Call for Proposals: NOHS Conference 2024

Theme: The Power of Perspective: Strengthening Voices, Fostering Change
Date: November 8-10, 2024
Location: New Orleans, LA

The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) invites human service professionals, educators, practitioners, researchers, and students to submit proposals for our annual conference. This year's theme, "The Power of Perspective: Strengthening Voices, Fostering Change," aims to highlight the diversity of thought, innovation, and action in the human services field.

The conference theme, "The Power of Perspective: Strengthening Voices, Fostering Change," is a call to explore the multifaceted nature of human services through the lens of diversity, equity, and innovation. It emphasizes the importance of understanding different viewpoints and experiences to drive positive change in individuals, communities, policies, and practices within the field of human services. This theme invites participants to share insights, research, and practices that highlight how diverse perspectives can lead to stronger voices and meaningful change.

Presentation Formats:

  • Individual Presentation: Typically involves a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. 
  • Panel Discussion: A 3-5 expert discussion on a pertinent topic, providing a spectrum of perspectives, followed by audience engagement. Proposals for panel discussions should identify an individual who will be moderating.
  • Roundtable Discussion:  Lead an interactive discussion with participants on emerging trends, challenges, and solutions in human services.  The facilitator introduces the topic and guides the discussion but encourages open dialogue among all participants. Suited for collaborative problem-solving, new ideas/research that is not completed/published, and in-depth conversation on specific issues prominent in the field. 
  • Workshop: An interactive, skill-building session with hands-on activities or exercises, designed for practical learning. Workshops should include a takeaway that participants can employ in their work/education. Workshop sessions will be scheduled for 45 or 90 minutes.
  • Lightning Talks: Lightning Talks offer a fast-paced, engaging platform for presenters to distill their ideas or concepts into 10-minute, focused discussions. This format excels at efficiently conveying messages and serves as an effective method to explore a wide array of subjects quickly. Lightning sessions will be thoughtfully organized around related themes, enhancing thematic continuity and audience engagement for contributors.
  • Student Poster Presentations: The Student Poster Session is a vibrant and engaging highlight of our conference, designed to showcase the innovative research, projects, and case studies conducted by students in the field of human services. This interactive session provides a unique platform for students to present their work visually on posters and engage in meaningful discussions with conference attendees. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to submit proposals for poster presentations. These submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

Submission Guidelines: (Please note that all presentations will take place in person)

  • Abstract: a concise overview of the proposed presentation including the main focus, objectives, paying particular attention to the presentation’s relevance to the conference theme (300 words max).
  • Learning objectives (minimum of 3)
  • Presentation format preference.
  • Brief bio of presenter(s) (150 words max) 

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2024
  • Conference Dates: November 8-10, 2024

Submission Process: 

Submit proposals via our online format 
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Proposals will be peer-reviewed, and selected presenters will be notified by May 1, 2024.

Peer Review Process for Presentation Proposals

We are committed to ensuring the highest quality and relevance of presentations for the NOHS Conference 2024, themed "The Power of Perspective: Strengthening Voices, Fostering Change." To achieve this, all submitted proposals will undergo a rigorous peer review process conducted by a panel of experts in the field of human services.

The review process will assess proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment to the Conference Theme: Proposals must demonstrate a strong connection to the theme, showcasing how they will explore or enhance the understanding of diverse perspectives, empower individuals or groups, and contribute to transformative change.
  • Relevance to the Field of Human Services: Submissions should be pertinent to current issues, trends, or practices within human services, addressing the needs and interests of professionals, educators, and students in the field.
  • Potential to Stimulate New Knowledge, Research, or Innovative Practices: Proposals should exhibit the capacity to advance the field through new insights, research findings, or innovative practices. We are looking for presentations that either propel the field forward by offering fresh perspectives and solutions or that critically discuss barriers to progress, prompting reflection and dialogue.
  • Clarity and Organization: Proposals need to be well-organized and clearly written, presenting a coherent structure that facilitates understanding of the topic, objectives, and significance of the presentation.
  • Well-Developed Learning Objectives: Each submission must outline clear, achievable learning objectives that reflect the intended outcomes for conference participants. Proposals should specify how these objectives align with the overall conference theme and contribute to the professional development of attendees.

Our peer review panel will carefully consider each of these criteria to select proposals that promise to offer meaningful, engaging, and educational experiences for all conference participants. The process aims not only to curate a program that reflects the depth and breadth of the human services field but also to foster an environment of learning, innovation, and collaboration.

 Join us in New Orleans for an enriching experience that strengthens voices and fosters change in human services. For questions, contact [email protected].