Call for Presentations

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(Deadline for Submissions – 3/31.)

The guidelines for submitting a proposal for presentations provides important information to help you in making a decision to submit a proposal.   Click here for Guidelines & Entry Form.


  • Prisoner’s Family Perspective – Presentations address issues specific to the prisoner/returning citizen and their family that emphasize maintaining & strengthening all family members throughout and following incarceration.
  • Community Perspective – Presentations identify effective, especially best-practices programs and organizations and resources specifically beneficial to the unique needs of the entire prison family from the time of a loved one’s arrest through incarceration and community reintegration and family reunification.
  • Legal Perspective – Presentations on effective resources and cooperative and helpful relations with criminal justice representatives (i.e. attorneys; judges; jail/prison personnel; government officials) that may minimize trauma for the entire prison family.
  • Faith-Based Perspective – Presentations on what is working; what is not working and what more can be done to spiritually ground and sustain all members of the prison family during and following a loved one’s incarceration.
  • Health Perspective (Mental & Medical) – Presentations relevant and specific to issues effecting the overall mental and physical health of prisoners and family members throughout and following incarceration.
  • Advocacy and Organizing – Dynamic reports and guidance to bring about positive change to reduce trauma and improve the quality of life for the prison family throughout and following a loved one’s incarceration.
  • Special Issues – Presentations promoting positive outcomes on unique factors affecting the prisoner and their loved ones. (Examples of previous topics: sensitivity to victims of crimes; substance abuse/addiction; sex offenders and their families; gang involvement; female offenders; snitches and organizational issues such as fundraising; marketing; use of social media and technology, etc.)




 Although lengthy, read and follow guidelines carefully. 

Failure to follow guidelines may result in disqualification.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR PRESENTER APPLICANTS:  When we receive multiple excellent submissions on a particular topic, we hope all applicants will be able to participate, so we may offer them all the opportunity to work together to share in a presentation.  Be sure to let us know if you are willing to be considered for a partnered presentation or as a panel member.  



The Prisoner’s Family Conference Board will evaluate all submitted presentation proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality
  • Relevance to the conference mission
  • Well-defined focus within the program tract structure
  • Practical applications of material
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Speaker qualifications



All presenters are extended a reduced early registration fee which must be submitted with their own registration form, confirming their presentation at the conference.  We are unable to provide any form of remuneration to our presenters, but do seek speakers and workshop facilitators who are not only knowledgeable and engaging, but who are dedicated to the support and service of prisoners and their loved ones.

All presenters must register and are strongly encouraged to attend the full conference.

A portion of presenters’ registration fees is applied to partial prison family member scholarships.


Retrieve guidelines and application by clicking link at top of this page.  Review and follow guidelines completely.  Return completed application by e-mail only to: 

For questions, email us or call (915) 861-7733

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