you are chosen as a volunteer! 

Sign up here to join our #IAFMHS2022 team of volunteers!



Getting Into The Conference Game?

Below, we have listed a few resources to help you navigate conferences to help you prepare for an enjoyable conference experience. 

Approaching (potential) supervisors or people you admire at conference can seem daunting. According to Robin Bernstein, writer with The Chronicle of Higher Education, it is less stressful than you might think. Find a few of his tips, from "geeking out together" to "talking about baseball" in his blogpost here.

Preparing a conference poster is like preparing an elevator talk or business card about your research project. Good posters are not easy to make. Sure, there are hundreds of templates swerving around online, but what if you want to apply for one of our poster presentation awards? We have you covered!


Conference Overview

Take your time to browse through our 2019-2020 list. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Please let us know if you think of a seminal conference that needs to be on this website.


Aug 13-16, 2019

Anaheim, CA   |   Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

This organization has multiple meetings and events across the USA each year. Visit their website to stay up-to-date!


Sept 11-14, 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)   |   International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice


Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2019

 Prato, Italy  |   Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science


Oct. 24-26, 2019

Lillestrøm, Norway   |   European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry


Nov 6-9, 2019

Atlanta, Georgia (USA)   |   Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers


Nov 13-17, 2019

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada|   Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals


March 5-7, 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)   |   American Psychology - Law Society


May 13-15, 2020

Eindhoven, the Netherlands  |  European Association for Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology & other involved professions


June 22-26, 2020

Winchester, UK|   International Investigative Interviewing Research Group


Sep 1-4, 2020

Frankfurt, Germany   |   International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders 

This is a biennial conference.


Sept 16-19, 2020

Cluj-Napoca, Romania  |   European Association of Psychology and Law


May ?, 2021

Cyprus   |   Society for Scientific Study of Psychopathy

Mind the year! Conferences of this organization are biennially, the next one would be in 2023. 


Jun ?, 2021

Europe   |   Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition

This is a biennial conference.


Various dates 2018-2019

Various locations in Europe   |   European Crime Prevention Network

EUCPN is affiliated with various organizations and posts a number of cross-disciplinary conferences, events and trainings yearly on their website.  Worth checking out!



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