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Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference seeking presentation proposals for 2018 conference

Thursday, August 24, 2017

DENVER – The Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference Planning Committee is accepting proposals for breakout session presentations for the 2018 Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference hosted by the Colorado Judicial Department. 

The conference will take place May 2 to 4, 2018, at the Denver Tech Center Marriott and is a joint effort by the Correctional Treatment Board and the Judicial Problem Solving Courts Program. The goal is to promote collaborative, team-based approaches to treating justice-involved individuals who have substance use and co-occurring disorders, and to foster enhanced system-wide inclusivity, equity and cultural competency.       

The 2018 conference will build on the general themes of:

  • Evidence-informed practices in the criminal justice field
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Responsivity
  • Treatment matching
  • Peer mentors
  • Intersections between mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders
  • Family centered practices supporting justice-involved individuals
  • Inclusivity, equity and cultural competency

The committee is seeking presentation proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions. Proposals will be accepted from any individual, group, institution or company with an interest in corrections or criminal justice. Proposals are due no later than Oct. 16, 2017, and will be evaluated on a rolling basis with the conference agenda expected to be finalized by Jan. 31, 2018.

                Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Relevance to the Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference audience
  • Priority given to sessions relating to the conference themes indicated above
  • Originality of the presentation material
  • Clear and focused learning objectives
  • Practical applications of the information presented
  • Exhibited knowledge and application of adult learning styles in session design

Preference will be given to the following topic areas: corrections, substance abuse treatment, trauma-informed practices, traumatic brain injury, problem-solving courts, community supervision/re-entry, co-occurring disorders and treatment, implementation science, Colorado programs (and outcomes) using evidence-based practices and soft skill development.

Conference attendees will include judges, district attorneys, public defenders and defense attorneys, law enforcement, probation and parole officers, community corrections professionals, problem-solving court coordinators, treatment providers and policy makers. It is expected that more than 850 people will attend the conference. All presenters will be invited to attend the full conference. Lodging will be provided and, if necessary, travel expenses will be reimbursed.

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