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, expertise and skill-set needed by practitioners in today’s complex environment. The conference is co-sponsored by the New York State Children and Family Trust Fund and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

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 12, 2014.

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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. They bring diverse ideas, a passion for helping families navigate the road to resilience, and a wealth of success stories. 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:

  • Parenting Education and Support
  • Child Abuse Prevention Skills and Strategies
  • Child Sexual Abuse Treatment and Prevention
  • Reducing Barriers to Children’s Well-Being
  • Family Engagement and Involvement
  • Personal and Organizational Resilience

The deadline for submission is December 12, 2014

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 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: Parenting Education and Support

  • Strategies to build secure parent-child attachments and healthy relationships
  • Parenting the difficult child or responding to children’s challenging behaviors
  • Parenting the child with special needs
  • Brain development: The effects of trauma versus positive interaction
  • Incorporating art, music or theater into work with children
  • Ages and stages: child and lifespan development

Track 2: Child Abuse Prevention Skills and Strategies 

  • Coached visits for supervised visitation
  • Effective community collaborations and partnerships
  • Cross systems collaborations/integrating systems
  • Working with children who have experienced trauma
  • Strategies to strengthen preventive services and enhance children’s safety
  • Integrating the Protective Factor Framework into practice

Track 3: Child Sexual Abuse Treatment and Prevention

  • Innovative strategies to prevent child sexual abuse
  • Promoting healthy sexual development and sexuality
  • Using trauma-informed care to help children overcome sexual abuse
  • Preventing and responding to child trafficking and commercially sexually exploited youth
  • Art therapy, play therapy and other creative interventions to treat sex abuse
  • Engaging schools and communities in sex abuse prevention

Track 4: Reducing Barriers to Children's Well-Being

  • Working with families in crisis (e.g. poverty, substance abuse or domestic violence)
  • Infant/child mental health, including social and emotional development
  • Reducing bullying and peer violence
  • Post-partum and maternal depression
  • Family Assessment Response (FAR)

Track 5: Family Engagement and Involvement

  • Family engagement in CPS and preventive services
  • Promoting father engagement
  • Cultural competency in service provision
  • Cultivating parent leaders and advocates
  • Applying the Protective Factor Framework to engagement
  • Growing and sustaining family engagement

Track 6: Personal and Organizational Resilience

  • Successful implementation of programs and lessons learned for other programs
  • Maintaining fidelity in an environment of scarcity
  • Program evaluation and quality improvement
  • Developing effective supervisory skills
  • Improving personal facilitation skills
  • Marketing and communications for non-profits
  • Vicarious trauma and self care
  • Strategies to enhance personal performance 


  • 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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