Future Forward Summit

An IACP Member-Only Event

September 9 & 10, 2024, in Ames, IA

Are you ready to embrace the future? Are you passionate about making a difference?

Join us for an empowering summit dedicated to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), Peer Support Specialists, and C-suite leaders alike. Discover new approaches necessary to navigate the evolving landscape of the industry - where challenges are met with relentless resilience and innovation.

Click here to register for the Future Forward Summit today!

At the IACP Future Forward Summit summit, you will:

  • Learn from national industry experts about the latest strategic tools to thrive in an ever-changing industry, including AI and data-driven decision-making.
  • Gain valuable insights into enhancing career paths and retention strategies for DSPs, Peer Support Specialists, and organizational leaders.
  • Explore ways to adapt and thrive in a cost-conscious environment without compromising on quality.
  • Network with like-minded professionals and exchange ideas on best practices in behavioral health and disability services.


  • $50.00 for Direct Support Professionals & Peer Support Specialists - Full Event
  • $250.00 for IACP Members - Full Event
  • $100.00 for IACP Members - Reception Only


Gateway Hotel, 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, IA 50014

  • A room block for IACP Future Forward Summit attendees has been reserved (available through August 19, 2024). Your confirmation email will include the room block code once you complete your Summit registration.

Calendar of Events

Monday September 9, 2024
  • Summit Industry Transformation for C-Suite Leaders – 9:30am – 4:00pm
    • 9:30am – 10:00am – Registration
    • 10:00am – 11:30am – Session
      • Adapting in the Face of Adversity: Improving Organizational Resilience: This session will delve into strategies to improve organizational health in the face of adversity. Focusing on self-care, self-awareness, and team leadership as drivers for strengthening organizational effectiveness and productivity, we will explore proven methodologies, best practices, and innovative strategies to empower leaders to guide their teams through crises and emerge stronger.
    • 11:30am – 12:30pm – Lunch
    • 12:30pm – 4:00pm - Sessions
      • The Big Rethink: What if collectively we have great intentions, a solid track record and yet we are not focused on the real problems before us?  Keep reading and resist the urge to retreat to the points of view we can become overly reliant on. In this session you will hear ideas that make us all think hard and rethink what we should be doing going forward.
      • The Future of Our Part of the Healthcare Industry.  Are you ready?  
    • 4:30pm – 6:00pm - DSP and Peer Support Specialist Awards and Reception
  • DSP and Peer Support Specialist Celebration Session – 12:30pm – 4:00pm
    • 12:00pm – 12:30pm – Registration
    • 12:30pm – 2:00 PM - Welcome and Session (more details to come soon)
    • 2:30 - 4:00pm – Session: 
      • Avoiding Burnout - Take Care of Yourself First - You took the job because you want to make a difference, you want to spend your professional life helping others. How cool is that? But the work can be tough, the clients difficult, and sometimes it feels like management just doesn’t care, or maybe they’re just so busy they don’t have time to listen.  

        In this workshop, learn more about being your best self, and how you can strengthen your team doing the work you love.  Be mindful of taking care of yourself, set boundaries for yourself, and learn how to effectively communicate up so you get the support you need to do the amazing awesome work you do every day, helping your people get better and be their best selves! 
    • 4:30pm – 6:00pm - DSP and Peer Support Specialist Awards and Reception (Click to learn more about DSP Award nominations or Peer Support Specialist Award nominations.)

 Tuesday September 10, 2024

  • Future Forward Summit for C-Suite Leaders Day 2  – 8:00am – 11:30am
    • 8:00am – 9:30am – Breakfast
    • 9:30am - 11:30am – Session
      • Coaching to the Right Automation Strategy:  AI Playbook - Humans with AI will Replace Humans Without AI
      • A Look at How HR is Changing in the Next Five Years: 10 ways HR is changing and why it is important to be on the leading edge of change, even though no one likes change! Embracing the realities will be a significant difference maker.
Click here to register for the Future Forward Summit today!



Summit Sponsorship

Relentless Advocate Event Sponsor: $5000

  • Table with electricity for full event
  • Three full event registrations
  • Three invitations DSP & Peer Support Specialist Awards Ceremony and Reception with
  • Company logo on event marketing including IACP website, communication, and awards reception
  • List of attendees before and after the event

Relentless Supporter Sponsor: $2000

  • Table with electricity for full event
  • One general event registration
  • One invitation to the DSP & Peer Support Specialist Awards Ceremony and Reception
  • Company logo on some pre-event marketing including website and materials
  • List of attendees after the event
Click here to secure your sponsorship today!