Call for Papers


The Association of Children’s Residential Centers seeks presentations for its 66th Annual Conference, to be held July 18-22, 2022. We are hopeful that travel and gathering will be safe and welcomed for many, however knowing there are factors that may keep us apart, we will also be offering our presentations virtually. For this reason, ACRC is seeking abstract submissions from presenters willing to present live: in-person, virtually, or in either format. We also offer a robust poster presentation session both in person and virtually. Presenters with the voice of lived experience and/or who reflect the diversity of the populations we serve are especially encouraged to submit.

We invite you to join us in raising the bar of excellence across our field as we look to QUALITY in care and all that encompasses. It is inarguable that the children and families we serve deserve both access and excellence when they experience mental and behavioral health interventions. This conference is intended to acknowledge those intrinsic rights and to support providers in that goal. Building on 65 years of laser focus on best practices, our 2022 annual conference will take our overarching theme of quality and break it down into 5 supporting themes highlighted below.

Please review these suggested themes which ACRC’s program committee requests be the focus of submissions:

  • Racial Equity. Address racial inequity, social justice, and system transformations; develop objectives to reduce and eliminate disproportionality and disparities in child welfare, education, mental health, housing, juvenile and criminal justice systems.
  • Innovation. Show how we are determining, executing, and evaluating quality innovations while meeting individual needs; share innovative practices inside the milieu and extended into homes/community; explain the beneficial use of technology and creative, effective practices developed as a result of the global pandemic but kept in place due to the positive impact and outcomes.
  • Uncompromised Access. Examine our pathways to care, recognizing barriers, stigmas, gatekeepers, and opportunities.
  • Voice. Hear and incorporate the voice of lived experience as we reexamine our internal policies and practices, such as restraint, points and levels, relational interactions, innovative practices, and therapeutic goals.
  • Workforce Development. Highlight hiring, training, supporting, and retaining quality staff who are critical to quality in the milieu, in the organization, and to positive impact and outcomes in the lives of children and families.


Presenter Attendance

ACRC extends a $100 registration discount to the person identified as the primary presenter and a $50 discount to any secondary presenters for anyone wishing to be a full conference attendee in person with us in Florida. Virtual presenters will receive a complimentary virtual registration.

Presenter Responsibilities

Should your presentation be selected*, you would be responsible for the following:

  1. For in person presenters, you will give all A/V, room set-up, and other logistical requirements to the ACRC by 6/1/22 and work with ACRC to assure logistical requirements are met.  Additionally, you will provide information about co-presenters (name, title, organization, contact information) to ACRC.
  2. Virtual presenters will work with ACRC to meet logistical requirements.
  3. You will give your presentation in the allotted time, allowing for questions, and will not use this opportunity to market any product or program to attendees.
  4. You are giving ACRC permission to house your presentation on our website for attendee access. In person presentations will be recorded for virtual use.
  5. You will submit a sample power point no later than 6 weeks before the conference to support our request for NASW CEUs.


*Submission of a paper means that you understand and agree to these responsibilities.


Guidelines for Submission of Proposals

  1. Complete the online submission with an abstract of up to 500 words prepared specifically for this request for papers and provide all requested information.
  2. Designate a primary author in your proposal. Only that person will receive communication from ACRC and will then be responsible for informing any co-author/co-presenter(s).
  3. Deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, February 1st, 2022
  4. Decision to present virtually or in person may be determined prior to July 1, 2021
  5. Submissions must be uploaded to our website.



You will be asked to submit the following:

  1. Abstract: up to 500 word abstract of your proposed presentation
  2. Topic:  Focus of presentation and how presentation relates to conference topic
  3. Bio and Resume: A short (4-6 line ONLY) biographical statement and your resume (5 pages max) for all presenters.
  4. Learning goals
  5. Learning goals for participants
  6. Five true/false or multiple-choice questions participants will be able to answer if they are present
  7. Brief description of your presenting experience.
  8. Photos and Bios of all presenters.


Questions may be directed to:

 Amanda Prange (414) 359-6548 or


*Download a copy of the Call for Papers HERE*

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