Overcome Objections and Get the Support You Deserve

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

  1. Determine if your organization has a formal professional development policy, form, and/or designated budget for employees.
  2. Review the daily schedule for the conference to identify the educational sessions and networking events that address the specific needs within your organization
  3. Begin preparing your proposal.

Communicate Why You Should Attend

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

Dear [Employer],

The East Coast Symposium takes place November 8–10, 2024, at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. The East Coast 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. There, I can

  • 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
  • Receive coffee breaks and lunches as part of the fee

Approximate Investment for My Attendance:

  • Travel costs: $300
  • Accommodation (2 nights at $192/night*): $384*
  • Dinners (2 days at $25): $50
  • Attendee Rates for 3 days: $525**  
  • Total cost to attend: $1,259
*Does not include hotel taxes & fees
**$525: Lowest rate for clinicians

I would like to request approval to attend the East Coast Symposium, as I believe it will not only keep me up-to-date on important topics and allow me to expand my professional network, but also provide practical takeaways that I can then share with my colleagues.


[Your Name]