2014 Call For Papers

conference applink closed 2014 CALL FOR PAPERS

  Conference Theme:  Overcoming Stigma Together: Changing Lives, Families and Communities

Gulf Coast of Texas African American Family Support Conference will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 in Houston, Texas. The conference mission is to strengthen family and individual awareness about available health care services, behavioral and physical, through culturally sensitive education, supports, and partnerships.

The conference provides information and education for consumers, families and the community about mental health, physical health, and intellectual and developmental disabilities, chemical dependence and, co-occurring disorders. The conference focuses on the African American community and embraces all community members regardless of race or ethnicity. For more information, go to

The planning and development committee would like to invite interested persons to submit applications to present at the 2014 conference.

Call for Paper Requirements:     DEADLINE TO RESPOND:  Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • CEU: For professionals seeking Continuing Education Units. The general public, families, and consumers are invited to this session.
  • Non-CEU: For general public, families, consumers and professionals.  All are invited to attend this session.
  • Presentation narratives  (or summaries) must be no longer than 50 words and abstracts (or descriptions) should be no longer than 200 words;
    • Submissions  should include goals objectives and the intended learning  outcomes
  • The presenter’s name/s cannot appear anywhere in the presentation’s narrative;
  • Presentations including a consumer, family member, and/or youth as the presenter or co-presenter is preferred;
  • You will be required to provide copies of your materials for your session (handouts, brochures, etc.);
  • All application questions must be completed.


Submissions and Topics:  The conference is accepting presentations for:

  • Workshops  (interactive),
  • Presentations (lecture), and
  • Panel Discussions (up to 3 panelist).

Submissions are used by the conference planning and development committee to make an informed decision during the selection process and provide conference attendees information about your session.

The conference welcomes submissions on topics about:

  • Attitudes, Stigma, and Health Disparities
  • Behavior/Mental Health Care and Services
  • Bullying, Teen Depression and Suicide
  • Child, Youth, Young Adults, Education, Advocacy & Career Development and Transition
  • Community, Culture & Society, Social Justice and Inclusion.
  • Disability, Awareness and Inclusion
  • Grief, Loss, Resiliency, Hope, Self-care and Survivor-ship
  • Healthy Individuals, Families, Relationships and Communication
  • Integrated Care, Emotional and Physical Wellness
  • Mental Health & Spirituality, Faith-based Involvement
  • Chemical Dependence
  • Veterans, Military-Mental Health, Services and Families
  • Aging & Disabilities


Session Format:   

All sessions are 90 minutes long and must include time for audience questions.  Most sessions will have between 40 to 50 attendees.

Call for Papers Submission:   

All applications must be completed online. It is a requirement to submit your narrative, abstract, resume and/or vita online. Please go to and click on Call for Papers. For questions, email or call 281-272-2206.

Deadline to Respond:  Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, July 30, 2014, whether their application has been accepted. If your submission is accepted, all presentation materials (handouts, PowerPoints, etc.) are due no later than  Wednesday, October  1,  2014.

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The 2014 Call for Papers Application was adapted from the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference (

The GCTAAFSC is a project of the Texas Council for Development Disabilities.

Project Disclaimer:  The GCTAAFSC views contained herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the funding agency.  The Gulf Coast of Texas African American Support Conference Project is funded in part by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.  TCDD is awarded monies by the Administration of Intellectual and Development Disabilities.  U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Approximately $75,000 (65%) in federal funds and $40,421 (40%) match from Helpful Interventions.

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