Call for Proposals



General Instructions for Proposals

The due date for proposals is Friday, March 2, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (EST). However, we encourage early submissions.

The following instructions apply to all proposals. See below for instructions for specific presentation types.

  • All proposals are to be submitted via email. To submit a proposal, send your proposal by attachment to Please title your email “CCRMH conference proposal.”
  • The following information is needed for all presenters: name, email address, school, highest degree earned, and discipline. The lead presenter also needs to provide her or his full mailing address and phone contact information.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
  • Presentations, roundtable discussions, and workshops will be offered 10 - 50 minute timeslots depending upon the number of submissions and available space.
  • All proposals will be peer reviewed. Please refrain from including any identifying information (e.g., your school name or location) in your abstract.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
  • Posters need to be printed and able to be attached to display boards that are no larger than 48 inches wide by 36 inches tall. 
  • Presenters should register for and attend the conference. Submission of a proposal expresses a commitment by the presenter(s) to register for and attend the conference to present the proposed program, if the proposal is accepted. We recognize that, in the case of submissions with multiple authors, some authors may not be able to attend.

Proposal Formats


Presentation (10 – 50 minutes)

Empirical research, literature review projects, and theoretical projects will be presented lecture-style to an audience. Presentations are expected to be in the 10 to 50 minute range and include a description of completed research or research in progress. Presenters should allow several minutes for Q&A within the 10 – 50 minute timeframe. Speakers could be a single lead author, or include multiple individuals who are presenting on a similar topic. The presentation should highlight key information related to the rationale, methodology, analysis, results, and discussion.


Poster session (30 minutes)

Poster presentations allow presenters and attendees to engage in discussions about the author’s research findings, new ideas, innovations, and possible advances in the profession. Poster materials should briefly highlight the key components related to the particular type of work. At least one presenter should be present at the poster during the entire length of the poster session.


Roundtable discussion (20 – 50 minutes)

Round table discussions are an opportunity for facilitators and session participants to discuss a particular topic of interest and exchange ideas informally. Participants may ask questions and discuss issues in more detail than is typical in other session formats. In the proposal description, the presenter(s) should include a list of questions that will be used to facilitate discussion (e.g., the future of substance abuse interventions in rural areas, collaborative challenges in integrated health care, healthcare outreach projects in rural communities).


Workshop (20 – 50 minutes)

A workshop session may be an experiential activity or demonstration of skills that will allow the presenter(s) to address clinical (e.g., best practices, holistic approaches, resource connection), pedagogical, or research skills with the audience through an activity. Presenters will provide a brief explanation of how the activity/demonstration works and when it can be used, as well as the conceptual and empirical basis for the activity/demonstration. A majority of the time for this type presentation should be used for the experiential activity or demonstration, and the presenter(s) should indicate how the time will be allocated (e.g., introduction, demonstration, engagement of the audience, questions, group discussion). In the proposal description, the presenter(s) should explain the rationale and empirical evidence for the activity/demonstration, provide a description of what will occur during the session, and offer suggestions for when and with whom to use the intervention/activity.