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Conference Registration Portal

You may register online now using our new registration portal through OpenWater. You can start a new registration or continue an In process registration by viewing your open registrations under My Applications on the left menu; you will find your conference registration and presenter proposals there.

You will need to log into the portal using your ACA/ACES/SACES email address to login.

Registration Rates

When you log in using your SACES membership account, the applicable rate will automatically be provided for you in the registration form.

Member Type
 Early Bird Rate*
May 15 - Jul 15
$75 savings
 Regular Rate
Jul 16 - Sep 15
$50 savings
 Onsite Rate
Sep 15 - Oct 13

 Professional $185  $210  $260
 Student  $135  $160  $210
 Non-member  $235  $260  $310

*Earlybird registration ends 7/15/18; a completed registration includes payment.
ALL PRESENTERS receive the early bird discounted registration rate and MUST register by this deadline in order to be listed in the conference program.

Conference Sponsors ONLY: If you do not intend to participate in the conference and you are only completing this form to sign up as a conference sponsor or exhibitor, create a conference sponsor only free membership account and register using that profile. You may select the sponsorship option you desire and pay for it through the portal. View the sponsorship page for more details.

Additional Registration Options

  • Opening Reception (Thursday evening) $0
  • Presidential Reception (Friday evening) $0
  • Business Meeting/Awards Luncheon (Friday) $20 *
  • Add a Guest for the Luncheon $30*
  • Boxed Lunch (Saturday) $15*
  • Add a Guest for the Boxed Lunch $15*
  • Preconference workshops (Thursday) $25
  • Hard copy program (a free pdf & app will be available) $10
  • CEU certificate $0
  • Sponsorship (view the sponsorship page for details)

*Our total costs are $40 per person for the luncheon and $30 for the boxed lunch; SACES is subsidzing the cost of these meals.

Don't forget to book your hotel reservation online before September 18, 2018 or it sells out! Visit the Conference 2018 page for more details.

Payment Types

You can pay online with a credit card through PayPal or pay by check. Make check payable to ACES and please include a copy of your SACES invoice with the check or write "SACES Invoice #" on the memo line so it will be credited properly to your registration. Send check to:

Dr. Brian J. Dew
ACES Treasurer
Georgia State University
Dept. of Counseling and Psychological Services
P.O. Box 3980
Atlanta, GA 30302

Refund Policy

A cancellation request must be received via email to if you are also cancelling your presentation, please copy as well. An administrative fee will be assessed to cover registration costs, credit card transaction fees, and conferences expenses incurred as a result of the registration. All refund requests must be received in writing by 10/31/18.

Weather-related late cancellations: We committed to keeping registration prices low over the past several years. However, we have already committed extensive financial resources for the conference spaces, hotel rooms, receptions, meals, totes, lanyards, programs, etc. based on registrations. With weather-related events impacting conference travel, we lose money with late cancellations. Therefore, the $100 admin fee is designed to offset the losses and still allow us to cover our conference and operating budgets for the next two years.

  • Cancel before September 27, 2018 - a full refund less a $20 admin fee
  • After September 27, 2018 - a refund less a $100 admin fee


Questions about your conference registration? please contact the Conference Registration Co-Coordinators, Lauren Downey and Dana Griffin (

Questions or issues with your SACES member account or login? Please contact the Membership Chair, Dr. Chris Belser at If you join ACA/ACES near a registration deadline, your membership profile may take a few days to update; this can quickly be addressed with a copy of your new member or renewal receipt. However, we encourage you to login early to avoid any technical difficulties before the deadline.

You do not need to be a member to register. You may still register for our conference as a non-member; however, there will be an additional cost for registration. Create a non-member account here.  Note for students: it will be more affordable for you to join as a SACES member and receive the student rate!

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