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Proposals are now being accepted for the 17th annual University of Michigan Depression on College Campuses Conference, which will take place March 13-14, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You are invited to submit proposals for workshops, concurrent sessions, and poster displays relating to the conference theme of “One Size Does Not Fit All: Aligning Levels of Care to Student Mental Health Needs”

The 2019 Depression on College Campuses Conference will explore evidence-based approaches to identifying and determining the level of intervention required to best match student need. As counseling centers are continuing to be faced with an ever increasing demand for services, colleges and universities must consider more effective and efficient strategies for providing support to a large population of students with unique and varying needs. Emerging strategies include precision health and stepped care approaches to better determine and provide the “right intervention for the right person at the right time.”

To this end, we are looking for presentations on model programs, policies, and research studies that highlight how institutions can assess and provide support in more effective and efficient ways based on individual need to improve student outcomes. Example interventions may include new approaches to identification, disease prevention and health promotion, online interventions, counseling, and suicide prevention strategies.

In conference proposals, we encourage consideration of various and diverse student populations, including students from low socioeconomic backgrounds; students of color; and first-generation students, among others. Sessions that highlight multidisciplinary approaches and address the unique needs of students at varying time points (e.g. transition periods), as well as those that include student presenters are also encouraged.

Each year the Depression on College Campuses Conference hosts attendees from over 50 colleges and universities from across the nation for a focused review of recent research and practical advances in our understanding of depressive illnesses in college students. A Conference Planning Committee, co-chaired by Drs. John F. Greden, Daniel Eisenberg, and Todd Sevig, and including members from across the University of Michigan campus, will review and select all workshop, concurrent session, and poster display proposals. The submission deadline is September 10, 2018.

Conference Learning Objectives

Depression among college students is an urgent public health problem. If we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression, we must emphasize earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.

Learning objectives and expected results for the conference participants are an improved understanding of and ability to implement:

  • Best practices and model programs to meet the growing demand for mental health services based on level of care needed;
  • Research which demonstrates the practical implications and impact of utilizing a stepped care approach to campus mental health programs and services;
  • Best practices for service delivery, prevention, and intervention methods to address mental health concerns among students with varying levels of mental health distress;
  • Outreach models to reach students with depressive illnesses, or who are at risk of developing a depressive illness, in order to facilitate treatment engagement;
  • Strategies for faculty, staff, and students to support students via their different campus roles;
  • Personalized treatment strategies to improve health outcomes of college students;
  • Best practices about bridging care through significant transition periods.

Audience

The conference attracts a multi-disciplinary audience of professionals working on college campuses, including:

  • Academic Advisors
  • Counselors and Counseling Center Directors
  • Faculty
  • Health Educators
  • Parents
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Student Affairs administrators and staff
  • Students

Presentation Topics

Presentation Formats

Please review these descriptions to determine the format that best matches the content and scope of the material you would like to present. Proposals will be evaluated based on specific criteria, including relevancy to theme and expertise of presenters.

Workshop

A three-hour workshop provides an opportunity to explore a given topic on a deeper level, or from multiple perspectives. These workshops must be interactive, engaging the attendees in facilitated group discussion and/or skill-building exercises to improve their knowledge and understanding of the given topic. Workshops may have multiple presenters, including individuals from different institutions, in order to provide a range of perspectives and expertise.

Workshops will take place in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 13 (tentatively from 2:15-5:15 p.m.).

Mini-Workshop

Mini-workshops are 90-minute sessions, which give speakers and participants more time to delve into a given topic than is offered during a concurrent session, but are less intense than the three-hour workshops in terms of participant interaction and depth/breadth of content presented.

Mini-workshops will take place in the afternoon of Wednesday March 13 (tentatively between 2:15-5:15 p.m.).

Concurrent Session

Concurrent sessions are 75-minute sessions that provide an opportunity to introduce a model program, evidence-based practice, or research study relating to the conference theme. The presentations should be no longer than 60 minutes, as 15 minutes MUST be left at the end of the session for Q & A and discussion with attendees.

Concurrent Sessions will take place in the morning (approximately 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) or afternoon (approximately 1:30-2:45 p.m.) on Thursday, March 14.

Poster Session

You are invited to create a poster about a research study or model program at your university which relates to the conference theme, “One Size Does Not Fit All: Aligning Levels of Care to Student Mental Health Needs.” Each presenter will have an easel and 25x30 poster board for mounting their poster.

Posters will be presented during a networking forum and reception to be held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13.

If you are a currently enrolled student, and your project is selected for presentation and you are traveling from outside of Ann Arbor area, you will receive free hotel accommodations at the Hampton Inn South during the conference.

Proposal Submission

Please use this online form to submit a summary of your proposed workshop, concurrent session, or poster in 300 words or less. Your proposal summary must contain clearly defined learning objectives, an overview of the presentation content and format, intended audience, and a list of all speakers.

In addition, if you are proposing a workshop or concurrent session, please submit a separate brief description of your session (including session title) in 150 words or less. This description will be included in the conference program if your proposal is selected.

If you have more than one presenter, the lead presenter should submit the proposal on behalf of the entire group.

All selected speakers will receive free conference registration. Speakers are responsible for their airfare, hotel, and ground transportation expenses.

Please note that we will need copies of all handouts and slides three weeks in advance of the conference, to allow enough time to print copies for attendees who request a hard copy of the materials.

If you have any questions regarding proposal submission, or about the conference, contact Stephanie Salazar at sawaters@umich.edu.

The deadline for proposal submission is September 10, 2018. Selected presenters will be notified by October 10, 2018.

 

 

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