Annual Conference Call for Proposals

USPRA 2013 Annual Conference
June 9-12, 2013 | Atlanta, Georgia

USPRA's 2013 Annual Conference is guaranteed to be a fulfilling, exciting event for the psychiatric rehabilitation community. You have an opportunity to contribute to the educational offerings at this year's conference in Atlanta, Georgia from June 9-12, 2013. If you have valuable information that may benefit others in the psychiatric rehabilitation community, leading an educational session at USPRA's 2013 Annual Conference is a great way for you to share your knowledge and experience.

Call for Hot Topic Proposals: Deadline Friday, February 15, 2013

Submit Hot Topic Proposal Online Now

For the Hot Topics and Emerging Issues in Health Care and PSR track, USPRA is soliciting presentations focused on top of mind breaking and hot topics, as well as issues which may be emerging as critical to the future of the recovery workforce. The submission deadlines for this track are deliberately later than other tracks to enable maximum creativity and currency of these selected topics. Submissions should empower and motivate these individuals to implement learned skills and methods in their day-to-day practices.

Sample Suggested Topics Include:

  • A current assessment of the federal healthcare public policy landscape
  • Newly released research and its implications for the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Integration of primary and behavioral healthcare
  • Health exchanges and Medicaid expansion: What’s in it for PSR?
  • Updating the impact of Olmstead litigation
  • Children’s services and issues* Note these presentations will not qualify for CPRP contact hours.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2013.

Submitting a “Hot Topic” Proposal:
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In order to have your proposal reviewed, you must complete the entire submission process:

  • All proposals must be submitted using the automated proposal collection system. Paper copies and faxes will not be accepted.
  • If submitting more than one proposal, each proposal must be submitted separately.
  • Submission deadlines are firm.
  • If you have questions regarding your submission, direct them to Angelica Ramirez, Senior Coordinator, Education & Training at or via telephone at 703.442.2078.
  • While preparing your proposal, please be sure to consult the following USPRA reference documents: Core Principles & Values and  Multi-Cultural Principles,

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Selection Process

Session selection is a judged process made through organized peer review. Peer reviewers are key content area USPRA Board and staff members, conference committee members, education and training committee members, the USPRA Commission on Certification, and other USPRA stakeholder groups with specific content area expertise. USPRA members who are individuals in recovery also may serve as peer reviewers. In an effort to ensure balanced content offerings, USPRA reserves the right to directly identify and pursue specific topics and related faculty.

Hot Topics and Emerging Issues proposal submitters will receive notification of proposal status no later than March 15, 2013.

As part of the submission process, you will be asked to sign a speaker’s agreement. Please print a copy of the agreement for yourself prior to submitting your proposal. If your proposal is selected, you will want to refer to the agreement while preparing your presentation.

USPRA is pleased to announce that conference registration for the entire day of each speaker’s session will be complimentary.  As well, selected speakers will be eligible for a steeply discounted full conference fee of $295.00 and all faculty are strongly encouraged to attend the entirety of the 2013 USPRA Annual Conference.

Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Proposal is complete and all necessary materials are included with the application. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.
  • Subject matter is highly relevant to the track in which it was submitted.
  • Faculty presenter(s) demonstrate compelling expertise in the subject matter.
  • Faculty presenter(s) provide evidence of ability to be a dynamic and effective speaker.
  • Proposal clearly outlines learning objectives observable by people attending the session.
  • Summary includes bibliography of resources, if available.
  • Summary identifies materials that will be provided to your audience.
  • Summary describes presentation strategies that will be used to make the session interactive and inclusive.
  • Summary/outline includes activities and time line for the session time period.
  • Proposal addresses multi-cultural issues as they apply to the topic.
  • Proposal adheres to the values and principles of psychiatric rehabilitation.
  • Session content in practitioner tracks address at least one of the psychiatric rehabilitation practice domains related to adult services:

    -Interpersonal Competencies—the helping relationship within a psychiatric rehabilitation context, instilling hope and facilitating change.

    -Professional Role Competencies-ethical considerations and values in the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation.

    -Community Resources-promotion of full participation in the community and accessibility to resources.

    -Assessment, Planning, and Outcomes-assessments and service goals based on the person’s desired preferences and outcomes.

    -System Competencies-advocating for recovery oriented service systems and assisting people to use responsive service systems.

    -Interventions-Best practices in skill teaching and wellness promotion 

    -Diversity-cultural competence.

This year's educational tracks provide a wide range of topics to nourish and develop PSR professionals at every level, from new practitioners to seasoned CEOs and everyone in between. Submissions should empower and motivate these individuals to implement learned skills and methods in their day-to-day practices. To help with your submissions we provided a full Call for Proposals which includes instructions, detailed track information, and selection criteria.

Submit Your Proposal Online Now!

The submission deadline is December 10, 2012, so start working on your proposals today! In order to have your proposal reviewed, you must complete the entire submission process. While preparing your proposal, please be sure to consult the following USPRA reference documents: Core Principles & Values, Multi-Cultural Principles, and Language Guidelines.

Feel free to email if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your submissions!