Call for Presentation Proposals – 2013 ADARA Conference

Call for Presentation Proposals – 2013 ADARA Conference

May 29 – June 1, 2013

Hilton Minneapolis/Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425

Goal of the Conference

The American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA) is pleased to announce the 2013 ADARA Conference, a national conference to be hosted in Minnesota. Our conference theme is “Blazing New Trails” which refers to “doing something different,” “doing early or pioneering work that others will follow up on,” and “doing something that no one has done before, especially something important for other people.”

This conference seeks to provide training and networking opportunities for mental health professionals, vocational rehabilitation counselors, independent living service providers, educators, interpreters, transition specialists, community-based rehabilitation providers, and any support staff in the helping professions.

Presentation Proposals

Presentation proposals for concurrent sessions, pre-conference sessions, or poster session should address effective or innovative practices used in working with deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing consumers in the settings of mental health, rehabilitation, school, independent living, transition, group homes, etc.

Submitted proposals should include learning objectives and references that will assist in applying for professional continuing education units for conference attendees. Proposals for concurrent sessions should be for 90 or 180 minutes long. Proposal topics are listed below, but are not limited to:

Possible Areas and Topics

• Interfacing education and mental health
• Working with trilingual families
• Testing demonstrations
• Olmstead, recovery, peer support
• Supporting community living options
• Drug/alcohol abuse treatment strategies
• Trauma informed care
• Working with low functioning/language dysfluent consumers
• Developing cultural competency
• Therapeutic techniques/theories & effective counseling techniques & strategies (e.g., EMDR, DBT)
• Mental health/chemical dependency interpreting • Deaf/Hard of Hearing cross-cultural conflicts
• Professional management
• Public policy
• Using technology in therapeutic settings
• Navigating the new health care environment
• Client-centered approaches/ Early interventions
• Career assessments
• Residential programming
• Levels of care: residential, outpatient, intensive, group homes
• Job coaching/Job placement
• Transition
• Autism
• Vocational evaluations
• Work adjustment

Process for Submitting Proposals

1) Complete the attached presentation proposal form.

2) Develop a brief abstract of the presentation, not to exceed 125 words. If accepted, this description will be included in the program book.

3) Briefly describe how your presentation ties into the conference theme.

4) Briefly describe experience, qualifications, or credentials which reflect your expertise for your intended presentation topic.

5) Submit a summary, not to exceed 500 words, of the proposed presentation for review by the planning committee. This summary should include a minimum of three (3) learning objectives.

6) Include a short biography (up to 125 words) for each presenter.

7) Workshop sessions will be 90 or 180 minutes long. Put all the above information in MS Word and e-mail with the application form attached to:

Mr. John Gournaris
2013 ADARA Conference Chair
[email protected]

Selected presenters (two per presentation) will be provided free registration for the conference. Presenters will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, meals, and incidental expenses. Please plan to bring your own laptop computer for PowerPoint presentations.

Conference proceedings will be published and disseminated following the conference.

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 15, 2012.

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