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Call for Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2023 University of Michigan Depression on College Campuses Conference, which will take place in-person on March 14-15, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You are invited to submit proposals for workshops, concurrent sessions, and poster displays relating to the conference theme of “Student Mental Health in a Hybrid World.”

As college campuses continue to see rising rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout among students, the 2023 Depression on College Campuses Conference will explore the benefits and drawbacks of the current hybrid landscape on student well-being. The conference aims to examine how changes in the way students learn and interact can impact connectedness, belonging, and mental health, and how the digital space has influenced treatment delivery while providing new opportunities for innovative prevention programming.  

To this end, we are looking for presentations on model programs, policies, and research studies that highlight best practices for supporting college student mental health, including the quality and equity of hybrid models, benefits and drawbacks of increased technology, innovative strategies for preventing illness and promoting thriving, and the role of tele-health in managing increasing demands on counseling centers. 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 include students as 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. Lindsay Mortenson, Srijan Sen, 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 October 3, 2022.

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 support;
  • Research which demonstrates the impact of increased digital interactions on student mental health, burnout, and belonging;
  • Hybrid models to reach students in an inclusive and equitable way;
  • Best practices in tele-health;
  • Outreach models to reach students from various identity groups;
  • Strategies for promoting student resiliency in the current world.

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 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, to provide a range of perspectives and expertise.

Workshops will take place in the afternoon on Tuesday, March 14 (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 Tuesday, March 14 (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 Wednesday, March 15.

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, “Student Mental Health in a Hybrid World.” Each presenter will have an easel and 30 x 40 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 Tuesday, March 14.

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 October 3, 2023