Thank you for your interest in being a presenter at the National Federation of Families' 2022 Conference. The National Federation welcomes proposals from professionals, family members, and youth who support the well-being of our children - of all ages - and promote family voice.  


The National Federation is looking for 90-minute workshop proposals and a select number of 60-minute and 3-hour intensive workshop proposals. New this year, we are also seeking 30-minute TED Talk style presentations. For example, these could include an introduction to a new program, an overview of new data or research, a family peer support success story or a story of lived experience related to mental health or substance use challenges.


The goal of our conference is to offer professionals and families the opportunity to: 

  • Network, become partners and to learn from each other’s experience

  • Learn about ways to improve policy and enhance practices for families whose children have or are at risk of experiencing behavioral health and/or substance use challenges

  • Acquire skills and strategies that will improve outcomes for families and their children

  • Gain knowledge of best practices and latest research in children’s mental health, substance use and related fields 

  • Enrich understanding of different perspectives and common goals in support of all children, youth and families 

We are seeking workshop proposals that will provide information on the following content areas: 

  • Collaboration and Integration of Services Across Multiple Systems

  • Collaboration with State and Local Policymakers

  • Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

  • Family/Caregiver Peer Support Across the Lifespan

  • Family-Run Organizational Development and Sustainability

  • Strategies for Addressing Specific Diagnoses

  • Strategies for Addressing Social Justice in Mental Health and Substance Use

Click here to learn more about last year's conference presenters.

Please note that the NFF reserves the right to edit presentation titles and/or descriptions to ensure they reflect the mission, vision and values of our organization and the goals of our conference.

Please be sure to read the Call for Presentations & Presenter Requirements prior to submitting your proposal. 


Prior to completing an application to present at the conference, please be sure that you will be able to commit to the following expectations and deadlines:

  • April 29: Call for Presentations form is due.

  • June 15: Proposal decisions will be made, and presenters will be notified.

  • Late Presentation Proposals may be submitted for consideration using the form below. Submissions will be reviewed and responded to within 2 - 3 weeks. Accepted presentations will be added to our waiting list and presenters will be contacted should a space become available.

  • July 15: Accepted presenters and co-presenters must be registered online and paid in full.

  • September 16: All changes to presenter names and presentation descriptions are due.

  • October 15: Presenters are responsible for uploading electronic PDF handouts to the conference app or emailing them to so they can be made available to conference attendees via the conference app. Note: A unique session link will be emailed to presenters so they may add their bios, edit their session information and upload presentations materials/handouts.

  • Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptop for their presentation session.  If using a Macbook, an adaptor will also be required to use the projector.