Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals Online Submission Portal Opens August 2nd!

More detailed instructions for submitting your proposal will be posted in the coming weeks. For now, review the topic areas for the 2020 conference and begin thinking of a great proposal to submit!

Special topic tracks

Behavioral Health Equity
Co-sponsored by the Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of South Florida, presenters in this track will provide forward-thinking and multidisciplinary approaches to address behavioral health disparities in our progressively complex health system – showcasing the latest evidence-based research and discoveries, innovative programs, and effective policies advancing behavioral health equity among vulnerable populations both domestically and globally. With growing diversity in our country and the current failure to reduce or eliminate associated risk factors that can influence behavioral health and health outcomes, it is imperative that policymakers, researchers, and the larger behavioral health community more fully examine the entire continuum of our complex health system. Therefore, topical discussions will also focus on the look at the upstream, midstream and downstream factors impacting health equity for under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized groups.

Child Welfare
Co-sponsored by Casey Family Programs and the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, this track showcases new developments in community-based and other interventions to prevent or mitigate the impact of child maltreatment. The track also includes presentations on how to address behavioral health issues for both children and parents involved in child welfare.

Evidence-Based Practice in Systems of Care
Sponsored by the Child and Family Evidence-Based Practice Consortium, this track highlights research and technical assistance informing effective implementation of evidence-based practice in systems of care. Presentations focus upon workforce development, sustainability, and the implementation knowledge to practice gap in behavioral health care and child welfare.

Family Engagement
Sponsored by the Family-Run Executive Leadership Association, this track focuses on presentations highlighting innovative research designs that partner with parents, family members, and family-run organizations, as well as research efforts led by family members and family-run organizations. Research areas include: family engagement in child-serving systems such as juvenile justice, behavioral health, or child welfare; partnerships between family members or family-run organizations and researchers/evaluators; and unique roles family members and family-run organization leaders play in research and evaluation. Of particular interest are research findings that will help shape policies, practices, and treatments leading to positive long-term outcomes for children, youth, young adults and families impacted by mental and behavioral health.

Innovations in Wraparound
Sponsored by the National Wraparound Initiative, in this track, leaders in Wraparound management, supervision, evaluation, quality assurance, and research will present an array of cutting-edge developments in care coordination for youth with complex needs. Sessions will focus on predictors of child and family outcomes, new measures of Wraparound implementation and quality, and training and workforce development approaches. Topical discussions on youth-driven care and serving culturally diverse youth round out the track.

Youth and Young Adults
Sponsored by the Learning and Working RTC, the goal of this track is to share research findings to improve the lives of and services, treatments and supports for youth and young adults (ages 14-30) living with or at risk of mental health and/or substance use conditions. This track includes research on issues relating to the transition to adulthood for adolescents, and appropriate services for youth and young adults, including developmentally tailored and culturally appealing services and supports and related policy issues. The track also includes presentations highlighting the value and impact of youth and young adult involvement in the design and delivery of services, supports, and policies.

Innovative Initiatives on Improving Men and Boys Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Movember Foundation is working toward a world where men and boys take action to be mentally healthy and well, and are supported by their friends, family, and community during tough times. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about this track for the conference and new partnership between the Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, and the Movember Foundation!

General topic areas

  • Research and policy associated with preventing and alleviating trauma in the lives of families, children, and emerging adults
  • Systems research on processes that impact effectiveness
  • Research on family, youth and young adult roles in behavioral health services
  • Innovative approaches to research and evaluation in complex behavioral health settings
  • Community-based policy approaches addressing Substance Use/Dual Diagnosis services
  • Early childhood behavioral health
  • Building capacity to provide coordinated behavioral health community responses to American Indian/Alaska Native families

Call for Proposals Online Submission Portal Opens August 2nd!