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  22nd Annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference

May 9 and 10: Albany Marriott

  CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS 

The New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference inspires and equips participants with skills and strategies to strengthen families, prevent child abuse and ensure the healthy development of children.  Prevent Child Abuse New York is seeking workshop proposals that focus on advancing the knowledge, skills and expertise of practitioners in today’s complex environment through the lens of addressing root causes of maltreatment.  Preference is given to presentations that are highly interactive, specifically including strategies to engage the audience and leave participants with new skills and learning they can immediately put to use in their organizations, homes and communities. 

Prevent Child Abuse New York believes that we must address the root causes of abuse—these are the factors that contribute to stress and unhealthy manifestations of pressure and tension.  We have recently released a series of position papers, grounded in research, to emphasize the importance of addressing the causes of child abuse.  Until we are able to address and mitigate these root causes of abuse and reduce stressors on families, we will never have meaningful impact on the vast numbers of children suffering from maltreatment.

Together, we can turn these root causes of abuse into the strong roots a family needs to succeed.  The workshop areas for this year’s conference are focused on the prevention of child abuse by addressing root causes and social determinants of health.

Workshop areas of focus include:

ò Prevent Child Abuse through Primary Prevention Initiatives

ò Prevent Child Abuse by Concentrating on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

ò Prevent Child Abuse by Providing High-Quality Early Learning

ò Prevent Child Abuse by Creating Economic Stability and Stable Housing

ò Prevent Child Abuse through Home Visiting

   Prevent Child Abuse through Preconception Planning

The deadline to submit is February 22, 2017.

In addition to workshops, we are also interested in institutes (2-part workshops).  The maximum number of presenters per session is limited to two.  Anticipated conference attendance is between 250-350 attendees.  Workshop size varies greatly depending on topic.  Popular topics can draw 50 or more people, while other topics are better suited to small groups of 15-20; most workshop attendance falls somewhere in between.  Workshop length is 1.5 hours; institute length is 3 hours.  We encourage submission of proposals at advanced levels for experienced professionals, as well as proposals for less experienced professionals.

You may choose to cover more than one area of focus in your workshop.  Examples of workshop topics we are looking for this year include, but are not limited to, the following:

Area of focus 1:  Prevent Child Abuse through Primary Prevention Initiatives

ò Applying the Protective Factor Framework to program design and implementation and/or outcomes

ò Strategies to strengthen and enhance children’s safety

ò Effective community collaborations and partnerships

ò Building capacity to respond to vicarious trauma at an organizational level

ò Cross-systems collaboration/integrating systems

ò Mental health services for children and teens

ò Strategies to build healthy attachments and healthy relationships

ò Addressing post-partum and maternal depression

ò Ages and stages: incorporating child and lifespan development into services

ò Engaging difficult to reach populations (e.g., teens, immigrants, refugees)

ò Engaging schools and communities in child sexual abuse prevention

ò Innovative approaches to child sexual abuse prevention

ò Reducing and responding to bullying and peer violence

ò Community coordination of parenting education resources

Area of focus 2:  Prevent Child Abuse by Concentrating on Adverse Childhood Experiences

ò Working with children/families who have experienced trauma

ò Tools to recognize and respond to vicarious trauma for practitioners

ò Integrating ACES into work with families

ò The intersection of ACES and mental health, substance abuse and/or poverty

ò Toxic stress and its impact on the brain

ò Strategies to build healthy attachments and healthy relationships

ò The effect of ACES on child development

Area of focus 3:  Prevent Child Abuse by Providing High-Quality Early Learning

ò Incorporating art, music or theater into work with children

ò Family engagement (possible institute: Addressing barriers to family engagement through the lens of ACES/Successful engagement of families)

ò Integrating the Protective Factor Framework into practice

ò Supporting infant/child mental health, including social and emotional development

ò Responding to children’s challenging behaviors

ò The effect of ACES on child development

ò Incorporating child and lifespan development into services

ò Cultural competency in service provision

ò Understanding the intersect between home visiting and child care

ò Reducing and responding to bullying and peer violence

Area of focus 4:  Prevent Child Abuse by Creating Economic Stability and Stable Housing

ò Toxic stress and its impact on the brain

ò Working with families in crisis

ò Intentional coordination of communication and services among multiple providers

ò Coordinating and strengthening economic supports at the community level

ò Prevention and homelessness

Area of focus 5:   Prevent Child Abuse through Home Visiting Programs

ò Engagement in voluntary programs and services

ò Promoting father engagement

ò Responding to children’s challenging behaviors

ò Parenting vulnerable children with special needs

ò Cultural competency in service provision

ò Strategies to build healthy attachments and healthy relationships

ò Addressing post-partum and maternal depression

ò Cultivating parent leaders and advocates

ò Growing and sustaining family engagement

ò Supported referrals to community services

ò Understanding the intersect between home visiting and child care

Area of focus 6:  Prevent Child Abuse through Preconception Planning

ò How to talk to families about family planning

ò Introducing local services and supports to families

ò Prevention partnerships with health providers

ò Population based prevention initiatives

Criteria for all workshops:

ò Presented through the lens of at least one area of focus

ò Include an interactive component

ò Provide participants with “take home” handouts on key information and concepts

ò Cannot sell goods or services

ò Submission deadline: February 22, 2017

Presenter benefits and responsibilities:

ò Prevent Child Abuse New York will promote workshops and presenters through email, social network and our website

ò Prevent Child Abuse New York will waive the conference registration fee for the day of the presentation for the primary presenter and one additional presenter

ò Presenters are responsible for travel, lodging and copies of handouts for workshop participants

ò Presenters who wish to use a PowerPoint presentation are responsible for bringing their own laptop, LCD projectors and hard copies of the PowerPoint to the workshop.  An electronic copy of the PowerPoint must also be provided to Prevent Child Abuse New York.

SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL

ò Please submit your proposal through the submission link above.

ò Supplementary material (workshop handouts and presenter resumes) cannot be submitted through the website.  Please email these materials to conference@preventchildabuseny.org

ò Questions about your proposals should be directed to Tamaé Memole at 518.445.1273 x102

ò Mailed or faxed proposals will NOT be accepted

ò Incomplete proposals will NOT be accepted

ò PLEASE SAVE A COPY OF YOUR PROPOSAL PRIOR TO SUBMISSION SO YOU HAVE A RECORD OF WHAT YOU HAVE SENT

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Who Should Attend?

Attendees represent many different disciplines, working in varying arenas: parenting education, family support, child abuse prevention and child protective services, intervention and treatment, domestic violence, early childhood education, health care, mental health, legal services, schools and in the home as parents. Their common vision is to build a world where all children grow in healthy and nurturing homes, schools, neighborhoods and communities.

Conference Sponsor

The conference is co-presented by the New York State Children and Family Trust Fund, New York State Office of Children and Family Services