Overcome Objections and Get the Support You Deserve

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

  1. Determine whether your organization has a formal professional development policy, form, and/or budget for employees.
  2. Review the conference agenda to identify the educational sessions and networking events that address specific needs within your organization.
  3. 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]:

The Cape Cod Symposium takes place September 5–8, 2024, at the Cape Cod Village at the Emerald Resort. The Cape Cod Symposium provides superior clinical education and networking for addiction, behavioral health, and mental health professionals. Clinicians and executives alike convene and work together to improve and refine outcome-based addiction disorder services and patient care. Attending means that I 

  • Earn continuing education credits
  • Learn from a diverse curriculum that includes topics important in our field
  • Re-energize myself professionally through networking
  • Stay ahead of emerging topics that reflect today’s headlines
  • Receive coffee breaks and lunches included in the conference registration fee

Approximate Investment for My Attendance: [Adjust as needed]

  • Travel costs: $300
  • Accommodation (2 nights at $195/night*): $390*
  • Dinners (2 days at $25): $50
  • Attendee Rate for 3 days: $525**  
  • Total approximate cost to attend: $1,265
*Does not include hotel taxes & fees
**$525: Lowest rate for clinicians

I would like to request approval to attend the Cape Cod Symposium, as I believe it will keep me up-to-date on the latest trending topics, allow me to expand my professional network, and provide practical takeaways that I can share with my colleagues.


[Your Name]