Call For Proposals

Workshop proposals are due by 5pm on Friday, March 29th, 2019

We are seeking proposals on all topics that will benefit the cause to end sexual violence.  Proposals should focus on one of the umbrella areas below and include and make clear the theme of the conference – how lessons learned and promising practices can be analyzed and implemented to continue forward momentum. We especially welcome culturally-specific workshops that promote sexual violence specific resources and services outside of the justice system. We ask that presenters think of their workshop in the context of the Socio Ecological Model (SEM).  The SEM is a nested model that helps us understand the importance of working toward relational, systems and institutional change in order to affect behavior change. When submitting your proposal, consider the ways in which your training offers growth and development for an organization, relationship, the community, or society as a whole. How does your training promote the growth of an individual? Or, how does your training address some challenges organizations face and what they can do to perform better?

Does your training intersect two or more levels together, and, if so, how? Below are descriptors for how we are thinking about proposals along the SEM:


Workshop submissions in this category may include promising practices for non-profits in the areas of trauma informed supervision, organizational approaches to self-care, on-boarding techniques, volunteer retention, branding, online communication and transformation, fundraising, culturally inclusive and affirming policies, and grants management. How has managing employee morale changed and what have we learned from our survivor-centered, trauma-informed work that can help us to be even better employers and co-workers? How do we use technology to expand our reach and raise our visibility in the communities we serve? How do we structure positions and create services to ensure that individuals who experience sexual violence outside the context of an intimate partner relationship receive an equitable response? How do we support staff who are also survivors? How do we bring the next generation along? How do we ensure that we are doing the front-end work to create spaces that are safer for people who hold marginalized identities?


Workshop submissions in this category may include strategies to create a more holistic approach to advocacy and direct practice, offer exclusive space for individuals with marginalized identities, or innovative prevention strategies that seek to impact  modifiable risk and protective factors in young people. Topics may include Challenges in rural communities, emergent strategies in supporting & working with underserved communities, Storytelling as a tool for empowerment, recovery and healing through pleasure embodiment, and mental health and substance misuse. Why should we evolve beyond the traditional services survivors are offered: support group, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment etc? How should we think about prevention programming with individuals in communities, classrooms, and on college campuses? How are we positioned to serve survivors who do not wish to report or seek “justice” in the traditional sense?  How does the success of survivor led movements like #metoo confirm the idea that survivors need new and creative avenues to heal and find support?


Workshop submissions in this category should focus on the attitudes, knowledge, skills, behaviors, policies, and resources necessary to create safer communities.  What factors contribute to the potential development of sexually abusive behaviors? How can communities interrupt cycles of violence? Have we missed the mark in collaborating with other social justice movements to decrease factors for victimization? Are your service delivery numbers reflective of  your community? Can you meet the needs of the most marginalized individuals? If not, how do you identify and build relationship with those organizations who can? Topics can be directly related to sexual violence but can also include other community level interventions that would impact the lives of survivors or better prepare communities to support themselves. Topics may include: Grassroots organizing, responsible media, culturally-specific resources, evidence based curricula, media/technology, Toxic masculinity, school to prison pipeline, access to reproductive justice, creating beloved communities, and restorative justice.


Workshop submissions in this category focus on systems change advocacy. What has worked and what should we leave behind to achieve a more survivor centered movement?  What have been the unintended consequences of policies from the past? What current policies should we be aware of? Sessions should provide a space for attendees to explore and critically think of ways to assist survivors by making systems change and systemic ways to bolster protective factors that create a safer society for those most marginalized. Topics may include increasing collaboration among disciplines (CCRTs, SARTs, taskforce), civic engagement, economic justice (food insecurity, housing advocacy), policy analysis for enhancing a survivor’s access to legal justice, storytelling as a tool for policy change, and other systemic issues and remedies. Does technology play a role in policy change and if so, how? What is the relationship between rhetoric and violence, and what do we do about it? How do we leverage the moment we are in to advocate for policy change at the federal, state, and local levels?

Proposal Guidelines

Workshops should be 90 minutes in duration. The Conference Committee comprised of NCCASA members and allied professionals will select workshops based on the content of the proposal and the relevancy to the 2019 conference.

All presenters are expected to avoid the use of trauma porn (the exploitative sharing of the horrific nature, and most salacious parts of a person’s trauma) specifically for the purpose of manipulating people’s emotions (shock value). Even with the best of intentions, these stories can be harmful, triggering the PTSD of survivors. Statistically speaking, survivors will be in your audience and consideration must be given to respect their well being.  If stories are shared they should be for the purpose of educating attendees about service delivery to survivors, resources and victim rights. With-in that same vein, we are encouraging all presenters to limit the use of graphic images and in places where those images are necessary for the learning process, trigger warnings must be provided. We are asking all presenters to make presentations that are inviting and accessible to conference participants to as many people as possible. To this end, we have come up with the following suggested guidelines:


  • Use activities, movement, ice-breakers
  • Speak in a way that we can understand without a dictionary
  • Be yourself
  • Minimize lecture
  • Maximize participant interaction
  • Use a person’s correct gender pronouns
  • Use colorful visuals, handouts with important and useful information
  • Have games to review information with incentives, have small prizes
  • Use periodic check-ins
  • Get creative, use humor
  • Show how we’re affected by and connected to the topic presented


  • Overuse PowerPoint
  • Be judgmental
  • Make assumptions about the people in your workshop.  No –isms (ageism, ableism, heterosexism, transphobia, etc.)

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