CALL FOR PROPOSALS

APPLY TO PRESENT AT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE!

The California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth (CMHACY) Board & Friends seek proposals for workshops, presentations, round tables, “micro-conversations,” and poster presentations for our very first HYBRID conference, Wednesday, April 27 — Friday, April 29, 2022.

PROPOSALS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR REVIEW THROUGH MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 2022.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The CMHACY conference is the most recognized and longest-standing conference in the state of California focused upon the social, emotional and behavioral health of children, youth and their families. Our annual conference is one of the state’s most powerful events for those interested in advocating and promoting the policies, programs, and practices that enhance the well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families.

CMHACY’s past two virtual conferences called out systemic racism head-on at a moment when America was forced to address how institutional racism is pervasive throughout our healthcare and our mental health systems—we were challenged to make and implement REAL change—challenged to check ourselves to see how we make the table bigger, and how we root racism out of the systems in our daily lives. As quoted from our first virtual conference by our Board Treasurer, “CMHACY will no longer be in the cheap seats”.

In an effort to create a more accessible and inclusive learning experience, we are excited to announce that this year’s annual conference will be a HYBRID format. The conference will be held at Asilomar April 27 – April 29, 2022 for you to attend in person, virtually, or a combination of the two. Both virtual and onsite audiences will have opportunities to interact with each other and our presenters in real-time throughout the conference.

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE THEME 2022: NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL
FROM CONVERSATION TO ACTION

We have seen the very best and the very worst of humankind over the past 2 years.

 The world has grappled with immense trauma, grief and loss on a scale unimagined, while the struggle to achieve well-being for children and families across all communities goes on.  The absence of true diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice continues to disproportionately impact communities of color.  Yes, we have made some—mostly limited—progress, but so much more remains to be accomplished.  We have been challenged to change our ways and innovate:  To keep what is working, eliminate what is harmful, and build upon what can be improved.  So…what have we learned? Where do we go from here? What comes next?

OUR VISION FOR THIS YEAR’S CONTENT

CMHACY’s vision for our 42nd annual conference is to explore how the events of 2020 and beyond have impacted the well-being of children and families, particularly in communities of color, and to come away with a plan to improve access to resources and to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, so that ALL children and families can live safe, healthy, and productive lives.

Conference participants will be able to:

  • Participate in sessions that include presenters and attendees from across ALL sectors (there will be no tracks this year)
  • Leave the conference with a ‘toolkit’ of resources and actionable steps they may implement within their own communities

PREPARING YOUR PROPOSAL

CMHACY’s 42nd annual conference will be a hybrid format. Proposals may be for onsite or virtual presentations. Proposals should specify what will make the presentation valuable to conference participants onsite and online. Please note that any proposal that is perceived to be a “sales pitch” will not be considered. Your proposal should be focused on current issues, innovative working solutions, and should directly address our conference theme. **All presenters and co-presenters (regardless of session type) will be expected to register for the full conference.

The automated proposal system will ask you for the following, so please gather this information prior to the time of submission:

  • CONTACT INFORMATION: The name and contact information for the lead presenter and any co-presenters
  • PRESENTER BIO & COPY OF RESUME 100 words (or less) – In order to have your session qualify for our Continuing Education Units (CEUs), CMHACY will need each presenter to submit a brief bio and a copy of their resume.
  • SESSION TITLE: a succinct, but descriptive title of no more than ten words
  • ABSTRACT: 100 words (or less) – Please note: the session abstract will be used to promote your session. Make sure it accurately reflects your session, and how it will benefit participants. This is what draws attendees to your session.
  • DESCRIPTION: a clear summary of learning objectives, how the conference theme will be addressed, session content, and takeaways in no less than 300 words, not to exceed 500 words.
  • TOPIC: Select what topic your presentation will address:
    • Advocacy 101
    • Breaking the Silos
    • CalAim
    • Continuum of Crisis Services
    • Climate Change
    • Enhanced Care Management
    • Helpful Tools for Youth
    • Impacts of Social Media
    • Juvenile Justice Reform
    • Lessons Learned from DEJI work
    • Mental Health Career Pathways in Schools
    • Influence of Misinformation in the Media
    • Peer Certification
    • Peer Support
    • Replicable & Sustainable Solutions
    • Self-Care
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • STEM/STEAM Programs
    • Telehealth
    • The ‘Digital Divide’
    • What Happened to Continuum of Care Reform (CCR)?
    • Workforce Shortage
    • Response to COVID-19 by
      • Children & Youth
      • Caregivers
      • Mental Health Providers
      • Educators
  • SESSION FORMAT:
    • WORKSHOP (60 or 90 minutes): An educational presentation that focuses especially on techniques and skills in a particular field or topic. The program includes exploration on a specific subject, development of a skill or technique, or overview of a creative project, etc. The goal of the workshop should be improving the skill of a subject through intensive study, research, practice and discussion.
    • ROUNDTABLES (60 minutes): A roundtable discussion is an organized conversation with one moderator and several chosen speakers that bring a variety of perspectives to a subject. All in attendance during the session are encouraged and given the right to engage & participate.
    • ‘MICRO-CONVERSATIONS’ (Virtual Sessions Only, 15 – 30 minutes): A condensed, interactive, conversation focused on a specific topic that is only 15 and 30 minutes in length. *Please note that Micro-Conversations will not qualify for CEUs and will only be virtual sessions.
    • POSTER PRESENTATION: Poster Presentations provide a way to communicate your reach or your understanding of a topic in a short and concise format. Poster Presentations may be presented onsite and virtually on our conference platform this year.

Submissions are due no later than Monday, January 3, 2022.
All applicants will be notified about the status of their proposal no later than by January 31, 2022.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Submissions are due no later than Monday, January 3, 2022.
All applicants will be notified about the status of their proposal no later than by January 31, 2022.

QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP?

Please contact our Conference Coordinator at Info@CMHACY.org or call us directly at (831) 200 – 3679 with any questions.