Call For Presentations 2021

THE 41ST ANNUAL CMHACY CONFERENCE

NON-NEGOTIABLE:

DEMANDING SOCIAL JUSTICE & RACIAL EQUITY IN OUR SYSTEMS OF CARE

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28 – THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth (CMHACY) Board & Friends seek 60-minute and 90-minute workshops for presentation on Wednesday, April 28 & Thursday April 29, 2021 and digital poster presentations to display throughout our 2nd VIRTUAL Conference, Non-Negotiable: Demanding Social Justice & Racial Equity In Our Systems of Care.

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In 2021, CMHACY celebrates its 41st year as the longest standing and most recognized and authoritative conference for children’s mental health in the state of California. Building upon our successful 2020 virtual conference, Changing Tides: Voices for Equity, Inclusion and Access, we are heeding the call to action of our keynote speaker James Bell. This year’s CMHACY Conference will create a forum for participants to discuss and decide which parts of our child-and-family serving systems we keep, which ones we change, and which ones we work to eliminate.

This year, to support the demands of communities for social justice and racial equity, CMHACY is requiring that presenters discuss and acknowledge the impacts of their policies, programs and services on the communities they serve.

Here are some examples of what we are looking for:
  • Presentations that demonstrate clinical/programmatic effectiveness in addressing and improving the lives of those suffering from impacts of institutional racism;
  • Presentations that identify ways to tweak State/County programs to achieve better outcomes for BIPOC communities until major change initiatives are instituted;
  • Presentations that focus on building a unified collective impact by ALL child-serving systems, not just one or two;
  • Presentations that exemplify the breaking down of siloed programs and financing across child-and-family serving systems;
  • Presentations that facilitate individual self-interrogation and personal change regarding anti-racist attitudes, beliefs and behavior;
  • Presentations that reframe programs and services from institutional “othering” to comprehensive, integrated “belonging”;
  • Presentations that provide toolkits and approaches for establishing local advisory/advocacy boards to identify actionable steps to identify “what do we eliminate?” “what do we change?” “what do we keep?”
CMHACY believes that positive outcomes for children, youth and their families are best achieved with the inclusion of all key stakeholders. We therefore seek a range of presentations that include parents, caregivers, youth, general & special education, child welfare, juvenile justice, substance use/misuse, and the community of public/private mental health providers. Preference will be given to applications that include youth or family member(s) as either presenter(s) or respondent(s).

SELECTION CRITERIA


This year the CMHACY Conference is focused on impacting the injustices that run rampant through all systems of care. WHAT DOES THAT IMPACT LOOK LIKE TO YOU AND HOW WILL YOUR PRESENTATION DEMONSTRATE THIS?
CMHACY seeks presentations that appeal to a variety of audiences and meet the continuing education needs of all. While some workshops will have advanced content for more experienced participants, we also look for workshops that orient and educate and that avoid the use of technical jargon and unfamiliar acronyms. Presentations should emphasize practical tools, effective strategies, and demonstrate collaboration across systems. Clinical presentations should have established outcomes with supportive data from evidence-based practice or practice-based evidence.
Please note that preference will be given to applications that include youth or family member(s) as either presenter(s) or respondent(s).

PROPOSAL WRITING TIPS


Keep it simple. Prepare objectives that will help guide participation in the virtual format. If selected, your objectives and description will be included on the virtual event platform for all attendees.

*Please note that you cannot save your proposal. We recommend you review the application questions, draft your answers on your computer and return to copy and paste your answers into the form when you are ready to apply.*

YES, I WANT TO APPLY TO PRESENT!

DEADLINE TO APPLY: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021 AT 11:59PM

ONLINE PROPOSAL FORM