Call for Presentations

Conference Dates

The NPN Conference will take place in Anaheim, California on September 12-14, 2017.

Link to Online Form: Online application has closed.

Method of Communication

Notification will be sent out electronically from to the main contact on the application.

Travel (not included)

Presenters are responsible for travel and lodging accommodations, and other associated costs for this conference. These fees and costs will not be reimbursed by the Conference Committee.

For lodging block and travel information, please click here.

Important Dates

Online Form Open: Monday, March 6, 2017
Online Application Deadline:
 Friday, April 14, 2017 by 5:00 pm PDT
Letter of Notification: Week of June 14, 2017
Deadline to Respond and Complete Online Registration Form: Friday, June 30, 2017
Presentation and Resource File: Friday, August 11, 2017

*Note: Travel and lodging is not included. Tip: block your lodging as soon as possible if you plan on attending to ensure you have a room at the host hotel.

Presenter Responsibility and Guidelines

  • Presenters are responsible for travel and lodging accommodations, and other associated costs for this conference. These fees and costs will not be reimbursed by the Conference Committee.
  • Presenters should bring all presentation files with them to the conference on a portable drive (CD or jump drive).
  • Presenters are to distribute, to the host organization and project management contractor, a downloadable PDF file for participants to download in advance of the conference from the conference website, if applicable.
  • Presenters, when possible, are encouraged to use the logos and marketing logos available on the conference website in their presentations to brand the presentation. A slidedeck template is available upon request to approved presenters.
  • Presenters are required to relate their presentation to the conference theme, Rooted in Tradition, Strengthened by Science, Evolving the Field of Prevention. It is also the 30th Anniversary of the event.
  • Presentations that appear to be promotional in nature may not be considered.
  • Presenters are encouraged to interact and participate on conference social media accounts.
  • Any group or panel of speakers may not be larger than 4 people total (includes an outside facilitator).
  • Presenters may propose to speak in multiple workshops.

Benefits of Presenting

  • Presenters receive a $200 registration discount off of the conference rate (opt in)
  • Share expertise, research or program information with colleagues
  • Play an important role in a leading national conference
  • Expand your professional portfolio
  • Meals, participant items, CEHs and/or any other item available to participants
  • Thank you message from the NPN President and NASADAD President
  • Listing on the conference electronic marketing/program materials.

The committee invites proposals that:

  • Reflect emerging techniques and cutting edge content related to substance use prevention
  • Provide advanced content for researchers
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement
  • Deliver model practices using approaches for different types of learners
  • Present evidence based on, or supported by, research
  • Use multimedia approaches to enhance attendee learning

Workshop Topics and Conference Theme

Workshop proposals should fit into one of six (6) possible topics. Proposals should address the conference theme, Rooted in Tradition, Strengthened by Science, Evolving the Field of Prevention. It is also the 30th Anniversary of the event.

Highlighted Topics:

  1. Prevention Workforce Development
  2. Emerging Drug Issues/Trends/Best Practices in Substance Use Prevention
  3. Substance Use Prevention and Primary Care
  4. Evidence-based Programs, Strategies, Emerging Practices
  5. Prevention and Addressing Disparities
  6. Prevention Across the Continuum of Care in Primary and Behavioral Health

Note: The descriptors below for each topic are representative of issues, trends and discussion points provided by the committee as examples. Presenters may submit proposals outside of the descriptors listed below; however, they must relate to substance use prevention. Downloadable list of topics.

1. Prevention Workforce Development

Topic Categories and Examples:

Certification; leadership skills; strengthening the prevention workforce; rural prevention workforce development; technology; implementation and diffusion of evidence-based practices; youth leadership; multi-generational workplace issues; retention and recruitment, training, and succession planning; also in relationship with partnering and working with: National, State Agency, and local community partnerships; coalitions; law enforcement; military/national guard; mental health organizations; hospitals and public health organizations; veteran associations and organizations.

2. Emerging Drug Issues/Trends/Best Practices in Substance Use Prevention

Topic Categories and Examples:

1. The following populations should be considered: youth; young adult; adult; college population; rural unreachable; service members, veterans and their families; and, aging.
2. Workshops may also include discussions around: regulation, policies, positive social marketing campaigns, risk and protective factors, and public education.

Marijuana: Marijuana legalization/commercialization; oils (i.e. hash, etc.); drugged driving prevention; positive social marketing campaigns.

Prescription Drugs and Other Opioids: State PFS (Partnership For Success) grant issues; evidence-based primary prevention; enforcement; Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs); working with physicians and pharmacists; Take Back programs using the new DEA rule.

Synthetics: Regulation, enforcement issues and testing; monitoring; health care issues and treatment.

Alcohol: FASD; underage drinking, binge drinking; state SPF-SIG results; enforcement; driving under the influence prevention; Substance Exposed Infants/Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Tobacco: Vaping; e-cigarettes; compliance checks; hookah shops/bars.

3. Substance Use Prevention and Primary Care

Topic Categories and Examples:

State and community efforts to integrate substance use prevention within behavioral health systems reform, including primary care: reducing costs; increased effectiveness; Medicaid expansion efforts; prevention and population health initiatives; SBIRT and other brief interventions; needs assessment; data collection systems; evaluation protocols; health disparities; suicide, anxiety and depression prevention; hospitals; insurance industry; primary care and other healthcare providers; partnering with public health and hospitals.

4. Evidence-Based Programs, Strategies, Emerging Practices

Topic Categories and Examples:

State and community current efforts; challenges; effectiveness vs. non-evidence practices, programs, and strategies; Mental Emotional Behavioral (MEBs) practices; new outcome research on what is working; environmental strategies and state SPF-SIG results and state PFS plans; evaluation efforts; emerging practices and evidence in prevention; public education efforts, including public awareness, social media efforts, technology; population behavioral health.

5. Prevention and Addressing Disparities

Topic Categories and Examples:

Cultural IQ; honoring differences in lifestyle, race, ethnicity; cultural proficiency across the continuum (core set of knowledge and abilities to address various populations); definitions; impacts around knowledge and execution; appropriate adaptation; populations may include, but are not limited to: rural, tribes, college, elderly, youth.

6. Prevention Across the Continuum of Care in Primary & Behavioral Health

Topic Categories and Examples:

Collaborating with public health; primary healthcare; hospitals; law enforcement; early intervention; treatment; recovery; suicide prevention; mental health promotion.


The application must be complete in order to be scored. The following content will need to be prepared in advance and then submitted online. Please ensure to consider the scoring criteria when responding to the application.

  • Session Overview (maximum of 500 words), answering the following questions:
    • What are the issue(s) you are trying to address?
    • Who is(are) your target population(s)?
    • What activities/strategies did you engage in to bring about change?
    • What the evaluation outcomes of the strategies/interventions?
      • If no outcomes at this point, what are the outcomes you hope to achieve?
  • Conference Topic (choose the BEST fit for the proposed workshop from above)
  • Working title of the presentation
  • Working workshop description (for program purposes)
  • A minimum of four (4) learning objectives that you wish to accomplish during your presentation. At least one must pertain to cultural relevance or competency.
  • Short biography of each presenter entered (no more than 300 words and in 3rd person)
  • Level of audience content knowledge (please choose all that fit best)
    • Beginning
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Type of audience the content is best suited (please choose all that apply)
    • Student/Intern
    • State Systems Level
    • Local Level
    • Coalition Partner
    • Researcher
  • Headshot or photo
  • Format (choose the BEST fit for the proposed workshop)
    • Interactive
    • Lecture

Scoring Criteria

Each proposal is scored on either (8) criteria for a maximum of 100 points. The Review Committee will score applications on the following either (8) criteria, allocating the points listed below for a maximum total of 100 points. Workshop presentation proposals must address all of the criteria listed below:

  1. Relates to the Conference Theme (10 points)
  2. Clear Learning Objectives (15 points)
  3. Substance Use Prevention Information (15 points)
  4. Cultural Relevance and Competence (10 points)
  5. Application for Policy, Practice and Advocacy (20 points)
  6. Research Outcomes and Promising Practices (20 points)
  7. Resources for Practitioners (5 points)
  8. Answered All Questions Completely (5 points)

Download the Scoring Criteria to find out more.