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Purpose and background

Join colleagues in honoring and highlighting excellence in the child welfare field, and bringing together child welfare professionals across Minnesota. The conference will focus on sharing and showcasing best practices with workshop sessions specifically for advanced and supervisory child welfare staff. 

The theme for 2018 is Advancing Excellence in Child Welfare: Striving for Permanency and Safety for Older Youth.

Keynote speakers and location will be shared soon.

Conference attendance is projected to be 400, comprised of Minnesota’s county and tribal child welfare staff in novice, advanced and supervisory roles. The workshops and keynote speakers will highlight innovative practices across the state, supporting the unique challenges and circumstances of older youth in the child welfare system.

Presenters from diverse perspectives, agencies and experiences are encouraged to submit proposals that enhance the conference theme, striving for permanency and safety for older youth. Suggested areas of emphasis are listed below. The Minnesota Department of Human Services does not discriminate against individuals based on race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, gender, physical or mental ability, or sexual orientation, encouraging proposals that provide insight from inclusive perspectives.

Due date

Workshop proposals will be accepted until June 15, 2018, through online submission:

Submit Your Presentation Idea

Suggested emphasis to be embedded in workshops:

  • Practice strategies and tools that have proven implications with positive outcomes in supporting the unique experiences, strengths, and vulnerabilities of older youth (i.e., high mobility/homelessness, undocumented, independent living plans, fostering social supports, sexual exploitation/trafficking, etc.)
  • Diverse perspectives and demonstration of culturally responsive practice.
  • Advanced application techniques geared toward experienced child welfare professionals.
  • Role of supervisors, supervision strategies, methods, techniques, leadership development.
  • Collaboration across agencies, units, sectors, etc., highlighting policy to practice application.
  • Support the workforce and workforce wellness.
  • Opportunities for application of the above through interactive training formats that advance transfer of learning (i.e., simulation, learning labs, research-based transfer of learning techniques) such as:

Workshop presenters will receive:

  1. Complimentary conference registration
  2. A platform to contribute to the industry and profession
  3. Opportunities to network with peers and agency staff from across the state

The planning committee will provide presenters with an estimated number of workshop participants by October 1.

Workshop presenter expectations:

  1. Contribute all services in a pro bono publico (volunteer) capacity.
  2. Conference presenters who are invited to share their experiences as a service recipient are eligible for a stipend, if not otherwise reimbursed by program participation.
  3. Conduct a workshop that engages the audience, with appropriate time allowed for questions.
  4. Provide laptop and cables to connect your laptop to a projector, if needed.
  5. Meet all deadlines, including sending workshop materials, confirming AV needs, final workshop description and logistics.
  6. Should there be an update or change to the identity of the speaker(s) or workshop other than originally submitted, update the conference planning committee ASAP or no later than 45 days of the conference.
  7. Provide workshop materials electronically in PDF format by 5:00 p.m. CST on Oct. 1, 2018. Workshop materials will be made available to attendees after the conference.
  8. Provide copies of handouts onsite that workshop participants may need to effectively engage in workshop activities.
  9. Agree to refrain from using any portion of a workshop presentation as a platform to promote products or services.
  10. Agree that submitting a proposal for a workshop at the 2018 Minnesota child welfare conference indicates agreement to comply with the guidelines and expectations stated herein.

Proposal evaluation criteria

Proposals will be considered for selection by the Child Welfare Conference Program Committee if they meet the proposal deadline and correctly follow proposal submittal instructions. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of workshop topic to conference theme and suggested categories.
  2. Perceived quality of a workshop’s learning objectives to participants.
  3. Presenter has appropriate level of knowledge and subject matter expertise regarding workshop topic.

The Conference Program Committee reserves the right to select proposals that, in its sole discretion, meet the conference theme as well as criteria set forth within the Request for Proposals.

Proposal submittal instructions

  1. Submit workshop proposal materials via online form by June 15, 2018.
  2. Send questions to Melissa Peterson, The subject line of the email should read, Child welfare conference workshop RFP.
  3. Presenters will be notified of the committee’s selections no later than Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.
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