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Get Employer Support

Overcome the Objections and Get the Support You Deserve

One of the best ways to get management support is to submit a formal proposal to your direct supervisor outlining the organizational benefits of attending the conference.

First, determine if your organization has a formal professional development policy, form, and/or designated amounts for employees

Second, review the daily schedule for the conference to identify the educational sessions and networking events that address the specific needs within your organization

Third, begin preparing your proposal

Communicate Why You Should Attend

Use this letter to assist in requesting for your employer to allow you to attend the conference:

Dear [Employer],

East Coast Symposium takes place on November 19-21, 2021, at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor. East Coast Symposium is the premier source of continuing education for addiction, behavioral, and mental health professionals. Clinicians and executives alike convene and work together to improve and refine patient care as well as develop sustainable and successful treatment organizations.

Top Benefits of Attendance

Earn continuing education credits

Learn from a diverse curriculum that includes hot-topic areas

Re-energize myself professionally through networking

Stay ahead of emerging topics that reflect today’s headlines

The conference registration fee includes coffee breaks and some lunches

Approximate Investment for My Attendance

Travel costs


Accommodation (2 nights at $179/night*)


Dinners (2 days at $25)


Standard Rates (if you register by 8.19.2021)


Total cost to attend:


*Does not include hotel taxes and fees.
**$425: base conference for clinicians; Visit rates page for more registration details.

I would like to request approval to attend this conference, as I believe it will not only keep me up to date on the latest research, case studies, and methodologies in promoting addiction recovery, but also give me practical, “put-into-action” takeaways that I can then share with my colleagues.

[Your Name]