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Call for Presenters

The PIP Training Conference is a great venue to share your knowledge and skills with a broad audience, and to improve services to families around the State of Texas.  PEI invites you to apply, share your expertise, and help enhance the skills and knowledge of prevention practitioners in community-based social service agencies.  We currently have three separate Call for Presenters available.

General Call for Presenters
We are interested in soliciting workshops that will emphasize evidence-based practices in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention
  • Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Prevention    
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Family Violence Awareness
  • Early Childhood/Home Visitation
  • Ethics
  • Program Evaluation
  • Parent Education

**Of particular interest to PEI are those workshop proposals that integrate the prevention of child abuse/neglect or juvenile delinquency with one or more of the other areas listed above.  

Cultural Competency Call for Presenters
We are particularly interested in soliciting workshops which will emphasize and reinforce the need for prevention providers to deliver their programs in a culturally competent manner.  Cultural competency is defined as the ability of individuals and systems to provide services effectively to people of various cultures, races, ethnic backgrounds, social classes, genders and sexual orientations in a manner that recognizes, values, affirms, and respects the worth of the individuals and protects and preserves their dignity.  Through a variety of different child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency prevention programs, PEI-funded contractors serve a culturally diverse population and are required to demonstrate cultural competence when working with their client families.   Since PEI requires that all contractor direct delivery staff receive initial and recurring cultural competency training, we intend to offer workshops in this area at the 2014 PIP Training Conference.

Crisis Intervention Call for Presenters
We are particularly interested in soliciting workshops that will emphasize crisis intervention strategies within the areas of child abuse/neglect prevention and juvenile delinquency prevention.  Providers of prevention services will frequently come into initial contact with families that are experiencing crises.  Therefore, before enrolling a family in a program, it is critical for a provider to first resolve any existing crisis and stabilize the family situation to a point where they can receive services. While speakers do not need to limit their presentations to the following elements, PEI hopes that any crisis intervention workshop will cover techniques and methods that practitioners can use to complete the following steps:

  • Assess crisis
  • Establish rapport
  • Identify major problems   
  • Address emotions and feelings
  • Explore behavioral alternatives
  • Implement steps to resolve the crisis
  • Follow up with participants

Workshop length for all sessions is generally limited to one hour and thirty minutes.  As such, PEI intends to award 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for every workshop presented.  Special consideration will be given to those who require more time.  Applicants interested in presenting on multiple topics must submit separate applications for each topic.  The deadline for receiving applications is July 11, 2014.  Finalists will be notified by August 1, 2014Presenters must submit their presentation materials at least three (3) weeks prior to the conference, for reproduction and dissemination to all attendees. 

PEI will provide honoraria to all accepted, eligible presenters. Presenters traveling to the conference may use the honoraria to help offset their expenses.   For those presenters wishing to attend the conference, PEI will also waive all conference registration fees.

If you have any questions, or would like to request a Presenter Application, Cultural Competency Presenter Application, or Crisis Intervention Presenter Application, please email  peiconf@dfps.state.tx.us 

                                                                                                                                                                   
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