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Coming Together for Action (CT4A)

Global Alliance’s biennial interdisciplinary symposium on behavioral health, social justice, & healthier communities.

Coming Together for Action (CT4A) Chicago September 26-28, 2024

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September 26–28, 2024

Coming Together For Action

The 2024 symposium theme is Toward Mental Wellness.

The Global Alliance collaborates with individuals with lived expertise, researchers and practitioners from across disciplines to promote mental wellness for all in settings where we live, learn, work, pray, and play. Now more than ever we need to work together to counter threats to mental wellness—health disparities, global conflicts, climate change, increased displacement, erosion of human rights—and to reimagine ways to create settings, social environments, and policies that promote wellness.

Our 2024 symposium furthers our call to action in addressing individuals, families, and communities in local, national, and global contexts through an interdisciplinary lens. Will you be there?

Sign up for Global Alliance emails to be notified when registration opens!

Chicago's iconic Bean

Where it all began! CT4A 2024 will be held on the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) campus. Save the date for an interdisciplinary symposium in the same city as our very first meeting in 1924!

Call for Proposals

Underscoring the need to act, the Global Alliance invites submissions that illustrate innovative and effective efforts. Preference will be given to proposals that have engaged community partners and/or people with lived experience throughout all phases of their work and demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Presentations may address research, policy, and practice. We will broadly focus on three main areas: equity, behavioral health across the lifespan, and children and families. 

CT4A welcomes submissions that examine systems, settings and policies that focus on response to the current crisis and, the prevention of future crises.

Coming Together For Action symposium call for proposals deadline extended to March 1, 2024

About the Symposium

Coming Together for Action (CT4A) is a biennial event that explores cutting-edge research, practice, and policy in behavioral health and concrete actions that we can take to strengthen behavioral health and social justice for all.

CT4A brings together individuals with backgrounds in psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, law, planning, education, international community development, political science, technology, economics, and more. Our attendees include early and mid-career professionals, teens, college students, retirees, and people of all kinds with valuable lived experience at the intersections of health, justice, and communities.

The most recent conference was held in Baltimore, MD, October 27-30, 2022. The year’s theme was New Directions for Behavioral Health: Building Socially Connected and Just Communities.

Participants of the 2022 Policy Institute pre-conference workshop
Participants of the 2022 Policy Institute pre-conference workshop

Why attend Coming Together for Action?

Improving Mental Health and Well-being for Others

Are you engaged in innovative research or practice to improve mental health and well-being for individuals, families, and communities?

Thoughtful, Practical, and Engaging Sessions

Looking for thoughtful, practical, and engaging sessions with real-world relevance that bring the research to life?

Networking Across Behavioral Health Disciplines

Interested in networking with researchers and practitioners from other disciplines engaged in behavioral health work?

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This is the gathering for you!


Research, innovation, and action are critically needed to promote behavioral health among individuals, families, and communities. Join researchers, practitioners, community members, policymakers, and students to share innovative and effective efforts to:

  • Prevent behavioral health challenges
  • Promote health and well-being
  • Foster responsive community systems
  • Value wellness and healing knowledge of marginalized individuals, families, and communities
  • Develop strategies for addressing social determinants of mental health
  • Increase equity across communities

Membership has its benefits

Join the Global Alliance and receive a reduced registration rate for Coming Together for Action!

Membership in the Global Alliance also gives you:

  • Access to a diverse community of individuals drawn together by a dedication to the study of human behavior broadly defined and its relationship to the delivery of behavioral health services
  • Access to cutting-edge research in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
  • Opportunities to network with like-minded professionals
  • Access to resources through our membership in various national and international coalitions
  • Competitive membership rates

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