Date

October 6th - October 7th, 2020

Location

Virtual Conference

Speakers

26 Professional Speakers

2020 Annual Virtual Conference/ Virtual Conference

ATIXA is pleased to announce our 2020 ATIXA Virtual Conference. The conference will be held October 6th – 7th, 2020.

This year’s Virtual Conference has been planned to offer you an exceptional conference experience, and we’ve gone the extra mile to ensure that it is highly engaging and very worth your while. Based on feedback from our conference survey, we have crafted this event according to the priorities indicated by the 900 of you who responded.

ATIXA’s 2020 Annual Virtual Conference will feature:
• Two full days of important content, with interactive roundtables, expert panels, featured speakers, and powerhouse keynotes
• Our live Opening Keynote Speaker, Tarana Burke, the founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement.
• Nine Featured speaker sessions that include live Q&A opportunities on a variety of timely Title IX topics
• Live Roundtable Sessions led by experts in the field
• A plenary session with our Partner panel on the 2020 regulations with live Q&A opportunity
• Several live networking opportunities
• A Closing Keynote Panel on Science-Based Investigative Interviewing, the Neurobiology of Trauma, and Sexual Assault Investigations.
• A 15% discount on the conference registration fee if you bundle the purchase of the conference with any 2020 Virtual Training Course registrations.
• A Conference Recording Package available for purchase. Can’t attend “live?” Purchase this package and experience the conference at your own pace.

As a conference attendee, you can choose your own conference experience by selecting your featured speaker sessions and roundtable sessions. In addition, as a registered attendee you will have access to a recorded package for three months post-conference that includes the Opening and Closing Keynotes, all the featured speaker sessions, and the plenary panel session, inclusive of Q&A’s.

As always, the ATIXA Annual Conference is the leading conference in the field of Title IX. With the release of the new regulations on May 6, 2020, ATIXA recognizes that our members and the field are eager for opportunities to learn and connect with other Title IX professionals who are interested in serving their districts and institutions more effectively. ATIXA is committed to delivering a virtual conference experience for you that is robust, flexible, and invaluable to those working in the field of Title IX.

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Participation Options

There are two ways to participate in this year’s conference. You can attend live or purchase a recording package for viewing at a later date.

  1. Attend Live:
    Our Opening and Closing Keynotes will be completed Live via Zoom inclusive of a Q&A session, all of which will also be recorded for later viewing.

All Featured Speaker options will be pre-recorded for the presentation portion and include a 30-minute Live Q&A session following each Featured Session (will also be recorded).

Attendees can choose one of three Featured Speaker options for each time slot and will be able watch the recorded presentation of their choice and then attend the live Zoom Q&A session immediately following. The Roundtables and Receptions (sorry, BYOF&B) will be held live through Zoom as well.

Please note: Anonymous participation is possible in the live Q&A and Roundtables with the assistance of our moderators to ask questions on your behalf.

As part of your Conference purchase, attendees will receive a Conference Recording Package which will include both Opening & Closing Keynote Sessions, the Plenary Panel Session, and all 9 Featured Speaker Sessions, inclusive of the live Q&A’s (Available by October 16, 2020).

Click here to register for the Live Conference.

  1. Recording Package Only:
    If you do not plan to attend the virtual conference live, but want to participate at your own pace, it is possible to purchase the 2020 Annual Conference Recording Package only, which includes all items in the Conference Schedule above except the live Q&A’s, Roundtables, and Receptions.

Click here to purchase the recording package.

Conference Schedule

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Opening Keynote: The 'me too.' Movement

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30pm ET

Tarana will speak about the origins of the ‘me too.’ Movement and the premise – that the power of empathy is key to survivors’ healing – that it is built on. She talks candidly about why sexual violence is so rampant in our culture and talks about concrete ways that every day citizens can interrupt it. Her talk is a call to action that is meant to inspire and motivate all who are affected by sexual violence- which is everyone.

 

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Roundtable One Options

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 11:45am-12:30pm ET

Choose One Option:

  • Informal Resolutions 
  • Intersection of BIT & Title IX 
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Title IX in the K-12 Setting
  • Athletics and Title IX
  • Advocacy and Prevention
  • Title IX & Race
  • Title IX in the Community College Setting
  • Free Speech and Sexual Harassment
  • Investigation Best Practices

 

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Featured Session A: Is your K-12 District ready? A Review and Facilitated Discussion of the Implications of the 2020 Title IX Regulations on K-12

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 12:40pm – 2:00pm ET

Does it seem like the new regulations were developed without full understanding of the K-12 context? This session will identify and discuss the most significant implications of the pending Title IX regulations on K-12 Districts and Schools. Participants will emerge with an understanding of how the new regulations will specifically affect their District’s Title IX infrastructure, practices, and compliance – and have the opportunity to craft and discuss solutions with their K-12 colleagues. Participants will be provided a written primer on the regulations they can use to inform stakeholders at their District.

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Featured Session A: Leaving Nothing to Chance: Intentional Applications of Informal Conflict Resolution Methods in the Title IX Environment

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 12:40pm – 2:00pm ET

Higher education has a long history of seeking to use informal methods of conflict resolution to address allegations of misconduct. Unfortunately, many of the efforts of colleges and universities have been ill-conceived and short-lived. In this session, Olshak will identify specific areas of conflict resolution methods that hold promise to remedy civil rights allegations, and identify the conditions required for these efforts to thrive. Olshak will specifically examine mediation, restorative practices, and conflict coaching, and offer a historical perspective on the need for institutional leadership, establishing the right programs and services for the individual community and its members, identifying and allocating appropriate resources, developing a culture and assessment, and establishing a sustainable program.

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Featured Session A: The New Title IX Regulations: How Not to Get Sued -- Best Practices and Lessons to Apply from Title IX Respondent Litigation

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 12:40pm – 2:00pm ET

The new Title IX regulations have laid out a robust grievance process before any finding of responsibility or discipline can be imposed on a responding student.  This presentation will focus on possible pitfalls for Title IX coordinators, investigators, and decisionmakers as colleges and universities begin to navigate new policies and procedures mandated by the new regulations.  In addition to a focus on the new regulations, this presentation will discuss key Title IX decisions that will likely inform how courts interpret key concepts in the new regulations, including fairness, notice, access to evidence, proper training, bias, stereotypes, and hearing processes.  The presenters will use this current and existing legal precedent to discuss best practices in Title IX student disciplinary proceedings.  The program presenters are nationally renowned for their work in this area and have been involved with some of the highest profile cases on behalf of respondent students in the country.

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Roundtable Two Options

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 2:30pm-3:15pm ET

Choose One Option:

  • Informal Resolutions 
  • Intersection of BIT & Title IX 
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Title IX in the K-12 Setting
  • Athletics and Title IX
  • Advocacy and Prevention
  • Title IX & Race
  • Title IX in the Community College Setting
  • Free Speech and Sexual Harassment
  • Investigation Best Practices

 

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Featured Session B: Thriving Under Pressure: Coaching Strategies for Title IX Practitioners

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 3:25pm – 5:00pm ET

Topic Description Forthcoming

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Featured Session B: Former Title IX Coordinators and Administrator Panel: The Convergence of Compliance and Moral Courage

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 3:25pm – 5:00pm ET

Despite the enormous responsibilities bestowed upon Title IX Coordinators, they often lack the authority, support, training, or resources required to oversee the institution’s or school’s compliance with Title IX efforts. Title IX Coordinators enter institutions and schools without having any input into the existing infrastructure for handling reports and complaints of sex discrimination in terms of policies, procedures, and investigations. Not having processes, procedures, and policies that treated cases consistently and irrespective of whether there is one investigation or 30 investigations at the same time, that the process would be the same time for each case and each complainant.This panel discussion will explore the various experiences of the panel members who are current and former Title IX Coordinators and administrators. Additionally, the panel members will highlight the challenges and comprehensive supports needed for Title IX Coordinators and administrators.

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Featured Session B: The Impact of Institutional Response on Student Survivors and Campus Culture

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 3:25pm – 5:00pm ET

How can a survivor-centered approach to Title IX adjudications actually benefit both parties? This interactive presentation explains how trauma-informed responses to complaints of sexual violence can create more equitable processes and protect the education of both complainants and respondents alike. By addressing common misconceptions about student survivors and highlighting the complex challenges faced by marginalized students – including survivors of color, disabled survivors, and LGBTQ survivors – during Title IX adjudications, as well as reviewing some of the recent recommendations issued by the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, we will explore how survivor justice is a necessary part of protecting all students’ civil rights, achieving campus cultural change, and dismantling societal support for gender-based violence.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 5:15pm – 6:15pm ET

Optional Receptions

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Featured Session C: When Do We Believe Survivors?

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am ET

In the wake of #MeToo going viral, a broad-based movement has rallied under that banner that it is time to believe survivors. And a loud backlash has asserted that any claims that survivors are entitled to be believed amounts to a violation of the rights of named harassers. The call to “Believe Survivors” grows out of a long legal and cultural history of mistrust of women’s truthfulness when they speak out about sexual violence. And this fight remains a very current one. Department of Education officials justified their revisions to the Title sexual harassment regulations by raising the specter of false allegations of sexual assault and suggesting that women and girls often claim that they were assaulted when they just regret having had sex in the first place. The keynote will provide context about the ways in which our cultural beliefs about gender and credibility inform the current debate about who is entitled to belief and how to create a fair institutional process for resolving allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

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Featured Session C: The Intersection of Title IX and BIT

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am ET

While the behavioral intervention team and Title IX administrators have individual roles and areas of expertise on campus, the two departments need to be prepared to collaborate and communicate as cases overlap and intersect. This presentation will discuss the overlap of BIT and Title IX and provide strategies for ensuring effective communication and collaboration. Additionally, the presentation will explore the role of Title IX on the BIT membership and will use case studies to provide participants hands-on experience with the intersection of the Title IX and BIT.

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Featured Session C: Playing Fair, Title IX & Gender Equity in K-12 Athletics

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am ET

This session will cover the basics of Title IX with respect to gender equity in athletics, including participation opportunities, treatment and benefits, anti-retaliation mandates, and more. The presentation will further review how Title IX operates within the K-12 athletics program context, wherever interscholastic sports are played at elementary, middle, and high schools, including charters. A brief review of the law and regulations will be included with examples of Title IX cases and settlements regarding athletics issues. Attendees will not only gain key general information about Title IX athletic equity requirements in K-12 education but will also come away with universal, easy-to-use tools for examining athletic programs to establish lasting equity for all students.

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Roundtable Three Options

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 11:45am – 12:30pm ET

Choose One Option:

  • Transgender Student Inclusivity
  • Equity Requirements Beyond Harassment
  • Title IX Jurisdictional Issues
  • Initial Actions & Report Generation Processes
  • Deliberate Indifference
  • Investigation Strategy & Planning Ahead
  • Title IX & Minors
  • Working Effectively with Hearing Panel Advisors
  • Bias & Cultural Competencies
  • Title IX Burnout

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Plenary Session: The Early Lessons for Implementing the 2020 Title IX Regulations

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 12:40pm – 1:25pm ET

TNG Partners and Catherine Spear will discuss the early lessons we have seen during the implementation of the 2020 Final Rule Regulations from the Department of Education. This will be a live panel discussion with inclusive Q&A time.

 

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Roundtable Four Options

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 2:30pm – 3:15pm ET

Choose One Option:

  • Transgender Student Inclusivity
  • Equity Requirements Beyond Harassment
  • Title IX Jurisdictional Issues
  • Initial Actions & Report Generation Processes
  • Deliberate Indifference
  • Investigation Strategy & Planning Ahead
  • Title IX & Minors
  • Working Effectively with Hearing Panel Advisors
  • Bias & Cultural Competencies
  • Title IX Burnout

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Closing Keynote: Science-Based Investigative Interviewing, the Neurobiology of Trauma, and Sexual Assault Investigations

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 3:45pm – 5:15pm ET

This session will consist of four brief presentations addressing the research and application of science-based investigative interviewing (Brandon & Meissner), the potential brain-based impacts of acute stress and trauma on human experience, cognition, behavior, and memory that must inform any effective methods for interviewing victims of sexual assault (Hopper), and the implications of interviewing methods and potential impacts of stress and trauma for adjudication processes (Wilson).

Event Speakers

Brenda Adams, J.D.

Senior Staff Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates

Brenda has committed her 12 years of practice to representing the most marginalized communities of our society, with an emphasis on providing access to justice for immigrants, members of the LGBT+ com...

Susan Brandon, Ph.D.

Consultant

Susan Brandon, Ph.D., served as Research Program Manager for the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) from early 2010 until December of 2017. The mandate for the HIG Research Program was to i...

Tarana Burke

Founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement and Advocate for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Tarana, a civil rights activist from the Bronx, started the ‘me too.’ Movement in 2006, when she laid out an action plan to reach out to survivors of sexual abuse. More than 10 years later, Tarana...

Jennifer Cunningham, M.A., M.S.

Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Resolution, Soka University of America

Her professional background includes working in higher education, local government and non-profit. She recently transitioned into handling Title IX investigations and Student Conduct at a small libera...

Lorie K. Dakessian, Esquire

Partner, Conrad O'Brien

Lorie Dakessian represents clients in several practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, white collar and internal investigations, student and educator misconduct cases, and data privacy...

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D.

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Maryland and ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland. Dr. Dodge works closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, students and external constituencies ...

Patricia Hamill, Esquire

Partner, Conrad O'Brien

Patricia M. Hamill is the Chair of the Title IX, Due Process and Campus Discipline practice at Conrad O’Brien, PC. She represents college students and professors nationwide who are subjected to cam...

Jim Hopper, Ph.D.

Consultant & Teaching Associate of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jim Hopper is an independent consultant and Teaching Associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. For over 25 years Dr. Hopper’s research, clinical and consulting work has focused on the p...

Robin Kelley, M. Ed., Ph.D.

Founder and President, Kelley Consulting Firm

Robin M. Kelley, Ph.D., president and CEO of Kelley Consulting Firm in Morrisville, North Carolina, who has approximately 20 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in higher educ...

W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board

W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a Partner with TNG, LLC. He is a co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA, the Association for Title IX Administrators and NaBITA, the National Behavioral Intervention Tea...

Melinda Manning, J.D., M.S.W.

Director, Beacon Program, University of North Carolina’s Hospital System, Faculty, University of North Carolina, & Chair of the Board of Directors, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Melinda Manning, JD, MSW is a former assistant dean of students at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this role, she created new options for survivors of intimate partner violence and created a program to teach facu...

Emily Martin, J.D.

Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center

Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center, oversees the Center’s advocacy, policy, and education efforts to ensure fair treatment and equal ...

Christian Meissner, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University

Dr. Meissner is Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, where he Directs the Applied Cognition Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioral Science from Florida State University (2...

Rick Olshak, M.S.

Director of Title IX Compliance, Texas A&M University System & ATIXA Advisory Board Member & TNG Affiliated Consultant

Rick has a Bachelors in Communications, a Masters in Student Personnel. He Completed doctoral coursework in educational administration. He has extensive training and experience in conflict resolution,...

Kel O’Hara

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Equal Rights Advocates

As a member of ERA’s legal team, Kel’s self-designed fellowship is the first project in the country to focus on supporting LGBTQ student survivors of sexual violence in school under Title IX. Kel...

Kim Pacelli, M.Ed., J.D.

Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Kim Pacelli is a Partner with TNG who is quite familiar with the day-to-day challenges facing colleges, universities, and schools. She provides practical advice that empowers institutions to confident...

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S.

Executive Director, NaBITA & Vice President of Case Management Initiatives, TNG

Makenzie Schiemann is the Vice President of Case Management Initiatives at TNG and the Executive Director for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA). Makenzie started her profe...

Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.

Partner, TNG & ATIXA Advisory Board

aunie Schuster is a Partner with TNG, a national risk management legal consulting firm. Ms. Schuster is a recognized expert in preventive and civil rights law for education, notably in the fields of ...

John Shields, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Senior Research Scientist, ETR

Dr. John P. Shields, PhD, MSW leads ETR’s School-Based Health & Wellness (SBHW) portfolio, which includes a wide range of research, evaluation, and information technology projects across a diverse s...

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.

Chair, TNG & President, ATIXA

Brett Sokolow is the Chair of TNG (TNG, LLC), a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting and law firm with more than 3,000 education-sector clients, 35 executive and support employees, an...

Catherine Spear, J.D.

Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity & Title IX, University of Southern California

As of August 2020, Catherine Spear serves as the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX at the University of Southern California (USC). In that role, Catherine is responsible for m...

Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

President, TNG & Vice President, ATIXA

Daniel Swinton is the President of TNG, LLC. Daniel consults frequently with colleges, universities and K-12 on issues of Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act and sexual violence, alcohol and othe...

Kim Turner, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney & Project Director at Legal Aid at Work

Kim Turner, Legal Aid at Work Kim is a senior staff attorney with the Gender Equity & LGBTQ Rights Program of Legal Aid at Work, as well as project director of the organization’s Fair Play for Girls...

Christopher F. Wilson, PsyD, LLC.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Chris Wilson is a licensed psychologist from Portland, Oregon. For the past 20 years, he’s worked with victims, survivors, and perpetrators of trauma. He currently runs Being Trauma Informed (BT...

Bob Wood, M.A.

Title IX Coordinator, Gwynedd Mercy University

This is Bob’s tenth year working as a Title IX Coordinator. Currently he is in his third year at Gwynedd Mercy University. Bob is the first full time Title IX Coordinator at Gwynedd Mercy University...

Amy Zavadil, Ph.D.

Founder, Amy Zavadil Consulting and ATIXA Advisory Board Member

Dr. Zavadil is a change agent with more than a decade of experience in higher education, assisting with organizational change and attention to inclusion efforts. Dr. Zavadil provides content developme...

Quick View: Schedule

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

10:00am-11:30am ET – Opening Keynote and Q&A (live)

11:45am-12:30pm ET – Roundtable One – Choice of 10 Roundtables (live)

12:40pm-2:00pm ET – Featured A – Choice of 3 Presentations and Q&A’s (Q&A’s live)

2:00pm – 2:30pm ET – 30-Minute Lunch Break

2:30pm-3:15pm ET – Roundtable Two – Choice of 10 Roundtables (live)

3:25pm-5:00pm ET – Featured B – Choice of 3 Presentations and Q&A’s (Q&A’s live)

5:15pm-6:15pm ET – Optional Receptions (live)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

10:00am-11:30am ET – Featured C – Choice of 3 Presentations and Q&A’s (Q&A’s live)

11:45am-12:30pm ET – Roundtable Three – Choice of 10 Roundtables (live)

12:40pm-2:00pm ET – Plenary Session and Q&A (live)

2:00pm – 2:30pm ET – 30-Minute Lunch Break

2:30pm-3:15pm ET – Roundtable Four – Choice of 10 Roundtables (live)

3:45pm-5:15pm ET – Closing Keynote and Q&A (live)

Pricing

Attend the Conference Live:
Member Discounted Pricing: $299/person
Non-Member Pricing: $399/person
Register for a fall ATIXA Training and Certification Course and receive a 15% discount off of the live conference pricing. You must register for the course first and then you will have the option to add the conference to your cart, where the discount will be applied. To learn more, please click HERE to visit the Training and Certification page. 

Recording Package Only:
Recording Package Only: $299/person
The Recording Package is available for Pre-Purchase and will be in your Digital Library by October 16, 2020.

Please note, the recording package will not include the Live Q&A’s, Roundtables, and Receptions.

Research Grants & Scholarships

Research Grants

ATIXA provides $2500 research awards annually, given to those creating new and innovative research in the field of Title IX Compliance and Best Practices. The ATIXA Research award is granted based on the scope of the study, the contribution to the field, and advancement of best practices. ATIXA encourages academic research and scholarship regarding sexual assault prevention, investigation, coordination, and administration at two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as K-12 institutions.

Research may include quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method designs and should follow professional guidelines. Research should address questions important to the field of sexual assault prevention, investigations, coordination, and/or administration of policy. Research should include implications for practice and future research.

Those chosen for the research awards will be expected to do one of the following: 1) present their research during a 60-minute ATIXA online training; 2) present their research during a 45-minute ATIXA conference concurrent session; or 3) write 4 one-page summaries of their research findings for use as an ATIXA Member Newsletter Tip of the Week series.

Although we closed our 2020 Research Grants on July 17, 2020, we would like to open them up again for anyone interested to submit until the 2020 Annual Conference. All applicants will be notified after October 16, 2020.

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Scholarships

Scholarships will be available for the 2020 ATIXA Virtual Training & Certification Courses, being held September – December 2020, please click below to submit an application. Scholarships for the 2020 Annual Conference are not available.

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FAQS / find your answers

If you require accommodations for the 2020 Annual Conference, please email conference@atixa.org as soon as possible.

Attend the Conference Live:
Member Discounted Pricing: $299/person
Non-Member Pricing: $399/person
Register for a fall ATIXA Training and Certification Course and receive a 15% discount off of the live conference pricing. You must register for the course first and then you will have the option to add the conference to your cart, where the discount will be applied. To learn more, please click HERE to visit the Training and Certification page. 

Recording Package Only:
Recording Package Only: $299/person
The Recording Package is available for Pre-Purchase and will be in your Digital Library by October 16, 2020

Each Training & Certification Course throughout September-December, 2020 has the ability to bundle with our 2020 Annual Conference, being held October 6-7, 2020.

By clicking on the ‘Register Now’ links in each course offering, you will be offered a discounted Conference rate prior to check out.

The 15% discounted rate can only be purchased in conjunction with our Training & Certification Courses at point of purchase, as we cannot add in the discount after purchase.

Click here to view our courses.

Upon purchase, you will receive a confirmation email providing you with the link to the 2020 ATIXA Lobby. This page will provide you the information for the 2020 Annual Conference. Zoom links and Slide Materials will show up 7-days prior to the Conference start date.

The slide materials and recordings are available 3-months after the Conference.

If you purchase the Recording Package only, you will have that indefinitely.

The 2020 ATIXA Lobby page will allow access to properly registered attendees. If the page does not let you in, or you find the Lobby does not have the Conference listed, then we do not have you registered correctly.

Please contact us at conference@atixa.org so that we can provide assistance.

ATIXA is currently working on a pathway for this to happen, we will notify our attendees and the field by August 12, 2020.

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