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 children’s healthy development. Prevent Child Abuse New York is seeking workshop proposals that focus on developing the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed by practitioners in today’s complex environment. 

We are seeking workshop proposals that focus on developing the knowledge and expertise needed by practitioners in today’s complex environment. Preference is given to presentations that are highly interactive, include strategies to engage the audience, and leave participants with new skills and learning they can immediately put to use in their jobs, homes, and communities.

The deadline to submit is December 18, 2015.

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Attendees include service providers representing a variety of roles, skills and education levels, as well as program supervisors and administrators from child abuse prevention and child welfare programs, advocates, parents and other caregivers. Their work gives strength to the children and families they serve and inspires action in their communities. They work in varied settings that include parenting education, family support, child abuse prevention and child protective services, intervention and treatment, early childhood education, domestic violence, health care, mental health, legal services, schools and in the home as parents. 

Workshop tracks include:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Supporting Children’s Well-Being through Direct Services
  • Family Engagement and Involvement
  • Community Prevention Strategies
  • Leadership, Management, and Best Practice

The deadline for submission is December 18, 2015

In addition to workshops, we are also interested in institutes (two-part workshops), as well as panels and round table discussions that feature three or four presenters. Maximum number of presenters per session is four.

We expect between 350 and 450 attendees. Workshop size varies greatly depending on topic. Popular topics can draw 75 or more people, while other topics are better suited to small groups of 15 or 20; most workshops fall 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.

Criteria for all workshops:

  • Focus on strategies, skills building and practical application.
  • Include an interactive component.
  • Fit one of the conference tracks listed on the previous page.
  • Provide participants with “take home” handouts on key information and concepts. This is very important. Participants expect to be able to take information home with them because it helps put new learning into practice.
  • If about a specific program model, focus must be on implementation/replication issues.
  • Is not a sales pitch (which would, however, be welcome as a conference exhibit).

Presenter benefits and responsibilities:

  • PCANY will promote workshops and presenters through mailings, e-mail, social networks, and our website.
  • We are happy to waive one day’s registration fee, for the day of their presentation, for workshop presenters.
  • Presenters are responsible for transportation, lodging, and copies of handouts for workshop participants.
  • Presenters who wish to do PowerPoint presentations are responsible for bringing their own laptops, LCD projectors and hard copies of the PowerPoint to their workshop.

Examples of workshop topics we are looking for this year include but are NOT limited to:

Track 1: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Practice

  • Strategies to build secure parent-child attachments and healthy relationships
  • Parenting the difficult child or responding to children’s challenging behaviors
  • Brain development: The effects of trauma versus positive interaction
  • Working with children and/or families who have experienced trauma /li>
  • Building capacity to respond to vicarious trauma at an organizational level
  • The neuroscience behind ACEs
  • Integrating ACEs into work with families
  • The effects of ACEs on child development
  • Mitigating the effects of ACEs and building resiliency after exposure
  • The intersection of ACEs and mental health, substance abuse, and/or poverty

Track 2: Supporting Children’s Well-Being through Direct Services

  • Responding to children’s challenging behaviors
  • Parenting vulnerable children or children with special needs
  • Incorporating art, music or theater into work with children
  • Coached visits for supervised visitation
  • Strategies to strengthen preventive services and enhance children’s safety
  • Responding to child trafficking and commercially sexually exploited youth
  • Responding to victims of child sexual abuse
  • Mental health services for children and teens
  • Working with youth who exhibit disaffected, dangerous or out of control behavior
  • Addressing post-partum and maternal depression
  • Working with families in crisis (e.g. poverty, substance abuse, etc.)
  • Ages and stages: incorporating child and lifespan development into services

Track 3: Family Engagement and Involvement

  • Family engagement in child welfare and preventive services
  • Promoting father engagement
  • Cultural competency in service provision
  • Cultivating parent leaders and advocates
  • Engagement in voluntary programs and services
  • Growing and sustaining family engagement
  • Engaging difficult-to-reach populations (e.g. teens, immigrants, refugees, etc.)

Track 4: Community Prevention Strategies

  • Effective community collaborations and partnerships
  • Cross systems collaborations/integrating systems
  • Integrating the Protective Factor Framework into practice
  • Engaging schools and communities in sex abuse prevention
  • Innovative approaches to child sexual abuse prevention
  • Promoting healthy sexual development and sexuality
  • Infant/child mental health, including social and emotional development
  • Reducing and responding to bullying and peer violencePreventing child trafficking and the commercial exploitation of youth

Track 5: Leadership, Management and Best Practice

  • Tools to recognize and respond to vicarious trauma for practitioners
  • Program evaluation and quality improvement
  • Developing effective leadership and supervisory skills
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Improving personal facilitation skills
  • Fundraising, marketing and communications for non-profits
  • Applying the Protective Factor Framework to program design and implementation and/or outcomes
  • Responding effectively to allegations and/or disclosures of abuse
  • Policies and procedures to prevent child sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations


  • Submit Your Workshop Proposal here: All Workshop proposals must be submitted online. Make sure you have reviewed the proposal checklist from the Call for Proposals PDF before you submit your proposal online.
  • You may want to prepare portions of your proposal (summary, objectives, content, methods to engage audience) in Microsoft Word (or another word processing program) before submitting it online and save the file to your computer so you have a record of what you sent.
  • Supplementary materials (workshop handouts and presenter resumes) can not be submitted through the web site. Please email these materials to
  • Questions about your proposal should be directed to Jennifer Matrazzo at 518-445-1273.
  • Mailed or faxed proposals will NOT be accepted.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

Download the Call for Workshop Proposals. This is a PDF version of the information explained above plus a workshop proposal checklist to assist you with the submission of your proposal.

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