Call for Proposals

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Proposals are sought that address clinical, programmatic, research and policy issues and showcase models focused on children, youth and families involved in the child welfare and justice systems who are affected by substance use disorders. The conference will highlight the cross-system partnerships and practice changes that are needed to address the multiple needs of affected families. Workshop content should be focused on sharing knowledge that improves clinical strategies or policy and program development for these children and families. Presenting clinical and program information with evaluation results is highly desired.


Submissions are encouraged from front-line practitioners and administrators of child welfare, substance abuse treatment services, juvenile and family courts, law enforcement, educators, maternal and child health, community organizations serving youth and children’s mental health, as well as from policy-makers and researchers. We seek proposals that will explore new concepts and enhance knowledge to be shared and implemented in the communities of the attendees. Presenters are encouraged to focus on transfer of knowledge, skills, or ideas to participants.


Types of Sessions

Throughout the course of the conference there will be approximately seventy sessions. Session times will vary in format and length between forty minutes, seventy-five minutes and ninety minutes.  


Traditional Workshops: These sessions will include a presentation on a particular topic, practice or case study, followed by audience interaction such as discussion or question/answer.  Often traditional workshops include more than one speaker (75 or 90 minutes in length).


Mini-Plenary: These sessions will provide content on specific topics from recognized experts.  They will offer a broad view of the topic to provoke dialogue and thought (75 or 90 minutes in length). 


Demonstrations or Research Briefings: These sessions are short and are intended to introduce one skill or piece of knowledge through either an overview of a program or practice session.  Examples include: introduction to a specific evidenced-based practice curricula, team-building exercise, or findings from an evaluation or research study.  Presenters are asked to provide a written handout with resources attendees can use to learn more (40 minutes in length).


Discussions: These sessions will encourage dialogue and exploration of a specific topic.  A brief presentation (no more than 10 minutes in length) is followed by a structured discussion format (40 or 75 minutes in length).


Panels: A moderated presentation and discussion with several experts in the specific topic.  Examples include: panel of a client, staff member and evaluator discussing an intervention OR three experts hold a fish-bowl discussion on areas of agreement and disagreement (75 or 90 minutes in length).