Frequently Asked Questions

34th International Symposium on Child Abuse
Can I register for the Symposium online?

Registration for 2018 is not yet open, but online registrations are accepted with a credit card only. For registration by check, military order, or purchase order, use printable registration form found here. If you have questions, please contact the Symposium Registrar or call 256-533-5437 (KIDS).

How do I register multiple people for the Symposium?

While completing online registration, select “Add Person” and follow the online prompts. If registering by check, military order, or purchase order, complete a printable registration form for each person and include payment for the total amount.  If you have questions, please contact the Symposium Registrar or call 256-533-5437 (KIDS).

Who do I contact for questions about registration?

Please contact the Symposium Registrar or call 256-533-5437 (KIDS).

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

Scholarships may be available.  To receive early notification regarding the scholarship application process, please sign up for our email list or text NCAC to 22828 to subscribe.

Dress Code

The dress code is business casual.  Wear comfortable shoes for walking.  Also, it is STRONGLY recommended that you dress in layers as the temperatures in the Von Braun Center vary. 


Avoid the lines!  As your schedule allows, please stop by Symposium Check-in/Registration on Monday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Von Braun Center, South Hall to pick up your Symposium name badge and other conference materials to help you plan your week.  You can also learn more about the Symposium Conference App. Check-in/registration continues Tuesday, March 20, beginning at 7:00 a.m. *For Symposium Pre-Conference attendees, check-in/registration begins Monday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m. at the Von Braun Center, South Hall. 

Your Symposium name badge is required for admittance to all workshops and activities.

Do I need to select which workshops that I want to attend prior to the Symposium?

Attendees are not required to select their workshops prior to the Symposium. All sessions are on a first-come, first-serve basis. A complete list of workshops-confirmed-to-date is coming soon.

There's an App for that! And how do I get access to the workshop handouts?

The International Symposium on Child Abuse uses the Symposium Conference App in place of a printed program guide!  Access the full agenda with maps, handouts and presenter bios, up-to-the-minute updates and important messages from the conference planner, exhibitor booth locations, and more! The Symposium Conference App is for registered participants only.

How do I learn about Symposium updates or changes?

Get up-to-the-minute Symposium related information via the Symposium Conference App and on Twitter: @ncactraining or #NCACSympo. 

Is parking available at the Von Braun Center?

Parking is available at the Von Braun Center for a daily rate of $7.00. A map of available parking can be found on the Von Braun Center website. Alternatively, transportation is provided for all participants. 

Do you provide special accommodations?

ADA: If you require special accommodations, please contact Amy Boyd or call 256-327-3809.

How do I get to the Von Braun Center (Transportation)?

Catch a ride on the Symposium Shuttle! The International Symposium on Child Abuse (Symposium) provides shuttle service between official Symposium hotels and venues beginning Monday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. with transportation to check-in/registration at the Von Braun Center. A list of departure times will be located in the front lobby of your hotel.

Will there be Internet Access at the Symposium?

Wireless Internet access is provided free of charge for all participants.

How can I obtain an International “Invitation” Letter?

International attendees may need a letter of “invitation” in order to obtain a visa to visit the United States. We strongly advise to start the visa application process as early as possible. You are required to pay registration fees* before receiving an official letter of “invitation”.  All Symposium fees must be paid in advance; otherwise, your registration cannot be accepted. Payment is accepted by online credit/debit card only. Once you have paid your registration fee, you may send an email to the Symposium Registrar and provide all pertinent information such as to whom the letter should be addressed and your contact details. If you provide an email address, an email version of the invitation will be sent to you electronically. If you require the original with official signature, it can be mailed to you via U.S. Postal System only. International mail is slow so this may take some time. Kindly note: the event organizers will not be able to contact or intervene with Embassy or Consulate offices on your behalf.

*Symposium registration fees and or exhibitor fees are refundable (less the designated administrative fee of $75) if the visa application is denied. The refund request must be received in writing 14 days before the Symposium start date. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after that date.

What meals are provided at the Symposium?

The registration fee includes daily continental breakfast and lunch. Morning and afternoon breaks with refreshments are provided. Lunches are served in South Hall 2 (SH 2); afternoon Snack Breaks are served in the South Hall Pre-Function Area.

Dietary Options

There are very limited dietary options (vegetarian/vegan/gluten free) for breakfast, snacks, or lunch.  Please bring food items to meet your dietary needs. 

How do I get my CEU certificate?

The Institute for Continuing Education (The Institute) sponsors continuing education for the International Symposium on Child Abuse. Continuing education credit is offered as listed and is awarded on a session-by-session basis, with full attendance required at the sessions. There is no processing fee for continuing education credit. Representatives from The Institute will be on site to accept applications for continuing education credit and to assist Symposium attendees. Symposium attendees who wish to receive continuing education credit MUST check in at the Continuing Education desk to make formal application and receive continuing education materials. Verification of contact hours earned will be mailed to applicants following the Symposium.

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