Seeking presentation proposals for the 2018 Colorado Convening on Children, Youth and Families

The Colorado Convening on Children Youth and Families Planning Committee is accepting proposals for plenary and breakout session presentations for the 2018 Colorado Convening on Children, Youth and Families, hosted by the Colorado Court Improvement Program, Colorado Judicial Problem Solving Courts, and Colorado Department of Human Services. The conference will take place April 22-25, 2018 at the Vail Marriott.

This conference is held annually with the goal of bringing together Best Practice Court Teams (BPCT), Family Treatment Drug Courts Teams (FTDC) and Juvenile Problem Solving Court Teams (JPSC) to promote collaborative, team-based approaches to achieving safety, permanency and well-being for children and families while treating justice-involved individuals with substance use and co-occurring disorders, and to foster enhanced system-wide inclusivity, equity and cultural competency in Dependency and Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency cases in Colorado.  
Membership of BPCT, FTDC and JPSC teams include judicial officers, county attorneys, guardian ad litem, respondent parent counsel, family court facilitator, CASA, court clerks, education representative, child welfare, service providers, defense attorneys, law enforcement, probation/parole officers, problem solving court coordinators, faith based organizations, public defenders and foster parents.  It is expected that more than 485 people will attend the conference.  Lodging will be provided and, if necessary, travel expenses will be reimbursed. 
The 2018 conference will build on the following topics:

  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Permanency , Safety and Well-Being
  • Permanent Home 
  • DANSR 
  • Leadership 
  • Systems change
  • Crossover Youth
  • Treatment/Services
  • ICWA
  • Human Trafficking
  • Family Treatment Drug Courts
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Drug Courts
  • Data / Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and predictive analytics
  • Disproportionality (over representation/under representation)
  • Local Initiatives 
  • Education
  • Intersections between mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorder
  • Inclusivity, equity, resilience, and cultural competency 
  • Implementation science

The committee is seeking presentation proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions and 90 minute plenary.   Proposals will be accepted from any individual, group, institution or company with an interest in Dependency and Neglect proceedings, Child Welfare, systems change or criminal justice.  Proposals are due no later than Oct. 12, 2017 and will be evaluated by the Convening Planning Committee with the conference agenda expected to be finalized by Jan. 31, 2018. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Relevance to the Colorado Convening on Children, Youth and Families  audience
  • Preference given to sessions relating to the conference topics as indicated above
  • Originality of the presentation material
  • Clear and focused learning objectives
  • Practical applications of the information presented
  • Exhibited knowledge and application of adult learning styles in session design
  • The degree to which a realistic and achievable approach has been proposed;
  • Opportunities for audience engagement; 
  • Content being educational, and not commercial, in nature; and
  • The level of interest generated by the topic.

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