Call for Presentations

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal has passed.Letters of notification will be sent out the week of May 14th.

Link to Online Form: Submit Workshop Proposal 
The deadline to submit a proposal has passed. Thank you for your interest.

Conference Dates

The NPN Conference will take place in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28-30, 2018.

Method of Communication

Notification will be sent out electronically from contactus@npnconference.org 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 stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Important Dates

Online Form Open: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Online Application Deadline:
 April 13, 2018 5:00pm PST
Letter of Notification: Week of May 14, 2018
Deadline to Respond and Complete Online Registration Form: Friday, June 8, 2018

*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.
  • 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 slide deck template is available upon request to approved presenters.
  • Presenters are required to relate their presentation to the conference theme, A Revolution in Prevention: Understanding The Past, Informing the Future.
  • 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, A Revolution in Prevention: Understanding The Past, Informing the Future

Highlighted Topics:

  1. Evidence-based Programs, Strategies, Emerging Practices
  2. Prevention Workforce Development
  3. Marijuana, Opioids, or Prescription Drug Abuse
  4. Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboration with Related Fields
  5. Drug Trends and Emerging Trends
  6. Alcohol: Underage Drinking, and Young Adults/Collegiate

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. Evidence-based Programs, Strategies, Emerging Practices

Topic Categories and Examples:

State and community current prevention strategies; 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 and PFS results and state plans; emerging practices and evidence in prevention; public education efforts, including public awareness, social media efforts, technology; population behavioral health.

2. Prevention Workforce Development

Topic Categories and Examples:

Certification; leadership skills; strengthening and diversifying the prevention workforce; rural prevention workforce development; technology; implementation and diffusion of evidence-based practices; youth leadership; multi-generational workplace issues; recruitment, training, and succession planning.

3. Marijuana, Opioids, or Prescription Drug Abuse

Topic Categories and Examples:

Workshops may also include discussions around: regulation, policies, positive social marketing campaigns, and public education.

Marijuana: Retail marijuana legalization/commercialization; medical marijuana legalization; types and methods of use of marijuana (oils, hash, vape, etc.); drugged driving prevention; public education efforts, including public awareness, social media efforts, and technology.

Opioids and Prescription Drugs: State PFS (Partnership for Success) grant; SPF grants; evidence-based primary prevention; enforcement; Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs); working with physicians and pharmacists; Take Back programs; public education efforts, including public awareness, social media efforts, and technology.

4. Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboration with Related Fields

Topic Categories and Examples:

National, State Agency, and local community partnerships; coalitions; Mental Emotional Behavioral (MEBs); law enforcement; military/national guard; youth initiatives – challenges and opportunities; mental health promotion and wellness; suicide prevention; primary healthcare; teen pregnancy prevention; trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); child welfare; veterans and their families; collective impact; working across the continuum of care; tribal opportunities for SUD prevention.

5. Drug Trends and Emerging Issues

Topic Categories and Examples:

The following populations should be considered: youth, young adult, adult, college population, and aging. Workshops may also include discussions around: regulation, policies, positive social marketing campaigns, and public education. An example of other emerging issues that may be addressed:

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

Gambling Prevention: Epidemiology; etiology and program/environmental strategy outcome studies for underage youth; strategies to include policy improvement, enforcement, social marketing, and educational program outcome studies; new prevention and community-based education models developed for problem gambling prevention.

Tobacco: Vaping; e-cigarettes; raising the legal sale age; compliance checks; hookah shops/bars.

6. Alcohol: Underage Drinking, and Young Adults/Collegiate

Topic Categories and Examples:

Underage drinking; binge drinking; young adults: collegiate and non-collegiate populations; FASD; state SPF-SIG results; enforcement; driving under the influence prevention; public education efforts, including public awareness, social media efforts, technology.

Instructions

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.