7th Annual Mental and Behavioral Health Conference

Coming Together and Moving Forward

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Over the last several years, the pandemic has battered the world, bringing about many stressors, trauma, loss, burnout, and upheaval. We are still learning to live with the “new normal,” reevaluating aspects of our lives and profession, what’s working, and what’s not. The theme for this year’s College of Education Mental and Behavioral Health Conference is “Coming Together and Moving Forward” and will focus on lessons learned amid the pandemic so that we can continue to improve how we provide care and support for the people we serve. The intended audience for this conference is counselors, educators, students, and professionals in the areas of special education, rehabilitation, and mental and behavioral health.

We are seeking papers, posters, and interactive workshop presentations that explore the intersections of the theme areas. Proposals may articulate theoretical possibilities, best practices, and/or evidence-based knowledge grounded in qualitative or quantitative research. We are accepting proposals for the following: single presentations, panels, roundtables, posters, and other creative works.

We look forward to considering your abstract and cultivating a transformative conference program for attendees.

Abstract Submission Closes: January 30, 2023

Symposium (500 words): A symposium is a cohesive cluster of research presentations, theoretical perspectives, or panel focused on a specific topic. It emphasizes conceptual issues and an integration of findings with representation from multiple presenters (3-4). Symposium proposals must include a description of the theme of the symposium accompanied by a short description of each of the individual presentations. The symposium should include a Chair and/or Discussant to provide a short introduction and facilitate discussion of the common themes between the presentations. Each presenter will present their research for 15-20 minutes while allowing the remaining time for the Chair/Discussant to provide an overview. The total allotted time to a session is 50 minutes.

Workshop (250 words): Workshops provide the audience with information about evidence-based practices and will also provide specific techniques and strategies that participants will be able to use at the end of the session. Workshops can include hands-on experiences, creative projects, or best practices for participants. Electronic handouts are encouraged. The total time allotted time to a session is 50 minutes.

Round Table Discussions (250 words): Round table discussion is intended as a forum for a discussion of overarching questions/issues, not for the presentation of specific research findings. The round table is an engaging conversation among three or for practitioners/scholars and the audience about ideas, methods, or professional- and research-related experiences. A round table must have representation from multiple fields, areas, or studies. A central question or theme should serve as a focus for the round table. The broader purpose of a round table is to encourage networking and/or collaboration among individuals or groups who may benefit from shared experiences or from hearing different views on a topic. A round table discussion may include a few brief orienting PowerPoint slides and a question to promote active discussion. The total time allotted to a session is 50 minutes.

Poster (250 words): Poster presentations can be research, conceptual, or practitioner-based within interdisciplinary fields of counseling, education, psychology, and rehabilitation. The total time allotted to a session is 50 minutes.

Creative Works (250 words):­­ Creative works may include but are not limited to performances, guided meditations, short film and discussion, and experiential demonstrations. The total time allotted to a session is 50 minutes. Sessions may be combined if related in subject matter.