Thank you for your interest in being a presenter at the National Federation of Families' 31st Annual Conference. The National Federation welcomes proposals from professionals, family members, and youth that support the well-being of our children and promote family voice in children’s mental health.  


The National Federation is looking for 90-minute workshop proposals and a select number of 60-minute and 3-hour intensive workshop proposals. 


The goal of the 31st Annual Conference is to offer professionals and families the opportunity to: 

  • Network and become partners for children’s mental health and to learn from each other’s experience

  • Learn about ways to improve policy and enhance practices for children and youth who have or are at risk of experiencing behavioral health challenges

  • Acquire skills and strategies that will improve outcomes for children and youth with behavioral health challenges 

  • Gain knowledge of best practices and latest research in children’s mental health 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 Policy-Makers

  • Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

  • Engaging Youth and Young Adults

  • Evidence-Based Practices

  • Family/Caregiver Peer Support Across the Lifespan

  • Family-Run Organizational Development and Sustainability

  • Mental Health and Substance Use Parity

  • Family Peer Workforce Development

  • Providing Services and Outreach in the Digital Age

  • Research to Practice

  • Strategies for Addressing Specific Diagnoses

  • Strategies for Reducing Bias and Discrimination

  • Supports for Special Populations

  • The Value of Youth Engagement

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Other

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

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 30: 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 30: Accepted presenters and co-presenters must be registered online and paid in full.

  • September 10: All changes to presenter names and presentation descriptions are due.

  • October 1: 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.