Call for Proposals

The 2017 call for proposals is closed. If you have a question about the 2017 conference, please contact the AUCCCD Office.

For those who submitted, you will hear back regarding your proposal by May 12.

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Seeking Higher Ground: Using Intentionality, Finding Meaning, and Creating Balance in a Diverse and Increasingly Demanding System

Our conference theme “Seeking Higher Ground” promotes a multi-faceted approach to the work. It reflects our commitment to diversity, our service ideals, and the ethics of our professions. We seek new ways to help our students deal with the challenges they face and create greater meaning in their lives.  At the same time, we deal with daily operational dilemmas, striving to be role-models around cultural competence, increasing demand for services, and the continual need for additional resources.  Finally, we often struggle to attend to our own needs as leaders and the needs of our staff in a demanding environment.  We seek higher ground through striving to find new ways to collaborate, create, and express our needs on our campuses, within our organization, and throughout our diverse and changing world.

Our call for proposals would like to focus on the following issues:

  • Finding creative/innovative/collaborative/intentional ways to provide services to our diverse clients consistent with our goals, values, and ideals.
  • Educating campus constituents on our services, the limits of those services and how to successfully request additional resources.
  • Providing a counseling center environment for ourselves and our staffs that feels supportive, balanced and an enticing place to work.
  • Promoting strategies and behaviors that enhance inclusion of diverse populations, including those from underserved and minority population.

Potential program proposals consistent with our theme might include:

  • Legal & ethical issues
  • New government administration/political climate & impact on students
  • The use of social media: pros and cons
  • Medical marijuana/substance use/abuse
  • Role of college counseling: social justice advocacy, treatment, prevention
  • Behavioral intervention teams and counseling services
  • Outreach & prevention on commuter campuses
  • Implicit attitudes/bias & impact on performance

Submission Requirements:

  • Presenter CVs (to upload)
  • Current Peer Reviewed Citations (to upload)
  • School sizes of co-presenters (if applicable)
  • Session proposal (200 word max)
  • At least 1 learning objective (75 word max)
  • Please remember to be as descriptive and accurate as possible in the title of your presentation. Many members use our CEUs for specific requirements, such as ethics.

You will be able to save your progress and return to the submission at any time. Submissions will close midnight on March 30.

All presenters must be physically in attendance in order to present.


Number of Presenters
We restrict breakout sessions to a “primary presenter” and up to three additional presenters, for a total of four. Only the primary presenter needs to submit a program proposal. Often the “primary” is simply the organizer or “first among equals” who serves as a contact person for the conference program committee. The exception to this rule is with pre-conference workshops, which sometimes have more than four presenters in their half- or full-day programs.

Presentation Formats
Proposals will be evaluated based on specific criteria, including relevancy to theme, timeliness and expertise of presenters.

Preconference Session Presentations | Saturday, October 14
Preconference sessions are submitted either as half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours). Preconference sessions will all be scheduled on Saturday, October 22. Full day sessions will be scheduled from 8:30AM - 4:00PM with a 1.5 hour break occurring from 11:30AM - 1:00PM. Half-day sessions will run from either 8:30 - 11:30 AM or 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Breakout Session Presentations | Sunday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 18
Breakout sessions are 90 minute presentations given by a maximum of four AUCCCD members that provide integrated perspectives on a single topic, or several elements of a research project. Varied methods of presentations are encouraged, including lecture, presentation, facilitated discussion or group activity. Your proposal summary may be no more than 200 words maximum and at least one learning objective is required. Should you have handouts, it is the presenters responsibility to bring those to the conference. Please note that we will be requesting copies of handouts and slides one month in advance to provide ample time to produce alternative forms in advance for participants with special needs.



  • Brown, K. W., & Ryan, R. M. (2003). The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(4), 822-848.
  • Neff, K. D., Hsieh, Y., & Dejitterat, K. (2005). Self-compassion, achievement goals, and coping with academic failure. Self and Identity, 4(3), 263-287.

Continuing Education Guidelines

AUCCCD has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6312. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AUCCCD is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

AUCCCD will be seeking approval by the National Association of Social Workers for Social Work continuing education contact hours.

AUCCCD is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. AUCCCD maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

AUCCCD prints the following statement from APA to have the ability to grant APA approved continuing education credits.

  • All presenters must comply with the Ethical Principles of Psychologists
  • All presenters must include statements in their program that describe the accuracy and utility of the material(s) they are presenting, the basis of such statements, the limitations of the content being taught, along with the most severe and most common risks, if relevant.
  • Presenters must disclose any relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest in relation to the content they are presenting.
  • Presenters agree to submit programs that:
    • will build upon the foundation of a completed doctoral program in psychology
    • are relevant to psychological practice, education, or science
    • enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies
    • allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase the competencies in order to improve services to those being treated
    • enhance contributions to the profession
    • respect cultural, individual and role differences including those that are based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language and socioeconomic status.
  • Ethics, legal concerns