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Call for Presentations

Submission Deadline: December 18, 2020
Acceptance Notification:
February 4, 2021

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Share Your Knowledge About Mental Health and Addiction Treatment and Services
The National Council for Behavioral Health invites you to submit a presentation proposal for NatCon21, scheduled for May 3-5, 2021. Next year’s annual conference will provide an outstanding mix of quality education to showcase new ideas and evidence-based practices. Conference attendees will include senior leaders of behavioral health provider organizations, health systems, provider networks, county and regional authorities, state provider associations and people with lived experience. Educate your peers and contribute to the field of mental health and addiction treatment and services by submitting a presentation proposal for consideration!


November 16, 2020 - Call for Presentation Submission site opens
December 18, 2020 - Submission deadline for proposals (11:59 pm PT).
February 4, 2021 - Acceptance/Rejection notifications sent out to all who submitted
May 3-5, 2021 - NatCon21


Session Formats
Proposals are being accepted for the following formats: workshop presentations, poster presentations, TED-style talks and Ignite presentations. (You will be asked to specify desired session format during the submittal process.)

  • Workshop Presentations: Workshop presentations last one hour, including Q&A. They are interactive and produce identifiable outcomes. Proposals for workshops must include outcomes. Workshop Presentations may have one presenter, multiple presenters or can be formulated as a panel.
  • TED-style Talk and Ignite Sessions- TED-style Talks are short, powerful talks on riveting topics lasting just 18 minutes or less. Ignite sessions are exactly five minutes with 20 auto-advancing, highly-visual slides, allowing presenters to share their passions and/or stories in riveting, moving and memorable ways. Think beyond your work and the field to topics that will excite and inspire audiences. Outside the box is what we are looking for.
  • iPoster Presentations- iPosters presentations are interactive electronic poster displays of innovative practices and award‐winning programs, documents and ideas/questions. iPosters are available throughout the conference and presenters are available at select times to answer questions about their posters.

Please note that due to on-going concerns related to COVID-19, the National Council may require that some presentations at NatCon21 be delivered virtually. This will be at National Council’s sole discretion.


Selection Criteria
NatCon21 seeks educational sessions that highlight concrete programs, services or initiatives that are practical, replicable and relevant for the attendees.

The process to accept workshops, posters, TED-style sessions or Ignite sessions is very selective. There are limited slots available, and the final decision is at the discretion of the National Council. General sessions and thought leader sessions are determined solely by the National Council. If a proposal warrants a general session or thought leader session, instead of a workshop, the National Council will make that determination and inform the submitter.

The following criteria will be used by the National Council to select presentations:

  • Originality: NatCon includes only unique end exciting content that reflects our dynamic community.
  • Relevance: All sessions are of great interest to attendees and clearly benefit attendees’ professional needs.
  • Program Design: All sessions incorporate good practices for adult education, with clear learning objectives that are measurable and achievable.
  • Outcomes: All sessions must demonstrate strong outcomes.
  • Ability to Inspire Action: Content experts who present at NatCon inspire attendees to return to their organizations and implement what they learn.
  • Overall Quality: NatCon learning opportunities meet the highest standards of excellence.

All proposals must be complete, comprehensive, and deemed relevant and timely to the conference’s audience. The National Council may shorten a presentation, increase and/or reduce the number of presenters, select alternate presenters from among those proposed, and/or combine the submitted presentation with other proposed presentations, at its sole discretion. All presenters will be contacted independently to confirm their submittal.

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